Put this Aug. 3 event on your calendar now

Lake Oswego resident Aaron Nigel Smith, PBS Kids television personality and director of the international One World Chorus, is organizing a free family festival to celebrate music and books on Aug. 3.

The event, titled Rox in Sox, will be held on the lawn of the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Admission is free, and families are encouraged to bring donations of socks, shoes and books for distribution to children in Portland, Kenya and Jamaica.

“Our goal is to create an annual community celebration of music and literacy for children and families to enjoy for years to come,” said Smith. He and his wife, Diedre Smith, have two young sons. “We hope to impact the lives of children in need around the world through our donation program.”by: SUBMITTED - Aaron Nigel Smith, a Lake Oswego musician and educator, is organizing Rox in Sox, a free family festival of music and books for Aug. 3.

The entertainment lineup includes Smith and his One World Chorus, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “kid-hop” artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, interactive percussion band Rhythm Child and performers from PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions.” Performers from Portland Opera and locally based kindie stars Lori Henriques and Mo Phillips round out the nonstop day of musical fun.

Readings and interaction with authors like Deborah Hopkinson, Greta Pedersen and Noel MacNeal are also planned.

Activities planned for Rox in Sox include family yoga and other fitness fun, hula hooping, drumming and hands-on crafts from Frog Pond Toys and Lakeside Learning.

Members of the Portland Children’s Museum staff will be on hand to provide face painting, and a variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase by Joe’s Burgers and Marley Coffee.

Smith said about 20 vendors will be on site to provide activities and products.

Smith is a musician and educator whose mission is to inspire families to sing, dance and play together. He has been featured on PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions,” has won numerous awards and tours nationally.

His One World Chorus blends the voices of hundreds of young singers from Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Kenya and Jamaica.

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