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


News & Notes

Real Estate News ~

Have a wood stove?  Planning to buy or sell a home with one? Note that beginning August 1st, 2010, in an effort to control emissions from smoke, when selling a home you will be required to remove the wood stove if it is “uncertified” by the DEQ.  Here is a link for more information: Woodstoves in Oregon

Greece and Mortgage Rates MBS Quoteline reports: ” Despite stronger than expected economic data, the financial situation in Greece held the greatest influence on mortgage rates this week. A flight to quality and prospects of slower economic growth in Europe were favorable for mortgage markets and negative for the stock market, and mortgage rates ended the week lower.”

Current Mortgage Rates and Mortgage Insurance Updates – According to Pat Goodell of Academy Mortgage:

  • “Some of the Mortgage Insurance companies have gone to tiered pricing based on credit scores which is good news to those with good credit scores.  Mortgage insurance companies also will now allow “up front mortgage insurance” (in lieu of monthly mortgage insurance) to be paid by the seller.  The potential advantage of this is that the seller can pay the up front mortgage insurance as part of any allowable closing costs that a buyer might negotiate for a seller to pay.  Then the buyer has no mortgage insurance premium to pay as part of their mortgage – this may or may not be an advantage to the buyer depending on their situation; but it does help for qualifying by reducing their monthly mortgage payment.  There are qualifying parameters for this option and the lender also has to approve this option as well.”
  • “Interest rates are holding steady now with the 30-yr fixed still hovering around 5% — 30-yr fixed today is actually available at 4.875% with 0 pts, depending on the buyer’s qualifications.”
  • Community Notes ~

    Farmers Market opens this Saturday, May 15th in Lake Oswego. (yay!)  This is the 10th Anniversary Celebration.  You can find the food  & fun at Millennium Plaza Park from 8:30AM – 1:30PM on Saturdays through October 9th.   Local musical group, Southern Nights, will perform from 10:30AM till 12:30PM at the kickoff, and the Bike Gallery will be there to check your kids’ helmets!

    May is Sustainability Action Month. Take advantage of these local events:

    • Free screening of the film Deep Green with local film-maker Matt Briggs. This is an insightful look at “uncovering the best people with the best solutions for “de-carbonizing energy and restoring the natural world.” It will be held Saturday evening, May 15th at 7:30Pm at the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive.  Bring your family and friends!
    • Get a good look at Lake Oswego’s Century Trees on the Century Tree Bike Ride, May 22nd.  The bike ride is hosted by the Planning Dept.’s Green Team, and more information can be had by contacting Laura Weigel at .

    Lake Oswego’s city council created the Sustainability Action Board (SAB) in 2008. For more information on sustainability, visit: The Sustainability Resource Page

    To Move or Not To Move / Lifestyle Options for Older Adults , an educational program for seniors and their families is designed to give information on housing options and resources in Lake Oswego.  You are invited to attend on May 16th, from 2:00PM to 5:00Pm at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue.