7 Ways to Enjoy a Giver’s High This Holiday Season in Lake Oswego

I’m sure you’ve heard about a runner’s high, but ‘tis the season to talk about the “giver’s high.” Seems there is a biological reason we feel good after doing good. University of Oregon researchers conducted MRI scans on volunteers after they were handed $100 and then given the opportunity to donate some of it. The pleasure center of the brain was activated not just when the study subjects received the money but also when they gave it away!

So if you are looking for ways to get a giver’s high this holiday season, here are some ideas where you can make an impact on our local community.

Hasson Company Dress for Success clothing drive. Help local disadvantaged women who are trying to become more economically independent by supporting the Dress for Success clothing drive. Donations can be dropped off at any of the Hasson Company Portland Metro offices, including mine at 15400 Boones Ferry Road, from November 12-16. Unlike previous years, clothing is not needed. Instead organizers are in need of women’s accessories (think purses, jewelry, belts), new makeup and toiletries and cash donations—$500 supports one woman’s services through the program for an entire year. Wardrobe assistance is just one piece of the package that Dress for Success offers. Women also receive résumé, job search, and interview preparation as well as job success services. Dress for success is definitely not just a “help out” program but a “hand up.”

With Love. This non-profit’s mission is to support foster families by providing safe, clean and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-6. Their Season of Giving includes a Stocking Stuffer Drive with a deadline of November 16. Items needed include: baby toys, balls, bath toys, bibs, wrist rattles, action figures, art supplies, dolls, games, and play jewelry. Check here for a complete list. Donations must be dropped off at the warehouse by November 16. 8178 SW Durham Road, Tigard. Hours: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday/Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you’re collecting after the 16th, check here for ongoing needs. You can drop smaller items at the River West Church in the With Love bin located in the lobby: 2000 Country Club Road. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tualatin School House Pantry. This Oregon Food Bank affiliate serves 510 families each month living in Tualatin, Durham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Wilsonville. Cash donations are welcome to buy essentials and if you donate online, you can designate what you want purchased with your dollars. Canned food donations are also welcome and can be dropped off at bins located at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. Volunteers are also needed in the food pantry as well as delivering and picking up donations. If you would like to volunteer, call the pantry at 503-783-0721 and leave a message for the Volunteer Coordinator or send an email to tracy@schoolhousepantry.org .

Lake Oswego Toy Drive. Starting Thanksgiving week, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Lake Oswego Fire Department Main Station (300 B Avenue).  Donations will go to the Elks Club who will distribute them to local families in need. Please drop off toys by December 14. 503.635.0275.

Hunger Fighters Oregon. Three years ago when students at Lake Oswego Junior High realized that food insecurity is an issue even for Lake Oswego families, they started a club to address it. Today this official nonprofit distributes food from a pantry located at Lakeridge Junior High School, 4700 Jean Road. Donations are always welcome during business hours every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Current needs include pasta sauce, white/brown rice, canned chicken, snack foods, paper towels, toilet paper, jam, cooking oils, baking items, pasta (not spaghetti). Cash is always welcome too which you can donate in person or online. A gift of $28 feeds a family of four for a week. Volunteer help is also needed as a shopping assistant helping clients select their items and/or a gleaner, picking up donations from grocers and restaurants in the area. Contact Terri Childress at childress.hfo@gmail.com.

HandsOn Portland. Check their calendar for ongoing as well as one-time volunteer opportunities. Many occur year-round such as serving at Potluck in the Park in Portland or delivering books to the Children’s Book Bank. But there are holiday-related events too such as the Holiday Cheer Gift Bag assembly (December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and distribution (December 2-24) to isolated older adults in the Portland metro area.

Canned food drives at local high schools. Both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools will be sponsoring canned food drives during the holidays. Lake Oswego High School’s is scheduled November 5-16 with all cans and cash donations going to Hunger Fighters Oregon. Lakeridge had not set a date as of press time so call for more information. You can drop donations off at the high school main office, or if you know a student, send your cans in with him or her. Lakeridge: 1235 Overlook Drive, 503.534.2319; Lake Oswego High School: 2501 Country Club Road, 503.534.2313.

