Between Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Mochitsuki and the Fix-It Fair, this weekend is shaping up to be one filled with pop-culture, ancient traditions and healthy choices galore. Put on those Super Friends costumes with your kids, go whack some rice in the name of culture or go get those bikes tuned up for future adventures. It’s all happening right here in Portland this weekend. Or, if you’re looking to head out of town, check out the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area, just outside of Joseph, Oregon and meet some cool pups at the Eagle Extreme Cap Iditarod.
Wizards, Superheroes and Villains
Chances of spotting Batman are high this weekend as Wizard World Comic Con settles into Portland. Said to be the largest pop-culture touring expo in North America, you and thousands of your closest comic-loving friends will be able to feast your eyes on everything from celebrities and classic comics to new original art and video games. Celebrities making an appearance include Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, William Shatner, Ron Perlman and Adam West. Artists include Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Jim Cheung, Rafa Sandoval and Humberto Ramos. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $35; free for kids 10 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Fixin’ It Up
Ready to fix up your home and improve your health? You’re not alone. Join the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fair, with over 60 vendors offering tips and advice on home improvement, water and energy efficiency, recycling and gardening, as well as health and nutrition. Free professional childcare and a free, healthy lunch will be provided, in addition to giveaways, lead blood-testing and bike tune-ups. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Happy Japanese New Year
Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Mochitsuki, the Year of the Horse. In ancient Japanese culture, each grain of rice was believed to symbolize a human soul. At the end of each year, communities would offer the rice and their subsequent symbolic souls to the gods by pounding on it with wooden mallets. This act was said to have purified their own souls. The rice was then made into rice cakes, called mochi. Mochitsuki means mochi-making. Visitors can take learn how to pound rice, try calligraphy and origami and more, as well as enjoy taiko drumming and traditional dance performances.Sun., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., $5-$12; free for ages 3 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Animal Tracking and Archery
The Audubon Society staff will offer up animal tracking, archery and other nature-based activities, based on their wildly popular summer camp programs for Audubon Kids Day. Pre-registration is required for kids interested in the archery demonstration. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
Inspired by Kristen Klug’s Healthy and Fun Choices activity books, this annual fair encourages kids in fun ways to have a dialog about and make healthier choices in their lives. Activities include dental demonstrations, proper pet care, exercise and choosing healthy foods as well as financial tips and exploring philanthropic endeavors. Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., $10/family, All Ages. Event details.
No Go Yell Tell
Hopefully your kids will never need to use the techniques from the No Go Yell Tell Self Defense Workshop, but if the situation arises, at least they will have the confidence to know what to do. Storytelling and role-playing offer boys and girls a chance to learn how to use their voices, body language and simple striking technique to stay away from or get out of inappropriate situations. Sat., 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., $9, Ages 7-11. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Most of Portland Public Schools have a day off Monday, so if you’re looking for a road trip, head to Ferguson Ridge Ski Area to do a little skiing and check out the Eagle Cap Extreme Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier. These 200, 100 and 62-mile races feature teams of 6-12 dogs, pulling sleds and mushers through the deep snow. Kids have the opportunity to meet the dogs and mushers before and after the races at Vet Checks, then see them off at the starting line, as well as from other vantage points along the race course. Inside the Joseph Community Center, kids’ can take part in self-guided and planned events, while hearing about race updates and enjoying treats and hot beverages. Fri.8 a.m. 10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
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