Suzanne's Around Town
Love Fest, Bat Chats, & Parents Night Out!

Hi! Everyone-

Just in time for Valentine's Day- there's a fun Valentine Love Fest (carnival style games and more)at the Murray Scholls Branch of Beaverton Library and an upcoming Parents Night Out at My Masterpiece Art Studio!!!!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday and don't forget to enjoy the sun!


Feb 6th

Year of the Dragon Celebrations@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW Portland) 10AM-5PM daily through TODAY!!!

The Chinese New Year Celebration will feature music and dance performances along with interactive activities such as lantern-making and calligraphy and of course- the loud and colorful lion dances!!! Go to for event schedules or phone 503/228-8131 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.


Feb 7th

Make a Lego Mini-Hockey Player@ 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! (That's Mark Twain in Legos at right!!!!).

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

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.

Feb 8th

Pre-school Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

This fun storytime- geared for 2-4 year olds- will include stories that allow for questions and comments, and activities that engage all the senses! Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

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

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.

Feb 9th

"Gelato Sisterhood of the Amalfi Shore" Author Visit@ Tigard Library from 7-8:30PM.

Discover the sparkling Amalfi Shore of Italy though the eyes of a world traveler. Chantal Kelly's Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore is part travelogue and part historical review. The story will mesmerize anyone who's ever been tempted to indulge in the charms of Italy. Go to for more info.

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

Sing & Sign Time with Dawn Prochovnic@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM every Thursday through 2/16.Join Dawn as she leads a lively, interactive series of story times. Learn sign language with your kids and enjoy fun music, songs, and stories. This program is geared for families with children ages 2-4 but it's open to all ages. Registration required- email the GH Youth Librarian, Patrick Goodman at or sign up at the GH front desk.

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

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM.This fun story time is geared for kids from 2 to 4 year old but all are invited. Early education skill building and crafts will compliment the story of the day. Go to for more info.

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.

Feb 10th

A Concert For Kids@ Ananda Temple & Teaching Center (4855 SW Vermont CT, Beaverton) from 6:30-8PM.

Come and enjoy the light and joyful music of acclaimed kindie artist and jazz musician, Lori Henriques. All ages welcomed! From the The Washington Post -Lori's recent album- Outside my Door- "will have you smiling, at times laughing,and in general feeling really good about who you are." All proceeds benefit the Living Wisdom School, a local preschool to grade 7 school. Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults or $20 per family. Go to for more info.

61st Annual Agate and Mineral Show@ OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. Go to Saturday for details.

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

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 who love to write will enjoy this workshop! This month, Susan Blackaby (Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox) and Emily Whitman (Wildwing) present Setting the Hook, a talk about writing first paragraphs with zing!Go to for more info.

15th Annual Chocolate Fantasy@ Jenkins Estate (8005 SW Grabhorn Rd, Beaverton) from 5-9PM. $5 per person. Sample delectable NW chocolate treats and get set for Valentine's Day. Go to for more info.

Wine Tasting Event@ Fancy That/Bliss Bake Shop (4708 NW Bethany Blvd., Portland- in Bethany Village Centre) from 5:30-7:30PM. Unwind from the week while sipping some vinos from Abbey Creek Vineyard. $15 per person, reservations required at 503/799-5329 or


Feb 11th

Valentine Love Fest @ Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls Branch (11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102, Beaverton) from 10AM-12PM.

Come on over for Valentine's crafts, carnival style games, snacks and prizes! No registration required!!!Go to and click on "Event Calendar" for more info.


61st Annual Agate and Mineral Show @ OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. Explore the wonders of geology with over 30 exhibits of unique rocks.Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the Pacific Northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society.Go to for more info.

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC-Rock Creek Campus, Portland) from 10AM-2PM. Musician Rick Meyers performs an old-time music show and will also teach kids string games. Make valentines and bon-bon boxes, too. Music performances are at 11AM and 1PM. Go to and click on "What's Happening!" and then "2012 Calendar" for more info.

Terrific Tabletop Topiaries@ Al's Garden Center (Sherwood) at 11AM. Kids can get creative with wire and vines! $5 per kid and you must pre-register at

Tree-mendous Second Saturday@ World Forestry Center from 11AM-3PM. Join in for a dirt and soil themed Tree-Mendous Second Saturday with a crafts, activities, hikes, storytelling, and more! Go to and click on "events" for more info.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

I Love You, Valentine Party@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Crafts and tasty treats for all ages!!! Go to for more info.

Parent's Night Out@ My Masterpiece Art Studio from 5PM-9PM. Kids (from 4-12) can enjoy a creative night in the studio while parents enjoy a Pre-Valentine's date night. $38 per child, $18 for each additional sibling. Go to for more info. Phone the Studio to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700.

Feb 12th

Bat Chats@ World Forestry Center at 1PM and 3PM.

Various biologists and educators will provide "Bat Chats"  (through 5/5) on weekends so you can learn even more about bats in conjunction with the new "Masters of the Night- The True Story of Bats" exhibition. The 2,500 square foot exhibition dispels popular misconceptions about bats, describes their ecological importance and gives visitors an appreciation of the true wonders of the bat world. The exhibit includes  interactive displays, and environmentally lifelike settings that engage visitors to learn about the world's only flying mammals.Go to for more info.

61st Annual Agate and Mineral Show@ OMSI  from 9:30AM-5:30PM. Go to Saturday for details.

Free "Winter Vegetable" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn how to select, prepare and enjoy what's in season now from squashes to greens.Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Oregon History 101@ Tigard Library from 1-2:30PM. Learn about Oregon's rapid transition from salmon fisheries to shopping malls, from tall timber to city streets. Historian Richard Engeman offers a condensed history of our state, with dozens of historic photographs and images - 300 years of history in just 90 minutes. Go to for more info.

Health Starts Here: We Love Chocolate!@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 5:30PM. Learn how to make delicious banana cocoa snack cake and a perfect chocolate pudding!!!Suggested donation is $2 to Whole Planet Foundation. You must pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at