Suzanne's Around Town
Winter Crafts, eReaders, and Reindeer!!!

Hi! Everyone-

There are all sorts of craft times to keep the kids occupied and an eReader workshop and a Parents Night Out (My Masterpiece Art Studio) for the adults!!!

Are you all set for the holidaze?

Suzanne




Dec 5th

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 www.thprd.org 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 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.


Dec 6th

Make a Lego Mini-Nutcracker@ Lego Store (Wash. Sq.) from 5PM until supplies last!

Free! Phone the store for more details at 503/670-9109. You can just never have enough Legos, can you? For kids from 6 to 14. Supplies are limited so arrive early. I have seen parents and kids line up at least 45 minutes ahead before!

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.

Baby Hour@ Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave., Portland) at 10AM. Take a group tour of the exhibitions with your baby (up to one year old) followed by coffee and conversation. More info & pre-register at www.portlandartmuseum.org.

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.


Dec 7th

Wondrous First Wednesday@ World Forestry Center Discovery Museum from 10AM-5PM.

Admission is reduced to $3 per person for kids from 3 to 103! Go to www.worldforestry.org and click on "Events" and then "Special Admission Offers" 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.


Dec 8th

eReader Workshop@ Beaverton City Library from 6:30-7:30PM.

Are you looking for an intro to the world of eReaders? Reps from Barnes&Noble and Best Buy will demo and answer questions about various eReaders including the Nook, Sony eReader, and Kindle! Library staff will be on hand to show you the Library2Go service and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks! No registration required, phone for more info at 503/526-2577.

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.

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 www.ci.hillsboro.or.us and click on Walters Art Center, then Classes, then Class Info.

57th Annual Christmas Ship Parade@ Columbia and Willamette Rivers through Dec. 21st. Ships sale at 7PM weeknights and earlier on weekends. Check daily schedule at www.christmasships.org.


Dec 9th

Holiday Bazaar@ Charles F. Tigard Elementary School (12855 Grant Street, Tigard- just off Walnut and 99) from 6-8PM.

Check out the array of homemade crafts from over 30 local vendors!  You can peruse the jewelry, hand-knits, cards and gift tags, ornaments and ceramics My friend- Alana Miner- will be selling her festive decorative holiday chargers and one of a kind cards- so be on the look out!!! The bazaar continues tomorrow from 9AM-5PM.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) at 10:30AM&11:30AM. Red acrylic on canvas inspired by Raushenberg 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! 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.

Book Fan Friday@ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing at 4:30PM. Kids from 10 to 18 can meet the author of The Big Wish- Carolyn Conahan-in this workshop for aspiring writers. This month's topic is on collaboration- how writers and editors work together. Go to www.powells.com for more info.

Polar Express Storytime@ Barnes and Noble (Wash. Sq.) at 7PM. Children of all ages are invited to experience the joy of the holiday season at a special Polar Express Storytime with cocoa, craft, and feel free to wear your pjs! Phone the store for more info at 503/598-9455.

Holiday Rock Violin Concert@ Tigard Library from 7 to 8PM. Violinist Aaron Meyer will get everyone in the holiday mood with unique, cutting edge music! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

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 www.beavertoncivictheatre.org for ticket purchase and more info.


Dec 10th

Winter Crafts@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30AM-1:30PM.

Kids can make really cool winter-themed crafts and even create a home-made holiday gift! Geared for kids from 4 to 11 years, no registration required! Go to www.beavertoncitylibrary.org for more info.

Holiday Bazaar@ Charles F. Tigard Elementary School (12855 Grant Street, Tigard- just off Walnut and 99) from 9AM-5PM. See Friday for details.

Santa's Reindeer Magic!@ Dennis' 7 Dees (Cedar Hills) Garden Center (10455 SW Butner Road, Portland) from 10AM to 5PM. Kids can meet live reindeer and have their picture taken with them for FREE! Phone the store for more info-503-297-1058- or go to www.dennis7dees.com and scroll down to upcoming events. 

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC Rock Creek Campus) from 10AM-2PM. The whole famiily can work on ornaments, paper bag puppets, and gift bags! Snacks and juice provided. Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org and click on "What's Happening!" and 2011 calendar for more info.

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 www.als-gardencenter.com for Mrs. Claus' complete schedule for December.

Magic Beans and Christmas Party!@ Al's Garden Center (16920 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood) at 11AM. Plant a pot of magic beans and a special message will appear, just in time for the holidays. Give your planter as a gift or just enjoy watching it grow.$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 winter themed snowflake crafts, a hibernation activity, hikes, storytelling and more! Go to www.worldforestry.org and click on "events" for more info.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

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.

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


Dec 11th

23rd Annual Origami Workshop@ Two World Trade Center (SW 1st between Salmon and Taylor Streets, Portland) from 1-3PM.

Everyone is welcome to learn the Japanese art of paper folding. Volunteers will teach how to craft cranes, roses, animal faces, baskets, wreathes and more!!! Free admission, free materials, no reservations needed!!! Phone for more info at 503/221-1811.

Free "Holiday Feast" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Delicious holiday dishes along with party-planning tips and more! 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 details. FINAL PERFORMANCE!!!

Health Starts Here: Cookie Swap@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 5:30PM. Prepare some tasty yet nutritious holiday cookie recipes including pumpkin pecan cookies, cocoa oat truffles and no bake thumbprint cookies with homemade jam! Suggested donation is one can of food for the OR Food Bank. Pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at melissa.vanbebber@wholefoods.com.