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  1. urbanMamas Podcast Episode 1: Rosalee Rester
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urbanMamas Podcast Episode 1: Rosalee Rester

This is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 1 with Rosalee Rester, founder of Baby Wit. Subscribe to the urbanMamas Podcast on iTunes and be sure to check out the introductory episode while you're at it.

(Kelli) Welcome to the urbanMamas podcast with Rae Ann Peil and Kelli Martinelli. Every couple of weeks we'll be bringing you stories from in and around Portland about the mamas in our community who are doing amazing things from small biz, to advocacy to everything in between. urbanMamas are your neighbors, your friends, the moms you pass in the hall at kindergarten but haven't yet said hi to, etc. urbanMamas is YOU.

Today we welcome Rosalee Rester, founder of Baby Wit, unique and iconic designs for babies and toddlers, proudly made in Portland.

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(Rae Ann) We also have a swear jar. We're working really hard to keep this podcast something you can listen to in the background with your kids hanging out, so in an effort to do that, we have a jar where we are going to drop coins, which will later be donated to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and then if we can come up with like really cool, creative swear substitutes, we'll donate twice as much money.

(Kelli) IF we use them successfully.

(Rae Ann) If we use them successfully, which could be up to group debate. So, that's the swear jar. We also have the icebreaker hat. The icebreaker hat is full of random questions where we draw from and whoever our guest is gets to answer. Feel free to email suggestions for the icebreaker hat to urbanMamas@gmail.com.

(Kelli) With that we should have you draw your icebreaker prompt. You wanna draw one? Don't look at it, and then we'll go from there.

(Rosalee) What starts with an f and ends with a k?

(Kelli) FRICK!

(Rosalee) It's my son's joke: Firetruck.

::groans::

(Kelli) That would be a good substitute word. I like it, it's emphatic.

(Rae Ann) So icebreaker question, Rosalee, what's the best breakfast joint in Portland? And we want two. The one you would take your kids to, where you're super comfortable and where your kids can be kids. And we want the one that is all about the really good food, or coffee, that you would not take your children to.

(Rosalee) I don't really take my children out ... 

(Rae Ann) I don't blame you.

(Rosalee) Well right next to us is The Overlook Restaurant, and breakfast place, it has video poker. I would take them there ...

(Rae Ann) Yeahhhh, video poker.

(Rosalee) For food, let's see, I haven't been out in a really long time, it's kinda sad. We used to go to Cricket Cafe, years ago, and then Tin Shed, and then Helser's (yummmmm), and that delicious giant meat thing.

(All) Mmmm, Helser’s ….

Blah blah blah, we all agree Helser’s is fabulous and kid-friendly AND has a killer bloody mary. Helser’s, are you listening? Wanna be an urbanMamas sponsor? Jumping ahead ...

(Kelli) So, let's talk Baby Wit. How, why, when?

(Rosalee) So I was pregnant, no I had just given birth, and I was finishing up a degree in psychology, and I was giving a poster presentation in Vancouver, Canada. The dot.com era  had bust, so the bubble -- there was no work, so I was kind of in school because of that. And I was giving a talk on emotional regulation, and my husband dragged me into this store called Bang On, which is like transfers onto t-shirts, and they have really funny stuff on grown-up shirts. I think Eva was like 4 months old and I wanted to bring gifts back, and I was like oh my god, I want these on baby shirts! People would go insane, cause there was nothing like that. No baby Ramones, nothing.

(Rae Ann) What year was this?

(Rosalee) 2003. So you didn't see any of that. There was like maybe one company in San Francisco and they were doing like tattooed stuff on shirts, really cool, but no music stuff. And so I put Angus on a shirt, David Bowie, and I did the Sonic Youth Goo album, and I brought those back, and it was just like, so much fun. And I thought about it, I needed to have a job! And I didn't want to be away from my baby. And I was good at websites, so I was like, you know what, this just has to sell. There's just no way that people will not want to buy this. And there was nothing out there and I was like, duh. And so I called the company in Canada, and I was like "Hey, can I make an agreement with you where I sub-license and buy these from you and then sell them on a website, putting them only on baby clothes?" and they were laughing at me. They're like "Whatever! If you wanna do that, sure!" And everyone just laughed. 

(Kelli) Portlander!

(Ros) But I started it, and sales started immediately. I remember my husband, we had to move in with my ex-husband's family, we lived in the basement over the summer cause we ran out of budget. I did a couple of partnerships with stores around SF, the stores started buying them really quickly. From then, it was pretty cool until I decided to go wholesale, and I started selling at shows. But, and I didn't know this ... but they were illegal.