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Celebrate All Things Brian Doyle at Library on November 6

Tuesday, November 6 is “Brian Doyle Day” made possible by a city proclamation last year in honor of a local esteemed author and friend to many. November 6 happens to be his birthday and so each year on that day the Lake Oswego community is invited to remember or get acquainted with the words and the wisdom of this very gifted man. Enjoy the beauty of the library’s Brian Doyle Garden, take home a Brian Doyle bookmark, and check out one of his books.

Doyle, whose novel-Mink River– was Lake Oswego Reads 2012 selection, would have turned 62 this year had he not passed away last year from complications related to a brain tumor. Over the course of his writing career he left a string of novels, short stories, essays, poems and prayers (or proems as he liked to call them) that speak to his love of language and his fascination with story.

Here is some insight into the man through his own words:

It’s fun, it’s fun to create things… they’re like little pieces of carpentry made out of ink.on writing

The chance to connect, to rub hearts and brains with people, to catch and share astonishing stories of grace and courage and pain and endurance and creativity and laughter. Storycatching and storysharing are crucial ancient holy acts; if we do not do so we will eat nothing but lies and sales pitches. –on what being a writer means to him 

My sister the smiling Buddhist nun says I am congenitally optimistic, as the well-balanced middle child in a large family, but I think it’s more that I just cannot repress the constant stream of amazing examples and chapters of grace and humor and courage and tenderness and humility I see every blessed day. –on his equanimity

I get teased a lot for my style. People are always saying, wow, you have these really long, rollicking sentences and they go on for weeks, a sentence will start on Tuesday and it doesn’t end ’til Friday. But I want to write like people talk. I want to write like I’m speaking to you. -on his style

I dearly love playing with the linguistic tools we are given, and love wrenching it this way and that, seeing what it might do if you let it loose – I am sure, as I have often been accused, that sometimes I can be so headlong and thrilled by the racing horse that it’s hard to read my pieces, but I can also say with high glee that I bet no one ever had as much sheer fun writing prose as me. –on his love of writing

Oh, a matter of gratitude, I suspect; with Mink River in particular I wanted to try to write down Oregon-ness itself, the verb and song and brave of the place, its moist grace, its brawny gentle creativity and prickly communal vibe. I have lived here 25 years and Oregon has given me the people I love best, wonderful friends, good work, clean water by the ton from the sky… Also it’s my home and I want to celebrate its unique verve. –on his love of Oregon

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Plan Your Holiday Activities in Lake Oswego Now (Part 1)

It may not even be Halloween yet but it’s never too early to start booking your holiday festivities in Lake Oswego. Popular events like the Tinseltown Trolley and Holiday Concerts at the Lake Theater sell out early. So start making a list and book the festivities that require reservations.

Luckily there are lots to choose from–so many that I’m covering them over two different weeks. Here’s the first installment.

Bales & Lamb’s Palisades Market Holiday Food and Wine Show. It’s the biggest, liveliest happy hour in Lake Oswego! This annual event is a great excuse for neighbors to catch up over free samples of everything from cheese and wine to eggnog and dessert. Wednesday, November 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Palisades Market, 1377 McVey Avenue. 503.636.2213

Taste of Thanksgiving. Get inspired for your Thanksgiving feast with a chance to sample Zupan Market’s Thanksgiving dinner men as well as holiday beverages, appetizers and desserts. Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 16380 Boones Ferry Road, 503.210.4190.

Holiday Open House. Walk through a winter wonderland while you pick up some ideas for holiday decorating. Check out gift ideas, holiday décor and seasonal inspiration along with hot cider and treats. Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dennis’ 7 Dees, 1090 McVey Avenue, 503.636.4660.

Lakewood in City Lights. This annual event is returning to downtown Portland to the Sentinel Hotel. Enjoy dinner catered by Jake’s Grill, entertainment, and silent and oral auction. Make a night of it and stay at the hotel at a special rate. Saturday, November 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100/person and can be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 503.635.3901.

