• Explore Blacksmithing, Physics, Energy Healing and More at the Strawberry Short Course Festival

    Mt. Hood Community College’s Strawberry Short Course Festival returns to the Gresham campus with free classes, free games and events, free parking, and, of course, free strawberry shortcake for all!

    Don't miss the trike racing! For a complete list of events
    at this year's Festival.

    Expect events and activities for all ages and interests. For the young (and young at heart!), check out the puppet show and storytime sessions in the Student Union. Or visit the Kids Zone, with a petting zoo, bouncy house and more. Craftier types might enjoy the demonstrations and hands-on classes on welding, clay sculpting and Greek embroidery. And the well-being interested can explore reiki and energy healing; decluttering basics; and the class “Eat Less, Sleep More, and Slow Down.”

    Interested in the performing arts? How about a class on street theater, or a production of the Whiz Bang Chemistry Show for Kids (think science experiments with a side of improv theater)? Excited to explore different cultures? Learn about cultural art from Japan, Hawaii and Ukraine. Just want to go for a walk or stare at the stars? Take a naturewalking tour of Beaver Creek, visit the Solar Observatory or stop in for the “Eclipse Fever” planetarium show.

    Strawberry Short Course Festival always includes new classes and activities. Some new courses this year: open labs and demonstrations on life science, chemistry and physics. Explore DNA extracting at the life science lab, play with electromagnetism at the physics booth or explode gummy bears in chemistry class. Then try your hand at real-life blacksmithing (participants must be at least eight years old, closed-toe shoes only). Or explore campus via scavenger hunt using pen and paper or your phone and favorite social media app.

    Visit mhcc.edu/Strawberry to see a schedule of events, pre-register for a short course, view participating vendors, or sign up to volunteer. The MHCC Foundation is sponsoring this year’s Festival.

    strawberry vendors
    More than 30 vendors will be at Strawberry Short Course this year.