Suzanne's Around Town
World Story Times, "Chopped" Star, & Multnomah County Fair!

Hi! Everyone-

Seems like we just started the school year....and now we're heading into Memorial Day weekend, the Rose Festival, and Multnomah County Fair!!!! Woo-hoooo!!!!! Corn dogs and bumper cars!!!

Lots of fun stuff for parents this week - including Food Network Star cooking demo at Williams-Sonoma and Canvas, Clay & Carafe night at My Masterpiece Art Studio.

Enjoy the sun!

Suzanne

 




May 21st

World Language Storytime Week@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30AM-11AM.Regular BCL storytimes are on hiatus so enjoy a storytime in a different language every day this week. Today, listen to stories read in Hebrew! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.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.

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


May 22nd

Jass Two Plus One@ Tigard Library from 7-8:30PM.Jass Two Plus One reaches back into the '20s and '30s to bring the romance and adventure of Jazz or "Jass" into the 21st century. Listen to the music of America and feel its vibrant power for yourself. Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.

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@ Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (SE 28th Ave&Woodstock Blvd., Portland) on Tuesdays&Wednesdays from 10AM-6PM. If you're looking for a quick day trip on a non-rainy day, then check out this gorgeous 7 acre garden with vibrant rhododendrons, azaleas, and 3 waterfalls!!! Stroll down shady paths to Crystal Springs Lake. Kids under 12 are always admitted for free and there's just a $3 charge for adults from Thursday-Monday. For more info go to www.portlandonline.com and click on "visiting" and "parks".

World Language Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM. Today, listen to stories read in Korean.

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.


May 23rd

Food Network Star- Ted Allen- Demo & Book Signing@ Williams-Sonoma (NW 23rd& Flanders, Portland) at 12PM.

The James Beard (broadcast&journalism category) award winning Chopped host will be on hand to demo a few recipes - butterscotch pots de creme or perhaps edamame canapes- from his 2nd cookbook -"In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks".  For complete info on securing a ticketed spot, go to www.williams-sonoma.com and scroll down to "Store Events" under "Resources". Then Scroll down for "Book Signings". You may also phone the store at 503/946-2300.

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

World Language Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM. Today, listen to stories read in Chinese.

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.

Art Right off the Page@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5:30PM. Kids (7-11) will 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.

Canvas, Clay&Carafe@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) from 7-8:30PM. Relax, sip vino or sparkling water, and create a masterpiece as a professional artist walks you through the steps! In this class- you will learn the technique of chalk on canvas cloth and create a Georgia O'Keeffe inspired masterpiece! $36 per person and you must pre-register at 503/453-3700. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com and click on "Special Events" for more info.



May 24th

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 "Board Game" with faves. Geared for kids from 3 to 8 years old. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info!

World Language Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM. Today, listen to stories read in German.

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.

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.


May 25th

Make Your Own Book Box@ Beaverton City LIbrary (2 Sessions) from 11AM-12PM and 2-3PM.

Kids from 4 to 11 can decorate a special box to hold all of their summer reading books! Pre-register at 503/350-3600.

World Language Storytime@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM. Today, listen to stories read in Somali.

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

Free Admission on Opening Night to Rose Festival CityFair (formerly Waterfront Village)@ Tom McCall Waterfront Park (1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland) from 5PM to 11PM. The Rose Festival- Portland's biggest party of the year-kicks off with funtastic carnival rides, entertainment, and fireworks at 9:45PMish. Free admission tonight. Admission for the next 3 weeks is $5 per person for 7 years old and above.Go to www.rosefestival.org for complete info.

Free Fourth@ Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland) from 5-8PM. The museum offers free admission on the fourth Friday of every month. FYI- kids 17 years and younger are always FREE!!! Go to www.portlandartmuseum.org for more info.


May 26th

2012 Multnomah County Fair@ Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland) from 12-7PM through Monday!

Free Admission! Free Parking!!! Bumper cars, kiddie&thrill rides, pony rides along with barnyard fun, petting zoo, a magic show by Professor Bamboozle, robotics demos, and a Flashmob!!!! Go to www.multnomahcountyfair.org or phone 503/233-5777 for complete schedule!

Beaverton Farmer's Market@ SW Hall Blvd (across from Beaverton Library) from 8AM to 1:30PM. German sausages, gelato, artisan cheeses, Gloria's tamales, crepes, falafel, knife sharpening, and of course, plants and vegetables, too. Go to www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com for more info.

Memorial Day Weekend@ Wine Country through Monday! See Sunday for details.

Rose Festival CityFair (formerly Waterfront Village)@ Tom McCall Waterfront Park (1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland) from 11AM to 11PM. The Rose Festival- Portland's biggest party of the year-kicks off with funtastic carnival rides,and entertainment, Admission for the next 3 weeks is $5 per person for 7 years old and above.Go to www.rosefestival.org for complete info.

Pachyderm Portmanteau Party! @ Tigard Library from 2-3:30PM. Join artist Hilary Pfiefer for a hands-on workshop where you can draw your own pachyderm (elephant) portmanteaus (2 words smooshed to make a new word. For ex., Guacamole Elephant= Guacamoliphant! ) in honor of her new book- "Elphabet". Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.


May 27th

Memorial Day Weekend@ Wine Country through Monday!

Savor the region's acclaimed Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and other wines at any of more than 100 Oregon wineries which will open their doors to tours, picnics, and live music. Go to this site for more info:www.willamettewines.com

Free "Vitamix blender" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn how to make the most of your Vitamix-and see the newest Vitamix model in action-from minced veggies and pureed hot soups to froths and frozen desserts. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

New Seasons Market Story Time@ Progress Ridge at 10AM. 3 stories and snackage every Sunday!

Rose Festival CityFair (formerly Waterfront Village)@ Tom McCall Waterfront Park (1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland) from 11AM to 11PM. See Saturday for details.

2012 Multnomah County Fair@ Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland) from 12-7PM through Monday! See Saturday for details.

Health Starts Here: Get Ready for Summer!@ Whole Foods Market Tanasbourne (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) from 5:30-7PM. Learn how to make a southwestern veggie burger, pineapple cucumber salad and spiced iced tea punch. Please sign up in advance by emailing Melissa.vanbebber@wholefoods.com  or phone for more info at 503/645-9200.