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Metro oversees parks, pioneer cemeteries and greenspaces throughout our region. They offer a plethora of activities that encourage their use and foster education. Following is a sampling of some of the adventures available to you. All of these and much more are published in Metro GreenScene. To request a copy of this publication, call 503-797-1850. Select option 3.
Around the campfire at Oxbow Regional Park
Bring the family to Oxbow Regional Park for weekend evening campfire stories, nature programs and old-fashioned entertainment. On Friday nights, live music is featured. Saturday nights brings a series of enjoyable natural history and storytelling presentations.
Campfire programs are held in the outdoor forest amphitheater across from the campground. Its a great way to spend the evening when youre camping at Oxbow, but you dont have to camp to enjoy them. Although the park closes at sunset, park rangers will let those who attend the campfire program and leave after sunset out. Park in the designated area near the boat ramp. Park entry fee is $3 per car. No registration is required. To get to the park from I-84, take the Troutdale exit (17). Go past the truck stop to the light. Turn right on 257th, go 3 miles to Division Street. Turn left onto Division. Follow the Oxbow Park signs 6.5 miles and turn left. Follow the road to the park. For more information, call Metro at 503-797-1850.
Friday, August 8, 8-9 p.m. - The Folk Music of Juliet Wyers. Join in for a special evening with folk/pop singer and songwriter Juliet Wyers, who recently released her first CD. As one reviewer wrote, Juliet has a masterful poetic sense with vibrant acoustic guitar work.
Saturday, August 9, 8-9 p.m.-Storytelling with Will Hornyak. Join master storyteller Will Hornyak for an entrancing evening of Northwest myths, legends and tall tales. Discover interesting facts about the earliest peoples of Oregon and the four-legged, swimming, crawling and flying people as well.
Friday, August 15, 8-9 p.m.-Campfire Songs and Sing-along. Brad Price, former guitarist for the Oregon Trail Band, will make a special musical appearance at Oxbow. Brad has a great stage presence. Youll love listening to him strum and sing favorites of his family and yours, including Puff the Magic Dragon and many other great campfire songs.
Saturday, August 16, 8-9 p.m.-Sensational Salmon. Why are fish slimy? Do salmon have ears? Youll marvel at how salmon are perfectly designed to survive the perils of life in rushing rivers and deep dark oceans in the engaging presentation by field scientist Lanea Naylor-Murphy.
Friday, August 22, 8-9 p.m.-Old-time Bluegrass Tunes. Bluegrass musicians Greg Stone and Lon Jones return to play guitar and mandolin and sing old-time tunes around the campfire. Tap your feet, dance with your children or just sit back and enjoy the music.
Saturday, August 23, 8-9 p.m.-Birds of Prey of the Pacific Northwest. Live birds of prey visit the campfire circle from Hawk Haven. Find out interesting raptor facts and meet these beautiful hawks and falcons up close.
Friday, August 29, 8-9 p.m.-Surefire Duet. Dave Elliott and Randy Oman, members of the Surefire Bluegrass Band, return to Oxbow. Young Buddy Elliott will join them on standup bass. Enjoy old-style brother duets and sing along with some favorites.
Saturday, August 30, 8-9 p.m.-Storytelling to the Beat of the Drum. Gordon Munro returns with his special blend of the ancient arts of drumming and storytelling. For this Labor Day weekend campfire, youll enjoy hearing folk stories from different cultures around the world.
Sunday, August 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.-Volunteer work day at Oxbow. Help take care of Metros Oxbow Regional Park, a 1200 acre natural area park located within the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge. Projects include restoration of areas impacted by humans, planting and care of native vegetation and removing species. Bring gloves, long sleeves, snacks and water. For more information, or to register, call 503-797-1850 option 8.\
Wednesdays at Blue Lake -
August 6, 10-11 a.m.-Nature Crafts: Camouflage Bug; 2-2:45 p.m. Amazing Magic with Arthur Atsma
August 13, 10-11 a.m. Nature Crafts: Animal Masks; 1-2 p.m. Ethos Mystery Music Bus; 2-3 p.m. Vandeveere Dancers
Two childrens programs make Wednesdays a full day of discovery and fun at Metros Blue Lake Regional Park. Start with Nature Crafts (there is a $2 fee) in the morning at the Chinook Shelter. Youngsters will learn about nature and make a craft to take home. In the afternoon, move on to the bandstand area for Naturally for Kids, stage shows that engage children in singing, dancing, magic, storytelling and learning. In between the two programs, there is plenty to do at the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch, buy an ice cream cone, go for a walk or let loose on one of the playgrounds or play fields. Park admission is $3 per car. Blue Lake Regional Park is located between Marine Drive and Sandy Boulevard off Northeast 223rd Avenue. From Interstate 84, take the Fairview exit (14) and go north on 207th Avenue to Sandy Boulevard. Turn right onto Sandy and travel east to 223rd and turn left. Proceed north to Blue Lake Road and the park. For more information, call 503-797-1850.
Summer being one of the busiest times of the year for tourism and family outings, there are many opportunities to serve as a volunteer at The Grotto, located at 8333 Northeast Sandy Blvd. There is currently a need for volunteers who serve at the Reception Desk and for volunteers willing to help maintain the grounds. This is an opportunity to put your talents to good use and make a difference in the lives of all that experience the serenity of the grounds.
The Grotto is an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, which opened in 1924 and was dedicated as ...a place of solitude, peace and prayer. Featuring a 62-acre botanical garden with over 100 gracefully sculpted shrines in bronze, marble and wood, The Grotto regularly welcomes 200,000 visitors of all faiths each year. As a non-profit organization administered by the Friars of the Order of servants of Mary, the operations are supported solely by the proceeds of the gift shop and donations.
For further information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Gayle Diehl at 503-261-2408.
Drop off your refundable cans and bottles
The first day of school is still a month away, but already the Bronco Boosters are working hard to raise funds for scholarships for the next crop of graduating seniors.
Save up your refundable cans and bottles and donate them to the Boosters on the first Saturday of each month at Parkrose Middle School from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Parkrose Middle School is located at 11800 N.E. Shaver St. If you missed the August 2nd collection date, volunteers will be on hand September 6th to accept your donation.
For more information or if you would like your cans and bottles picked up, call Sue Kunz at 503-254-2664.
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