Our Town: City Stories Project | Ten Tiny Dances | Summer Bike Events

Our Town: City Stories Project | Ten Tiny Dances | Summer Bike Events

Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Ready to Share Yours?

The Our City, Our Stories project is a multiyear collaboration between the City of Beaverton and Five Oaks Museum that began in 2020. Our City, Our Stories fills a historical gap by centering people of color and other marginalized identities and highlighting their contributions to the Beaverton community both historically and today.

The next phase of the Our City, Our Stories is a community art show that will open during Welcoming Week, which will be held Friday, Sep. 13, through Sunday, Sep. 22. City Hall will host this community- based art exhibition celebrating Beaverton’s residents and their identities by featuring photographs of objects, ephemera, literature, stories, mementos, family recipes, etc., which are inclusive and representative of personal histories. All are welcome to participate. This exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, Sep. 17, through Friday, Dec. 6.


Find out more about this project by visiting www.BeavertonOregon.gov/OurStories. Entries can be submitted at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit.


It’s Time for Ten Tiny Dances!

The City of Beaverton is thrilled to invite community members to experience an evening of exhilarating dance and performance during Ten Tiny Dances® happening Saturday, Jul. 13 at 7 p.m. at The Round in downtown Beaverton (12600 SW Crescent St.).

The free event presents the work of exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers and performers, on a four-foot-by-four-foot stage to engage, surprise, delight, and perhaps challenge the community around art in public spaces, as well as highlight the artistic and cultural diversity of Beaverton.

Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced by founder Mike Barber and others, with permission.

The first 100 guests will receive an outdoor blanket featuring works by Oregon artists (limited to one per group).


2024 Performers:

  • Amel Tafsout, North African, Algerian
  • Starling: Jaime Belden & Leo James, Queer(Ed), Argentina Tango, Contemporary
  • Ritual Azteca Huitzilopchtli, Traditional Aztec
  • Shaun Keylock, Contemporary
  • Addam Stell, Tap, Body Percussion
  • Face King: Bernard Tetteh, Cultural Contemporary
  • Sarada Kala Nilayam, Bharatanatyam/South Indian
  • Ben Youngstone, Contemporary
  • Pushfold, Athletic Contemporary
  • Painted Sky Northstar, Native American
  • Alternate & Pre-Show Entertainment: White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance


Community events are happening in Beaverton all summer long offering many ways to get together, get involved, and learn more about our community.

Favorites like National Night Out (Tuesday, Aug. 6), the 10th annual Beaverton Night Market (Saturday, Aug. 17), and the Beaverton Celebration Event (Saturday, Sep. 7) are heading your way along with dozens of other community, city-supported, and library events.

Check out our impressive events line-up and all the latest event details at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Events.


Check Out These Summer Bike Events

Summer is upon us, and with it comes a fantastic opportunity to explore our beautiful local area on two wheels. The Bike Summer (also known as Pedalpalooza) summer-long bike festival is here, bringing with it a plethora of exhilarating community bike rides that cater to all levels of cyclists both in Portland as well as Washington County. Whether you’re an avid biker or just looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your family and friends, this festival has something for everyone.

One of the highlights of this summer’s biking events is the involvement of Ride Westside, (www.ridewestside.org), a passionate local bike club dedicated to promoting cycling in Beaverton and the surrounding Westside areas. Ride Westside is renowned for organizing well-planned rides that are both enjoyable and safe, making them an excellent group to join if you’re new to biking or looking to connect with fellow cyclists.

Bike Summer features tons of exciting rides, ranging from leisurely family outings to more challenging adventures for seasoned riders.


Check out some of our favorite events coming up in July:

  • July 6 WeBike WTFNB+ Beaverton Ride (Beaverton). For women, trans, and non-binary folks. Info: www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-19274
  • July 11-14, 18-20 Bike Play: The Game of Bike (Portland). A live theater production on bikes! Info: www.instagram.com/p/C7hzuOly7UL/
  • July 17 Rave Ride (Beaverton). “Share our love for Rave music in Beaverton and let’s get rowdy.” Info: www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-18827
  • July 19 Froadin Round (Hillsboro). Dirt, gravel, and a little single-track. Info: www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-18742
  • July 26 ABBA ride (Portland). Info: www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-18882.


Looking for more?

There are hundreds of other rides happening this summer. The rides are a perfect blend of fun and fitness, encouraging a healthy lifestyle while fostering a sense of community.

To stay updated on all the exciting bike rides and events happening this summer, be sure to check out the comprehensive calendar available at Shift2Bikes: www.shift2bikes.org/calendar. This online resource is your go-to guide for all things biking, listing every ride, route, and event planned for the festival. Whether you’re planning to join a large group ride or looking for a more intimate biking experience, this calendar has all the information you need to plan your perfect summer outing.

So, dust off your bike, gather your friends and family, and get ready to pedal your way to an unforgettable summer. The Bike Summer bike festival promises endless fun and adventure, with something for every cyclist in our community. Join us in celebrating the joy of biking and the vibrant community spirit that makes our area so special. Happy riding!


By Mick Orlosky, member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. Learn more about the committee at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BicycleAdvisoryCommittee.