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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Find Your Yoga Any Way You Like It in Lake Oswego

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where to Find Fall Colors In and Around Lake Oswego

Make fall colors another reason to move to Lake Oswego.

As Lake Oswego residents we live in a city that is celebrating its 29th year as a Tree City USA honoree and its designation as the Oregon Tree City of the year. And we are only 12 miles away from Portland which was voted by the American Forests organization as one of the 10 best cities for urban forest in the United States. So you would think that to view fall colors we wouldn’t have to travel very far, right?

Right. While hiking the Deschutes River Trail or visiting Lithia Park in Ashland will also help you get your fall color fix, you can also stay close to home for a DIY fall foliage tour. Although we are officially into fall, you’ll want to wait a couple weeks before you go leaf peeping to give those cold nights a chance to work their magic.

  1. Bike tour of Heritage Trees of Lake Oswego. Download this map of a 14 mile loop through Lake Oswego neighborhoods where many of the city’s heritage trees stand in all their majestic splendor. Most of the 37 listed trees are evergreens; however, you won’t want to miss the show-stopping sugar maple on the corner of 3rd and C. Other ones to check out include the scarlet oak at 15100 Boones Ferry Road and the Pacific dogwood in the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery. Along the way you’ll catch some other beauties as well.
  2. Kruse Way. If you need a daily dose of fall color pick-me-up, just turn down Kruse Way off Boones Ferry Road and applaud the starring lineup of maples that will drench you in shades of orange, red and yellow. Or catch the dazzling row on Jean Road between Pilkington and Bryant. Stop in at Happy Sparrow Cafe and try out a kolache.
  3. Reed College and surrounding neighborhood. You’ll find 11 different varieties of maples on the Reed College campus bursting in shades of yellow, gold and copper. Look for Japanese maples throughout as well. Then stroll down some of the neighborhood streets. The tree canopy here is extensive with neighbors getting their cardio workouts just by raking up their leaves in preparation for their scheduled Leaf Removal Day.
  4. South Park Blocks. According to a Portland State University study, the trees that stretch along the 12 blocks from SW Salmon to Jackson are worth $3.4 million. The arching canopy includes oaks, maples, ash, lindens and elms so you’ll be awash in color.
  5. Hoyt Arboretum. Called Portland’s “museum of living trees” you’ll find 12 miles of trails to wander in. If you’re on the hunt for fall colors, your best bet is the Wildwood Trail bursting with shades of scarlet, maroon and plum or the one mile Maple Trail where you’ll find vine, red and sugar maple trees. 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., 503.865.8733.
  6. Portland Japanese Garden. There are special hours on October 22 for Photography Members to capture the fall foliage here so it must be Instagram-worthy. You don’t have to wait until then. There is an admission charge that gives you access to the gardens, Cultural Village, Art in the Garden and the Umani Café.
  7. Lone Fir Cemetery. With more than 700 trees, Portland’s oldest cemetery is also its second largest arboretum that really puts on a show in the fall. Combine a little history with your leaf peeping as you locate the plots of some of the area’s founders with the names of Lovejoy and Hawthorne. Downloadable cemetery and tree tour maps will help. Southeast 26th and Washington Streets.

I’ll devote a future blog post to fall foliage worth day tripping for but if you’re hot to trot, consider the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop, Silver Falls State Park, or the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle (They’re hosting a free family weekend educational walk on October 13 and 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. First 30 people to show up get a spot!)

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10 Lake Oswego Things I’m Most Grateful For

In the spirit of World Gratitude Day this Thursday, I’m listing 10 things about living in Lake Oswego that I’m grateful for. The title of my blog is 52 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego so of course there are many more than 10 as I have been writing this blog for over seven years, but right now these are my top 10.

1. LAKE GROVE SWIM PARK. This place gave my children so many wonderful childhood memories of afternoons spent swimming in the lake, hanging out with cool lifeguards, buying guilty pleasures at the concession stand and making new friends. I think it was one of the biggest shapers of who they are and what they love. And I’m not alone. My blog posts on the Lake Grove Swim Park are some of the most highly viewed of all my posts.

2. LEADERSHIP LAKE OSWEGO. I was in the inaugural class of this program and it was a wonderful way for me to put my roots down in this place I call home and to get to know some of the integral people here as well as its history and hopes for the future. It was a great launch pad for me both personally and professionally and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get invested in this community.

