Aloha Days to benefit library, celebrate heritage
Live music, book reading and children's activities on tap for Saturday
Photos in Janel Josephsons new book, Aloha-Reedville: Images of America, show children and teenagers in 1956, and friends of the American Legion Post 104 in 1980, sharing their community pride while riding on parade floats in the Aloha Days Parade.
The onetime-annual event lost its momentum over the years, but Josephson and a handful of Aloha-based friends hope a free, family-oriented celebration on Saturday will help kick-start a new era of community awareness to live up to the good feelings depicted in the vintage photographs.
A fundraiser for the Aloha Community Library Association, Aloha Days will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Bales Market Place & Thriftway store, 17675 S.W. Farmington Road. The celebration is anchored by the associations second annual book sale in the former Blockbuster video building, but also will feature live music from 2 to 4 p.m. courtesy of Madman Sam, who plays traditional, Mississippi Delta-style blues. Other offerings will include Southern-style food from Mommas Kitchen Catering, family story time in Spanish, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Districts Nature Mobile, face painting and a henna artist.
The Kids Zone, a childrens arts and crafts area in the library, will launch a 12-month program funded by what Josephson calls a mini grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, named for the noted childrens author and illustrator. A reading of Keats book, Whistle for Willy, will mark the occasion.
The Tualatin Valley Gleaners will stage a canned food drive to help the less fortunate. They suggest a donation of three cans of food. The Tualatin Valley Water District and planners behind the Aloha-Reedville study also will be on hand to educate community members about future plans, with the latter displaying an 18-square-foot aerial map of the area.
Josephson is collaborating with Julia Corkett, the Aloha Community Librarys volunteer director, and Art Bullis, a longtime member of the Beaverton Historical Society, to develop the event. Working on her book, which Arcadia Publishing released in early July, inspired Josephson to re-ignite the earlier Aloha Days spirit she picked up from longtime residents and the photographs they shared.
Aloha Days was a previous event that occurred in Aloha at various times, she says. It got started in the 1950s, but it mustve died out. Different people tried to revive it at various times. I sometimes hear residents say, Oh, yes! So, people remember it fondly.
Aloha resident Becky Jarvis created an impetus for the event with last years book sale to benefit the Aloha Community Library, which was established last September in the building just west of the Bales Market Place & Thriftway. Proceeds from the book sale go back into the fledgling learning center.
She kind of got it going last year, Josephson says of Jarvis. We wanted to do it again. We expanded it this year to include artisan-crafted items.
Businesses such as Jans Paperbacks, Curves of Aloha, Sun Connections Travel & Cruises and Costco, along with the Aloha Business Association, have signed on as vendors and sponsors for this years festivities. The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, which plans to take over the former Ballys Total Fitness building at 17800 S.W. Kinnaman Road, also is playing a role in the event.
Last year wasnt really a revival of Aloha Days. This has jelled more this year, says Josephson, who will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m. to sign her photo-based book. Weve added more events and entertainment.
We thought it was good timing, she adds of the weeks before school commences. Were raising awareness of the library and trying to involve more people in our library community. Were just trying to create a place and an event where people can get together and have a good time.
Bullis, a longtime Beaverton resident and member of the Cascade Blues Association, is working with Josephson and the others to make Aloha Days something to remember. With all the activities going on this summer in Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, he feels its time to make something happen in the island that is Aloha.
Aloha is basically an island in unincorporated Washington County. There isnt really anything special going on, he says. So we thought we needed to have something to celebrate being Aloha. This will give merchants a chance to bring something into Aloha rather than out of Aloha.
Depending on how things go on Saturday, Aloha Days could again become an annual summer celebration for the community.
If this gets off on the right note, this could end up as a long-term festival, says Bullis, whose father served as superintendent of the former Beaverton Union School District. Its bringing the spirit back home to the people and the residents in the community.Add a comment