Plan Ahead for Spring Break Fun in Lake Oswego Oregon

Spring BreakSpring break is a few weeks away but here in Lake Oswego we all know the early bird gets the registration! Check out these offerings sure to keep your kids entertained from acting and nature camps to lifeguard training and lacrosse.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OFFERINGS. Register at their website.
Lifeguard Review Class for ages 15+. Friday, March 27 through Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the District Pool, 2455 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Class is for currently or recently certified lifeguards and provides skill testing outside a full course setting. Fee: $130
Lifeguard Training for ages 15+. First you must pass a swim test on Saturday, March 21 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the District Pool. Classes held Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the District Pool, 2455 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Fee: $230.
Spring Break Boys Lacrosse Clinic, grades 2-8. Get ready to play! Wednesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Lakeridge High School turf field #2, 1235 Overlook in Lake Oswego. Fee: $75.
Mad Science- Rocket Scientists. Register for one or all three of these camps to satisfy the curiosity of your budding rocket scientist. Monday, March 23: Holy Rocket Ship Batman—build your own rocket. Tuesday, March 24: May the Force Be With You – explore the forces of flight. Wednesday, March 25: Living in Space-learn how astronauts manage in space. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Uplands Elementary. $45/day.
The Acting Club: Theatre Games for grades K-8. Calling all thespians in search of a stage – tap into your creativity through fun and challenging activities. Part of each day will be divided into grade levels. Extended care also available. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Uplands Elementary School, 2055 SW Wembley Park Rd., Lake Oswego. Fee: $155.

Spring Break Farm Camp for ages 5-12 includes arts and crafts, songs and games. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn. Class #10650. Fee: $155/resident; $178/non-resident.
Eureka! The Inventor’s Camp for ages 7-12. Challenges presented to encourage campers to use the resources at hand, including their minds. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class 11050. Fee: $159/resident; $183/non-resident.
Imagination Academy for ages 5-7. Campers put on their junior naturalist hats before switching gears to become junior astronauts. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #11051. Fee: $159/resident; $183/non-resident.
Pre-Engineering Camp Using LEGO® for ages 5-7 offers a chance to build boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p..m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #11052. Fee: $155/resident; $178/non-resident.
Bashem Bots Using LEGO® for ages 8-12 is an advanced engineering camp where students transform regular LEGO® vehicles into mechanized machines. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #11053. Fee: $155/resident; $178/non-resident.
Recording and Music Technology Camp for ages 8-12 provides rock star wannabes with the opportunity to experiment with synthesizers, effects pedals and other music technology to record music on their computers. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #11054. Fee: $140/resident; $161/non-resident.
Spring Break Junior Golf Camp for ages 6-17 gives kids a chance to brush up on their game with lessons, activities, and practice. Lunch included. Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course, 17525 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego. Class #11114. Fee: $130.

MOUNTAIN PARK KIDZONE. Register in person at Mountain Park Clubhouse, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego. 503.635.3561
Spring Break Camp for ages 5-12 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 includes sports, arts and crafts, games and more at Mountain Park Rec Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace. Full Week Fee: $250/ Mt. Park residents; $300/non-members (discount for siblings). Full Day Fee: $55/members; $65/non-members (sibling discount). Register at front desk.

TRYON CREEK NATURE DAY CAMPS. 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR. 503.636.4398. Register online.
Half Day Camp for Explorers: Wonderful Wings for ages 4-kindergarten. Kids learn about the wonderful world of wings both in their feathered friends as well as through objects they create. Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $105/members;$130/non-members.
Full Day for Rangers: Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying “Let’s Party” for grades 1-5. Campers celebrate spring by discovering the new life it ushers in as they look for amphibian eggs, insects and plants that are emerging. Includes scavenger hunts and fort building. Before and after care available (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $155/members; $180/non-members.

LAKE OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY. 706 Fourth Street. 503.636.7628.
Puppet show: The Fisherman and His Daughter with Penny’s Puppet Productions on Wednesday, March 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Free.

PLAY BOUTIQUE. 464 First Street. 503.675.7529. Register on their website.
Spring Break Camps with daily themes provide cooking and action filled fun from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. Half and full day options available as well as single day or weekly participation. Sibling discounts as well as extended day options.
●1-2 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fee: $42 for half day; $72 for full day until 3:30.
●3-7 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fee: $30 for half day/$135 for the week; $50 for full day until 3:30/$210 for the week.
●8-12 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fee: $30 for half day/$135 for the week; $50 for full day until 3:30/$210 for the week.

