5 Lessons to Take Away from Last Week’s Snowstorm

2017-snowstorm-5-editedLike most Lake Oswegans I was hunkered down for a day or two last week due to the snowstorm with lots of time to think. These are the lessons I came away with.

  • Life in the fast lane is over-rated. With no place to go and no electricity to fuel our normal distractions, we ended up doing what a lot of Lake Oswegans were doing—reading, playing games, talking and taking walks. Won a new convert to the card game our daughter gave us for Christmas called Exploding Kittens. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but try it—you’ll be a convert too. Bottom line, we all felt recharged despite the absence of any electrical juices running through our home.
  • Don’t always believe what you read. According to Sperling’s Best Places website, the average annual snowfall for Lake Oswego is 1 inch. That might come as a big surprise to a newcomer arriving during the middle of our 10 inch snowstorm on Wednesday. As we all learned in some version of a How to Lie with Statistics class, averages don’t tell the whole story. Which is why I dissuade clients from relying too heavily on national real estate sites like Trulia and Zillow. It’s always best to get your information as close to the source as possible, like from a Realtor who lives where you’re thinking of moving, or even from this blog if Lake Oswego is on your sights!
  • We live in a community of folks who care. Neighbors checked in. On our walks, everyone we passed left us with the greeting to, “Stay safe.” Neighbors without power were taking advantage of the kindness of neighbors with power by coming over to shower, eat, and sleep. And all of us developed a much deeper appreciation for the PGE repairmen and first responders who placed caution strips to warn us of downed power lines and worked 24/7 to get our power back on as quickly as possible.
  • There is another line that divides us. When bad weather wreaks havoc in our everyday lives, it becomes very apparent there is another way we are grouped that differentiates us. Those who are prepared and those who are not. You know, the neighbor who just kicks on the generator and doesn’t fret about the leftovers spoiling in the refrigerator. Or the guy who has the snow shovel and diligently scrapes his walkway and driveway clean (and maybe his next door neighbor’s too) by the next morning. And the folks who actually have window scrapers to peel the snow off their windshields compared to the rest of us who wield dustpans, spatulas, and anything else that resembles a flat edge just to create a peep hole big enough so we can see what’s straight ahead.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words. Despite the inconvenience and the frigid temps (both outside as well as in our homes the longer the power was out), the snowfall showed Lake Oswego in a beautiful wintry glow. And for that, I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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Lake Oswego Reads 2017 Kicks Off Tuesday with Free Book Giveaway

loreads17Once again, the Lake Oswego Public Library is ahead of the curve. Before Hidden Figures—a movie about three African American women scientists whose mathematical prowess helped NASA launch its first successful space missions—was released last month, the Lake Oswego Public Library had already selected Rise of the Rocket Girls as its 2017 featured book for its award winning citywide reading program. Bringing the contributions of female mathematicians to NASA’s success to light, the book promises to fill in a gap that exists in most Americans’ versions of history.

While most of the Lake Oswego Reads activities begin in February, the program kicks off this week with its annual book giveaway on Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and Tang and receive a free copy of the book with your LO Public Library card.

Here are some other events to look forward to:

