See why pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. at Pro Exhibition in Lake Oswego this week

Lake Oswego is helping fuel the growth of one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States—pickleball. The Sports and Fitness Industry Association claims over 2.8 million Americans play the game, representing a 12% increase just in the past year.

With six renovated courts installed at George Rogers Park, fans of all ages are getting hooked on this cross between tennis, ping pong and racquetball. In fact the local Lake Oswego Pickleball Club claims 330 members to-date.

And to inspire the uninitiated as well as the devotees, the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club is sponsoring a Pro Exhibition on Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. with a clinic to follow.

So, what’s the fuss about this sport you perhaps never heard of?

There are many catalysts driving the sport’s popularity but LOPC club organizer Carl Schmits suggests pickleball’s growth is due in large part to meeting the ‘trifecta’ for the perfect sport.

1. It’s so much fun it’s considered “addictive” with a drop-in play format at most venues that encourages more frequent play without having to coordinate partners

2. It’s gentle on the body so you can play often and play to your fitness/skill level.

3. It’s easy to learn. Given its similarities to sports most of us are more familiar with, it’s easy to pick up the basics of pickleball. Besides clinics offered by the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club, there is a host of YouTube videos and online guides. But luckily for the competitive-minded, there is plenty of room for improvement and advancement as players learn strategy and techniques.

Here are a few other reasons to add to Schmits’ list:

4. It’s a social game. Pickleball is usually played as a doubles game and because it can be played by all ages, family members from 8-90 can join in. Lake Oswego’s oldest member is 98 not to be outdone by several tweeners who also show up to play regularly.

5. It’s affordable. Beginners can pick up the basics—wooden paddle and balls for around $30 before they upgrade to composite paddles that will set them back a little (or a lot) more. Annual membership in the Lake Oswego Pickleball Club is only $25/year ($50/couple; $60/family) and gives you access to club supplies including loaner paddles and balls as well as free or discounted clinics. Drop-in fees are $5.

6. The professional game is bringing attention to the sport. TV contracts, professional endorsements and moneyed tournaments are putting the sport in the limelight, especially among the younger crowd. While pickleball has seen a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years according to the USA Pickleball Association, the biggest subset of that growth has not been in the traditional over 60 crowd. Instead, with professional players in the spotlight and more parks and recreation departments sponsoring programs, the younger crowd is stepping onto the courts that only Grandma and Grandpa used to play in. Check out some of the pros playing here. 

7. It’s a workout. If you’re counting calories, expect that a 160-pound adult can burn close to 250 calories during a 30-minute casual play and 350 in a more competitive game. If you’re counting steps, one researcher tracked 7,000 steps during 90 minutes of play; 10,000 steps against more competitive players.

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Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night Promises a Dance Party on the Lake

Four of the happy faces enjoying the party atmosphere at last year’s Hot August Night. This year promises more of the same.

Lake Oswego’s “Hot August Night” is bringing back last year’s popular band, The Hit Machine, for this year’s annual party on the lake set for Saturday, August 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

There’s a reason why The Hit Machine is coming back. They play popular songs that get everybody on the dance floor (and yes, there is a floating dance floor at this party). Their playlist draws from a variety of genres (disco/funk, jazz/swing, classic rock) and time periods going back to the 50s all the way up to today. Their energy is infectious—it’s impossible to listen to them and not move—so yes, get your sea legs on because you’ll want to be moving!

This year there will be three rows of 100’ dock on each side of the main dock to accommodate the ever-growing lineup of boaters who want to join in the fun. Last year around 150 boats were able to tie-up. There will not be any rope tie-offs this year.

Here’s what else you need to know to get the most out of Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night:

  1. Buoy lines open at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to Half Moon Bay at the east end of the main lake.
  2. Finger docks hook up to a central dock, allowing people to exit their boats, visit other boaters and hit the dance floor.
  3. Boaters are advised to bring an anchor and at least 20 feet of line to secure your boat if you’re not able to tie off on the buoy lines.
  4. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Pat and Pam Kearney’s home. A DJ will entertain you until then.
  5. BYOS (Bring Your Own Stuff). It can be a long night, so be sure you don’t leave home without being well stocked with food and drink to enjoy and share. Boat hopping is a thing and you don’t want to show up empty-handed.
  6. BYOT (Bring your own transportation) There will be porta-potties located at the end of the central dock so boaters that are tied in can walk to them, but a paddle board, canoe or kayak will be necessary if you’re anchored nearby.
  7. Have a designated driver to ensure the safety of your guests as well as others.

