10 Things We Love In and Around Lake Oswego in March

SHE SAID THAT. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lake Oswego Library is challenging kids to match ground-breaking women’s quotes with their images displayed on a whiteboard in the children’s library. New women and quotes will be featured each week. Here’s one to get you started. Who said: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” (Answer at the end of this blog) 706 Fourth Street, 503.636.7628.

GLOBAL ART PROJECT. The woman quoted above also said this: “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” The Lake Oswego Library is inviting residents to participate in the Global Art Project whose mission is to create a culture of peace by connecting people around the world through their artistic visions of peace and goodwill. Visit the children’s library to create an art piece expressing your vision of peace or create your artwork at home and bring it to the library. Works will be displayed during March and April, then exchanged with artists around the world. 706 Fourth Street, 503.636.7628.

LAKE OSWEGO READS AUTHOR TICKET GIVEAWAY. The library will be giving away free tickets to hear the author of this year’s Lake Oswego Reads Selection, How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Reimagined History by C Pam Zhang, on Saturday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. until all tickets have been distributed. Her presentation will be on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Lakeridge High School. Tickets are free; however, you must present a Lake Oswego Public library card to receive one.

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVAL. The 38th floral display will be held this year from March 18 through May 1, with field reports posted daily on their website. The flowers put on quite a show with 40 acres of tulips in bloom when they all get going. Currently season passes are available at $40 each; day passes will go on sale March 1. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekends, with more activities offered on the weekends as well. All tickets must be purchased online.

FLORAL WINE & DESIGN. Zupan’s is offering their popular virtual workshop again in March. Participants pick up floral materials, cheese and a charcuterie plate prior to class. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Sunday, March 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $125 fee. Good News! Next month’s class will be in person again, in the breezeway. Stay tuned.

THE DULLAHAN IRISH PUB ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION. Get your green on and head over to The Dullahan Pub on Thursday, March 17 for live music and special menu and drink offerings to celebrate the occasion. While not scaled up to pre-COVID festivities yet, attendees will find plenty of reason to raise their glasses and say, “Sláinte!” Depending on demand, the special offerings may extend through the weekend. 352 B Avenue, 503.305.8087.

TRYON CREEK OWL FEST. Learn about the five owl breeds that live, breed and nest here (and another that has been known to fly over). Saturday, March 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Check for updated details. 11321 S. Terwilliger Blvd., 503.636.4398.

THE WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So since the weather in March is still cold in the Portland metro area, ORbike decided to make an event out of it. Bicyclists can brave the elements in costumed style and chose one of three routes ranging from 15 to 41.6 miles on Sunday, March 20. The registration fee covers a hearty breakfast, syncopated drummers and a half-time party.

SPRING BREAK CAMPS. These are always a March highlight and you can read all about them in an earlier blog. And here’s another option: Tryon Creek is also offering a Spring Break Camp for ages 7-12 from March 21 through March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include hiking, storytelling, nature art and campfires. Fees: $425/non-Friends of Tryon Creek Members; $375/members. 11321 S. Terwilliger Blvd., 503.636.4398.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES. These beautiful harbingers of spring are abundant around Lake Oswego and the Portland metro area. You’ll find them in Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza Park, and lining many of our commercial and neighborhood streets. Venture up to Portland and catch the 100 tree display on the northwest side of Waterfront Park towards the end of March or stroll through Hoyt Arboretum where 60 cherry blossom trees are planted along the 12 miles of trails.

Spring is also a popular time for home sales so if you’re in the market, be sure to start by giving me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’ve lived in Lake Oswego and been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work making your next move your best one!

Answer to Women’s History question: Eleanor Roosevelt