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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JULY 11-13, 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.

Sundown at Ecotrust. Quintessential summer in Portland - equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. Each evening, the musical performances will be complemented by a themed street fair-style Showcase.  This Thursday July 10th features music from Portland Cello Project and an all ages dance party. The "Sundown Kid's Corner" hosted by PDX Kids Calendar will feature free art and educational activities with the Portland Child Art Studio and Little Wing. Cold frothy beverages and tasty local fare will be provided by Hot Lips Pizza and Laughing Planet. The series will be powered by a green power source. Thursdays in July (10, 17, 24, 31) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Free!

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio. Kids and their families are invited to come and use the studio as an art educational resource. All the materials are there for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Two opportunities for creativity: drop-in (parents stay) and drop-off (parents leave.) During the summer months, PCAS will be open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am-1pm. $10-$20.

Friday Night Movies in the Park in Vancouver. A free screening of "Up" at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, grab a bite to eat at the park, or pack some snacks - come early for the pre-show activities. All movies start at dusk. Free!

Superhero Fun Run 2K 5K 10K and Kid's Fun Walk supporting music education in the Portland Public School District. Saturday 8am-noon. 


Tree-Mendous Second Saturday at World Forestry Center. Come and learn about the Lorax - listen to the story, and then create a nature guide. Explore the museum or go outside, draw whatever you see, hear, or smell. Learn about the importance of trees and all that they do while having fun with no extra charge! Activities are free with museum admission. Saturday 10am-5pm. Free admission for ages 0-18, $9 for grown-ups.

Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides from SE PDX. Public train rides for all ages between the Oregon Rail Heritage Center and Oaks Amusement Park every Saturday through this fall. Rides last approximately 50 minutes with a 10 minute layover at the opposite station. Saturday noon-5pm. $5 per person. Children under 2 years old can ride for free. Locomotive cab rides are available for $10 per person.

Free First 'Friday' (rescheduled for Saturday) at the Children's Museum. Join for a special musical performance and stop by the East Studio for an opportunity to make your own musical instrument. Saturday 4-8pm. Free!

Watch the World Cup at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland soccer fans are invited to a public viewing party of the FIFA World Cup final match at Pioneer Courthouse Square on a 17 by 23-foot Jumbotron. The party kicks off at 10 AM and goes until 3 PM, with the match starting at noon. Sunday. Free!

The Mantis & the Moon presented by Tears of Joy Theatre at Children's Museum. This classic African folk tale is about the proud mantis who declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him, but he learns the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Sunday 11am-noon. Free with museum admission.

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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