The New Year parties just keep on coming. This weekend celebrate the Slavic New Year with the internationally renowned Trio Voronezh at the Gresham Library. Elves, wizards, orcs, and families are invited to join the J.R.R. Tolkien birthday celebration at The Kennedy School. Even if your children aren’t old enough to watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in the movie theater, you’ll enjoy the Hobbit-inspired food, music, and kids activities.

Eastside

J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Bash (pictured: photo by Thomas Good )
Enjoy kids’ fun, music and other performances, and food specials. Come in costume to compete for prizes. Sat. 11:00 ’til late. McMenamins Kennedy School. Free. Please bring a canned good for Oregon Food Bank. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Second Saturday Family Dance
Do-si-do over to the Fulton Community Center to enjoy dancing for kids and families with live music and Caroline Oakley calling! Sat. 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Yad B’Yad
Share in the joy of Jewish music and language. Explore the Jewish life cycle with songs, movement and instrumentation. Class ends with an early welcoming of Shabbat. Fridays. 9:30 am. Walk-in $10/ 7-class session $65/ 8-class session $75. Ages 5 and under. Event details.

Morning Bird Walk
Join a naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks focus on bird identification, behavior, and getting to know the local birds. Sat. 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Free. Pre-registration necessary. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Make a Snow Globe
Create your very own miniature snow globe scene using recycled jars, greenery, beads, figurines and confetti. Personalize your globe by bringing a favorite tiny toy or treasure to hide inside. Sun. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Troutdale Library. All ages. Event details.

Slavic New Year Celebration
Celebrate the New Year with Russian folk music, dancing, and more. Sun. 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Gresham Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for your little ones this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen