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Have fun this summer at the Beaverton Library, and apply for the Beaverton International Celebration.

Family fun slated

at Beaverton Library

Families looking for fun, free things to do during summer vacation can find them at Beaverton City Library.

The main event is summer reading, a popular program designed to encourage children of all ages to read this summer. Last year, more than 7,700 kids and teens took part.

To participate in summer reading, kids and teens must first sign up online at  HYPERLINK "http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/130/Summer-Reading"www.BeavertonLibrary.org/SRP or in person at Beaverton City Library Main, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., or the Murray Scholls branch, 11200 S.W. Murray Scholls Place, by July 24.

In addition to the summer reading program, the library offers free events for all ages. From Beach Blanket Babies for little ones to Disassembly Party for tweens to Anime Club for teens, there is something for everyone. Event calendars are available at the library, and on the library's website,  HYPERLINK "http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/"www.BeavertonLibrary.org.

To further encourage families to read this summer and beyond, children's materials in all formats are free from overdue fines as of June 1 at all Washington County Collaborative Library Services member libraries, including Beaverton City Library. By eliminating overdue fines on children's materials, the library eliminates a barrier for children and families as they develop lifelong reading habits.

Summer reading and its associated programs are free and open to the public. Some events require registration; to register, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register or call 503-350-3600" www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register or call 503-350-3600.

Lakewood offers summer classes

Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, is offering a slate of summer classes for kids and adults, ranging from on-camera acting to ballet dancing and much more.

Some classes require auditions, while others are open to all. Most classes range from one to two weeks. To learn more and register, visit https://www.lakewood-center.org or call 503-635-3901.

Artists invited to apply for international celebration

The City of Beaverton is seeking applications from artists, performers, musicians, and organizations representing cultures around the world to participate in the Beaverton International Celebration. This year's free event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m Saturday, Sept. 16. at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 N.W. 158th Ave., Beaverton.

Groups are invited to apply to give free short workshops to attendees, including dance, art, crafts, cooking, and more. Exhibitors may also sell handmade cultural items or artwork, but the focus should be on free public demonstrations. 

Dance and cultural performance groups selected by the festival committee will receive a stipend of $500. There is no cost to participate, and interested vendors should visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/InternationalCelebration to apply. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, July 17. All applicants will be notified of their selection status by Friday, Aug. 4. 

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