3. THE LAKE. When my wife and I set out from California in a 1974 Volkswagen Westfalia van over 30 years ago we were in search of a new place on a lake to call home. My brother-in-law told us about Lake Oswego and when we drove through we couldn’t believe that people actually got to call a place as beautiful as this home. We now live on one of the canals and swim in the lake just about every day in the summer. It’s our happy place and we don’t have to go on vacation to enjoy it!

4. THE LAKE OSWEGO LIBRARY. From the James Patterson murder mystery books that I continue to download on to my Kindle to the incredible Lake Oswego Reads program that the library sponsors each year I can honestly say that the library enriches my life as well as the lives of so many other Lake Oswegans on a daily basis. In addition they have agreed to carry my daughter’s recently released book, Waiting at Hayden’s, so be sure to ask for it the next time you’re in. (It’s popular–you’ll have to put it on hold :-))

5. THE LAKE OSWEGO VILLAGE BASKETS. The colorful baskets that line our streets are a visual reminder that “it takes a village.” Sponsored by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, those baskets are funded by donations and hung by volunteers every year. I’m happy to say I’ve been involved with the program since its inception in one way or another and appreciate not just the aesthetic value it adds to our streets but also the message the baskets convey about the pride that the people who live here take in their city.

6. SUMMER NIGHTS. The other night my wife and I and a couple of friends headed back home on our boat from an event at the Lakewood Center. It was about 9:00 p.m. and a comfortable 78° under a half-moon lit sky. It doesn’t get much better than that! We take in the abundance of summer nights every evening out on our patio where we read, happy hour and dine until 9-10 o’clock at night, all without need for bug spray. Where else in the country can you do that!?

7. FOURTH OF JULY TRADITIONS. My Fourth of July posts are my most popular, garnering upwards of 700 views a day when the festivities hit. And that’s because there is so much going on in our small town to celebrate the occasion. It’s enough to make it a standing engagement for my 30-year-old San Francisco Bay Area son and 15-20 of his friends to descend on our town and do it up big in a small town way!

8. LAKE OSWEGO SCHOOL DISTRICT. The Lake Oswego School District has done it again—just been named the best school district in Oregon by Niche, an organization that rates schools based on data from the U.S. Department of Education that includes test scores, safety, and surveys from students, parents, and community members. Here’s what one had to say: “Lake Oswego brings on a rigorous curriculum for its students. The experience of being at this school is an unforgettable one between the amazing teachers, competitive athletics, outstanding theater productions, and much more.” My kids have benefited personally from the schools’ excellence and I have professionally as our school district’s reputation is one of the biggest reasons people move to Lake Oswego. Read one of my previous posts for more insight.

9. OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED. Lake Oswego is a manageable city. It’s close enough to Portland to get a bigger city jolt but small enough to feel like you can make a difference. I’ve been involved in the Chamber of Commerce, Lake Oswego Rotary, as well as school parent clubs and neighborhood associations. My wife and I spearheaded a successful campaign to bring back the fireworks on the lake after they were stopped one year. My kids had tremendous opportunities to be involved in sports and extra-curricular activities while in school because of the size of the schools and the resources available. Once you move to Lake Oswego, you can get your feet wet right away because other involved citizens are ready to welcome you and harness your energy and enthusiasm.

10. DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT. When my wife and I first moved to Lake Oswego over 30 years ago, there wasn’t a “there” here. Now, thanks to the vision of city and civic leaders there is. Millennium Plaza Park has become our outdoor living room and a place for the community to gather whether it’s for the Farmers’ Market or the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. No longer is that space dominated by apartments that benefited only a few but has been opened up for all of us to enjoy. With that base has come more commerce and reason to be downtown (Salt & Straw anyone?) The area continues to be up for discussion which means Lake Oswego continues to grow and not remain static. Keeps things interesting and thriving!

What are you most grateful for? Feel free to chime in.

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7 Fall Activities to Look Forward to When You Live in Lake Oswego

Fall fun can be as simple as jumping in a pile of leaves like my kids used to do.

One of the pluses of living in Lake Oswego is enjoying the seasons and with fall just around the calendar, I’ve put together a lineup of some nearby fall-worthy events you might want to put on your calendar.

