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Pints from the Past takes a look at Columbia River

Clackamas County Historical Society and Oregon City Public Library will present another Pint from the Past event May 16 at Midway Bar, 1003 Seventh St. in Oregon City. The topic of this presentation is “Elusive River: Why it took Two Centuries to find the Columbia River.”

The presentation explores why trappers, Native Americans and early pioneers couldn’t agree on where the river was, its size or where it went.

Guests can enjoy dinner and drinks while hearing from William Lang, history professor at Portland State University. He will share rare maps that first showed the river as an imagined place, and detail how pioneers rediscovered and explored the river later.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Going Boldly concert salutes Shakespeare

The third-annual Going Boldly in Lake Oswego concert will be held at 3 p.m. May 22 in the sanctuary at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd. in Lake Oswego.

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the concert features works for Renaissance composers Anthony Holborne and Robert Johnson, and 20th- and 21st-century pieces by Ned Rorem, Stephen Warbeck and Leonard Bernstein.

West Linn composer Linda Woody will also premier a work for brass quintet and narration.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door and online at brownpapertickets.org.

Going Boldly performers include Phil and Gayle Neuman playing Renaissance instruments, tuba and vocals; Nancy Ives, cello; Sally Harmon, piano; Scott Winks and Greg Garrett, trumpet; Dan Partridge, horn; Andrew Harris, trombone; Mike Snyder, percussion. Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Brian Allard will narrate from related Shakespearean texts between the musical works.

Peregrine Lit series features Voicecatcher

The prose and poetry authors of Voicecatchers, an online anthology, will read their work at the next Peregrine Literary Series event to be held at 3 p.m. May 15 at Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego.

Featured authors include Erin Iwata, Joan Maiers and Stacy Vallas.

Publications by the authors and literature about Voicecatcher will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations of canned foods or cash for the local food bank are welcome.

Celebrate Portland Train Day May 14

Portland Train Day 2016 will be held at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14.

The event features family-friendly activities, train rides, and live music. The event is part of the national Train Days celebration across the country commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad with the pounding of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869.

The event is free and open to the public.