Don’t let a little rain and a few less daylight hours make you hibernate.  From watching tough teens battle it out on skates at the Rosebuds Junior Roller Derby Bout to kicking off the holiday season Portland-style with the Holiday Tree Arrival in Pioneer Courthouse Square, there’s still plenty of fun to be had outside your cozy cave. Rosebuds


Junior Girls’ Roller Derby
Take your little ones to see girls not much bigger than they are battle it out on the flat track.  The Rose City Rollers’ junior roller derby league, the Rosebuds, is made up of girls aged 12 to 17, and tonight, the four Portland home teams will face off in a double-header.  First up, it’s the Death Scar Derby Droids vs. the Rainbow Bites, then it’s the Little Red Riveters vs. the Undead Avengers. Sat., 5 p.m. doors, 6-8:30 p.m. event, $14-$22.09/person; Free for children 6 and under. All Ages. Event details.

Model Railroad Show
All aboard!  Now’s your chance to grab your future engineer and get up close to marvel at some incredibly tiny, detailed model railroad sets, assembled up by experts.  The show will include 4200 sq. ft. of HO railroad, featuring vintage passenger trains, steam engines and track side signals for a glimpse into the past. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6/adults; $2 children 3-11. All Ages. Event details.


Giant Holiday Tree Arrives
The 75-ft. Stimson Lumber Douglas Fir rolls onto the scene and settles into Portland’s Living Room for the holidays. Santa will be there to help welcome the tree, along with music by The Beat Goes On Marching Band and the Dickens Carolers while tree viewers sip on free hot cocoa free, courtesy of Unitus Community Credit Union. Fri., 12-1 p.m., free. All Ages. Event details.

Tears of Joy’s “The Reluctant Dragon” Show
Tears of Joy Theatre presents, The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame, through table top puppets, music and a full-sized dragon. The story spins the tale of what happens when a fierce-looking dragon, who is more interested in art and poetry, moves into a neighborhood.  Arrive one hour before show time to take part in a puppet craft activity. Fri., 7:30-8:30 p.m., $13-$18. All Ages. Event details.

“Oliver!” Kids’ Musical
This heartwarming classic tale, written by Charles Dickens, directed by Noah Scott and performed by the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, is about Oliver Twist, an orphan boy who runs from one bad situation into another, but manages to find friendship along the way. The music and lyrics, by Lionel Bart, include unforgettable songs, like “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Oom Pah Pah,” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”  Fri.-Sun.,showtimes vary, $20.25/adult; $17.25 Ages 0-12. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Salmon Release
Take your small fry to and watch as live salmon fry are released into Jones Creek.  Learn all about life cycles and the underwater habitats of these interesting creatures that live in the cool, Coast Range rivers. Sat. & Sun., 1-2 p.m., Free. All Ages. Event details.

We would love to hear which of these events sound the most fun to you. What do you think?

— Suzie Ridgway

Photo courtesy of Regularman Photography