Beaverton, park district set Welcoming Week events
Activities galore — including an international festival, a walk through Greenway Park, and the dedication of two peace poles — are planned during Beaverton Welcoming Week.
The events are scheduled Sept. 13-22. It's the fifth year that Beaverton has joined in a national celebration of immigrants and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of being a community.
Wambui Machua, executive chef for Spice of Africa, came from Kenya to Beaverton two decades ago.
"Beaverton has been welcoming to me and my family," she said, noting that her 16-year-old son now attends high school.
The Greenway Park walk, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, is a new event sponsored by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. The 2-mile walk, geared to families, will introduce residents to park district services. Information will be available in Spanish, Somali and Arabic; other languages available by request.
"THPRD welcomes people of all backgrounds and we aim to ensure that everyone feels welcome," said Felicita Monteblanco, the board president. "As the daughter of an immigrant, events like this are close to my heart and I can't wait to be at this first walk and celebrate with everyone,"
Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center at 9985 S.W. 125th Ave., also run by the district, will be the site of the Beaverton International Celebration from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. Visitors can enjoy food, music and dance performances, hands-on activities and information booths.
Other highlights during a busy week:
• Kenyan Tea Circle, 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Oregon Food Bank, 1870 N.W. 173rd Ave., reply requested at Beaverton Oregon.gov/welcomingweek. Wambui Machua will share short stories and poetry while attendees learn how to make traditional teas and samosas.
• Celebrating Indian Culture, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave. Food, music, dance, art, a photo booth and more.
• Voices from the Margins, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Spirit of Grace, 7400 S.W. Scholls Ferry Rd. Immigrant women tell their stories.
• Peace Pole dedication, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Beaverton City Hall, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way. Mayor Denny Doyle will dedicate one of two poles sponsored by Westside Ultra Violet, Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee and Beaverton Rotary Club.
• Around the World Marketplace, 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 S.W. Crescent St. Businesses and community organizations will provide food and entertainment.
• The Immigrant Story Live, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. 5th St. Four immigrants will tell their stories.
• Arabic Poetry Potluck, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 S.W. Oleson Rd. A cafÉ-style night with food and an open mic for those who share poetry about the experience of Arabic speakers.
• Oregonians from All Over, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Eden Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. 185th Ave. Food, music and arts focus on Iraqi, Syrian and Korean cultures.
• A Night with Somalis, 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. 5th St. Eat food and see Somali fashions.
• Peace Pole dedication and Salsa in the Park, 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Beaverton City Park, 12500 S.W. 4th St. You bring the picnic; tea, cookies and music will be provided. "May Peace Prevail on Earth" will be inscribed on the pole in several languages.
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