Reunion Farmers Market. Local farms bring autumn’s bounty to downtown Lake Oswego. Enjoy shopping in the crisp fall air and pick up some fresh ideas for your Thanksgiving feast. Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides. Here’s another opportunity to slow the season down and take in the sights as enjoy a 20 minute ride through downtown Lake Oswego and the First Addition neighborhood while the Reunion Farmers Market is taking place. Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Limited reserved seating ($8/Adults; $5/Youth) is available on the hour by contacting 503.675.3985. The rest of the seats are first come, first served for rides on the half hour: $5/adults; $3/children. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street.

Lake Oswego Arts Council Holiday Gallery. Finding the one-of-a-kind gift starts here where local artists from all media bring their handcrafted work for you to choose from. The gallery is open for business through December 29 on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 First Street. 503.675.3738.

54th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy one of Lake Oswego’s longest standing traditions which includes tree lighting, caroling, treats, and a visit from the big guy decked out in red and white. Friday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. Begins at Bigelow Plaza on the corner of 5th and A Avenue and proceeds down to Millennium Plaza Park.

Michael Allen Harrison Holiday Show. Popular pianist Michael Allen Harrison returns to Lake Oswego to help ring in the holiday spirit. Monday, November 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lake Theater and Café, 106 N. State Street. $25/General Admission; Buy tickets online.

White Christmas. It can’t get much more classic than this! Enjoy Lakeridge High School’s rendition of this much-loved story. Performances at 7:00 p.m. on November 30, December 1, 6 and 8 with additional 2:00 p.m. shows on December 1 and 8.

Tinseltown Trolley. It’s Lake Oswego’s version of the Polar Express. Hop aboard and let your imaginations soar as you enjoy carols, story time, treats and more! Friday, November 30 with rides leaving at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 with rides leaving at 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Reservations required and tickets sell out fast. Tickets are $19/Adults; $16/Youth 12 and under. 503.675.2549.

Dennis’ 7 Dees Reindeer Magic. Bring the kids to meet Santa and his reindeer. Ticketed admission ($7 for everyone older than one)  gives you access to view and take pictures with the reindeer, ride the holiday train, sit on Santa’s lap, enjoy holiday music and other festivities. There are additional costs for some activities like face painting, food and beverages and professional pictures with Santa.  Tickets are on sale online now until sold out. Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Garden Center, 1090 McVey Avenue. 503.636.4660.

Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre—The Peppermint Bear Show:Who Needs Sneeds? Enjoy a special holiday continental breakfast ½ hour before the curtain goes up for this holiday production featuring area high school student performers. Geared for ages 3-12. Saturday performances are twice daily at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on December 1, 8, 15 and 22 and at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays December 9, 16 and 23 in the Lakewood Center Community Meeting Room at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. Advance reservations are required by purchasing tickets either online, at the box office or by calling: 503.635.3901. Fee: $15/adults; $12/youth 18 and under.

Holiday Gift Show at Oswego Heritage House. Get your holiday shopping done early and local with selections that include hats, jewelry, puppets, wine and more. Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Oswego Heritage House. 398 10th Avenue. 503.635.6373.

Christmas Ships Trolley Excursions. Come see the lighted Christmas ships along the Willamette River from the comfort and warmth of the Willamette Shore Trolley. Schedule begins Wednesday, December 5 with two trolleys running at both 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. as well as on Fridays, December 7 and December 14 and Wednesday, December 19. There will be one trolley running on Wednesday, December 12 at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/person. Catch the combined fleet on Saturday, December 15 for $40/person on two trolleys leaving at 3:30 p.m.

Gingerbread House Workshop for ages 6-13. Who needs a boxed kit when you can bake your own gingerbread? Luscher farmhouse Chef Laura Content will help kids bake gingerbread, decorate a keepsake house and send them home with dough to bake. They’ll finish up by making holiday cards. Saturday, December 8 (#18330) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and (#18337) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. $52/Resident; $78/Non-Resident. Register online.

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Top 10 Reasons People Move to Lake Oswego

Deciding where to call home depends on a lot of factors but based on my over 25 years experience as a Realtor, these are the top 10 reasons people move to Lake Oswego.

