Lake Oswego Reads 2020 Kicks Off With Book Giveaway Next Week

The 2020 Lake Oswego Reads selection has once again made sure that Lake Oswegans get educated about and participate in discussions concerning a complex, and at times controversial, topic: climate change.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush examines the impact that rising sea levels is having on the plants, animals and people across seven states, including Oregon. Rather than a data-driven treatise, she makes her case through stories that put a human face on this issue, making it hard for us to ignore.

In true Lake Oswego Reads style, a month-long series of events designed to educate, inspire and challenge us have been planned. Here are some of the highlights. Check the library website for a complete listing.

Book Giveaway, January 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring your library card to receive a free copy of Rush’s book while supplies last. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

Lake Oswego Reads Ticket Giveaway, January 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get in line early to receive up to two free tickets to hear Elizabeth Rush speak about her book on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakeridge Auditorium. Must present your library card. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706b Fourth Street.

Dealing with Climate Change Anxiety, February 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Hear what Dr. David Pollack, retired psychiatrist and emeritus professor for public policy at OHSU has to say on his research in and experience with mental health and the public health impacts of climate change. Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th Street.

Young People Facing Climate Change, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. Hear what a panel of Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School students have to say about how they are feeling about climate change and what they are doing to address it. Lake Oswego City Hall Council Chambers, 380 A Avenue.

How to Improve Your Life, Save Money, Lower Carbon Emissions and Find Friendship, February 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It’s not all doom and gloom. Let Lisa Adatto and Duke Castle, co-founders of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network explain how you can create your own climate change action plan. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

Climate Change and Wine, February 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy will discuss how the wine industry and the region is adapting to our changing weather system. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

Racial Justice is Climate Justice, February 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Explore how racial injustice and climate injustice intersect and what we can do about it. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

I’d Rather Be Metal Than Plastic, February 20 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lake Oswego’s Sustainability Manager Jenny Slepian will break it down for us—what can and cannot be recycled and how we can switch from plastics to more durable alternatives. Reservations required: or by calling 503.342.6702. $15 includes lunch. Lakewood Center for the Arts Community Meeting Room, 368 S. State Street.

Differing Views on Climate Science, February 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Get armed with information on both sides of this issue including the scientific challenge to the theory that climate change is human-caused. Dr. Jessica Kleiss, Associate professor of environmental studies at Lewis and Clark will be presenting. Lake Oswego City Hall Council Chambers, 380 A Avenue.

Flooding in Lake Oswego: Past, Present and Future on February 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about our own city’s history with flooding and the work that has been done to lessen the impact with Lake Oswego City Engineer Rob Amsberry and Christine Shirley from the Oregon Department of Land and Conservation. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

The Story of Plastics on February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Watch the movie and then listen to a panel discussion addressing the issues raised. Lake Theater and Café, 106 N. State Street.

For the Love of Vegetables on February 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Katherine Deumling of Cook What You Have will demonstrate plant-based dishes and lead a conversation about the relationship between food and climate change. $10 fee to be paid at the library beforehand to secure your space. Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, 459 Third Street.

Politics of Climate Change on March 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We all know this can be a hotbed issue that divides political parties, neighbors, and family members. Hear Dr. Jack Miller, political science professor at Portland State University discuss the roadblocks that sidetrack policies intended to address climate change.  Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.

Elizabeth Rush: Rising Together—Creative and Collective Response to the Climate Crisis on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. Hear the author speak on hopeful collaborations that are taking action to reduce our vulnerability to climate change and explore how you can be part of that process. Lakeridge Auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive.

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Make good on your New Year’s Resolutions at these Lake Oswego fitness facilities

It may not be official, but in most people’s minds, January is National Plan to Get Fit Month. Since I ran my last Lake Oswego fitness clubs’ roundup, the scene has changed with many newcomers stepping in to serve the Lake Oswego community. Now you really have no excuse to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. One of these programs is sure to help.

Barre3, 4859 Meadows Rd., Suite 167. 503.206.8396. Workouts here borrow moves from ballet, yoga and Pilates to focus on balance, strength and length in your body. Classes combine dynamic movement with isometric holds for efficient workouts that are low impact while managing to burn fat and build muscle. Amenities include a changing room, two showers, toiletries, towels and a play lounge. Choose from a variety of packages for single classes all the way up to unlimited. Newcomers are invited to try two weeks of unlimited classes for $49.

