5 Reasons Why Summer Nights Are One of the Best Things About Summer in Lake Oswego Oregon

Dinners on the deck are one of my favorite things about summer nights in Lake Oswego Oregon.

Dinners on the deck are one of my favorite things about summer nights in Lake Oswego Oregon.

It’s hard to pick my favorite thing about summer in Lake Oswego, but summer nights are right up there vying for the number one spot.

Why?

They last longer here. Actually, summer days do too, compared say to our Southern California neighbors. The longest stretch of daylight is in late June with sunrise at 5:24 a.m. and sunset at 9:03 p.m. We’re a good 20 minutes into our day before the Newport Beachers in So Cal are waking to sunshine. And we gain almost an hour of evening sunlight at the other end of the day when the sun sets along their beaches at 8:06 p.m. but still shines on us for another 57 minutes.

No bugs. While the Insect Identification website lists 175 bugs that can be found in Oregon, I’m here to say that for the most part, they will not interfere with your enjoyment of summer nights. Occasionally, especially in late August, a wasp or two may find its way to your dinner table if you are eating meat, but other than that, we’ve found our backyard to be a nuisance-bug free zone. Even though we live on the lake, mosquitoes have not been an issue. Screened in porches are not needed here to enjoy your hot summer nights.

The weather. For the most part this summer, evening temperatures have ranged from the mid 70s to mid 90s, with no wind to bring on a chill. Perfect for a dip in the lake, walk around the block, corn hole tournament, boat cruise, or entertaining friends.

Dinners on the deck. Thanks to all of the above reasons, dinners on the deck are a highlight of our summer nights. Whether it’s a table for two—my wife and I—or 12—when the cousins visit—it seems that everything from the conversation to the food is better when enjoyed outdoors.

Sounds. Because I’m out on my deck enjoying my summer nights, I can also enjoy the sounds that come with them like a crackling fire in a neighbor’s backyard, kids swimming in the pool next door, and crickets that usually arrive in early August and serenade us until school starts.

Does Lake Oswego sound too good to be true? Why not see for yourself! Let me show you around—it’s what I love to do. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Lake Oswego Wine Walk Tickets Now

wine walkThe second Lake Oswego Wine Walk is set for Saturday, September 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss it and you could, if you don’t act fast. Here’s why.

1. They sold out last year. The first 400 tickets sold out before the event and organizers were able to add 50 more which were bought up in a day. This year they have 500 spots at $35 each. You can buy tickets online at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce website and check-in locations the day of the event will be assigned to you or you can buy them in person at World Class Wines at 269 A Avenue or Accessories from the Heart at 220 A Avenue #100 and select the check-in location you want. (Check-in locations are the Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and the Oregon Wine Reserve).

2. People loved the first one. The word is out that this event is worth attending so tickets will move even faster. Organizer Susan Olson with World Class Wines says, “People loved it and the businesses loved it. Even long-time owners like Paul Graham and Richard Bloom said they had never in all their years seen so many people in the streets.” Make sure you’re one of them.

3. There’s an opportunity to sample wines from all over. Olson explains that wines will be available from all around the world and will include a selection from all price points and styles—reds, whites, bubbly and rosé. Each ticket is good for eight tastes at participating downtown Lake Oswego shops so wise wine walkers plot their tastings according to the map that comes with registration which shows which businesses are featuring which wines.

4. Food is included. New Seasons Market is catering the event and will have 200 bites of goodies available at each of the 30 tasting locations along with a cheese plate.

5. Art and music round out the event. Local artists will be either displaying their work and/or creating it on location and live music will be available at some of the tasting locations, including the Lakewood Center for the Arts and Step It Up Studios.

Photo credit: Jason Dodson

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What You Have in Common with Ralph Lauren, Jay Leno, and the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Classic boat and car enthusiasts share their passion with the public at the 15th Annual Oswego Heritage Council's Collector Car and Classic Boat Show Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17 in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Classic boat and car enthusiasts share their passion with the public at the 15th Annual Oswego Heritage Council’s Collector Car and Classic Boat Show Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17 in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

While you may not have the moola to put together car collections like these fanatics, (did you know that 98 percent of Ralph Lauren’s 60 plus car collection is red and that the Sultan owns more than 7,000?) you most probably do appreciate a well cared for classic.

