Lake Oswego Scavenger Hunt

The longer the pandemic continues, the more creative we have to get. Especially if you have kids, this long stretch of staying-at-home can become challenging.

Here’s a Lake Oswego scavenger hunt to the rescue. We live in a beautiful town with lots to explore, so here is a list for you and your family to tackle. You can approach it in one of two ways:

  1. Make teams. Set out in separate cars in search of these items and then validate your sighting with a picture you take on your phone.
  2. Joint project. Pile everyone into one car and head out on your adventure. You can still confirm your sightings for posterity’s sake with a photo.

As for scoring, each item is scored separately. Unless indicated, you can score additional points each time you sight the item in another setting. For example, if you see someone walking a dog on B Avenue and then on Kelok, you can score 1 point two times, as long as you document it so everyone can be sure you saw two separate dog walkers. If on teams, you can add a time element so that strategical decisions need to be made as to which items to track down first.

It’s up to you to make it as competitive or just plain fun as you wish. Enjoy spending time with your family and exploring Lake Oswego!

Item to Find Location Possible Points Your Total
Bear sculpture 5
License plate from another state 3
A red door 3 only once
Graduation yard sign 2 only once
Chalk art on sidewalk or street 3
Elephant sculpture 5 only once
Someone eating an ice cream cone 3 only once
Sidewalk poetry 3 only once
Someone walking a dog 1
Sunflower 3
Street name sign starting with letter “W” 1
Window box with flowers 3
Black Lives Matter sign 5
Outdoor fountain 1
Hasson Company For Sale Sign 3 points, 10 if it says Kevin Costello
Duck 3 only once
Someone wearing a colorful mask 3
Lakeridge car sticker 3
Lake Oswego High School car sticker 3
Teddy bear in a house’s window 3

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Lake Oswego Housing Market COVID-19 July Update

It’s hard to predict where the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will hit hardest. Some areas, like the airlines, are obvious targets. But others, like the housing market, are hard to measure.

Right now, the Portland metro and Lake Oswego real estate markets are very active. Part of that could be the fallout from remote workers fleeing urban centers.

Case in point: One young couple who was paying $3,500 a month for a 600 square foot apartment in San Francisco just bought a home in Northeast Portland with separate office spaces to accommodate their working remote. A job change did not prompt the move; rather, it was the opportunity to work from anywhere. Given the choice, why would they continue to pay a premium in rent to be close to a job that no longer required that proximity?

They are not alone. A recent survey conducted by blind, an anonymous social network for professionals, indicated that two out of three tech workers in the Bay Area would consider leaving if given the option to work remotely. And of those, 36% would consider leaving the state to work elsewhere in the United States.

That’s good news for the Portland metro and Lake Oswego housing market. We have lots to offer expensive urban center escapees from just across our southern border.

As a result, we are seeing listed homes moving, and in some cases, instigating a bidding war. The young couple I mentioned earlier, lost out on a couple home choices because of the competition and finally landed one when they offered more than the asking price and beat out the other bidders.

In the 97034/97035 zip codes, of the 20 closed sales during the week of June 28 through July 5, 6 sold for over the asking price and 4 at the asking price, accounting for 50% of the sales. That ranges from a 1,260 square foot condo that sold for $280,000 ($5,000 over the asking price) and a 6,164 square foot single detached home that sold for $2,600,000 ($290,000 under the asking price).

I am also seeing a lot of movement within our current residents. Lake Oswegans are moving around to bigger homes, to get on the lake or get lake access, to get a bigger yard. As I mentioned in a previous blog, sheltering in place has caused homeowners and renters to evaluate their living situations. If they find they need a home office, better access to the outdoors, a yard big enough for their kids to play in, then they are taking advantage of low interest rates and making the move.

Of course, with COVID cases continuing to rise, we Realtors continue to implement safe practices when meeting with clients and showing homes. You can read more about that here.

I know it’s sometimes hard to find a silver lining to all the sacrifices we’ve had to make due to the coronavirus. One such one a new parent recently pointed out to me was the opportunity for both parents to spend more time with their newborn as they both work from home.

Another, I’d have to say, is the allure that suburbs like Lake Oswego hold in the eyes of workers who find themselves with the freedom to choose where they WANT to live, instead of where they HAVE to live because of their jobs.