Star Cycle, 375 Second Street. 503.303.4498. These hard-hitting 45-minute indoor cycle sessions utilize invigorating music, choreography, dimmed lighting and upper body movements and weights to ensure a high-energy, full body workout. Child care available. Individual classes are $ 25 but packages but packages offer discounts. New client specials include $15 for one class or 3 for $40 or one month of unlimited classes for $99.

Project 360, 420 2nd Street. The equipment and support are here to support you in reaching your fitness goals. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, this is your spot. Membership is limited to 200 with full access from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to the extensive range of cardiovascular and functional training equipment. Work alone or let one of their professional trainers guide you. Locker rooms, showers, lounge, and a Trackman Simulator to sharpen your golf game are all included in membership. Connect online for information.

9Round, 21 S State Street, 503.387.5798. Short on time? These 30-minute kickboxing themed sessions will get you in and out quickly. No matter when you show up within regular hours, a trainer is on hand to lead you through your individualized workout incorporating nine challenging workout stations based on functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimen. Try your first workout session for free.

Club Pilates Lake Oswego, 3 Monroe Parkway, Suite 300F, 503.8225473. Enjoy full body workouts with low impact, taking advantage of equipment like the Reformer, TRX Suspension Trainer and springboards. The studio features seven signature class formats and four levels of classes—you’re sure to find the right fit. They offer a free introductory class or consider subscribing to Club Pilates on demand—a streaming service that begins at $29.99 (with a free seven day trial).

Pilates Bodies Studio, 16130 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite A, 503.913.5788. New clients are encouraged to sign up for the introductory package of five lessons on the equipment for $225. From there you can continue with private or semi-private lessons or group classes that include Mat Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, and belly dancing.

IM=X Pilates and Fitness, 436 1st Street, 503.908.0024 IM=X claims to offer Pilates re-invented, re-choreographed and reconstructed to include other physical disciplines like cardio, barre and weight training. See for yourself. They offer a free private reformer introductory session (an $80 value).

Lake Oswego Pilates, 333 S. State Street. Lake Oswego Pilates is located inside the Trainers Club and run by Ellen Schmelzle. Contact her at 205.383.9190 for information regarding lessons and introductory packages.

Age-less Body Pilates Studio, 311 B Avenue, Suite Z, 503.381.3281. Age-Less Body Pilates Studio provides professional, certified Pilates instruction in an intimate setting. Choose from private and semi-private mat and Reformer Pilates lessons and small group class sessions for teens to adults.

CrossFit Lake Oswego17425 SW Pilkington Rd., 503.901.7877. Get the support, education, and motivation you need to participate in this fitness program. New members are encouraged to try their first class for free. While classes vary, the format typically covers a warmup, strength exercises, metabolic workout, mobility and core. Choose from a variety of packages that vary in pricing depending on your usage.

Snap Fitness6296 SW Meadows Road, 503.968.7627. Looking for an efficient workout you can do on your own time? Enjoy 24 hour access to MYFIT workouts that change daily but totally 18 minutes of 90 second high intensity intervals followed by 30 seconds of rest. Fitted with a MYFIT heart monitor you’ll be able to make sure you are in your zone for maximum effect. A single membership is $39.95/month; $54.95 joint; and $64.95 for a family.

Jazzercise.  11830 Kerr Parkway, Suite 206. 503.313.1122.  Jazzercise bills itself as the original dance party workout with the potential to burn 800 calories in one 55 minute session. The program has been around since 1969 and in Lake Oswego for quite a long time. Choreographed routines that change regularly blend dance, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and strength training, so you’re covered on most fitness fronts. Check them out for special deals running through January 31, 2020.

Trainer’s Club333 S.  State Street, 503.636.3900. This club offers cardio machines, free weights, personal training, massage therapy, as well as more than 45 group classes in a variety of offerings from Yoga and Tai Chi, to H.I.I.T and spin. There is also a Pilates studio and chiropractor located on site. Membership rates vary depending on your age and usage.

Providence Fitness at Kruse Woods, 5300 Meadows Rd., 503.216.6606. Providence has moved its fitness center from Mercantile Plaza to Meadows Road. Offers cardio and weight training machines, free weights, steam and locker room, showers, and personal training and massage for additional fees. Membership includes access to group exercise classes which include Yoga, Cardio Fusion, Pilates Dance Fusion, Parkinson’s Exercise Program and Low Impact Functional Training. Discounts offered to Providence Health Plan members. Call for rates.

