Fest celebrates children's music, reading in Lake Oswego on Saturday

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Enjoy the folk songs and puppetry of Red Yarn at Rox in Sox on Saturday.

Rox in Sox, the Portland area’s popular new festival of children’s music and reading, will host its second annual event in Lake Oswego, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Local and touring family music artists, plus several authors will provide fun on the front lawn of the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Admission is free with a donation of new shoes, socks or books for kids in need in Portland, Kenya and Jamaica. A raffle for prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to Maui, Hawaii, will also support the One World Chorus cause.

Presented by Aaron Nigel Smith of One World Chorus, Northwestern Mutual, the City of Lake Oswego, and the Lake Oswego Public Library, Rox in Sox will offer a host of family-friendly activities and services, as well as refreshments from many vendors.

This year, the library’s author tent will be a major attraction. Top children’s picture book authors, including Stephanie Bauer, author-illustrator of “Alligator Alphabet”; Puerto Rican-born Carmen Bernier-Grand, author of Oregon Book Awards Finalist “Diego”; artist Connie Bowman, who writes affirmation books for all ages; Philip Pelletier, author of “One Night in Frogtown”; and Nicole Rubel, author-illustrator of “No More Vegetables,” will read from their books.

This year’s musical guests will include local artists The School of Rock; Red Yarn, known for his folksongs and puppetry for families; Aaron Nigel Smith and his One World Chorus; Seattle’s The Not-Its!, who sing power-packed songs with heavy and deep subject matter such as animals, bugs, haircuts and reading; Seattle-based Recess Monkey; the family band Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips; and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, who will provide their own funky brand of positive half pint party music.

The high-energy group The Not Its! will perform during Rox in Sox.

The family band Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips will also perform.

Event director and Lake Oswego resident Aaron Nigel Smith is a musician and educator whose simple mission is to inspire families to sing, dance and play together. He’s 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.

“We’re thrilled to bring this major festival to the city of Lake Oswego again this year,” he said. “I’ve seen first-hand how our festival-goers contributions have helped many kids in need, and we’re grateful for all of the amazing community support.”

Last year’s Rox in Sox attracted more than 1,800 people. In all, festival volunteers collected 1,003 pairs of socks, 69 pairs of shoes and 483 books, all of which have been distributed to children in Oregon, Jamaica and Kenya.

There are still a few spaces for Rox in Sox vendors and sponsors. More information can be found online at

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will provide its own funky brand of positive half pint party music.

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