Here’s Your Game Plan for Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night 2015

hot august nightHot August Night is your neighborhood block party on water. Hundreds of waterfront and easement residents and their friends gather on the Northeast arm of the main lake for a concert every year. This year’s event is set for Saturday, August 8. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Buoy lines open at 5:00 p.m. with enough lines to accommodate 125 boats. The rest of the attendees will have to drop anchor.

2. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Pat and Pam Kearney’s home.

3. The Beatniks return for this year’s performance. Playing tunes that are instantly familiar from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, they get the crowd rocking (and dancing too on a floating dance floor).

4. Bring food and drink to share. It’s a neighborly gathering with folks boat hopping and swimming while they eat, drink, and enjoy the live music.

5. Bring your own transportation (paddle board, kayak) to get to and from the port-a-potties. The Lake Corporation will not be operating its taxi service this year.

6. Plan on getting hooked. Our oldest daughter went to her first about three years ago. She convinced her brother and his buddy to join her last year. They’re all returning for this year’s bash and now consider it a standing date like the 4th of July and Christmas.

There’s lots to enjoy living in Lake Oswego. My blog tries to introduce you to that. I’d love to do that in person. If you’re interested in living here or changing neighborhoods if you already call Lake Oswego home, give me a call at 503.939.9801.

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5 Things You Need to Know to Get the Most Out of the 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams in Lake Oswego

Street of DreamsThe 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams opens its doors in Lake Oswego for the third time in its 40th history this Saturday, August 1, and will run through August 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Highlands, located near the corner of Knaus Road and Goodall. Tickets are $17. Here are 5 things you should know to make sure you have a good time.

1. There will be nine homes to tour this year, including a remodel, which is a first for the Street of Dreams.

2. You’ll notice a trend of floor-to-ceiling windows to capitalize on the views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette Valley.

3. Depending on what your dream home looks like, you won’t want to miss the Pooja/Meditation Room in the Serenity house, the full secondary suite for multi-generational living on the first floor of the Sandhill Crane, a morning room with fireplace off the kitchen in the Highland Couture as well as several outdoor entertainment centers, theater room and a couple mid-century modern homes. Check out all the homes on the website.

4. Parking is offsite so plan ahead. During the week, you can catch the 5-7 minute shuttle ride from 2500 Country Club Road, and on Saturdays and Sundays, parking is located at 4000 Kruse Way Place. A trolley will also shuttle folks from 2nd and A Avenue in downtown Lake Oswego to the NW Natural Street of Dreams on weekends.

5. Plan your visit to time with some of the other events scheduled during the show:
August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Style at the Street—fashion show, boutiques, gourmet treats, wine tasting.
August 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Dream for Doernbecker benefit – summer buffet at $50/person
August 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – free admission for all current and former military members plus three of their family members
Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Come for wine and live music
Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Attend the Chef Series and get barbecue tips from professional chefs along with samples and wine tasting

If you’d like some help finding your dream home in Lake Oswego, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to show you around.

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Movies in the Park Kick Off This Week

MoviesThere are lots of things to love about Lake Oswego’s summers, but our evenings vie for one of my favorites. The city of Lake Oswego has capitalized on that by scheduling outdoor movies in Millennium Plaza Park on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning this week, July 23, at dusk (between 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.). Here’s the schedule:

July 23 – Frozen Singalong (PG). Dress up as your favorite Frozen character and bring your singing voice.

July 30 – Big Hero 6 (PG). Added attractions include fun experiments to help you explore the magic of science.

August 6 – 101 Dalmations (Live Action) (G). Just one way to celebrate the dog days of summer.

August 13 – Cool Runnings (PG). Discover why Jamaican bobsledders is not an oxymoron.

Popcorn and other treats are available for purchase. Bring your blankets, pillows and low sand chairs so everyone can enjoy the show! Millennium Plaza Park is located at First and Evergreen.