September 1-October. The Portland Maize on Sauvie Island. Follow two miles of twists and turns (and dead ends) over eight acres of corn fields while you try to find your way out of this popular maize. While no maps are provided, trivia cards are provided to help you maneuver your way around. The estimated time to finish is between 30-40 minutes—see where you fall in that average range. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily through September. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October. Cost: $6/adults 13+; $4.99/youth 6-12; $4.99/seniors. 16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland on Sauvie Island. 503.621.7110.

September 13-16 (Mt. Angel Oktoberfest) September 21-23 (Oaks Park Oktoberfest). These are two of the bigger Oktoberfest celebrations held in the area. Both feature oompah bands, Bavarian dancing, wiener dog races and of course, the biergartens. Check their websites for fees and hours.  (Mt. Angel)  (Oaks Park).

October 6. Lake Oswego Wine Walk. This popular annual event lets you see art, hear music and taste wine while visiting local merchants in Lake Oswego. Read my previous posts for more information. Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost: $40/person. Check-in at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce to receive your wine glass and yoke at 459 Third Street. 503.636.3634.

October 12-14. Hood River Valley Harvest Fest. Celebrate the region’s bounty by loading up on Hood River favorites like pears and apples and sampling local beer, wine and cider. With over 120 vendors to choose from, you’ll find lots to bring home, including some holiday gifts thanks to local artisans. Kids will find lots to entertain them in the kids’ activity area and if you’re 15 or older you can enter the pie-eating contest on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Hours: Friday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost: $6/adults; $3/seniors on Friday, $5/seniors Saturday and Sunday; Kids 12 and under free. Hood River Event site just north of Exit 63 off Interstate 84. 541.386.2000.

October 12-14 and 19-21. Portland Nursery Apple Tasting. Stay close to home and sample close to 60 different varieties of apples and pears. Other traditional fall activities round out the occasion including a fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, live music, scarecrow contest, apple strudel, live music and kids’ activities. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 5050 SE Stark. 503.231.5050.

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

October 20. West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Enjoy all things pumpkin including wacky races by costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins across the Tualatin Lake of the Commons. Other festivities include a pumpkin weigh-off, pie-eating contest, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin golf and bowling and clown show. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:000 p.m. Free. 8325 SW Nyberg Road, Tualatin. 503.691.3076.

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5 Titles to Celebrate National Read a Book Day With

In honor of National Read a Book Day, here are five ways you can celebrate.

  1. Waiting at Hayden’s by Riley Costello. I’ll start off by recommending my daughter’s book—a novel set in Portland that deals with the complicated nature of timing in modern-day relationships. Get to know Charli and Jack, a couple who meet and fall in love before they are ready to settle down, and Gianna, a thirtysomething restaurant owner who is ready to settle down but hasn’t met the love of her life. The choices they make will keep you turning the pages. And while you do, you can shop-the-book as Riley has created a new reading experience format called shopfiction that allows you to watch scenes unfold and shop the characters’ clothes. Here’s how it works. And the book trailer. Waiting at Hayden’s is available on Amazon. (If you read it, please leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!)
  2. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. The author is famous for writing about odd characters that you come to love like Ove (A Man Called Ove) and Britt Marie (Britt Marie Was Here). Last year he wrote about an odd town—Beartown—a small isolated town that rests its hopes for redemption on its ice hockey team until a scandal threatens to tear it apart. This year he brings us back to Beartown and the aftermath of that scandal as the town tries to redraw its dividing lines and in the process finds many of those lines blurred. Both are great reads.
  3. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. My wife insisted this show up on the list as it’s on her top five of all time. It tells the story of an architect who finds himself getting increasingly involved in efforts to design clever hiding places for Jews in Paris during World War II.
  4. The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson. I know Patterson is getting all the press right now for his co-authored book with Bill Clinton, The President is Missing, but I’ve been working my way through his Women’s Murder Club series and am hooked. The stories revolve around four women: a police officer, reporter, medical examiner and defense attorney who all bring their expertise to solving crimes. If you like knowing there’s more where that came from when you like an author, then this is a good fit as there are 17 books in the series.
  5. Willamette Valley Wineries by Barbara Smith Randall. Lake Oswego Review reporter and resident has done the homework for us, tracing the 50 year history of our award winning Willamette Valley Wine region. What happened that a land that as she describes was considered “too cold and wet to grow great grapes” was named Wine Region of the Year in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast? Satisfy your curiosity by reading her book.

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