5 Reasons Summer Fun Doesn’t Have to End When School Starts in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Despite back-to-school week, my front door is still welcoming summer and so should you while you can.

Despite back-to-school week, my front door is still welcoming summer and so should you while you can.

If you’re a die-hard fan of summer like me, it doesn’t matter that school starts this week. The calendar, the forecast, heck–the sign hanging on my front door insists it’s still summer and I plan on celebrating it as long as the sunscreen holds out.

Our days may be numbered, but there is still time to squeeze in the summer fun you may have missed. Here are some ideas:

  1. Spend an afternoon at the Lake Grove Swim Park. The park is open today, Sunday, August 28, (so is the Lake Oswego Swim Park) but then will close for the week and reopen for Labor Day weekend next weekend before shutting down for the season. If you haven’t made it there, make it a point. Check the boundaries to see if you reside in the original Lake Grove School District and thereby are deeded admission. If not, find a friend who does and get an invite. When my kids were little this was where they hung every summer afternoon and where we bid adieu to our favorite season by jumping off the deep-end dock holding hands.
  1. Catch the last outdoor summer concert. The Moonlight and Music series closes with its swan song performance by the Norman Sylvester band tonight, August 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park at First and Evergreen. You’re in for a treat—the band has been nominated for the best R&B group for the past 10 years by the Cascade Blues Association. The concert is free and family-friendly.
  1. Eat outdoors…because you can! Check out my previous post on where to park yourselves as well as consider some of the newer options including: Hop n’ Cork with back patio seating at 17450 Lower Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.5903; Nicoletta’s Table with patio seating, weather permitting, at 333 S. State St., 503.699.2927; or one of the new spots at Kruse Village at the corner of Kruse Way and Carmen Drive.
  1. Play tourist. Maybe you don’t have time for a long getaway, but how about exploring new places close to home? We recently tracked down four of the top french fry spots in Portland for a visiting fried spud lover (you could start your hunt at Tavern on Kruse or the Giant Burger right here in town). My wife and I visited two different coffee spots that are on Portland’s booming craft coffee map to taste and compare their brews. What’s your guilty pleasure? Take advantage of the last days of summer to indulge it.
  1. Visit the Street of Dreams. If you haven’t already, today’s the last day to catch the show. There’s lots to like in this year’s event, starting with the vineyard setting as well as features to motivate you to start your own Pinterest boards for your extreme makeover like outdoor terraces, a spiral staircase, handcrafted balusters, infinity hot tub and a glass floor. 25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Road in West Linn, 503.603.4500. Admission: $17.

Once the kids are back in school, it’s a great time to start looking into whether or not now is the right time for you to buy a new home. I’d be happy to meet with you to discuss your options,  market conditions, and what your current home might be worth, if you already live here. I may be in a “summer state of mind” but I am still working and helping my clients move in, move up or move on. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website.

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Don’t Miss Collector Car and Classic Boat Show Next Weekend in Lake Oswego

car show 2The Oswego Heritage Council invites you to take a drive down memory lane next Sunday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with its 17th annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show. While Porsches are this year’s featured car, there will be over 200 automobiles to ooh and aah over and more than 40 classic boats.

Here are a few details to help you map your route for the weekend.

  • Enjoy the pre-show festivities by greeting the arrival of the only operating World War II-era PT boat on Saturday, August 27 at the Foothills Park dock at 10:00 a.m.
  • Watch the classic boats take a spin around Lakewood Bay before docking in front of Sundeleaf Plaza at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
  • Plan to visit three different venues on Sunday to take in the whole show: cars at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street; boats at Sundeleaf Plaza, 120 S. State Street; and the working PT boat at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Rd.
  • Treat yourself to breakfast or lunch provided by the Lake Oswego Lions Club at George Rogers Park on Sunday.
  • Check out the Esther Williams inspired performance by the Polka Dot Express at the waterski show on Sunday, August 28 in Lakewood Bay at 1:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free; however, the show may cost you. Chances are you’ll go home and decide you need to invest in a little detailing on whatever vehicle you’ve got parked in your garage.
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Why It’s Christmas in August in Lake Oswego

This sculpture greets you as you enter City Hall.

This sculpture greets you as you enter City Hall.

Drive around town and you’re likely to see great big gifts from the Arts Council of Lake Oswego wrapped up in holiday-worthy bows. Is Santa making an early appearance in LO this year? No, but the 15 new rotating sculptures in Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls are and the Lake Oswego Arts Council has heralded their arrival by putting a bow on them and inviting viewers to its annual “Unveil Your Art” celebration on Sunday, August 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Millennium Plaza Park.

“This year the Gallery Without Walls Selection Committee has worked especially hard to bring in a diverse collection of art offering a wide range of sculptures that the community can fall in love with and enjoy,” explained Bonnie Cartwright, the Gallery Without Walls Selection Committee Chair. “Traditional bronzes, colorful vibrant abstract works, sculptures that talk about the local environment, and even an interactive sculpture that emits sound, make up some of what you’ll be seeing in this new collection.”

Both walking and shuttle artist-led tours of the new works will begin at 1:15, giving the public an opportunity to learn more about the sculptures from concept to finished product.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the artwork you’ll be seeing:

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This piece can be found on A Avenue near 1st Street.

Stroll down A Avenue between 2nd and 3rd and you'll find this new addition to the Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls.

Stroll down A Avenue between 2nd and 3rd and you’ll find this new addition to the Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls.

This piece blends into the background of the park at 3rd and Evergreen a little better than its predecessor--a Mr. Potato Head doppelganger.

This piece blends into the background of the park at 3rd and Evergreen a little better than its predecessor–a Mr. Potato Head doppelganger.

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S#%! Lake Oswegans Don’t Say in Summer

monkey-236861_640Because of the special place Lake Oswego is to live, chances are there are a few things you won’t catch Lake Oswegans saying during the summer. Check them out.

  • I’m bored. Check out the “Things to do this week in Lake Oswego” sidebar to my blog and you’ll see that there is little chance Lake Oswegans can be bored during the summer. Kids can dive into the lake at either of our swim parks, while families can watch Cinderella under the stars at Millennium Plaza Park. Adults can choose from a Foot Golf Championship or wine tasting at World Class Wines.
  • I’m leaving town for the summer. Anyone who lives here year-round knows that summer is our reward. It makes those spring showers and long-lasting winters worth it. From the beautiful weather, warm summer bug-free evenings to the ongoing lineup of activities, it’s no surprise that when you ask a Lake Oswegan if they have any summer vacation plans, chances are they’ll say, “I’m sticking around here!”
  • I wish I could eat outside. I’ve been on the California coast where the fog rolling in and sea breeze makes outdoor dining something you “wish you could do.” And I’ve been back east where the bugs drive you inside or at best, into a screened porch, when what you’d rather do is just sit outside on your deck and enjoy a summer meal. Here in Lake Oswego, you don’t have to “wish” to eat outdoors–you just do. From June through September, our family eats most of our evening meals outside, either on our deck or by our outdoor fireplace—bug-free and warm. And local restaurants offer outdoor dining options too.
  • I wish it would rain. Okay, maybe come late August, when parents are trying to coax their kids back into study-mode, they might wish for a rainy day to make their sales job a little easier. But honestly, we all know the rain will settle in in due time. In summer, it’s time to “savor the moment,” and in our ideal world, that moment is dry and sunny.
  • I wish I lived somewhere else. I’ve been selling homes in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and realize I have an easy product to move. But come summer, the sales pitch gets even easier—as the town basically sells itself. At the end of June, my son had about 10 friends over who were visiting from out-of-town. After an evening of hanging out on the lake, most of them assured me that in a few years, they’d be back—to settle down! From an excellent school district to a convenient location, there are lots of reasons to love living in Lake Oswego (52 a year, to be exact). And come summer, we are reminded of just that!

