Suzanne's Around Town
Free Admission To Japanese Garden, Godspell, & Parents Night Out!

Hi! Everyone-

Two days off for some elementary schools this week! AGH! What do we do? Luckily so many cool events at the libraries, Powell's Books, free admission to the beautiful Japanese Garden on Friday, and for parents-some great pre-holiday cooking classes at Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma! There's also a great local school production of "Godspell" in the evenings!!! We get a thrill out of Bingo so may head to the Tigard Library on Saturday afternoon!

Have you ordered your turkey yet??

Suzanne




Nov 7th

Mommy and Me Mondays@ World Forestry Center from 10AM-11AM.

Enjoy some entertaining stories and free coffee for parents every Monday through April in this new program! Included with admission fee of $8 per adult, $5 for kids over 3, and kids 2 years and younger are free! Afterwards- take your time and enjoy all of the hands-on exhibits. Go to www.worldforestry.org for more info.

Book Babies@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11:30AM. Share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and a simple book while developing early literacy skills. Stay and play after the program. Phone the library for more details at 503/684-6537.

Free "Perfect Turkey" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) from 6-7PM. Get the word on the bird! Learn all about brining, roasting, and carving your moist and flavorful turkey!!!Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!


Nov 8th

Four Buck Tuesday@ Oregon Zoo from 9AM-4PM.

Admission is discounted to $4 per person and children under 3 are free as usual. Go to www.oregonzoo.org for more info. As an adult, ride the Max and get $1.50 off admission (show ticket stub) so really $2.50 Tuesday!!!! Kids 7 years old and under ride the Max for free.

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls Branch from 9:30AM-10:AM. Get your morning started with fun stories for kids from 3ish to 5 years old at the newest branch! Staff will be present to let storytime attendees into the library before regular open hours.Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 11:15AM. Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

Fun for Ones (Ages 12-24 months)@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11AM AND 11:30AM-Noon. Bring your one year old for songs, rhymes, simple stories and movement activities. Great for new walkers. Stay and play after the program. (Limited to first 20 kids for each session!). Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.


Nov 9th

Canvas, Clay, and Carafe@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) from 10AM-11:30AM and 7-8:30PM.

The kids aren't the only ones allowed to play with clay! Leave the kids at home while you get creative in this "Canvas, Clay, and Carafe" event. You'll sculpt a leaf bowl with clay and enjoy some chillax time with vino, too! Coffee for the AM class! Instruction and all materials provided,$36 per person. Pre-register at 503/453-3700 and go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com for more info.

Storytime at Bliss Bake Shop@ Bethany Village Centre from 10:30-11AM. Storytime at a great local cupcake emporium! Free itty bitty cupcakes for kids who attend! Phone for more info at 503/645-6000 or go to www.blisscupcakeshop.com for more details.

Fun for Ones@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM and 11AM. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Pre-school Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM. Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

Toddler Time (ages 24-36 months) Storytime@ Tigard Library at 10:30AM-11:15AM AND 12:30-1:15PM. Number of participants is limited to first 20 children for each session.

Baby Bugs@ Beaverton City Library at 11:45AM.


Nov 10th

Chris Van Allsburg@ Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing at 7PM.

For more than 25 years, the illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired children to weave stories to go with these mysterious pictures. Now, some of our best adult storytellers have written their own tales, which have been collected in The Chronicles of Harris Burdick . Mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won't soon forget. Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 1PM.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls Branch from 11:30AM-12PM.

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM.

Preschool Storytime@ Tigard Library from 1:15PM-2PM. Music, interactive activities, and longer stories for blossoming readers! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

Puzzle Time@ Beaverton City Library from 3 to 5PM. Kids from 2 through 8 can enjoy some puzzle and book time. Please pre-register at 503/350-3600.

Taste of Thanksgiving Tasting Benefit@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) from 5-8PM. Bring your family to a fabtastic Thanksgiving tasting extravaganza!  $5 per person to benefit a local elementary school. Phone the store for more details at 503/645-9200.

"Godspell"@ Arts&Communication Magnet Academy Arts Center Theater(11375 SW Center St, Beaverton) at 7PM. See Friday for details.


Nov 11th

Free Admission@ Portland Japanese Garden from 10AM-4PM.

The kids are off from school for Veteran's Day so go and enjoy the Koi! Go to www.japanesegarden.com for more info.

FYI- LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED DUE TO VETERAN'S DAY HOLIDAY!

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) at 10:30AM&11:30AM. Still life apple painting inspired by Cezanne this week!!! $8 per kid -ages 2 1/2 -5 years, you must phone ahead to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com for calendar and more info!

Book Fan Friday@ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing at 4:30PM. Kids from 10 to 18 can meet the illustrator of Finding Fairies -David Hohn- in this workshop for aspiring writers. The kids will get a look at the process of making an illustrated book, examples of work in progress, and ideas for using art in books! Go to www.powells.com for more info.

"Godspell"@ Arts&Communication Magnet Academy Arts Center Theater(11375 SW Center St, Beaverton) at 7PM. The ACMA Theater kids perform an off-Broadway musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. 2 hour show includes 15 minute intermission. The themes in the show are probably best for 8 years and older or younger kids who can sit still (mostly!).! Tickets are $8-15. Go to www.acmatickets.com or phone 503/672-3700 for more info.


Nov 12th

Laura Veirs@ Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside, Portland) at 3PM.Local singer/songwriter and mom- Laura Veirs- will play from her new CD- "Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children". FREE- in store concert! Parents, kids, and tots can rock out to such toe tappers as "You Who!", "Little Lapdog Lullaby" and the pretty yet haunting "All the Pretty Horses"! Go to www.musicmillennium.com and click on "In-Store Performances" for more info. You can also listen to "Tumble Bee" at this NPR link: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/30/141599989/first-listen-laura-veirs-tumble-bee?ps=mhfl

Car Seat Clinic@ in back of Beaverton City Hall from 9AM-12:30PM. Certified child safety techs will be on hand to install or inspect car seats. FREE! Phone the Beaverton Police for more info at 503/526-2264 or go to www.beavertonoregon.gov and click on Calendar.

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC Rock Creek Campus) from 10AM-2PM. The whole famiily can work on autumn themed crafts including printmaking and clothespin dolls. Snacks and juice provided. Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org and click on Events&Programs for more info.

All About Birds!@ Al's Garden Center (Sherwood) at 11AM. Kids can learn how to help birds during the winter months and will create a bird related project! $5 per kid and you must pre-register at www.als-gardencenter.com.

Tree-mendous Second Saturday@ World Forestry Center from 11AM-3PM.There will be Thanksgiving themed stories, crafts, and a guided hike in Hoyt Arboretum! Go to www.worldforestry.org and click on "events" for more info.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Bingo@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Celebrate National Gaming Day with Bingo! Anyone can participate- play as many rounds as you like for prizes.

Parents Night Out@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive, Beaverton) from 5-9PM. Enjoy a festive night out while your kids (4-12) sculpt, paint, draw, play games and nosh a pizza dinner!!! Cost is $38 per child and $18 per each additional sibling. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com and click on "Special Events" for more info. Pre-registration required.

"Godspell"@ Arts&Communication Magnet Academy Arts Center Theater(11375 SW Center St, Beaverton) at 7PM. See Friday for details.


Nov 13th

Free "Thanksgiving Sides&Stuffings" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM.

Learn the basics of preparing delicious potatoes, savory stuffings and show stopping sides! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat! This class will also be repeated on Monday (tomorrow-11/14) at 6PM.

Health Starts Here: Appetizers@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 4:30PM. Healthy apps are more than a bowl of nuts and celery stalks!!! Learn how to make delicious and healthy appetizers including nutty red pepper basil dip in endive leaves, lemon ricotta kale dip with multigrain crisps and lentil stuffed mushrooms!!! Suggested donation is one can of food for the OR Food Bank. You must pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at melissa.vanbebber@wholefoods.com.