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  1. Weekend Warriors: September 12-14
  2. Raising Them Jewish (When Mama Wasn't)- A Guest Post
  3. Weekend Warriors: September 5-7
  4. WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 29-31, 2014
  5. WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 14-16, 2014
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Weekend Warriors: September 12-14

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, September 12th

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Enjoy, music, dancing, food, cars, and much more at this annual event.  Most events are free. Thursday-Sunday, all day. 

Music with Miss. SaraMag at Rust Coffee Lounge. Sing, dance, and move with this dynamic performer. ASL is incorporated into the show. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10-11am. 

Storytime at Pie Spot with Olive & Dingo. Don't miss stories, songs, and balloon creations with this zany duo. $5 suggested donation. Friday 3-4pm.

La Luna Nueva: Andean Dreams at Milagro Theater. A representation of the Andean world with music and dances inspired by the Quechua literature of the ancient Inca Empire. $12 children under 12; $23 adults. Friday-Sunday 7:30pm. 

Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary. It must be fall! Swift watch is on. Check out this not-to-be missed event every evening in September. Free. Begins one hour before sunset. 

Saturday, September 13th

Stewardship Saturday at Columbia Springs in Vancouver. Have fun and help out! Projects may include gardening, painting, trail maintenance, and more. Please sign up to participate. Free. Saturday 9am-1pm. 

DIY Terrarium Day at Birds & Bees Nursery. Stop by to make a terrarium using tropicals, succulents, or airplants. $10 and up. Saturday 10am-6pm. 

Belmont Street Fair. SE Belmont between 33rd and 39th will be closed to traffic and the streets filled with lively sights that can only be seen on Belmont. The Historic Belmont Fire House will be open for free tours, plus games, pony rides, bouncy course, and more! Free. Saturday 11am-7pm

Kids Storytime with Zoe Burke at Powell's in Beaverton. Author Zoe Burke will read from her book Charley Harper's What's in the Coral Reef. Free. Saturday 12:30-1:30pm.

The Zoo Box Release Party at Green Bean Books. Welcome authors Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke for the release of their picture book, The Zoo Box. Free. Saturday 2pm. 

Fourth Annual Harvest Festival in Tualatin. Live music, hay mazes and hay rides, face painting, and more. Proceeds go to support local women's shelters and other causes. $5-10/person. Saturday 3-8pm. 

Sunday, September 14th

Vintage Toy Show and Swap in Vancouver. Check out thousands of retro toys and games, plus free superhero dress up booth. Kids are free; general admission is $3. Sunday 8:30am-3pm. 

Honey Heart Family Yoga Class in SE PDX. Use song, movement, and story to explore an all-ages yoga practice. This is a donation-based class. Sunday 2-3pm. 

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.

 

    


Raising Them Jewish (When Mama Wasn't)- A Guest Post

Standing in our synagogue social hall at a recent event, balancing a paper plate of bagels and tuna salad in one hand, and a paper cup of coffee in the other, I was  talking with another mother from my kid’s Hebrew school. She was reminiscing about Jewish foods from her childhood- holiday favorites and her mothers kugel recipe. Popping into my head, on the other hand, were visions my mom’s Pineapple Bread Casserole, yellow, sweet and buttery, served at Easter. Trying to add to the conversation, I defaulted to my usual “non-Jew-of-origin” survival technique-  recalling what I know of my husband’s upbringing. Had he ever told me of a special family favorite, say tzimmis or blintzes? No. My husband, raised in a decidedly Jewish home, thought of Chinese food outings with his grandparents as traditional Jewish cuisine.

I know that when my sons are adults and they will tell their friends and wives that their mom made the best matzah-ball soup and hands-down the most fantastic latkes- crispy on the outside and soft inside. It may never dawn on them that such dishes don’t come from a hip-bumping, kitchen sharing, handing-down of tradition, but rather pouring through Jewish cookbooks and unabashedly asking every sixty-five plus member of our congregation for her secrets.