Want to get in on the fun? Give me a call and I can help you find a home in Lake Oswego so you can start living and enjoying the lake lifestyle. Reach me at 503.939.9801 or check my website.

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Fun Free Entertainment in Lake Oswego: Movies in the Park and Masque Alfresco

Looking for some free entertainment? Then get thee to a park in Lake Oswego over the next few weeks to catch Movies in the Park (in Millennium Plaza) and Masque Alfresco theater performances at George Rogers.

Here’s the schedule. ue

MOVIES IN THE PARK. For the next three Thursdays, you can enjoy a PG rated movie outdoors in one of Lake Oswego’s popular parks beginning at dusk (between 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.)

Round up the family for what has turned out to be a popular Lake Oswego summer tradition. Armed with blankets, pillows and low sand chairs you can enjoy a night of free entertainment. Popcorn and other treats are available for purchase.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, July 18 Kung Fu Panda 3 Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen. Popcorn and other treats available for purchase.

Thursday, July 25 Ralph Breaks the Internet Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen. Popcorn and other treats available for purchase.

Thursday, August 1 The Incredibles 2 Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive. Food trucks, ice cream, face painting, balloon artist and more!

MASQUE ALFRESCO. This popular theater group will be performing their commedia dell-arte rendition of Oscar Wilde’s satiric comedy The Importance of Being Ernest outdoors on the Memorial Garden in front of the Iron Foundry at George Rogers Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 19 through August 4. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Complete with slapstick antics, stock characters, colorful period costumed and family-friendly current social and political jokes, the play is sure to engage even the youngest ones in your family. Pack a picnic dinner and make it a night!

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Lake Oswego Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Week

Lake Oswego’s popular summer concert series kicks off this week with Moonlight and Music debuting Sunday evening in Millennium Plaza Park. A special concert to honor Lake Oswego City volunteers is set for Wednesday evening at the Municipal Golf Course after which the Sounds of Summer Wednesday night concert series will switch to Foothills Park until July 31 and then to Westlake Park.  From Jazz to Rock, there is something for everyone’s musical tastes.

So grab a picnic, get your beach chairs and blankets and head out to one of the city’s parks for an enjoyable evening.

Sun. July 7 6-7:30 pm MPP Ken DeRouchie Band Soul, Rhythm and Blues
Wed. July 10 7-9:00 pm MGC My Happy Pill & Stone in Love Funk & Rock

Journey tribute

Sun. July 14 6-7:30 pm MPP Mbrascatu Italian folk
Wed. July 17 7-9:00 pm FP Cloverdayle Country
Sun. July 21 6-7:30pm MPP The Rock Bottom Boys Bluegrass
Wed. July 24 7-9:00 pm FP Big Night Out Rock, pop show band
Sun. July 28 6-7:30pm MPP Michael Allen Harrison Piano
Wed. July 31 7-9:00 pm FP Paul Creighton Project’s Tribute to Jamiroquai Pop
Sun. Aug. 4 6-7:30pm MPP 3 Leg Torso Chamber/World Music
Wed. Aug. 7 6:30-8:30pm WP Stump City Soul Soul and Funk
Sun. Aug. 11 6-7:30pm MPP Todd Haaby Latin
Wed. Aug. 14 6:30-8:30pm WP Precious Byrd Dance/Rock
Sun. Aug. 18 6-7:30pm MPP Norman Sylvester Rhythm & Blues
Wed. Aug. 21 6:30-8:30pm WP Jennifer Batten & Full Steam Rock
Sun. Aug. 25 6-7:30pm MPP Joe Powers Harmonica Jazz, Classical, World
Wed. Aug. 28 6:30-8:30pm WP Radical Revolution 80s Tribute Band

*MPP – Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

*MGC – Municipal Golf Course, 17525 SW Stafford Rd.

