12 Things We Love About Lake Oswego in June

LAKE RUN. Runners are on their mark, set, and off this morning starting at 8:00 a.m. If you’re an early riser, you can maybe still make it. But if not, you can still enjoy the after party that runs until 1:00 p.m. in Millennium Plaza Park. Or head out to the course and cheer on the runners—believe me, they’ll appreciate it! You can read up on the Lake Run here. Sunday, June 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 200 First Street.

COOL BOOKS FOR HOT DAYS SUMMER READING PREVIEW. Summer is called “Beach Reads Season” for a reason. Most of us find a little more leisure time on our hands, good weather to enjoy it in, and, lots of books to put the two together. As New York Times book critic Clive Barnes said in 1968, “Why summer reading? One doesn’t have winter reading, or fall reading (that I suppose would have too autumnal an echo or even…spring reading. But summer reading—like the Statue of Liberty and motherhood—is always with us.” Given that, Lake Oswego librarian Chris Myers has put together a tour of 30 new or forthcoming titles you may want to add to your TBR list in a 60-minute talk presented over Zoom. Pre-registration is required. I have a couple suggestions of my own written by my daughter and real estate partner, Riley Costello. Her debut novel, named a Best Beach Read in 2019, Waiting at Hayden’s, is available now on Amazon and her next novel, Waiting for December is due out in late summer/early fall so watch for it. Tuesday, June 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Add this Lake Oswego author’s “Best Beach Read” to your summer reading list!

ART + MAKERS SERIES. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego has a special program planned to immerse participants in the live and work of artist, Frida Kahlo. In conjunction with One River School of Art and Design, participants will learn about her life and paintings and then be guided step-by-step in creating an acrylic artwork of their own. The $65 fee includes all materials as well as food and beverages. Registration is required as space is limited. Christ Church Episcopal Parish, June 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1060 Chandler Road.

LAKE GROVE SWIM PARK. This popular summer hangout for kids, adults and families alike, opens for a summer of memory-making on Saturday, June 11. Wondering why this is a place where memories are made? Check out one of my previous blogs. Parents will be glad to learn that swim lessons return this year starting July 11 with signups on July 10 at 9:00 a.m. Stay tuned for more details on all the reasons why you want to put the Lake Grove Swim Park on your summer to-do list. 3800 Lakeview Blvd.

SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB. How about a blind group date? The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled once-a-month casual mid-day dinners for 18 years and older at local restaurants. This month’s is at Corona, 4250 Mercantile Drive in Lake Oswego at 200 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Register online for #24404 or call 503.635.3758.

FLOURISH DEDICATION. Meet and greet Ed Carpenter, the artist who created Flourish, the beautiful sculpture that greets people as they enter Lake Oswego along State Street at the Terwilliger boundary. Installed in the fall, the City of Lake Oswego is officially dedicating it at this festive reception at the Adult Community Center. June 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BARNYARD TALES AT LUSCHER FARM. How about a little change of scenery to spice up your storytime? Bring your wee ones (ages 0-4) to the farm for stories and some fun garden-based activities (children must be accompanied by parents). Please register in advance as space is limited. Thursday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 125 Rosemont Road

LOBSTER FEED AND CHARITY AUCTION. After a drive-through event last year, the big event under the Lakewood Center tent returns this year on Saturday, June 18 to kick summer festivities off. Sponsored by the Lake Oswego Rotary and Lakewood Center for the Arts, this annual event raises funds to benefit Lakewood Center programs, Hunger Fighters of Oregon, Clackamas Women’s Services, Easterseals of Oregon Summer Camp for Kids and MAIA Impact School – Guatemala as well as other humanitarian, community and arts causes. Lobster is flown in from Maine and is served up with lots of other goodies and entertainment. Tickets are on sale now. 503.635.3901, If you can’t make it, consider buying a raffle ticket for a 7-night Mekong River Cruise.

JUNETEENTH 2022. Join Respond to Racism, LO for Love and the City of Lake Oswego to commemorate the end of slavery with a community celebration in Millennium Plaza Park on Saturday, June 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event includes a keynote address, live music and dance performances, poetry readings from local youth and more.

LONGER DAYS. If you’re a longer day fan like me, then June is your month here in Lake Oswego. The earliest sunrise occurs on June 15 at 5:21 a.m. followed by the latest sunset on June 26 at 9:03 p.m. And the summer solstice occurs on Tuesday, June 21 and clocks in at 6 hours and 58 minutes longer than our December solstice with 15 hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds of daylight. I’ll take that

LAKE OSWEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. This year’s event brings back many of our favorite activities including music, food and some amazing kid’s activities. The theme for the juried exhibit is Reemergence which promises to generate a lot of reflection on what our community and the world has endured during the pandemic. A new feature—the Night Market will debut this year as well, with the Art in the Park exhibitors staying open until 9:00 p.m. Saturday night. Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. Lakewood Center hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00. a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. George Rogers Park: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 368 S. State Street.

HYDRANGEAS. These are my wife’s favorite flower and in June they start their summer display. She and my daughter love hydrangeas so much, they have a few hydrangea-themed items listed in their Etsy shop, Heartspun Printables. Be sure to check them out.

You can purchase this printable wall art at Heartspun Printables on Etsy. ART

June is also a great month to move to Lake Oswego so you can experience some of these wonderful things for yourself! If you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego or moving within Lake Oswego, give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.com and/or check my website. As you can tell, I love living here and I’ve helped others experience the same thing as a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years. Let me put my experience to work for you helping you call Lake Oswego home!

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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