4 Ways to Plan Ahead to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Lake Oswego

Obviously Moms are underpaid. Even when you try to put a value on what they do as Insure.com does every year, they come out short. Broken down into tasks like childcare ($22,360/year), driving ($6,844.50), helping with homework ($8,170), and cooking ($7,280), their “worth” was only estimated to be $65,284 in 2016. So Mother’s Day is your chance to try to set the record straight. Here are a few suggestions for how to do that here in Lake Oswego.

  1. Make her a gift. Luscher Farm is offering two workshops just in time for Mother’s Day gifting. The first, on Saturday April 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. teaches you how to make your own salt scrubs, lip balm and massage oils using garden herbs. Put the samples together in a basket and voila! Cost is $30 for residents/$45 for non-residents. Register for Class 15472. You can learn how to make a beautiful hanging basket like those that adorn the streets of Lake Oswego in the summer on Saturday, May 6 from either 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Cost includes all materials: $40/resident;$60/non-resident. Register for Class 14720 (Ages 16+)

Nic&Fig’s is offering a Mother’s Day Bunting Banner Workshop for ages 8+ on Thursday, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost is $48. Children in grades three and up can learn how to make a Light-up Mother’s Day card or drawing with paper circuits on Friday, May 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost is $46. Register online.

  1. Take her to tea. Lady Di’s British Shop has two seatings for tea on Mother’s Day: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes tea sandwiches, warm savories, sweets and of course, tea. Cost is $32/person with an 18% gratuity. Call for a reservation: 503.635.7298. 430 2nd Street.
  1. Take her to brunch. If you decide to take Mom out to eat for Mother’s Day, you won’t be alone. Over 55% of Americans did so last year. And chances are you won’t be alone here in Lake Oswego as the morning meal is a popular excuse for residents to leave the cooking to someone else. Check out a recent post I wrote on popular breakfast spots in town. In addition, the Tavern on Kruse is planning a Mother’s Day brunch as well but didn’t have the details worked out yet. Check their website. 4835 Meadows Road, #133, 503.303.5280.
  1. Treat her to live theatre. Brought to the Lakewood Center stage by popular audience request, Godspell will be playing on Mother’s Day at 7:00 p.m. With songs like “Day by Day,” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” it’s sure to end your mom’s day on a good note. Tickets are $37 for Adults, $35 for Seniors 65 and older and $20 for Students 25 and under. 368 S. State Street, 503.635.3901. https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-plays-season-2016-17

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Lake Oswego’s CSA Shares Program Brings Locally Grown Food to Lake Oswegans’ Tables

Lake Oswego locavores have many choices to support their desire to eat locally grown or produced food. They can register for a Community Garden plot determined by a lottery at the end of each year. They can shop at our popular Farmer’s Market that runs from mid-May through October. Or they can buy shares in the Community Supported Agriculture program.

The City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with 47th Avenue Farms in Portland to give residents an opportunity to enjoy the farm’s bounty all year long. Here’s how it works.

  1. Members pay in advance for their share of the season’s harvest. This enables the farmer to have the money upfront when it’s needed. The farm utilizes organic, sustainable practices and even tills the soil with draft horses when possible.
  2. There are two levels of participation: A half share for the summer seasons is considered sufficient for smaller families and couples ($555/Resident which comes to $3.30/day; $638/Non-Resident); Full shares provide produce for a family of four for a week ($999/Resident at a cost of $5.95/day; $1149/Non-Resident).
  3. Shareholders pick up their week’s bounty of vegetables and herbs every Thursday evening at Luscher Farm between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the dairy barn beginning May 18 through October 26. There is opportunity for sampling and socializing.
  4. Selections follow the growing season so in the spring you’ll find offerings like herbs, fava beans and salad ingredients followed by sweet corn, basil and heirloom tomatoes in the summer and finishing off with toscano kale, fingerling potatoes and Japanese kabocha squash in the fall. Member access to CookWithWhatYouHave.com provides participants with recipes featuring that week’s bounty.
  5. The program is so popular that 47th Avenue has expanded the number of share offerings this year.
  6. An estimated 70% of each year’s shareholders return the following year. Here are some reasons why:

We love the experience of being at the farm, the kids weigh/pick our produce, friendly hellos and thank you and see ya next times with farmers. My kids ate 90% of the carrots by the time we got home.”

Convenience is important to me — so the farm is well-located. I like the diversity of options and access to the recipe website. The price is right — I can spend the same or more at Safeway/New Seasons and not get nearly the amount or quality. Most of all, it has helped us eat really healthy — frankly, we feel good about the food we’re eating.”

I love it, it encourages me to eat more vegetables than I would without the farm share.”

 

This was my first CSA experience and it was fun to get different vegetables that I wouldn’t normally select for myself, and figure out what to do with them.”

You can find out more about the CSA program by attending the next “Meet the Farmer” event on Thursday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. It will be held during the last winter share pick-up so you can see the program in action and meet the farmer who is bringing the food to your table. For details, contact Luscher Farm 503.534.5284.

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Make a Date for Entertainment This Weekend and Next in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswegans don’t have to travel far the next two weekends to enjoy a night of top-notch, high energy entertainment. Both high schools’ show choirs will be staging their annual variety shows. Here’s a sneak preview:

This year’s Lake Oswego Windjammers Variety Show is offering a 2-for-1 deal: entertainment for folks who like music and movies. With the theme, “A Night at the Movies,” the high school’s performance choir is showcasing some of your favorite tunes from your favorite films. Keep an eye out for these highlights.

  1. An arrangement of Straight No Chaser’s comical movie medley that weaves together music from such a disparate lineup as James Bond, ET, Forrest Gump, Star Wars, Titanic, Indiana Jones and Rocky.
  1. A tribute to Prince. The show will take place almost one year since the music icon died so it seems fitting that the cast will pay their respects with a powerful rendition of “Purple Rain.”
  1. Small group numbers will also draw from the big screen and highlight such favorites as “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book, and “Into the West” from Lord of the Rings.
  1. Junior Windjammers, from grades K-5, are always a crowd favorite and they return this year singing and dancing to “Hakuna Matata” at the Saturday, April 15 performance. New this year will be a performance by Encore, an auditioned show choir at Lake Oswego Junior High School. They too will be singing “Hakuna Matata” when they join Windjammers on Friday, April 14.

The show runs Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road. Tickets are $10/Adults; $8/Seniors, students, children.

Lakeridge’s Company invites you to “Stay Tuned” for a night of settling in and enjoying the show. All that will be missing is the popcorn. Here are some things to watch for.

  1. A fun twist on the Smash Mouth song “All Star” based on the No Reply cover.
  1. A silly version of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.”
  1. Accompaniment by the Lakeridge Stage Band including a feature of their own, The Buddy Rich arrangement of “Norwegian Wood.”
  1. The song a book has been written about: The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah.” You’ll find it hard to imagine that this song languished in obscurity for years before becoming popularized on American Idol, Shrek, and the O.C. Singer/songwriter Cohen died in 2016 but Company does him justice.

Company’s performances are Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. as well as a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12/Adults; $8/Students and Seniors for the 7:30 performance and $5 for the matinee.

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6 Signs that Spring Has Sprung in Lake Oswego Oregon

Spring has sprung in Lake Oswego, and I’m not just talking about my camellias. After one of the wettest winters I can remember, it’s nice to see that things are changing and spring is in the air. Here’s proof.