*FP – Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road

*WP – Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive

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How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Lake Oswego: Let Me Count the Ways

Lake Oswego is decked out in red white and blue for all of the 4th of July festivities.

Lake Oswego pulls out all the stops when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July. From pancakes in the park to a pie-eating contest, to a parade down main street as well as one on the lake, it’s not to be missed. And this year the city is adding an Illumination Drone show in Millennium Plaza Park to its lineup. It’s no wonder that residents don’t schedule vacation getaways until after the 4th and visitors make it a point to show up just in time for the festivities to begin.

Here’s a schedule of this year’s events:

  1. Millennium Concert Band. Get in the flag-waving mood with your patriotic favorites on Wednesday, July 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Lakeridge High School auditorium).
  2. Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. This is the one time of the year my wife eats pancakes so they must be good (and hers are gluten-free)! Early birds make sure they get the marionberry syrup. Line starts forming at 7:00 a.m. and grows until closing time at 12:00 noon. George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. $9/Adults; $6/Kids 12 and under. All proceeds go towards supporting the Lions Club’s charitable efforts throughout the year.
  3. Star Spangled Parade and Celebration. What kid doesn’t love a parade? Apparently none in Lake Oswego as it seems every child under the age of 10 is either walking down A Avenue or cheering those on who are. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at Millennium Plaza Park with a Star Spangled Celebration complete with face painting, music, food trucks, and a pie eating contest at 12:00 noon. Things wrap up at 1:30.
  4. Lake Oswego Corporation Boat Parade. Where else can you see one parade on land and one on water all in the same day?! Boats will leave from Lake Grove Swim Park at 3800 Lakeview Boulevard at 12:00 noon. While you’re there, reserve your spot for fireworks viewing later that night.
  5. Independence Day Illumination: A Light Show in the Sky. Catch the inaugural illumination drone show over Millennium Plaza Park. Festivities include DJ Danny Dwyer, balloon animals, face painting, and cuisine from Dogs & Fries, Koi Fusion, Kona ice and MexiRican. Bring your blankets, pillows, and low sand chairs and get comfortable for a fun night. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. First and Evergreen.
  6. Fireworks Show on the Lake. The show begins around 9:45 p.m. on the west end of Oswego Lake so best to be at the Lake Grove Swim Park, on the Oswego Canal bridge, in a boat on the lake, or at a lakefront party if you can get an invite.
  7. Skiboard and Wakeboard Show. Grab a viewing spot of the action in Lakewood Bay at Sundeleaf Plaza, Stickmen’s Brewery & Skewery, the Lake Theatre and Café, or Millennium Plaza Park on Saturday, July 6 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood Bay.
  8. Author Book Signing at Bridgeport Barnes & Noble. My daughter will be signing copies of her book, Waiting at Hayden’s, on Saturday, July 6 at 12:00 noon at the Bridgeport Barnes & Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Road. It was recently named one of this season’s “best beach reads” so is a perfect pick for our hot summer weather.

Lake Oswego has a lot more going for it than just its 4th of July celebrations. If you’re thinking about moving here, let me show you around and explain our local housing market. I’ve been a Realtor® in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and would love to put that experience to work for you in finding you a home (or helping you sell one if you already live here and want to move up, down, or on). Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website

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When the going gets hot, check out these swimming holes in Lake Oswego

My two daughters enjoyed summers hanging out with the lifeguards at the Lake Grove Swim Park until they got old enough to become lifeguards themselves. Licensed lifeguards are just one of the perks you’ll find at this popular swimming hole open to residents of the original Lake Grove School District.

Temperatures are starting to rise so you may be looking for the closest place to cool off in Lake Oswego. Here’s an updated roundup of swimming holes in Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego Swim Park. All you need is proof of residency in Lake Oswego to cool off in this lifeguard-supervised swim park which features diving platforms, water sprayers, inner tubes, outdoor showers, and lounge chairs. Park is open 7 days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting) from July 1 to August 25. 250 Ridgeway Road, 503.953.9325.

