Sign Up Now for Summer Camp Fun in Lake Oswego

Today is the last day of Spring Break here in Lake Oswego so it may seem a bit early to be looking into summer camps for your kids, but take it from me—it’s not. Registration for camps offered through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department opens next Monday, April 8 and classes available through the Lakewood Center are already taking enrollment.

I’ll warn you—there are lots of options to choose from right now with all the popular regular offerings like Angelina Ballerina, Radical Robotics, Gaming and Coding, Teen Service Corps, LO Explorers, Wilderness Survival, Golf, Rowing and Tennis Camps being joined by some new offerings. So give yourself some time to sort through it all. And remember that in many cases, before and/or care is available for an additional fee.

Here’s a rundown of some of the new offerings from LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION

DANCE

  • Miss Eve’s Fancy Nancy Camp for ages 3-5 draws inspiration from France as budding ballerinas dance, sing, and get artsy. Monday through Friday, August 12 through August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $128/Resident; $148/Non-Resident. Class 19217.
  • Sleeping Beauty Dance for ages 4-7 who want to dancer like Princess Aurora at her 16th birthday ball. Monday through Thursday, August 12 through August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts, 311 B Ave., Suite Z. Fees are $4175/Resident; $201/Non-Resident. Class 19221.
  • Sizzle and Stomp Camp for 6-10 year old’s who can’t get enough of So You Think You Can Dance. They’ll learn the basic elements of hip hop like popping, isolation and freestyleas well as how to choreograph their own routines. Monday through Friday, June 24 through June 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $138/Resident; $158 Non-Resident. Class 19245.
  • Flashdance fans between the ages of 11-17 will get a chance to learn the moves that have made this movie a classic. Focus will be on ballet and contemporary techniques with a performance at the end. Monday through Friday, July 8 through July 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $138/Resident; $158/Non-Resident. Class 19246.
  • Grease is the Word for those musical loving 11-17 year old’s. The focus will be on musical theatre and jazz while students learn routines to classics like “You’re the One That I want.” Monday through Friday August 12 through August 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $138/Resident’ $158/Non-Resident. Class 19247.

MUSIC

  • Campfire Music Camp for ages 8-12 teaches the basics of ukuleles, guitars and hand drums so campers can entertain themselves and others. Offered through RMC Studios. Monday through Friday, July 15 through July 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $147/Resident; $170 Non-Resident. Class 19256.
  • String Teens Camp for ages 11-17 is an introduction to a variety of string instruments including the ukulele and guitar. Offered through RMC Studios. Monday through Friday, August 5 through August 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $147/Resident; $170 Non-Resident. Class 19264.

SCIENCE

  • Scene of the Crime for ages 7-12 equips participants with the skills to figure out whodunit including how to collect, analyze and understand what evidence is telling them about a crime scene. Monday through Friday, July 15 through July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $178/Resident; $205 Non-Resident. Class 19273.
  • Harry Potter Magical Engineering using Lego® Materials for ages 5-7 will have your Harry Potter fans finding Platform 9¾, building Hogwarts Express, constructing Hogwarts Castle and challenging the Hungarian Horntail Dragon. Monday through Friday, July 8 through July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $155/Resident; $178/Non-Resident. Class 19280 And for the full immersion experience, sign your potterheads up for the afternoon session where the magic continues as they build Diagon Alley, hop on Broomsticks and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort and hone their magical skills. Monday through Friday, July 8 through July 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills. Fees are same as above. Class 19281.

TECH

  • Intro to 3D—Handprinted 3D Creations Camp for ages 5-7. Their eyes will light up when they see the creations they can make with this 3Doodler Pen: robot rocket, triceratops and other models to take home. Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from August 12 hrough August 16 at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $183/Resident; $211/Non-Resident. Class 19299.
  • 3D Printing—Super Heroes to the Rescue for ages 7-12. They’ll be hooked once they see their hand-drawn designs morph into actual 3D printed models of their superheroes. Kids will explore the basic concepts of 3D printing and CAD computer-aided design. Monday through Friday, August 12 through August 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $183/Resident; $211/Non-Resident. Class 19316
  • STEM Challenge and Harry Potter Using Lego® Materials for ages 7-12 is an all-day immersion into engineering and wizardry for Harry Potter fans. Participants will build trains, helicopters, treehouses and beam bridges and then let the action begin. Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from August 19 through August 23 at Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Rd.
    Fees are $304/Resident; $350/Non-Resident. Class 19284.
  • Roblox Studio Programming and Game Development for ages 9-15. Calling all Roblox gamers for a chance to immerse themselves in a 3D world using programming that uses physics, LUA programming and creativity. Monday through Thursday, July 22 through July 25 rom 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Fees are $150/Resident; $173/Non-Resident. Class 19323.

SPORTS

  • Baseball Camp for ages 8-10 and 11-13 presented by 503 Baseball, a local training facility. Focus will be on skill development through innovative drills. Tuesday through Thursday, July 16 through July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at East Waluga Park 15005 Quarry Rd. Fees are $95/Resident; $119/Non-Resident. Class 19442 for ages 8-10; 19443 for ages 11-13.
  • Jordan Kent Skills Camp for ages 6-12 is hosted by former University of Oregon three-sport athlete and NFL player, Jordan Kent. Campers will get beginning through intermediate training in football, soccer or basketball along with life skills, nutrition, agility and a chance to compete for prizes. Monday through Thursday, June 17 through June 20 and July 29 through August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ($149.95) or 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ($179.95). Register at the Jordan Kent website. https://www.jordankentcamps.com/lake-oswego-camps
  • Jordan Kent Speed and Agility Clinics for ages 12+ help campers develop this competitive edge so they can be quick on their feet and change direction without slowing down. Wednesdays from July 17 thorugh August 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at East Waluga Park, 15005 Quarry Road. Fees are $25/session or $120 for the entire series. Register at the Jordan Kent website: https://www.jordankentcamps.com/lake-oswego-camps
  • STEM Soccer Camp for ages 7-12 reveals the science behind the game as campers explore ball design, throw-in science, angles and goal line technique. Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 12 through August 16 at Forest Hills Elementary, 1133 Andrews Road. Register at the Skyhaws website: https://www.skyhawks.com/

And popular classes from the LAKEWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS return including:

  • Kids Create—Summer Stars for ages 4 through 8 inspires children to create, design and produce their own shows based around weekly camp themes. One week camps beginning July 8 and running through August 16. Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fee: $115.
  • TV/Film Acting for ages 7 to 11 and ages 12 to 17. Two different sessions, one from July 22 through July 26, and another August 5 through August 9, give young thespians the opportunity to create and perform their own shows, practice improvisation and audition skills while gaining instant feedback. Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the younger group and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the older. Fee: $120.

Check the website for a complete schedule. And don’t forget—kids don’t get to have all the fun! The Lakewood Center offers summer classes for adults too including Acting for Non-Actors and Pocket Sketching Workshop.

Things really pick up in the summer in Lake Oswego. Don’t miss a thing–subscribe to my blog by clicking the “Sign me up” button in the right hand column. The real estate market picks up too so if you are thinking of moving to, within, or out of Lake Oswego, give me a call at 503.939.9801 and check out my website. Let me put my 30+ years as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you!

 

 

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6 Excuses That Do NOT Excuse You from Entering This Year’s Lake Run on May 11

  1. It’s too hard. Yes, the Lake Run has earned the reputation of the run you love to hate because it does pose its challenges, like the McVey hill climb, not to mention a myriad of what I like to refer to as “nuisance” climbs along the way. Even though it has this reputation, however, Mapmyrun has given the Lake Run its least difficult rating category of all its categorized climbs—a Category 5. Climb scores are based on distance, grade/elevation change and maximum elevation. So who ya gonna listen to—the experts… or a bunch of runners who perhaps like to embellish their running horror stories once they’re done? I’ve “been there, done that,” and I’ll give you that it’s challenging but if I can do it, you can do it!
  2. I haven’t trained. It’s March 24. You have seven weeks. Experts recommend allowing eight to ten weeks if you’ve never run a 10K before so you’re just shy of that, but if you have some running experience or have run a 5K before, then you’re good. You’ve got enough time to get ready.
  3. I don’t like hills. You have options. While the highest elevation of the 10K is 454 feet, the 5K starts at 116 feet and only goes up to 230 so easy peasy. The climb is so minimal that the 5K doesn’t even register a category listing on mapmyrun. And race organizers describe the course as “meandering” –that’s not a word that should scare you away. Of course, you could always walk up McVey…you wouldn’t be the first, and you definitely won’t be the last. Just be sure to start at the back of the pack if you plan on doing so to enable more competitive runners to pace themselves.
  4. I only enter races in which I can get a t-shirt. Well, if you register by April 30 you are guaranteed an official t-shirt. So what are you waiting for? If you’re a procrastinator, or you want to train a few weeks before you commit, you can still possibly get a t-shirt if you register after the 30th, but they go on a first-come, first-served basis after that.
  5. I only enter USATF certified races. The 10K and the 5K were measured and certified by an official with the USA Track and Field Association in April 2014. Thus, you can run with assurance that the distance is exact to USATF standards.
  6. I don’t have a babysitter on Sundays so need to push my kid in the stroller. Not a problem! Strollers and the use of MP3s are allowed in the 10K and 5K races. For the safety of everyone, walkers and stroller participants are asked to begin the race at the back of the pack.

So now that you don’t have an excuse, here are a few other things you should know.

  • This is the first year that the run is being organized by Northwest Housing Alternatives. This nonprofit was the beneficiary of the Lake Run proceeds last year and supplied many of the volunteers to ensure a smooth transition for 2019.
  • In addition to the 10K (starts at 8:00 a.m.) and 5K (8:15 a.m. start time) , there will be a Kid’s Dash starting at 10:00 a.m. .
  • Fees are: 10K: $45 through April 11; $50 afterwards. 5K: $40 through April 11; $45 afterwards. Kid’s Dash: $15.
  • Family Fun Festival will take place the morning of the run complete with a DJ, face-painting and crafts for the kids.
  • For more information and to register, go to the Lake Oswego Lake Run website.

If you’re thinking of moving in, out, or around Lake Oswego, you have no excuse not to give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put experience to work for you!

 

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Puppy Love is Alive and Well in Lake Oswego with 2 Dog Parks and 2 Off-Leash Areas

Here’s Buddy Costello out on a family walk back when he was a pup and most of his awake time was spent playing. Buddy happens to be the fourth most popular male dog name in the U.S.

Drive around Lake Oswego and it will quickly become apparent that Lake Oswegans love their dogs. From dressing up their pooches in red white and blue for the Star Spangled Parade to taking them to a local dog park, puppy love is a real thing here.

So in honor of National Puppy Day on Saturday, March 23, I wanted to provide some fun facts about our four-legged friends as well as a guide to our local dog parks and off-leash areas.

FUN FACTS:

  • The most popular male dog name last year was Max. Bella won out for females.
  • When a puppy is born he is blind, deaf and toothless.
  • That may help explain why in the first two weeks of life, puppies sleep nearly 90% of the time, spending most of their awake time nursing. Don’t get used to that—come eight weeks later and most of their time will be spent playing (oh, and chewing when they’re teething).
  • Dogs have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses compared to only 5 million in humans’
  • Over 60 million American households have a dog.
  • The most followed dog on Instagram is Jiff Pom – a Pomeranian with 8.9 followers who some say could be making $35,000 a post!

DOG PARKS

Hazelia Dog Park at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road.

  • There are two separate off-leash areas, one for timid and shy dogs (northernmost area) and one for more outgoing and assertive dogs (the larger area facing the parking lot). Both are a good size allowing for lots of romping around.
  • Poo bags are provided as well as receptacles to dispose of them.
  • It’s free to all-comers.
  • The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • It can get muddy when it rains so be prepared to clean your dog up before loading him/her back into your car
  • Know that the park is as much for socializing among the dogs as it is for their owners. Regulars enjoy the company of other canine-smitten humans as well as their wet-nosed charges.

 West Waluga Dog Park:  15775 Waluga Drive

  • This is the newest addition to Lake Oswego’s dog parks built in 2018 as a team project with the help of the Maintenance Board of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association.
  • Poo bags are provided as well as receptacles to dispose of them.
  • It’s free to all-comers.
  • The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

OFF-LEASH AREAS

Off-leash areas are designed to give dog owners and their dogs another option for recreational activity without impacting over park visitors or the environment. Success depends on dog owners respecting others’ park experience and following the rules which include:

  • All dogs must be kept on-leash except in areas designated by signs as “off-leash” and must be under control by owner/keeper at all times
  • Owners/keepers must promptly remove excrement or other solid waste desposited by the animal.
  • All dogs on park property must be licensed and current in vaccinations.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Athletic Fields unless authorized by the Parks and Recreation Department Director.
  • Off-leash areas are open March 15-Spetember 15
  • Designated off-leash areas are located at the following parks:

-Pilkington Park, 19043 Pilkington, open area, no fencing

-McNary Park, 43 Beckett, open area, no fencing

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Lake Oswego’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival Kicks Off Friday With a Passing of the Torch

They say “All good things must come to an end,” but not if you’re Maher’s Irish Pub. Instead, “All good things must continue…just with a name change,” according to new co-owner, Justyn Reese who has invited the original owners, the Maher family, to help kick off the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival this week with a “passing of the torch/Guinness” at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

After the handoff, Maher’s will become The Dullahan Irish Pub but besides the name change, Justyn and his co-owners, wife Heather and brother Brian, expect to carry on the traditions that have made the local pub a popular spot.

