7 Things We Love About Lake Oswego in May

LAKE OSWEGO FARMERS’ MARKET. Lake Oswego’s favorite excuse to “hunt and gather” kicks off on Saturday, May 7 and will continue through October 1. The variety this market provides explains why residents turn out in droves to try artisan cheeses and baked goods, locally sourced jams, jellies and salsas, hummus, fresh produce, meats, seafood, nuts, nursery items, hot foods, artisan crafts and more. Enjoy live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And be sure to check out the Urban and Community Forestry booths and activities for kids and adults on Saturday, May 21 as part of Lake Oswego’s Arbor Day extended celebration. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Millennium Plaza Park.

CAMELOT. The Lakewood Center is providing us with a new, inventive take on this classic triangle love story with performances throughout the month of May. A special Wine on Wednesday performance will be held on May 18, with wine tasting provided one hour before the curtain goes up. Get your tickets online. 368 S. State Street, 503.635.3901.

WALK4WATER15. Join WaterAfrica supporters in the fifteenth annual walk to raise awareness and funds to make water, sanitation and hygiene resources available for rural Zambians. WaterAfrica partners with World Vision to reach its goal of “finishing the job” of providing safe water to all Zambians in the next five years. Register for this year’s event to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Foothills Park on Saturday, May 7. Fees are $25/child; $50/adult; $300/family. 199 Foothills Road.

MOTHER’S DAY CLEMATIS CELEBRATION. Bring your mom out to Luscher Farm to browse the expansive clematis collection and gift her one from the potted varieties for sale. You can also visit booths from local vendors and stop by the Children’s Garden to make a craft for mom. Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road.

VILLAGE FLOWER BASKETS. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, seeing the village flower baskets go up in early May always brings a smile to my face because it’s a harbinger of summer and represents many things: the vision of a dear friend of mine, Doug Oliphant, the generosity of community members who finance the project through their donations, and the generosity of volunteers who traditionally hang the baskets every year. That’s in addition to the sprawling, trailing beauty these baskets bestow upon our streets all summer long. If you’d like to support the flower baskets with a contribution, call 503.636.3634 or send a check to the LO Chamber Foundation, PO Box 368, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION. Head down to Millennium Plaza Park for this community cultural celebration honoring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders featuring community speakers and musical performances from  Heart Strings Mandarin(link is external), dance performances from White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance(link is external), martial arts student demonstrations from Wushu Martial Arts, cooking demos from Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen(link is external) and more! Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 200 1st Street.

MEMORIAL DAY WITH LAKE OSWEGO VETERANS MEMORIAL. Join the City of Lake Oswego and the LO Veterans Memorial to honor the service of military veterans who are no longer with us. The program will include a keynote address from US Naval Commander Eric Schuk, a flyover from West Coast Ravens, a Presentation of Colors and a 21-gun salute from the Lake Oswego Honor Guard. Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road.

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And to all you runners out there–don’t worry! You haven’t missed the annual Lake Oswego Lake Run which has moved its traditional date from May to June 5.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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