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

Hi! Everyone-

September already?!? The summer zipped by.

Happy Back to School Season,


Sep 1st

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

18th Annual Art in the Pearl@ NW Park Blocks of Portland from 10AM-5PM. 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.

Sep 2nd

Make a Mini-Lego Racing Plane@ 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!

Sep 3rd

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

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

Sep 4th

Read to the Dogs@ Beaverton City Library from 5-7PM.Kids in grades 1 through 5 can sign up to practice their reading skills by reading to an adorable trained therapy dog. Register at 503/350-3600.

Sep 5th

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 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 6th

The 57th Annual Beaverton Celebration Parade@ Starts at 10AM on SW Wilson Ave& Allen Blvd.This year the parade theme is "A World in Our Cityl" ! 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 Build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse@ 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.

Free Junior Chef Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Kids will make fresh pasta with sauce in this fun, hands-on class!! This class is geared for 9-13 years. FREE! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784.

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.

Wipeout Aqua Challenge@ Harman Swim Center(7300 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton) from 1:30-3PM. See Sunday for details.

FREE Admission for Bank of America Card holders@ Portland Art Museum, Portland Children's Museum, and Portland Japanese Garden. 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 at the Portland Art Museum. Go to and for more info.

Sep 7th

7th 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.

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

Free "Fresh Pasta" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Wipeout Aqua Challenge@ Harman Swim Center(7300 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton) from 2-4PM. 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- click on "Aquatics" and Wipe-Out! Water Toys" for details.