Suzanne's Around Town
Young Writer's Workshop, $4 Zoo, &Int'l Day of Families!

Hi! Everyone-

Hopefully everyone had a fun Mother's Day between the raindrops!!!

Tons to do this week including dance & musical performances, the Tualatin River Bird Festival, and Whole Foods Cooking Classes for kids. For parents- there's a Parents Night Out at My Masterpiece Art Studio and a W&S grill class.

Happy May!

Suzanne

 




May 9th

Japanese Story time@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11AM.

 Kids can listen to stories read in Japanese in this new monthly storytime. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org 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.

Portland Center for the Performing Arts Noontime Showcase@ Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby (1111 SW Broadway, Portland) at 12PM. The Oregon Ballet Theatre will perform. All ages welcome! FREE! Go to www.pcpa.com for more info.

Sing, Sign & Story Time@ Tigard Library from 1:15-2PM. This new story time will run through May!!! Local childrens' author and sign language educator-Dawn Prochonvnic- will lead a lively, interactive storytime geared for kids from 3 to 6 years old. Plenty of opportunity to practice signing. Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on "Kids&Teens" for more info or phone the library at 503/639-4171.


May 10th

Family Music Fun!@ Tigard Library from 7-8PM.

Family musician and entertainer- Van Oodles- will play original tunes from his new CD- Flossophy 101! The whole family can bop to the beat and enjoy a show of music, quirky characters with beat-boxing accents!!! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

Four Buck Tuesday@ Oregon Zoo from 9AM-4PM. Admission is discounted to $4 per person and children under 3 are free as usual. Go to www.oregonzoo.org for more info.

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.

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.

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.


May 11th

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 the cupcake of the month- "Lemondrops&Roses"- lemon chiffon with rose buttercream!!! Phone for more info at 503/645-6000 or go to www.blisscupcakeshop.com for more details.

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.

Toddler Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM. Books, music and movement for active walkers and their caregivers! 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.


May 12th

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 11:45AM.

Books, activities, and music for the whole family! 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.

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.


May 13th

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

Kids from 10 years-ish to 18 who love to write or are interested in learning more about the craft are invited to meet local authors Rosanne Parry (Second Fiddle) and Zu Vincent (The Lucky Place) for a discussion on how to write strong details. For more info, go to www.powells.com and click on "At Our Stores" for "Events". I brought my 9.5 year old scribe (3rd Grader) a few months ago and she and some pals really enjoyed the event!!!

Tualatin River Bird Festival@ Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood) from 5:30AM-9PM. FREE!!! There will be drop-in activities for kids along with guided tours, music, storytimes and more. Go to www.tualatinriverbirdfestival.org for more info.

Mini-Masters Class@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside Business Center) from 10:30-11AMish. Multi-media collages inspired by Matisse 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 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.

Chicamarimba@ Tigard Library from 7-8PM. An 8 woman marimba ensemble will have you grooving to the beat for the weekend with their upbeat world music blends of African and Latin rhythms. All ages welcome! Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.


May 14th

Free Family Day@ Washington County Museum (PCC-Rock Creek Campus, Portland) from 10AM-2PM.Celebrate spring- kites to fly and fish to print. Stories about Washington County- then and now!Snacks and juice provided, too. Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org and click on "Education&Programs" and then "Youth Programs" for more info.

Tualatin River Bird Festival@ Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood) from 5:30AM-9PM. FREE!!! There will be drop-in activities for kids along with guided tours, music, storytimes and more. Go to www.tualatinriverbirdfestival.org for more info.

Beaverton Farmer's Market@ SW Hall Blvd (across from Beaverton Library) from 8AM to 1:30PM. Go to www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com for more info.

Public Works Fair@ Washington Square (10AM-4PM). Kids can learn the ABCs of green engineering and design a "Clean Water" magnet while parents can learn about waste reduction, native plants and more. Go to www.shopwashingtonsquare.com for more info.

Family Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 1PM.

Parents Night Out@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive, Beaverton) from 5-9PM.  Enjoy a festive night out while your kids (4-12) sculpt, paint, draw, play games and nosh a pizza dinner!!! Cost is $35 per child and $15 per each additional sibling. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com and click on "Special Events" for more info. Pre-registration required.

Dance in Bloom@ ACMA Performing Arts Center (11375 SW Center Street, Beaverton) at 7:30PM.  The Northwest Dance Theatre and friends will present an eclectic mix of jazz,modern, and ballet! Tickets are $18 for adults, and $12 for children. Go to www.nwdt.org for tickets.


May 15th

Kids in the Kitchen@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 11AM.

Kids 5 years and up can learn how to prepare their own pizza in this totally hands-on class and then get to eat their delicious efforts. $3 per kid donation. Limited class size so you must pre-register at 503/645-9200. There's also another cooking class for kids with allergy restrictions later in the day. See below!

Tualatin River Bird Festival@ Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood) from 5:30AM-9PM. FREE!!! There will be drop-in activities for kids along with guided tours, music, storytimes and more. Go to www.tualatinriverbirdfestival.org for more info.

Burgers&Chicken On the Grill Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn tips for juicy burgers and succulent chicken! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive at least 15 minutes early to snag a seat!

Public Works Fair@ Washington Square (10AM-4PM). See Saturday for info.

International Day of Families@ Tigard Library from 1:30-2:30PM. Enjoy stories, crafts, and music from around the world and get jazzed about the 2011 Summer Reading Program theme- "One World, Many Stories". !!!  Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

Dance in Bloom@ ACMA Performing Arts Center (11375 SW Center Street, Beaverton) at 2PM. See Saturday for details.

Health Starts Here: Kids Can Cook!@ Whole Foods Market (19440 NW Cornell Road, Hillsboro) at 4:30PM. FREE!!! Kids will learn how to prepare some egg, dairy, soy, and gluten-free dishes. Pre-register by phone at 503/645-9200 or by email at melissa.vanbebber@wholefoods.com.