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'Transformers' character will make appearance at event supporting Mother & Child Education Center

COURTESY PHOTO - The Aspen Meadow Band will host its fourth annual Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears concert on Saturday, June 15.

An upcoming Aspen Meadow Band concert will benefit an organization that supports parents and families.

The band's Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears show is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at 24232 S. Upper Highland Road. Though admission is free, all donations will go to the Mother & Child Education Center in Portland. The center offers classes, workshops and supplies for parents and children.

"They provide a variety of services for parents during pregnancy and early childhood. It's a great organization," said Desirae Aamodt of Aspen Meadow Band.

The center was established in 1971 and strives to assist parents in a variety of ways.

"In a world that can be overwhelming, Mother & Child welcomes all parenting into this safe space to offer the most appropriate resources — in-house and from the greater community — to help before, during, and after pregnancy," the organization's website states. "We recognize that motherhood is both a joyful and challenging journey; and we joyfully celebrate and creatively assist both women and men in meeting these challenges and needs."

Representatives from the center will be at the event to provide attendees with additional information about their organization.

This year's theme of the Aspen Meadow Band's fourth annual Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears concert is "Dreaming with Your Boots On."

"We've been trying to encourage and inspire people to dream," Aamodt explained. "We want to create a fun and upbeat space. If someone leaves with a smile on their face, that's our goal."

During the concert, country music will take center stage. People will also be encouraged to wear western attire.

"It's all country music, from today's songs to June Carter and Jimmy Buffet," Aamodt said. "There's a variety of country. It's a mix with something for everyone."

Along with an appealing selection of live music, the event will also feature a special guest appearance: Optimus Prime from the "Transformers" films, who will be available for photos from 1 to 3 p.m.

During several songs, attendees will be encouraged to line dance. There will also be complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers.

Aspen Meadow Band consists of a variety of musicians, including eight lead singers. The group recently gained new fiddle and steel guitar players.

They encouraged anyone interested to attend the upcoming concert.

"It's really a great time," Aamodt said.

If you go

What: Tractors, Trucks and Teddy Bears with the Aspen Meadow Band

When: Photos with The Transformers' Optimus Prime from 1-3 p.m., music from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15

Where: 24232 S. Upper Highland Road

Cost: Free

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