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by: ©2007 ANTHONY GEORGIS, Captain Bogg and Salty and their pirate tunes get greasy at the Wonder Ballroom.

OUTDOORS

Columbia Gorge spring hiking

The Earth is beginning to shed her white winter coat and is slipping into something a little greener for St. Paddy's Day.

This weekend marks the beginning of the Friends of Columbia Gorge's annual spring hiking season. Over the next several months, the group will organize 51 hikes, bikes and kayak trips for every skill level.

Hikes open to the public include this weekend's Lyle Cherry Orchard and Horsetail Falls.

9 a.m. (orchard) and 10 a.m. (falls) SATURDAY, March 17, 503-241-3762, ext. 103, www.gorgefriends.org/hikes/currentschedule, free

FAIR

PaganFaire

SisterSpirit's PaganFaire, called 'Look to the Rainbow,' is a community event celebrating all faiths. It features adult and children's workshops, musicians and nomadic dancers, and an equinox ritual procession and circle will conclude the festivities.

Costumes are encouraged.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (fair), 7 p.m. (evening ritual) SATURDAY, March 17, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Center Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway, 503-736-3297, www.paganfaire.net, $5, free for children 12 and under

FAMILY DANCE

Grease Ball

Erase the image of an oily bohunk greaseball from your mind by taking your kids to this Grease Ball, a festival of music and film for wee ones, going on this weekend.

'Greasy Kid Stuff' radio DJs Belinda Miller and Hova Najarian lined up loads of entertainment for the pint-sized crowd and their keepers.

Buccaneer band Captain Bogg and Salty headlines the event. Other entertainment includes power-pop artists the Jellydots, synchronized minibike dancers the Sprockettes and films courtesy of Indiekid Films.

Doors at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, March 18, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., $10, $5 ages 12 and under, free for ages 2 and under; box-office tickets are cash only, tickets also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400, www.ticketmaster.com), subject to service charges

FAMILY PLAY

'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, March 17, 3 p.m. SUNDAY, March 18, Brooklyn Bay Theatre, 1825 S.E. Franklin St., Bay K (call for directions), 503-772-4005, www.brooklynbay.org, $6, $20 maximum per family; reservations recommended

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