Our beautiful, lush city reminds us of how lucky we are to enjoy life on Mother Earth. With Earth Day upon us, let’s take the weekend to enjoy each other and celebrate with these awesome local activities and events. Some require a little volunteer work time and others are just plain fun. Read on to find out all the cool things our fair town has lined up for you.

photo: Nico Cavallotto via flickr

Greater Portland Area

SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon during our states largest Earth Day event, SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric. Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants, and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering you’re helping to preserve and improve our state for today and for tomorrow.

Join in the effort to take care of our home by volunteering at a local project, or make the event into an adventure by exploring our state while making a difference. With over 100 projects set to happen across Oregon there is no shortage of ways to get involved! Sat. Event Details.

Beaverton/Lake Oswego

Attend Power Up! Kids Self-defense Class
Empowering Portland One Kid at a Time (Previously No! Go! Yell! Tell!)
As a parent, one of your primary jobs is to keep your child safe, but our children grow up! A child’s work is to explore the world and spend increasingly more time away from home. You want to be sure they have the tools they need to stay safe, even when they are not by your side. Oh, parenting! It is not for wimps! Your child leaves class with a new confidence, a strong posture, a loud, forceful voice and a realistic yet positive sense of their place in the world. Sparkling eyes and eager nods of understanding show you our lessons are hitting their mark. We promise to reinforce the message that communication with YOU, their biggest champion, is important now and for the rest of their life. Take a deep breath because now, you have support, materials, concepts and tools to continue this relevant conversation at home. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Ladies Fight Night!
You walk alone at night, or go running by yourself with an ever watchful eye and ear.
You limit yourself, where you go, what you do, how you look and what activities you participate in
You find your stomach tightening when you think about your maturing daughter’s safety
Or maybe you feel like a superhero already, but want to throw your shoulders back to stand even taller, take up the space you deserve, speak out more often, or set boundaries that are more unwavering than ever before.

Ladies’ Fight Night and #MeToo For Survivors, are especially for you if you are ready to feel comfortable walking down the street, running or traveling alone. Be confident as you speak your mind at work, school and home. Have an unshakable “NO” anytime and anyplace with the knowledge that you can back it up with the power to hit and hit hard. Fri. Event Details.

Take the Trendy Hair Braiding Workshop for Parents, Teens &a Girls
April Ichinose is an independent hairstylist, colorist, editorial fashion collaborator and educator. April regularly travels the country to share her artistry and education with others, while maintaining a solid book of business in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is April’s first time hosting an educational workshop in Oregon. Previously, she served as a Paul Mitchell and Matrix brand educator, and continues to style for weddings and as a collaborator for a variety of brands including Prada, Anvi, Palme The Label and Kult Rebellion to name a few. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Check Out Micha-el School Open House
Head to this cool school for a sneak peak! See classrooms, student work and learn about Waldorf education from our beloved Waldorf teachers. Sat. Event Details.

Celebrate Earth Day Eve at Made You Look
Join the party at Made You Look for some Earth Day Eve fun! Nurtured Spaces, made up of former preschool teachers turned space designers, will be there to bring their expert sense of play to one of the funnest toy stores around!  Toddler and kids will love to hang out in the teepee, crawl through the tunnel, then get busy with kid and earth friendly crafting! RSVP to hi@madeyoulook.com. Sat. Event Details.


Enjoy educational exhibits, musical performances, food vendors, and more at the 19th Annual Earth Day, presented by Marion County, at The Oregon Garden! Admission is free. You are encouraged to make a $5 donation when you bring your family to enjoy this free day of education and entertainment! Sat. Event Details.

Oregon City

Saddle-up for Wing It: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s popular interactive series for children and families continues with “Wing It: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

The newest installment in the series, “Wing It: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” features a western theme, complete with a rodeo and a duel for the ages between the villainess fruit fly (guest artist Jayson Shanafelt) and the saccharine goat (Molly Bowman). Annie Rimmer guest stars as the not-so-lady-like-ladybug. It reckons to be fun for the entire family, with the audience encouraged to participate in fun-filled songs and dances. Giddy up! Sat. Event Details.


Sign Up for the Aquarium 5K Fun Run and Kids’ Dash
Sign up for a race, stay for an Aquarium adventure! The 5th Annual Oregon Coast Aquarium 5K & Kids’ Dash #UOTTER5K will take place on Sat., April 21. Every race participant receives free same day entry to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to celebrate their accomplishment! The 5K (3.1 mile) route will take racers on a scenic route along the Yaquina Bay estuary with facts about native wildlife presented along the way. This race is open to runners and walkers of all levels, 10 years and older. Strollers are allowed, but racers should be aware that the course has uneven ground. Sat. Event Details.


Celebrate Earth Day at Sky High Sports
Head to Sky High Sports for some High-Flying fun and help save the earth while getting out the wiggles. They promise to  donate $1 to Sustainable Northwest for every paid Jumper and Climber. Sustainable NW brings people, ideas, and innovation together so nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite way to celebrate Mother Earth with your family? Share in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti