BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton invites you to participate in the fifth annual celebration of Beaverton Welcoming Week from September 13-22 with a series of events designed to bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.
Events include a Kenyan tea circle, Arabic poetry potluck, Somali cultural showcase, storytelling on the immigrant experience, the Beaverton International Celebration, and more—all designed to bring the community together and build cross-cultural relationships and understanding.
Share your experiences and pictures at the events with #BeavertonWelcomes. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete listing of the week’s events, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingWeek.
This local celebration coincides with National Welcoming Week, which is composed of thousands of local events across the country in member cities of the national organization Welcoming America. Beaverton officially became a Welcoming City and member of Welcoming America in April 2015. While Beaverton was one of the first cities to join (and the first in Oregon), the national network now includes more than 80 municipalities and 100-plus nonprofit organizations leading a movement of inclusive communities. Welcoming America members share the belief that being a welcoming community for all, including immigrants and refugees, makes us stronger economically, socially and culturally.
Beaverton’s celebration is part of the city’s broader Welcoming Beaverton initiative to recognize, welcome and support the successful integration of the local immigrant community.
Full Schedule of Welcoming Week Events:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Kenyan Tea Circle, Prose & Poetry
1-4 PM | Oregon Food Bank | 1870 NW 173rd Ave.
Join Spice of Africa for a Kenyan Tea Circle. Learn to make traditional teas and samosas as you listen to short stories from executive chef Wambui Machua.
Celebrating Indian Culture
6-8:30 PM | Conestoga Rec Center | 9985 SW 125th Ave.
Bring your friends and family for a celebration of Indian culture with dance, food, music, art, a photo booth and more!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
10 AM -12 PM | Greenway Park | Starts at Hall Blvd near 99 Ranch Market
Join THPRD and Unite Oregon on a walk to celebrate immigrant and refugee communities while exploring natural spaces. Harness the power of connection and personal stories to create welcoming spaces that belong to everyone.
Spanish Storytime(Every Saturday)
10:15-11 AM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts in Spanish! Offered for all kids ages 6 & under with their families.
Bilingual Babies Storytime(Every Saturday)
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
Join other families to learn stories, songs and rhymes in both English and Spanish.
Beaverton International Celebration
12:30-4 PM | Conestoga Rec Center | 9985 SW 125th Ave.
Kick off Welcoming Week with the city’s annual showcase performances, interactive dance/cooking/crafts workshops, and outreach booths highlighting international cultures in Beaverton.
Voices from the Margins
7-9 PM | Spirit of Grace | 7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Join Spirit of Grace and partners to hear stories highlighting the unique experiences of immigrant women. Participate in interactive activities focused on seeing oneself in the “other.”
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Peace Pole Dedication
12:30-1:30 PM | Beaverton City Hall | 12725 SW Millikan Way
Join us for a special dedication and press conference for the installation of Peace Poles, made possible by Westside Ultraviolet, Central Beaverton NAC, and Beaverton Rotary.
The Immigrant Story Live
7-9 PM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
A chance to experience the power of storytelling, this event features four compelling, contemporary stories told – and lived – by members of our immigrant community.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
We Welcome Entrepreneurs Beaverton
3-8 PM | BESThq | 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd.
Adelante Mujeres and BESThq partner to welcome immigrant and non-immigrant entrepreneurs to network with agencies, resources and nonprofits providing support for emerging small businesses.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Arabic Poetry Potluck
5-8:30 PM | Garden Home Rec Center | 7475 SW Oleson Rd.
Join Arabic House for a café-style poetry night with food and an open mic to share poetry about the experience of being/living with an Arabic speaker.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Oregonians From All Over
12-3 PM | Eden Presbyterian Church | 1200 SW 185th Ave
PDX Friends of Refugees, Olivenbaum and Eden Church invite you to connect across cultures through a festival of music, food and arts featuring Iraqi, Syrian and Korean cultures.
Aztec Dance Workshop
1:30-3 PM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
Learn about indigenous Aztec culture through dance at this workshop & performance by Huitzilopochtli.
3-3:45 PM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts in Korean! For all kids ages 6 & under with their families.
A Night With Somalis
5-8:30 PM | Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St.
Somali Empowerment Circle invites you to a fashion show and evening gathering to raise awareness, eat traditional Somali food, and increase knowledge of the Somali culture.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The Art of Henna
2-4 PM | Beaverton Community Center | 12350 SW 5th St.
Salon Amrapali invites you to learn about the rich history and culture of the art of Henna, as well as a chance to practice this art form.
Peace Pole Picnic & Salsa in the Park
2-7 PM | Beaverton City Park | 12500 SW 4th St.
Celebrate the city’s new Hall Street Peace Pole expressing “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages. Bring a picnic and enjoy music, free tea and cookies.
Caption: Beaverton Welcoming Week is September 13-22. Join us for many events that celebrate the benefits of welcoming everyone.