Enjoy Lake Oswego’s Free Pass to Summer Entertainment

When was the last time someone gave you a free pass to go see a movie? Or watch a play?

Well, the city of Lake Oswego is doing just that with Movies in the Park and Masque Alfresco both kicking off this week.

MOVIES IN THE PARK. For the next four Thursdays, you can enjoy a PG rated movie outdoors in Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen, beginning at dusk.

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 19 The Secret Life of Pets

Thursday, July 26 Despicable Me 3

Thursday, August 2 The Lego Batman Movie

Thursday, August 9 Coco

MASQUE ALFRESCO. This popular theater group will be performing their commedia dell-arte rendition of Moliere’s Misanthrope outdoors on the Memorial Garden in front of the Iron Foundry at George Rogers Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 20 through August 5. 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’s 2018 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 and Sounds of Summer in Foothills Park on Wednesday. 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 8 6-7:30 pm MPP Bobby Torres Ensemble Latin Jazz
Wed. July 11 7-9:00 pm FP Eagle Eyes The Eagles Tribute
Sun. July 15 6-7:30 pm MPP Lisa Mann Blues
Wed. July 18 7-9:00 pm FP Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire Earth Wind and Fire Tribute
Sun. July 22 6-7:30pm MPP Haley Horsfall Jazz and Neo Soul
Wed. July 25 7-9:00 pm FP Petty Fever Tom Petty Tribute
Sun. July 29 6-7:30pm MPP Dave Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool Big Band
Wed. Aug. 1 7-9:00 pm FP Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts 50s/60s Dance Hits
Sun. Aug. 5 6-7:30pm MPP SoulMates Soul
Wed. Aug. 8 6:30-8:30pm WP Ants in the Kitchen featuring LaRhonda Stele Classic 70s funk and rock
Sun. Aug. 12 6-7:30pm MPP The Pearls Alt-country, Americana, Swing
Wed. Aug. 15 6:30-8:30pm WP Dance Hall Days Dance Hits
Sun. Aug. 19 6-7:30pm MPP The Brian Odell Band American rock, Celtic, pop
Wed. Aug. 22 6:30-8:30pm WP Aerosmith Rocks Aerosmith Tribute
Sun. Aug. 26 6-7:30pm MPP Sister Mercy R&B Blues
Wed. Aug. 29 6:30-8:30pm WP Hit Machine Rock and Pop Hits

*MPP – Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

*FP – Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road

*WP – Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive

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Here’s Proof That Lake Oswego Knows How to Celebrate the 4th of July

Lake Oswego’s reputation for a good time on the 4th of July drew over 20 twentysomethings from San Francisco to our place last year.

Lake Oswego does the 4th of July up big. From pancakes in the park to a pie-eating contest, to a parade down main street as well as one on the lake, it’s not to be missed. And if you need any more proof, answer me this—what other town of 37,000 hosts two fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day? This year, in addition to the display over the lake, viewers can catch the city’s inaugural fireworks show from the Upper Ballfield at George Rogers Park as well as Foothills and Millennium Plaza Park.

Here’s a schedule of this year’s events:

  • Millennium Concert Band. Get in the flag-waving mood with your patriotic favorites on Monday, July 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Lakeridge High School auditorium).
  • Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. This is the one time of the year my wife eats pancakes so they must be good (and hers are gluten-free)! Early birds make sure they get the marionberry syrup. Line starts forming at 7:00 a.m. and grows until closing time at 12:00 noon. George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. $9/Adults; $6/Kids 12 and under.
  • Star Spangled Parade and Celebration. What kid doesn’t love a parade? Apparently none in Lake Oswego as it seems every child under the age of 10 is either walking down A Avenue or cheering those on who are. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at Millennium Plaza Park with a Star Spangled Celebration…and pie eating contest at 12:00 noon. Things wrap up at 1:30.
  • Lake Oswego Corporation Boat Parade. Where else can you see one parade on land and one on water all in the same day?! Boats will leave from Lake Grove Swim Park at 3800 Lakeview Boulevard at 12:00 noon. While you’re there, reserve your spot for fireworks viewing later that night.
  • Star Spangled Fireworks Spectacular. Catch the inaugural fireworks display from the Upper Ballfield at George Rogers Park or Foothills and Millennium Plaza Park.
  • Fireworks Show on the Lake. The show begins around 9:45 p.m. on the west end of Oswego Lake so best to be at the Lake Grove Swim Park, on the Oswego Canal bridge, in a boat on the lake, or at a lakefront party if you can get an invite.
  • Skiboard and Wakeboard Show. Grab a viewing spot of the action in Lakewood Bay at Sundeleaf Plaza, Stickmen’s Brewery & Skewery, the Lake Theatre and Café, or Millennium Plaza Park on Saturday, July 7 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood Bay.