  1. The days are getting longer. On April 1st, sunrise was at 6:45 a.m. and sunset at 7:40 p.m., giving us 12 hours and 51 minutes of daylight. By the month’s end, that will increase another hour and 27 minutes and will still be one hour and 27 minutes short of our longest day of the year: June 23 clocking in at 15 hours and 40 minutes.
  1. Arbor Week activities are planned for the first week in April. Events include a Barnyard Tales and Heritage Tree Walk at Luscher Farm on April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. , 125 Rosemont Road, (register for #14705), a Heritage Tree Celebration on Friday, April 7 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, 17401 Stafford Road, and a Trees of Lake Oswego themed art contest for grades 1-12. For details contact the Planning Department at 503.635.0290.
  1. The Hop at the Hunt is right around the corner on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This popular event held at the historic equestrian facility features “Hop” the Bunny, “Otis” the pony, the Lake Oswego Fire Truck, police cruiser, pony rides and a treasure hunt for kids in search of 15,000 stuffed eggs. The event is free and while it starts at 11:00, it’s recommended to get there early to find parking. Better yet, try carpooling, walking or riding your bike. 2775 Iron Mountain Boulevard, 503.636.0674.
  1. Campfire evenings at Luscher Farm have started up again. The first one is scheduled for Friday, April 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring a picnic and explore different family-friendly activities including planting and s’mores. Register online for Class #14706 (April 21) and #14719 (May 19). Cost is $10/resident; $15/non-resident. Check out the list of gardening classes being offered in April as well including one on Raised Beds and Garden Structures (April 15) and the popular Lake Oswego Hanging Baskets (May 6). 125 Rosemont Road, 503. 534.5284.
  1. Balloting is open to determine which of this year’s rotating outdoor sculptures will become part of the city’s permanent art collection. Vote for your pick as the 2017 People’s Choice winner. Deadline is April 28. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will also be hosting “Beaver Tales,” a month-long exhibit of beaver themed art in honor of Oregon’s state animal. Things kick off with a First Friday opening reception on International Beaver Day, Friday, April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 510 Museum and ARTspace, 520 1st Street, 503.675.3738.
  1. Residents can be seen heading up McVey or climbing up South Shore in preparation for the 41st annual Lake Run set for May 13. This popular 5K and 10K event is sponsored by the Lake Oswego Women’s Club and benefits local charities. Entrants who register by April 30 are guaranteed a t-shirt

The Spring housing market is also heating up so if you want to test the waters to see if now is the right time for you to buy or sell, give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’d love to put my 25 plus years of experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you.

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5 Ideas for Enjoying Spring Break at Home in Lake Oswego

Load everybody up for a french fry expedition, in search of your favorite right here in Lake Oswego.

Being home in Lake Oswego for Spring Break gives you the perfect opportunity to play tourist in your own backyard. Try some things you never get around to doing with your family. Here are some ideas.

  1. THE SEARCH FOR THE BEST FRENCH FRY. You don’t have to leave town to mount your own taste and compare french fries expedition. Make up a chart with the criteria you consider most important like crispiness, presentation, taste, creativity. Then head out stopping at local restaurants like these:

Lake Theater & Café. You could conduct your whole experiment right here with their four offerings including their House fries (sea salt and rosemary), Truffle fries (with truffle salt, rosemary, Parmesan), Dirty fries (crispy soppressatta, prosciutto, Walla Walla onions, parmesan and aioli) and the Cracklin’ fries (fried chicken skin, Novak cheddar, rosemary and chicken gravy). Time your visit with one of their movie showings and enjoy your food while watching the film. 106 N. State Street, 503.387.3236.

Next Level Burger. After the movie, just walk across the street to the 365 by Whole Foods Market and check out the offerings at Next Level Burger located inside. This 100% plant based burger joint offers the standard crinkle fries and sweet potato fries as well as what they call, “Fries with style” such as the Special (grilled onions, melted NL-Cheese and special sauce), Chili Chz (3 bean chili, melted NL-Cheese and red onion), Spicy (chopped black bean patty, melted NL-Cheese, jalapenos and a creamy horseradish sauce), and Bleu BBQ (smokey tempeh bacon, melted NL-Cheese, creamy blue cheese and BBQ sauce). 11 S. State Street, 503.272.8768.

