Welcoming Week

Beaverton Welcoming Week, Sep 13-22, 2019; Event series celebrating the values that unite us; #BeavertonWelcomes; graphic with smiling group of diverse people.

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. The 2018 Beaverton Welcoming Week was celebrated alongside more than 500 events in communities across the country. Beaverton’s fifth annual celebration will take place from Sept. 13 - 22, 2019 as part of the broader city-wide Welcoming Beaverton initiative.

2019 Beaverton Welcoming Week Schedule of Events

* Indicates a 2019 Welcoming Week Grantee


Kenyan Tea Circle, Prose & Poetry *
1 – 4 pm
Oregon Food Bank, 1870 NW 173rd Ave
RSVP requested

Join Spice of Africa for a Kenyan Tea Circle. Learn to make traditional teas and samosas as you listen to short stories and poetry from executive chef Wambui Machua.

Celebrating Indian Culture
6 - 8:30 pm
Conestoga Rec. Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave.

Bring your friends and family for a celebration of Indian culture with dance, food, music, art, a photo booth and more!


Welcoming Walk
10 am – Noon
Check website for location

Join THPRD and Unite Oregon on a walk to celebrate immigrant and refugee communities while exploring natural spaces. Harness the power of connection and personal stories to create welcoming spaces that belong to everyone.

Spanish Storytime (Every Saturday)
10:15 – 11 am
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts in Spanish! Offered for all kids ages 6 & under with their families.

Bilingual Babies Storytime (Every Saturday)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Join other families to learn stories, songs and rhymes in both English and Spanish.

Beaverton International Celebration
12:30 – 4:00 pm
Conestoga Rec. Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave.

Kick off Welcoming Week with the city’s annual showcase of performances, interactive dance/cooking/crafts workshops, and outreach booths highlighting international cultures in Beaverton.

Voices from the Margins *
7 – 9 pm
Spirit of Grace, 7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.

Join Spirit of Grace and partners to hear stories highlighting the unique experiences of immigrant women. Participate in interactive activities focused on seeing oneself in the “other.”


Peace Pole Dedication
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way

Join us for a special dedication and press conference for the installation of Peace Poles in Beaverton, made possible by Westside UltraViolet, Central Beaverton NAC and Beaverton Rotary.

Around the World Marketplace
2 – 6 pm
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent Street, Suite 160

A Beaverton Welcoming Week Affair celebrates Food & Entertainment for the entire family. Brought to you by Beaverton businesses and our local community organizations.

The Immigrant Story Live *
7 – 9 pm
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

A chance to experience the power of storytelling, this event features four compelling, contemporary stories told – and lived – by members of our immigrant community; theimmigrantstory.org/live.


We Welcome Entrepreneurs Beaverton
3 – 8 pm
BESThq, 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd.

Adelante Mujeres and BESThq partner to welcome immigrant and non-immigrant entrepreneurs to network with agencies, resources and nonprofits providing support for emerging small businesses.


Arabic Poetry Potluck *
5 – 8:30 pm
Garden Home Rec. Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd

Join Arabic House for a café-style poetry night with food and an open mic to share poetry about the experience of being/living with an Arabic speaker.


Oregonians From All Over *
Noon – 3 pm
Eden Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW 185th Ave.

PDX Friends of Refugees, Olivenbaum and Eden Church invite you to connect across cultures through a festival of music, food and arts featuring Iraqi, Syrian and Korean cultures.

Aztec Dance Workshop
1:30 – 3 pm
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Learn about indigenous Aztec culture through dance at this workshop & performance by Huitzilopochtli.

Korean Storytime
3 – 3:45 pm
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and crafts in Korean! For all kids ages 6 & under with their families.

A Night With Somalis *
5 – 8:30 pm
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Somali Empowerment Circle invites you to a fashion show and evening gathering to raise awareness, eat traditional Somali food, and increase knowledge of the Somali culture.


The Art of Henna *
2 – 4 pm
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St
RSVP requested

Salon Amrapali invites you to learn about the rich history and culture of the art of Henna, as well as a chance to practice this art form.

Peace Pole Picnic & Salsa in the Park
2 - 7 pm
Beaverton City Park, 12500 SW 4th St.

Celebrate the city’s new Hall Street Peace Pole expressing “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages. Bring a picnic and enjoy music, free tea and cookies.

How to be involved:

About Welcoming Week Mini Grants

The city sponsors mini-grants for small, interactive, community driven projects designed to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to build cross-cultural relationships. Grant awards can range from $250 to $1000 and must be used for activities to take place in Beaverton during the annual Welcoming Week celebration held in September.

Thank you to our partners!

2019 Welcoming Week Partners:

  • Spice of Africa
  • Spirit of Grace
  • Arabic House School
  • PDX Friends of Refugees
  • The Immigrant Story
  • Somali Empowerment Circle
  • Salon Amrapali
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