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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JANUARY 17-19, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

14,267 Used Books Book Sale in Vancouver. Thousands of books of all kinds for sale. Children's books, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, you name it - they've got it! Proceeds benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Summer Reading Program and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. Free!

Preschool Play at Children's Gym. A program where parents of 3-5 year olds can drop their children off at the gym from 9:30am-1:00pm. It is a great time to run errands, make a lunch date, or just have a few hours of relaxation time. Let the kids play in the gym and do arts and crafts. There's time set aside for a snack and lunch. Weekdays 9:30am-1pm. $25-40.

Mountain Park Rec Center Family Concert Series Debut: The Portland Opera. Event features a 50-minute, kid-friendly performance of "La Boheme" by members of the Portland Opera. With Portland Opera-to-Go, English adaptations of famous operas are fully staged, with sets, costumes and piano accompaniment. Friday 7-8pm. $5.

Grandparents Day at the Craft Factory. Special craft time for  grandparents/grandparent-like-people and littles. Saturday 10am-2pm. $12 - two-for-one.



Reptile Expo in NE PDX. Over 12,000 feet of pure reptilian excitement, featuring a huge selection of live reptiles and amphibians for sale, along with arachnids, hedgehogs, rodents, insects, cages, supplies, books and so much more. The show has a plethora of educational tables and hands on live interaction for your family to enjoy. Saturday 10am-5pm. $9 adults, $4 ages 6-12, free 0-5

Tet Festival at Oregon Convention Center. Oregon's Vietnamese Community celebrates the Year of the Horse. Lion dancing, lucky money, martial arts, cultural performances, art contest, games and more. Saturday 10am-5pm. $5, free ages 0-5.

Winter Powwow at PCC Sylvania. Features drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children, and raffle prizes. Saturday noon-9pm. Free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

OCT Charlotte's Web opening weekend at Newmark. A story of friendship, loss and love, Charlotte's Web shines onstage. Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, the book by E.B. White has captivated young readers for generations. When an affectionate pig named Wilbur is saved from slaughter and sent to live on a nearby farm, he finds a barnyard full of animals who quickly become family. But it's the most unlikely of friends that prove to be his best - a spider named Charlotte who uses her skills to save Wilbur's life once more, even as her own is slipping away. Saturday 2pm and 5pm, Sunday 2pm. $15-$30

The Alphabeticians at Cafe au Play. Fun music for kids and families! Come and sing and dance, learn the alphabet backwards, eat a delicious breakfast, drink some coffee (grown-ups only!) and start your Sunday off right. Sunday 10-11am. $5/child.

Portland Art Museum Family Tour - Animals. Bring your family to explore the Museum with a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sunday starting at 12:30pm.

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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