If you’re considering moving to or moving within Lake Oswego and are here for Spring Break, I’d be happy to show you around. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801.

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7 Things to Watch for During Lake Oswego High School’s Windjammer Variety Show

2015 Variety Show Poster-pagereducedThe popular Lake Oswego High School show choir, Windjammer, is staging its annual Variety Show this coming weekend, Thursday, February 26 through Saturday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road. Here are seven things you don’t want to miss.

1. The Opening Song. This year’s Variety Show theme is, “Lean on Me,” with songs that speak to friendship and relationships. So it’s fitting that the show kicks off with Bill Withers’ hit, “Lean on Me,” which just happens to be Windjammer Vice-President, Julia Porter’s, favorite number in the lineup.

2. Variety. As new Choir/Windjammer Director, Megan Perdue explains, this is a variety show so expect to see just that—classical pieces, musical theater, as well as pop numbers with a few more surprises thrown in along the way.

3. The Sing-off Connection. Perdue is moving the Windjammers into contemporary a cappella—a music genre featured on the NBC singing competition, The Sing-Off. “That genre in our country is having a moment,” she says and has to point no further than the recent Grammy award for Sing-Off Season 3 winner, Pentatonix—a group that also managed to sell more than 1 million copies of its album, That’s Christmas. As a nod to this trend, Windjammers will be performing a couple arrangements from Season 2. See if you can spot them. One happens to be Windjammer member Thomas Curran’s favorite number, complete with beatboxing and all kinds of background sounds generated by very talented human voices.

4. Jazz Band. The Windjammers’ collaboration with the Jazz Band is one of the things that distinguishes this variety show from similar high school productions Perdue has been involved with. This event is an opportunity to embrace the phrase, “the more the merrier,” with 29 Windjammers joined by 15 jazz band members as well as five tech crew students making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.

5. Loop Station. Like I said in point 2, this is a variety show, so one number features a loop station which records short snippets of sound (voice, clapping, instrument) and then repeats it over and over again to allow an individual performer to create his or her own accompaniment. Check out Imogen Heap for a good example. And then check out the Windjammer Variety Show for a live example!

6. The Pitch Perfect Connection. Perdue has a wide-ranging musical background, including a stint with University of Oregon’s award winning all female a cappella group, Divisi which provided inspiration for the popular movie, Pitch Perfect.

7. Future Windjammers of America. Both Friday and Saturday nights feature what the Windjammers hope are aspiring vocalists. On Friday evening, Windjammer Camp participants (grades K-8) will join in the opening number followed by choral students from Lake Oswego Junior High School on Saturday night.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students, children and seniors; and $15 at the door.

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5 Reasons Why George Washington Would Have Liked Lake Oswego, Oregon

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I sometimes wonder how our history might have played out if the colonists landed on the West Coast instead of the East. One thing that could have happened is that George Washington would have settled in Lake Oswego. Here’s why.

1. He was an excellent horseman. Thomas Jefferson called Washington “the best horseman of his age,” and he was known to sometimes clock in 60 miles on horseback while he was making his rounds. As his Realtor, I would have pointed out that the Lake Oswego Hunt Club is the Portland area’s only urban equestrian facility. It offers an historic open truss indoor arena, outdoor arenas, a polo field, ¼ mile galloping track, cross country and show jumps, and miles of trails along Iron Mountain.
2. Word has it he was an excellent dancer. Washington loved to hit the dance floor—rumor has it he was the first to kick off the Birthnight Balls held in his honor and one of the last to take off his dancing shoes. I’d be sure to point out Step It Up Studios right in downtown Lake Oswego. As a member he could take individual and group lessons and take part in social events like a New Year’s Eve gala.
3. Washington was a theater lover. Our first president enjoyed live theater and would often purchase tickets for his friends to join. His writings were filled with references to Shakespeare as he not only took theater for its entertainment value but also for the lessons it conveyed. One of our stops on the real estate tour would be the Lakewood Center for the Arts, home of the Lakewood Theatre Company. He could catch the last performance of The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock today or plan to catch the side door performance of What Makes Sammy Run next weekend.
4. He valued education. Although Washington’s own schooling was cut short due to the death of his father when he was a child, he made sure his wife’s children and grandchildren were educated and paid for the children of his siblings and friends to go to school. He also bequeathed money to a couple schools when he passed away. I’d be sure to point out to him the strong reputation that the Lake Oswego School District has, including the face that Lake Oswego remains the only school district in Oregon that has had all its schools receive the state’s highest rating—and seven years in a row, at that.
5. He loved a beautiful location. I’ve been to Mount Vernon where Washington lived. Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, it’s an incredibly scenic place. Give Washington a guided boat tour of Lake Oswego, and I’m sure he’d agree that there are few more picturesque spots in the country. If he wanted a view, I could show him waterfront property, Willamette River view spots as well as homes that look out at Mt. Hood.

