Suzanne's Around Town
Vultures, Pirates, and Dahlias!

Hi! Everyone-

The doggone days of summer zipped by. Beach combing days are dwindling and we're already scrambling to find those ultra fine Sharpies at the local Target!!!

There's still more summer fun to be had so read on!!!

Happy Labor Day weekend!!!

Suzanne




Aug 27th

Free Admission TODAY for Kids at Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day!

What more could you ask for? There are 9,000 things to see and do including 4-H displays, Demi Lovato, Roller Derby, African acrobats, GASCAR Crazy Animal Races, Timbersports and carnival rides! Munch on corn dogs and funnel cakes! Check out www.oregonstatefair.org for complete schedule and directions! Today is Les Schwab Tire Kids Day so free admission for kids (baby-13 years) from 10AM-5PM AND 50% off carnival and game tickets!!!!! Click on the OR State Fair website, then Big Deals for more info.

Chess Club@ Beaverton City Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Kids in grades 3 through 8 can play others or learn the game! No registration required!


Aug 28th

Tween Crafts@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM.

Kids in 3rd to 7th grade can make some cool back-to-school crafts like snazzy magnetic bookmarks and notebook covers (bring your own spiral notebook)! Kids can craft with or without parents attending!!!! Woo-hooo!!!! Go to www.beavertlonlibrary.org for more info.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library from 10:30AM-11AM.

Beaverton Last Tuesday Concert@ The Round (Fountain Plaza at 12600 SW Crescent Street next to Mio Sushi,etc.)from 5-8PM. Free Outdoor Concert! The last concert of the summer will feature piano by Michael Allen Harrison. More info at www.beavertonarts.org. Bring your own picnic or purchase dinner from one of the nearby restaurants!

Kid's Club Event@ Cedar Hills Crossing (Community Room inside the mall) from 5:30-7PM. Powell's Books will join up for a fun event including crafts and stories. Go to www.cedarhillscrossing.com and click on events for more info.

Storytelling Concert@ Garden Home Library from 7-8:15PM. Storyteller Barbara Fankhauser will regale you with 4 fantastic stories. Geared for ages 10 and up. Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.


Aug 29th

Bob Eaton@ Garden Home Library from 11-12:30PM.

Enjoy an end of summer reading party with face painting, games, and a fave local magician- Bob Eaton! Go to www.gardenhome.plinkit.org for more info.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

Summer Street Fair@ Camp Bridgeport (Bridgeport Village,Tigard) from 10:30AM-12:30PM. The kids will enjoy some games and projects in the Center Court area. FREE!!! Check the Center Events for more info at www.bridgeport-village.com.

Wednesday Beaverton Farmer's Market@ SW Hall Blvd (across from Beaverton Library) from 3-6PM. This is the last one!!!! Visit the library, bring swimsuits& towels for the fountains, and buy some local produce and snow cones for the perfect end of summer afternoon!

Free Tennis Lessons@ Beaverton High School Tennis Courts (13000 SW 2nd Street) every Wednesday from 6-7PM. Beaverton High School will be hosting FREE lessons for all students attending Beaverton elementary, middle or high schools! Bring the whole family, racquets will be available to borrow, all ability levels welcome!!! Contact Coach Katy Robinson or Coach Matt Hottmann at beavertonhightennis@gmail.com.


Aug 30th

Oregon Symphony@Tom McCall Waterfront Park (1020 Naito Parkway, Portland) at 5PM.

FREE!!!!! Enjoy a concert by the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony with a fireworks finale!!! Go to www.orsymphony.org for more info or phone 503/228-4294.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

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.

Nature Mobile Every Thursday@ Beaverton Library's Murray Scholls Branch from 12-1:30PM. Toddlers through 5th graders can learn about science and nature every Thursday! The THPRD Naturemobile staff will provide games and hands-on activities on a new topic! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Think Fun Thursdays@ Beaverton City Library from 4-6PM. Drop in for a movie in the auditorium today.Geared for kids from 3 to 8 years old. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info!


Aug 31st

Aqua Challenge @ Conestoga Rec Center Pool from 3-4:30PM.

Inflatable fun for the kids in the pool!!! Aqua challenge is Wipe Out! style fun for kids who pass the swim test. Open swim rates apply. Phone for more info at 503/629-6313.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

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


Sep 1st

International Vulture Awareness Day@ Audubon Society of Portland (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR) from 11AM-3PM.

Learn why vultures- "nature's recyclers"- are so important! FREE! Storytimes, talks, crafts, displays and activities for all ages! Meet Ruby, the Turkey vulture, who lives at Audubon as well! Go to www.audubonportland.org for more info.

FREE Build a Goal Post Football Game@ Home Depot stores (closest would be 4401 SW 110th Ave) from 9AM to Noon. Kids will learn tool safety and have fun working on this "hands-on" project. For more info and photo of project, go to www.homedepot.com and type in "kids workshops" in search box. Project is geared for kids 5ish to 12 years old. Phone the Beaverton store for more info at 503/469-4242.

The Portland Pirate Festival@ St. Helen's Downtown Waterfront (265 Strand Street, St. Helens,OR) from 10AM-Midnight and 10AM-10PM on Sunday! See Sunday for details.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

Annual Dahlia Festival@ Swan Island Dahlias (995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby) from 10AM-6PM through Labor Day. Free admission, free parking!!! Chill-ax in the rainbow of colors - indoors and out in the fields (great photo opp!!!). Go to www.dahlias.com for more info.

16th Annual Art in the Pearl@ NW Park Blocks of Portland from 10AM-6PM and through Labor Day. Peruse the art (ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry & more), enjoy the music, and try out the hands-on art activities for children and adults in the education pavillion. Performances and great food, too. Go to www.artinthepearl.com for more info.

Aqua Challenge @ Conestoga Rec Center Pool from 1-4:15PM. See Friday for details.


Sep 2nd

The Portland Pirate Festival@ St. Helen's Downtown Waterfront (265 Strand Street, St. Helens,OR) from 10AM-10PM.

Check out this family friendly festival with pirates, clashing swords and booming cannons, music, games, crafts, mermaids, grub and grog for scallywags of all ages. One day youth (12 and under) pass is $6 at the gate or $5 in advance. Adult (13 and up) one day pass is $12 at the gate or $10 in advance. Go to www.portlandpiratefestival.com for more info!

$2 Sunday@ OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The first Sunday of every month is just $2 admission. Go to www.omsi.edu for complete info.

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day! See Monday for details.

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

Free "Stocking the Pantry" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn the staples that make weeknight dinners a breeze to prepare! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

16th Annual Art in the Pearl@ NW Park Blocks of Portland from 10AM-6PM and through Labor Day. See Saturday for details.

Annual Dahlia Festival@ Swan Island Dahlias (995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby) from 10AM-6PM through Labor Day. See Saturday for details.

Aqua Challenge @ Conestoga Rec Center Pool from 1-4:15PM. See Friday for details.