  • Free Ticket Giveaway to hear author, Nathalia Holt, speak on February 8 at Lake Oswego High School. Show up with your library card and receive two admission tickets free of charge. Get there early as a line forms. Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street. 503. 675.2538.
  • Women in Space. What do Sally Ride, Peggy Whitson and Pamela Melroy have in common? They are just a few of the women who have contributed to the NASA space shuttle program. Learn more from NASA enthusiast, Dave Suing on Thursday, February 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Springs Living at Carman Oaks, 3800 Carman Drive.
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier: Celebrating Unsung Heroes in Science. Who says you have to learn everything from a book? Let Reader’s Theatre introduce you to women of achievement in science that you’ve probably never heard of, drawing from an impressive list of Nobel Prize winners, inventors and astronauts. Saturday, February 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Lakewood Center for the Arts-lower level – 368 S. State Street.
  • Rocket Launch Demonstration. If you can’t get to Cape Canaveral, head over to Palisades School for Oregon Rocketry’s rocket launch demonstration. If you’re more the do-it-yourself variety, launch pads and controllers will be available to those who want to fly their own rockets as long as they have A and B motors only. Saturday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1500 Greentree.
  • 50s Dance and Demonstration. Step back in time as you watch how it’s done from the Madison, and Stroll to the Hand Jive and Cha-Cha. Saturday, February 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Step It Up Studios, 449 Third Street.
  • Trivia Night. Test your 50s IQ with questions ranging from math and science to food and fashion. Tuesday, February 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Theater and Cafe, 106 N. State Street.
  • Living in Space: How to Pee, Poop and Barf. This is Lake Oswego’s version of “Everything you wanted to know about how astronauts live in space but didn’t know who to ask.” Enter Marylhurst Associate Professor of Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Jan Dabrowski with the answers. Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Flavia Hall Salon, 17600 Pacific Highway.
  • Women in Aviation Program for 5th through 8th grade girls. Hilda Pereyo from Evergreen Aviation will inspire your young ones with stories of key mentors and pioneers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Monday, February 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Limited space so please register: 503.675.2538.

For further information on Lake Oswego Reads, call Cyndie Glazer at 503.675.2538.

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Start the New Year Off Right by Eating Healthy in Lake Oswego

vegetables-752153_640January is the month of good intention and the City of Lake Oswego is on board to help us all with that by proclaiming January as “Healthy Eating Month.” The initiative is part of Lake Oswego’s involvement as a FABULOUS city (the highest level of participation) in the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, a joint project of the Oregon Public Health Institute and the League of Oregon Cities.

The goal of the campaign is to give local citizens options for making the healthy choice the easy choice. Here are some ideas for following the city’s lead and making healthier choices in January, and hopefully all year long!

  • Register for the Get Nourished class. Learn the fundamentals of a healthy, whole foods diet and gain a better understanding of how food can help or hurt your body. A Certified Holistic Nutritionist will guide you through an elimination diet and help make personalized dietary adjustments tailored to your needs and sensitivities. Six week class begins on January 12 (Class 14995) and again on February 23 (Class 15000) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $69/Resident; $75/Non-resident. Register online.
  • Eat at a LO HEAL City Restaurant. Several restaurants around town have committed to adopting practices which help consumers make healthier food choices. These include: disclosing nutritional information such as calorie amount and grams of fat for each menu item, offering smaller portions of high calorie and high fat dishes, and establishing pricing structures that encourage consumption of lower-calorie, lower-fat, and less processed foods. Restaurants that have signed on to do one, some, or all of these practices include: Chuck’s Place, Babica Hen Café, Tucci Restaurant, Pasha, Gubanc’s, Baja Fresh, Beeztro at the Play Boutique.
  • Check out healthy options for your kids at Luscher Farm such as the Spring Break Farm Camp where kids will learn about organic gardening, how to start seeds and plant veggies. Class runs from March 27 through March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm. $155/Resident;$178/Non-resident. Register for class 14686 online.
  • Adopt a plot at Luscher Farm. Learn how to grow vegetables organically and then donate the fruits of your harvest to the Adult Community Center Meals on Wheels program (while keeping some samples for yourself). You must attend an orientation as well as 3 out of 8 work parties. $25/Resident;$38/Non-resident. Register online for class 14704.
  • Sign up for Community Supported Agriculture. Rest assured you will eat well this summer by paying a fee now to meet 47th Avenue Farms’ expenses so you can enjoy their bounty from mid May until the end of October. Each week’s share includes 8-10 vegetables and herbs. $999/Resident; $1149/Non-resident for a full share (14722); $555/Resident; $638/Non-resident for a half share (14723). Register online.
  • Learn how to eat mindfully. Becoming more mindful helps us become more conscious of many of the acts we do automatically, like eating. By focusing on the experience of eating, we become more aware of taste, smell and sensation as well as more appreciative of the hands that brought the food to our plate. Mindful eating will be just one aspect of mindfulness covered in the classes offered through the Parks and Recreation Department. Three different six-week sessions begin January 12 and run through March 30 and are offered from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (14987) at the Adult Community Center, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (14988) at Palisades and 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (14986) at Palisades. $65/Resident; $80/Non-resident. Register online.
  • Grow your green thumb. Get ready for spring planting with several classes offered through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department including Garden Planning 101, Raised Beds and Garden Structures, and Ready, Set, Plant! Register online.
  • Try Paleo on for size. Imagine whipping up five complete meals for four people in one evening! Nic & Figs is offering a Paleo Batch Cooking class on Thursday, January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that will leave you with just that. The grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free menu includes: Thai Basil Chicken, Asian Inspired Ribs, Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup, Cuban Ropa Vieja, and Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers. $145/person. 425 Second Street. 503.479.8596. Register.

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8 Ways to Usher in the New Year with Something New in Lake Oswego

out-with-oldNext week ushers in the New Year so it’s a perfect time to try something different. Whether you want to energize your workout routine or change some habits, here are a few NEW offerings through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department that can jump-start your best intentions for 2017.

Cycle, Strength & Soul. Looking for an efficient workout? This one burns calories, builds strength and then stretches and relaxes you at the end. It’s like a one-stop-shopping class for the time-deprived. The class features 30 minutes of cycling, 15 minutes of strength training and 15 minutes of yoga practice. Try it for FREE on Tuesday, January 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Register for Class 15084. Sessions run from January 10 through February 28 (#15087) and March 7 through April 25 (#15080). Cost is $74/Resident; $93/Non-resident. Register online. 503.675.2549.

Cycle & Strength. Not feeling the Om? Get a total fat burning workout with 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes off, utilizing a variety of weight bearing exercises. Try it for FREE on Tuesday, January 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Register for Class 15086. Sessions run from January 10 through February 28 (#15082) and March 7 through April 25 (#15083). Cost is $75/Resident; $93/Non-resident. Register online. 503.675.2549.

Cycle & Soul. Go for the yin and the yang in this class which features 30 minutes of cycling to build your stamina and endurance, followed by 30 minutes of slow-flow yoga to stretch your muscles and leave you feeling relaxed. Try it for FREE on Thursday, January 5 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Register for Class 15085. Sessions run from January 12 through March 2 (#15088) and March 9 through May 4 (#15089). Cost is $74/Resident; $93/Non-resident. Register online. 503.675.2549.

Aqua Yoga. The yogis of the world are into finding new ways to get us to “go with the flow.” Practicing yoga in the water is one of the latest trends as the water’s buoyancy decreases the pressure on your joints and supports even difficult poses. Check this new class out for FREE on Wednesday, January 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at The Springs at Carman Oaks, 3800 Carman Drive. Register for Class 15060. Sessions run from January 14 through February 25 (#15056) and March 11 through April 29 (#15057). Cost is $52/Resident; $65/Non-resident. Register online for both free and paid classes. 503.675.2549.

Get Nourished. Staying fit and healthy and/or losing weight are two of the most common New Year’s resolutions. This class will help you make lifestyle changes that will increase the odds you’ll stick with your good intentions. Learn the basics of a healthy, whole foods diet and what foods help or hurt your body. Participate in an elimination diet under the guidance of a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who will suggest dietary adjustments specific to your sensitivities and needs. Classes begin Thursday, January 12 and run through February 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (#14995) at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue. Another session starts up on February 23 and finishes on March 30 (#15000). Cost is $65/Resident; $75/Non-resident. Register online. 503.675.2549.

Intro to Fencing. Looking for a workout where you don’t realize how hard you’re exerting yourself until you’re done? Well, according to some practitioners, fencing is like that. With a focus on your opponent, you find yourself lunging, hopping, and squatting which can work up a sweat. It’s particularly good for strengthening your lower body and also gives your brain a workout at the same time. Try it for FREE on Thursday, January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue. Register for class 15129. A 4 week mini-series begins February 2 through February 23 (#15108). Cost is $69/Resident; $87/Non-resident. Register online. 503. 675.2549.

Contemporary Dance for Adults. Hollywood is trying to bring back musicals with the much-touted movie, La La Land on the big screens. Maybe it’s time for you to try busting a few moves. This beginning level class will cover the basics of ballet, jazz and modern contemporary technique. Try it out for FREE on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Register for Class 14993. Sessions run from February 2 through March 9 (#14991) and April 6 to May 11 (#14992). Cost is $56/Resident; $70/Non-resident. Register online. 503.675.2549.

Whing Golf. The Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course is giving a whole new meaning to “winging it.” As the golf world continues to improvise new ways to bring folks to the greens, our local golf course follows suit. Now in addition to Foot Golf, the course is opening its greens to players who want to “Whing” it. Forget the set of clubs. All you need to play is a “whinger” (which resembles a ball launcher pet owners use to throw a ball for their dogs to fetch), a putter and a golf ball. The whinger is used to throw the ball down the fairway. Once you approach the green, you can choose to use the whinger or toss the ball with your hand. Once on the green, you putt the ball as usual. Unlike Foot Golf, you can play Whing Golf any time the course is open. The fee for 9 holes is $10/Adult; $7/Junior and for 18, $15/Adult; $10/Junior. 17525 SW Stafford Rd., 503.636.8228.

If moving into a new home is one of the new things you want to try this year, give me a call. With over 25 years experience selling homes in Lake Oswego, I’d love to show you around. 503.939.9801 or check my website.

 

 

 

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Surprise Santa with a Special Treat This Christmas

How many cookies can Santa eat in one night? How about surprising him for a change…or someone else on your gift list with one of these treats from local merchants.

santa-treats-1Moët & Chandon Imperial “Bright Night” 1.5L Magnum. The bubbly speaks for itself but Santa will be impressed by the presentation. A gold metallic coat gives the bottle a holiday glow made all that more brilliant by the luminous base that lights up from inside ($140) . World Class Wines, 149 A Avenue, 503.974.9841.

Cupcakes. Santa doesn’t even have to be on a gluten free diet to enjoy Kyra’s Bake Shop gluten-free cupcakes. A four time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Kyra has some special holidays flavors that will win Santa over that include Peppermint Chocolate Crunch, Eggnog, Gingerbread and even Vegan Peppermint Patty. Check website for schedule, order details and prices. 599 A Avenue, 503.212.2979.

Buche de Noel. This traditional Yule log is sure to catchsanta-treats-3 Santa’s attention and ensure he’ll be back next year. Flavors include Raspberry White Chocolate, Hazelnut Caramel, Dark Chocolate Ganache and a gluten free choice, Lemon Chocolate. $35 for 9” which serves 6-8 or $48.50 for 13” for 10 to 12. Reserve by December 20. St. Honoré Boulangerie, 315 First Street, Suite 103. 503.496.5596.

santa-treat-3Santa Bread. To borrow a line from Bogart, Santa will feel like, “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” when he bites into La Provence’s white French country loaf made in his image and likeness. ($12 and $18). If Santa were to walk into this place, he’d feel like a kid in a candy store with so much to choose from including: Santa and Christmas tree croissants, King Gallete, peppermint bark and Christmas pecan pie.  La Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie. 16350 Boones Ferry Road, 503.635.4533.

Zupan's makes decorating Christmas cookies easy with this do-it-yourself kit from Sarah's.

Zupan’s makes decorating Christmas cookies easy with this do-it-yourself kit from Sarah’s.