1. Real estate value. The cost of entry into Lake Oswego is higher than many other cities in Oregon but so is the appreciation—the return on your investment in Lake Oswego when it comes time to resell will be greater than elsewhere.

2. Affordability. How can Lake Oswego be one of the more expensive places to live but also be more affordable? Depends on where you are moving from. The median sales price of $602,800 for a home in Lake Oswego looks like a bargain compared to the median price of $900,000 for a home in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially when you realize that the house you are getting here is probably bigger and in better condition. We saw price increases of 5.5% over last year which is half of what San Francisco experienced.

3. Schools. The Lake Oswego School District earned top honors this year as the best school district in the state by Niche, an organization that rates schools based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. Not only that, all of its individual schools also ranked among the Top 10 in their grade-level categories. Accolades are not unusual for LOSD. Read one of my previous posts.

We also have two high schools and two junior highs which creates more opportunities for student involvement as athletes, leaders, thespians, debaters, and performers.

4. Proximity to family. Many of my clients move here to be closer to their parents or their kids or have friends that have moved here and convinced them to relocate. They’ve come to visit, liked what they experienced and decided that while the proximity to family/friends may have been the catalyst to move, there were a lot of other amenities to warrant it. The National Mover Study conducted by United Van Lines confirms this. Twenty-four percent of the newcomers into our state, move here to be closer to their relatives.

5. The lake. Oswego Lake is an asset that keeps on giving from just its sheer beauty and vistas it affords citizens to the recreational opportunities it provides. While not everyone can live on the lake, everyone who lives in Lake Oswego can enjoy it at one of the two swim parks at either end of town. In addition there are approximately 750 waterfront homes and close to 3,000 homes deeded lake access through easement rights.

6. It feels like home. As unique as Lake Oswego is, it shares enough qualities with places like Saratoga, California; Naperville, Chicago; and Minnetonka, Minnesota that many of the clients I’ve worked with feel a sense of comfort when they discover it. Small town charm, big city accessibility, walkable neighborhoods—they want to recapture what they left or grew up with and Lake Oswego often delivers.

7. Quality of Life. This summer my wife and I boated to a performance of Buddy Returns at the Lakewood Center. We attended a regional arts festival that draws 25,000 people in attendance. We’ve enjoyed a farmers’ market every Saturday, 4th of July fireworks display, summer concerts in the park, as well as author readings, art openings and main street parades all without having to leave our city limits. Lake Oswego is rich with cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities thanks to a vibrant business community, progressive city government and involved citizens.

8. Low crime rate. Safety is always a concern when people decide to settle down somewhere and when they ask me if it’s an issue in Lake Oswego, I refer them to the police log in the Lake Oswego Review. It’s probably the only police log in the country that has generated its own book of “funny” calls based on reports of barking dogs, street-crossing ducks and trash tossing humans.

9. Location. As some of the other points mentioned prove, Lake Oswego can stand on its own; however, its close location to everything the Portland metro offers as well as the state makes it even that more attractive to newcomers. Consider: eight miles to downtown Portland, 12.2 to the Portland International Airport, and 141 to Black Butte.

10. Family-friendly. The schools may be the strongest magnet drawing young families to Lake Oswego, but once here, they discover there’s lots more to enjoy. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of offerings for everyone from tots to seniors, including a Teen Lounge and Father/Daughter Dances. The library hosts weekly storytelling and crafts events for all ages. Annual events like the Christmas Tree Lighting, 4th of July pancake breakfast and Lake Run Kids’ Dash make it very clear that families are welcome here.

Ten is a nice, even number; however, I could go on and on, and in fact I have—over seven years of weekly reasons to love Lake Oswego and move here! If you want to see for yourself, give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’d love to show you around and help you with your decision to move to Lake Oswego.

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Eight Spots Near Lake Oswego Where Linus (And You) Might Find The Great Pumpkin

Fir Point Farms in Aurora was my family’s destination for pumpkin hunting when my kids were young.

If you’re a believer like Linus, then it’s time to set out in search of The Great Pumpkin and there are several pumpkin patches located nearby where you just might find him!