So you see—George could have his horses, ballroom dancing, theater and good schools all within a short ride from his home with a view. Happy President’s Day!

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More Neighborhoods to Consider in Lake Oswego, Oregon

NeighborsWhen I meet with prospective clients considering a move to Lake Oswego, I do my best to get to know their priorities–what’s important to them in a home as well as what’s important to them in terms of location. Although Lake Oswego is only 11.35 square miles, there are 26 neighborhoods to choose from, each offering their own unique blend of features from lake views to Mt. Hood views, walking distance to downtown to easy freeway access.

Today I’m highlighting four neighborhoods in the east end of town that feature views, lake easement, downtown accessibility, larger lots and a treed setting—take your pick!

Neighborhoods 3If you’d like to explore these or any other neighborhoods in Lake Oswego, give me a call. I’d love to show you around.

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5 Reasons to Shop for Valentine’s Day in Lake Oswego, Oregon

valentine's dayIt seems that when it comes to Valentine’s Day, most of us resort to the tried-and-true. A recent survey by the National Retail Federation showed that 61% of men plan on giving flowers while 50% of women are going to woo their men with chocolate (hopefully my wife is among them).

Here’s where to track down what the National Retail Federation says is on your gift list right here in Lake Oswego.

FLOWERS. (Given by 61% of the men and 15% of women). R. Bloom’s has been in business in Lake Oswego for 26 years so they know a thing or two about Valentine’s Day. Their advice this year—try pairing your flowers with a little something extra that can serve as a memento. “It’s all about creating memories,” Richard Bloom explains. One of Hot Skwash’s three inch velvet strawberries might be just the thing or a pearl strand wrapped around the vase. As far as flower selection goes, R. Bloom’s offers the traditional roses but Richard suggests a garden mix for something new and romantic. He is full of ideas so let him put his years of experience to work creating just the right message for you.

CANDY. (47% of the men, 50% of women). If you’re like me, candy is just another name for chocolate and there are lots of places in Lake Oswego to track that down. Chocolates by Bernard’s is the resident chocolatier in town where you’ll find the traditional chocolate filled red velvet boxes for $36 or four champagne truffles housed in a champagne split bottle for $19.50.

Papa Haydyn’s Chocolate Cube (a bittersweet chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate mousse) is my wife’s favorite and luckily for me, Zupan’s Lake Grove Market carries it.

GREETING CARDS. (44% men, 58% women). Great finds are in places you’d expect like Graham’s Book & Stationery and Paper Caper as well as ones you wouldn’t like Lucky Me and Zupan’s Flower Shop.

EVENING OUT. (39% men, 36% women). Local restaurants are planning Valentine’s Day special menus and some, like Zeppo, who don’t normally take two person reservations, will do so for that night. Mix things up by buying tickets to the Lake Oswego Art Council’s Art Throb gala event on Saturday, February 14 in the Hawthorne Room at Marylhurst University. Admission is $125/person and includes silent and live auction, dinner and dancing to the music of Pepe and the Bottle Blondes. But hurry—registration closes February 11.

If you want to get an earlier start in your day, you could sign you and your valentine up for  My Muddy Valentine 5K Obstacle Mud Run at Lee Farms in Tualatin. Doors open Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with 60 person waves leaving every ten minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday the fun starts all over again with waves leaving every ten minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Register online. $70/Run; $109 VIP which includes almost bottomless beer/mimosas, gourmet breakfast, showers and parking. Register as a pair and get a discount.

