Free family fun coming up at Lake Oswego’s Collector Car and Classic Boat Show

Lake Oswego is home to two major events that spotlight works of art. The first and largest is the Festival of the Arts. The second largest is the Oswego Heritage Council’s Collector Car and Classic Boat Show set for Sunday August 25.

Featuring cars and boats that harken back to an era that valued style, craftsmanship and detail over efficiency, speed and good mileage, this too is a festival of arts—works meant to be ogled at and appreciated.

Here are some details to help you enjoy the show.

  • There will only be two venues this year: Sundeleaf Plaza for the boats and George Rogers Park for the cars.
  • Returning this year is a Poker Run Car Tour to benefit the scholarships in the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial and the Oswego Heritage Council Museum. The tour will take participants to five historic locations beginning at Foothills Park at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. For a $5 donation, participants will receive two playing cards which they can then add to at $1 per card along the way. By the tour’s end, the players holding the three best poker hands will prize baskets.
  • Lions Club pancake breakfast will be kicking things off on Sunday, August 25 at 7:30 a.m. at George Rogers Park followed up with lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m.
  • Collector cars will start lining up in George Rogers Park on Sunday morning and be on display from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s featured Marque is Pre-World War II Classics. Keep an eye out for the best representations of this era known for its workmanship and design.
  • Nearly 40 classic boats will be docked at Sundeleaf Plaza for close-up viewing offering examples of rare as well as wooden masterpieces. They all come with a story which owners are more than happy to share.
  • Free shuttles will be running to transport visitors to the two different locations.

Events like these are just one reason you want to move to or live in Lake Oswego. Let me show you some more. Check out my website or give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you.

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Dancing with the Lake Oswego Stars Raises Money for Charity

Local celebrities have been practicing their dance moves in order to raise money for charity during the second Lakewood Bandstand dance competition hosted by the Lakewood Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 368 S. State Street. General admission tickets (at $150/person) are still available. 

The event is a combination of two iconic television shows that Americans have loved—American Bandstand and Dancing with the Stars. Step It Up Studios has stepped in to create and stage the event pairing professional dancers with amateurs and then letting the audience rate-the-dancers. When viewers cast their votes by raising their numbered bids (from 1-10) they are also agreeing to donate the dollar amount associated with that number (10=$1,000). Last year Step It Up Studios owner Kristy Higgins estimates the event netted over $100,000.

This year’s beneficiaries are Children’s Cancer Association, ALS, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Lakewood Center.

Local celebrities include residents Kerrie Woolworth and Aideen M. Gaffney; Claire Sarnowski, Lakeridge High School student; John LaMotte, Lake Oswego City Council; Healther McPhearson and Rose Kilpatrick, Lake Oswego Businesswomen;  Kelly McGinness, Lake Oswego Country Club; Ken Studebaker, Lake Oswego Mayor.

Thanks to 10 lessons at Step It Up Studios as well as perhaps some natural talent and general chutzpah, the participants will be performing a wide variety of dances including the slow waltz, country two-step, foxtrot, mambo, East Coast swing, hustle, samba and the cha-cha.

The night kicks off with a garden party from 6:00 to 7:00 followed by the show from 7:00-9:00 and an after party until 10:00. In addition to the dancing there will be beverages, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, silent and live auction for packages such as a week’s stay in a Tuscan villa or a Sky High Montana condo. Local businesses and wineries have contributed to the festivities including Riccardo’s, On a Whim Studios, Copper and Kings, Eastside Distilling, DePonte Cellars, Deuce Cellars, Potcake Cellars and more. Live music provided by Left Coast Jazz.

Can’t make it? You can still donate to the dancer of your choice by clicking here

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with a Lake Oswego Trivia Quiz

Lake Oswego’s Farmers Market is one of the many summer traditions residents have come to love. But we’re not alone in our commitment to shopping local. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, there are 8,764 farmers markets in the United States which is why August 4-10 has been proclaimed National Farmers Market Week.