Lake Oswego has a lot more going for it than just its 4th of July celebrations. If you’re thinking about moving here, let me show you around and explain our local housing market. I’ve been a Realtor® in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and would love to put that experience to work for you in finding you a home (or helping you sell one if you already live here and want to move up, down, or on). Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website

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Lake Oswego Hosts First Repair Fair This Week

If you’re anything like me, you probably have something sitting in your garage or in your house that needs fixing.

Could be a bike, a blender, a pair of pants that need hemmed. Well, luckily for you, Lake Oswego is hosting its first ever Repair Fair Saturday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue.

Repair Fairs have been happening worldwide for years, but the first one in our area was hosted by Repair PDX in 2013. Since then other groups have gotten involved in Washington and Clackamas counties, including neighboring West Linn which has hosted several at their Robinwood Station Community Center.

What can you expect?

Repair Fairs rely on handy people who are willing to share their expertise to give your broken items a second chance at life and save them from the landfill. What’s in it for them? According to Stacy Ludington, a Sustainability Analyst with Clackamas County, volunteers enjoy building community and seeing first-hand how they can make a difference for someone.

What’s in it for you? You might not have to say good-bye to some sentimental items like the ones Ludington has seen come through previous Repair Fairs—a grandmother’s waffle iron, a childhood dresser, a lamp purchased on a honeymoon, or handmade jewelry from grandkids. And you just might learn a new skill by watching the volunteers in action.

Organizers ask that you bring bikes, clothing, electronic toys, jewelry, and small appliances. If you bring multiple items, they will work on one at a time and if time allows, they’ll try to get to another.

Another added bonus—they’ll be collecting Styrofoam to recycle so if you have any cluttering your garage your storage closet, now is a good time to dispose of it.

Looking to beat the heat this summer? Be sure to check out one of my previous posts on swimming holes in Lake Oswego including one of my favorites, the Lake Grove Swim Park

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How Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts Stretches Your Idea of Art

One thing you can say about the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—it gets us to think outside the box when it comes to art. Past special exhibits have brought us book excavations, extreme felting and yarn bombing. This year the tradition continues June 22-24 with the theme: Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.

3D Printing you may ask (as do a lot of people judging by Internet discussions)? But before you rush to judgment, consider the brush, the camera, the pencil. They are all tools, just as a 3D printer, which when put in the hands of a creative thinker with an artistic vision, yield results the artistically challenged souls like me can only admire.

But this technological newcomer to the art world has definitely raised some questions. Here are a few I found on the Internet:

  • …”if 3-D printing makes creation so easy, ‘Is it art?’”
  • “We’re asking questions about the nature of the medium—what does it mean to make a printed piece, or make one by hand? What’s the difference?
  • ”…if a work of art can be made that is infinitely reproducible and totally dispossessed from human creation is it is as precious or authentic as a genuine Picasso?”
  • ”Is 3D printed art the future of creation?

I can’t guarantee you’ll like what you see in this year’s Festival of the Arts Special Exhibit, but I can guarantee that it will get you thinking!

