Food, visioning survey, police K-9s, music part of school-based events

Community members are invited to kick-off the summer at the 12th annual Picnic in the Park series beginning Monday at 6 p.m. at Sexton Mountain Elementary, 15645 S.W. Sexton Mountain Drive. Residents are invited to join their neighborhood association committees to enjoy an evening of fun and socializing.

Picnic goers can enjoy a free dinner from Qdoba or Garlic Jim’s between 6 to 7 p.m. Family-friendly activities include the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's Nature Mobile, a dress-up photo booth, the Beaverton Community Band and Tim Alexander, “The Strolling Magician.”

Volunteers from the city of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee will gather ideas for planning the city's future, with attendees filling out a visioning survey for a chance to win a laptop courtesy of Ecobinary Electronic Recycler.

Beaverton police officers and dogs from the K-9 Unit will also be at the event to provide information about repurposing the City Hall building at 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive into a Public Safety Center. Attendees can sign-up for a free tour of the current Beaverton police facility.

“Picnics bring our community together in a safe and welcoming setting,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “This is a great occasion to have face-to-face conversations with local leaders and meet your neighbors at one of Beaverton’s beautiful schools.”

For the first time, the city will hold the picnic series at Beaverton School District facilities.

"We value our collaboration with the city of Beaverton on so many levels,” said Maureen Wheeler, public communication officer for the Beaverton School District. “Our schools belong to the community, and we welcome our neighbors to our campuses as we start the summer season off with these wonderful city-sponsored picnics."

This is the first of four summer picnics.

In case of inclement weather, call the Community Events Information Line after noon on the day of the picnic at 503-526-2559 for location updates.

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Join the fun

Here is the full schedule and locations of the summer picnics:

• Monday, June 16 — Sexton Mountain Elementary, 15645 S.W. Sexton Mountain Drive, sponsored by Neighbors Southwest, South Beaverton, Greenway and Sexton Mountain neighborhood association committees.

• Friday, June 20 — Whitford Middle School, 7935 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, sponsored by Denney/ Whitford/Raleigh West, Vose and West Slope neighborhood association committees.

• Wednesday, June 25 — Five Oaks Middle School, 1600 N.W. 173rd Ave., sponsored by the Five Oaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Association Committee.

• Friday, June 27 — Fir Grove Elementary, 6300 S.W. Wilson Ave., sponsored by Central Beaverton, Highland and West Beaverton neighborhood association committees.

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