Suzanne's Around Town
Gadget Petting Zoo, Witch of Oz, Garden Home Holiday Bazaar!

Hi! Everyone-

We noshed through Thanksgiving, grumbled during the Civil War party, and hunkered down for Black Friday!!! Hope you had a festive long weekend!

Now December is just about here- time for holiday bazaars, tree lightings, some great local theater, and food and toy drives!!!

Happy December!




Nov 28th

THPRD Food And Toy Drive runs through Dec.15th to help Beaverton area families.

Bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) and nonperishable food items to your local THPRD Center or Aquatic Center. Go to for more info!

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 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.

Nov 29th

Heather Vogel Frederick@ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills at 7PM.

In Home for the Holidays ,the girls of Heather Vogel Frederick's popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series (geared for ages 9-12) are up to a variety of holiday-themed antics! Between fights, ghosts, and blizzards, everything seems to be going wrong. Will the girls be able to find their holiday spirit in time for Christmas? Go to for more info.

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 for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.

Kid's Club Event@ Cedar Hills Crossing from 6-7PM. The kids can work on some festive holiday crafts! Go to and click on "events".


Nov 30th

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 for more details.

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

Dec 1st

Wicked Witch of Oz@ Southridge High School (9625 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton) at 7PM.

We've enjoyed several of these fun productions for kids- great voices, acting, and school orchestra! We're looking forward to this new spin on Oz-when the real Wicked Witch of the West, Hecubah, suddenly finds herself on the set of a high school production of The Wizard of Oz, she and her flying monkey, Nikko, quickly realize they aren't in Oz anymore. Go to for ticket ordering or phone 503/591-5483.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

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 for more info.

Thursday Family Art Night@ Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) from 6:30PM-8:30PM. This is a weekly drop-in program (limited to first 20) for kids and family to learn about landscapes, portraiture and more - using clay, paints, pastels and other mediums. $5 per person, 3 years old and under are free. Phone for more info at 503/615-3485 or go to and click on Walters Art Center, then Classes, then Class Info.

Dec 2nd

Gadget Petting Zoo@ Tigard Public Library (Technology Room) from 10:30AM-12PM.

Curious about e-readers, iPads, and other high tech gizmos? You can check these devices out first hand while staff will demo how these new fangled things work and how they interact with Library services! Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) at 10:30AM&11:30AM. Clay mobiles inspired by Calder 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 for calendar and more info! In addition, drop in anytime to sculpt and paint ornaments for holiday decorating and gift giving! Clay Gingerbread people, bisqueware, wood and much more! Ornaments price range is $8-$24. Bring the whole family- there's a project for everyone.

Family StoryTime (ages 0-6 years)@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11:15AM AND 11:30AM-12:15PM. Bring the whole gang for stories and songs Limited to first 20 kids for each session. Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.

8th Annual Beaverton Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House@ begins at 5PM at Beaverton City Library and moves to Beaverton City Park at 6PM. Community performances of holiday songs, music, and dance along with Santa and the city's living 110-foot-Ponderosa pine!!!Go to for more info.

Multnomah Village Holiday Gala Tree Lighting@ Multnomah Village at 6:30PM (SW Capitol Highway between SW 33&36th., Portland). Get in the holiday spirit with a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit from Santa, strolling carolers and more. Shop locally at participating businesses and get rewarded with Golden Ticket that gives you discounts throughout the village. Go to for more info.

Wicked Witch of Oz@ Southridge High School at 7PM. See Thursday for details.

Happy Hollandaise@ Beaverton City Library Auditorium at 8PM. The Beaverton Civic Theatre presents a hilarious seasonal comedy with plenty of holiday hijinks! Probably best for 6 years old and up. Run time is 2 hours (including a 15 min. intermission). Adult tickets are $15,$5 for kids 10 and under, runs through 12/11. Go to for ticket purchase and more info.

Dec 3rd

27th Annual Holiday Bazaar@ Garden Home Recreation Center from 9AM-4PM.