Before we had children we were determined to raise them with Jewish holidays and traditions. I knew I wanted them to follow in their father’s footsteps and have a bar or bat mitzvah, a coming-of-age ritual that has always been important to my husband’s sense of self.  But I wasn’t sure how to do it…how to learn what I needed to know to raise little kids who felt part of the Jewish people.

Years later, I now have the privilege of helping run a group called Mothers Circle. This empowering 16 week course is a program of the national Jewish Outreach Institute and supported locally by the mainstream Jewish congregations.  It is taught by an open, warm Bubbe who is an experienced educator. I wish it had been around when I was starting out with little kids. It is an empowering program where women without a Jewish background who are choosing to raise their kids with Jewish traditions, values and holidays, can learn more and also commiserate a little bit about a common experiences (mother-in-laws come up in conversation now and then!).  The program is free and childcare is provided through the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Years later occasionally I still have moments where it is clear that I have different childhood memories and reference points, however I know that now there are resources to help me and others seeking information. 

If you are interested in learning more about Mothers Circle, contact Jennifer Greenberg at 503 293-7313 or jgreenberg@nevehshalom.org.  Check out the Facebook page for one-time events and resources.

    

Weekend Warriors: September 5-7

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, September 5th

YogaTots at Studio Mamalates. Introduce your toddler to yoga through music, rhymes, story, and play. Best for ages 18 months-3 years. $10/child. Friday 9:30-10:30am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Enjoy fun, interactive music that incorporates traditional songs and goofy new ones. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month. Friday 4-8pm.

Saturday, September 6th

Beaverton Celebration Day and Pooch Parade. Watch some adorable pups or sign up to showcase your own as part of Beaverton's celebration day. Free! Saturday 10am. 

Forward Stride Open Barn in Beaverton. Learn about this unique program that improves lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. The celebration includes tours, riding demos, manes-or-tails games, kids activities, and more. Free, with $5-10 for lunch tickets. Saturday 10am-2pm. 

Kids Club: Plant a Salad Bowl in Woodburn. Kids will plant a mixture of different lettuces to take home. Registration is required. $5. Saturday 11-11:45am. 

Lan Su Mid-Autumn Festival. Come to the Chinese Garden to celebrate one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. Activities include making your own red lantern, Chinese storytime, lion dancing, and more. Free with admission. Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. 

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents The Boy Who Cried Wolf in SE PDX. Join for a performance of this cautionary tale about the importance of being honest followed by a craft activity. $2 adults, $1 children, plus an additional $1 for the craft. Saturday 12-2pm.

Tallulah's Daddy at Mississippi Pizza. Join for musical fun and exploration - and pizza! $10/family suggested donation. Saturday 4pm.

Sunday, September 7th

Family Tours at the Portland Art Museum. Bring your family to explore the museum with a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages. Free with admission, and free for children 17 and younger. Sunday 12:30-1:30pm.

Lumberjack Breakfast at the World Forestry Center. Enjoy pancakes plus entertainment courtesy of Radio Disney. Kids can also plant their own seedling to take home. Ticket price includes admission to the museum. $12 adults, $6 kids. Sunday 9-10:30am or 11am-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.

    


WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 29-31, 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.

Friday, August 29th
Open Jump at Pump It Up in Beaverton. Let the kids work off that end-of-summer energy. $7. Friday 10am-12pm. 
 
Mo Phillips and BBQ at Whole Foods (Tigard). Celebrate summer with some rockin' kindie tunes and BBQ. Music is free. Burgers are $6. Friday 7-9pm. 
 
Flicks on the Bricks in Downtown PDX. The final movie of the season ends with a bang with Frozen. Free! Movie begins Friday at dusk. Pre-movie entertainment by Ryan Van Dordrecht begins at 7. 
 