If you are one of those potential relocators or if you know of one, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and or fill out the contact form below. As a Realtor for over 30 years, I’d love to put my experience to work for you in making your next move your best yet!  

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Why Contemporary Homes Are Popular Choices Among Lake Oswego Homebuyers

Are you a dark roast or a light roast coffee drinker? Do you wear a swoosh on your shoes or three stripes? We all have our individual preferences when it comes to what we eat, what we wear, what we drive, and what style of house we live in.

Luckily, in Lake Oswego, you’ll find a wide selection of home styles to consider. From a Craftsman or Cottage/Bungalow in the First Addition, to Traditional in Westlake, to Ranch style in Lake Grove, there are lots to choose from.

Contemporary styles can be found all around Lake Oswego (there are currently 66 listed) and are popular among many Lake Oswego homebuyers for good reason.

  1. Spaciousness. This quality has taken on extra value with all of us sheltering in place in our homes. The sharp, clean lines of a contemporary home maximize the use of space and also allow for more flexibility as a result. The open floor plans provide a whole host of options for furniture arrangement and put what might be a transitional space in a more traditional home to good use. Many of the newer contemporary homes like the two I have listed, extend that spaciousness to the outdoors, creating outdoor living spaces that are perfect for entertaining and “sheltering in place.”
  2. Lots of light. Contemporary homes try to maximize natural light with large windows, especially on the southern side of the house. In Oregon, where even our sunny days can get off to a cloudy start, this is a real plus for homeowners. Another thing homeowners enjoy is lower energy bills in the summer when all that natural light flooding in reduces the need to turn on their lights!
  3. Flexibility. Sticking to their clean lines and utilitarian use of space, a contemporary home is almost like a blank canvas, waiting for you to add your personal touch. Whether that be in the colors you introduce through accessories like pillows or rugs or strategically placed statement pieces, you can find your own personal way of being comforting and welcoming without being cluttered.
  4. Energy Efficiency. Contemporary homes make efficient use of materials and energy wherever possible. You’ll often find water-saving indoor plumbing, energy efficient lighting and building materials that are sustainable and recycled. That’s good for you and good for the planet.

I currently have this brand new Blazer Custom contemporary home listed at 17171 Cedar Road for $1,500,000. It offers all the advantages of contemporary styling along with 5 bedrooms, 4.1 baths and 4,720 square feet. Give me a call if you’d like to see it! View the property on my website at kevincostello.hasson.com

Let me help match your style with the home you live in! Give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or email me at costellok@hasson.com I’ve been a local Realtor in the Portland metro area for over 30 years and would love to put that experience to work for you!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Salute to Lake Oswego’s 4th of July Traditions

There is a long list of things I’ll be missing during the summer of COVID-19 but high on top of my list is Lake Oswego’s traditional 4th of July festivities. From the Lions pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park to fireworks over the lake, the day is magical from beginning to end.

In addition to all the city hoopla, our own family has hosted Camp Costello for the past four to five years, entertaining 15-20 of our kids’ friends under our roof. That is not happening this year but we do hope to connect with each of them on a Zoom call and carry on a Camp Costello tradition of sharing our “highs” and “lows” of the summer. I have a feeling that missing out on the 4th of July will be a low on many campers’ lists.

So as a tribute to the small town flavor that the 4th of July brings to Lake Oswego, I’d like to provide a pictorial salute (and a pancake recipe), highlighting how our family has grown up with our town’s traditions. And to check out what you’re missing this year, read one of my earlier blogs about 4th of July festivities in Lake Oswego.

 

And since we will be missing the Lions Club 4th of July pancake breakfast this year, I wanted to provide you with a pancake recipe to make at home. This one comes courtesy of Amanda Finks at The Wholesome Dish.

4TH OF JULY PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Butter for greasing the pan -about 3 tablespoons
  • Maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the milk, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. It’s ok to have small lumps of sour cream.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until no large clumps of dry flour remain, trying not to over mix. The batter should be very lumpy.
  • Melt about 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat until lightly bubbling and light brown.
  • Ladle the batter into the skillet making 3-4 pancakes (about 1/4 cup of batter each). Cook 3-4 minutes, until bubbles form on top of each pancake and the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Flip the pancakes. Cook 1-2 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Carefully wipe out any excess browned butter with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining butter and pancake batter.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup (and if you really want to channel the Lions Club experience, find some marionberry syrup to top things off).

