Suzanne's Around Town
Beaverton Parade, Vultures, and Bikes!

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 might even try Bike Beaverton, too.

Happy Back to School Season,


Sep 2nd

Oregon State Fair@ Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th Street NE, Salem) from 10AM-11PM through Labor Day!What more could you ask for? 4-H displays, Square Dancers, Roller Derby, Chinese acrobats, GASCAR Crazy Animal Races, Timbersports and the Super Orbier and other carnival rides! Munch on corn dogs and funnel cakes! Check out for complete schedule and directions!

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 for more info.

17th 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 for more info.

Summer Wipeout Aqua Challenge@ Aloha Swim Center (18650 SW Kinnaman Road, Aloha) from 10:30AM-11:45AM. Open swim will feature the giant Aqua Challenge obstacle course inflatable toy. Participants must pass a swim test to use the the inflatable. Swim one length front crawl and one length on back without goggles. Go to for more info.

Sep 3rd

Make a Mini-Lego Pirate @ 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!

Toddler Fun@ Beaverton City Library from 10:15-11AM. Drop-in for fun activities for toddlers, like a storytime without the books. Well dance, use shakers, scarves, do movement activities, sing, and have a simple craft. Ages 2-4 with adult.

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.

Legends of Mexico@ Tigard Library from 6:30-7:30PM. Latin American folk musicians Grupo Condor present a bilingualperformance of ancient Mexican legends from the Aztecs, Mayans,Toltecs and Huncholes, through masks, movement, dance and ancestralsongs and music.Geared for ages 5 and up. Go to for more info.


Sep 4th

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 "Visit Us" for more info.

Toddler Time@ Tigard Library at 10:15&11:15AM.

Preschool Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 11:45AM.

Sep 5th

Progress Ridge Celebration@ New Seasons Market from 5-8PM.Live music, cake walk, appetizer tastings and giveaways to celebrate the Progress Ridge Anniversary!

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM.

Imagination Station@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM. Crafts and play for kids from 3-8 years. Drop-in!

Sep 6th

Paper Pals@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM. Kids from 6 to 12 years old can make cool crafts with paper. Drop in! No registration required!

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) from 10:30AM-11:10AM. New longer class! New project each week inspired by a famous artist.$10 per kid -ages 2 to 5 years, you must phone ahead to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700. Go to for calendar and more info!

Sep 7th

The 56th Annual Beaverton Celebration Parade@ Starts at 10AM on SW Wilson Ave& Allen Blvd.This year the parade theme is "Community-For One and All" ! 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! Go to this link for more info on the parade route :

FREE Make a Football Ring Toss 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 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.

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 for more info.

FREE Admission@ Portland Art Museum from 12-5PM. Bank of America Card holders can enjoy free admission to the museum on the first weekend of each month! Kids 17 and younger are always free. Go to for more info.


Sep 8th

6th 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.

Free "Cast Iron Cooking" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Designed to retain heat, cast-iron cookware is ideal for preparing slow-cooked one-pot meals. You'll learn how to make some delicious recipes and how to properly care for this specialty cookware. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

FREE Admission@ Portland Art Museum from 12-5PM. Bank of America Card holders can enjoy free admission to the museum on the first weekend of each month! Kids 17 and younger are always free. Go to for more info.