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Celebration Day on tap for Saturday

Fun run, bike ride, music and 54th-annual parade among attractions

From running and biking to dancing and 'visioning,' the Beaverton Celebration Day on Saturday will encompass a full day of events for all members of the community to enjoy.

Anchored by the 54th-annual Celebration Parade, whose theme is 'Just Imagine,' the multifaceted event will also include a new fun run/walk event, a 6-mile bike ride, live music, art, vintage cars and plenty of food, drink and treats for the children.

Mayor Dennis Doyle calls the event a way to celebrate a 'vibrant, welcoming city' alongside family, friends and neighbors.

'I think it's going to be a great day,' he says. 'There's something for everyone - a fun run, the parade, the Old Town Celebration, fun entertainment. 'If you're looking for something to do this summer, this is the Saturday.'

Doyle asks drivers, bike riders and pedestrians to be patient with each other, as events will disrupt traffic patterns at certain points in the day.

'It's gonna be a busy day in Beaverton. Be patient in traffic, and we'll all get to where we need to go,' he says.

Here is a rundown of the Beaverton Celebration Day events:

• 8 a.m. - Inaugural Family Fun Run: Grab your running shoes and head to Griffith Park, 4755 SW Griffith Dr., for a quick, flat course - a 5K family run/walk and 1-mile student run/walk - that winds through Beaverton before finishing up along the Celebration Parade route. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Registration is $10 and provided through Race Center Northwest, with proceeds going to the Beaverton School District's lunch program.

For more registration information and course maps, visit racecenter.com/race-details?race=7263.

• 10 a.m. - 54th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade: The 2011 parade, themed 'Just Imagine,' starts at Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., and travels through downtown Beaverton. This year's grand marshal is Bruce Murdock of K103 radio, along with his on-air friends John Erickson and Janine Wolf.

The parade, which features more than 100 bands, floats, mascots and antique vehicles, will honor the 2011 'Service to Beaverton' award winners. The parade concludes downtown at Southwest Broadway and Hall Boulevard, kicking-off the Old Town Festival.

Streets near to the parade route will be closed at 9 a.m. Handicap parking for the parade is located at the Beaverton City Library, Farmer's Market on Southwest Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets, and First United Methodist Church, 12555 S.W. Fourth St.

• noon-4 p.m. - Beaverton Old Town Festival: Enjoy an afternoon of family summer fun at Southwest Broadway and Hall Boulevard. The festival will feature live music, the Bite of Beaverton food fair, a kids' fun center, a vintage car show and a street fair with local artists. Attendees can also participate in Beaverton Bakery's Pie Eating Contest, from which a portion of proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Beaverton Community Vision: Stop by for an update on the award-winning Beaverton Community Vision project, in which more than 5,000 residents shared their goals and hopes for the city's future. Everyone is invited to learn more about what the 60 community partners are doing to make the vision a reality. Activities include free balloons, children's games, prizes and more. The event will take place at Southwest Washington Avenue between First and Third streets.

• 1 p.m. - Bike Beaverton: Join the Bicycle Advisory Committee for the fourth-annual Bike Beaverton in Schiffler Park, Southwest Erickson Avenue just north of Southwest Allen Boulevard. Festivities begin with a bike rodeo hosted by the Beaverton Police Department. Representatives from the Northwest Bicycle Safety Council will be on hand to inspect and fit participants' bike helmets. Mechanics from the Bike Gallery and Bike 'N Hike will check cycles and make minor adjustments. Mayor Doyle will lead the six-mile, family-friendly bike ride beginning at 2 p.m. The ride and event conclude with a free ice cream social and live music.

Parking/Shuttle Info: Free parking is available at several locations: the former Beaverton Kia, Southwest Farmington Road and Hocken Avenue, Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, and the Westgate Property, Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard and Millikan Way.

A free shuttle service will be available from the Westgate Property to the Old Town Festival. Attendees are encouraged to use TriMet throughout the day. Many stops, including the MAX station near the Round at Beaverton Central, are within a few blocks' walk to all the events.

For more information, call the Community Events Information Line at 503-526-2559 or visit BeavertonOregon.gov/CelebrationDay.