There's plenty of fun in the sun to be had this week in Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin.

COURTESY OREGON ZOO - The Oregon Zoo recently welcomed two new cheetahs, named Mary Jane and Darlene.

Tualatin's annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale will be this weekend, July 21 to 23, at the Tualatin Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St. Northwest artists will showcase their talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography, oil, jewelry, ceramics, and more. 

This year's ArtSplash will also feature live music from The Junebugs, Todd Haaby and New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin. Food vendors, including Sara's Tamales, Roxy's Island Grill and more also will be in attendance. The fun lasts from noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday will wrap-up with a free screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at 9 p.m. at the Tualatin Commons. The screening is part of Tualatin's Movies on the Commons summer series.

Crawl through

downtown Tigard

Attwell off Main, The Tigard Farmer's Market and Tigard Taphouse will host a pet-friendly Downtown Tigard Pub Crawl starting at 11 a.m. this Sunday, July 23.

The Farmer's Market will host dog friendly vendors and activities throughout the day, the pet-friendly Attwell Off Main will be giving tours, and a portion of Tigard Taphouse proceeds will benefit animal rescue. Canines in costumes are strongly encouraged.

A post-crawl celebration at the Tigard Taphouse will include awards given in four categories, and all friendly dogs are welcome. This also will be a chance for patrons to see Tigard Taphouse's recently added addition.

Registration for the crawl starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in front of Attwell off Main.

Technology museum

opens in Beaverton

The vintageTEK Museum will hold a public grand opening in its new space from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 22, at 13489 S.W. Karl Braun Drive, Beaverton.

VintageTEK is a charitable, educational and scientific museum founded to commemorate the early history of Beaverton-based Tektronix Inc. and its role in spawning approximately 300 high technology companies in the "Silicon Forest." Its main goal is to share the knowledge and history, to pique the interest of young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and to challenge them to become the technologists of the next decade.

New cheetahs win

at Oregon Zoo

Mary Jane and Darlene, a pair of young female cheetahs from San Diego Zoo Safari Park, have moved into their new home at the Oregon Zoo, just east of Beaverton — while Ranger and Strike, the 7-year-old male cheetahs who formerly lived here, made the return trip to San Diego.

The switch was made on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for cheetahs, a cooperative breeding program that works to maintain a sustainable population of the animals in North America. Ranger and Strike will each be paired with a female partner in San Diego, where it is hoped they can add to the population of this imperiled species.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane and Darlene will live at the Oregon Zoo, and caregivers say they already are doing well in their new habitat.

For those who want to visit the new cheetahs, the zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located east of Beaverton, just off Highway 26. The zoo also is accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit HYPERLINK "" for fare and route information.

Beaverton gallery now

accepting submissions

Art On Broadway Gallery, 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton, is seeking artists to exhibit original artwork for the gallery's Guest Wall Program for the month of August. The theme is "At the End of the Day."

The exhibit is open to wall art, 3D and jewelry, and each artist can submit one or two pieces. This is a juried show and the entry fee is nonrefundable. Interested artists should complete an application and mail or drop it off, along with a nonrefundable entry fee of $25 by Friday, July 28. There will be a $5 late fee charged for entries received after the deadline. 

The exhibit will be celebrated with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Applications are available online at under "Call to Artists."

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