WOW! Burger. Known for the “build your own burger” concept, WOW! also offers an interesting twist on the potato in question—signature Parmesan basil fries and tots. 4823 Meadows Road, 503.303.7099.

Burgerville. If you’re a shoestring fan, then check out Burgerville’s seasonal offering: shoestring fries with rosemary sea salt. 15650 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, 503.684.8142.

Applebee’s. All french fries are not created equal when you start dipping them in these sauces: sriracha chile lime, BBQ bacon ranch, and maple-flavored cream cheese sauce. 6325 Meadows Road, 503.968.8040.

Giant Burger. This iconic burger joint has its fair share of french fry fans too who frequent its Cajun fries as well as the Curly Cheese. 15840 Boones Ferry Road, 503.636.0255.

Tavern on Kruse. Garlic rosemary fries are featured on their appetizer menu. 4835 Meadows Road, #133. 503.303.5280.

  1. 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.
  1. EXPOSE YOUR KIDS TO THE CREATIVE PROCESS. The Arts Counil of Lake Oswego is bringing accomplished artist, George D. Green to Lake Oswego for a hands-on opportunity for young adults and children to “create visual energy with amazing doodles.” Participants will get a chance to see what artists do, how the creative process works and experience that firsthand. Wednesday, March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 8-12 year olds and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for 13-18 year olds. Cost is $15/person. Register online as space is limited. 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st Street, 503.675.3738.
  1. CHECK OUT A CULTURAL PASS FROM THE LIBRARY. As long as you have a library card, you can check out a cultural pass that provides you with free or discounted admission to these local venues: World of Speed Museum, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, End of the Oregon Train Interpretive Center, Portland Art Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Pittock Mansion and the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Passes must be checked out and returned on the same day. Call to reserve: 503.636.7628. 706 Fourth Street.
  1. WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVAL. Time for a road trip—but one that’s short enough you’ll all still be speaking to each other when you get there! The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is a 30 minute drive from Lake Oswego and will be kick off its annual Tulip Festival just in time for Spring Break. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and activities include strolling through 40 acres of colorful tulips, catching a ride on the cow train, hay rides, wine tasting, wooden shoe making demonstrations, craft market, pony rides and kid activities. Pack a lunch and picnic while you’re there or purchase food onsite. Weekday and weekend schedules vary so check the website before you go and also to get a real-time field report to ensure you hit the tulips when the colors are popping. 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn. 503.634.2243.

I’ll be around during Spring Break so if you want to check out homes for sale or are thinking of selling your home, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to meet with you.

 

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Marching into Madness in the Lake Oswego Real Estate Market

It’s hard not to get caught up in the madness of March. From college basketball playoffs to the local real estate scene, things have gotten a little crazy.

Consider this:

  • I recently listed a house for $900,000 that had nine showings in four days and sold in that timeframe at full price. This, mind you, was a house that is perfectly livable but was bought with additional updating in mind.
  • The number of houses for sale in Lake Oswego between $400,000 and $500,000 is a total of nine. Seven of them have considerations that might be deal breakers for buyers like being located along the freeway, in poor condition, and outdated.
  • A fellow agent recently listed a house for $575,000 that attracted an offer of $600,000. This is the same house that the sellers had on the market at the same price for 365 days two years ago.
  • Anything new between $1 million and $1.6 million is selling within a month of completion. That is a 20% appreciation from just last year. This is hurting older resale homes since there seems to be enough of an inventory of new homes at this price range to edge the older homes out of the bidding. As a result, they are taking anywhere from six to nine months to sell.
  • I just listed a condo near the First Addition for $365,000 even though the highest sale ever in that area was $310,000 and sold it before it even went on the market. The pristine condition of the unit coupled with the low inventory justified the price.
  • Home sale prices went up 11% last year and will probably see another 11% increase this year.
  • Houses between $500,000 to $1 million in Lake Oswego are selling within 15 days as long as they are in good condition.
  • Inventory is at an all-time low in both the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. We are looking at seven months of inventory. In a healthy market the inventory is 1 ½ years out and it has been as high as 4 years.
  • The median home sales price in Lake Oswego this past year was $755,335. Currently the highest priced home in town is $15,000,000 on Northshore Road, and the lowest is a one bedroom, one bath condo for $99,899.