If you find yourself saying, “I want to move to Lake Oswego,” or you’d like to look at some other options if you already call Lake Oswego home, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’d love to show you around!


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Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night Keeps the Crowds Coming

What keeps people coming back to Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night?

    • The music?
    • The setting?
    • The ambiance?
    • The sight of hundreds of people rocking out on their boats, paddleboards, and kayaks?
    • The party atmosphere that feels like you’ve been transported back to college?

Chances are it is all of the above. This year’s concert on the lake is set for this Saturday, August 6. Here’s what you need to know to make the night a success.

  1. Buoy lines open at 5:00 p.m. at the entrance to Half MOon Bay at the east end of the main lake.
  2. Finger docks hook up to a central dock, allowing people to exit their boats, visit other boaters and hit the dance floor. Additional finger docks are being added this year to accommodate the growing attendance.
  3. There will be about 125 spots for boats to tie up on three buoy lines so party-goers are advised to “buddy boat” if possible.
  4. Boaters are advised to bring an anchor and at least 20 feet of line to secure your boat if you’re not able to tie off on the buoy lines.
  5. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.on the stage at Pat and Pam Kearney’s home. A DJ will entertain you from 5:00 p.m. until then.
  6. The Beatniks return for this year’s performance. Playing tunes that are instantly familiar from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, they get the crowd rocking (and dancing too on a floating dance floor).
  7. BYOS (Bring Your Own Stuff). It can be a long night, so be sure you don’t leave home without being well stocked with food and drink to enjoy and share.
  8. BYOT (Bring your own transportation) You’ll need a paddle board, canoe or kayak to get to the port-a-potty if you aren’t tied up to one of the docks.

Want to get in on the fun? Give me a call and I can help you find a home in Lake Oswego so you can start living and enjoying the lake lifestyle. Reach me at 503.939.9801 or check my website.



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Get Your Laughs and Your Exercise in at Howl at the Moon Adventure Run This Friday

howl at moonOver 500 people had so much fun at last year’s Lake Oswego 5K Adventure Run that the city is offering it again on Friday, July 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm.

Lake Oswego’s Assistant Fire Chief, David Morris, wouldn’t miss it. Having participated last year he reports, “Now that I know what a great time it is, I’m all in.” Chances are his 15 year old son, will join him. Apparently last year once wasn’t enough. He ran it three times in a row, joining up with friends just starting out each time he crossed the finish line.

This year’s “Howl at the Moon” event features a 3.1 mile rolling hill course that works participants through 16 obstacles that include a hay pyramid, tire crawl and plank walk. The slip n’ slide and mud pits were popular stops last year and the hills of torture give all finishers bragging rights.

Organizer Jamie Inglis points out that participants can repeat popular challenges and skip more difficult ones, if they wish. The point is to have fun. Currently registered participants range in age from 10 to 66 with everything in between.

While the 5K course is open to those 10 and older, the Fire Department is helping to organize a Fire Fit course for ages 3-10 located near the Children’s Garden.

The after party is open to everyone with live music from Country Rocker, Briana Renea, a mechanical bull, food from Koi Fusion and PDX sliders and more.

Register online. $40/person in a team of 4; $50/person July 28-29 or $45/individual; $55/individual July 28-29.

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Movies in the Park Debut This Week in Lake Oswego, Oregon

film-1328405_640Summer nights in Lake Oswego—what’s not to love? And starting this week, the city of Lake Oswego is giving you one more reason to savor the season with its outdoor movie schedule debuting in Millennium Plaza Park. Round up the family for the next four consecutive Thursday evenings to enjoy Lake Oswego’s very own “walk-in” theater featuring family friendly movies beginning at dusk (between 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.). Here’s the schedule:

July 21– Inside Out (PG).

July 28 – Cats and Dogs (PG).

August 4 – Cinderella (G).

August 11 – Monster University (PG).

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

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