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Fun springs forth for school vacation, events aplenty

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: TOM SCHMID/AUDUBON SOCIETY OF PORTLAND  - Ruby, Audubon Society of Portlands education vulture, will make a personal appearance March 19 at Nadaka Nature Park. No autographs please. Moooommm, I’m booooored! Parents have a bounty of boredom busters in East Multnomah County to keep the kids engaged during that long week of spring vacation from school. We’ve gathered just of few of the “funnest” options.

n Spring break is for the birds in Gresham. From 8-9 a.m. Saturday March 19, join the Portland Audubon Society and Friends of Nadaka for a family-friendly, guided bird walk, open to both beginners and advanced bird watchers at Nadaka Nature Park at 17615 N.E. Glisan St. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, they will have some for you to borrow.

Then from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, learning will take flight when the Audubon Society’s annual celebration of vultures, “Welcome Back Vulture Day,” comes to Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St. This free, family-friendly event, features lots of entertaining activities to help kids of all ages learn about our avian friends, especially turkey vultures, nature’s recyclers. Kids can meet Ruby, the Audubon Society’s education vulture. They can compare their wingspan to that of a California Condor and make a crafty vulture and mask. For more information about these events contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n For a little indoor action, Tiki Putt, the glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, has extended its hours to noon to 10 p.m. from Sunday, March 20 through Thursday, March 24, and noon to midnight on March 25 and 26. If you play before 3 p.m. it costs only $7 per player. Tiki Putt is at 1776 N.W. Fairview Dr. For more information call 503-666-2407.

n If it’s thrills you’re after, Reynolds High School will hold The Raider Day Carnival from March 18-27 in the high school’s north parking lot at 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale. There will be carnival rides and food. Wrist bands, good for one day of riding, cost $18 in pre-sale and $25 at the gate. Single ride tickets cost $3.50 each or a book of ten rides is $30. The carnival is open from 3-10 p.m. Friday, March 18, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26. It will be open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday March 20-25 and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 27.

n Mt. Hood Skibowl has several special events scheduled for the week and will have all the usual super-cool skiing, tubing and zip line fun. The park is at 87000 U.S. 26, Government Camp. For details call 503-272-3206 ext. 1107 or check out the web page at skibowl.com.

Library programs

Area libraries have spring break diversions on tap too. As always, library programs are free.

n The Troutdale Library will host spring break gaming week from 2-4 p.m. every day during the vacation. Teens will have first priority to play board games, bring their own games or stream games on the library’s laptops. On Friday, March 25, the Game Truck, an arcade on wheels, will pull into the library parking lot during gaming hours. The library is at 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. For more information call 503-988-5355.

n Gresham Library hosts ventriloquist Vikki Gasko Green for a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute show about the love of reading, featuring pirates. The finale includes a skit performed by volunteers, fueled by their imaginations. This show is great for preschool and elementary-aged kids. It runs from 1-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at 385 N.W. Miller Ave. For more information call 503-988-5387.

Teens can try their hand at creating comics under the direction of Alex Chiu. They’ll draw original characters with a background and storyline and get an understanding of line, shape, color, texture and shading. Beginners are welcome. The workshop runs from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Gresham Library.

Check out the Multnomah County Library’s web page http://bit.ly/1V5c5RL for more spring break events.

n Gresham Cinema and Wunderland, 140 N.W. Burnside Road, offers three movies and an extensive arcade. It will extend hours from noon to midnight Sunday through Thursday during spring vacation. Game room admission is $2.40 for ages 5 to 12, and $1 on Wednesdays. Movie admission is $2 on Tuesdays, $2.50 for ages 12 and under on other days. Laser tag is $4 for kids aged 7 and older, but only $3 on Thursdays. For more information, call 503-328-8496 visit their web page at bit.ly/21s76dF

n As always, the city of Gresham has free supervised basketball for kids in grades 6-12 every Friday and Saturday night. Friday night at H.B. Lee Middle School, 1121 N.E. 172nd Ave., grades 6-8 play from 6-8 p.m. and grades 9-12 play from 8-10 p.m. On Saturday night the game is at Friends of the Children, 424 N.E. 172nd Ave., grades 6-8 play from 8-10 p.m. and grades 9-12 play from 10 p.m. to midnight. For more information call coach Michael Magnum at 503-975-2929.

n If you want to get the kids out in nature a bit more before heading back to school, try the all-ages, hands-on, amphibians and reptiles class from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26. Join naturalists to explore a restored wetland site and meet the resident amphibians and reptiles. Learn about identification, natural history and conservation of Gresham’s diverse species. Dress for the weather. Rain boots or waders are recommended. Light refreshments will be provided. The location is Gresham Meadowlands, near intersection of Southeast Paropa Avenue and Southeast Hale Drive. For more information about this event contact Ivy Watson at 503-618-2383 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Unfortunately, the pool at Mt. Hood Community College will be closed for all of spring break.

Have fun and be safe out there. But, it looks like we won’t need sunblock.