Suzanne's Around Town
Valentine's Day,Cinderella&Free Admission at OHS!!!

Hi! Everyone-

Can't wait for the most chocolate-y holiday of the year on Tuesday! And it's also Oregon's 153rd bday and so you can enjoy free admission to the Oregon Historical Society on Tuesday AND Saturday!!!!

There are some interesting free seminars on bullying and self-defense coming up in Tigard so check out Sunday for details!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!



Feb 13th

Cinderella Ate My Daughter@ Powell's at 7PM.

Peggy Orenstein's Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (Harper) reveals the dark side of "girlie-girl" values and offers a path forward for anyone trying to help a young girl navigate the rocky road to adulthood.Go to 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 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.

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

Lovey Babies@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11:30AM. Kids who are six years old and younger are invited to dance their hearts and make Valentines!!!

PCPA Noontime Showcase@ Hatfield Hall (1111 SW SW Broadway, Portland) from 12-1PM. Portland Opera brings an abridged version of the fairy tale opera - "Hansel and Gretel". Audience members will learn about music and opera as they interact with the performers. All ages welcome. FREE! Go to for more info.


Feb 14th

Games to Get your Heart Pumping@ Tigard Library from 5:30-7PM.

Try out some games and fitness programs on the Wii and the Microsoft Kinect body-tracking feature for the Xbox 360. Designed to get you moving and your heart pumping for Valentine's Day!!! Go to 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 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.

FREE Admission@ Oregon Historical Society(1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from 10AM-5PM. Help Oregon celebrate its 153rd birthday by coming to OHS for free! Birthday cake at noon! Go to for more info.

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 15th

Symphony Storytime@ Sherwood Library (22560 SW Pine Street, Sherwood) at 1PM.

Each Oregon Symphony Storytime features one of the four instrument families and each week an Oregon Symphony musician will add music to the stories that Teresa the Storylady has picked out just for the occasion. Following the story, there will be a chance for kids to try out an instrument during an "instrument petting zoo." Space at these storytimes is limited and seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis so get to the Library early - tickets will be handed out at the front desk starting at 12:30. Phone the library for more info at 503/625-6688.

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.

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 16th

Art Right Off the Page@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5:30PM.

This new program is for kids (7-11) 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.

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 (last session!).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 17th

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.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) at 10:30AM&11:30AM. Clay faces inspired by Michelangelo 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!

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.

Feb 18th

FREE Museum Family Saturday@ Oregon Maritime Museum (near Waterfront Park SW Naito Parkway at Pine Street, Portland) from 11AM-4PM.

Discover Portland's maritime history with a craft to take home! Fine print- family activities on cabin deck are free. Still need to pay admission if you'd like a tour - $5 per adult, $3 per kid 6-17, under 6 years is free! Go to for more info.

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.

FREE Family Day@ The Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from 11AM-3PM. Enjoy free admission at the February Family Day celebrating Latino culture! Be one of the first to visit Bittersweet Harvest-a bilingual exhibit created by the Smithsonian. Videos, childrens activities, gallery talks, and other exciting entertainment will take place throughout the day to celebrate. Kids will love the pinata at noon and cupcakes for OR's bday! Go to and click on "event calendar" for more info and schedule.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Bat Chats@ World Forestry Center at 1PM and 3PM. Learn about "Bats in my Attic" and "Oregon's Bats: Facts and Myths" in conjunction with the new Bat Exhibition. Go to and click on "events" for more info.

Feb 19th

Health Starts Here: Mardi Gras@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 5:30PM.

Learn how to make red beans and rice soup, cornbread and picked Cajun green beans and carrots without dairy, oils, or eggs! Suggested donation is $2 to Whole Planet Foundation. You must pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at

Free "Knife Skills" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn how to properly grip your knife and move on to slicing, dicing, chopping.and even julienne! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Looking ahead- The Tigard Chamber is partnering with Karate on Main to offer 5 FREE safety seminars for kids, families, and women. This series kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 23rd and continues for 5 consecutive Thursdays(Tigard Chamber Community Room at 12345 SW Main Street) from 7-8PM.  Topics include Dealing with Bullies, Stranger Danger, Online Safety, and Women's Self-Defense.  To register, go to, click on "calendar" and scroll down.