Suzanne's Around Town
Joy The Baker, Little House, & St. Paw-tricks Day!!!

Hi! Everyone-

There are two local theater productions for kids and several opportunities to view Irish dancers- just in time for St. Patrick's Day!!!

Shamrock Shakes, anyone?


Mar 12th

School Skills Student&Parent Seminar@ Beaverton City Library at 5:30PM.Parents and kids in grades 6 through 12 are invited for a presentation by Chris Tobias-local author of "101 Secrets to Passing Any Test!". Learn unique, fun methods to improve grades and perform better at school. Free and no registration!!!! 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.

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

Story Time@ Living Wisely Shop (4650 SW Betts Ave., Beaverton) at 11:15AM. Preschoolers can enjoy uplifting stories and activities in this cozy shop near the Beaverton Post Office. For more info, go to and click on Family Story Time.

PCPA Noontime Showcase@ Hatfield Hall (1111 SW SW Broadway, Portland) from 12-1PM. The Internationally award winning Comerford Irish Dancers will perform stepdance and other traditional Irish dances. All ages welcome. FREE! Go to for more info.

Mar 13th

Slavic Folk Dance@ Tigard Library from 7-8PM.

This Matryoshkas from Eugene will bring the unique beauty of Slavic culture to life with traditional folk dances, colorful costumes and songs from the Ukraine and Russia. 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.

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.

Mar 14th

Joy the Baker@ Powell's at Cedar Hills at 7PM.  won Saveur's 2011 Best Baking and Dessert Blog award. Now, in Joy the Baker (Hyperion), Joy presents the best of her incredibly delicious recipes for all kinds of sweets from oatmeal cookie pancakes to peanut butter ice cream sauce to sweet potato chocolate chip cookies!!!  For more info, go to and click on "Stores and Events".

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.

Parker Quartet @ Beaverton City Library at 3PM. Hailed by the New York Times as "something extraordinary", the Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent classical music ensembles of its generation. The Grammy award-winning ensemble is known for pioneering performances in non-traditional venues. This performance is free and open to all ages.

An Irish Ceili:Concert and Dance@ Tigard Library from 6:30-8:30PM. Start celebrating St. Patrick's Day early with a fun, lively program featuring Irish music and dance. Piper Tim Birr kicks off the evening with a bagpipe prelude at 6:15 p.m. Musicians will sing and play flute, whistle, fiddle and guitar in a short concert starting at 6:30 p.m. In the spirit of a traditional cil (community social gathering), learn some traditional dance steps from Sam Keator while the musicians accompany you.

Mar 15th

Think Fun Thursdays@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM.

Drop in each Thursday for a rotating fun activity- no registration required! This week kids can enjoy "Puzzle Time" with various puzzles..Geared for kids from 3 to 8 years old. Go to for more info!

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.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.

Peaceful Conflict Resolution@ Tigard Chamber Community Room (12345 SW Main Street, Tigard) from 6:45-8PM. This seminar for parents and teens will teach conflict resolution skills, strategies, and solutions that will help de-escalate difficult situations. Free class! Register at and click on "2012 Winter Seminar Series".

Mar 16th

Little House on the Prairie@ Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capital Hwy, Portland) at 7-8:30PMEnjoy a FREE student performance that's sure to include heartwarming pioneer tales with Pa, Ma, Half-Pint and the insufferable Nellie Olsen! Phone the center for more info at 503/823-2787.

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

Mar 17th

Pooches on the Green@ Beaverton City Park (5th&Hall Blvd.) from 11AM to 1:45PM.

Celebrate St. Paw-tricks day with a doggie fair, kids' crafts, Irish music and dance and more! Pipe Band at 11AM, Beaverton Police K-9 demo at 11:30AM and Irish Dancing at 12:30ish. Go to for more info.

Family Day@ Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave, Portland) from 11AM-3PM. Lots of elephant fun in honor of Packy's 50th-Enjoy a live musical performance by Sucker Creek Jazz Band at 11, then meet live animal guests from the Oregon Zoo and Zoo Teens. Learn about elephant habitats with a special display, and see some of the Packy artifacts in the OHS collection. At 1 PM, join Oregon Zoo Elephant Curator Bob Lee for a lecture and learn about what it takes to care for Packy and his friends. Go to for more info.

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.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Bat Chat@ World Forestry Center at 1PM. A chat about "Bats in the Attic" in conjunction with the new "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats" exhibition. Go to for more info.

Robin Hood:The Musical@ "The Stage" at Calvin Church (10445 SW Canterbury Lane, Tigard) at 2PM & 7:30PM. See Sunday for details.

CelloBop with Gideon Freudmann@ Hillsboro Main Library (2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro) from 3-4PM. Innovative, original music on the electric cello played by Gideon Freudmann who has created his own style of music called CelloBopa fusion of blues, jazz, folk and more. Richly detailed and accessible, Freudmann's music has been heard on TV soundtracks, NPR's All Things Considered, and more than 14 albums. Go to for more info.

Little House on the Prairie@ Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capital Hwy, Portland) at 7-8:30PM. See Friday for details.

Mar 18th

Robin Hood:The Musical@ "The Stage" at Calvin Church (10445 SW Canterbury Lane, Tigard) at 2PM.

The Mask and Mirror Community Theatre of Tigard&Tualatin presents a musical comedy featuring Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the evil Prince John and Little Jean. Enjoy eight original songs and unexpected surprises! Adult tickets are $12, student tickets are $10, and kids' tickets for 10 years and under are $5. Go to for m ore info.

Free "Sweet&Savory Tarts" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Get the 411 on tarts from quiche to sweet fruit tarts! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Health Starts Here for Kids: Smoothies@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 4:30PM. Kids will learn how to make 3 easy smoothies that are only sweetened with fruit!!!$2 donation for Whole Planet Foundation.Pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at

Little House on the Prairie@ Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capital Hwy, Portland) at 2PM. See Friday for details.