It’s a long weekend for most folks due to Veterans Day falling on Tuesday this year, which means more time with your family.  Yay! Keep everyone busy by waving a flag in honor of our veterans at the Ft. Vancouver Veterans Day Parade, taking in a MAC vaudeville performance or getting started on your holiday gift making.

Joint Multinational Readiness Center Veterans Day Parade 2012

photo: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mia Parker/Released via Creative Commons

Worth the Drive

Veterans Day Parade at Ft. Vancouver
Started 28 years ago, this year’s Lough Legacy Veterans Parade will see 99 entries, from local Girl Scout troops to The Beat Goes On Marching Band to Vietnam Veterans marching around Ft. Vancouver. The parade loop goes from East Reserve Street and Evergreen Blvd., turns at Ft. Vancouver Way and heads back east along East Fifth St. Sat., 10 a.m. (ceremony); 11 a.m. (parade), Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Thinker Toys 20th Birthday
Activities take place all weekend, including Red Yarn and Frozen’s Snow Queen appearance on Saturday, to help celebrate Thinker Toys’ 20th birthday. The store will offer free gift wrap, store discounts and a huge raffle for dozens of toys all weekend. Fri.-Sun., Various times, Free, All Ages. Event details.

Multnomah Arts Center Annual Open House
Join the artist teachers and staff from MAC as they open their gallery with hands-on activities and demonstrations, and perform a Village Vaudeville show.  Fri., 5-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Pajama Party and Concert
Kids can jam in their jammies to the tunes of Mo Phillips, as well as enjoy a puppet theater and story-time tent, while parents check out the craft sale. Food and drinks include PBJ’s Grilled, homemade baked goodies, milk, beer and wine. Sat. 4-6 p.m., $7-$25 sliding scale, All Ages. Event details.

Make a Reindeer Ornament
Michaels Arts and Crafts is offering this cool, free family crafting class – making thumbprint reindeer on glass ornaments – at all of its stores nationwide today. Drop in and learn how to make one for a keepsake or to give as a sweet gift. Sat., noon -3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Is your family ready to start crafting holiday gifts? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway