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  1. Weekend Warriors: October 24-26
  2. Weekend Warriors: October 17-19
  3. Resources for Women in DV Situations
  4. Weekend Warriors: October 10-12
  5. Weekend Warriors: October 3-5
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Weekend Warriors: October 24-26

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.

Friday, October 24th

Ladybug Nature Walk in Forest Park. Children are guided along the trails by an environmental educator as they learn about forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. Only a few walks are left this season! $4/child. Friday 10-11am. 

Squishing of the Squash at the Oregon Zoo. Watch as some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. Regular admission rates apply. Friday 10:30am. This event marks the beginning of the weekend-long celebration of "Howloween" at the zoo, where costumed trick or treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

Halloween Enchantment at the Micha-el School. Take your child on a journey in the autumn twilight, where they will encounter many enchanting characters. $10. Call to reserve your tour time. Friday 4:30-8:30pm.

The Great Garden Home Pumpkin Hunt. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities, a flashlight pumpkin hunt, prizes, treats, and more. Come in costume and bring your flashlight. $10. Friday 6-8pm. 

Saturday, October 25th

Apple Cider Pressing in Woodland, WA. Help make apples into cider (8000 pounds of them!). The event and cider are free, but a $3 donation per jug is appreciated. Saturday 9am-5pm. 

Make a Difference Day in Vancouver. Volunteer to help with tree planting and take part in watershed activities. Pre-registration is required for plantings. Free. Saturday 9am-1pm. See website for schedule. 

Harvest Festival at PCC Rock Creek. This fall celebration will have free pumpkins, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, hay rides, music, children's arts & crafts, and Learning Garden tours. $5 per family suggested donation. Saturday 10am-2pm. 

Hillsboro Airport Air Fair. Explore the airport, take a tour of the airfield, try the Hillsboro Airport simulator, and more. Free. Saturday 11am-3pm. 

Westmoreland Park Grand Reopening and Salmon Celebration. Check out the simply amazing nature-based playground and learn about Native American culture. Free. Saturday 11am-4pm.

Closing Weekend for Northwest Children's Theatre's Sherlock Holmes. This is your last chance to check out this fun, fast-paced production about the world's most famous detective. $18-22. Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm.

Opening Weekend for Oregon Children's Theatre's Ivy & Bean. Tickets are selling fast for this fun adaptation of the well-loved children's book. $18-30. Saturday at 2 and 5pm, Sunday at 11am and 2pm. 

The Alphabeticians 4th Annual Halloween Party at Mississippi Pizza. Wear your costume and join the Alphabeticians with a full band. $5/person or $20/family. Saturday 4-5pm. 

Sunday, October 26th

Museum Monster Mash at the Children's Museum. Enjoy all sorts of special fun like Greasy Kid Stuff, a scavenger hunt, and blacklight play lab. Free with admission. Sunday 9am-5pm. 

Baby Loves Disco in SW PDX. Come shake your booties at Boo Baby Boo: freeze dance, costume contest, Simon says, and more with a real DJ and MC. $13. Sunday 11am-1:30pm. 

Monster March in SE PDX. Dress in costume and parade around the Westmoreland-Sellwood neighborhood, then meet up for cider and cookies. Sunday 3pm. 

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.

    


Weekend Warriors: October 17-19

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.

Friday, October 17th

Hood River Harvest Fest. This old-fashioned fall festival brings together 125 vendors with food, arts & crafts, and more. There will also be a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting, and other activities. Kids 12 and under free. Daily admission $3-6; kids Kids under 12 are free. Friday-Sunday.

Geology Rocks! Geologic Map Day Open House in NE PDX. This event features hands-on geology activities, Q&A with geologists and cartographers, and more. Free. Friday 11am-4pm. 

The Tangled Threads at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Check out their inaugural performance at this venue! The Tangled Threads includes music, dance, juggling, clowning, stilt-walking, and more. $5/child. Friday 4pm. 

Saturday, October 18th

Art in the Burbs in Tigard. Browse artwork by over 80 local artists, including a student art gallery. Students will also perform music throughout the event. Twenty percent of art sales goes to support the arts in the Tigard-Tualatin school districts. Suggested $2 donation. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.  

Metro Parent's Education and Enrichment Fair at OMSI Auditorium. Join for a day of learning - connect with schools and education programs; hear from experts; try a new activity; hourly giveaways; and more. Free. Saturday 10am-3pm. 

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek. Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike. This week, learn about the first people in Tryon Creek and how they got ready for winter. Free. Saturday 10am-11:30am.  

DIY Terrarium Day at Birds & Bees Nursery. Stop by to make a terrarium using tropicals, succulents, or air plants. $13 and up. Drop in anytime between 10am and 6pm Saturday. 

Fall Festival at Cedar Hills Rec Center. Festival events include games, bounce house, pirates cove, face painting, donut walk, and entertainment by BJ the Clown. Pumpkin painting and cookie decorating for an additional fee. Don't forget your costume! $8. Saturday 11am-4pm. 

Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park. Watch the salmon return to spawn. Naturalists will be at the river's edge to help spot the salmon and explain their behavior and life cycle. Warm up by the campfire with some hot chocolate and explore a salmon restoration site. $5/vehicle parking fee. Saturday 11am-4pm. See website for schedule of events. 

The Toy Trains at Mississippi Pizza. Check out Portland's own six-piece rock band playing music for the whole family. $5 ages 13 and up; free 12 and under. Saturday 4-5pm.

Sunday, October 19th

The Alphabeticians at Cafe au Play. Learn the alphabet forwards and backwards while rocking out with this zany duo. $5/child. Sunday 10-11am. 

Mask Making and Stories at Green Bean Books. Join artist Sarah Fagan for an afternoon of mask making, just in time for Halloween. Some favorite Halloween books will be read as well. $5/crafter. Please register. Sunday 1-2pm. 

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.

    

Resources for Women in DV Situations

Domestic violence seems to be becoming more and more a part of my peripheral world. At the moment, it's one person removed from my bubble, but there have been times when it was a friend or family member that was the mama on my mind. Today I received an email about one such mama and her friend is trying to collect resources to pass along. 

Let's rally.

Leave a comment with your resources for a mama who is trapped in an abusive, hostile relationship and feeling hopeless. A couple of things to note: finances are extremely tight, he's controlling, there are children involved, and she doesn't have any local friends. 

I would like to add that if you find yourself in a similar situation, please contact the Portland Women's Crisis Line503-235-5333 and click here for additional resources. 

    


Weekend Warriors: October 10-12

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.

Friday, October 10th

Parke Diem Parklandia. Give back and beautify Portland today and tomorrow with this community-driven volunteer extravaganza. There are over 70 projects at 60 parks, gardens, and natural areas to choose from. Many are family-friendly. Please pre-register. 

Gem & Mineral Show in Hillsboro. In addition to many rocks and gems on display and for sale, there will also be a kids corner with games and activities, exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations. $5 adults, kids 12 and under free. Friday 10am-6pm and throughout the weekend. 

Portland Nursery Apple Tasting Event. Taste as many as 60 varieties of apples and pears and see cider pressing demos. On the weekend, additional activities abound. Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. 

9th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival in North PDX. This family-friendly event allows you to listen to and learn from generations of Native Americans through the art of storytelling. $20. Friday 7-8pm.

Saturday, October 11th

19th Annual Kids Bulb Day at Al's Garden Centers. Plant a pot of bulbs and flowers to take home and grow. Please pre-register. Free. This activity takes place at all three Al's Garden Centers (Sherwood, Woodburn, and Gresham) Saturday at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm. 

Free Family Day at Washington County Museum. This month's family day features stories by Emmy Blue at 11am, as well as crafts, activities, and access to the exhibits. Free. Saturday 10am-1pm. 

Tree-mendous Second Saturday at the World Forestry Center. Visitors 18 and under can see the exhibits, participate in family-friendly crafts, games, and educational activities centered around trees and nature. This month: make a handmade piece of paper. Free for kids; $9 ages 19 and up. Saturday 10am-5pm. 

Tour the Colors of Autumn at the Hoyt Arboretum. Sample the rainbow of autumn color at Hoyt Arboretum on this special guided tour. $3 donation. Saturday 12-2pm. 

Second Saturday at the Water Center (Vancouver). Kids and their families can explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games, and stories. This month, in honor of Adopt-a-Dog month, meet some adorable pups and some dogs training to be guide dogs for the blind. Free. Saturday 1-3pm.

Sphinx Virtuosi Classical Soloist Performance at PSU. Help raise money for music scholarships at PSU's College of the Arts and see performances by the nation's top black and Latino classical soloists. $5-20. Saturday 7:30pm. 

Sunday, October 12th

Curious Garden at Curious Comedy Theater in NE PDX. The Curious Garden is a show for all ages (especially 0-8) featuring some zany animal friends. After the show, there's an open mic where kids can show off their talent. $5 suggested donation. Sunday 10:30am. 

Grammy-nominated Kindy Rocker Joanie Leeds comes to Portland for two performances on Sunday. See her at the Mountain Park Concert series in Lake Oswego at 11am and then at the Village Ballroom at 4pm. Both shows are $5. 

Junior Roller Derby Rosebuds Home Season Game at Oaks Park. Women ages 12-17 bring all the energy of roller derby to this exciting event. $7. Free for ages 6 and under. Sunday 1-2pm. 

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.

    

Weekend Warriors: October 3-5

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.

Friday, October 3rd

Ladybug Nature Walk at Irving Park. Preschoolers can explore a different location each week with a trained naturalist. $4/child. Friday 10-11:15am.  

Weekly Storytime and Craft at the Craft Factory. Enjoy storytime followed by the opportunity to make a craft. Storytime is free. $5 for 2 tiny craft bases. Friday 10:30-11:30am.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Check out the museum, plus the new Wizard of Oz exhibit, for free! Friday 4-8pm.  

Saturday, October 4th

Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. This year's corn maze is inspired by Disney Junior's Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Activities include cow train, grain train, hay maze, corn hole, petting zoo, and more. Plus Radio Disney will be there from 1-3pm. Free to enter; additional price for some activities and hay maze. Saturday 9am-5:30pm and throughout October. 

Wing It! A Children's Show with Clackamas Repertory Theatre in Oregon City. Children will have fun helping five silly creatures get out of a jam. Following the show, children are invited onto the stage to do their own performance. $5 suggested donation. Saturday 10:30am.

From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between at the Hoyt Arboretum. This guided tour of the Hoyt Arboretum will open your eyes to the histories and mysteries of everyday plants and the trees around us. $3 donation. Saturday 12-2pm. 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Tualatin Library. Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America with traditional Latin American music, a piñata, and fun activities for children. Free. Saturday 1-3pm.

Portland Homestead Supply Co Harvest Fair in SE PDX. Celebrate the best of all homecrafting, plus enjoy a cider press, live music, story and crafts for kids, and a butter churning contest. Free. Saturday 1-6pm. 

Sunday, October 5th

$2 Days at OMSI. Explore the museum and all its exhibits for only $2 per person. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. 

Fifth Annual Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest. Activity tents let kids explore some of the different crops grown on the farm, plus duck races, tube slide, pedal trikes, hay pile, cow trains, and much more. $0-$7. Festival runs daily through November 2, 10am-6pm. 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Friday, October 3rd

Ladybug Nature Walk at Irving Park. Preschoolers can explore a different location each week with a trained naturalist. $4/child. Friday 10-11:15am.  

 

Weekly Storytime and Craft at the Craft Factory. Enjoy storytime followed by the opportunity to make a craft. Storytime is free. $5 for 2 tiny craft bases. Friday 10:30-11:30am. 

 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Check out the museum, plus the new Wizard of Oz exhibit, for free! Friday 4-8pm.  

 

Saturday, October 4th

Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. This year's corn maze is inspired by Disney Junior's Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Activities include cow train, grain train, hay maze, corn hole, petting zoo, and more. Plus Radio Disney will be there from 1-3pm. Free to enter; additional price for some activities and hay maze. Saturday 9am-5:30pm and throughout October. 

 

Wing It! A Children's Show with Clackamas Repertory Theatre in Oregon City. Children will have fun helping five silly creatures get out of a jam. Following the show, children are invited onto the stage to do their own performance. $5 suggested donation. Saturday 10:30am. 

 

From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between at the Hoyt Arboretum. This guided tour of the Hoyt Arboretum will open your eyes to the histories and mysteries of everyday plants and the trees around us. $3 donation. Saturday 12-2pm. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Tualatin Library. Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America with traditional Latin American music, a piñata, and fun activities for children. Free. Saturday 1-3pm.

 

Portland Homestead Supply Co Harvest Fair in SE PDX. Celebrate the best of all homecrafting, plus enjoy a cider press, live music, story and crafts for kids, and a butter churning contest. Free. Saturday 1-6pm. 

 

Sunday, October 5th

$2 Days at OMSI. Explore the museum and all its exhibits for only $2 per person. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. 

 

Fifth Annual Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest. Activity tents let kids explore some of the different crops grown on the farm, plus duck races, tube slide, pedal trikes, hay pile, cow trains, and much more. $0-$7. Festival runs daily through November 2, 10am-6pm. 

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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