Suzanne's Around Town
Back to School!, Beaverton Parade, & Bike Beaverton!

Hi! Everyone-

Time to hit the school treadmill once again- new teachers, homework, no more chillax schedule!

We're looking forward to the Beaverton Parade on the weekend and there's even a Parents Night Out at My Masterpiece this Saturday!

Happy Back to School Season,


Sep 3rd

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Today!

Draft horses, pigs, goats, carnival rides, funnel cakes, and tractors!!!!Go to for more info.

Reptile&Amphibian Show@ OMSI from 9:30AM-7PM. $3 per person. Go to for more info.

15th Annual Art in the Pearl@ NW Park Blocks of Portland from 10AM-6PM and through Labor Day. Go to for more info.

Annual Dahlia Festival@ Swan Island Dahlias (995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby) from 10AM-6PM through Labor Day. Go to for more info.

Sep 4th

Make a Mini-Lego Owl @ Lego Store (Wash. Sq.) from 5PM-6PM!

Free! Phone the store for more details at 503/670-9109. You can just never have enough Legos, can you? For kids from 6 to 14. Supplies are limited so arrive early. I have seen parents and kids line up at least 45 minutes ahead before!

Baby Hour@ Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave., Portland) at 10AM. Take a group tour of the exhibitions with your baby (up to one year old) followed by coffee and conversation. More info & pre-register at

Fun for Ones (Ages 12-24 months)@ Tigard Library from 10:15-10:45AM AND 11:15AM-11:45AM. 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.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

Sep 5th

Wondrous First Wednesday@ World Forestry Center Discovery Museum from 10AM-5PM.

Admission is reduced to $3 per person for kids from 3 to 103! Go to and click on "Events" and then "Special Admission Offers" for more info.

Toddler Time (ages 24-36 months) Storytime@ Tigard Library at 10:15AM-10:45AM AND 11:15-11:45PM. Number of participants is limited to first 20 children for each session.

Pre-school Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 11:45AM.

Sep 6th

OMSI Amazing Whales Program@ Beaverton City Library - 3 One Hour Sessions starting at 3PM.Kids in grades K through 5th are invited to crawl inside a life size inflatable whale and learn more about Whales and Dolphins! Pre-registration required at 503-350-3600.

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.

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 "Imagination Station" with play and crafts. Geared for kids from 3 to 8 years old. Go to for more info!

Sep 7th

Paper Pals@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM.

Kids from 6 to 12 years old can make cool crafts with paper. Registration required at 503/350-3600.

Family StoryTime (ages 0-6 years)@ Tigard Library from 10:15-11:00AM AND 11:15AM-12:00PM. 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. Cubist collage inspired by George Braque 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!

Sep 8th

The 55th Annual Beaverton Celebration Parade@ Starts at 10AM on SW Wilson Ave& Allen Blvd.

This year the parade theme is "The Many Faces of Our City" ! Come and cheer on all the very cool entries including marching bands, gymnastic and dance teams, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Pageant winners, rodeo stars, Chuck E. Cheese, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue to name just a few! See local Olympian- Mariel Zagunis- as Grand Marshall!  Go to this link for more info on the parade route :

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC Rock Creek Campus-17677 NW Springville Road, Portland) from 10AM-1PM. Make a map, enjoy a scavenger hunt!! Snacks and juice provided. Go to and click on Events&Programs for more info.

Al's Kids' Club@ Al's Garden Center (16920 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood) at 11AM. Make a blooming paper card with flower seeds! $5 per kid. Pre-registration required by going to . Click on "Events and Seminars" and then "2012 Kid's Club Schedule".

Tree-mendous Second Saturday@ World Forestry Center from 11AM-3PM. Join in for paper making and more! Go to and click on "events" for more info.

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

Sep 9th

5th Annual Bike Beaverton @ Beaverton City Park (SW 5th and Hall) at 1PM.

There will be a bike rodeo for the kids at 1PM followed by a 6 mile, family-friendly bike ride through Beaverton's quiet neighborhoods. Free ice cream back at the park! Bike helmets required! Go to for more info.

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

Free "Knife Skills" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn how to wield a knife like the Top Chefs!  Complimentary knife sharpening (one per person), too! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Do Not Feed The Bears@ Tigard Library from 1:30-3PM. Enjoy crafts, activity stations, bear games, honey treats and more!!! Go to for more info.

An Afternoon of Flamenco@ Beaverton CIty Library from 2-3PM. Enjoy a live performance of dancing, singing, and guitar! Then learn some dance moves! No registration! Go to for more info.

Mo Willems@ Cedar Hills Powells Books at 2PM. Meet the three-time Caldecott Honor Winner (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) for a book signing/reading of his new, hilarious take on a classic- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs! Go to  and click on "Stores&Events" for more info.