That starts with a festive lineup for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration which runs from 11:00 a.m. Friday until 11:00 p.m. Sunday night. Activities include live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers, giveaways, drink specials and Irish classics like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and bangers.

Whiskey drinkers will not want to miss this year’s event. The pub will be featuring a rye whiskey that has been out of production for 130 years from Kilbeggan, the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland. And a Jameson Whiskey representative will be on hand offering tastings. And if you agree with Mark Twain that “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” then head over to the ICB (Irish Car Bomber) station to round out the night.

The event will be kid-friendly until 5:00 p.m., with a $10 cover charge going into effect starting at 4:00 p.m. Sunday morning, starting at 11:00 a.m. kids can enjoy face painting and outside games as well.

Justyn has been in the industry for 16 years as a bartender, manager, performer and musician and has been looking for an opportunity for a place to call his own. His family fell in love with the personality of Maher’s pub and hope to breathe their passion for the business into it.

The Dullahan name? Let’s just say that’s another story to be revealed in the future and something tells me it’s going to take another party to tell it.

The pub is located at 352 B Avenue. 503.305.8087.

I’m a 99.6% Irish Costello and would love to put my Irish charm, luck and over 30 years of experience as a Realtor to work for you in searching for your next home. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and check out my website. I promise you no blarney! 

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7 Mistakes Your Don’t Want to Make When Pricing Your Home to Sell in Lake Oswego

Price is considered by many to be the most important marketing decision you can make when it comes to selling your home. Given that, you want to be sure not to make these mistakes:

1. Listing it at a price your neighbors told you they sold theirs for. When deciding how to price your home, you need to do more market research than asking your neighbor. While you may live on the same street, you may not be comparing apples to apples. Theirs might be newer or have been recently updated. Yours might have a bigger yard. Theirs might have a downstairs master while yours is on the second floor.

Timing is another factor to consider. Maybe your houses are pretty similar but they sold theirs in a seller’s market and now there is a backlog of inventory giving buyers the upper hand.

2. Listing your house at a higher price so you have room to negotiate. This is one of those real estate myths that just can’t be put to rest but if you rely on it, it can work against you. Here’s how.

You could be eliminating potential buyers. Buyers shop with a certain budget in mind, many times thanks to a pre-loan approval. If you’ve overpriced your home and out of their budget, they may not even look at it, when in fact, they could have afforded it if you’d listed it at its true value.

You could be lengthening the time your house stays on the market. If your house is overpriced, it’s very likely it will take longer to sell. Days on market is one of the factors that influences a home’s perceived value so the longer it sits there, the more “negotiating room” the buyer believes he or she has. So that “wriggle room” you left room for just got a lot bigger.

3. Listing your house without a comparative market analysis. Remember what I said about comparing apples to apples? That’s what a comparative market analysis done through a professional Realtor does. It takes your house’s square footage, condition, location, age, etc. and compares it to similar homes that have sold. You should start your listing decision with this data-backed information in hand and only list with a Realtor who insists on doing one.

4. Listing your house at a higher price because you’re in no hurry to sell. If you’re not in a hurry to sell, then it’s better to wait before putting your home on the market. This luxury of time that you feel you have can be eaten up by that “days on market” factor I mentioned earlier. An overpriced home will sit on the market longer because (a) experienced Realtors will advise their clients that your home is overpriced (b) potential buyers won’t even look at your home because they think it is out of their price range. Waiting until you’re ready to move on and then list your house at its market value.

5. Listing your house with the real estate agent who comes in with the highest listing price. Sellers often go with what they want to hear, only to pay for it later. Every Realtor has his or her own approach to getting listings and one of those is to essentially “buy” the listing by offering the highest price. But if you’ve interviewed several real estate agents and they’ve all come in with lower values, consider what I’ve said earlier about the perils of overpricing your home.

