Welcoming Week

Connecting neighbors, serving communities

September 14-24, 2017

During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

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Welcoming Week events at the Beaverton City Library:

Beyond BOLD: Opening Reception Thursday, 9/14 at 5:30 PM

Come see the City of Beaverton’s Beyond BOLD photography display at the library! The BOLD program develops leadership capacity in Beaverton’s immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color. Join us for the opening reception to experience the photos, mingle with the photographer, and meet the project participants.


Story Slam Thursday, 9/14  at 7:00 PM

Have a “Moving” story to share? Want to hear others’ stories of departures and arrivals? The Story Slam is an open mic, friendly storytelling competition. Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat. Names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take the stage to tell their true, personal, 5-8 minute story. Come tell a story or just enjoy the show! Potential Storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story.


African Film Screening Monday, 9/18 at 5:30 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to see a family-friendly film presented by the Cascade Festival of African Films! The film festival is well known for the incredible richness of its films, as well as for the unique opportunity it presents to interact with some of the leading lights in African cinema.


Cultural Fusion Poetry Tuesday, 9/19 at 6:00 PM

Build cultural bridges with Prisma Comm as a bilingual (Spanish/English) community poet guides the group through the creative process, writing poetry that express how we feel about each other, our city, and our personal life experiences. Register with the Beaverton City Library at www.beavertonlibrary.org/register or call (503) 644-2197 x2, limited space available.


Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre Tuesday, 9/19  at 7:00 PM

Explore welcoming through the comedy You Can’t Take it With You, presenting the awkward situation of meeting another family for the first time, followed by a musical comedy performance of You Do Speak English, Don’t You?, highlighting the challenges that Czech-American couple Mark and Helena Greathouse have experienced.


Learning about Taiwan from the Art of Tea Saturday, 9/23 at 1:00 PM

Join the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors on a family-friendly journey through Taiwanese tea history, attending a tea ceremony, preparing mashed Hakka tea, and sampling bubble tea.

Find out about how the Beaverton community is celebrating Welcoming Week this year.

Attend events, share your story, or welcome others—tag #WelcomingWeek and @CityofBeaverton and show us how you welcome!

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