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Register NOW for Lake Oswego’s Once in a Blue Moon 5K Adventure Run

Blue-Moon-Logo-NEW-Black-FoxThis month Lake Oswegans get to experience two rare events—the only blue moon of the year and the city’s first Blue Moon 5K Adventure Run to celebrate it. Participants who register by this Friday, July 17, will be guaranteed t-shirts.

The course takes runners along 3.1 miles of the rolling hills of Luscher Farm as they tackle 13 obstacles which include:
•tire run
•walk the plank
•wall climb
•hay pyramid
•trench crawl
•slip n’ slide
•tire crawl
•trench rope climb
•balance beam
•hills of torture
•mud pit
•soak n’ run

There’s a reward at the end, besides bragging rights. A barnyard party is planned complete with music, food, drinks and vendor booths. Registration is open to ages 14 and older. Cost is $35/person on a four person team; $40/individual. Wave times are 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

So what’s a blue moon? It’s the second full moon in a month, which doesn’t happen that often. The last one was August 31, 2012 and the next will be January 31, 2018. So sign up today, because this only comes around “once in a blue moon.”

Fortunately great homes come around more than “once in a blue moon” in Lake Oswego and I can help you find them. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 if you’re in the market.

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Lake Oswego Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Week

summer concert series 4Lake Oswego’s beautiful summer evenings provide a perfect backdrop for the town’s Summer Concert Series. Performances rotate among three different parks: Millennium Plaza (MPP), Foothills (FP) and Westlake (WP). Each has its own personality so try them all!

Remember: admission is free and low sand chairs are recommended. Pack a picnic or take advantage of the food and beverage offerings available on site.

Here’s the schedule:


Sun., 7/5 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Skybound Blue Americana
Wed., 7/8 7-9:00 p.m. FP Cloverdale Country
Sun., 7/12 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Paul Creighton Project R&B/Soul/Jazz/Pop
Wed., 7/15 7-9:00 p.m. FP Barracuda Rock
Sun., 7/19 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Lino Guitarist: Jazz/New Age/Latin/Rock
Wed., 7/22 7-9:00 p.m. FP Curtis Salgado R&B
Sun., 7/26 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Midnight Serenaders Guitarist: Retro Swing/Jazz
Wed., 7/29 7-9:00 p.m. FP Jilt Rock
Sun., 8/2 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Joe Powers Trio Harmonica Virtuoso
Wed., 8/5 6:30-8:30 p.m. WP Quarterflash Rock
Sun., 8/9 6-7:30 p.m. MPP The Dan Balmer Group Jazz
Wed., 8/12 6:30-8:30 p.m. WP Paperback Writer Beatles Hits
Sun., 8/16 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Al Scott Band Folksy Pop, Celtic
Wed., 8/19 6:30-8:30 p.m. WP Conjunto Alegre Salsa
Sun., 8/23 6-7:30 p.m. MPP Sabroso Latin to Funk
Wed., 8/26 6:30-8:30 p.m. WP Radical Revolution 80’s Tribute

*MPP – Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street
FP – Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive
WP – Westlake Park, 14164 Bunick Drive

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How to Enjoy the 4th of July in Lake Oswego Oregon

2014 4th of July family 3

Here’s my family sporting our 4th of July wardrobe. As you can see, we’ve lost one of the t-shirts over the years. If you ever come across one that matches, let me know.

It only took me one summer to realize that the 4th of July ranks up there with Christmas and New Year’s among Lake Oswegans. It’s a holiday you definitely want to be in town for because the festivities are endless. Here’s a game plan for how to enjoy it.

1. Start shopping early for red, white and blue décor. We have about three plastic bins that are stocked with everything from flag inspired tablecloths to a life-size stuffed Uncle Sam. In Lake Oswego we decorate for the holidays…. and one of them is in July.

2. Plan your wardrobe. Flag t-shirts are also stored in those plastic bins I mentioned…outfits that my teenage kids lamented having to wear which my now young adult children can hardly wait to put on.

3. Made up your guest beds. You’ll probably have company. This year our son and four of his friends are flying in…and the guest list isn’t finalized yet.

4. Kick off things early. The Millennium Band cranks out the patriotic favorites on July 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park.

5. Get to bed early so you can hit the pancake breakfast. The Lions Club starts flipping hot cakes at 7:00 a.m. at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street and the line continues to grow until closing time at 12:00 noon. Early birds make sure they get the marionberry syrup. Gluten-free eaters can indulge too.

6. Catch the Star Spangled Parade. What kid doesn’t love a parade? Apparently none in Lake Oswego as it seems every child under the age of 10 is either walking down A Avenue or cheering those on who are. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at Millennium Plaza Park with a Star Spangled Celebration…and pie eating contest (oh, and this year, the Farmer’s Market will be going on too so it will be a happening place).

7. Reserve your spot at the Lake Grove Swim Park. If you plan on viewing the fireworks from the Lake Grove Swim Park, you might want to get there early (it opens at 12:00 noon) and set out your picnic blanket to reserve your spot.

8. Look to the lake for the boat parade. While you’re at the swim park, you can also catch the Lake Corporation Boat Parade as boats wind their way around the lake decked out in their red, white and blue. The swim park is a prime viewing spot, as is Sundeleaf Plaza. Parade begins at 1:00 p.m.

9. Park yourself somewhere for fireworks on the lake. The show begins around 9:45 p.m. on the west end of Oswego Lake so best to be at the Lake Grove Swim Park, on the Oswego Canal bridge, in a boat on the lake, or at a lakefront party (work on getting that invite as part of your game plan).

10. Extend the celebration with the Lake Corporation Ski (10:00 a.m.) and Wakeboard (1:00 p.m.) Competition and Portland Water Spectacular Ski Show (5:00 p.m.) on Sunday, July 5 in Lakewood Bay. You can keep an eye on things from Sundeleaf Plaza, Stickmen’s Brewery & Skewery, the Lake Theatre and Café, and Millennium Plaza Park.

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A Few Things You’ll Be Surprised to Find at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

festival of arts Extreme felting…Yarn bombing…Let’s just say that the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts set for this weekend, June 26-28, has a few surprises in store for you this year.

With this year’s theme of “On the Fringe—Today’s Twist on Fiber Art,” organizers are showcasing innovative ways artists are working with traditional (and recyclable) materials. Much of the work is so novel, it even requires a new vocabulary. Here are three terms you might want to familiarize yourself with before attending the show.

  • Extreme felting. If all you know about felt is the 9 x 12 inch pieces you buy at Michael’s, prepare to be amazed. One of this year’s featured artists, Janice Arnold, makes her own felt and will be leading a discussion Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. on “Extreme Felting: A Wild and Woolly Art Form,” on the Headlee Mainstage in the Lakewood Center. From nomadic tribes in Central Asia to the high tech world of industrial felt, Arnold has made it her life’s mission to study and understand Felt, and in the process, getting all of us to look at it differently.
  • Biomorphic. The exhibit’s other featured installation artist isBarbara.DePirro-1 web Barbara DePirro, whose artistic expressions are inspired by naturally occurring patterns and shapes found in the world around us. By utilizing objects like plastic caps and water bottles to create her colorful “Flourish” installation, she makes a strong case for protecting the environment without raising her voice.
  • Yarn bombing. Picture street art without the chalk or paint. Instead guerrilla knitters head out armed with yarn to adorn statues (like they’ve done in the city of Portland during the Christmas season), or in the Festival’s case, dress up a bicycle. Don’t miss this family-friendly activity.

The Festival runs Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28. For a complete schedule of events, click here. And to learn more reasons why the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is not to be missed, check out some of my previous posts.

Cool Off at the Lake Grove Swim Park

With this week’s forecast promising up 80 and 90 degree days, you’ll want to take a dip at the Lake Grove Swim Park which opened this past weekend. Check it out here. 3800 Lakeview Blvd,
503. 675.2549.

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