6. Listing your home before you’ve taken care of repairs. Some sellers prefer to ignore certain home repairs to save money when putting their home on the market. Others, once again, may hike up their asking price anticipating that they will have to chip in later for repairs. This is another decision that can come back to haunt you. Home inspections which are required before a sale goes through will turn up your “dirty laundry” (or loose stair railings, leaky roof or basement moisture)  and could end up costing you more money down the road with credits to the buyer and/or losing a buyer altogether. Better to address the problems head-on when you are in charge of who’s doing the repairs and for how much. Then price your house accordingly, factoring those costs in.

7. Listing your house for less to account for the “condition” it’s in. Sometimes this strategy works and is necessary but in my experience, buyers have a hard time overlooking things. If at all possible, try to present your house in the best condition possible–clean, uncluttered and updated as much as possible. If you’re not in a position to do that, then be sure your listing price is discounted enough to enable buyers to see the potential and be willing to realize it. I can speak to this personally. Recently I tried selling a home I owned in an “as-is” condition with a price that reflected that, assuming the buyers would either tear it down or remodel. After a few months with no offers coming it, I took it off the market and fixed it up–painted, updated the kitchen, redid the hardwood floors, new carpets. When I put it back on the market at a much higher price I was able to recoup my updating costs and increase my profit considerably over what I would have made the first time around.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, I’d love to put my 25 plus years’ experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. Let’s meet and start our conversation with a comparative market analysis. Hope to talk with you soon.

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Presenting Lake Oswego Academy Awards

It’s not just in Hollywood that performances deserve special recognition. Right here in Lake Oswego we have some individuals and works that merit honoring. I’m sure if you live here you have nominees of your own, but here are mine to get you thinking.

BEST PICTURE: Camp Costello. Every summer for the past several years, our son invites his San Francisco friends to come to Lake Oswego to celebrate the Fourth of July which meant that this past July we had about 15-20 of them sleeping under our roof, swimming in Lakewood Bay at our cabana, and celebrating in the way that twentysomethings do. The year before this large group had gotten their picture in the Lake Oswego Review at the pancake breakfast so this time around they tried for winning Lake Oswego’s Best Photo contest by forming the letters LO in our backyard wearing their 4th of July gear. While we didn’t win that award, it does come out on top in these awards.

BEST DIRECTOR: Bill Baars, retired library director for his eleven years of leadership in making the Lake Oswego library a gathering place where you are as likely to find concerts, live movies, arts and crafts and workshops as you are to find books. His legacy includes the Lake Oswego Reads program as well as the library’s top billing as the Oregon library with the highest per capita usage. Fortunately for us, retired doesn’t mean “done.” Baars recently hosted the LO Reads author presentation with Cristina Henriquez, posing thoughtful questions that gave all of us in the audience greater insight into the author’s workings.

BEST ACTOR or ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Jenny Slepian in her role as Sustainability and Management Analyst for not only raising our consciousness about how we can be better stewards of our environment but also suggesting concrete action we can take. Thanks to a recent article she recently wrote in the Lake Oswego Review my wife now walks into grocery stores not only with her reusable shopping bags but also her mesh reusable produce bags. Not to mention the compost bin under our sink that got us to start composting our food waste rather than throwing it down the garbage disposal along with gallons of wasted water. Slepian will be leading a workshop on how to give up single use plastics in our everyday life on Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego library in case you want to learn more.

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation department that bring us everything from Movies in the Park and Horse-drawn Wagon Rides to Fairy Tale Ballet and Luscher Farm Family Dinners. Their tireless efforts and creative programming go a long way towards keeping Lake Oswego an engaging and engaged community.

BEST MUSICAL: Buddy Returns! This show that doubled as a fundraiser for the Lakewood Center was a hoot—and I don’t just say that because my wife volunteered me to get up on stage and contribute my vocals to “Summertime Blues.” (Is there an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical?) The night featured 20 of Buddy’s hits from “That’ll Be the Day” to “Peggy Sue” as well as numbers (and appearances) by The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The songs, the time travel, the antics, had everyone in the audience smiling, clapping and singing along.

BEST COMEDY: Spilt Milk. Kudos to comediennes Joanie Quinn and Betsy Kauffman for bringing their laughfest to Lake Oswego! The duo have been performing and lining up other local comics under the Spilt Milk tagline for about six years but it was just last year that they set up shop at the Lake Theater and Café on the second Thursday of the month. If ticket sales indicate how well they deliver, then they are definitely worthy of the award as shows have sold out each month since they moved here. The next one is on Valentine’s Day, February 14. You can purchase tickets here (if there are any left!).