(K & R) Ohhhhhh.

(Ros) The company I was working with weren't allowed to do that, and a lot of their stuff they weren't supposed to be selling. So I had to quit selling all the rock stuff. But I had a sub-license directly with Sonic Youth, who, I tried to get the album Goo on a shirt, cause that was my favorite one, and I remember Kim Gordon was like, "no, that's just too over-the-top for a baby shirt." 

urbanMamas comment: What do you think Portland parents? Would you let your baby rock this on a onesie?

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Jumping forward a bit …

(K) So, in addition to Baby Wit, you're an inventor.

(R) Well, sort of.

(K) You concepted a really cool design for the Tender Wondersuit.

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(images courtesy of Mamoré Communications)

(Rosalee) Yeah, it was a long process with lots of people involved, but it came about from my ex-husband would never button the snaps after he changed the diaper, so my son was always running around with the legs open. You know, like the flap hanging down on the all-in-ones. So, I don't sew. But I tried to sew, I wanted to do one where the back comes off. It would be so cute. So I made a prototype, and my neighbor, Bitty, is an amazing seamstress and made baby clothing all the time. Her grandmother was the costume designer for Lucille Ball...

(K & R) whoaaaa

(Rosalee) Sewing is in her blood. So I took it over to her. It's really funny, cause I have the one I sewed and I was like "Can you make this so it, you know, looks good?" And I was like, this is what I want it to do, but I don't know how to make it do that. I want it to open in the back, like a lap tee, like the opening on a lap tee, and use that kind of design for it to pull down. At the time I was reading this book called Cradle to Cradle, which is all about you look at your design, the product you're designing, with the end in mind.

(Kelli) Right. As opposed to Cradle to Grave.

(Rosalee) Right. I was really focused on um, I had a line called Light and Gravity that was clothing made from all organic fabrics, with wooden buttons. And everything would just go in to the ground. So after it was worn out, it would decompose. And that was kind of my goal. And so I was like "Hey, I don't want any buttons or anything." It was less about that, and more about Cradle to Cradle. I was trying to create something like that. And so Bitty helped come up with this design. And she talked to one of her friends, who made suggestions. Suggestions all around finally got incorporated into that thing that became Yankers, which is now Tender Wondersuits.

(Rae) That's awesome.

(Kelli) Which are super awesome, comfortable, stretchy, soft ..

(Rae) Adorable!

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(Rosalee) But! The only thing is there are no buttons or snaps or anything, but it is not Cradle to Cradle. Because there's no way to do it without having some spandex, or Lycra in it. So that was something I just had to give up on with that design. But the design was so phenomenal as far as like, easy to use and just comfortable that I just kinda let it go. I had to let it go. But I focused on other things, like making it in Portland, using upcycled fabrics, or as much organic, and sustainably sourced fabrics that I could. But that was one thing that was important to me that I had to let go.

(Rae) Yeah, but for the design, it sounds like you really went as far as you could possibly take it. That's amazing. And they're adorable.

(Kelli) She puts her really cool designs on them, too. 

(R) Yeah, I'm starting to.

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(Rae) That's a great baby gift idea!

(Kelli) It's fantastic. And so far all those Portland babies, you know, the "Keeping it weird in Portland". That one rocks. And they are completely made here in Portland. So ... support your local community.

(Rosalee) Yep. Trying to keep it here. 

(Kelli) K! Good! I love it! I love it. Tender Wondersuits. Baby Wit. Check. Check. Let's talk maybe a little about ... you. You're a parent. That's where all the stuff emerged, a baby!

(Rosalee) Which I never would've thought of. It wasn't in my blood. It wasn't a thing. I never thought, okay, I'm going to be a mom. And I'm going to make baby clothing. When I say it still, I'm surprised. I make baby clothing. It's kind of odd. It all came about from having kids and just trying to find a way to make money and kind of stay at home. So the whole idea of just, and I'm so like not against working or anything like that, just the whole idea of leaving -- because I think my daughter was 3 or 4 months -- and I was looking at a job at eBay and I would be gone full time. And I was breastfeeding. And pumping. Just the idea of leaving at that point, wasn't real. It was something I knew I would have to do if I wanted to make money, but it just didn't seem, it was like, this can't be real. I can't leave. Then I was just thinking of ideas that I could do to make money. And my sister in law at the time had started a soap business at home, and was making tons of money. She was really successful in Texas. And i was like, maybe i should make soap!

(Kelli) Let's all make soap!

(Rosalee ) I can do that! I can make soap! So I had all these ideas and it was when I went to Vancouver, and then it was like, that's it. That's what I want to do.

(Kelli) And so you're home. You work out of North Portland, which is pretty awesomely close to one of the best karaoke joints and tiki joints in all of Portland.

(Rosalee) It's very, very close. 

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(Rosalee) I have customers come and pick up their stuff from me and I'll tell them to park in the Alibi parking lot and wait for me, cause I'll be right there!

(Kelli) Go grab yourself a mai tai, I'll be 5 minutes. Yeah, we should have mai tais.

(Rae) Yes, we should have mai tais.

(Rae) What do you like about North Portland? What do you love about living here? 

(Rosalee) I just, you know I love the Southeast too. I mean, I love all the neighborhoods. They're all funky and unique in their own way. But this was the first neighborhood we moved in to. And I just remember driving into Portland and it was June, and raining and sunny at the same time. It was really weird. And just that feeling of driving down through the streets with all those trees, and it was so green. And I remember the feeling, for the Northeast, that I'm just familiar with it. 

jumping forward …

 (Kelli) So I wanted to talk to you about the training that you're doing right now. 

(Rosalee) Oh yeah!

(Kelli) NET!

(Rosalee) I'm taking it slowly. I read this article a while ago, it was a blog post by this guy, and it kind of had an effect on me. It was talking about just the situation in the world today, and how it made him feel, you know, like hopeless. He just felt really hopeless. Cause you hear about it all the time, and it could be my [news]feed, I mean, I'm a leftist, so my feed is just ultra-depressing, I don't know. But he was just commenting on everyone changing their profile pictures to this or that, or making a comment on Facebook, and what does that really do? I was like, what should my response be? Cause it affected me. And I was like, I gotta do little things. Cause that's how I always work. I'm just going to little things in these directions, and if I do little things and keep progressing and keep moving forward in that path, then I feel like that path is a good path. So if I just do little things for these different projects, and you know, I have several, the NET training one is just one, then each week maybe spend an hour or two doing whatever is moving forward at that time. So one of those is manufacturing in Portland. And another is the NET thing, which came up on my Facebook feed, a training program for in your neighborhood. So each neighborhood forms a net during an emergency situation. So the earthquake, or whatever, a tsunami or a landslide, or whatever. Oh, there's so many. A little depressing listening to their training videos. So while I'm working I'm listening to their training videos and then you take an online test, and then, after you pass that you go through the security tests, and then you go into actual training, which I think is a couple of Saturdays where they really show you the physical stuff, you know, how to be a triage nurse, and how to turn off utilities and all that. But each community in Portland has a safety net of people that go to these meetings and form a safety plan in the event of an emergency. And I thought, I want to do that! Cause I have kids! 

(Kelli) So when the ship hits the fan ... woop! woop! I said ship y'all!

(Rae) Money in the jar! 

(Kelli) Double it up! (coins in the jar!)

(Rosalee) Firetruck!

(Rosalee) But also, I don't know anyone in my community. I know a couple of neighbors, and I know Pinky's -- by the way I want to talk about their bagels! freaking amazing. I just had one -- But I don't know anyone that well, and this is a way in the community, if you're a NET member you're going to go talk to your neighbors. "Hey here's where the wheelbarrow is! And here's where you can find ... this stuff, or supplies." So I thought it would be a good way to interface with my community.

(Kelli) We should get -- we will! By the time you hear this, we will have a link up on urbanMamas to the NET training programs. So if it's something that you want to get involved with in your community, then you can go from there.

And here it is! https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/58587

(Rae) I have a funny NET training story, if anyone wants to hear it.

(K & R) YES!

(Rosalee) Are you doing it?

(Rae) I always think about doing it. And I keep thinking I should go do that and it's on my list and it's in my bookmarks and I set alarms and, you know, all that kind of stuff. But no. Not yet. Every Monday it comes up. NET! NET! NET!

(Rosalee) I have all those too! Click!

(Rae) But there's this other friend of mine in our neighborhood, also North Portland, who does NET, she's done the NET training. And so, she's one of those super organized moms, who if like, I ever need to know what to pack for a trip in the Amazon jungle she has a spreadsheet already written up. She tracks everything that's in her freezer and in her garage, she's got spreadsheets for everything. Her house is always super tidy, and she's always complaining about how dirty it is. But she's just like, when you're moving, you want Kelly to show up. You want Kelly to show up because she's going to unpack your kitchen in 2.4 seconds and everything will be exactly where it should be for efficiency.