Firebrand Sports, 15082 Bangy Road, 503.343.0101. Get in. Get out. Get fit with the  Lagree workout routine that fuses heart-pumping cardio, intense strength training and the precision of Pilates to deliver the most effective, safe and complete workout in the shortest time. Try it out with a two-week unlimited membership for $69.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. 503.675.2549. Check current catalog.  Class offerings range from Zumba, Nia and Yoga to Boomer’s Boot Camp and Cycle and Strength. Other choices include basketball, soccer, cornhole, and slow-pitch softball league play, running club for girls and adults, drop-in basketball and volleyball and adult pickleball clinic. Tennis lessons are offered at the Indoor Tennis Center at 2900 Diane Drive, golf lessons at the Public Golf Course at 17525 Stafford Road and rowing at the Water Sports Center, 350 Oswego Pointe Drive.

Lake Oswego School District Pool, 2455 Country Club Road, 503.534.2330. Eight lanes are available for both lap and recreational swim as well as swim lessons. Local schools also use the pool for practice and meets. Check online for the schedule. Fees for residents range from $7.25 per adult visit to $552 for an annual pass.

Bay Club Portland18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard. 503.968.4500. Formerly ClubSport Oregon, the new ownership has introduced a series of renovations that makes this top notch fitness center even better. Voted one of the top fitness clubs in the U.S. by Fitness magazine in 2014, this club has some unique offerings including a Rock Climbing Center with 11,500 square feet of climbing surface as well as an Air Fit Studio for high altitude training. The facility indoor basketball and pickleball courts, racquetball and squash courts, a six-lane indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor aquatic center, Airfit Altitude Training Studio, climbing wall, The Edge performance training center, Pilates studio, Kids’ World, massage, and café. Most group fitness classes are free to members and are offered in two studios (Exhale which includes yoga, Pilates, Nia, Tai Chi, Barre, and Centergy type classes and Excite that offers classes along the lines of Zumba, Group Fight, Strength and Conditioning and High Intensity Interval Training). Personal trainers are on hand as well as nutritional counselors. Family membership holders receive three free hours of childcare per day. Membership fees vary as do specials.

24 Hour Fitness17942 SW McEwan Road, Tigard. 503.670.0400. The local center is open 24 hours a day and includes a full size basketball court, three lane indoor lap pool, Kids Club, sauna, steam and spa, free weights and circuit training, personal trainers, racquetball court, and cardio equipment. Group exercise classes include Zumba, Yoga, Bodypump, Cycle, willPower and grace, Aqua fitness, and bootybarre. Membership fees vary. Take advantage of their free three day gym pass to check it out.

Stafford Hills Club5916 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin. 503.612.2400. Tennis courts set this club apart from the rest of the local offerings. Stafford features seven indoor and three outdoor courts with an elevated skybox for viewing. In addition there is an outdoor saltwater pool with six lanes for lap and recreational swim, a small children’s swim area and a splash pad for kids. Family events and children’s programming are offered regularly and two hours of free childcare daily is available to family memberships. Studio Grace features traditional and hot yoga classes, Pilates mat and reformer training, and Barre classes. Group exercise classes run the gamut from Hard CORE and Cycle Strength to Cardio Strength and Zumba. Personal trainers are on hand and for individual as well as Team Training sessions. A salon and spa and café round out the facilities. Membership rates vary.

LA Fitness, 7995 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin. 503.620.7727. This 45,000 square foot facility features cardio and strength conditioning machines, three racquetball courts, one basketball court, an indoor saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, sauna in locker rooms, 45-50 classes offered per week including Zumba, yoga, water aerobics and cycle and spin classes, SilverSneakers fitness program, juice bar and Kids Club. Personal training is also available. Membership fees vary.

Did we miss something? If your favorite place to work out is missing, let us know by leaving a comment here or give a thumbs up to one of these places so our readers know that you approve!

Thinking of moving to Lake Oswego? Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with your next move in, out, or around Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Lake Oswego Realtor for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you to make your next move a positive one. Check out my website or give me a call at 503.989.9801. 