Get a jump start on your Valentine’s celebration with wine tasting at World Class Wines. Resident wine geek Rick Baldwin will be featuring a variety of reds, whites, and rosés to please all palates.

JEWELRY. (29% men, 9% women). Maybe your valentine is someone whose motto is like this one posted on Lake Oswego Jewelers’ Facebook page: “If someone tells you that you have enough jewelry and you don’t need anymore, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.” If so, get yourself over to one of Lake Oswego’s jewelry experts like Lake Oswego Jewelers, Dyke Vandenburgh Jewelers or Trios Studios. Local shops like Accessories from the Heart also carry pieces from regional artists like Deb Funches or Dina McNally. Point is, you can’t go wrong shopping locally.

A NEW HOUSE. Okay, so that didn’t show up on the survey, but if you or your valentine are in the market for a new home, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’d love to show you around because I love Lake Oswego!

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12 Reasons Why It’s Easy to Get Fit in Lake Oswego

OverweightIt may not be official, but in most people’s minds, January is National Plan to Get Fit Month. Fitness clubs in and around Lake Oswego are here to help.

Barre3, 201 B Avenue, #101. 503.636.0335. Workouts here borrow moves from ballet, yoga and Pilates to focus on balance, strength and length in your body. Classes combine dynamic movement with isometric holds for efficient workouts that are low impact while managing to burn fat and build muscle. Choose from a variety of packages for single classes all the way up to unlimited.

Star Cycle, 459 Second Street, 503.303.4498. These hard-hitting 45-minute indoor cycle sessions utilize invigorating music, choreography, dimmed lighting and upper body movements and weights to ensure a high-energy, full body workout. Child care available. Individual classes are $18 but packages begin at $36 and go up to $170 for unlimited monthly classes.

CrossFit Lake Oswego, 17425 SW Pilkington Rd., 503.901.7877. Get the support, education, and motivation you need to participate in this fitness program. New members are encouraged to sign up for Elements—an introductory course that features five private coaching sessions and one month of unlimited classes for $299. Monthly membership which includes access to group training classes is $150 per month for an individual with additional family membership rates at $85 per person. Guest fee is $20 per day.

Snap Fitness, 6296 SW Meadows Road, 503.968.7627. Enjoy 24 hour access to this gym that features free weights, cardio equipment, tanning, strength training, personal trainers, nutrition consultants and group classes. Currently new members can try it out for free for seven days. Membership rates begin as low as $32 per month.

Trainer’s Club, 333 S. State Street, 503.636.3900. This club offers cardio machines, free weights, personal training, nutrition counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, as well as group classes in a variety of offerings from KettleBell to Tai Chi, Yoga and Bootcamp. Free Wellness seminars are offered on the third Thursday of every month. There is also a Pilates studio and chiropractor located on site. Membership rates vary depending on your age and usage. Group classes are offered free to members or $15 on a drop-in basis.

Providence Mercantile Health and Fitness Center , 4015 SW Mercantile Drive, 503.216.6606. Offers cardio and weigh machines, free weights, private sauna and spa, personal training, massage, and group glasses ranging from Cardio Fusion and Yoga to Zumba and Pilates Based Mat. Membership includes a free fitness assessment. Group classes are free to members and also available for drop-in ($7.50 per class or 10 for $60).

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. 503.675.2549. Check current catalog. Class offerings range from Zumba, Nia and Yoga to Kickball and Slow-pitch softball leagues. Tennis lessons are offered at the Indoor Tennis Center at 2900 Diane Drive, golf lessons at the Public Golf Course at 17525 Stafford Road and rowing at the Water Sports Center, 350 Oswego Pointe Drive.

Lake Oswego School District Pool, 2455 Country Club Road, 503.534.2000. Eight lanes are available for both lap and recreational swim as well as swim lessons. Local schools also use the pool for practice and meets. The pool is generally available for lap swim Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lessons from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weekend schedules vary. Fees for residents range from $7 per visit to $508 for an annual pass.

ClubSport Oregon, 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard. 503.968.4500. Voted one of the top fitness clubs in the U.S. by Fitness magazine in 2014, this club has some unique offerings including a Rock Climbing Center with 11,500 square feet of climbing surface as well as an Air Fit Studio for high altitude training. The facility also includes four indoor basketball courts, three racquetball and two squash courts, a six lane indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor aquatic center, The Edge performance training center, Pilates studio, Kids’ World, massage, and café. Most group fitness classes are free to members and are offered in two studios (Exhale which includes yoga, pilates, Nia, Tai Chi and Centergy type classes and Excite that offers classes along the lines of Zumba, Group Kick, Strength and Conditioning and U-Jam). Personal trainers are on hand as well as nutritional counselors. Family membership holders receive two free hours of childcare per day. Membership fees vary as do specials.

24 Hour Fitness, 17942 SW McEwan Road, Tigard. 503.670.0400. This franchise was voted “Best Big-Box Gym in America” in 2010 by Fitness magazine. The local center is open 24 hours a day and includes a full size basketball court, three lane indoor lap pool, Kids Club, sauna, steam and spa, free weights and circuit training, personal trainers, racquetball court, and cardio equipment. Group exercise classes include Zumba, Yoga, Bodypump, Cycle, willPower and grace, Aqua fitness, and Total Body Pilates. Membership fees vary.

Stafford Hills Club, 5916 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin. 503.612.2400. Tennis courts set this club apart from the rest of the local offerings. Stafford features seven indoor and three outdoor courts with an elevated skybox for viewing. In addition there is an outdoor saltwater pool with six lanes for lap and recreational swim, a small children’s swim area and a splash pad for kids. Family events and children’s programming are offered regularly and two hours of free childcare daily is available to family memberships. Studio Grace features traditional and hot yoga classes, Pilates mat and reformer training, and Barre classes. Group exercise classes run the gamut from Cycle Extreme and Kickboxing to Cardio Strength and Zumba. Personal trainers are on hand and for individual as well as Team Training sessions. A salon and spa and café round out the facilities. Membership rates vary.

LA Fitness, 7995 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin. 503.620.7727. Opening in March. This 45,000 square foot facility will feature three racquetball courts, one basketball court, an indoor saltwater pool with three to four lanes, Jacuzzi, sauna in locker rooms, 50-60 classes offered per week including Zumba, yoga, Pilates, step, water aerobics and cycle and spin classes, SilverSneakers fitness program, juice bar and Kids Club. All new cardio and strength conditioning machines are being brought in for the opening. Personal training is also available. Membership fees vary.

Did we miss something? If your favorite place to work out is missing, let us know by leaving a comment here or give a thumbs up to one of these places so our readers know that you approve!

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Lake Oswego Homeowners

New Year resolutionYour home is one of your biggest investments, and if you live in Lake Oswego, it is back to being an appreciating one. You want to protect it, so here are a few suggestions for New Year’s resolutions to help you do just that.

1. Make a “honey-do” list from fixing a leaky faucet to replacing the family room carpet. Try scheduling the improvements in the year ahead. You never know when the urge to move may strike and you want to be prepared. Plus, so many homeowners wait to fix things up right before they move and regret not having had time to enjoy some of the improvements themselves!

2. Find out what your home is worth. Your home could be your biggest asset. Factoring that into your financial future is difficult to do if you don’t know its true value. Feel free to give me a call and I can come out and prepare a market analysis based on comparison sales and current market conditions. You don’t have to be thinking about selling—I provide this service to many of my clients who just want to know what kind of value they’re really dealing with. In many cases, others financial decisions rest on this one.

3. Consider refinancing. Interest rates are still low but are poised to increase so now may be a great time to refinance, for a variety of reasons including consolidating your debt. Currently interest rates in the Portland metro area are hovering around these levels for conventional loans up to $417,000 (listed first), and jumbo loans from $417,000 to $4 million (listed second):

30 year fixed – 3.75%/4.0%
15 year fixed – 3.125%/3.5%
7 year ARM – 3.25%/3.25%
5 year ARM – 3.12%/3.274%

4. With that in mind, now is also a good time to use the equity your home has recovered (about 18% in the last two years) to remodel. Once again, knowing what your home is worth can help you in deciding if remodeling is a wise investment – will you get that money back? In most cases in Lake Oswego, the answer is yes. But I’d be more than happy to help you sort out that decision. Call me at 503.939.9801.

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