If you’re considering moving in, out, or around Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or fill out the contact form below. I’d love to put my 30+ years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego who loves living here to work for you! Enjoy the 4th!

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Lake Oswego on My Daily Quarantine Walks

This chalkboard on Dogwood Drive greets walkers with uplifting messages on a rotating basis.

We interrupt this blog post for an important announcement: The Lake Grove Swim Park is officially open! This popular swimming hole in Lake Oswego is operating under new conditions and regulations including a 50 person capacity at all times, limiting the size of groups to ten or less, requiring social distancing, no swim lessons or equipment rentals and no kiddie pool. Check out an earlier blog to see what the park offers pre-COVID-19, but know you can still enjoy one of the best views of the lake from here and a refreshing dip in water. Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Now back to the subject at hand:

Before COVID-19 hit, walks in and around Lake Oswego were an occasional thing. My daily exercise consisted of hitting the club for a biking session, Zumba class or treadmill workout.

Like the rest of Lake Oswego, however, walks have now become part of my daily routine. And while I find them a great time to fill my wife in on any new relatives I’ve discovered in my family ancestry research or to compare notes on the latest news we’ve heard on COVID-19, I also find it a great opportunity to discover more reasons to love Lake Oswego.

Here are a few:

1. As much as I think I know Lake Oswego, there are always new things to discover. Like…

The Gratitude Tree in Heritage Park

The Gratitude Tree in Heritage Park at the end of Dogwood Drive tagged with notes left by visitors identifying things they’re grateful for

The Wishing Line on Second Avenue in Lake Oswego where passersby have hung their wishes for the year ahead from “To have ease in some major life transitions” to “Discover empathy.”

Outdoor art at the Lake Oswego Public Works building on Pilkington Road including “Gear Box” by Tim Mather that uses steel beams from the old McVey and an interesting display of gears from the artist’s collection.

A rotating chalk message board also found on Dogwood Drive that rewards passersby with messages like “Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes. After that, it doesn’t matter. They’re a mile ahead and you’ve got their shoes!” and “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

•YardPeeps. A talented mom/lawyer/entrepreneur/doodler out of Houston has found a way to support our #frontlineworkers while giving us an opportunity to do the same. She has created these yard signs which you can purchase for $20 and display in front of your home like this Lake Oswegan did.

 

2. The City is well thought out. This isn’t really something I’ve “learned,” per se but been reminded of. Pathways make my walks easy and safe and enable me to map out a variety of different routes leaving from my home. Natural areas provide welcome respite without having to travel far. Planted medians offer visual enjoyment and inspiration to my green thumb.

One of our more challenging walks was making it up to Cooks Butte

3. Lake Oswegans are a friendly bunch. Whether it’s a smile, a greeting, or the courtesy of crossing the street to provide a safe social distancing, the neighbors I pass on my daily walks remind me of one of the reasons I love living here.

4. Walks can be as challenging as you want them to be. Depending on how my wife and I feel, and how much time we have, we can clock an hour walk with little elevation or, as we did one day, trek all the way up to the top of Cooks Butte for the equivalent of 54 floors according to my iPhone activity tracker.

5. If you have to quarantine somewhere, Lake Oswego is a lucky place to be!

If you agree that Lake Oswego is a lucky place to be and would like to move here or move within Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’d be happy to put my 30+ years of experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you!

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Lake Oswego Is Open For Business During COVID-19 Phase 1 Re-Opening

Drive around town during Happy Hour and you’ll see that Lake Oswego restaurants are open for dine-in as well as takeout business.

And they aren’t the only ones re-opening their doors to the public.

Gym members are signing up for limited capacity classes.

Salons are social distancing their customers.

Retail stores are open with notices posted of capacity limits and reminders to social distance.

Summer camps for kids, like those at Play Boutique, are opening up with limited capacity.

Being in Clackamas County, we are still in Phase 1 of re-opening, but all services that are opening their doors must follow these state guidelines.

