Suzanne's Around Town
Indian Dance&Cuisine, Young Writer's Workshop, & Chocolate Fantasy!

Hi! Everyone-

Almost too many fun activities to mention - the Year of the Rabbit celebrations, the Agate show at OMSI, and the 14th Annual Chocolate Fantasy at Jenkins Estate! And a very cool Young Writer's Workshop at Powell's for future authors!

Happy Pre-Valentine's Week,

Suzanne




Feb 7th

Year of the Rabbit Celebrations@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW Portland) 10AM-5PM daily through Feb. 17th

The two week Chinese New Year Celebration will feature music and dance performances along with interactive activities such as lantern-making and calligraphy and of course- the loud and colorful lion dances!!! Go to www.lansugarden.org for event schedules or phone 503/228-8131 for more info.

Book Babies@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11:30AM. Share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and a simple book while developing early literacy skills. Stay and play after the program. Phone the library for more details at 503/684-6537.

Food for Fines@ Tigard Library through Feb. 12th.  Take a bite out of your fines (up to $10) by donating canned goods or non-perishable foods which will go to the Tigard St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. Every two food items donated will equal $1 in fines. Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more details.

TriMet Discount@ Oregon Zoo today only. Get $3 off zoo admission with proof of TriMet ridership. Go to www.oregonzoo.org for more details.


Feb 8th

South Indian Classical Dance@ Tigard Library from 7-8PM.

Dancers in bright and beautiful costumes will demo the athletic and narrative dance form from the Tamil Nadu region of India. Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info. Don't forget to bring your food for fines (see Monday).

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls at 9:30AM. Get your morning started with fun stories for  kids from 3ish to 5 years old at the newest branch! Staff will be present to let storytime attendees into the library before regular open hours.Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Four Buck Tuesday@ Oregon Zoo from 10AM-4PM. Admission is discounted to $4 per person and children under 3 are free as usual. Go to www.oregonzoo.org for more info. Yes- the price has increased from 2 Buck Tuesday but as an adult, ride the Max and get $1.50 off admission (show ticket stub) so really $2.50 Tuesday!!!! Kids 7 years old and under ride the Max for free.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 11AM. Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM. Books, bubbles, songs and playtime for infants through 18 months! Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

Symphony Storytime@ Hillsboro Main Library (2850 Brookwood Pkway) every Tuesday in February from 10:15-11:15AM. Each week an OR Symphony musician will perform music that enhances the storytelling experience in this special series for preschoolers. Story and craft, too. Phone the library for more info at 503/615-6500 or go to www.hillsboro.plinkit.org.

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


Feb 9th

"Portland Happy Hour Guide 2011" Book Signing and Talk@ Borders (2605 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton) at 7PM.

Finally have a sitter for the kids but no clue where to go in the big city?  Author Cindy Anderson will chat about the secret, cozy, Happy Hour places in her popular local guide - "Portland Happy Hour Guide 2011"-  and give you the intel on hot spots for mojitos and more! Go to www.happyhourguidebook.com or phone the Borders store at 503/644-6164 for more info.

Fun for Ones@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM and 11AM. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Storytime at Bliss Bake Shop@ Bethany Village Centre from 10-10:30AM. Your kids can enjoy a fun story while you sip a Longbottom coffee and perhaps savor a dark chocolate Bittersweet Bliss cupcake (also available in vegan and gluten free!). Phone for more info at 503/645-6000 or go to www.blisscupcakeshop.com for more details.

"Baby Bear's Valentine Kiss" @ Ladybug Theater at Smile Station (8210 SE 13th Ave., Sellwood section of Portland) at 10:30AM. This show is geared for kids from 2 1/2 to 6 years old. Plenty of audience participation and the shows usually last 40 minutes. $3.50 per person but babes in arms are free. Pay at the door but you must phone to reserve tickets in advance at 503/232-2346. Head to the YUM-O! Sellwood Grand Central Bakery afterwards- there's a kid's room in back so you can eat while the tots play with the chalkboard,etc. Go to www.grandcentralbakery.com for menu,etc.

Early Literacy Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM. Learn about the essential skillls to get ready to read!!! Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

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.

Baby Bugs@ Beaverton City Library from 11:45 to 12:15PM.

Teen Library Council Meeting@ Garden Home Library at 6PM (rescheduled from last week).  If you're in 6th-12th grade, then come over to the library for the first ever meeting of the Garden Home Teen Council!!! Become a member (free!), and work with other teens to develop programs, give purchase suggestions to the librarian, volunteer in the library and much more! First meeting is a pizza party!!! Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932 or email at kendram@wccls.org.


Feb 10th

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:30PM.Join in for super sweet stories, a craft and treats! Phone the library for more info at 503/245-9932.

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 1PM.

"Baby Bear's Valentine Kiss" @ Ladybug Theater at Smile Station (8210 SE 13th Ave., Sellwood section of Portland) at 10:30AM. See Wednesday for details.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) from 10:30-11AMish. See Friday for details.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls from 11:30AM to 12PM. 

Preschool Storytime@ Tigard Library from 1:15PM-2PM. Music, interactive activities, and longer stories for blossoming readers! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.


Feb 11th

Young Writer's Workshop@ Powell's (Cedar Hills Crossing) at 4:30PM.

Kids from 10 years to 18 who love to write or are interested in learning more about the craft are invited to meet local authors Lisa Schroeder (It's Raining Cupcakes") and Carolyn Digby Conahan (The Big Wish) for a discussion on character development. For more info, go to www.powells.com and click on "At Our Stores" for "Events" .

60th Annual Agate and Mineral Show@OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. See Saturday for details.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) from 10:30-11AMish. Splatter painting inspired by Jackson Polluck 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!

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.

14th Annual Chocolate Fantasy@ Jenkins Estate (8005 SW Grabhorn Rd, Beaverton) from 3-9PM. $5 per person. Sample delectable NW chocolate treats and get set for Valentine's Day. Go to www.thprd.org for more info.

 


Feb 12th

60th Annual Agate and Mineral Show@OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM.

Explore the wonders of geology with over 50 exhibits of unique rocks from the NW. FREE and open to the public in the OMSI auditorium. Go to www.omsi.edu for more info.

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC-Rock Creek Campus, Portland) from 10AM-2PM. Enjoy Valentine themed heart crafts and paper bag puppets. Snacks and juice provided, too. Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org and click on "Education&Programs" and then "Youth Programs" for more info.

LAST DAY FOR FOOD FOR FINES@TIGARD LIBRARY. See Monday for details.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Origami Workshop@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Geared for 5 years and up. Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.

Parent's Night Out@ My Masterpiece Art Studio from 5PM-9PM. Kids (from 4-12) can enjoy a creative night in the studio while parents enjoy a Pre-Valentine's date night. $35 per child, $15 for each additional sibling. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com for more info. Phone the Studio to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700.


Feb 13th

Statehood Day@ Oregon Historical Society from 12-5PM.

FREE admission in celebration of Oregon's 152nd birthday (coming up on February 14th)! Check out the newest exhibits and enjoy some birthday cake and frozen yogurt samples, too. Go to www.ohs.org and click on "Visit" and "Event Calendar" for more info.

60th Annual Agate and Mineral Show@OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. See Saturday for details.

Free Indian Cooking Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn about curries, basmati rice and essential spices to create delectable Indian food at home. Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

Open House@ The Little Gym Of Lake Oswego from 2-5PM. FREE!!! Kids up to 12 years old are invited to check out the facility! Phone the gym for more info at 503/595-9702.