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Turn checking out holiday lights in Lake Oswego into a scavenger hunt with this list

This year when you head out to look for holiday lights in Lake Oswego neighborhoods, why not turn it into a scavenger hunt? I’ve put together a list for you to copy and hand out to family members so they can be on the lookout for specific items. See how many you can check off the list and let us know in the comments below. Would love to hear what neighborhoods helped you work through the list the quickest. (Hint: be sure to start in Westlake. And don’t miss Village on the Lake or Cardinal Drive).



See if you can find:

A Nativity scene

The Grinch

Santa on a roof

A nutcracker

Santa on his sleigh


A Snowman with a top hat

Christmas carols being played

At least 5 candy canes in the same yard

Oversized wrapped Christmas gift

3 inflatables

A house with only white lights

A house with twinkling lights

An elf

Christmas star

Oversized ornaments hanging from a tree

Decorated mailbox

Oversized ornament

Icicle lights

Christmas light projector

Peanuts characters

I’m all for making your life in Lake Oswego better with tips on places to go, things to do, advice for how to buy or sell your home. Be sure to check out my website and/or give me a call at 503.939.9801 next time you’re in the market to move on. 

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Why Buying or Selling Your Home in Winter May Be a Smart Move

There are some mantras in real estate like Location, Location, Location. I’ve spoken here before about how Lake Oswego’s location is one of its strongest selling points.

Another mantra is: Spring and summer are prime real estate months. That is generally true but it doesn’t tell the whole picture. Yes, home sales in the Western United States in the slow season accounted for just 71 percent of the sales during the peak season in a recent study but at the same time more high-end homes have sold in Lake Oswego since October than during the entire year.

So, entering the real estate market in the spring and summer is not a hard-and-fast rule. In fact, finding or selling your home in the winter does have its benefits. Here are a few to consider.


  1. Less competition. Because of the assumption that it’s good to wait until things warm up, the inventory of homes during the winter months is typically less. While it means fewer options for buyers it also means less competition for the homes that are on the market. Chances are you won’t get caught up in a bidding war which is a big plus!
  2. Better deals. Waiting until the summer could cost you. For example, the average sales price of homes in the U.S. in January of this year was $249,300. By June, that number jumped up to $285.300. That means that winter buyers saved $36,000—nearly a 14.5% discount.
  3. You might get a better deal with a moving company too. We recently had our daughter’s car shipped across the country. The rate quoted for a November move was $200 cheaper than when we looked in August. The laws of supply and demand apply everywhere. Since fewer people are moving in the winter, moving companies are anxious for your business so you may be able to negotiated a better deal.
  4. You can close on the deal quicker. Everyone from home inspectors to mortgage brokers to Realtors will have more time on their hands in the winter months which means all your To Do’s and paperwork should process much more quickly.
  5. Extenuating circumstances could prove in your favor. Sometimes necessity compels a homeowner to put his or her house on the market in these “less than ideal” months. That can mean a motivated seller which is good news for you as a buyer. In addition, if it’s a job transfer that is triggering the move, the homeowner may have a financial incentive from his or her company to sell the home quickly. That translates into someone who is willing to negotiate to perhaps get a $10,000 bonus from his or her employer for unloading the house fast.
  6. You can see how well the house performs in winter conditions. The cold weather months can be hard on a house so you are primed to see if there are any red flags you should be aware of. Do the windows frost up? Can you feel a draft? How’s the insulation? How do the gutters hold up in the rain? Does the furnace warm things up evenly and efficiently? If there are problems you’ve identified that can be addressed in your offer and negotiations.


  1. Less competition. As is true for buyers, the same holds true for sellers. With less inventory on the market, you better your chances of selling your home quicker. Of course, that assumes you do all the right things to present your house in its best light including cranking up the coziness with a fire crackling, candles burning, heater warming things up, cleaning up yard debris from fallen limbs to pine needles, making your house light and bright to counteract the gray days and early sunsets.
  2. Motivated buyers. Chances are that someone who is looking to buy in the winter is a serious buyer for a variety of reasons: relocation, expiring lease, family circumstances. That bodes well for you when it comes time to negotiate. It also means that when you go to the trouble of “prepping” your house for a showing it’s probably for a serious potential buyer and not just a looky-loo.
  3. Head start on your home search. Chances are if you’re putting your house on the market, you’re looking to buy something else to move on. If you can get yours hold in the winter then you have a jumpstart on all those spring buyers.

I’m here to help no matter when you decide to buy or sell your home in and around Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Realtor for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to making your next move your best one! Give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website or connect below. I look forward to helping you!