Lake Grove Swim Park. The Lake Grove Swim Park is run by the Lake Oswego School District and is open to residents who live within the boundaries of the former Lake Grove School District according to the original deed spelled out by Oregon Iron & Steel Company.(Check to see if you live within the boundary).  While that district is now part of the LOSD, residents within those original boundaries still pay an additional property tax to support the park.

The park opens the first Saturday after the last day of school which this year is June 8 and remains open through August 23. You must have a park pass to enter the park. Passes can be obtained at the park with a picture ID and proof of residency. Once inside you can enjoy three roped off swimming areas, lifeguard supervision, playground, wading pool, badminton, tetherball, basketball, picnic tables, shady spots for picnicking, and a very popular concession stand.

The Lake Grove Swim Park also offers swim lessons to all Lake Oswego school children but they fill up fast. You must register in person at the swim park on a first come, first served basis for two week sessions.

And check out earlier posts on the swim park for more reasons why it’s such a popular spot.

George Rogers Park. Lake water isn’t the only fresh water available for cooling off on a hot summer day. The Willamette River beach at George Rogers Park is a perfect place for both man or woman and his or her dog to get their feet wet. Once you’ve cooled down, enjoy some of the other things the park has to offer including a playground for the kids, two outdoor tennis courts, picnic tables and recreational fields.

Foothills Park. The city’s newest riverfront park offers Willamette River views and also access for taking a dip, chilling on a floatie, laying out in the sun, and watching the boaters cruising down the river.

Lake Oswego School District Pool. This indoor pool is located on the Lake Oswego High School campus. Be sure to check the schedule as this is a busy place with allotted times for lap swim, swim club practice, masters and lessons. One-time use fees range from $2.75 for preschoolers to $8.75 adult (residents). Passes are also available for 30 days, four months and annually. 2455 Overlook Drive, 503.534.2330.

Plaza Fountain. Not really a swimming hole, but the fountain at the base of Millennium Plaza Park on State Street, is a quick and fun way for little ones to cool off on a hot day. Follow the stairs down from the park. First and Evergreen.


Bryant Woods. This pool is open to members of the Bryant Woods Homeowners Association from Memorial Day through September annually. Check site for membership boundaries. 18275 Indian Creek Drive, 503.639.2732 (during season) $644/annual dues.

Greentree Pool. The Greentree Pool is a private neighborhood pool open to residents who live within the Hallinan and Palisades school boundaries. Membership is capped at 150 families. 1773 Greentree Road. 503.303.5285 (during season)

Blue Heron Community Pool. This small outdoor neighborhood pool is open to the Blue Heron Neighborhood Association. Fees go towards pool maintenance and lifeguard supervision. 17791 Blue Heron Drive. 

Mountain Park Recreation Center. The aquatics center here features a leisure pool, lap pool and therapeutic spa which are open to members of the Mountain Park Homeowners Association. People living outside the Mountain Park HOA boundaries may pay for a patron membership in order to use the facilities.  2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace. 503.635.3561

Lake Oswego Country Club. The outdoor pool and lanai here are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day for club members. You’ll find private, adult swim, open swim and tier level swimming lesson opportunities. 20 Iron Mountain Blvd., 503.636.3631.


The Bay Club Portland. Members can enjoy year-round swimming in the indoor junior Olympic lap pool as well as summertime use of the outdoor recreational pool with playful slide. The club offers private and group swim lessons, acqua fitness classes, lap and recreational swimming. 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard, 503.968.4500.

24 Hour Fitness. A three lane indoor lap pool is available for members’ use. 17942 SW McEwan Rd., Tigard, 503.670.0400.

The Stafford Hills Club. Members have access to a six lane, 25 yard saline outdoor pool year-round that is heated to a temperature of 82 degrees. Amenities include recreational and lap swimming, masters, swim club, lessons and water aerobics. 5916 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin, 503. 6112.2400

LA Fitness.  Offers a three lane indoor pool with both acqua fitness classes as well as lap swim. 7405 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, 503.404.0126.

If you want to make sure you live in a Lake Oswego neighborhood that has access to one of these swimming holes, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check my website and I can help you find the right home. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years so would love to put my expertise to work for you!

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See Comics as Art at Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts This Week

I was born at the tail end of the Golden Age of Comics and grew up in the Silver Age reading titles like The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider Man and Archie and Jughead. Leave it to the Festival of the Arts to take my limited comic books experience and stretch and expand it with their special exhibit for this year’s event: Origin Stories: Comics & Identity.

Despite my own experience, comics is not just kid stuff. I learned that quickly listening to some episodes of curator Andréa Gilroy’s Comics Crash Course. For example, consider these tidbits of comic books history:

  • The term “yellow journalism” (referring to newspaper reporting that emphasized sensationalism over fact) had its roots in a comic strip war between newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Richard Outcault created the popular “Yellow Kid” character in the Hogan’s Alley comic strip for Pulitzer’s New York World in 1895. It featured a bald, buck-toothed boy who always wore an oversize yellow nightshirt bearing his dialogue in a characteristic slang. The strip’s popularity helped boost newspaper sales and gave way to what some consider the first example of modern merchandising with images appearing on playing cards, dolls, and cigarettes. In 1986, Hearst lured Outcault over to his New York Journal by offering him a much higher salary which added flames to an already fire of competition between what became known as the “yellow kids” who were practicing “yellow journalism.”
  • Believe it or not there was a moral panic about comic books in the 1950s calling into question many of the issues parents today have about television, movies and video games. A U.S. Senate subcommittee on juvenile delinquency held a hearing on comic books and were heavily influenced by Dr. Frederic Wertham, a child psychologist, who claimed that the crime and violence present in many comic books influenced children’s behavior. As a result a Comics Code was established in 1954 with editorial content guidelines such as this:
  1. Policemen, judges, Government officials and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.
  2. In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds.
  3. Although slang and colloquialisms are acceptable, excessive use should be discouraged and, wherever possible, good grammar shall be employed.
  4. All characters shall be depicted in dress reasonably acceptable to society.
  5. Respect for parents, the moral code, and for honorable behavior shall be fostered.
  6. Passion or romantic interest shall never be treated in such a way as to stimulate the lower and baser emotions.

Let’s just say that put the kibosh on a lot of comic book storylines and by 1959 the number of comic book publications decreased by 50 percent.

  • Underground comix rose up in the 50s and 60s in response to the political climate at the time. A thriving underground press started putting out small print runs of comics dealing with the environment, racism, women’s rights, war, and the drug culture which were sold directly to shops willing to carry them. When those same shops faced the threat of being held liable for obscenity charges due to a court ruling, many of them took the publications off their shelves.

So, you see? There’s a lot about comic books you probably don’t know which is just one reason why you should attend this year’s Festival of the Arts.  Here are some others:

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. On Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. kids can enjoy special arts and craft activities, face painting, demonstrations, and interactive entertainment.

MUSIC. Enjoy music as you wander through the Open Show in the Pavilion tent or head over to George Rogers Park for afternoon/evening concerts by the likes of Mario Carboni, Sequel, Ural Thomas & The Pain, Patrick Lamb Jazz Quartet and Tony Starlight.

ART IN THE PARK. Stroll down aisles of hand-made fine art and craft and meet the artists.

THEATRE. The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns with local talent on stage presenting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for a free performance on Friday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. in George Rogers Park and again on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. with a $5 admission charge.

FOOD. There will be food booths both at the Lakewood Center and  in George Rogers Park with favorites like 3 Guys Grilling, Oregon Beignet, and Tall Boy Fish & Chips as well as newcomers like Chunky Monkey and S&J Original Oriental Food.

Check online for a complete schedule. Festival hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Events are held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street and George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. Parking is limited so consider using the shuttle service from designated parking lots. Suggested donation is $5/person; $10-$20/family.

If you’re thinking of moving to, within or out of Lake Oswego, give me a call and let’s see how I can help. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years so I know the market and can put that knowledge to good use for you! Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website



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