As part of the celebration, you can pick up an “I Love Farmers Markets” temporary tattoo (get there early—there are only 200 of them) at Saturday’s market and then enter the national Instagram photo contest. Just take a picture of yourself, a vendor, puppy, tomato—anyone or anything!—wearing the tattoo. Post the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #LoveMyMarket. Prizes will be awarded to winning photographers AND markets featured.

Check out the infographic below to see just how beneficial farmers markets are to the local economy, our community’s health and the preservation of rural farmland.

And..if you’re reading this we know you like to attend farmers markets. Take the test below to see how much you know about them and about Lake Oswego’s Farmers Market in particular. Once you’ve completed it, just hit the return button to see your results.

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See why pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. at Pro Exhibition in Lake Oswego this week

Lake Oswego is helping fuel the growth of one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States—pickleball. The Sports and Fitness Industry Association claims over 2.8 million Americans play the game, representing a 12% increase just in the past year.

With six renovated courts installed at George Rogers Park, fans of all ages are getting hooked on this cross between tennis, ping pong and racquetball. In fact the local Lake Oswego Pickleball Club claims 330 members to-date.

And to inspire the uninitiated as well as the devotees, the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club is sponsoring a Pro Exhibition on Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. with a clinic to follow.

So, what’s the fuss about this sport you perhaps never heard of?

There are many catalysts driving the sport’s popularity but LOPC club organizer Carl Schmits suggests pickleball’s growth is due in large part to meeting the ‘trifecta’ for the perfect sport.

1. It’s so much fun it’s considered “addictive” with a drop-in play format at most venues that encourages more frequent play without having to coordinate partners

2. It’s gentle on the body so you can play often and play to your fitness/skill level.

3. It’s easy to learn. Given its similarities to sports most of us are more familiar with, it’s easy to pick up the basics of pickleball. Besides clinics offered by the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club, there is a host of YouTube videos and online guides. But luckily for the competitive-minded, there is plenty of room for improvement and advancement as players learn strategy and techniques.

Here are a few other reasons to add to Schmits’ list:

4. It’s a social game. Pickleball is usually played as a doubles game and because it can be played by all ages, family members from 8-90 can join in. Lake Oswego’s oldest member is 98 not to be outdone by several tweeners who also show up to play regularly.

5. It’s affordable. Beginners can pick up the basics—wooden paddle and balls for around $30 before they upgrade to composite paddles that will set them back a little (or a lot) more. Annual membership in the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club is only $25/year ($50/couple; $60/family) and gives you access to club supplies including loaner paddles and balls as well as free or discounted clinics. Drop-in fees are $5.

6. The professional game is bringing attention to the sport. TV contracts, professional endorsements and moneyed tournaments are putting the sport in the limelight, especially among the younger crowd. While pickleball has seen a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years according to the USA Pickleball Association, the biggest subset of that growth has not been in the traditional over 60 crowd. Instead, with professional players in the spotlight and more parks and recreation departments sponsoring programs, the younger crowd is stepping onto the courts that only Grandma and Grandpa used to play in. Check out some of the pros playing here. 

7. It’s a workout. If you’re counting calories, expect that a 160-pound adult can burn close to 250 calories during a 30-minute casual play and 350 in a more competitive game. If you’re counting steps, one researcher tracked 7,000 steps during 90 minutes of play; 10,000 steps against more competitive players.

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Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night Promises a Dance Party on the Lake

Four of the happy faces enjoying the party atmosphere at last year’s Hot August Night. This year promises more of the same.

Lake Oswego’s “Hot August Night” is bringing back last year’s popular band, The Hit Machine, for this year’s annual party on the lake set for Saturday, August 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

There’s a reason why The Hit Machine is coming back. They play popular songs that get everybody on the dance floor (and yes, there is a floating dance floor at this party). Their playlist draws from a variety of genres (disco/funk, jazz/swing, classic rock) and time periods going back to the 50s all the way up to today. Their energy is infectious—it’s impossible to listen to them and not move—so yes, get your sea legs on because you’ll want to be moving!

This year there will be three rows of 100’ dock on each side of the main dock to accommodate the ever-growing lineup of boaters who want to join in the fun. Last year around 150 boats were able to tie-up. There will not be any rope tie-offs this year.

