Waldo is hiding in Gresham businesses, and local children are being asked to help find him throughout the month of July.
The iconic children's book character, who is easy to spot due to his red and white sweater and hat, is visiting 20 shops across the community. Participants can grab or print out a passport with a list of all the businesses joining in the fun, and hunt down Waldo. Whenever they find him, they get a stamp to add to the passport.
If you are able to fill out 10 stamps, visit Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop for a button and $1 off coupon — while supplies last. Fill in 17 stamps and your name will be entered into a deluxe Where's Waldo package prize, which will be given out at a celebration party from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.
"Our hope is through this event people will get out into the community and shop local," said Shoshonna Roberts, owner of Maggie Mae's.
The event is sponsored in more than 200 cities by Candlewick Press. Though this is only the first year in Gresham, organizers are already looking ahead to next year.
"People seem to be really excited about this," Roberts said.
Snag your passport at Maggie Mae's, 43 N.W. Third St., or online at https://www.maggiemaesbooks.com/blog.
The participating businesses are:
n Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, 43 N.W. Third St.
n Big Town Hero, 1334 N.W. Civic Drive
n Blondie's Pizza, 112 N. Main Ave.
n Gresham Bicycle Center, 567 N.E. Eighth St.
n All About Kids, 121 N. Main Ave.
n Foxtrot Vintage, 227 N. Main Ave.
n Nancy's Floral, 620 N.E. Burnside Rd.
n RedFred Collective, 343 N. Main Ave.
n Off the Charts Games, 30 N.W. Second St.
n World Class Taekwondo, 39 N.W. Third St.
n Sugar Cubed Cakes, 101 N. Main Ave.
n The Tiki Putt, 1694 N.W. Fairview Drive
n Frenzi Frozen Yogurt, 234 N. Main Ave.
n Accent on Attitude, 20 N.W. Second St.
n Biscuits Café, 1905 N.E. Division St.
n Wall Street Pizza, 201 N. Main Ave.
n Mt. Hood Lanes, 2311 E. Powell Boulevard
n Gresham Public Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.
n iCandy, 344 N. Main Ave.
n Origins Coffee Shop, 600 N.W. Eastman Parkway