Cookies. If you want to go the traditional route, Zupan’s makes it easy with mini shortbread cookies from Sarah’s ($13.50) or a decorate-them-yourself version for $12. 16380 Boones Ferry Road, 503.210.4190.

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12 Days of Giving in Lake Oswego

days-of-givingWe are down to 14 days ‘til Christmas so my gift to the shopper in you is 12 days of gift ideas from local retailers right here in Lake Oswego. No need to strategize the mall, fight traffic on 217 or go incognito online. There is variety here right under your noses so check it out.

On the first day of giving, give the gift of light. Westlake Gifts offers a variety of ways to light up your family and friends’ holidays. Choose from illuminated signs that proclaim JOY, PEACE and MERRY. Or how about a flameless LED ornament? Other options include festive nightlights in the shapes of a snowflake, snowman or Christmas light bulb as well as battery operated garland. And if you’ve got a stocking to fill or a White Elephant exchange to attend, grab a bottle of Poo-Pourri—the “Before you go toilet spray”– with festive fragrances like Merry Spritzmas or Secret Santa. 14547 Westlake Drive, Suite A. 503.992.6312.

12-days-1On the second day of giving, give the gift of whimsy. Mix it Up is selling Chirpy Top wine pourers in assorted colors. These colorful birds emit a delightful chirping sound while you pour your favorite wine. 1179 McVey Avenue, 503.744.0359.

On the third day of giving, give the gift of style. With our recent spate of temps below freezing, chances are the women on your list would love a cashmere sweater from Spin Boutique. If you want to pair it with a pair of designer jeans, they can do that too. Name dropping (as in brands) is accepted here. 440 1st Street, 503.850.4374.

12-days-2On the fourth day of giving, give the gift of decor. Wishbone Home and Design has a lot of home décor to choose from, but how about zeroing in on their neighborhood and give a zip code pillow (97034, 97035 and 97068 were in store when I was there) or Lake Oswego key ring.  41 B Avenue, 503.636.1229.

On the fifth day of giving, give the gift of art. The Lake12-days-3 Oswego Arts Council’s Holiday Gallery features the work of 30 local artists. A couple suggestions include stick birds for the gardeners in your life. Clay artist Candace Wilson has created colorful birds with inspirational words inscribed on their stands. Geraldine Helen Foote has combined two arts in one with her Peace Leaves that feature her original poetry letterpressed on fine art paper. You can purchase them as ornaments, greeting cards or framed art. The gallery is open through December 23 on Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Attend artist receptions and demonstrations every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 510 Museum & ARTspace, 510 First Street.

On the sixth day of Christmas,  give the gift of comfort…for someone’s feet, that is. Boots are front and center at Mela’s Shoe and Apparel Boutique and feature brands like Frye and Eric Michael. 248 A Avenue, 971.204.0115.

On the seventh day of giving, give the gift of wine. Local experts, World Class Wines, not only have the bottles to choose from but also the accessories to help your recipients enjoy your wine purchase more. The Aervana Aerator provides aeration to a bottle or a single glass with the push of a button, allowing you to enjoy the flavors and aromas the winemaker intended. The Coravin Wine System enables you to pour wine without removing the cork so your wine is never compromised, even if you drink it over the course of several days. It’s perfect for wine lovers on your list who don’t finish a bottle in a single sitting or connoisseurs who like to test a bottle to see if it’s ready before opening. Check these gifts out this Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during their Distributor Sale featuring savings of 20-50% off on wines in all price categories and styles. A $15 tasting fee will be refunded with the purchase of a case. 149 A Avenue, 503.974.9841.

12-days-6On the eighth day of Christmas, give the gift of one-of-a- kindness. Glassybaby sells hand-blown tealight holders and drinkers that each come with a story. The woman staffing the store the day I was in said she bought the tealight called “Pebble” whose story reminds you of skipping pebbles across the water as a gift for her dad who she shares that memory with. Other votive names include bff, begin again, smooch and skinny dip. I imagine if you share a memory with a family or friend, there is a holder with a story to match. Ten percent of all sales go towards the Children’s Cancer Association.

