by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN, Buddha’s hand, a fragrant citrus, is among the wares at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden’s plant sale, part of the New Year’s celebration this weekend.


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year Celebration at Portland Classical Chinese Garden concludes this weekend with a plant sale and lantern festival, which includes a lantern-making workshop and a procession through the garden.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, March 2-4, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Northwest Third Avenue and Everett Street, 503-228-8131,, $7, $6 seniors 62 and up, $5.50 students, free for children 5 and under


Portland Saturday Market Opening

At the opening weekend of Portland Saturday Market, kids can construct drums and other musical instruments from recycled materials with Ethos Music Center for the market's First Sunday activities.

Kids can then march around the market as part of the midday parade with their newly crafted instruments.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (2 p.m. parade) SUNDAY, March 3-4, Portland Saturday Market, Southwest First Avenue under the Burnside Bridge, 503-222-6072,, free


Portland International Women's Day

The 32nd annual event honors women by celebrating their work and influence in the community.

The event features American Indian and environmental activist Winona LaDuke as keynote speaker, along with art, entertainment, music, food and workshops such as WomenStrength Personal Safety, Creating an Eco-Healthy Home, Habitat for Humanity's Women Build: Building Workshop, and Nutrition and Breast Health.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, March 4, Portland State University, Smith Center Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway, 503-516-6440,, free; LaDuke (3:30 p.m. doors, 4 p.m. presentation) speaks next door at Hoffman Hall for a $3 admission fee


'The Drum'

Through engaging physical performances and song, 'The Drum' tells the tale of a boy whose only wish is for a drum. Though his mother is too poor to buy him one, the boy soon finds that acts of kindness bring him closer to his wish.

As with all Brooklyn Bay plays, children are invited to interact with the costumed performers at the conclusion of the show.

The performance is appropriate for children ages 2 to 9.

10 a.m. SATURDAY, through March 17, also 3 p.m. March 18, Brooklyn Bay Theatre, 1825 S.E. Franklin St., Bay K (call for directions), 503-772-4005,, $6, $20 maximum per family; reservations recommended

ComedySportz 4 Kidz

This interactive, improv show offers games and suggestions specifically designed for the 12-and-younger crowd.

There's no halftime, and afterward kids are allowed to interact with the performers and try on costumes.

2 p.m. SUNDAY, March 4, ComedySportz Arena, 1963 N.W. Kearney St., 503-236-8888,, $6 kids, $8 adults; reservations recommended


Old Town Chinatown First Sunday

The Arts, Culture and History Group, a standing committee of the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association, continues its family-friendly First Sunday walking tours of merchants and sites in the neighborhood.

Free brochures called 'Walk Historic Old Town' are available at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden gate, Portland Saturday Market under the west end of the Burnside Bridge and other participating businesses.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. SUNDAY, March 4, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Northwest Third Avenue and Everett Street,, free brochure; individual merchant prices vary


'Tall Tales'

The Oregon Symphony performs a narrated musical adventure featuring characters including Tubby the Tuba, Hansel and Gretel, Paul Bunyan and Superman.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. SUNDAY, March 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353,, $6-$38

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