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Make Your New Year’s Eve Plans in and Around Lake Oswego Now

If  “make New Year’s Eve plans” is on your holiday To Do list, the time to act is now. There are a few venues hosting events in Lake Oswego but they fill up so you want to put the shopping and wrapping aside for a moment and make your reservations. Consider these three options.


Tavern on Kruse. If you want to get all gussied up with someplace local to go, this is your spot. Enjoy a club-like atmosphere while rocking out on the dance floor to the tunes of the two-time Oregon Music Hall of Famer Andy Stokes and band. Purchase your libations of choice at two bars, order from the light menu, enjoy complimentary appetizers and toast with champagne on the house at midnight. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and seating is first come-first served. Tickets are limited at $100 per person and available by calling 503.303.5280.  4835 Meadows Road.

Gemini Bar and Grill. If you want to get things started a little earlier, make plans at the Gemini Bar and Grill. This popular Lake Oswego hangout will open its doors at 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and later in the night you’ll find yourself dancing to the sounds of Stump City Soul (show starts at 8:30 p.m.) Order from a special New Year’s Eve menu then toast in the New Year with free champagne and enjoy free snacks before you head home. Advance tickets are $60 and include a $20 dining credit with reserved table seating which you can select online. Tickets at the door are only $30 but do not guarantee a seat. 456 N. State Street, 503.636.9445.

Domaine Serene Wine Lounge. Book a spot at Lake Oswego’s culinary newcomer. There will be two prix-fixe menus with the later one including access to the after party complete with live music, DJ and sparking midnight toast. Earlier reservations are at the half hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. for a four-course meal at $75/person; $35 more for wine pairings. The second shift begins at 7:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. and features a six-course menu for $120 with wine pairings an additional $50. Book online through Open Table or by calling 503.664.7030. 300 1st Street.


Wilsonville Family Fun Center. Head down to Wilsonville especially if you plan on celebrating with your kids. Attractions include Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, the Rock Wall, Batting Cages, Sky Trail Ropes Course, Lazer Tag, Bumper Boats, Kidopolis Playland, the Frog Hopper, and arcade games. You can select the ticket package that suits you best. Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 29111 SW Town Center Loop, Wilsonville, 503.685.5000.

Oregon Garden. Another family-friendly way to ring in the New Year is a visit to the Oregon Christmas Garden in Silverton on its last day of the season. Activities include live music, artisan vendors, ice skating, snowless tubing, a 100 foot long candy cane tunnel,  a Biergarten and one million lights. Activities and pricing vary. Night skating and tubing opens at 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Sign up for the late shift and you can ring in the New Year to the big band sound of Blue Skies dance band. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. with swing lessons from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. followed by the band taking the stage from 9:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. $75/person or $130/couple. Special overnight packages are available that include a room at the Oregon Garden resort. 879 W. Main Street, Silverton.


The Governor’s Ball. Think swank and high-end and you’ll get the idea of what’s in store for you at The Sentinel Hotel on New Year’s Eve. Choose your experience from 7:00 p.m. reserved seating and a three-course dinner catered by Jake’s at $225/person or come later at 10:00 p.m. and enjoy the party scene and dancing for $125. 614 SW 11th Avenue.

Pink Martini New Year’s Eve Celebration. If you’re a Pink Martini fan, this is your ticket featuring the popular Portland group along with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and special guest Ari Shapiro. Two performances: 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $34 to $115. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway.

Champagne Ball. This event rises to the occasion with four party rooms, three dance floors and 18 bars. If that sounds like your kind of party scene then buy your tickets now. Prices range from $89 (for admission after 10:00 p.m.) to $179, with several price points in between. Admission before 10:00 p.m. includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., desserts and midnight pizza as well as live music provided by the Hit Machine and three DJ’s. Make it a night and book a room at the hotel. Hilton Portland Hotel, 921 SW 6th Avenue.

New Year’s Eve Midnight Chocolate Buffet. If a chocolate hangover sounds like a great way to start the New Year, then head over to Pix Patisserie starting at 10:00 p.m. The $10 admission comes with a glass of Cava and everything chocolate from mousse, cake and meringue to ice cream, truffles and beer. First come, first served until the chocolate runs out. 2225 E. Burnside.

If you are looking for a more non-traditional way to ring in the New Year, take a look at one of my earlier posts here.

