This Week in Lake Oswego

Here are my picks for what to do this coming week in Lake Oswego:

Mon, July 15, 20241:00-2:00 PM ~ Conversational Spanish Group ( Repeats on Mondays )- Come and join the conversational Spanish group and practice your language skills. ACC, 505 G Ave, Lake Oswego  MORE INFO HERE

Tues, July 16, 2024 – 2:30-4:30 PM ~ Slow Jam ( Repeats Tuesdays ) – Come & enjoy playing music with others! Bring your instrument and make some musical friends.. – ACC, 505 G Avenue Lake Oswego More Info: CLICK HERE

Wed, July 17, 2023 – 5:30-6:30 PM ~ Raising Puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind ~ (Livestream + In-Person Hybrid)  Learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind in this presentation by two volunteers, a guide dog user and a puppy in training as well as an experienced guide dog. ~ Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St ~ More Info :  CLICK HERE

Thurs, July 18, 2023 – 12:30-2:00 PM ~Poetry Group ~ Bring your own poem or one from your favorite published author to share. Enjoy readings, discussion and refreshments in this monthly group meeting at teh Library. ~ 706 4th St, Lake Oswego – More Info:  CLICK HERE

Fri, July 19, 2023 – 10:00-11:30 AM ~ Friday Discussion Group ~ Come join other involved & interested people for this monthly group exchanging ideas. Learn more in the link! ACC, 505 G Avenue Lake Oswego ~ More Info: CLICK HERE

Sat, July 20, 2023 – 8:30AM-1:30 PM – Lake Oswego Farmers Market!~ Wander through all the produce and artisan booths while listening to live music (10:30-12:30). This Farmers Market experience is not to be missed…if you’re looking for it you’ll find it here~  superior produce, meats, seafood, nuts, cheeses, artisan baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, hummus, nursery items, hot foods, artisan crafts and more! ~ Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st St, Lake Oswego~ More Info/TICKETS: CLICK HERE

July 3rd

Yes, the 4th of of July is coming up, but you don’t want to miss the Lake Oswego tradition of July 3rd! Every year people plan their vacations around the Patriotic Concert at Millennium Plaza Park featuring the Millennium Concert Band that mixes military and marching music for a fun, more traditional celebration of this country we love. No fireworks here…unless you consider the veterans who always show up in numbers and the proud families and loved ones with their hearts ablaze. There is food and music galore with lots of camaraderie to kick off your holiday celebrations. Starts at 7:00 and goes until around 8:30PM. More Info HERE

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

The LO Festival of the arts was founded in 1963, making this years show the 61st. It’s a real highlight of the year here in LO. The purpose of the festival is to showcase local art and artists, and to provide arts education for the entire community. This year’s event is happening June 21-23. It is being held in two locations. The Lakewood Center for the arts is located at 368 S State Street. The second location is right across the street in George Roger’s Park.

Every year there is a featured exhibit. This year’s is called “Imagine That”. It’s a really intriguing idea and pretty different from what they have done in the past. This year local school children, grades K-8, have been asked to create imaginary animals. Those drawings in turn have been given to professional artists who have re-imagined them using their own unique style. It will be really fascinating to see how one creation is transformed into a second one.

A second exhibit is called Open Hearts Big Dreams. It is a exhibit in which 17 artists have been invited to to paint and draw artwork that features “Ethiopian Dances”. Some of the art is being made during the exhibit, and some of it will be completed before. The work will be compiled into a book to be shared with families in Ethiopia.

Then there is the open show. It’s held in a big tent at the Lakewood Center. This is a juried exhibit for local artists. We have amazing talent in the Pacific Northwest and there are always some absolutely gorgeous work. Much of it is offered for sale, so it’s a great place to expand your own collection.

Across the street at George Roger’s Park is the “Art in the Park”. With over 100 booths of local craftsman selling their creations. There are also 2 stages where music is performed all weekend. This is also where you’ll find food and beverages available to round out your afternoon.

Parking can be tight, so there is a shuttle bus that allows you to park off site and get a ride to the event. For a pdf of the shuttle stops, click here.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 9:00-6:00, and Sunday, 9:00-5:00. The festival is free admission. For more information, click here.

I hope to see your there!


Lake Oswego Celebrates Pride Month!

During the month of June, the city of Lake Oswego celebrates the history, achievements and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ Community starting June 2nd with a Festival including booths and entertainment at Milennium Plaza Park from 12-4 and the raising of the Pride Month Flag & reading of the reading of the Pride Month Proclamation at City Hall at 4:30PM. ***Find out about more events during the month of June in Lake Oswego and around the area HERE

Lake Oswego Heritage Council

Lake Oswego has a long and rich history, and that history is carefully preserved and recognized by the Lake Oswego Heritage Council. Located in a gracious old-colonial home that graces the intersection of 10th Street and A Avenue, the house hosts a variety of events.

There is a permanent historical exhibit that begins with local Native American history and progresses through time to current history and information. There are also featured exhibits that represent current research that has been accomplished by the council in recent years. There is a spectacular rose garden that is a must see in June.

The house can be rented out for special events and it is used quite a lot for community meetings.