FIALA FARMS. You won’t have to travel too far to hunt for pumpkins at Fiala Farms. Located in West Linn, it’s the closest pumpkin patch to Lake Oswego. And it comes with a five acre corn maze that’s designed to challenge you. Expect it to take at least 35 to 40 minutes. If you time it right, you might also catch a cider-pressing demonstration. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to corn maze is $7/adults; $5/ages 6-12; Free for kids under 6. 21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn. 971.777.3727.

LEE FARMS.  Located in Tualatin, Lee Farms is also close by. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, petting animals, slides, play area, bounce house, barrel rides and pony rides (weekends only). Free admission on weekdays (paid on weekends) but there is a fee for activities with a variety of ticket purchase options. Hours: Noon to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. 503.638.1869.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH. If you harken back to the old days when a lot of farm activities were free, then this is your place. Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch, animal barn, giant climbing haymaze and pyramid and cow train (weekends only). The corn maze will cost you (unless you’re five or under) and should take 30-40 minutes to complete. Hours: Pumpkin patch and most activities 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily; Maize: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, ‘til 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 15611 NW Gillihan Road, Portland. 503.621.3874

KRUGER’S. If you like your mazes haunted, you’ve come to the right place. The three acre corn maze challenges folks by day and frightens them by night. Take your pick. There are pumpkins to choose from too and be sure to check for special offers. Live music, craft beer, food and movies round out the weekend evening entertainment. Hours: Maze Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday ‘til 8:00 p.m. Haunted maze 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday through October 28. Check online for prices. 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road. 503.621.3489.

BELLA ORGANIC PUMPKIN PATCH AND WINERY. The corn maze comes both ways here as well depending on whether you catch it by day or by night. Should take you about an hour to complete. Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Other activities come with a fee: cow train, grain train, hay maze, duck races, petting zoo, face painting. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 16205 NW Gillihan Road. 503.621.9545.

PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCH. If you want to wear your kids out, this is the place. Weekday activities include tube slides, hay rides, obstacle course, tire garden and play and picnic area. Weekends include apple, corn and pumpkin cannons, live music, pig races, pony rides, barrel train rides and face painting. Check online for activity fees and packages. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road. 503.645.9561.

FIR POINT FARMS. Weekends is when this place kicks into high gear with a 6 acre corn maze, kid zone, pumpkin painting, pumpkin walk with prizes, cow train, giant slides, paint ball gallery, bounce houses, hay rides, tire swings, nature trail path, pumpkin patch, petting zoo. Free admission but fees for activities. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with October activities beginning at 10:00 a.m. Closed Monday. 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora. 503.678.2455.

BAUMAN FARMS. This family farm turns into a fun zone for its annual Harvest Festival complete with 40 acres of pumpkins to choose from as well as mazes, obstacle courses, giant pumpkin drop, rope swing, bounce houses, apple cannon, farm animals, laser adventure and the popular apple cider dumplings. General admission on Saturday and Sunday (and October 12) is $8 or $20 which includes unlimited activities. Prices during the week are $6 and $14. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 12989 Howell Prairie Road, NE, Gervais. 503.792.3524.

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Find Your Yoga Any Way You Like It in Lake Oswego

Are you one of the 36 million Americans practicing yoga? Or one of the 80 million who plan to try it for the first time in the next year? If so, Lake Oswego has got a variety of places where you can do your Downward Dog. Check them out.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION. The city offers classes for all age groups in a wide variety of formats. Check the catalog for more information. Offerings include:

  • Yoga for Kids, ages 6-8 and 8-12. Classes focus on basic poses and breathing techniques designed to strengthen children’s bodies and calm their minds. New set of classes at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Rd., start up the week of October 15.
  • Night Night Yoga for ages 18+. Wind down your day with this combination of restorative yin yoga, yoga nidra and slow-flow vinyasa. Evening classes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. start up again at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, on November 1.
  • Gentle Yoga for ages 18+. Designed to improve your strength and flexibility for both beginning and continuing students. Tuesday and Thursday morning classes begin week of November 6 at the Adult Community Center.
  • Gentle Chair Yoga features poses performed in a sitting position in a chair and using the chair for balance. No mat work is required. New Tuesday classes begin at the Adult Community Center on November 6.
  • Drop-In Yoga. Want flexibility in your schedule as well as your tendons? Purchase class passes in 1, 5, 10 and 15 increments. Yoga I is offered Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Yoga 1 and 2 on Monday evenings at the same time at the Adult Community Center.

IMAGINE YOGA STUDIO. Take advantage of their 30 day unlimited yoga pass for $40 for new members to see what you like. A full selection of classes are offered including Alignment Flow, Calm Movement and Meditation, Power Flow, Rhythm and Flow, as well as Girls Yoga for ages 10-15 and Imagination Yoga for kids in K-4th grade. Drop-in rates are available as well as different monthly membership plans. 425 2nd Street, 503.908.7845.

TWIST YOGA. The new student special here offers 30 days of unlimited classes plus a free month of online classes for $49. Offerings are wide-based covering mindfulness, strength, cardio and relaxation and include Flow, Power, Slow Flow, Yin/Restorative and even hot yoga to get your sweat on. 3970 SW Mercantile Drive, Suite 100. 503.303.4195.

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Get your scream on for Halloween with these activities in Lake Oswego

Halloween may not be for another month, but there are lots of excuses to get your scream on early in Lake Oswego. Check out this lineup of festivities.

TEENS/TWEENS GET CRAFTY. Pumpkin Topiary for grades 6 and up. My wife and daughter made some of these last year for a table centerpiece and front porch display and they lasted until way past Thanksgiving. All supplies will be provided. Thursday, October 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503. 636.7628.

HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES. It’s bittersweet saying goodbye to Lake Oswego’s Farmers’ Market but a good old-fashioned hayride could soften the blow. Reservations are required for the rides on the hour; first come first served seats are available for rides on the half hour. Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (last ride at 12:30). Cost: $8/aduls; $5/youth 0-12. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street, 503.675.2549.

CARDBOARD COSTUME CREATIONS FOR KIDS GRADES K-5. Kids want something original this year? Head to the library where recycled materials like cardboard, plastic, felt and even LED lights will inspire one-of-a-kind costumes. Saturday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503. 636.7628

TEEN SCARY MOVIE NIGHT. If shrieking out with friends sounds like your teen’s MO, steer him or her in the direction of the Lake Oswego Library for Scary Movie Night. Popcorn and scares included. Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 706 Fourth Street, 503.697.6580

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CUPCAKES for ages 8 and up. Looking for something for your child to do on teacher conference day? Sign them up for this hands-on baking class where they’ll learn how to bake and decorate festive pumpkin cupcakes to enjoy on site and at home. Thursday, October 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nick and Figs, 425 2nd Street. 503.479.8596. Registration: $52.

LAKEWOOD’S ANNUAL COSTUME SHOP SALE. Part of the fun of shopping for your Halloween costume at this annual event is you never know what you are going to find. Help Lakewood Center clear out their closets to make room for future shows. Clothing is mostly adult sized and priced to sell. Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, 368 S/ State Street. 503.635.6338.

PAINT YOUR OWN PUMPKIN. Who says a pumpkin can’t be pink? Let them get creative without making a mess at your place! Bring your own pumpkin or choose from ones provided. Friday, October 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503.697.6580.

CROSSTOBERFEST. Costumes are encouraged for both participants and cheerleaders for Luscher Farm’s annual Crosstoberfest on Saturday, October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cyclocross racing is one of the most beginner-friendly of bicycle race formats with courses no longer than two miles, although they do present interesting (and entertaining) challenges. In addition to a race, it’s also a party with a vendor village offering food, drinks, music, and yes…beer. Registration information is available online.

MONSTER MASH for ages 0-12. Pal-o-ween has given way to the Monster Mash at the Park and Recreation’s new location. Spooktacular fun remains: family friendly activities and classroom treats. Wednesday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. 503.675.2549.

TRICK OR TREATING. Check out one of my most popular blog posts on popular Lake Oswego neighborhoods for trick-or-treating.

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