This weekend, the Oregon Symphony takes on Peter and Wolf, Mo Phillips hosts his annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation benefit and The Pointed Man Band celebrates the release of their latest CD. Also, if you’re feeling the urge to lend a hand, there is no shortage of Earth Day activities taking place around the city and across the state. Read on for our top picks for the weekend ahead.
photo: Pointed Man Band by Kevin Drake
Party With Pointed Man Band
Rock out with Pointed Man Band as they perform their brand spankin’ new album “Flight of the Blue Whale” with a full band. Also on stage joing them will be kindie faves, Red Yarn, Tallulah’s Daddy and Rick Huddle as the story’s narrator. Food and drinks will be available. Advance tickets recommended. Sun., 4-5:30 p.m., $5/person; Free for ages 2 & under, All Ages. Event details.
Start Your Orchard With Friends of Trees’ Fruit Tree Giveaway
Each spring around Earth Day, Friends of Trees hosts this event, giving away hundreds of fruit trees, to help people grow their own home orchards. A selection of fruit trees sourced from local nurseries will be available for free, including apple, pear, plum, and others, as well as shade trees at wholesale prices. The trees are about 4 to 6 feet tall currently and are light and easy to transport. Shade trees include remaining end-of-season stock from Friends of Trees’ spring neighborhood plantings. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free ($5 donations suggested), All Ages. Event details.
Get Your Groove On With Mo Phillips and the Spaghetti Pants Dance Band
Get ready to dance as Mo Phillips and the Spaghetti Pants Dance Band bring the house down with their energetic live show for kids of all ages. The event is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get ready to rock out with plenty of room to move and a full menu of food for everyone, as well as beer for the adults. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance because this annual show always sells out. Sat., noon (doors), 1 p.m. (music), $7-$12/person, All Ages. Event details.
Clean Up Alberta With Operation Clean Sweep
This fifth annual event has families cleaning up litter and removing graffiti along NE Alberta Street between MLK Jr. Blvd. and NE 33rd Ave. A designated clean up area will be assigned to volunteers on the day of the event. Interested volunteers should register before the event online. BYO water bottle, gloves and any tools you have that might help, like stepladders, flat head screwdrivers, pliers and razor blade scrapers. Sat., noon-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Celebrate Spanish, Books and Babies at Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros
Join the Kenton Library for this celebration of childhood and literacy with a variety of music, crafts and bilingual stories and activities. Una celebración de la niñez y el alfabetismo bilingüe. Ven y disfruta de música, manualidades y actividades especiales. Sat., 2-4 p.m., Free, 12 & under. Event details.
The Classic Tale of Peter and the Wolf Comes to Life
The Magic Circle Mime will play out Prokofiev’s classic story, set to music performed by the Oregon Symphony for their final kids’ concert of the season. The performance will have kids on the edge of their seats as three musicians and a conductor’s assistant try to outwit the wolf that threatens the orchestra and the audience. Sun., 2-3 p.m., $10-$50/person, All Ages. Event details.
Love Your Mother with SOLVE IT’s Earth Day
This massive Earth Day event has been running for over two decades, is one of the largest Earth Day events in the nation and may be considered your go-to for any volunteer work. Come join other volunteers as they help remove litter and invasive plants from their local community. To get involved, check their website to see which event works best for you and your little one. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Is your family getting into any of these activities this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!