Besides stretching your definition of what art is, here are some other things you’ll find at this year’s festival:

DEMONSTRATIONS. Catch Virtual Reality and 3D Scanning Demonstrations throughout the weekend in the Special Exhibits Gallery, and Oil Painting, Charcoal Drawing and Chinese Brush Painting demos in the big tent.

BODY SCANNING BOOTH. Shapify My Life will have a booth at the Festival where you can have yourself scanned in 3D and then order a custom figurine (mini-me) to be shipped to  you later.

Jenna and Nick Reineking have been hard at work getting their Art Bus ready to hit the road and debut at Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts.

ART BUS. Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts will be the scene for the inaugural workshop series put on by Tumblewheel Studios.  A labor of love for artist Jenna Reineking and her husband, Nick, you can find this mobile art classroom at George Rogers Park where Reineking will be giving half hour classes on Hand Building with Clay, Relief Printmaking and Paper-mậché. “Through this alternative mode of teaching,” Reineking explains, “we hope to engage as many participants as possible, and offer them the opportunity to learn by doing and the tools to express themselves creatively.”

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. On Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. kids can enjoy special arts and craft activities, face painting, TaeKwonDo demonstrations, comedy show, dance performance, story time and a mobile DJ in George Rogers Park.

MUSIC. Enjoy music as you wander through the Open Show in the Pavilion tent or head over to George Rogers Park for afternoon/evening concerts by the likes of Wildcat Rose, Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Crazy 8s, Julie Amici and Curtis Salgado.

TOURS. Catch a shuttle from the Lakewood Center each morning at 11:00 a.m. for a docent-led tour of Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls.

THEATRE. The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns with local talent on stage presenting Blackbeard the Pirate for a free performance on Friday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. in George Rogers Park and again on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. with a $5 admission charge.

FOOD. There will be food booths both at the Lakewood Center and  in George Rogers Park but some local merchants are offering signature Festival dishes for you to enjoy as well including Babica Hen, Nola Doughnuts, and St Honoré Bakery.

Check online for a complete schedule. Festival hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Events are held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street and George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. Parking is limited so consider using the shuttle service from designated parking lots. Suggested donation is $5/person; $10-$20/family.

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15 Ways to Entertain Summertime Guests

Thanks to Lake Oswego’s natural beauty and fabulous weather, chances are if you live here, you’ll have a lot of out-of-town guests asking if they can come for a visit this summer. For ideas on how to entertain them, check out one of my previous blog posts. And here’s some additional info on events coming up in Lake Oswego and the Portland Metro area that might just fit into your plans.

Portland Beer Week, June 7-17. Portland shows up in every top 10 list of craft beer capitals in the U.S. so have fun showing it off to the beer lovers in your group. Beer Week is filled with activities including the Beer Quest and Mini Beer Fest on June 16 in north Portland where you can earn free beer pours by visiting participating breweries, and the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest also on June 16 which features 10 pairings of beer and cheese at Culmination Brewing.

Portland International Beerfest, June 22-24. Just to prove we’re not snobs, Portland also gives a nod to world class beers, like some of the Belgian ones I recently tasted on a trip to Bruges with my wife and son.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 22-24. Make it easy and stay home while treating your guests to the sights and sounds of this major regional arts event. In its 53rd year, the festival features a juried craft fair, music, dance, theater, and multiple arts exhibits including a special focus on “Layering: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.”

Festival of Balloons, June 22-24. Tigard hosts this annual event that features hot air balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons at dusk, along with a carnival, vendors, craft show and more.

World Naked Bike Ride, June 23. Portlandia fans may enjoy this quirky event that shows up on “Keep Portland Weird” roundups. What they’ll see are naked cyclists. What they may not realize is they are using nudity as a way to protest our dependence on oil and to promote all things cycling. They just happen to have found a way to have good, goofy fun while doing so.

St. Paul Rodeo, July 3-7. In its 83rd year, St. Paul’s is considered one of the nation’s top rodeos with nearly a thousand competitors. Rodeos are help every evening at 7:30 with a 1:30 matinee on July 4th.