12-days-5On the ninth day of giving, give the gift of collectibles. R Bloom’s has what feels like a field of Hot Skwash silky velvet pumpkins ready for picking. Each has its own personality with natural stems that range from thick and meaty to twisty and gnarly. 267 A Avenue, 503.636.5876.

On the tenth day of Christmas, give the gift of playfulness. Flappy the Talking and Singing Elephant at Lucky Me Boutique is an animated plush toy that plays peek-a-boo while singing, “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” Little ones will love it. 385 First Street,  503.636.9595.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, give the gift of relaxation. Whether it’s him or her you’re fussing about, there are no bad choices at rumi simone. Pick from a full menu of services including massage, facial, waxing, and hair cuts. 345 First Street, Suite 107, 503.699.8899.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, give the gift of eye candy. Vanillawooddesigners/owners, Kricken and James 12-days-8Yaker believe in homes that look good and work hard and their store is filled with pieces to help your gift recipient’s do just that. Consider a white faceted vase or Verglas champagne flute. Take advantage of their 12 Days of Christmas sale on selected items right now. 16354 Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.8830.

If you’re thinking of gifting yourself a new home, give me call. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and I’d love to show you around. Call me at 503.939.9801 and check out my website.

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5 Reasons Why You Can Have a “Merry Pitchmas” This Year in Lake Oswego

A picture tells a thousand words. We know these guys can sing, and judging by both these photos (Outspoken above and On the Rocks below) , we can also tell they're performers. Catch their show at Lake Oswego's Holiday Concert December 10.

A picture tells a thousand words. We know these guys can sing, and judging by both these photos (Outspoken above and On the Rocks below) , we can also tell they’re performers. Catch their show at Lake Oswego’s Holiday Concert December 10.

While Universal Studios has promised that fans of the Pitch Perfect movie series will have a “Merry Pitchmas” in 2017, what are we supposed to outspokendo this Christmas? Catch the premiere all-male a cappella groups from both University of Oregon and Oregon State on stage at Lakeridge High School’s auditorium on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this Lake Oswego Holiday Concert ($23/Adults; $16/Children 11 and under) are on sale online.

Here’s why this performance will tide you over until the sequel arrives.

  1. These guys would send the Barden Bellas and Treblemakers home without a trophy. U of O’s On the Rocks has been on the national radar thanks to viral Youtube videos and a run to the semi-finals in NBC’s a cappella competition, Sing-Off. Over the course of their 16 year history, they’ve recorded multiple albums, toured nationally, and performed with such A-list artists such as Boys 2 Men and Kid Cudi. They still find time to entertain their fellow Ducks every Friday afternoon on campus.

OSU’s Outspoken has been around for more than a decade and is currently working on their fifth album, featuring some of the songs they’ll be singing that night. In addition to their gigs, competitions and touring, they perform every Friday at 4:00 p.m. on the Oregon State campus.

  1. Both groups have a Lake Oswego connection. Local boys done good—Outspoken’s Nicholas Harrod attended Lake Oswego High School and played the lead in the school’s musical, Footloose. On the Rocks’ Erik Baun is a Lakeridge grad and played the role of Conrad Birdie in the school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie.
  1. Christmas carols will get you in the mood. Research has shown that music can affect our moods and my guess is that after hearing the a cappella versions of some of your favorites like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night” you’ll be walking to your car with a little more “Ho Ho Ho” in your step.
  1. The more the merrier. Our visiting a cappella choirs will be joined by our resident performance choirs from both high schools—Company from Lakeridge and The Windjammers from Lake Oswego. They can carry a show on their own so there will be lots of star power on one stage sure to delight everyone.
  1. Proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. What better way to celebrate this season of giving than by paying it forward—enjoy a night of entertainment knowing that the money raised goes towards one of our city’s most relied-upon service.

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