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I know that I’ve got a few readers in the area in and around Portland, Oregon – so this one’s for you.

On August 3, 2013, the first-ever ROX IN SOX Children’s Music and Book Festival will take place in Lake Oswego, OR. Admission to the event is FREE, though families are asked to bring socks, shoes and books at the door to distribute to kids in need in Portland, Kenya and Jamaica. Behind the event is noted Children’s musician AARON NIGEL SMITH, director of the International One World Chorus.

“We’ve forged some amazing partnerships to produce this inaugural community celebration of music and literacy. We want children and families to enjoy Rox in Sox for years to come. We also hope to impact the lives of children in need around the world through our donation program.”Aaron Nigel Smith, Rox in Sox Founder

More from the official announcement:

Performers include Aaron and his One World Chorus members, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “kid-hop” artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, interactive percussive band Rhythm Child, Seattle’s coolest teacher-rockers Recess Monkey, and more. Performers from the Portland Opera and locally based kindie stars Lori Henriques and Mo Phillips round out the non-stop day of musical fun. Kids may also enjoy readings and interaction with authors like Deborah Hopkinson, Greta Pederson and Noel MacNeal.

The daylong Rox in Sox activities will also include family yoga and other fitness fun, hula hooping, drumming, and a host of hands-on arts and crafts activities from Frog Pond Toys and Lakeshore Learning. The Portland Children’s Museum staff will be on hand to provide face-painting, and a variety of yummy food and beverages will be provided by Joe’s Burgers and Marley Coffee. 

For more on the event, check out the official website.

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