Nature Walk, 10 a.m., Laurelhurst Park. $3 per preschooler. Meet on the park side of the restroom/office building facing Southeast Ankeny, one block south of E. Burnside and one block west of Southeast 39th Avenue.
Composers Festival (Day 3), 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sherman Clay & Moe’s
, 131 Northwest 13th Ave. This festival offers free lectures and
performances in the daytime – open to the public, all ages welcome. On this
day, at 11 a.m. composer David Bernstein talks about composing an oratorio
based on “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” and shows a video of the performance. At 1:30 p.m., Steve Ettinger
shows a video and talks about scoring for short films.
- Friday Family Swim Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave.$2 person, kids under 3 are free. Followed by $2/person open swim from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. 503-823-3450.
- Family Movie Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., University Park Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave. $3/family. 503-823-3631
Friday Concert Series: In Mulieribus, 7:15 p.m. Community Music Center, 3350 SE
Francis Street. Doors open at 6:45 – early arrival recommended. In Mulieribus
is a six-voice female ensemble that sings a cappella music spanning six
centuries. This concert includes Gregorian chant, medieval songs and Renaissance
love songs.The CMC’s short volunteer-run concerts are now free, thanks to a
grant from Southeast Uplift. There
is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family to benefit
scholarships and other programs at the Community Music Center.
Saturday, March 13
Family Weekend, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Mazama
Lodge, Mount Hood. Events both days include cross country ski lessons,
guided ski and snowshoe tours, snowcave and sculpture building. Saturday night
includes a polka band, bonfire and movie. On Sunday, there’s also a race – by
ski, snowshoe or foot – outside the lodge. Prizes given for best costumes, for best
interpretation of a Nordic warrior and for creativity, not just the best time. Cost
is for lodging and meals, which must be reserved in advance. One night in the
lodge’s bunk dormitory is $22 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. A
strapping dinner is $12 for adults, $6 for kids (free for 2 and under). They’ve
got breakfast and lunch, too – check the website for details. Also, you have to
have a Snow-Park permit for your car.
- Car Seat Clinic, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith
Drive. Car seat safety technicians help fix your mistakes. 503-526-2264
Ukelele Nana for the Young Child, 11 a.m., Albina Library 3605 N.E. 15th
Ave. Cinda Tilgner and her friend
Ukey lead kids in songs. 503.988.5362
- Puppet Making Workshop, 11 a.m., North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St. An
artist from Tears of Joy Theater teaches puppet making to kids. 503.988.5394
- Kell’s St. Patrick’s Irish Festival (Festival Tent), 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 112 S.W. Second Ave. Kell’s celebrates this
holiday for almost a week ahead of time, but the festival tent is open to kids
and families before 5 p.m. on the weekend. They say there will be arts and
crafts, live music, dancers, kids activities and more.
- Mahers St. Patrick’s Day Festival Family Days, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, 464 1st St., Lake Oswego. Along the same line as Kells, but here the kid/family activities are
coordinated by the Lake Oswego Play Boutique, including jugglers, Irish
wolfhounds, a Lego building contest, free Irish dance lessons, face
painting and, on Saturday, an Irish
cheese tasting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free before 7 p.m. (503) 616 7241
- Free Family Day at the Washington County Historical Society
& Museum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 17677 NW Springville Rd, Rock Creek PCC
Campus. Pioneer dress up and play with traditional toys such as popguns and Jacob's Ladders. Learn about
quilting and make quilt patterns with the Westside Quilters Guild. The non-profit Print Arts
Northwest will lead St. Patrick crafts: good luck books with stamping,
leprechaun Marionettes, green shamrock bookmarks, paper bag puppets. Juice and
cookies provided. 503-645-5353
Library Grand Opening, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Okay, the library actually opened March 8, but today is the party!. Jazz and
coffee from 10 a.m. to noon, the dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., cupcakes and
lemonade at 2:30 p.m., Dr. Seuss readings (bilingual for One Fish, Two Fish and
a retelling of The Lorax) at 2:30
p.m. and 3:15 p.m., making silly trees from pipe cleaners and beads at 4 p.m.,
a greeting from the Cat in the Hat from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 503.988.5370
- Symphony Storytime, 2 p.m., Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd. A youth
librarian and an Oregon Symphony musician collaborate, followed by instrument
“petting” time. The musicians change, but the performance is riveting. Kids
then make their own version of the instrument at crafts time. 503-684-6537
- Festival of Global Music, 3 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 S.W.
