St. Patrick’s Day festivities aren’t the only way to go green with your family in Portland this weekend. Dig into some greens at the Portland Farmer’s Market—back after a winter hiatus. Celebrate National Wildlife Week with a variety of guided hikes and outdoor adventures. And rejoice in the first day of spring by making blooms at Green Bean Books or enjoying some adult time while your kids listen to a nighttime chorus of riveting ribbets.


Irish Dance and Culture Workshop
This half-day event offers insight into the Irish traditions of dance. In addition to instruction in basic solo and group dances, participants will have the opportunity to try Irish-themed crafts, learn about the written and spoken language of the Irish people, hear some Irish folklore, and sample some Irish foods. Register via email. Fri., Portland Metro Arts, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, $15 half-day, ages K-8. Event details.

First Day of Spring Flower Making!
Stop by Green Bean Books anytime during our regular business hours today and learn how to make a beautiful paper flower that you can take home with you to celebrate the first day of Spring!  Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Kids’ Workshops at Collage
Every Saturday, Collage offers a different art workshop at their Woodstock Location. This week: Still life painting. And come in for weekly drawing lessons with a professional illustrator at the Alberta St. location. Learn how to draw your favorite things step by step! Animals! Monsters! Plants! People! Class fee includes all supplies. Fri, Drawing Workshop, Alberta St. Store, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, ages 6 & up, $8. Sat., Still Life Workshop, Woodstock Blvd Store, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, ages 6 & up, $15. Event details.


PSU Portland Farmer’s Market: Opening Day
Fresh food, farmers, and friends—the Portland Saturday Farmer’s Market at PSU is back! Plenty of spring goodies will be on display. Relish in radishes, people watch, grab a bite to eat. Sat, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Recycled Art
Turn trash into art with supplies from SCRAP. Find new and inventive ways for recycling those items you normally throw away. Sat, Albina Library, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, ages 5 – 12, free. Event details.

Tryon Creek Guided Hike: Ethnobotany
Join a park naturalist for a free guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics vary. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:30 am, free, all ages. Parents must accompany children on all hikes. Event details.


Pooches on the Green
Celebrate St. Paw-tricks day with a doggie fair, entertainment, kids crafts, dog costume show and more. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free to watch, donations of dog food encouraged. Event details.

Kids’ Nature Night Out: The Frog Chorus
A great chance for parents to have a night out while the kids get to experience the Nature Park in a way few others ever do. Kids gather in the Interpretive Center, have dinner, then head out into the park to explore and look for wildlife. Fri, Nature Park Interpretive Center in Beaverton, 6:00 pm9:00 pm, $25, ages 6-11. Event details.

Celebrate National Wildlife Week
A class on raptors, falcons, and owls and then a trip to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge to see birds. Dress for weather, bring lunch. Sat., Vancouver-Clark Parks and Rec, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. $20, , Ages 6+ with grown-up. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen