Puppy Love is Alive and Well in Lake Oswego with 2 Dog Parks and 2 Off-Leash Areas

Here’s Buddy Costello out on a family walk back when he was a pup and most of his awake time was spent playing. Buddy happens to be the fourth most popular male dog name in the U.S.

Drive around Lake Oswego and it will quickly become apparent that Lake Oswegans love their dogs. From dressing up their pooches in red white and blue for the Star Spangled Parade to taking them to a local dog park, puppy love is a real thing here.

So in honor of National Puppy Day on Saturday, March 23, I wanted to provide some fun facts about our four-legged friends as well as a guide to our local dog parks and off-leash areas.

FUN FACTS:

  • The most popular male dog name last year was Max. Bella won out for females.
  • When a puppy is born he is blind, deaf and toothless.
  • That may help explain why in the first two weeks of life, puppies sleep nearly 90% of the time, spending most of their awake time nursing. Don’t get used to that—come eight weeks later and most of their time will be spent playing (oh, and chewing when they’re teething).
  • Dogs have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses compared to only 5 million in humans’
  • Over 60 million American households have a dog.
  • The most followed dog on Instagram is Jiff Pom – a Pomeranian with 8.9 followers who some say could be making $35,000 a post!

DOG PARKS

Hazelia Dog Park at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road.

  • There are two separate off-leash areas, one for timid and shy dogs (northernmost area) and one for more outgoing and assertive dogs (the larger area facing the parking lot). Both are a good size allowing for lots of romping around.
  • Poo bags are provided as well as receptacles to dispose of them.
  • It’s free to all-comers.
  • The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • It can get muddy when it rains so be prepared to clean your dog up before loading him/her back into your car
  • Know that the park is as much for socializing among the dogs as it is for their owners. Regulars enjoy the company of other canine-smitten humans as well as their wet-nosed charges.

 West Waluga Dog Park:  15775 Waluga Drive

  • This is the newest addition to Lake Oswego’s dog parks built in 2018 as a team project with the help of the Maintenance Board of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association.
  • Poo bags are provided as well as receptacles to dispose of them.
  • It’s free to all-comers.
  • The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

OFF-LEASH AREAS

Off-leash areas are designed to give dog owners and their dogs another option for recreational activity without impacting over park visitors or the environment. Success depends on dog owners respecting others’ park experience and following the rules which include:

  • All dogs must be kept on-leash except in areas designated by signs as “off-leash” and must be under control by owner/keeper at all times
  • Owners/keepers must promptly remove excrement or other solid waste desposited by the animal.
  • All dogs on park property must be licensed and current in vaccinations.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Athletic Fields unless authorized by the Parks and Recreation Department Director.
  • Off-leash areas are open March 15-Spetember 15
  • Designated off-leash areas are located at the following parks:

-Pilkington Park, 19043 Pilkington, open area, no fencing

-McNary Park, 43 Beckett, open area, no fencing

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Lake Oswego’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival Kicks Off Friday With a Passing of the Torch

They say “All good things must come to an end,” but not if you’re Maher’s Irish Pub. Instead, “All good things must continue…just with a name change,” according to new co-owner, Justyn Reese who has invited the original owners, the Maher family, to help kick off the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival this week with a “passing of the torch/Guinness” at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

After the handoff, Maher’s will become The Dullahan Irish Pub but besides the name change, Justyn and his co-owners, wife Heather and brother Brian, expect to carry on the traditions that have made the local pub a popular spot.

That starts with a festive lineup for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration which runs from 11:00 a.m. Friday until 11:00 p.m. Sunday night. Activities include live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers, giveaways, drink specials and Irish classics like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and bangers.

Whiskey drinkers will not want to miss this year’s event. The pub will be featuring a rye whiskey that has been out of production for 130 years from Kilbeggan, the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland. And a Jameson Whiskey representative will be on hand offering tastings. And if you agree with Mark Twain that “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” then head over to the ICB (Irish Car Bomber) station to round out the night.

The event will be kid-friendly until 5:00 p.m., with a $10 cover charge going into effect starting at 4:00 p.m. Sunday morning, starting at 11:00 a.m. kids can enjoy face painting and outside games as well.

Justyn has been in the industry for 16 years as a bartender, manager, performer and musician and has been looking for an opportunity for a place to call his own. His family fell in love with the personality of Maher’s pub and hope to breathe their passion for the business into it.

The Dullahan name? Let’s just say that’s another story to be revealed in the future and something tells me it’s going to take another party to tell it.

The pub is located at 352 B Avenue. 503.305.8087.

I’m a 99.6% Irish Costello and would love to put my Irish charm, luck and over 30 years of experience as a Realtor to work for you in searching for your next home. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and check out my website. I promise you no blarney! 

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7 Mistakes Your Don’t Want to Make When Pricing Your Home to Sell in Lake Oswego

Price is considered by many to be the most important marketing decision you can make when it comes to selling your home. Given that, you want to be sure not to make these mistakes:

1. Listing it at a price your neighbors told you they sold theirs for. When deciding how to price your home, you need to do more market research than asking your neighbor. While you may live on the same street, you may not be comparing apples to apples. Theirs might be newer or have been recently updated. Yours might have a bigger yard. Theirs might have a downstairs master while yours is on the second floor.

Timing is another factor to consider. Maybe your houses are pretty similar but they sold theirs in a seller’s market and now there is a backlog of inventory giving buyers the upper hand.

2. Listing your house at a higher price so you have room to negotiate. This is one of those real estate myths that just can’t be put to rest but if you rely on it, it can work against you. Here’s how.

You could be eliminating potential buyers. Buyers shop with a certain budget in mind, many times thanks to a pre-loan approval. If you’ve overpriced your home and out of their budget, they may not even look at it, when in fact, they could have afforded it if you’d listed it at its true value.

You could be lengthening the time your house stays on the market. If your house is overpriced, it’s very likely it will take longer to sell. Days on market is one of the factors that influences a home’s perceived value so the longer it sits there, the more “negotiating room” the buyer believes he or she has. So that “wriggle room” you left room for just got a lot bigger.

3. Listing your house without a comparative market analysis. Remember what I said about comparing apples to apples? That’s what a comparative market analysis done through a professional Realtor does. It takes your house’s square footage, condition, location, age, etc. and compares it to similar homes that have sold. You should start your listing decision with this data-backed information in hand and only list with a Realtor who insists on doing one.

4. Listing your house at a higher price because you’re in no hurry to sell. If you’re not in a hurry to sell, then it’s better to wait before putting your home on the market. This luxury of time that you feel you have can be eaten up by that “days on market” factor I mentioned earlier. An overpriced home will sit on the market longer because (a) experienced Realtors will advise their clients that your home is overpriced (b) potential buyers won’t even look at your home because they think it is out of their price range. Waiting until you’re ready to move on and then list your house at its market value.

5. Listing your house with the real estate agent who comes in with the highest listing price. Sellers often go with what they want to hear, only to pay for it later. Every Realtor has his or her own approach to getting listings and one of those is to essentially “buy” the listing by offering the highest price. But if you’ve interviewed several real estate agents and they’ve all come in with lower values, consider what I’ve said earlier about the perils of overpricing your home.

6. Listing your home before you’ve taken care of repairs. Some sellers prefer to ignore certain home repairs to save money when putting their home on the market. Others, once again, may hike up their asking price anticipating that they will have to chip in later for repairs. This is another decision that can come back to haunt you. Home inspections which are required before a sale goes through will turn up your “dirty laundry” (or loose stair railings, leaky roof or basement moisture)  and could end up costing you more money down the road with credits to the buyer and/or losing a buyer altogether. Better to address the problems head-on when you are in charge of who’s doing the repairs and for how much. Then price your house accordingly, factoring those costs in.

7. Listing your house for less to account for the “condition” it’s in. Sometimes this strategy works and is necessary but in my experience, buyers have a hard time overlooking things. If at all possible, try to present your house in the best condition possible–clean, uncluttered and updated as much as possible. If you’re not in a position to do that, then be sure your listing price is discounted enough to enable buyers to see the potential and be willing to realize it. I can speak to this personally. Recently I tried selling a home I owned in an “as-is” condition with a price that reflected that, assuming the buyers would either tear it down or remodel. After a few months with no offers coming it, I took it off the market and fixed it up–painted, updated the kitchen, redid the hardwood floors, new carpets. When I put it back on the market at a much higher price I was able to recoup my updating costs and increase my profit considerably over what I would have made the first time around.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, I’d love to put my 25 plus years’ experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. Let’s meet and start our conversation with a comparative market analysis. Hope to talk with you soon.

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Presenting Lake Oswego Academy Awards

It’s not just in Hollywood that performances deserve special recognition. Right here in Lake Oswego we have some individuals and works that merit honoring. I’m sure if you live here you have nominees of your own, but here are mine to get you thinking.

BEST PICTURE: Camp Costello. Every summer for the past several years, our son invites his San Francisco friends to come to Lake Oswego to celebrate the Fourth of July which meant that this past July we had about 15-20 of them sleeping under our roof, swimming in Lakewood Bay at our cabana, and celebrating in the way that twentysomethings do. The year before this large group had gotten their picture in the Lake Oswego Review at the pancake breakfast so this time around they tried for winning Lake Oswego’s Best Photo contest by forming the letters LO in our backyard wearing their 4th of July gear. While we didn’t win that award, it does come out on top in these awards.

BEST DIRECTOR: Bill Baars, retired library director for his eleven years of leadership in making the Lake Oswego library a gathering place where you are as likely to find concerts, live movies, arts and crafts and workshops as you are to find books. His legacy includes the Lake Oswego Reads program as well as the library’s top billing as the Oregon library with the highest per capita usage. Fortunately for us, retired doesn’t mean “done.” Baars recently hosted the LO Reads author presentation with Cristina Henriquez, posing thoughtful questions that gave all of us in the audience greater insight into the author’s workings.

BEST ACTOR or ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Jenny Slepian in her role as Sustainability and Management Analyst for not only raising our consciousness about how we can be better stewards of our environment but also suggesting concrete action we can take. Thanks to a recent article she recently wrote in the Lake Oswego Review my wife now walks into grocery stores not only with her reusable shopping bags but also her mesh reusable produce bags. Not to mention the compost bin under our sink that got us to start composting our food waste rather than throwing it down the garbage disposal along with gallons of wasted water. Slepian will be leading a workshop on how to give up single use plastics in our everyday life on Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego library in case you want to learn more.

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation department that bring us everything from Movies in the Park and Horse-drawn Wagon Rides to Fairy Tale Ballet and Luscher Farm Family Dinners. Their tireless efforts and creative programming go a long way towards keeping Lake Oswego an engaging and engaged community.

BEST MUSICAL: Buddy Returns! This show that doubled as a fundraiser for the Lakewood Center was a hoot—and I don’t just say that because my wife volunteered me to get up on stage and contribute my vocals to “Summertime Blues.” (Is there an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical?) The night featured 20 of Buddy’s hits from “That’ll Be the Day” to “Peggy Sue” as well as numbers (and appearances) by The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The songs, the time travel, the antics, had everyone in the audience smiling, clapping and singing along.

BEST COMEDY: Spilt Milk. Kudos to comediennes Joanie Quinn and Betsy Kauffman for bringing their laughfest to Lake Oswego! The duo have been performing and lining up other local comics under the Spilt Milk tagline for about six years but it was just last year that they set up shop at the Lake Theater and Café on the second Thursday of the month. If ticket sales indicate how well they deliver, then they are definitely worthy of the award as shows have sold out each month since they moved here. The next one is on Valentine’s Day, February 14. You can purchase tickets here (if there are any left!).

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Fireworks show over the lake. Some things never get old and watching the fireworks display from our boat along with hundreds of other boats out on the lake is magical. To think it was cancelled one year back in the early 90s! At that time the fireworks were launched off the small island across from the Lake Grove Swim Park and the close proximity to houses was deemed a fire hazard. The Lake Oswego Corporation tried to remedy the situation with a laser light show that might have had a chance if it was in red white and blue but as I recall it was in green. So my wife and I harnessed an effort to “See them live in ‘95” and raised funds to bring the show back, launching the pyrotechnics off from a floating barge out in the middle of the lake. Since then, the Lake Corporation has used funds from assessment fees to ensure that the show goes on!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Waiting at Hayden’s book trailer filmed right here in Lake Oswego and Portland. My daughter Riley published her novel, Waiting at Hayden’s this past summer and as part of her marketing campaign she took on the roles of Director, Casting Director, Location Scout, Screenwriter, Wardrobe Director, and Set Designer to produce this trailer. You can buy her book on Amazon.

I like to think if there was an award for Best Realtor, I’d be taking home the honor. Let me win your vote! If you’re thinking of moving in, out or around Lake Oswego or the Portland metro area, give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been a Realtor for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you! 

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5 Reasons Why Loving the Library Is an Easy Thing to Do in Lake Oswego

It’s Library Lovers Month and in Lake Oswego, loving the library is an easy thing to do. The 13th Annual LO Reads Program is underway in February but there are lots of other reasons to fall in love with our library. Here are a few you may not have known about.

KANOPY. You’ve binge watched the latest season of The Crown, you’ve just finished round 2 of Game of Thrones in preparation of the final chapter, now what? Check out this on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films. Here are some of the titles you’ll find: Catch 22, Lady Bird, The Red Balloon, Memento, Love Story, and the original The Star is Born with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. And to help you get ready for next week’s Oscars, you can catch these Oscar nominated films: Of Fathers and Sons nominated for Feature Documentary and One Small Step and Weekends for Animated Short Film. Library card holders have five play credits each month with three days to view a movie after selecting PLAY. You can watch on your iPhone, iPad, Roku, Kindle Fire Tablet, Android, Chromecast and Apple TV.

ANSWERLAND. Can’t sleep because you have this great idea for a new organic food meal service and you want to know how much people are willing to pay for something like that. Go online with Answerland chat, text or email a librarian with your question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During normal working hours you’ll most likely interact with Oregon librarians but in the wee hours of the night, you may be relying on a librarian somewhere else in the world. Either way, someone will be there and/or get back to you within two working days of your inquiry.

TEN IN TEN. Know what you like but don’t know what to read next? Don’t necessarily want to read what everybody else is reading? Then fill out the Ten in Ten reader profile and let a Lake Oswego librarian create a customized list of 10 book recommendations based on some of your favorite and least favorite titles. They’ll have it to you in 10 days.

PINTS FROM THE PAST. You know what they say, “It’s all about the packaging.” The Clackamas County Historical Society has partnered with the Lake Oswego Public Library and Lake Theater and Café to make history fun to learn by hosting this historical lecture series at this popular venue in town. History buffs and newbies find historical facts easier to swallow when washing them down with a pint of beer, glass of wine or cocktail. Beverages are not required but the venue is fun and brings lessons about topics like Black History, Rail History or World War II History in Oregon to the people.

LAKE OZ KINDLES. Thinking of buying an E-reader but want to check it out first? Going on a two-week vacation but don’t want to lug your books around with you? The library has several models of Kindle readers loaded with hundreds of books. They can be checked out for four weeks, no renewal. If you want to ensure that a particular book is on the Kindle you check out, contact librarian Kiira Taylor at 503.697.6581 or ktaylor @ci.oswego.or.us and she’ll make sure the Kindle you get has the title you want.

AND….COMING SOON: LIBRARY OF THINGS. The Lake Oswego library is one of eight libraries within Clackamas County planning to open a Library of Things in 2019. From sewing machines to camping equipment, you name it and they’ll consider it. Complete their survey online or at the library.

AND….WAITING AT HAYDEN’S. Yes, I’m admittedly a proud father and you can check out my daughter’s book, Waiting at Hayden’s at the Lake Oswego Library.

Our library is just one of the many reasons to love Lake Oswego Subscribe to my blog to learn about more. Click the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column. And if you’re already in love with Lake Oswego and want to move here, give me a call at 503.939.97801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been helping people move to Lake Oswego for over 30 years and I’d love to put that experience to work for you!

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Sign up now for Spring Break Camps for your Kids in Lake Oswego

With snow on the ground and in the forecast, you may not be thinking Spring Break is just around the corner but it happens to be little more than a month away. And if you’re planning a staycation, it’s not too early to sign your kids up for camps that will keep them entertained. Activities fill up fast so check these options out.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL. In the past the Community School has offered Lifeguard Training for ages 15+ during Spring Break. Information was not available at press time so check their website and/or call 503.740.7184.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION. Please note that this year there is no before, after, or in-between care offered for Spring Break camps. Register by calling 503.675.2549 or on their website.

Little Ninjas Camp for ages 6-8. Watch the transformation as campers build strength, agility and confidence through challenging games and obstacle courses.  Monday, March 25, through Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive. Fee for Course #18935: $230/Resident; $265/Non-Resident.

Beginning to Rock Camp for ages 5-7. Consider this a rock immersion course for youngsters as RMC staff introduce them to the tools of the trade: bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals as well as music fundamentals: pitch, harmony and rhythm. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. Fee for Course #18659: $147/Resident; $170/Non-Resident.

Wordsmith Songwriting Camp for ages 8-12. Calling all songwriters—learn how to put your musical ideas on paper. Camp is geared for all skills levels, whether you need to fine tune or learn the basics of piano or guitar. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. Fee for Course #18660: $147/Resident; $170/Non-Resident

Harry Potter Magical Engineering with LEGO® Materials for ages 5-7. Play-Well Teknologies staff will harness your children’s natural curiosity for how things work and love for all things Harry Potter to instill some principles of engineering and problem-solving as they construct the Hogwarts Express Train and the Hogwarts Castle. Using Platform 9 ¾. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m.t lo 12:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. Fee for Course #18657: $183/Resident; $210/Non-Resident.

Harry Potter Master Engineering with LEGO® Materials for ages 7-12. Your child will hone his or her magical and STEM skills using Build Diagon Alley  for a trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.  Fee for Course #18658: $183/Resident; $210/Non-Resident.

School’s Out—Let’s Go Fishing! For ages 7-14. Kids will explore local fishing holes and different “angles” on fishing covering rods and reels, fly fishing, tackle, cleaning fish, bait and primitive fishing methods. Transportation off-site provided as needed. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mary S. Young Park, 19900Willamette Drive.  Fee for Course #18750: $184/Resident; $212/Non-Resident.

Spring Break Farm Camp for ages 5-12. Luscher Farm is home base while campers learn about organic gardening, seed starts, and how to plant vegetables. Other activities include farm based crafts and feeding the chickens. Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. Fee for Course #8733: $160/Resident; $200/Non-Resident.

Intro to Fencing Camp for ages 7-12. Learn the basic skills of this Olympic sport that challenges quick thinking, coordination, strength and agility. All equipment provided. Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road. Fee for Course #18916: $100/Resident; $115/Non-Resident.

Wild Survival Camp for ages 6-9 and 9-13. Kids will learn shelter and fire building, food and water acquisition, cordage, tracking and more in this wilderness survival camp utilizing team scenariosMonday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 at Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive. Fee for Course #18749 for Ages 6-9 and #18751 for ages 9-13: $265/Resident; $305/Non-Resident.

Junior Golf and Tennis Camp for ages 7-13 gives kids a chance to learn the basics of each sport with Monday/Wednesday sessions at the Indoor Tennis Center and Tuesday/Thursday sessions at the Golf Course. Equipment available for those who do not have their own racquet or clubs. Monday, March 25 through Thursday, March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee for Course #18877 for ages 7-10 and $18878 for ages 11-13: $120/Resident; $150 Non-Resident.

Intermediate Junior Golf Camp for ages 12-15. Time to take their beginning experience to the next level learning how to choose clubs, execute better shots, chip and putt at competitive level. Wednesday, March 27 and Friday, March 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Golf Course, 17525 Stafford Road. Fee for Course #18879: $100/Resident; $125/Non-Resident.

PLAY BOUTIQUE. 464 First Street. 503.675.7529. Register on their website. https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/main_enroll.asp?fl=true&tabID=101

Nerdy Nummies. This interactive camp will introduce kids to the delicious treats inspired by the popular YouTube show including Dinosaur Fossil Cake and Moon Phase Macaroons. Runs from March 25 through March 29. Sibling discounts available.

  • 1-2 year olds from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $40 for half day; $85 for full day until 4:00.
  • 3-8 year olds from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $35 for half day/$65 for full day until 4:00 p.m.

NIC & FIGS. 425 Second Street. 503.479.8596. Register on their website. http://www.nicandfigs.com/classes/

Spring Break Sewing: Poufs! For ages 8 and up. Create a different project each day. Monday, March 25 – Poufs (#134), Tuesday, March 26 –  Unicorn pillow and headband ($102), Wednesday March 27 – Fur Tote and Patch Pouch ($115). Most supplies included except for pillow insert. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Bring your own lunch.

Poop and Emoji Cookies. Back by popular demand from last year! Kids get to make two different kinds of cookies: sugar cookie they can decorate as emojis and a chocolate cookie that looks like…emoji poop! Tuesday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $52.

String Art for Boys and Girls ages 8 and up. Kids will be amazed at the images they can draw by weaving string in and out of strategically placed nails. Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $109.

Scented Soy Candles and Spa Products for ages 8 and up. Supplies included to make bath bombs, rainbow soaps, bubble bars, Skittle flavored lip balm and candles. Thursday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost $108.

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 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29 includes sports, swimming and pool activities, arts and crafts, games and more at Mountain Park Clubhouse, Mt. Jefferson Terrace. Full Week Fee: $250/ Mt. Park members; $325/non-members ($50 discount for siblings). Full Day Fee: $55/members; $75/non-members ($5 sibling discount). Register at front desk. Call for information: 503.635.3561.

Spring Break can be a good time to look at homes for sale in Lake Oswego if you’re thinking of moving. I’ll be around so give me a call at 503.939.9801. Would love to show you around.

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Lake Oswego Family Getaway Plans for This Month’s Three Day Weekend

Thanks to George Washington, Abe Lincoln and their successors, you’ve got a three day weekend coming up this month. If you’re wondering what to do with the kids, I’ve got some suggestions for you.

If you can take Monday off as well and want to plan a getaway, consider one of these popular winter family escapes.

SUNCADIA RESORT. This Washington vacation spot is only a four hour drive from Lake Oswego and promises to pack a lot of winter fun into your weekend. Snow activities include cross country ski and snowshoeing, sleigh rides, guided cross country ski and snowshoe tours, ice skating, and a rope tow inner tubing hill. The Junior Rangers program has a lineup of themed activities planned for President’s Day weekend. Other recreational activities include Build a Bear, Tie-Dye Snow Art, Canvas and Cocoa and Bounceville with adult offerings that include a Mixology Class and Couples Paint and Sip. Accommodations include rooms in the Inn, Condos and vacation homes.  3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, WA., 866.904.6300.

SUNRIVER RESORT. Oregon has its own answer to a family friendly winter wonderland that’s only 3 hours and 15 minutes from Lake Oswego. You can pack in a lot of fun without leaving the resort with an indoor pool and Surf Wave Machine, outdoor hot tub, year-round sledding hill, rock climbing gym, indoor basketball court, indoor tennis courts, and fitness studio rooms with classes like Zumba and Spin for adults and Beginning Ballet and Hip Hop for the kids. Don’t forget ice skating on the covered skating rink at the village mall. There is daily shuttle service to Mt. Bachelor which is only 20 minutes away and nearby sno-parks like Edison and Wanoga offer sledding and snow tubing. Accommodations include the lodge and vacation rentals. 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver. 855.420.8206.

BLACK BUTTE RANCH. Located just seven miles west of Sisters, Black Butte Ranch is a popular getaway for many Lake Oswego families. The Hoodoo Ski Area is only 13 miles away with options for downhill and cross country skiing, skating and a tubing park. Sledders will enjoy Santiam Sno Park just across the street from Hoodoo.  Back at the ranch, you can take advantage of the groomed trails around Big Meadow or Glaze Meadow Golf Courses for cross country skiing and snowshoeing as well as a sledding hill near the Glaze Meadow parking lot. Rent fatbikes to go exploring or head over to the Glaze Meadow Recreation Center to enjoy the indoor pool and fitness equipment. Accommodations include condos and vacation homes.

SKAMANIA LODGE. If your kids are older and aren’t afraid of heights, Skamania offers a Zipline Course with seven zip lines from 100 to 900 feet long, and three sky bridges. The guided tour should take about 2.5 hours. For the more adventurous (and strong) the Aerial Park has 19 platforms and 22 elements of varying difficulty to test your ability and balance. It’s all outdoors in the forest so you’ll want to bundle up. Back at the Lodge, you can warm up in the outdoor hot tub, enjoy the indoor pool and mini golf. The drive is only about an hour from Lake Oswego and the lodge is offering 20% off during their winter getaway special through February 28. Just enter the promo code WIN2019. Accommodations include guest rooms in the lodge but for a different experience check into one of their tree houses! 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA. 844.432.4748.

TIMBERLINE LODGE. This grand majestic spot invites you to just bundle up and stay a spell. But skiing is right outside your door as well as a ¾ mile groomed snowshoe trail. Be sure to pet resident St. Bernards Heidi or Bruno on your way out the door. When you come back in to warm up, enjoy the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, game room with shuffle board, ping pong table and board games and the fire in the towering stone hearth. Extend your stay an extra day and enjoy the Full Moon Snowshoe Stroll Tuesday night, February 19. Accommodations include rooms in the lodge as well as six condos six miles away at Government Camp. 27500 E. Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR. 800.547.1406.

GREAT WOLF LODGE. Leave the snow behind and check into the Great Wolf Lodge with an indoor water park that is guaranteed to wear your kids out. Dry land activities include a ropes course, indoor miniature golf, and arcade and indoor fitness center with character appearances sure to delight the younger set. Located in Washington, the drive is only about 1 ½ hours from Lake Oswego. 20500 Old Highway 99, SW, Centralia, WA. 800.640.9653.

If you decide to stay close to home, here are a few things you can do without leaving the Portland metro area.

ICE SKATING. Check out sessions at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton, Lloyd Center in Portland or the Sherwood Ice Arena.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION. The Lan Su Chinese Garden will be celebrating the Chinese New Year from February 5 through the 19th with special hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities include lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, wishing tree activity, crafts and lantern viewing. Check the complete schedule.

AVALON THEATRE AND WUNDERLAND. Get out your nickels! This throwback hangout features 100 arcade games which after a small admission charge only cost a nickel a game. Could keep your kids busy for a while! Laser tag is available too. Check out the movie schedule as well and you can make an afternoon of it. 3452 SE Belmont Street, 503.238.1617.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ IN CONCERT. The Oregon Symphony has geared this concert towards the up-and-coming music lovers with a popular storyline and shortened performance. Costumes are encouraged. At press time, tickets to the Sunday evening performance on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. were still available.

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