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We select low-cost outings the family might enjoy out and about in Washington County.

PMG FILE PHOTO  - The Apple Harvest Festival returns to the John Tigard House in Tigard from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14.Want to get out of the house? There are plenty of free events happening around the area this week.

The El Grito Community Festival returns this year with live music, activities and regional Latino food from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Shute Park, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. in Hillsboro. Presented by the Centro Cultural and the City of Hillsboro, this free community celebration features interactive booths and a traditional El Grito ceremony. 

In downtown Beaverton, residents are prepping for t he Beaverton International Celebration, part of National Welcoming Week, an annual series of events bringing together immigrant and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity.

Beaverton will celebrate Welcoming Week from Saturday, Sept. 14, to Monday, Sept. 23, with a series of activities that strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding. 

Events include a Kenyan tea circle with poetry, a peace pole dedication, a Welcoming Walk and a storytelling event with Hillsboro's nonprofit, The Immigrant Story.

Just outside Forest Grove, Montinore Estate, 3663 S.W. Dilley Road, will host its 10th annual Crush Party and Grape Stomp for the whole family to get in on the vineyard celebration. Admission is free, and everyone can try the grape squishing competitions, food carts, live music, kids' entertainment and vineyard hayrides from noon to 4 p.m.

Free to all ages, Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., presents "Exploring Oregon's Ancient Forests," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Chandra LeGue is the author of "Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide"and will speak on what remains protected and will highlight a variety of hikes, while also covering natural history, flora and fauna.

Just in time for apple season, the Tigard Historical Association hosts its Apple Harvest Festival from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the 1880 John Tigard House located on the corner of 103rd Avenue and Canterbury Lane in Tigard. Admission is free, with donations to the Historical Association accepted. To learn more, visit tigardhistorical.org or call 503-747-9856.


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