Suzanne's Around Town
Stormtroopers, Tales, and Green Living!

Hi! Everyone-

Hopefully fewer April showers this week and we can all enjoy some more outdoor fun!

Happy April!

Suzanne




Apr 9th

Tales from Midlife@ Garden Home Library at 7PM.

No princesses are rescued here. Storyteller Leslie Slape shares rich, witty and touching tales about parenting, married life and growing older as part of the Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival. For adults! Go to www.wccls.org/voices for more info.

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com 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.

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 www.livingwiselyshop.wordpress.com and click on Family Story Time.

PCPA Noontime Showcase@ Hatfield Hall (1111 SW SW Broadway, Portland) from 12-1PM. The ultra talented Dance West from Beaverton's Arts and Communication Magnet Academy will perform everything from hip-hop to ballet! All ages welcome. FREE! Go to www.pcpa.com for more info.


Apr 10th

Tahitian Dance@ Tigard Library from 7-8PM.Immerse yourself in the music, history and beauty of Polynesian culture with this Tahitian dance performance. View and explore traditional instruments and costumes and participate in a spectacular finale! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com 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.

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.


Apr 11th

Roots of Music with Lauren Pelon@ Beaverton City Library Auditorium from 6:30-7:30PM.

Free musical performance with instruments and music from around the world! One recent review- "From Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion to the steps of Russia and the hills of Kazakhstan, Lauren Pelon has entertained audiences with her story of music and instruments throughout history. Her virtuosity on so many instruments and her rich voice remind us of the power of music to transcend time and culture". Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.

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.

Symphony Storytime@ Hillsboro Main Library from 10:15-11:15AM. Musicians from the Oregon Symphony will perform music that enhances the storytelling experience in this special series for preschoolers (ages 3-6) on every Wednesday in April. Each Symphony Storytime will feature one of the four families of musical instruments& kids will have a chance to try out an instrument during a "petting zoo" which will follow each session. Each session will be limited to the first 90 attendees. Phone for more info at 503/615-6500.

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 www.blisscupcakeshop.com 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.


Apr 12th

DK Star Wars Tour@ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing at 7PM.Join the DK Star Wars Attack of the Authors West Coast Tour at its stop in Portland. Ryder Windham will be on hand to present the newly revised and expanded Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide as well as a handful of other new DK Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary; Star Wars: Beware the Sith; and Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids. This event will also feature the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, so no Star Wars fan should miss out. For more info, go to www.powells.com and click on "Stores & Events".

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com 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 www.gardenhome.plinkit.org for more info.

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.

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 "Builders" with various Legos and blocks..Geared for kids from 3 to 8 years old. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org 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.

Stories from Choctaw Lore@ Beaverton City Library at 7PM. This is part of the Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival! Geared for 8 years and up. Go to www.wccls.org/voices for more info.


Apr 13th

Metamorphoses Naturemobile@ Beaverton Library-Murray Scholls Branch from 10-10:45AM and 11-11:45AM.

Learn all about insect metamorphosis in this interactive program presented by Tualatin Hill Parks and Recreation Nature Mobile staff. Space is limited and registration is required (call or stop by Murray Scholls branch library to register: 503-644-2197, option 6). Perfect for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade.Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.

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

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 at 4:30PM. A workshop for kids from 10-18 who love to write. This month's topic- "From Stage to Page: Writing about the Arts, a discussion about how to make arts a compelling story". For more info, go to www.powells.com and click on "Stores & Events".


Apr 14th

2012 Living Green Neighborhood Summit!Living Greener@ Beaverton City Library from 9AM-12:30PM.

Learn about greener eating and a community solar program to name a few topics. Over 50 local businesses will showcase their latest green innovations and solutions! Free raffle drawings and kid's activities presented by SCRAP, Trackers Earth, and Ano's Art Academy. Go to www.BeavertonOregon.gov/LivingGreener for more info

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.

NW Kids presents Summer Camp Expo@ Washington Square Mall (Nordstrom Court) from 10AM-5PM.  Find the perfect summer camps for your kids and chat with over 14 camp directors from Portland Metro Summer camp programs! Go to www.nwkidsmagazine.com for more info.

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC-Rock Creek Campus, Portland) from 10AM-2PM. April features fish printing and Native American games and toys. Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org and click on "What's Happening!" and then "2012 Calendar" for more info.

Love your Library Fest@ Beaverton Library- Murray Scholls Branch from 10AM-Noon. This fun filled family event will feature snacks,games,crafts and a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

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

Bat Chats@ World Forestry Center at 1PM Learn about "Bats: Biology, Behaviors&Benefits" in conjunction with the new Bat Exhibition. Go to www.worldforestry.org and click on "events" for more info.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

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

All That Jazz Valley Catholic Auction 2012@ Embassy Suites(Wash. Sq) from 5 to 10PM. Enjoy New Orleans cuisine, Tom Grant's jazz piano for entertainment and bid on really festive prizes in between beignet bites! Hot air balloon rides, winery tours, and fab trips including Jamaica! For reservations, go to www.valleycatholic.org and click on "News&Events" and then "Auction". For more info, email at stinsen@ssmoministries.org or phone 503/718-6485.


Apr 15th

Health Starts Here:Menu Planning 101@ Whole Foods Market Tanasbourne (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) from 5:30-7PM.

FREE class!!!This class will help you prepare a menu and shopping list for a weeks worth of meals for four, for under $100 and will show you how to do the same for your family whatever your budget and dietary concerns. The class will end with a store tour while you shop for your ingredients. Phone for more info at 503/645-9200.

26th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. Go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.

Free "Cooking with Herbs" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM.  Learn how to select, store and cook with herbs. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Make Your Own Book@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Celebrate National Library Week and Drop Everything and Read Day by designing, binding or writing your own book! Construct and decorate a simple book, design a bookmark, or write and illustrate your own story. All materials provided.