What does this madness mean for homebuyers in Lake Oswego? Be patient and be prepared to pay more than asking price. Ensure that you’ll be ready to act fast by getting total loan approval beforehand. You may need to seek out a lender willing to do this but it will be worth it. And, now more than ever, it’s to your advantage to work with a licensed real estate agent who is plugged into the home listing network and can often learn of listings before they go online. I’ve been selling homes in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and have made connections that keep me in the loop for what’s happening in town before it goes public.

As for sellers, this may be a seller’s market, but you still need to put your house’s best image forward to maximize your profit. Remove clutter, take care of repairs, address any odors, spruce up the yard, update where possible—your efforts will add five percent to your sales price.

Looking to capitalize on or break into this crazy Lake Oswego real estate market? Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and check out my website. I’d love to put my 25 plus years experience to work for you.

 

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10 Fun Facts to Help You Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lake Oswego

St. Patrick’s Day may not be a national holiday here in the U.S. like it is in Ireland, but it doesn’t seem to stop folks from celebrating. That could have something to do with the fact that about 34.5 million Americans claim Irish descent according to the U.S. Census. That’s seven times many more Irishmen than are living in Ireland today! So whether you are 99.3% Irish like me or just enough to claim heritage one day a year, here are some fun facts to help you celebrate in Lake Oswego.

  1. Maher’s Pub will be hosting it eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day festival this year located at 352 B Avenue, Lake Oswego. 503.305.8087.
  1. Over thirty percent of the 133 million Americans expected to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day plan to go to a bar or restaurant.
  1. This year the St. Patrick’s Day festival at Maher’s in Lake Oswego will run Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18, beginning at 12:00 noon and ending when the last person walks out the door.
  1. According to wallethub.com, revelers worldwide will put down 13 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day.
  1. You can be sure to find Guinness on tap at Maher’s in addition to Magner’s Irish Cider, Black and Tan (Pale Ale/Guinness) and domestic beers.
  1. If you want a prosperous year, then “drown the shamrock,” as the Irish would say. Find a shamrock, float it on your shot of whiskey and then down the whole thing.
  1. Maher’s offers lots of choices to go with your shamrock, listing 17 brands of Irish whiskey so take your pick! If drinking it straight isn’t to your liking, try a Dancing Leprechaun (Paddy’s whiskey, fresh muddled lemon, soda and ginger ale) or a perfectly blended Irish Coffee.
  1. Despite what the refrigerated case in your local grocery store suggests, corned beef and cabbage is not the national dish that the Irish serve up on St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, it originated when Irish immigrants to the U.S. were looking for a more affordable way to recreate their comfort food from their homeland—boiled bacon. Beef brisket was the cheapest cut available and brining was a technique they borrowed from some of their Easter European neighbors.
  1. National dish or not, you’ll find corned beef sandwiches on the Maher’s Pub menu during the St. Patrick’s Day festival as well as Bangers on Buns and Irish Stew.
  1. Maher’s St. Patrick’s Day festival is a family friendly event with live music, Irish dancers and bagpipes until about 6:00 p.m. when it turns into an adults-only party.

If you’re like I once was and feel “green with envy” that others get to live in Lake Oswego and you don’t, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to show you around. You can also visit my website. You’ll see I’ve been helping people call Lake Oswego home for over 25 years. Put my experience to work for you!

 

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