4th of July in Lake Oswego, July 4. Our small town is not to be missed on this national holiday. Beginning with a pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park, followed by a children’s parade, pie eating contest, boat parade, and fireworks show, visitors will be entertained from morning ‘til night.

Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-7. Featured artists this year include The Revivalists, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Beth Hart and The Mavericks. It’s considered the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk and rhythm and blues west of the Mississippi all happening on four stages. Food, vendors and fireworks round out the fun.

Portland Craft Beer Festival, July 6-8. In case your beer loving friends couldn’t make it last month, here’s another chance to taste what all the fuss is about when it comes to Portland craft beer. Held at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run, July 27. Give them something to write home about! Participants make their way through 3.1 miles of natural terrain tackling a variety of obstacles like monkey bars, plank walk, a mud pit and more before celebrating at the Barn Bash after party. Luscher Farm.

International Pinot Noir Celebration at Linfield College, July 27-29. The Willamette Valley has earned bragging rights when it comes to its Pinot Noir and seems a fitting place to host this world-class event filled with seminars, walk-around tastings, winery tours, and farm-to-table cuisine. There are three ticket choices: the full weekend (at $1,295), Passport to Pinot ($125) and Salmon Bake ($225).

Third Annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade, July 28. If any of your guests include a mermaid loving youngster, then they may want to time their visit for this family-friendly event that culminates with a beach party at Poets Beach.

Hot August Night, August 4. If you have lake access, you’ll probably have to create a waiting list for guests who want to attend this event. Entertainment this year features The Hit Machine.

Providence Bridge Pedal, August 12. File this event under “cool.” Take advantage of this chance to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges. Depending on the stamina of your riders there are different routes to choose from that range from 3, 5, 12 and 18 miles and cross two to nine bridges.

Collector Car and Classic Boat Show, August 18-19. This is another Lake Oswego homegrown event that takes advantage of its setting on water with a display of not only classic cars but rare classic boats. Check out one of my earlier posts on the event.

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Find Out What Happens When 50 Artists Take to the Streets in Lake Oswego

“The Garden at Noon,” one of last year’s plein air paintings created by Romona Youngquist.

What happens when over 50 artists take to the streets? Find out in Lake Oswego on June 8-10 when the Arts Council of Lake Oswego sponsors Chronicle: Plein Air, its annual Plein Air paint out.

From sunrise to sundown, artists will bring their canvases outside to capture our city’s natural beauty in its natural light. It’s a tradition that became popular in the 1800s for several reasons thanks to the creation of more portable easels and paint tubes (instead of mixing pigment powder with oil).

But plein air painters face challenges. Consider these:

  1. Interruptions. While a painter’s studio can be a great hideaway where he or she can control who comes in or out, not so in the great outdoors. Spectators want to watch, ask questions, take photos, so the artist need to either roll with it or tune it out.
  2. Changing light. Especially here in Oregon with cloudy skies, a scene that started out in brilliant sunshine could become clouded over by afternoon. What’s an artist to do?
  3. Weather. A slight breeze can bring some unwanted natural elements to an artist’s canvas like dust, a feather, or if it’s stronger, sand and dirt.
  4. Safety. While our resident artists in Lake Oswego will probably be okay, other artists have reported having a shotgun pulled on them (the artist was trespassing in a farmer’s field), being crop-dusted while painting a wheat field, chased by a bull, and attacked by red ants.

See for yourself how artists deal with these challenges while transforming blank canvases into beautiful scenes that you can witness. According to Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council, Chronicle: Plein Air is “a unique opportunity for the community to delve into the artistic process and see how an idea becomes a reality.”

The public can see artists in action from sun-up to sun-down at these Lake Oswego parks and plazas: Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Roehr Park, Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza, Lakeview Village, and new this year, beautiful Marylhurst University.

The finished pieces will be on view June 22 through August 4 at the 510 Museum & Artspace, located at 510 1st Street, Lake Oswego with an opening reception on Friday, June 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 4 p.m., or by appointment.  All artwork will be available for purchase.

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