On June 29th the LO Heritage Council, along with the West Linn Historical Society, are hosting the Bootleggers Ball. The event will feature a jazz band, dancing, and a silent auction. Attendees are encouraged to dress with a 1920’s speakeasy in mind. It should be a lot of fun and the proceeds will benefit both historical associations. For more information, click here.

Another great event that the LO Heritage Council hosts each year is the Collector Car and Classic Boat Show. This years event will be on August 25th from 9am to 3pm. The event is held in George Roger’s Park.

Then there are educational programs and lecture series. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to get involved. If you are not a history buff, you’ll still find value in the various events that are hosted. For more information, click here.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you for reading the blotter.


LO Curfew and Other Surprising Benefits

I belong to the Living in Lake Oswego Facebook group and today someone asked the question about moving children to LO. This person was questioning whether uprooting them from their current schools would be worth it. Of course, this lead to a very nice discussion and it made me realize that it’s a conversation worth having here.

I see three primary benefits of relocating children to LO, based upon my own experience.

My children were in the 4th and 7th grades at the time of our move.

The first is the schools. I moved here from Sellwood, a very nice neighborhood in SE Portland. It’s a neighborhood with a reputation for having pretty good schools, but I came to realize that it just wasn’t good enough. What’s different here in LO? So many families move here for the schools that it creates an environment where the children arrive at school ready to learn. Teachers are able to teach and they spend much less time discipling. There really is that big of a difference. I also think it’s a harder and more traditional curriculum. I wanted my kids to read the classics and take courses that really set them up for success.

The second is the safety of the community. My kids world got substantially bigger because I didn’t worry so much about them venturing out. They could ride their bikes in our neighborhood and I felt that they were completely safe.

The third is the curfew. If a person is under the age of 18, they are not allowed on the streets in LO after 11pm unaccompanied by an adult. This means that teenagers don’t loiter at night in LO. It also means, as a parent, that I knew my kids would be home by 11pm. I will confess that each of my kids got picked up and brought home at least once. There is no punishment, no citation, no lecture. They simply ring the bell and leave the child after they made sure that they have gotten safely inside.

Moving to LO was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. SOOOOO glad that we did it.


Off-leash Dog Parks

I have big news in my life. I’m bringing home a new puppy on Mother’s Day weekend. Woohoo! I am so excited. In preparation I am re-organizing my house to do the best I can to puppy proof it, and thinking through how to exercise it properly. My saying is “a tired dog is a good dog”. Fortunately, Lake Oswego has 3 off leash dog parks and one of them is close to my house. It’s going to become a big part of my life.

The dog parks are:

Hazalia Dog Park, 17800 Stafford Rd

West Waluga Dog Park, 15775 Waluga Dr

Pilkington Park, 19043 Pilkington.

The dog parks are open year around 6am to 10pm. There are some basic rules. Dogs are only allowed off leash in designated areas. Clean up after your dog. Dogs need to play well with others and not misbehave.

The Hazalia Dog Park actually has two off-leash areas. One is for more timid dogs and one is for more outgoing dogs. That’s a nice option that I took advantage of when I adopted my mom’s elderly dog (a mini dachshund that would have easily been bowled over by more outgoing dogs).

For more information, click here.

And now I want to show you what all of the excitement is about. This is Raven. She’s currently 7 weeks old. A German Shephard, she will be the fifth German Shephard that I have had the honor of owning. I truly am so excited!


LO Sustainability Fair is Coming

Saturday, April 20th, otherwise known as Earth Day, Lake Oswego will be hosting it’s third annual Sustainability Fair.

The event will happen at Lakeridge Middle School, 4700 Jean Rd, from 10am to 1pm. A wide variety of resources will be available. Topics that will be covered include:

Learn about green homes, solar energy, emergency preparedness, gardening, sustainable landscaping, and recycling correctly.

Check out electric vehicles with EV ride-and-drive.

Drop off your electronic waste for recycling by Green Century Recycling.

Sign up for volunteer activities with local groups.

Participate in art and craft activities for kids.

Food tastings will be available to showcase our schools’ healthy and sustainable meal program.

Learn about sustainably-focused materials that can be checked out from the Lake Oswego Library.

Pick up a free native seedling for your yard.

Join S3G (Shifting Gears/Gifting Gear) to rehome sporting equipment to families that will enjoy it after your family has outgrown it.

Lots of great stuff will be going on! For more information, click here.

As always, thank you for reading the blotter,


Meetings in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego makes itself available in terms of opening up to visitors in meetings of all kinds in it’s community approach to tackling the issues that are important to us all. There is so much going on in Lake Oswego and in our own lives that sometimes it’s hard to keep up! Never fear~ If you are interested in a particular issue and are not able to attend a meeting, or want to attend any number of virtual meetings, you can always check in online, or watch it later on repeat in the comfort of your own home. Here’s the Link! CLICK HERE

Indoor Playground for Young Children

The City of Lake Oswego offers play opportunities for children ages 0-4. It’s an indoor program, so perfect no matter the weather. Activities that are offered include climbing, active playing, sensory toys and more. Parents and caregivers are required to stay and supervise their child.

There is a drop-in fee of $4 for the first child and $2 for each additional sibling. You can also buy a 15 visit punch pass for $40 or $70 for a second sibling.

The hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 1pm. The program is held at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Rd. For more information, click here.

There are so many great things to do in LO, and this one is perfect for the youngest of us.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!