You’re in luck. Fortunately local collectors are willing to bring their treasures to you instead of hiding them away like the Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan in a pyramid shaped garage.

Collector cars and classic boats will be on display at The Oswego Heritage Council’s 15th annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show on Sunday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Here are the details:

●The pre-show begins on Saturday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Highlights include: tours of the world’s only usable PT boat at the Foothills dock on the Willamette River, a vintage water ski show at 3:00 p.m. in Lakewood Bay and classic boat parade at 4:00 p.m.

●On Sunday, you can view over 300 collector cars and motorcycles at George Rogers Park; over 30 classic boats on the lake at the Lake Oswego Corporation docks; and on-land classic boats at the Foothills Park. PT 658 and a WWII DUK-W will be at the Foothills docks and tours will be provided.

●A free shuttle, provided by First Student, Inc., will run continuously throughout the Show to all three venues. Admission to all three venues is free to both car and boat owners and spectators.

●Sundeleaf Park will be the site of a large model boat display and free wooden boats for kids to color and float and take home.

●The awards ceremony for the cars will be at George Rogers Park at 2:00 p.m. and for the boats at Sundeleaf Park at 2:30 p.m.

●The Lions Club will be providing food for both breakfast and lunch.

If your taste in classic includes older homes, let me give you a tour of some of the classic homes for sale in Lake Oswego. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801.

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3 Reasons Why Hot August Nights in Lake Oswego is Not To Be Missed

2014 hot august nightsThis year all three of my kids will be home for the Hot August Nights concert featuring the Beatniks on August 9 on Oswego Lake. Why? My daughter, Riley, who has attended the last several years said it rivals the 4th of July for a fun experience on the lake.

What’s the big deal?

1. It’s a unique experience. There aren’t too many places where you can listen to live music on your boat while swimming and even dancing on a floating dance floor. Located at the opening to Half Moon Bay, the setting is beautiful.
2. The entertainment is top notch. One local DJ said that the Beatniks “can absolutely capture the essence of the recordings of the original artists.” Despite the name, the group performs more than just Beatles hits. You’ll hear familiar tunes from Van Morrison, the Monkeys, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond and more. They even take requests.
3. It’s a party atmosphere. Take 200-250 boats filled with friends looking to have a good time and that’s what happens. Appetizers are shared, toasts are made, boat hopping replaces bar hopping as the music plays on.

Here are the details: Music begins playing at 5:00 p.m. Concert goes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There are close to 125 “spaces” available on a first come first served basis for boats to tie up on buoy lines, starting at 5:00 p.m. Other boats will need to drop anchor. The Lake Corporation encourages residents to “buddy boat,” if possible.

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Thursday’s Street Fair and Saturday’s Art and Antique Fair Give You Every Reason to Spend the Week in Lake Oswego

A free shuttle will transport you from the Farmer's Market to the Art and Antique Fair this Saturday in Lake Oswego.

A free shuttle will transport you from the Farmer’s Market to the Art and Antique Fair this Saturday in Lake Oswego.

Summer is in full swing in Lake Oswego, giving you no excuse to leave town. Check out these upcoming events.

Third Street Block Party on Thursday, July 31

The weather forecast looks perfect for strolling around downtown Lake Oswego and taking advantage of these activities:

●Downtown Sidewalk Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
●Art Stroll from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with 20 artists painting under the skies and in the streets
●Local Author Adventure at Graham’s Books & Stationery from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 460 Second Street.
●Third Street Block Party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. between A and B Avenue on Third Street. Enjoy music, food, wine, dancing.

For more information, contact the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce at 503.636.3634.

Meals on Wheels from our Farmers’ Fields on Saturday, August 2

In addition to the usual fresh produce, the Farmer’s Market is offering you a chance to support Lake Oswego’s Meals on Wheels program. Donations of farm-fresh goods (zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, corn, etc.) purchased from market vendors will be collected at the Market Information and Merchant Services booths to be used to prepare food for Meals on Wheels. Cash donations will also be accepted. First and Evergreen in Millennium Plaza Park.

Art and Antique Fair on Saturday, August 2

●More than 25 local art and antique dealers will be displaying their goods from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue as part of the revived Art and Antique Fair.
●Local antique dealer and sponsor Fred Squire will be offering complimentary appraisals from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
●A free shuttle will be running from First and A Avenue to the Adult Community Center between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so you can enjoy both the Farmer’s Market and the Art and Antique Show without having to move your car!
●Live music will be provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by local favorites Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner
●A children’s craft corner will be available to keep the kids entertained.
●Veraci Pizza Oregon will be selling wood-fired pizza and mini-donuts.

Coming Up Next Weekend: Hot August Nights, Saturday, August 9

●Check out next week’s blog for more info.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Lake Oswego Oregon is a Kid-Friendly Zone in Summer

Great summer weather gave my kids plenty of excuses to just sit on the porch and enjoy ice cream cones too.

Great summer weather is another kid-friendly aspect to living in Lake Oswego. It gave my kids plenty of excuses to just sit on the porch and enjoy ice cream cones.

Over the course of my 25 plus years selling real estate in Lake Oswego, I’ve worked with many clients who are looking to move to our town because they’ve heard it’s a good place to raise a family.

Three kids later I have to concur.

In fact, just this summer, all three of mine fantasized about how they’d all move back to Lake Oswego when it’s time to have kids and live on the same street.

That speaks to the good memories they have growing up here and judging by this lineup of summer offerings, you can see why.

1. Movies in the Park. Grab your blankets, pillows and low sand chairs and bring the kids to Millennium Plaza Park on Thursday evenings for the next four weeks for family-friendly movies. The lineup includes Super Buddies (July 24), Despicable Me 2 (July 31), The Karate Kid (August 7), and The Lego Movie (August 14). Movies begin at dusk. First and Evergreen. 503.675.2549.
2. Swim Parks. The Lake Oswego Swim Park at 250 Ridgeway Road is open to all Lake Oswego residents at no charge from July 1 through August 31, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 503.953.9325. The Lake Grove Swim Park at 3800 Lakeview Boulevard is open to residents within the original Lake Grove School District boundaries free of charge from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. through Labor Day. 503.635.0356.
3. Masque Alfresco. Let the laughs begin as slapstick antics infuse Molière’s The Would-Be Gentleman for the whole family to enjoy. 7:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday through August 3 in front of the Iron Foundry at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. 503.254.5104.
4. Library programs. From Wii gaming sessions to magic shows, the Lake Oswego Public Library has ramped up its programming to make sure kids in Lake Oswego have something to do. Check out their schedule.
5. Summer Camps. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has tried to schedule something for everyone from Dancing Princesses Camp to Rocket Labs to Food Around the World. Check out their full listing.
6. Learn to Skate Night. Let LO Skate Park instructors give your child (ages 5-15) a mini-lesson for beginners and intermediates. Register for Course #3411041. Fee is $4. 5520 Willow Road.
7. Child Safety Seat Clinic. It’s not all about having fun—it’s about being safe too. Find out the proper way to install your safety seat. 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the main fire station, 300 B Avenue. 503.635.0275.
8. Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Book Festival. This is the music festival for the young set featuring entertainment by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus as well as the School of Rock and others. Authors include Valerie Pearce and Philip Pelletier and be prepared for a guest appearance by Blaze the Trail Cat! Saturday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. West End Building lawn, 4101 Kruse Way.
9. All Comers Track Meet. On your mark, get set, head over to the Lake Oswego High School Track on Wednesday, July 23 for a lineup of events your whole family can participate in. Registration at 5:15; events begin at 6:00 p.m. 2501 Country Club Road. $3 youth/$4 adults.
10. Calling All Teens. While teens are welcome at many of the above events, they might be especially interested in the lineup of volunteer/adventure activities available through the LO Teen Service Corps, as well as library programming that includes a Teen Drawing Class (from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on July 24).

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Three More Neighborhoods to Check Out in Lake Oswego Oregon

NeighborsLuckily, in Lake Oswego, most neighborhoods would have Mr. Rogers singing, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”

Residents in the Palisades, Westridge and Hallinan neighborhoods have lots to sing about from a community pool (Palisades) to beautiful parks and as always, excellent Lake Oswego School District schools.

In the following chart, I’ve tried to break it down even more for you, but if you’d like to check them out for yourself in person, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to show you around.

Mom's screenshotPhoto courtesy of winnond at freedigitalphotos.net.

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