Welcoming Week

Beaverton Welcoming Week is coming up from Sept. 14-23, 2018!

Beaverton Welcoming Week. Event series celebrating the values that unite us. #BeavertonWelcomes Sept

About Welcoming Week 

National Welcoming Week is an annual series of events designed to bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. The week’s activities celebrate the contributions of newcomers and provide opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships and understanding. This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated from Sept. 14 - 23, 2018, alongside more than 500 events in communities across the country. Beaverton’s celebration is part of the broader city-wide Welcoming Beaverton initiative. 

How to be involved: 

2018 Beaverton Welcoming Week Schedule of Events

Thursday 9/13/2018

Story Slam: Welcoming Week Edition - “New Horizons”
7 - 8:30 pm
Beaverton City Library Auditorium, 12375 SW 5th Street

It seems like there is always something on the horizon. Do you have a story to share about a new beginning, or maybe what happened when you reached the horizon? Welcoming Week celebrates the stories of everyone in our community - those born here, and those who came from afar. The Beaverton City Library Story Slam is a friendly, open-mic storytelling competition. Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat; names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take to the stage to tell their true, personal, 5- to 8-minute story. Come put your name in the hat to tell a story or just to enjoy the show! Stories must be told from memory. The winner receives a $10 gift certificate to The Book Corner. This program is free and open to the public; recommended for ages 13 and up. Potential storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story.

Friday 9/14/2018

Celebrating Indian Culture
6 - 8:30 pm
THPRD Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave.

Join us as we celebrate Indian culture with dances and entertainment! Bring your friends and family to experience food, music, arts, a photo booth, and more.

Saturday 9/15/2018

Spanish Storytime
10:15 - 11 am
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Told solely in Spanish, this storytime features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts! For all kids ages 6 & under with their families.

Beaverton International Celebration
1 - 4 pm
THPRD Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave.

Join us for an afternoon of cultural performances, workshops, cooking classes, arts and crafts, civic and cultural booths and interactive activities showcasing the many cultures in Beaverton.

Sunday 9/16/2018

Aztec – Chichimeca Dance Workshop*
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Beaverton City Library 12375 SW 5th St.

Huehca Omeyocan presents Aztec – Chichimeca dance and music! Come learn about the culture, history, sounds and movements of pre-Hispanic cultures.

Monday 9/17/2018

Public Safety Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
3 - 4 pm
Corner of SW Hall and Allen Blvd.

Join elected officials, public safety personnel, and neighbors for a ceremony and activities to usher in the beginnings of Beaverton’s new Public Safety Center! Be a part of affirming our commitment to building a safe and welcoming city for all.

Effective Voter Registration
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Beaverton City Library 12375 SW 5th St.

Join the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) for a workshop on importance of voter registration among historically marginalized communities and how you can get involved. Register for the workshop.

Tuesday, 9/18/2018

Equity Seminar: “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County”

The Equity Seminar Series is a quarterly professional development series on topics of equity and inclusion for staff of the City of Beaverton, Beaverton School District, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD). This seminar will focus on the new research study “Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County,” released in June 2018.

Wednesday 9/19/2018

A Night With Somalis*
5 - 8:30 pm
Beaverton City Library Auditorium, 12375 SW 5th St.

Somali Empowerment Circle invites you to a fashion show and evening gathering to raise awareness, build community, and increase knowledge of the Somali culture.

Thursday 9/20/2018

Welcoming Week Social: A Multi-Chamber Event
4 - 7 pm
BG Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave

The Beaverton Chamber and PABA are taking over Beaverton’s BG Food Cartel to celebrate Beaverton’s diversity. We’ll network and socialize while playing cornhole and enjoying appetizers from the surrounding food carts and no-host drinks at the Speakeasy Bar. As part of National Welcoming Week, chambers nationwide come together to celebrate safe and welcoming communities for all immigrants, refugees and newcomers. For more information, contact Jon-Michael Kowertz, Director of Business Support and Development at jonmichael@beaverton.org or 503.530.6019. RSVP requested.

We Welcome Entrepreneurs Beaverton*
4 - 8:30 pm
BESThq, 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd.

Adelante Mujeres and BESThq invite entrepreneurs to network with state and local nonprofits, agencies, and resources for starting and growing their business in Beaverton. Stay for the fiesta with food, music and mingling! Registration requested at Register for the entrepreneurs networking event.

Friday 9/21/2018

The Immigrant Story is the American Story
4 - 6 pm
The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way

Join The Immigrant Story for a showcase of stories and photographs that capture the lives of immigrants and refugees in our community. Photo exhibit will be up for public viewing throughout Welcoming Week.

Saturday 9/22/2018

Spanish Storytime
10:15 - 11 am
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Told solely in Spanish, this storytime features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts! For all kids ages 6 & under with their families.

Cultural Immersion Music Festival*
Noon - 4 pm
Eden Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW 185th Ave.

Join PDX Friends of Refugees and Olivenbaum for an afternoon of music and Korean and Arabic food. Participate in music lessons, an instrument petting zoo, and cultural games to build relationships with local refugee and immigrant families. Reserve your spot for music lessons.

Neighbor Fest*
4 - 6 pm
1st United Methodist Church, 12555 SW 4th St.

Come enjoy a multicultural indoor/outdoor street festival and resource fair, featuring music by Chicamarimba and fun for all ages. We hope to celebrate differences and cultivate connections between neighbors from all backgrounds.

Mission Nonviolence Workshop
9 am - 4 pm
Spirit of Grace Church, 7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.

Learn strategies for change using the nonviolent methods of Dr. King, Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez. Activists working with immigrant communities will share their programs and methods. Lunch is provided. Register by Saturday, September 15, 2018. Email to MissionNonviolence18@gmail.com.

Sunday 9/23/2018

Welcome Beaverton Potluck*
4 pm - Dusk
THPRD Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave.

Join us as we gather immigrants and U.S.-born residents to build community through a multicultural potluck and interactive games. RSVP requested. Email to bherring83@yahoo.com.

* - Hosting organization is a Welcoming Week Grantee

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