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Weekend Warriors: 9/21-9/23

 Lots going on this weekend, here's just a small sample.  For other ideas for kid-friendly fun in Portland, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Oaks Park Friday through Sunday with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing, games, and lots of other festivities.  $2-5/person.

Check out two of Portland's favorite kindie acts - Tallulah's Daddy and Mr. Hoo - in one show!  Friday from 5 to 7 at Jam on Hawthorne.  $10 suggested donation.   

RiverFest returns to the Tom McCall Riverfront Park and other locations this Friday through Sunday with lots of events and activities that celebrate the Willamette - river cruises, kayaking, bike tours, canoe rides, park clean ups, and lots of other options.  See here for a detailed schedule.  

This weekend marks the grand opening of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center.  See the three steam locomotives in their new home, and enjoy live music, kids activities, and guided tours.  Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5.  Free!

This one may be worth the trip - the Flock & Fiber Festival is this Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 4 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.  See tons of fiber-producing animals, fiber arts, goodies, and related food.  Free!  

The 19th Annual Polish Festival is this Saturday from 11 to 10 and Sunday from 12 to 6 in Norht Portland.  There will be nonstop stage performances, a polka contest, street dance, and of course delicious Polish food.  Admission is free. 

Environmentally friendly hands-on craft activities for families and children under 12 await at the Children's Discovery Craft Carnival at Lents Park on Sunday from 1 to 4.  Plus, the Alphabeticians will be performing from 1 to 2! Registration is appreciated - amy@jcwc.org or 503 652 7477.    

Join family and friends in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the oldest holidays in Vietnam and China.  At the Gregory Heights Library.  Saturday from 2 to 3:30.  Free! 

Celebrate the Equinox with the North Tabor Neighborhood with  music from Zimba Marimba, a balloon artist, food, crafts, and yard games.  At the Providence Montessori Playground on Saturday from 2 to 6. 

The grand opening of Chagall for Children, the new exhibit at the PCM, is Sunday from 9 to 5.   Arranged like a miniature art gallery, the exhibit encourages children to play with the art and create masterpieces of their own.  Free with admission of $9.   

Hoyt Arboretum is installing new trail signage, and celebrating the transformation with games, prizes, and fun for all ages.  Sunday from 2 to 5.  Free!  

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

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Kids' superstar Aaron Nigel Smith: www.aaronnigelsmith.com is performing at Music Millennium on Saturday, September 22 at 3 pm. This 3 pm show will be with members of his One World Chorus, and it celebrates the release of his new CD "Welcome to the Village." The CD benefits the Cura Rotary Home and school in Kenya, and it features the voices of more than 300 children in Portland, LA, New York and the Cura school. Sales benefit the music program at Cura...

Good times for a good cause!

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