10 Things We Love About Lake Oswego in September

THE WEATHER. My wife and I have always insisted that the school schedule in Lake Oswego should run from October 1 through June 30 because the weather in September is not to be missed and sometimes our summer takes a little time to warm up on the other end. So whatever your schedule is in September, be sure to make the most of any opportunity you have to be outdoors. The sometimes harsh sun of July and August gives way to more soothing sunshine that just invites you to settle into a comfortable seat and finish some of the “lake reads” you haven’t gotten a chance to dig into yet.

ART DECKED OUT. The Lakewood Theatre is celebrating its 70-year history with a special event this evening, Sunday, September 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Lakewood Center deck. Andrew Edwards and Steve Knox will open the evening sharing some of the highlights of their experiences followed by a short program of music and comedy with Lake Oswego actress and singer Joan Freed called “The Perils and Passions of Live Theater: 70 Years at Lakewood.” The event is free but tickets are required.

LAKE OSWEGO TEEN LOUNGE OPEN HOUSE. Here’s the perfect opportunity for your sixth through twelfth grader to check out all the Teen Lounge has to offer. All through the month of September, teens can attend clubs, events and classes for free. After September 30, students will be required to purchase a membership or pay a drop-in fee for activities. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR. When Lake Oswego was under a Level 1 evacuation order during the wildfires in September of 2020, we all got a crash course in emergency preparedness, while at the same time perhaps being reminded of how Unprepared we were for an emergency. With that in mind, we might all want to show up at the City of Lake Oswego’s Emergency Preparedness Fair on Thursday, September 15. Twenty information booths will be on hand to educate you on:

Water storage and emergency food options, emergency supply kits, pet preparedness, portable sanitation and seismically retrofitting your home. The City will be giving away approximately 280 BPA-free 3-gallon water containers (limit of one per Lake Oswego household, while supplies last).  In addition, they are also giving away 100 one-gallon soft-sided water bags.

How to fill and stack sandbags against flood waters

CPR training

Building a water filtration system

How to protect your home from wildfires

How to use two-way radios for emergency communication

In addition to the learning opportunities, there will be fun activities for the kids including getting up close and personal with city vehicles like a fire truck, street sweeper and police cars and meeting LOPD’s K9 teams.

The event takes place at City Hall, 380 A Avenue on the 3rd floor in the Community Room and in the upper parking lot from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE. This half-day festival celebrates the diverse culture in the Lake Oswego community with live musical performances, dance, martial arts, artisan and food vendors, nonprofits, community booths and more. Sunday, September 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen.

GALLERY WITHOUT WALLS CELEBRATION. Welcome the city’s 12 new sculptures into Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls at this family-friendly event featuring food, fun, artist presentations and hands-on art creations you can take home. The event culminates with docent-led tours of the new artwork to line our city streets. Sunday, September 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue.

LAKE OSWEGO INDOOR TENNIS CENTER GRAND REOPENING. After being closed for renovations, the city’s indoor tennis center is reopening its doors with a new upstairs viewing area for watching the action, a multi-purpose room to host meetings and gatherings and a lobby area to enjoy beverages and snacks after matches. All are invited to the grand reopening celebration complete with self-guided tours, tennis demonstrations and refreshments. Saturday, September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 2900 SW Diane Drive.

THE ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER KITCHEN ACADEMY. Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained and Sysco Culinary Consultant Tselani Richmond will kick off this series of classes on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. with a class on “Preserving the Summer Harvest.” The class will cover fruit and vegetable selection, where to shop, and freezing/canning/pickling. Listen, get some hands-on instruction and the best part is the tasting! Future sessions will cover Plant Based Tasting and Knife Skills. Register online. Fee is $25/Residents; $35/Non-Residents.

LO WINE WALK. While this year’s Wine Walk isn’t until October 1, tickets are on sale now and should be purchased before they sell out! This fun event gives Lake Oswegans a great excuse to get to know local businesses while also getting to know more about wine. Up to 40 locations will be pouring from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $50/person through August 30; $60/person after August 30. They can be purchased through the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce. https://lakeoswegochamber.com/wine-walk/

BLITHE SPIRIT AT THE LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY. The Lakewood Theatre Company is performing a Noel Coward play through the month of September that’s sure to entertain. Socialite novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. Runs from September 9 through October 16. Tickets are $25 for Students 25 and under, $36 for Seniors 65 and over and $39 for Adults. Purchase online. https://lakewoodtheatrecompany.csstix.com/

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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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