This Week in Lake Oswego ~ June 10-16, 2019

Here are my picks for things happening this week!

Mon, June 10 2019– 12:30-4:00PM –  Duplicate Bridge ~ Enjoy playing with this fun-loving, competitive group and making new friends! Every week on Monday – Community Center at 505 G Avenue  Info:  CLICK HERE

Tue, June 11, 2019 –  7:00-8:00PM – Cool Books for Hot Days-Summer Reading Preview ~ You won’t want to miss Librarian, Chris Myers’ fast-paced introduction to the best new & upcoming books you wilk want to put on your “read-list” for this summer & fall! ~ Lake Oswego Public Library – 706 4th St   Info:  CLICK HERE  

Wed, June 12, 2019 – 1:00-2:00PM – Performing Arts-Gary Ogan Duo  ~ Enjoy a performance mid-day by this local singer/songwriter and 2008 OR Music Hall of Fame Inductee along with Brian Rose on keyboards at the Lake Oswego Public Library!~ 706 4th St   –Info:  CLICK HERE     

Thu, June 13, 2019 9:30AM-12:00PM – Creative Hands ~ This group welcomes you to join them as they meet every Thursday to work on handicrafts made from donated materials that benefit local non-profit organizations. This is an easy way to actually be of help to those less fortunate… and they welcome all skill levels! ~ Community Center at 505 G Avenue –Info:   CLICK HERE

Fri, June 14, 2019 9:00-11:30AM Legal Program ~ 2nd Friday every month. Appointments necessary. This group welcomes local attorneys who give free 30-minute consultations with individuals. ~ Community center, 505 G Avenue – Info: CLICK HERE

Sat, June 15, 2019 – 8:30AM – 1:30PM ~ Farmers Market!! ~ We wait every year for our chance to wander aimlessly through the veggie, fruit and craft stalls to our hearts content with the lake as backdrop and the sun shining down. Repeats 22 times… get out there!~ Millenium Plaza Park ~    Info : CLICK HERE

Sun, June 16, 2019 – 9:00AM-5:00PM ~ Fathers Day Rafting w/Dad!! …on the Santiam River ~ Meet at Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm for this AWL (Adventure Without Limits) offering- A day on the river! Class II-III rapids for beginners & experienced rafters.   –Info & Tickets: CLICK HERE


Tips & Tidbits

New Loan Program: Good news! According to my very reliable source, Pat Goodell of Academy Mortgage, now Lenders in Portland can do Conventional loans with 3% down which may make the Conventional loan an even better option than FHA! There are different variables, though- FHA requires 3.5% down for buyers with high credit scores. Conventional loans require 3% down, and/but it needs to be the buyers’ own savings and not a gift, whereas FHA allows the 3.5% down to be a gift.

Your Loan… Your Credit… During a Transaction: Just a reminder that it is VERY important to heed your lender’s advice NOT to do anything with regard to your credit during a transaction. Occasionally you hear of a Buyer who decides to buy a new car while involved in a transaction. More often Buyers just want to “help” and think they can improve their standing by removing money from a line of credit and depositing it in one of their accounts, or consolidating debt, or closing old accounts… Please listen when we say… Just Don’t! Leave the lending process to the lending professionals who are there to help you, and don’t do anything at all in this regard without first discussing it with your lender.

Lake Oswego Services Activity Guide: It is obvious to most that lake Oswego is a vibrant community with so much to offer its citizens in a myriad of different areas of interest and need. You can now click here to access the Services Activity Guide and/or call 503-635-0257 for more information. Summer’s upon us… time to find out more about what’s happening in LO!

Farmers Market: Lake Oswego’s acclaimed Farmers Market is in full swing. Join all the fun & sun-loving Lake Oswegans at Millenium Park Plaza on Saturdays from 8:30Am till 1:30 PM. You’ll find fresh flowers, produce, plants, poultry, chicken, eggs, cheeses, honey, salsa, lavender…. way too much to list here!

Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market

It’s summer time and one of the great joys of the season is all of the fresh produce and bright assortment of flowers that are available at this time of year. In Lake Oswego these can be found in abundance at the local Farmer’s Market. Located in Millenium Plaza Park on Lake Oswego’s East side, the market is open on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, mid May to the end of October. There is free parking and even doggie daycare (dogs are not allowed in the market).

Arrive hungry because there is so much good food to eat. My personal favorite are the huge omelets that are made by Philly’s Fat Omelets and Breakfast Burritos. They are large and stuffed with an assortment of options that you choose. Topped off with their wonderful salsa, it is something that my mouth starts watering over the minute I wake up on Saturday mornings. You will also find cinnamon rolls that are baked and sold by the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, fresh squeezed juices, Kettlecorn, freshly made pies and breads, as well as a wide variety of lunch fare such as La Vang’s salad rolls, and a booth offering Middle Eastern cuisine.

Numerous farms bring their crops to the market. You’ll find all sorts of fruit and produce. Especially abundant are the berries: strawberries, blue berries, and black berries. There are vendors who sell just organic lettuce, and vendors who sell not only tomatoes, but tomato plants too. There are booths run by local nurseries so that you can purchase plants for your own garden. I have also seen a table set up by local master gardeners where you can ask experts your gardening questions.

Complimenting the fresh produce and good food, you will find an assortment of other vendors. Craft cheese makers, organic meats, and smoked salmon, are a few worth mentioning. And then there are a several artisans mixed in with unique items such as lavender soap and hand crafted jewelry.

Fresh flowers are sold in abundance by several flower growers. They are sold very inexpensively, and you will enjoy the luxury of fresh-cut flowers in your home without having to sacrifice them from your own garden. You can even pick and choose your own bouquet to get exactly the color assortment that you prefer.

While you are eating and shopping there is usually live music being performed on the park stage. There are numerous tables set up to enjoy your meal while you enjoy the music.

It is truly a community gathering place. I don’t know what the attendance is each week, but it is wildly popular and something that many people look forward to as a feature of summer living. I know that I love it and I think that you will as well.