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Rox in Sox set for Aug. 1

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Family festival to be held in Portland's King School Park


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego resident Aaron Nigel Smith, director of Rox in Sox childrens reading and music festival, leads members of his 1World Chorus in performance. The festival is moving from Lake Oswego to Portland this year to allow more families to attend.

The third annual Rox in Sox, the Portland area’s festival of children’s music and reading, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug 1 at King School Park, 4906 N.E. Sixth St. in Portland. The lineup of live music, author readings and other festivities is available at roxinsox.org.

Admission is free with a donation of new shoes, socks or books for kids in need. Local and touring family music artists, plus several authors will join the day of fun in the park. The event previously was held in Lake Oswego.

Directed by Lake Oswego resident Aaron Nigel Smith, founder of 1World Chorus, last year’s Rox in Sox attracted more than 1,400 people. Over the past two years, festival volunteers have collected more than 2,000 pairs of socks, hundreds of pairs of shoes and more than 900 books, all of which have been distributed to children in need in Oregon, Jamaica and Kenya.

Supported by the Oregon Community Foundation and presented by 1World Chorus, Rox in Sox will offer kids and parents a day of family-friendly entertainment, activities and summer refreshments.

Nigel Smith is a musician and educator whose simple mission is to inspire families to sing, dance and play together. He has been featured on the PBS TV show “Between the Lions,” and has won numerous awards and tours nationally. His 1World Chorus blends the voices of hundreds of young singers from Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Kenya and Jamaica.

“We are excited to reach an even broader segment of the community by moving Rox in Sox to Portland,” he said. “It has been wonderful to partner with the City of Lake Oswego for the past two years. Jackie Rose, who recently retired from the library was one of our greatest supporters.”

There are still a few spaces for Rox in Sox vendors and sponsors. More information about the festival is available at roxinsox.org.