And if buying or selling your home is on your New Year’s To Do list, be sure to give me a call. I’ve been helping people buy and sell their homes in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. I’d be happy to provide you with a free market analysis of your current home and/or give you a tour of some homes currently on the market in your price range. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.

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Add some festivities to your holiday shopping this coming week in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego retailers are out to buck a national trend—online holiday shopping. This week many of them are offering special incentives to stop by and “experience” their store, their products, and their hospitality. So, add a little fa la la to your holiday shopping by accepting their invitation to check them out.

Holiday Shopping with the Librarians at the Booktique on Wednesday, December 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Get help picking out the perfect book selection for the reader on your list with Lake Oswego librarians on hand to guide you in the right direction. They’ll be presenting some of their favorites from the current titles in stock from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 4 Monroe Parkway, 503. 699.9109.

Holiday Gift Show at Oswego Heritage HouseGet your holiday shopping done early and local with selections that include hats, jewelry, puppets, wine and more. Wednesday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Oswego Heritage House. 398 10th Avenue. 503.635.6373.

Personal shopping with Vanillawood experts from December 5 through December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The design/build firm is converting their brick-and-mortar location into a pop-up shop where clients can select and pick up curated gifts and home accessories. As part of this shift, they are launching a personal online shopping service to help guests purchase items for themselves or as gifts and are opening their doors during these two weeks to show you how it works. 16354 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.305.8830.

Rain Spark Gallery Meet the Artist Reception on Thursday, December 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet some of the artists at Rain Spark Gallery and enjoy light refreshments while you learn more about the inspiration and process behind their work. Offerings include everything from pottery, jewelry, fabric, paintings and photography. And be sure to check their website and/or facebook page every day for clues to where their 60 hand-made gingerbread people ornaments are hidden throughout the city. You can also enter your name to win one of the collectible ornaments in their weekly Thursday raffle drawings. 310 N. State Street, Suite 108.

Lake Oswego Arts Council First Friday Reception and Gleeful Giving Event Friday, December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees will get a minimum 5% discount on all purchases and be eligible to enter a raffle for larger discounts. Enjoy wine and appetizers while you check out all the gift options ranging from candles, jewelry and wall hangings to glass works, original paintings and home goods. 510 1st Street, 503. 675.3738.

Shop Hop on Friday, December 6 through Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join in the second annual Shop Hop giving you the perfect excuse to check out four of Lake Oswego’s home décor boutiques. Pick up a passport at one of these locations: Piper Louie, 16148 Boones Ferry Rd., 503.305.6426; The Grove, 4473 Lakeview Blvd., 503.697.9999; The Iron Gate Cottage, 16722 Boones Ferry Rd., 503.358.0039; or Wishbone Home Design, 385 1st St., 503.636.1229 and then collect stamps at all four to enter a raffle for a $250 gift basket. Drinks and goodies will greet you at each location as well as a treasure trove of wonderful finds from paperwhite narcissus, and jewelry to garden statuary and comfy throws.

Dennis’ 7 Dees Reindeer Magic.Bring the kids to meet Santa and his reindeer. Ticketed admission gives you access to view and take pictures with the reindeer, sit on Santa’s lap, enjoy holiday music, shop around and enjoy other festivities. Tickets are on sale online now until sold out. Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Garden Center, 1090 McVey Avenue. 503.636.4660.

Zupan’s Market in the Breezeway: Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Spend the afternoon sampling holiday foods and wine and check out holiday décor and floral. Pick up some hostess gifts and place an order for a holiday basket. 16380 Boones Ferry Road, 503.210.4190.

Enjoy the season while supporting your local merchants. These are just a few of the reasons you want to get out and explore Lake Oswego. Check last year’s post for more ideas of where to do your holiday shopping in Lake Oswego.









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Best Christmas Light Displays In and Around Portland

The lighting of Lake Oswego’s storied Christmas tree this Friday kicks off a season of light throughout the Portland metro area. Lake Oswego neighborhoods are a good place to wander in search of festive displays, being sure to include Westlake and Cardinal Drive on your itinerary.

When you are ready to venture out a bit further and see things on even a grander scale, here’s a guide.

LIGHTING OF MADDAX WOODS. This is Portland’s first lighting display to get turned on so you can catch it now through December 31. Enjoy a wildlife-themed walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods to a river viewing platform. Along the way search for creatures of the woods, explore the boat barn history exhibit and check out Dorothy’s Garden addition. Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. November 16 through December 31. Free admission. 5785 River Street, West Linn.