We have always found really cool, locally crafted holiday gifts here! There will be over 100 vendors with ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more! There will also be a pancake breakfast with Santa, used book sale, and roving carollers to get you in the holiday spirit! Go to for more info!!!!

FREE "Build and Paint a Snowman Napkin Holder"@ Home Depot stores (closest would be 4401 SW 110th Ave) from 9AM to Noon. Kids will learn tool safety and have fun working on this "hands-on" project. For more info and photo of project, go to and type in "kids workshops" in search box. Project is geared for kids 5ish to 12 years old. Phone the Beaverton store for more info at 503/469-4242.

Mrs. Claus@ Al's Garden Center (16920 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood) at 10:30AM. Mrs. Claus and the elves will read some holiday stories and pass out a few treats! No registration, FREE! Go to for Mrs. Claus' complete schedule for December.

Special Needs Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30AM-11AM. This storytime is geared for kids who may need a multi-sensory, yet low-key presentation. Geared for preschool/primary grades. For more info and to pre-register, phone the library at 503/350-3600.

A Nutcracker Tea@ Tualatin Public Library (18880 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin) from 12PM-1PM. NW Dance Theatre makes a special appearance with excerpts from "A Nutcracker Tea" - a family-friendly adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet -along with a reading of the Nutcracker story by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Go to and click on events calendar or phone the library for more info at 503/691-3071.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Holly Days@ Main Street Hillsboro from 1:00-7PM. Extended shopping hours, caroling, choirs, music, Holiday Farmers Market starting at 1PM,  Santa arrives at 2PM, and tree lighting at 5:30PM. Go to for more info. Also, my fave Hillsboro beauty emporium- Denise's Spa Petite (230 E Main Street, tel# 503/640-3696)- will host an open house from 9AM-2PM with giveaways and sales on products and services (send the husbands for gift certificates- the massages and facials are incredible!!!!). Go to for more info.

15th Annual Mitten Tree Kick-off@ Garden Home Library from 1:30-2:30PM. There will be unique, frosty art activities for children of all ages. Make colorful ice cube art, create special snowflakes with water colors and crayons and more! Bring new scarves, hats and gloves throughout December and help decorate the Mitten Tree. The Good Neighbor Center will give them to homeless families in Washington County. Go to for more info.

Wicked Witch of Oz@ Southridge High School at 2PM & 7PM. See Thursday for details.

Happy Hollandaise@ Beaverton City Library Auditorium at 8PM. See Friday for more info.

Dec 4th

3rd Annual Holiday Market@ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro) from 12PM-5PM.

The whole family is invited to stroll through this fun bazaar with over 40 local gift vendors selling their handmade wares- including jewelry, artwork, clothing and more! Go to and click on "Dec. 4th" on the calendar for more info.

$ 2 Sunday@ OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The first Sunday of every month is just $2 admission. Go to for complete info.

Free "Holiday Breakfast" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. . This class will feature make-ahead dishes so you can enjoy the morning with your family instead of slaving over the stove. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Happy Hollandaise@ Beaverton City Library Auditorium at 2PM. See Friday for more info.

Laura Veirs "Tumble Bee" CD Release Concert@ Mississippi Studios (3939 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland) at 3:30PM. Local singer/songwriter and mom- Laura Veirs- will play from her new CD- "Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children". 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"! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 12 to 2, and 1 and under are free! Go to for more info.

Health Starts Here:Comfort Series@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 5:30PM. Just in time for cold weather-learn how to make chicken soup with brown rice and greens!!!Suggested donation is one can of food for the OR Food Bank. Pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at

Hot Toddy& Craft Night @Fancy That and Bliss Bake Shop (Bethany Village - 4708 NW Bethany Blvd., Portland) from 6-8PM. Step off the treadmill of kid and family activities and enjoy a little chillax time with the girls. Learn how to make festive tree decorations for the holiday season. RSVP to and cost is $8 for 2 trees! If you don't feel crafty- just enjoy hot toddies, sweets, sales& raffles! Phone the store for more intel at 503/645-6000.