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Fireworks show over the lake. Some things never get old and watching the fireworks display from our boat along with hundreds of other boats out on the lake is magical. To think it was cancelled one year back in the early 90s! At that time the fireworks were launched off the small island across from the Lake Grove Swim Park and the close proximity to houses was deemed a fire hazard. The Lake Oswego Corporation tried to remedy the situation with a laser light show that might have had a chance if it was in red white and blue but as I recall it was in green. So my wife and I harnessed an effort to “See them live in ‘95” and raised funds to bring the show back, launching the pyrotechnics off from a floating barge out in the middle of the lake. Since then, the Lake Corporation has used funds from assessment fees to ensure that the show goes on!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Waiting at Hayden’s book trailer filmed right here in Lake Oswego and Portland. My daughter Riley published her novel, Waiting at Hayden’s this past summer and as part of her marketing campaign she took on the roles of Director, Casting Director, Location Scout, Screenwriter, Wardrobe Director, and Set Designer to produce this trailer. You can buy her book on Amazon.

I like to think if there was an award for Best Realtor, I’d be taking home the honor. Let me win your vote! If you’re thinking of moving in, out or around Lake Oswego or the Portland metro area, give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been a Realtor for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you! 

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5 Reasons Why Loving the Library Is an Easy Thing to Do in Lake Oswego

It’s Library Lovers Month and in Lake Oswego, loving the library is an easy thing to do. The 13th Annual LO Reads Program is underway in February but there are lots of other reasons to fall in love with our library. Here are a few you may not have known about.

KANOPY. You’ve binge watched the latest season of The Crown, you’ve just finished round 2 of Game of Thrones in preparation of the final chapter, now what? Check out this on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films. Here are some of the titles you’ll find: Catch 22, Lady Bird, The Red Balloon, Memento, Love Story, and the original The Star is Born with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. And to help you get ready for next week’s Oscars, you can catch these Oscar nominated films: Of Fathers and Sons nominated for Feature Documentary and One Small Step and Weekends for Animated Short Film. Library card holders have five play credits each month with three days to view a movie after selecting PLAY. You can watch on your iPhone, iPad, Roku, Kindle Fire Tablet, Android, Chromecast and Apple TV.

ANSWERLAND. Can’t sleep because you have this great idea for a new organic food meal service and you want to know how much people are willing to pay for something like that. Go online with Answerland chat, text or email a librarian with your question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During normal working hours you’ll most likely interact with Oregon librarians but in the wee hours of the night, you may be relying on a librarian somewhere else in the world. Either way, someone will be there and/or get back to you within two working days of your inquiry.

TEN IN TEN. Know what you like but don’t know what to read next? Don’t necessarily want to read what everybody else is reading? Then fill out the Ten in Ten reader profile and let a Lake Oswego librarian create a customized list of 10 book recommendations based on some of your favorite and least favorite titles. They’ll have it to you in 10 days.

PINTS FROM THE PAST. You know what they say, “It’s all about the packaging.” The Clackamas County Historical Society has partnered with the Lake Oswego Public Library and Lake Theater and Café to make history fun to learn by hosting this historical lecture series at this popular venue in town. History buffs and newbies find historical facts easier to swallow when washing them down with a pint of beer, glass of wine or cocktail. Beverages are not required but the venue is fun and brings lessons about topics like Black History, Rail History or World War II History in Oregon to the people.

LAKE OZ KINDLES. Thinking of buying an E-reader but want to check it out first? Going on a two-week vacation but don’t want to lug your books around with you? The library has several models of Kindle readers loaded with hundreds of books. They can be checked out for four weeks, no renewal. If you want to ensure that a particular book is on the Kindle you check out, contact librarian Kiira Taylor at 503.697.6581 or ktaylor @ci.oswego.or.us and she’ll make sure the Kindle you get has the title you want.

AND….COMING SOON: LIBRARY OF THINGS. The Lake Oswego library is one of eight libraries within Clackamas County planning to open a Library of Things in 2019. From sewing machines to camping equipment, you name it and they’ll consider it. Complete their survey online or at the library.

AND….WAITING AT HAYDEN’S. Yes, I’m admittedly a proud father and you can check out my daughter’s book, Waiting at Hayden’s at the Lake Oswego Library.

Our library is just one of the many reasons to love Lake Oswego Subscribe to my blog to learn about more. Click the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column. And if you’re already in love with Lake Oswego and want to move here, give me a call at 503.939.97801 and/or check out my website. I’ve been helping people move to Lake Oswego for over 30 years and I’d love to put that experience to work for you!

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