THE GROTTO FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Nestled in a beautiful setting in northeast Portland, this outdoor shrine and sanctuary is home to the largest Christmas choral festival in the world with over 160 indoor holiday concerts offered during the season. Twinkling lights throughout the space both indoors and out set the tone for Christmas magic. In addition to the five nightly concerts held at 5:15, 6, 7, 8 and 9, there are carolers, puppet shows, and a live petting zoo. Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from November 29 through December 30. Tickets sold at the gate: $12.50/General admission, $11.50/Seniors and Military, $6.50/Children ages 3-12, Free/Children 2 and under. Please bring a donation of canned dry food to benefit the Snow-Cap food bank. 8840 NE Skidmore, Portland.

WINTER WONDERLAND. The Portland International Roadway is home to the largest light show in the Northwest with over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes that you can enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your own car. Special events include: Bike the Lights on opening night, November 29—no cars allowed; Dog Walk Night, December 2 and 3—you and your leashed pooch can walk the roadway free of any wheeled transports. Hours: Sunday through Thursday (as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday/Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from November 29 through January 4. Best times to avoid crowds are in early December or a week night. Admission from November 29 through December 12 is $20/car online (plus a service fee) or $22/car at the gate. Afterwards the price increases $2/car. Saturday admission is $25/car.1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland.

ZOOLIGHTS. The live animals take a back seat to their lit-up and sometimes animated counterparts inhabiting the zoo thanks to more than 1.5 million lights. Attendees can also ride the lighted train and carousel as well as take photos with Santa Clause and enjoy hot drinks and local food carts. Train lines are longest from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. so zoo-goers are encouraged to schedule your rides early and purchase tickets online. Special Events include Brewlights for those 21 and over on November 22 from 5:00 pm. to 10:00 p.m. Ticket price of $39.95 includes admission, souvenir glass and ten drink samples; and Zoolights Sensory Inclusive Night on January 6 from 5:00 p.m. go 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with muted lighting and sounds and cool down spaces provided. Ticket price: $12.95/Adult; $7.95/Child. Regular Zoolights Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. November 29 through January 5 (Closed Christmas Day). Regular admission: $17.95/Adults 12 and over; $12.95/Children 3-11; Free/Children 2 and under. Value Nights Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. December 2-5 and December 9-12. Value Night admission: $12.95/Adult; $7.95/Child. 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN. A drive to the garden will take you a little under an hour but if you’re looking for a festive holiday atmosphere, it will be well worth it. Enter this holiday wonderland through a Christmas light show tunnel where over a million lights make for a memorable display. Other activities include ice skating, a 100 foot snowless tubing, market vendors, international dining, concerts, and a wood-burning fire pit. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, head over on a Wednesday through Friday or else Saturday or Sunday after 7:00 p.m. Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. November 29 through January 5. Catch the Michael Allen Harrison Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets: $40/Adults; $30/Children 10 and under. Check online for ticket prices. Note there is a $5 fee for onsite parking. 895 W Main Street, Silverton.

WENZEL CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL. Enter through a giant 40 foot castle to this 1,000 foot wooded walkway featuring thousands of lights, miniature castles, charming villages and Christmas scenes. Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. December 2 through December 28 (Closed December 24 and 25). Admission: $7/Adults; $6/Children 2 and under. Cash only. 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City.

CHRISTMAS SHIPS PARADE. Catch up to 60 boats decked out in their holiday brightest on two different fleets parading both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Check online for a complete schedule and best viewing spots including the seven nights the combined fleet sets out. Operates 15 nights from December 5 through December 22 (excluding December 8, 9, and 16). FREE.

THE MIRACLE OF A MILLION LIGHTS AT VICTORIAN BELLE MANSION. This 2.5 acre historic landmark is turned into a winter wonderland complete with beautiful twinkling lights and unique traditional touches. Check the website for special events. Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. from December 8 through December 28. 1441 N. McClellan Street, Portland.

PEACOCK LANE. Since 1932 these couple blocks of mostly Tudor homes have greeted visitors with their colorful lights, nativity scenes, rotating trees and life-like replicas of some of our favorite holiday characters. Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from December 15 through December 31. Pedestrian only nights December 15-17. Southeast Peacock Lane between Stark and Belmont.

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