Suzanne's Around Town
Nutcrackers, Wintercrafts & Neon Man!

Hi! Everyone-

There are 2 festive local productions of "The Nutcracker" ballet to choose from along with lots of winter crafts at the libraries!

Happy Holidaze!

Suzanne




Dec 12th

Patricia Cornwell@ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills at 7PM.

Patricia Cornwell- the world's bestselling crime writer- will be on hand to talk about her new Kay Scarpetta novel - "Red Mist". Go to www.powells.com and click on "Stores& Events" 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.

Japanese Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM.

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.

PCPA Noontime Showcase@ Hatfield Hall (1111 SW SW Broadway, Portland) from 12-1PM. Gifted local pianist and composer Sally Harmon and talented bass player Frank Gruner will entertain with a special program of seasonal music. Enjoy holiday favorites as well as recent works destined to become classics. All ages welcome. FREE! Go to www.pcpa.com for more info.


Dec 11th

Neon Man@ Tigard Library at 7PM.

International juggler and comedian Henrik Bothe will conjure up pure magic- he'll walk on ladders, juggle with no hands, and produce a glowing finale!!! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

 

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.

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.

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.

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 12th

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!

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 13th

Holiday Lights@ Peacock Lane (S.E. Portland) starting tonight (from 6-11PM) and running through New Year's Eve.

Since 1929, residents of this neighborhood have been decorating their homes with an extravaganza of festive lights and holiday decorations. Take a stroll and sip cocoa! For map and more details, go to www.peacocklane.net. Tonight and tomorrow night are pedestrian only nights!

 

 

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

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.

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.

Art Right Off the Page@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5:30PM. This new program is for kids (7-11) and interested adults wanting to learn more about the wonderful people who illustrate children's books and the art-making process. Each session includes an art adventure emphasizing the artistic style of selected illustrators. Registration required at 503/350-3600.

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.


Dec 14th

Paper Pals@ Beaverton City Library from 3:30-4:30PM.

Kids in grades 1-5 can experiment with drawing, tracing, paper airplanes, origami and more! Registration required at 503/350-3600.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) at 10:30AM&11:30AM. Wood and paint collage inspired by Frank Stella 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.


Dec 15th

Winter Celebration@ Beaverton Library Murray Scholls branch from 10AM-12PM.

Kids can create winter themed crafts including snow crowns, origami crane ornaments and also enjoy carnival style games, snacks, carols, and prizes! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org 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.

Novel Needles@ Tigard Library from 10:30-12PM. All skill levels welcome to learn how to knit or crochet or even work on a half-finished project! No registration required. Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.

Family Day@ The Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from 11AM-3PM.View and learn more about the featured exhibit, Red Shield of the Rose City: 125 Years of the Salvation Army in Portland.  Check out a historic model train display, holiday carolers, and crafts for kids! Two children admitted free with one paid adult admission! Go to www.ohs.org and click on "event calendar" for more info.

Free Make&Take Santa Candies@ Paperzone (10029 SW Nimbus Ave.) from 12-2PM. All supplies provided! Phone the store for more info at 503/641-8112.

A Nutcracker Tea@ PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center at 2PM and 7PM. Northwest Dance Theatre presents a family-friendly adaptation geared for kids 4 years and older. Complimentary refreshments after the show. This production runs for 90 minutes including the intermission. Go to www.nwdt.org or phone 503/925-3898 for ticket purchase. Ticket prices are $12-28.


Dec 18th

Portland Festival Ballet's "The Nutcracker"@ ACMA (11375 SW Center Street, Beaverton) at 1PM&5PM.

Go to www.portlandfestivalballet.org for more info or phone 503/977-1753 to reserve tickets. The production runs 1.5 hours and is geared for kids 4 and up. Ticket prices are $22-24. Kids (3-17) are $10 per ticket for some performances- look for Family Discount performances online.

Crafts Full of Light@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30. Kids -from 5 years and up-can create star ornaments, candle holders, and simple roll-up beeswax candles to get set for the holidays!

A Nutcracker Tea@ PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center at 2PM and 7PM.

Kids Can Cook:Sesame Peanut Noodles@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 4:30PM. Kids will participate in every step of making this Asian inspired dish and then get to devour the results. 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.