Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week graphic with two culturally diverse women engaged in friendly discussion.
Read the 2017 Beaverton Welcoming Week proclamation

About Welcoming Week

National Welcoming Week is an annual series of events designed to bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. The week’s activities celebrate the contributions of newcomers and provide opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships and understanding. This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated from Sept. 15 - 24, 2017, alongside over 500 events in communities across the country. Beaverton’s celebration is part of the broader city-wide Welcoming Beaverton initiative.

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Schedule of Events


Special Pre-Welcoming Week Bonus Events!

Beyond BOLD: Opening Reception | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Beaverton City Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room

Come see the City of Beaverton's Beyond BOLD photography display! The BOLD program develops leadership capacity in Beaverton's immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color.

StorySLAM | 7 - 8:30 PM
Beaverton City Library, Auditorium

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. Come tell a story or just enjoy the show.


Celebrating Indian Culture | 6:30 PM
Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave

Equity Seminar Series I:
Bystander Intervention & De-escalation Training


Enjoy food, rangoli, Indian dancing, henna tattoos and a photo booth celebrating Indian culture. Check it out on Facebook.

This training is provided for staff from the City of Beaverton, THPRD, and the Beaverton School District as part of the on-going Equity Seminar Series. It is focused on promoting inclusive spaces by sharing how to respond as an ally when witnessing displays of hate. Registration is closed.


Latin America in the Market: A Celebration of Mexico and Central American Independence Day | 8 AM - 1 PM
Beaverton Farmers Market

Celebrate Mexico and Central American Independence Day with fresh-from-the-market food demos and tastings. Latin American music, heritage crafts, a curated mini marketplace of Latin American merchandise, pinatas, and a bilingual children's book reading from author Patricia Morrissey! Check it out on Facebook.

Korean Storytime | 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Beaverton Library Storytime Room

The Oregon Korean School will host a storytime with songs and books! Everyone is welcome. Ages 2-6 with family.

Beaverton International Celebration | 1 - 6 PM
Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 NW 158th Ave

Join us for an afternoon of art, dance, music and interactive activities showcasing our many cultures in Beaverton. Check it out on Facebook.

Interfaith Riverwalk* | 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Cook Park, 16659 SW 90th Pl, Tigard

Tualatin Riverkeepers and Washington County faith partners invite you to visit the watershed and learn the value of water through performance, dialogue and reflection. Check in out on Facebook.


Symphony of Cultures | 3 PM
Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd

This year, the symphony will feature performances by the Beaverton Symphony String Ensemble, HSD Mariachi Una Voz, Mubeneshayi Group, and the Northwest Chinese Alliance. Check it out on Facebook.

Welcome Beaverton Potluck | 4 PM
Evelyn M Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave

Immigrants and U.S.-born residents of Beaverton will share a meal and build relationships at this local potluck. Space is limited, RSVP to Lorie Jacob at lorie.ros@gmail.com. Include your name and what food you plan to bring.


African Film Screening | 6 PM
Beaverton City Library, Auditorium

Come see the family-friendly film Lamb, presented by the Cascade Festival of African Films!” Lamb is an Ethiopian film about a young boy’s relationship with his pet lamb who provides a source of comfort amid upheaval at home. There will be refreshments available before the film. View the YouTube trailer.


Cultural Fusion Poetry* | 6 - 8:30 PM
Beaverton City Library, World Languages Room

Build cultural bridges with Prisma Comm as a bilingual (Spanish/English) community poet guides the group through the creative process, riting poetry to express how we feel about each other, our city and our personal life experiences. RSVP to the Beaverton City Library, limited space.

Behind the Scenes with Beaverton Civic Theatre | 7 PM
Beaverton City Library, Auditorium

Explore welcoming with You Can't Take it With You, a comedy about meeting another family for the first time. It's followed by You do Speak English, Don't You?, a play based on the challenges Czech American couple Mark and Helen Greathouse have experienced.


We are a Welcoming Community Rally | 6 PM
sidewalk along SW Hall Blvd at Fifth St

Join Campaign Nonviolence to acknowledge the efforts of community groups that welcome refugees and immigrants. Learn more about services provided to Newcomers in Washington County including food, transportation tutoring, and resettlement assistance.


We Welcome Entrepreneurs Beaverton* | 4 - 8 PM
BESThq, 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd

Adelante Mujeres and BESThq invite entrepreneurs to network with state and local nonprofits, agencies and resources for starting and growing their business in Beaverton! Stay for the fiesta with food, music and mingling. Check it out on Facebook.

DACA Information Forum | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Beaverton City Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room

Beaverton City Library is partnering with Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) to offer a DACA information forum. A BIA Accredited Representative from LCSNW will lead a presentation about DACA, resources and support for the renewal process for those eligible, and a time for Q&A session.


Learning about Taiwan from the Art of Tea* | 1 - 3:30 PM
Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room A

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

Arabic Storytime | 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Beaverton City Library, Storytime Room

The Iraqi Society will join us to host this Storytime in Arabic. We'll share stories, songs and a craft. Everyone is welcome. Ages 2-6 with family.

*2017 Welcoming Beaverton Mini-Grant recipient.

Contact for more information: Megan Cohen, Cultural Inclusion Coordinator: 503-526-2584 | equity@BeavertonOregon.gov