Saturday, August 30th
Art in the Pearl. Over one hundred artists show their work, plus a world music stage and an education pavilion featuring hands-on art activities for kids. Free! Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. 
 
Kids Storytime at Powell's. This week join for a reading of Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border. Free! Saturday 11am. 
 
Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides at Oaks Bottom. Take your favorite conductor for a real train ride. $5/passenger. Trains depart hourly from 12pm-5pm and last approximately 40 minutes. 
 
Cartoonist Matthew Holm comes to Green Bean Books. Join for a Q&A about his latest graphic novels followed by an author-led drawing activity. Free! Saturday 2-4pm.
 
The Alphabeticians at Mississippi Pizza. Enjoy some yummy pizza and some jamming tunes. A fun night for the whole family! $10/family. Saturday 4-5pm. 
 
Sunday, August 31st
Free Soccer Clinic with Soccer Shots. Enjoy a free 35 minute fun, non-competitive soccer skills clinic. Please pre-register. Various times and locations are available for Sunday. 
 
Sunday Fun at the Tram. Food, face painting, balloon making, crafts, and live music - plus a chance to see the view from the tram! Entertainment is free. Sunday 1-3pm. 
 
Math Slam at Tabor Space. Like a poetry slam, but with math! Free! Sunday 7-8:30pm.  

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.

    

WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 14-16, 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.

Friday, August 15th
Music with Miss SaraMag at Rust Coffee Lounge. Sing and dance along with Miss SaraMag as she sings, plays the piano, and incorporates percussion and American Sign Language. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10-11am.
 
Family Yoga at Green Bean Books. Using the power of yoga, storytelling, and your imagination, embark on a yoga-inspired magical adventure. Free! Friday 3:30-4:15pm.

En Taiko in Clackamas. Listen to the sounds of Japanese drumming, then try it yourself! Free! Friday 6:30pm.
 
Flicks by the Fountain in Beaverton. This week's movie will be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG). Pre-movie, enjoy a short film from Beaverton School District's student film contest. Free! Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7pm; movie at dusk.  
 
Saturday, August 16th
Multnomah Days Street Fair. Enjoy live music, over 100 vendors, food, and an expanded kid zone (with us!). Kids activities will include art activities, a climbing wall, and lots more. More info below. Free! Saturday 9am-5pm.  
 
Seaport Celebration in North Portland. Join the fun at this family-friendly, fun-filled day of adventure at one of Portland's working marine terminals. Enjoy live music, entertainment, interactive displays and demos, and much more. More info below. Free! Saturday 10am-4pm.  
 
Green Neighborhoods Festival in North PDX.  Learn about greening your neighborhood at this kid-friendly fair, which includes organic food, crafters, musicians, and a kids activity area.  Free!  Saturday 11am-5pm.  
 
Kids Storytime at Powell's. Join for a reading of Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer. Free! Saturday 11am. 
 
Hawthorne Evening Market. Check out this new family-oriented neighborhood farmers market. After getting your veggies, stop by the kids tent, which has different activities every week. Saturday 4-7:30pm.  
 
Sunday, August 17th
Family Day at the Clackamas County Fair. Check out all the fun of the county fair at a discount. All children 12 and under get free admission with one paid adult. Sunday 7am-8pm.
 
Kids Day at Woodstock Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for delicious food, kids music, and free kids activities including crafts, live animals, balloons with Olive and Dingo, face painting, and Mr. Lizard at 11 am.  Free!  Sunday 10am-2pm. 
 
Hawthorne Street Fair. This annual street fair includes lots of kid-friendly entertainment, including Lorna Miller, Penny's Puppets, Mr. Ben, stilt walkers, circus lessons, birds of prey exhibit, and more. Come by and say hi - we will be there too!  More info below. Free! Sunday 11am-5pm.
 
First Annual Bollywood Family Dance at Director Park. Activities include Bollywood dance lesson, climbing wall, henna rub-on tattoos and more! Free! Sunday 2-5pm.  

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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