The City of Lake Oswego is also opening up some of its programs and facilities. The following have been reopened:

  • Athletic Fields for individual, family and small groups.  Organized games are not allowed per state guidelines.  Camps and clinic permitted with approved field reservations and OHA COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Dog Parks
  • Drinking fountains
  • Golf Course
  • Off leash dog area at Pilkington Park
  • One restroom at these parks: George Rogers, Hazelia, Foothills, Millennium, Sundeleaf, East Waluga, West Waluga & Westlake
  • These parking lots: Bryant Woods, East Waluga, Foothills, Freepons, George Rogers, Hazelia, Roehr, Rosemont/Brock, Stafford Trailhead, Tryon Cove, Westlake and West Waluga
  • Quarry Bike Park
  • Tennis Center with reduced hours and safety protocols in place
  • Tennis Courts at South Shore and Westlake Park for singles play only

Some summer camps are still being offered following COVID-19 guidelines including no groups larger than 10, limited equipment sharing, promoting physical distancing, use of masks by staff and increased cleaning, hand washing and sanitizing. Register online and note that things can change.  Camps that were still open at posting time include:

  • Beginning to Rock Camp for ages 8-12 from August 10 to August 14 #21487
  • Brixology Engineering for ages 7-12 from August 10 to August 14 #21410
  • Broadway Dance for ages 6-10 from. July 6 to July 10 #21215
  • Chemistry and Biology Blast for ages 7-12 from August 10 to August 14 #21409
  • Fairy Tale Ballet for ages 2-3 from July 10 to August 7 #21222
  • Fencing for ages 7-12 from July 6 to July 10 #20955
  • Frozen 2 Sing and Play Camp for ages 4-8 from August 10 to August 14 #21488
  • Guitar Hero for ages 8-12 from August 17 to August 21 #21018
  • Introduction to 3D Handprinted 3D Creations for ages 5-7 from July 27 to July 31 #21262
  • Jedi Master Engineering Using LEGO Materials for ages 8-12 from July 6 to July 10 #21258
  • Lake Singers Choir Camps for ages 8-12 from June 15 to June 19 #21228
  • Music Production Camp for ages 11-17 from August 3 to August 7 #21231
  • Music Theater Bootcamp for ages 11-17 from July 20 to July 24 #21230
  • Oil Painting for Teens for ages 11-17 from August 10 to August 14 #21250
  • Pickleball Clinic for ages `18+ on July 30 #21316
  • Summer Junior Golf Camp Girls Only for ages 6-13 from July 29 to July 31 #21052
  • Teen Dance Intensive for ages 11-17 from July 27 to July 31 #21217
  • Teen Junior Golf Camp for ages 12-17 from July 15 to July 17 #21053
  • Gaming Academy for ages 10-17 from August 3 to August 6 #21270
  • Tiny Tykes Soccer Camp: Cubs for ages 2-3 from July 20 to July 23 #21019
  • Uke Can Do It for ages 8-12 from July to July 17 #21489
  • Video Game Design and Development for ages 10-17 from July 6 to July 9 #21265
  • Yoga for Kids for ages 5-11 from July 27 to July 31 #20953
  • Yogalates in the Park for ages 18+ from July 1 to August 26 #21522

The Lake Oswego Library is still closed but staff are doing everything they can to stay connected and promote reading from taking their books clubs online to posting virtual musical performances for the kids and Thursday night Trivia sessions through Cisco Webex Meetings. And GOOD NEWS–they are now able to accept returned library items at either their automated return system or parking lot book drop at 706 Fourth Street. Remote book returns are still closed. AND you can borrow materials by placing a hold on the item you want and then making a curbside pickup appointment once it is available.

Other outdoor activities to check out include:

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Lake Oswego Housing Market Covid-19 Update

You ready for some good news?

Portland Metro Area real estate market activity is picking up.

Of course, that follows some bad news.

Home showings dropped by 50% between the beginning of March and the first week of April. And pending sales in April of this year in Lake Oswego/West Linn were down 50% from the year before.

So, we have some climbing out to do, but the good news is that the climb has begun.

Showings in Oregon are up 85% from the low back at the end of March when sheltering in place was in full effect.