Here’s what else you need to know to get the most out of Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night:

  1. Buoy lines open at 5:30 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Pat and Pam Kearney’s home. A DJ will entertain you until then.
  5. 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. Boat hopping is a thing and you don’t want to show up empty-handed.
  6. BYOT (Bring your own transportation) There will be porta-potties located at the end of the central dock so boaters that are tied in can walk to them, but a paddle board, canoe or kayak will be necessary if you’re anchored nearby.
  7. Have a designated driver to ensure the safety of your guests as well as others.

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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Fun Free Entertainment in Lake Oswego: Movies in the Park and Masque Alfresco

Looking for some free entertainment? Then get thee to a park in Lake Oswego over the next few weeks to catch Movies in the Park (in Millennium Plaza) and Masque Alfresco theater performances at George Rogers.

Here’s the schedule. ue

MOVIES IN THE PARK. For the next three Thursdays, you can enjoy a PG rated movie outdoors in one of Lake Oswego’s popular parks beginning at dusk (between 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.)

Round up the family for what has turned out to be a popular Lake Oswego summer tradition. Armed with blankets, pillows and low sand chairs you can enjoy a night of free entertainment. Popcorn and other treats are available for purchase.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, July 18 Kung Fu Panda 3 Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen. Popcorn and other treats available for purchase.

Thursday, July 25 Ralph Breaks the Internet Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen. Popcorn and other treats available for purchase.

Thursday, August 1 The Incredibles 2 Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive. Food trucks, ice cream, face painting, balloon artist and more!

MASQUE ALFRESCO. This popular theater group will be performing their commedia dell-arte rendition of Oscar Wilde’s satiric comedy The Importance of Being Ernest outdoors on the Memorial Garden in front of the Iron Foundry at George Rogers Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 19 through August 4. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Complete with slapstick antics, stock characters, colorful period costumed and family-friendly current social and political jokes, the play is sure to engage even the youngest ones in your family. Pack a picnic dinner and make it a night!

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Lake Oswego Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Week

Lake Oswego’s popular summer concert series kicks off this week with Moonlight and Music debuting Sunday evening in Millennium Plaza Park. A special concert to honor Lake Oswego City volunteers is set for Wednesday evening at the Municipal Golf Course after which the Sounds of Summer Wednesday night concert series will switch to Foothills Park until July 31 and then to Westlake Park.  From Jazz to Rock, there is something for everyone’s musical tastes.

So grab a picnic, get your beach chairs and blankets and head out to one of the city’s parks for an enjoyable evening.

Sun. July 7 6-7:30 pm MPP Ken DeRouchie Band Soul, Rhythm and Blues
Wed. July 10 7-9:00 pm MGC My Happy Pill & Stone in Love Funk & Rock

Journey tribute

Sun. July 14 6-7:30 pm MPP Mbrascatu Italian folk
Wed. July 17 7-9:00 pm FP Cloverdayle Country
Sun. July 21 6-7:30pm MPP The Rock Bottom Boys Bluegrass
Wed. July 24 7-9:00 pm FP Big Night Out Rock, pop show band
Sun. July 28 6-7:30pm MPP Michael Allen Harrison Piano
Wed. July 31 7-9:00 pm FP Paul Creighton Project’s Tribute to Jamiroquai Pop
Sun. Aug. 4 6-7:30pm MPP 3 Leg Torso Chamber/World Music
Wed. Aug. 7 6:30-8:30pm WP Stump City Soul Soul and Funk
Sun. Aug. 11 6-7:30pm MPP Todd Haaby Latin
Wed. Aug. 14 6:30-8:30pm WP Precious Byrd Dance/Rock
Sun. Aug. 18 6-7:30pm MPP Norman Sylvester Rhythm & Blues
Wed. Aug. 21 6:30-8:30pm WP Jennifer Batten & Full Steam Rock
Sun. Aug. 25 6-7:30pm MPP Joe Powers Harmonica Jazz, Classical, World
Wed. Aug. 28 6:30-8:30pm WP Radical Revolution 80s Tribute Band

*MPP – Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

*MGC – Municipal Golf Course, 17525 SW Stafford Rd.

*FP – Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road

*WP – Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive

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