January brought us the Capitol Siege. February brought us the ice storm. Let’s hope March has better things in store for us here in Lake Oswego.
Here are a few activities in and around Lake Oswego to consider doing in March.
SPRING BREAK CAMPS. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is offering a scaled down lineup of Spring Break activities, some of which are already filled so be sure to check the schedule and register online.
VIRTUAL DRINK & DRAW: KOKEDAMA CLASS. Learn the Japanese art of creating pot-less plants with a unique soil mixture, moss and string. Your work of art can be hung or displayed on a dish. The $40 registration fee includes all materials which can be picked up the week before class at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, 41 B Avenue. Participation is limited to 30 so sign up soon.
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 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $125 fee.
INSTAGRAM SCAVENGER HUNT. If Spring Break finds you with bored kids looking for an activity, consider this. Load everybody up and head out in search of family-friendly, fun Instagram-worthy photo opportunities both in and around Lake Oswego. Here are some suggestions:
• Amyas and Soleil. Let your family mimic these two characters’ poses and stretch your arms up high. This sculpture was the 2018 People’s Choice winner. Corner of Evergreen and 1st.
• Lollipops. Bring lollipops along and start licking them while standing next to the life-size ones at the library entrance, 706 Fourth Street.
• The Goal. Got any soccer stars in your group? Head over with a ball to the sculpture in Westlake Park and show the sculpture how it’s done.
• Dream. Let your kids pretend they are picking an apple from the tree of knowledge stationed in front of Lake Grove School on Boones Ferry Road.
• Paul Bunyan. If you want to venture into Portland, head over to this 31 foot tall replica of this folk hero for an Instagram-worthy shot. Corner of N. Denver and N. Interstate Avenue.
• Portland Troll Bridge. Bring a troll with you to leave behind. Kids will get a kick out of this—a colony of trolls living in this wooden train trestle just waiting for your little ones to stop by and visit them. 16498 NW McNamee Road.
• Rhino Mural. This larger-than-life rhino even got our adult children to trek into Portland for a photo shoot. You can find him at 1300 SE Morrison Street.
•Sizzle Pie Pizza Mural. If you’ve got some pizza lovers in your family, this is a great stop with a pizza food pyramid displayed in grand scale perfect for photo ops. Best to plan your outing when you can follow up the photo with a pizza to go!
WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVAL. Last year’s festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, but the Iverson family is planning on opening its fields again this year following state COVID guidelines. Festival dates are March 19 through May 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. 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. All tickets must be purchased online.
WHALE WATCHING. While Whale Watching Week has been cancelled for this year, the whales are still making their trek northward to Alaska from Baja Mexico so you can catch them, albeit without the help of volunteers to answer your questions. The whales can usually be seen off the Oregon coast beginning in mid-March through May. With about 25,000 whales making their annual trek, whale watchers can usually catch sight of 10-30 a day off the Oregon coast. Check this online map for the best places to see the whales.
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!