Suzanne's Around Town
Back to School!

Hi! Everyone-

With apologies to Sir Tim Rice, I imagine I'll be singing the following lyrics on Tuesday:

"A whole new world, a new kid-free point of view, no one to tell me NO!,

or where to go, or request a Cliff kid bar immediately....."

WOW! I'll have 2 kids in school full-time for the first time EVER and I'm looking forward to

the new possibilities!!!! Just stop me before I over-volunteer!!!!

Happy Back To School Season,






Sep 6th

Oregon State Fair@ SalemCheck out for complete schedule and directions! Today is the LAST day for the fair!!! We met a very gentle horse named "Ike" on Friday - shown here!

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

14th 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. Go to for more info. Last day!!!

2 for 1 Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden  (Portland) ALL MONTH to celebrate the garden's 10th anniversary. Go to for complete list of September anniversary events! FYI- Kids 5 and under always have free admission.

Sep 7th

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls at 9:30AMGet your morning started with fun stories for  kids from 3ish to 5 years old at the newest branch! Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library from 10:30-11AM. Songs, rhymes, books and playtime geared for 3 months to about 18 months old. Go to this link for more info: or phone the library at 503/245-9932

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 for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.

Make a Lego Mini-Boy with Backpack@ Lego Store (Wash. Sq.) from 5PM until supplies last! 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 8th

Early Literacy Workshop@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM

Learn about early literacy and techniques to help your child to get ready to read. Parents are welcome to bring their babies, tots, and kids and you'll receive a free book for your home library the first time you come to a session. Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

Storytime at Bliss Bake Shop@ Bethany Village Centre from 10-10:30AM. Phone for more info at 503/645-6000 or go to 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.

Spanish Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at  Murray Scholls from 6:45PM-7:15PM. Stories in Spanish for all ages. Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Sep 9th

Preschool Storytime@ Tigard Library from 1:15PM-2PM

Music, interactive activities, and longer stories for blossoming readers! Go to for more info.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls from 11:30AM-Noon. Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library (7475 SW Oleson Road, Portland) from 11:45AM-12:15PM. Enjoy stories, music and activities for the entire family! Phone the library for more details at 503/245-9932.

Sep 10th

FREE Yoga Class@ Lucy Store (Washington Square) from 10AM-11AM

The Lucy Stores will be celebrating National Yoga Month by offering free in-store yoga classes all month. Today you can drop in for an all levels Yoga class taught by Tiffany Barrett from the Hawthorne Farms Athletic Club. Phone the store for more details at 503/620-8235 or go to


Family StoryTime (ages 0-6 years)@ Tigard Library on Fridays 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.

Sep 11th

Beaverton City Library Celebrates 10 Years in 10 Days (September 10 through 19th)!!!!

Go to for complete list of happenings (birthday cake!!!) and performances!!!!

Zoo Zap@ Beaverton City Library (Meeting Rooms A&B) at Noon. Young animal lovers are invited to meet a selection of smaller mammals and reptiles from the Oregon Zoo. Go to for more info.

Teen Read-In@ Beaverton City Library from Noon-4PM. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to the YA Room for an afternoon of reading, music, fun, and prizes during this read-athon! Drop in any time to participate.

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum from 10AM-2PM. Enjoy quilt activities with the Westside Quilters Guild. Also, make your own leaf accordion book and paper bag puppets. Snacks and juice provided. Go to and click on Events&Programs for more info.

6th Annual Tigard Family Fest@ Cook Park at 4:30PM. Enjoy a Texas BBQ, ice cream, live music, followed by fireworks at dusk. Go to. and click on Family Fest for more details.

Sep 12th

Theater Games@ Beaverton City Library Auditorium from 2 to 4PM

The Beaverton Civic Theatre will lead kids in an exciting afternoon of improvisational theater games. Go to for more info.

Bling your School Bag@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Geared for ages 5 and up. Create custom buttons and iron-on patches to jazz up your backpack! Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537 or go to

Free Cooking Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10 AM. Stir, baby, stir! Learn techniques to make risotto! Reserve a spot by phoning the store at 503/684-2784.