This weekend brings many opportunities to volunteer and do a little “Oregon Spring Cleaning”— like joining other Oregon families to clean up our precious beaches. And you know what they say about all work and no play. When you’re done lending a hand, get your groove on at Bollywood-style dance party that’s especially for families, or learn how that pesty Ramona made her own stilts and other inventions out of common household materials.

Eastside

Jai Ho! Bollywood Dancing (pictured)
Enjoy fun and easy dance lessons followed by a dance party for all ages. There will be yummy Indian snacks and chai tea, too! Sun., Yoga Shala of Portland/N. Williams location, 1:30 3:45 pm, advance cost: $8 individual, $12 family; walk-up cost: $10 individual, $15 family. Event details.

Papertoy Monster Making Returns!
Come to Green Bean Books anytime during regular business hours and learn how to make an elaborate paper monster that you can take home for free. No sign-up is necessary. Sat, 11:00 am 6:00 pm, best for ages 8 – adult, free. Event details.

Westside

Stewardship Saturdays at Tryon Creek
Pull together to remove invasive English ivy and to protect our forest. Ivy out competes our native plants, covers tree canopy stopping photosynthesis, takes over the forest floor, and ruins precious habitat. Sat, 9:00 am – noon, best for kids who can hike 10-15 minutes and do trail work (minors under 16 with adult), free, snack provided. Event details.

Suburbs

Toys for Ramona
Make old-fashioned toys from household items, just like Ramona and the other children on Klickitat Street did. Sat., Gresham Library, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, ages 4-10, with adult, free. Event details.

The Alphabet Volunteer Project
It’s a staple in the elementary school classroom: The alphabet poster. Bring your kids with you to create posters that will be sent to schools in Tanzania through the Africa Bridge organization. Sun, Hands-on Portland Tualatin, 12:30 2:30 pm, ages 2+ with adult, free but please sign up. Event details.

Oregon coast

SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup
Join your neighbors for an Oregon tradition and clean up our beautiful beaches. Sat, 45 Oregon beach sites, 10:00 am 1:00 pm, all ages, free. Event details.