Canyon Road, Beaverton. Bhutanese, German, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish,
Swiss and other choral ensembles from the metro area present
"Internationale: United in Song." $5 for adults, $4 for 11 and under.
Proceeds will benefit Mercy Corp for Haitian relief efforts. For info call
Patrick’s Day 2010 at Edgefield, mainly 3 p.m. on, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126
S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. River City Pipe Band at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Irish
dancers at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Celtic Chix and a roaming balloon guy, 4
- Portland Country Dance Community Family Dance, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.,
Fulton Community Center, 68 SW Miles St. Portland. A bedtime-friendly dance
followed by a potluck supper. This month Irish dancing. All Ages. Cost:
$6/adult; $5/child; babies free; $20 family maximum. 503-981-2179.
- Viking Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th
Ave. All you can eat pancakes, along with eggs, sausage, fruit compote,
applesauce, orange juice, coffee and tea. $6 adults, $3 ages 5-12, free for
under 5. Children’s Nordic story time in the library at 10 a.m.. www.norsehall.org or 503-236-3401.
annual Northeast Neighborhood St. Paddy’s Day Parade, 11 a.m., starting at the
Beverly Cleary/Fernwood school, 1915 N.E. 33rd Ave. Pipe band, funny
floats, kids in wagons, people dressed up as leprechauns and pints of Guinness
O’Slavik at (503) 282-6370
(Movie Matinee), 1:30 - 3 p.m., Community Room, Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW
Hall Blvd. A fun story of adventure, friendship and balloons, with snacks. All
Indian Classical Music, 2 p.m., Third Floor Collins Gallery, Central Library,
801 S.W. 10th Ave. The Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music will be
performing different forms of north Indian classical music, including sargam,
lakshangeet, tarana and dhrupad. All ages. 503.988.5123
- Museum Family Day: Celebrating Film, noon to 5 p.m., Portland Art Museum, 1219
SW Park Avenue, Portland. The Northwest Film Center presents an afternoon of
activities. They say: “Bring drawings to life using forms of animation such as
zoetropes, thaumatropes and flipbooks. Participate in improvisational theater
games and interact with digital special effects stations.” Also, films in the
Whitsell Auditorium include family friendly shorts and pieces made by kids.
Museum admission and all the activities are free. 503.226.2811.
technically on the weekend, but: The St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 4 p.m. to
9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at The Ambridge Event Center (aka Rosary Hall), 376 N.E. Clackamas Ave.,
Portland. $10 for 21 and up, $5 for 12-20, free for under 12. Pipes, drums,
dancing, a “live parrot show,” and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. a children’s
activity area. They’re selling
cold sandwiches and a corned beef supper. This will be All Ireland Cultural
Society’s 69th festival, so they’ve had some time to get it right.
- This just in: A free St. Patrick's Day Celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 17 at the Center for the Arts Plaza in downtown Gresham, 401 N.E. Second St. Live music, Irish dancers, family activities. Adults can buy green beer from the 4th Street Brewing Company, and there will be Irish food for sale.
spring break is almost upon us and Portland Parks and Recreation came up with a
neat sheet that pulls together some of the things they’re offering, from camps
and classes that you have to pay/register for to drop in activities and extra swim
and play times. Free swim lessons at Mt. Scott Community Center. Check it all
while we’re talking about parks, many people have probably heard about a
potential parks bond measure this November, which could pay for things like a
new Southeast community center in the Buckman neighborhood and
other projects across
the city. Part of
that big list is a partial fix for the big wading pool letdown. Due
to new 2010 state health rules, the wading pools in Portland parks are history. Although the pools were chlorinated when they were filled on summer mornings,
the new rules say that's not enough. In Lake Oswego, the Lake Grove swim park will simply replace its old
wading pool with a new one that has an up-to-date filtration system, at an
estimated price of more than $140,000. In Portland, the parks bureau hopes to
use bond money to replace some of the empty pools with “splash pads.” But for this summer, at least, a lot of toddlers and preschoolers – and their moms – will be
disappointed to find empty concrete circles on hot afternoons at their
neighborhood park. The
parks bureau is asking the public for more bond project ideas; you can add
Sometimes I make mistakes or things change. Please use the web links or phone
numbers to doublecheck times, dates and other information before heading out.