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Friday, March 12

  • Ladybug 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. 

  • Cascadia Composers Festival (Day 3), 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sherman Clay & Moe’s Pianos
, 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

  • Family 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

  • Winter 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
  • Cinda 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 

  • Kenton 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 (503) 647-5486.
  • St. 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 p.m..
  • 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. 

Sunday, March 14

  • 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.
  • 21st 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 … Steve O’Slavik at (503) 282-6370

  • UP (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 ages. 503-684-6537

  • North 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.

Coming up:

  •  Not 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.
  • Also, 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 out here
  • And 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 yours here

Disclaimer: 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.


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We have a few things at Milagros this weekend:

David Freleng's Shadow Puppet Theatre, Friday, March 12, 10:30am: $3 suggested donation per walking human.

NE Moms Playgroup, Friday, March 12, 2:00pm: Free. The NE Moms playgroup meets at Milagros every other Friday at 2:00pm. The group is open to all, there is no charge and no RSVP is required. Bringing a snack to share is encouraged but not required and as with any playgroup please help keeping things cleaned-up and safe!

MOMS Club Open House, Saturday, March 13, 10am: MOMS CLUB N/NE Portland is part of MOMS CLUB International – a non profit organization dedicated to supporting mothers. Come learn more about this group. Open to all, food, drinks and activities for the kiddos! Free!

Don't forget the Buckman Art Show & Sell! March 12th & 13th at Buckman School.


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