(Kelli) I need her number. 

(Rae) I know right. I don't know if I can share it here ....

(Rae) She's married and has two kids, and is overwhelmed by penises in her life. But she is a NET member and she organizes these earthquake drills every couple of months. Where she sends a text and it says something like, "NOW!" and so, when she sends a text -- and sometimes we have warning and sometimes we don't have any warning at all because in real life you don't -- so when Kelly sends a text and it says "It's the big one!" or "Now!" or whatever, you know to dive under your table, and you stay there until she sends you the text that it's over. So it becomes like this whole family thing, and so once the earthquake is over, and she sends that text, you have to collect all of your emergency preparedness stuff and you run to the NET meeting place, and we all stand there and we assess how it went, and we like, talk about all of our supplies.

(Rosalee) That's fantastic! 

(Rae) It's super awesome. It's totally random, but it's awesome. The best part though is when you're standing there in the park and like figuring out who made it, and who didn't. Cause, it's not always convenient, and that's the point. But there was one time where one of our friends texted and was like, "Our whole family just died. We didn't make it out in time. Sorry guys." And we saw their van backing out of the driveway down the street as they went off on whatever errand they were going to. 

(Kelli) I've got a gyno appointment! You know. These things, you just can't re-schedule that easily ... it's an emergency ...

(Rosalee) One of my friends talked about some show, it was like, the people who believe it's the end of the world, or something. What is it called ... ? But they do all this planning, like hard-core build all these shelters ...

(Rae) Oh my god I have so many jokes right now! So many inappropriate jokes!

(Rosalee) I just watched like a little bit of that show, and I was like, oh my ... it was just way, way over the top.

(Rae) Did you want to build a bunker, though? Were you feeling like ....

(R) I just wanted to know them! You know? Like, can I know you? So that, I feel safer or something. It is all about a feeling of trying to control, or feel safe. I think as a mom, you just want to control that somehow.

(Kelli) We have to be prepared for everything. Because when it comes down to it, even if you are prepared and you have all of your rice, and your water, and emergency meals and everything like that, you still can't anticipate what your immediate reaction will be. I grew up in Northern California, Humboldt County, so earthquakes, all the time. All the time. But they were seldom while you were awake, they were usually in the middle of the night, they very infrequently surpassed like 5.5. So it was just a little jiggle. But there was time when I was in high school and I was babysitting these 3 adorable red haired girl, and we had a big one! We had a big earthquake hit and it was you know, prime time, getting ready to watch 90210, and then all of a sudden this earthquake!

(Rae) So inconvenient! Right before 90210!

(Kelli) I know! Luke Perry! But anyway I just froze. The older girl went, like looked at me sideways. Sorry, they can't see that. I was looking sideways. She looked at me. And like, waiting for me to do something. And I clearly didn't do anything. So she turned to her sisters and said "Everybody get under that doorway, right there". And she pointed to the safest doorway that she knew in her house, for us to be under, and I was like "Right! Yes! We need to get to safety!" You just don't know what your reaction will be. 

(Rosalee) I've never been in one so I don't know. I heard you're not supposed to get under doorways by the way.

(Kelli) If you have nothing else. This is how I was raised, I don't know, maybe something we should brush up on, but if there's nothing else, then you stay under an archway, cause that is a load-bearing beam, because that would've been the safest place to be if you have no other options. Don't take my word on that! But in 1994 ...

urbanMamas note: Rosalee's totally right. The "head to the doorway" advice is out-dated, and has gone the way of Luke Perry. In the past, in unreinforced masonry structures, the door frame was often the only thing left standing in the aftermath of an earthquake. So naturally, this became the practice for earthquake preparedness. However, in modern homes, the doorways are not necessarily stronger than any other part of the house. So what should you do? DROP, COVER, AND HOLD. Drop to the floor, make yourself compact, and get under a table, or a desk. If you’re outside, get into an open area removed from trees, and buildings and power lines. If you’re in a tall building, stay away from the windows and walls, stay out of elevators (this kinda seems like a “duh”), and get under sturdy furniture if you can. More preparedness tips can be found at the Portland Bureau for Emergency Management: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/54418

(Kelli) September is National Preparedness Month.

(all) Whaaaaa? Noooo way ...

(Kelli) #NatlPrep

(Rae) Oh my gosh.

(Kelli) These are things, that I -- I think maybe I should go to these NET trainings. I don't know. My CPR certification has long since expired. I have found out recently that people don't even do mouth to mouth necessarily anymore. 

(Rae) Really?!

(Kelli) No!

(Rosalee) Do they do it on their arm?

(Rae) Do you just blow on them?

(Kelli) Yes, you just fan them with a palm frond.

(Rae) Do you just get a bunch of people to blow on them at the same time?

(Kelli) Ready, set, blow!

(R) So no mouth to mouth? Is it nose or something?

(Kelli) No, it's like throat swiping and like, chest pumping.

(Rae) What is throat swiping?

(Kelli) I don't know. Again, don't quote me on any of this. So it's like to dislodge something ... to like clear the airways, and like ...

(Rae) I feel like, this is not medical advice, guys.

(Kelli) Not at all. I feel like I might need to do a sound-over this whole thing. Like boing! 

urbanMamas note: It’s true! In 2008 the American Heart Association began recommending a hands-only approached for untrained bystanders (as opposed to trained professionals). To learn more about current best practices, please visit the 2014 AHA CPR Guidelines. To find a CPR training here in Portland, check out our local Red Cross or CPR Lifeline. We’ll probably see you there ...

(Rae) CPR training is what we should do. And, I had no idea, but according to this NET friend of mine, everybody should have apparently a case of maxi pads, because they're used for everything in emergency situations.

(Kelli) No they really are.

(Rae) I didn't know that!

(Kelli) They really are. I don't promote disposable products, ever. You know, I'm all about reusable feminine hygiene and everything. But, like, keeping tampons on hand for nosebleeds.

(Rosalee) Really?

(Rae) Yeah!

(Kelli) I mean, you don't want it up your hoo-ha but it'll stop it even if it's the worst. And it's safer than plugging your nose, or tilting your head back, and you can go about your business. If you have to tend to one child with a bloody nose and you have a tampon nearby, here, shove it up there, and then walk away and go tend to the other one. 

(Rae) And then maxi pads, too, for like the same thing, like big abrasions and cuts and stuff, like you smack that puppy on there and leave it there and it'll absorb everything, or like, to put on your feet if you don't have shoes and you're having to walk through glass ...

(Kelli) Orange is the New Black, if you have to take a shower ...

(Rae) Orange is the New Black, yeah! If you're in prison, you don't want your feet on those floors. Yeah, maxi pads.

(Kelli) Maxi pads. Cause you can get those at the commissary.

(Rae) Who knew?

(Kelli) Piper knew.

(Rae) Piper knew. That's right. 

jumping forward …

(Kelli) I wanted to talk about one more thing cause I saw a great picture on your facebook page of you rockin’ barefoot on a stage with a bass.

(Rosalee) Aww, I love it. I started that a couple of years ago. It's definitely something I love. I play with a couple of different bands. The Fancy Shmancies and The Year and The Day. All guys. One of them is like a young band of like 25 year olds. And the others are like 30 and 40 year olds.

(Kelli) How fun is that? So where do you guys play?

(Rosalee) Well we just started. So the bands are relatively new, so the year and the day was actually another band that started a couple years ago, but they lost their bass player. So we started playing together about 7 months ago, off and on, a couple times a month. And the other guy, I just found on Craigslist, cause I just wanted to play with people. I just want to play with people, and I was asking everyone, "Can I play with you, pleeease?" And I had this awesome rehearsal space cause the downstairs of my house used to be a recording studio.

(K & R) Ohhhhhh

(Rosalee) And so I was like, if you let me play with you ... then you can play in my space.

(Rae) Niiiiiice.

(Rosalee) Everytime I get frustrated, cause I'm like, how do I regulate my emotions, which was what I studied in SF. It's like one thing I've found that has been really successful is I just go and I play the bass cause that frequency somehow it just likes make me it just goes right in here, and it's just like "Ahhh" all my tension just goes ... 

(Kelli) I just started learning the ukulele.

(Rosalee) I have a friend that just started learning, actually a couple of people.

(Kelli) I love it! I tried guitar and it just never took. Too many strings.

(Rosalee) It's the four string thing.

(Kelli) Yeah, and it's so portable. I bought it, kind of on a whim, at the start of the summer, and I am NOT good. But enough where I can sit down and play to myself to again, kind of gain that same kind of feeling. The calming, the I just created something, 

(Rosalee) Also your head, all those thoughts, are just gone. Did you hear the Amanda Palmer ukulele song? You gotta listen to it. It's so happy.

(K) Okay.

(Rosalee) I love her. She's so amazing. Her whole personality. 

(Kelli) Amanda Palmer. Ukulele. I'll google it. 

Kelli’s note: I totally googled it. And I loved it so much. Amanda Palmer would fill the swear jar with just this song. http://youtu.be/njDQsQpFIqA

(Kelli) So I think we're wrapping up for Podcast #1 with urbanMamas. Do you have anything you want to add or ask?

(Rae) I think, no. I'm super stoked. Your website is really easy to get around and the art is ....

(Rosalee) No it's not! It's not easy to get around!

(Rae) Okay! Just kidding. No it's not! It's AWFUL. Your website is AWFUL.

Rae’s note: I have no idea why Rosalee wanted to argue with me about this. Her site is great and any dysfunctionality (which again, I have no idea what she’s talking about) is completely negated by her totally rad apparel!

(Rosalee) It's hard to maneuver, there's a lot of stuff on there. 

(Kelli) But it has a lot of COOL stuff.

(Rosalee) That you can't find ...

(Rae) I don't know. I like it. I didn't have a hard time at all.

Rae’s note: Stop it, Rosalee. Geesh.

(Kelli) And Rosalee makes really cool stuff not just for babies, too, so just FYI ... she's got a great eye ...

(Rae) Cool. Well thanks for joining us.

(Rosalee) Thanks for having me. I really am honored. 

Guest #1!!!! Yay Rosalee!!!!

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A very special thanks to Rosalee Rester for taking the plunge and being our VERY FIRST GUEST ON THE URBANMAMAS PODCAST! Wheeeeee! We’d love to see all the cool Portland babies donning the super hip baby duds, including the Tender Wondersuit, from Baby Wit. And in fact, Rosalee has been super rad and is offering you, dear Portland, a 15% discount with code: URBANMAMAS. Head here and shop, baby, shop. 

And thank you to the rockin’ Mo Phillips for the urbanMamas Podcast theme song. We have a theme song!

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Weekend Warriors: October 31-November 2

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 31st

A Not So Scary Halloween at the Children's Museum. Enjoy trick-or-treating, treat bag crafting, a scavenger hunt and more. Most activities free with admission. Friday 9am-4pm. See website for complete schedule. 

Toddler Trick or Treat Party at the Zoo. Take part in this annual Halloween party, complete with real animals and animal mask-making. Free with admission. Friday 9am-2pm. 

Sweet Tooth the Ghost Puppet Show and Halloween Celebration in NE PDX. Join Penny's Puppets for a Halloween Puppet show followed by a short costume parade. $5/person or 4 for $17. Friday 10:30-11:15am. 

Trick or Treat in Multnomah Village. Join hundreds of other ghosts and goblins as your trick or treat your way through the village. Free. Friday 3:30-5:30pm. 

Trick or Treat Alberta Street. Trick or treat along the incomparably quirky Alberta Street. Free. Friday 3:30-6pm. 

Saturday, November 1st

Yoga Family in NE PDX. Embark on a yoga-inspired adventure using yoga, storytelling, and imagination. $10 for one child and one grownup. Saturday 9:30-10:30am. 

Native American Family Day & Marketplace at the Mt. Scott Community Center. This event features free swimming and rollerskating, family activities like arts & crafts, fresh Native American food, vendors, and more. Free ($2-5 for food). Saturday 10am-6pm. 

Cuentos y Canciones in Vancouver. Take part in rhymes, songs, and stories for families with small children presented in Spanish and English. Free. Saturday 10:30-11:30am. 

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's a Flood in SE PDX. Find out all about floods with an expert from the National Weather Service and create a flood with a hands-on activity. Free. Saturday 10:30-11:30am. 

Dia de los Muertos in Beaverton. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with crafts like sugar skulls, pasta skeletons, and tissue paper flowers. Free. Best for ages 2-11. Saturday 11am-12pm. 

Kids Club: Bird Seed Wreaths at Al's Garden Center in Woodburn. Make your own bird seed wreath out of grapevines. $5/child. Saturday 11-11:45am. 

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presets Rumplestiltskin in SE PDX. Enjoy a slight twist on the original story, followed by a fun and engaging group crafts class. $1/child; $2/adults for the show. Craft is an additional $1/child, $2/adult. Saturday 12-1:30pm.

Sunday, November 2nd

$2 Day at OMSI. See all the exhibits and experience all the fun of OMSI for only $2. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. 

Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek. This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. This week's theme is animal tracks. Best for ages 2-6 ,but all are welcome. Please preregister. Free. Sunday 10-11:15am. 

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 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. 

    


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