Things We Love About Lake Oswego in May

If Walls Could Talk: How to Research the History of Your Home. Family trees aren’t the only family history we can research. Turns out the homes we live in have a history too and local researcher Char Green will take you through the steps of how to uncover it, including valuable tools for finding and then organizing your information into a cohesive narrative. Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. Brought to you by the Oswego Heritage Council and held at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

Lake Oswego Lake Run. The popular Lake Run returns this year in an all in-person event with 10K runners taking off at 8:00 a.m., 5K entrants at 8:15 a.m. and Kids’ Dashers at 10:00 a.m. Presented by the Northwest Housing Alternatives, the run is a fundraiser to support their efforts to build new homes and opportunities for seniors, families, veterans and people with special needs across Oregon. Register online.

Village Flower Baskets. These beautiful additions to our city’s streets will be hung in May and delight us all summer long. If you’d like to contribute to support this wonderful amenity we all get to enjoy, make your donation here.

Pints from the Past: Pacific Northwest Brewery Women. Women’s roles in Oregon’s beer history have been overlooked but Tiah Edmunson-Morton is setting out to change that with her work curating the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives. Learn about the 19th century women who ran brewery businesses and the women of the 20th and 21st century who continue that work. Offered by the Lake Oswego Public Library in cooperation with the Lake Theater and Café. Admission is free and no ticket is required, although food and drink purchase is encouraged to offset the cost to the Lake Theater. Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30; presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. 106 N State Street. For more information call 503.534.4237.

Library Visioning Task Force Work Session. The City of Lake Oswego has embarked on a Library Visioning Process to shape a community vision for the Lake Oswego library of the future. And YOU are invited to offer your input by completing a 3-minute survey, idea board, and/or attend work sessions such as this one. Thursday, May 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. held virtually via Webex. Contact by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th for meeting information.

Lakewood Center Associates Re-Runs Accessory Sale. The Lakewood Center Associates are hosting a women’s accessory sale featuring gently used and unique accessories including handbags, hats, scarves, shoes and more. May 12-13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368. S. State Street.

Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market. Lake Oswego’s popular market returns for its summer run! Enjoy a wide variety of produce, meats, seafood, nuts, cheeses, artisan baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, hummus, nursery items, hot foods, artisan crafts and more. Kicks off Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street.

Living Well Dance featuring the Millennium Dance Band. Enjoy the sounds of the “Big Bands” from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. All ages invited, 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $7/person at the door. Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.

Wills & Trust for the Busy Parent. Lake Oswego attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss will cover important points for parents planning for their future. Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street or live stream here: is external)

  •  The 10 most common estate planning mistakes parents often make while drafting wills and trusts for their children, inheritance – and how to avoid them.
  • How to ensure your childcare/babysitter has the ability to authorize emergency medical care if you can’t be reached.
  • Kids off to college? If your 18+ has a health crisis, privacy laws mean you can no longer make medical decisions for them – without the correct Power of Attorney.
  • Long-term strategies to minimize Oregon estate taxes through the use of Disclaimer Trusts.
  • Various Powers of Attorney in case your spouse or children need you for a medical or financial decision and you are unavailable.

2023 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. Join Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month in partnership with local nonprofits LO for LOve(link is external) and Respond To Racism(link is external). Peruse food vendors, artisans and nonprofit booths with crafts and activities for youth from 12-1p. Main program begins at 1pm and will include a keynote address from Beaverton City Council member Nadia Hasan(link is external), performances from Tahitian dance group Anavai O Te Ora(link is external), martial arts demonstrations from World Champion Taekwondo & Grand Master Kim(link is external), remarks from LO for LOve’s Kimvi Tu and more! Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street.

Walking Through Portland With a Panther: The Life of Mr. Kent Ford. All Power! Enjoy a free showing of this solo play presented by Respond to Racism, the Lake Oswego Public Library and the Lakewood Center for the Arts. The play celebrates the life of Mr. Kent Ford, co-founder of Portand’s chapter of the ’60s-era black empowerment organization. The event is free but you must reserve your tickets online.

2023 Memorial Day Commemoration. Join the City of Lake Oswego and Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial(link is external) to honor the fallen whom have sacrificed their lives for our nation.  The event features a keynote address from Sandra Spatz-Wiszneauckas. A Lake Oswego resident, she served in the US Marine Corps from 1966-1969 and works as a pivotal member of the Women’s Marine Corps Association. Spatz-Wiszneaukas also co-founded the 641 Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America in her former hometown of Silver Springs, Maryland, that helps maintain the Vietnam Memorial Wall and promotes legislation beneficial to Veterans. The event program also includes remarks from Fire Chief Don Johnson, a flyover from West Coast Ravens, a Presentation of Colors and 21-gun salute from the Lake Oswego Honor Guard, and more. Monday May 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Foothills Park.

Teen Lounge Open House. Here’s an opportunity for future 6th graders to meet and greet and discover the perks of Junior High – The Teen Lounge! Open to all parents and students currently in 5th through 11th grades. Stop by for tours, free smoothies and a raffle. Friday, May 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1060 Chandler Road.

More homes will be coming on the market in May too so if you’re in the market to move to Lake Oswego, give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at and/or visit my website. I’d love to put my 30+ year’s experience as a Lake Oswego Realtor to work for you!

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 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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