It's another scorcher of a weekend. Be sure to check out Portland Parks & Rec's "Beat the Heat" for tips on staying cool this weekend. And, plenty more suggestions for events around town at the urbanMamas calendar.
Activistas summer playdate. Join Activistas and the founders of Family Forward Oregon (Andrea & Sharon) to learn about this new organization. What inspired them? What are the plans? What issues will they tackle - and how? 9:30-11:30 AM @ Posie's Cafe @ 8209 N. Denver Avenue (get a map).
Itty Bitty Beach Party. It's a Splash Party for the young... (6 months - 6 years with a parent). The fun includes: Water Parade, Fishing Pond, Itty Bitty Hula Lesson, Smallest Splash Contest, Penny Hunt, Itty Bitty Water Games, Aquatic Mascot Wader the Gator, and more... This event happens at pools all around town on various days, so check your local pool for more info. Friday, it will be at Dishman Pool, from 12-1:30PM.
Games at the Library. Drop in to play some board games, including Chutes and Ladders, Apples to Apples Kids, chess and Mastermind. There are lots of board games for preschool on up, so join us for open game play. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Central Library, US Bank Room, 2
East Portland Exposition (EPO XPO). This is a three day community event that will be held at Ed Benedict Community Park, located along SE Powell Boulevard between 100th Avenue and 104th Avenue in East Portland July 24, 25, and 26, 2009. EPO XPO is co-sponsored by all 13 East Portland Neighborhoods. The event will feature free lead testing by Josiah Hill Clinic, numerous exhibitors, lots of entertainment, music, and food, and a wide variety of educational presentations and demonstrations designed to enhance quality-of-life for all attendees. In addition, Funtastic will be having a carnival on their property located across the street. Entry to EPO XPO and the carnival is free-of-charge. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Summer Concert at Fernhill Park. Tonight's show features The Valiant Arms (Rock). Food Vendors include Aladdin's Café, Hot Dog Ernie's, Mountain Ice, Nepo 42, Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry. Come and enjoy the summer evening with your neighbors. Friday evening, 6:30PM.
Movies at the Park: "Madagascar 2". “Movies in the Park” is one of several free programs offered by Portland Parks & Recreation this summer to bring community members and neighbors together to share an enjoyable activity in their neighborhood parks. Popular family movies are shown on a giant, 268-square foot screen with a state-of-the-art sound system. Movie starts at dark (between 8 and 8:45PM) Brentwood Park.
Itty Bitty Beach Party. It's a Splash Party for the young... (6 months - 6 years with a parent). The fun includes: Water Parade, Fishing Pond, Itty Bitty Hula Lesson, Smallest Splash Contest, Penny Hunt, Itty Bitty Water Games, Aquatic Mascot Wader the Gator, and more... This event happens at pools all around town on various days, so check your local pool for more info. Saturday, it will be at Mt. Scott Pool, from 9:30-11:30AM.
Green Cleaning Class. Oregon Center for Environmental Health has launched a hot, new green cleaning class. Come learn to make your own non-toxic cleaners for the kitchen and bath. Classes are $20 for non-members and $10 for members and require pre-payment. Participants will leave with lots of tips and techniques, and your very own laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and creamy soft scrub for the kitchen and bathroom. Registration required.
Milwaukie Daze Celebration. Starting with a parade at 10:30, there will be fun, games, inflatable bouncy houses, Captain Bogg & Salty, and fireworks to end a great day at 10pm. Come by and enjoy Downtown Milwaukie, 10AM to 10PM.
Division/Clinton Street Fair. It will be a great time, starting with a parade at 10:45, a lego exhibit, kids bike helmet fittings, pizza eating contests, balloon art, ice cream socials. Check out the website for a complete line up and head out to SE Division (between 11th and 50th) and SE Clinton (between 14th and 28th) on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM.
Ho'ike and Hawaiian Festival. Over 8,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers, Portland, Taiko, Native Tribal dancers, and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Arts, Crafts, and food vendors will round out this festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. Nominated Outstanding Event by the Clark County Tourism Commission, two years in a row. Saturday, 11AM to 7PM.
Car Seat Safety Check and Recycling. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check and educate you on how to secure your child, install seats securely and when it is time to switch to the next size seat. Plan 30 minutes per check. Used seats are also accepted for recycling. Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Parking Structure 3, 10AM to 1PM.
Cloth Diapering 101. Thinking about cloth diapers? Have questions? Have tips to share? Join Milagros' Carrie Countryman for an introduction to cloth diapering at every fourth Saturday at 11 am. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering, get hands-on advice on diapering choices, etc. It is also a chance to meet other parents who are using cloth diapers or thinking about it. FREE, no RSVP required! Milagros, 11AM.
Summer Concert at Rose City Park. The show features Michael Manning and the Carolina Pump Station (Original Rockabilly). Food vendors include Burly's Kettle Corn & Hot Dog Ernie's. Show starts at 6:30PM.
Neighborhood Concert at McCoy Park. Summer concerts continue with Patrick Lamb (R&B to the Max). Sounds like a smooth way to end a hot weekend.