Here are some other numbers from the Portland Metro Area that show home sales are on the rise. (Comparisons are for the weeks April 5-May 2 and May 3 through May 30)

  • Pending sales up to $499,000 were up 28%*
  • Pending sales between $500,000 to $999,000 were up 45%
  • Pending sales between $1M and $1.199M were up 120%
  • Pending sales between $1.2M and $1.300M were up 189%
  • Pending sales between 1.4M and $1.599M were up 57%
  • Pending sales between $1.6M and $1.999M were up 67%
  • Pending sales between $2M and $3M were up 100%

And, despite the drop in pending sales during the month of April, the average sales price in Lake Oswego has still managed to increase by 3.4% year-to-date.

New listings are also starting to creep up. Active sellers are one of the keys to a healthy market as they reflect confidence in pricing and value and contribute to a good housing supply.

What’s the takeaway from this?

When it comes to buying a home, Lake Oswego is still a good investment. It has shown value can continue to rise even in challenging times like we’ve just faced.

If you date back to 1997, home values have increased by 8.2% on average. The cumulative increase since then is a whopping 296.3% with the average home value in 1997 at $310,787, compared to today’s average value of $920,720.

And while a good financial investment is one factor that goes into your decision or where to buy a home, as I’ve tried to point out in this blog, it is not the only reason for moving to or living in Lake Oswego. Check out my archives for the 52 Reasons a year I find for living here.

Those aside, the other takeaway is that it always pays to work with a local Realtor who specializes in your area to understand the nuances of that particular market.

For example, I recently listed and sold a house for $1.65 million that Zillow had only estimated at $1.3M. To appreciate true value, you need to work with someone who has his or her foot on the ground and is well versed in good neighborhoods, amenities, and the “hidden” things that can affect a home’s value. I always advise clients considering waterfront property to consider sun exposure for one thing. Some neighborhoods might be better for young families with small children and others for empty nesters. Only a hyperlocal Realtor like myself can offer that kind of information that affects value pertinent to a particular buyer.

If you are considering putting your home on the market or thinking of moving to Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or complete the contact form below. I’d be happy to put my 30+ years as a Realtor to work for you!

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Creative Ways Lake Oswegans and Others Have Been Quarantining During COVID-19

While things are starting to open up slowly, sheltering in place is still the default mode for many of us. I’ve noticed that quarantining seems to be separating Lake Oswegans and all Americans into two categories: the creatives and the creative-nots.

Take my neighbor, for instance. Well into month 2 of Covid-19 quarantine, he found a way to entertain his teenage daughter by letting her dye his hair purple. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Somehow social distancing will always bring a smile to her face.

In our own household, we are fortunate enough to be quarantining with our Zumba instructor daughter so every morning at 8:00 a.m., the three of us turn our living room into a dance studio and torch calories to the tunes of J Lo, Taylor Swift and Shakira.

Neighbors are taking happy hour into the streets, parking themselves in front of their yards and catching up with each other from a safe distance away.

And my wife, who is a Peet’s Coffee snob, was running low on her supply so actually bought a jar of Nescafe instant coffee to try a new whipped coffee drink called Dalgona that started in Korea and is sweeping the internet. She made a video to share with her friends with the final result being, “We have a winner” with one caveat: add less sugar, unless you normally like sweet coffee drinks.

The Lake Oswego library has gotten very creative in ways to keep patrons plugged into the services they offer. Since my kids were always “Where’s Waldo” fans, I was particularly impressed with their Wednesday Waldo sightings. Each week Waldo hides out in a different place around town and on Wednesdays, the library posts a picture of his hangout.

Neighbors are posting teddy bears in their windows to be spotted by little ones out on a “bear hunt” with their parents.

Others are taking chalk art to a new level with mosaic chalk art projects. Armed with painter’s tape and sidewalk chalk, artists young and old are brightening our streets and brightening our days.

People are getting creative with birthday cakes too–from Lysol swipes shaped cakes to fake ones shaped out of toilet paper rolls complete with candles!

Lake Oswego firefighters surprised several Lake Oswego kids on their birthdays by paying a drive-by visit complete with fire engines and a street sweeper.

A young Lake Oswego baseball player and fellow Giants fan has retrofitted his garage into a spring training gym, completing all the workouts sent in by his coaches so he is ready to hit the field when conditions lift.

Some are getting back to basics using good old-fashioned sidewalk chalk to set up for a game of hopscotch.

My wife and a few of her friends try to meet every couple of weeks in a random parking lot where they back up their SUV’s in a circle, pop open their trunks, pull out beach chairs and enjoy face-to-face visits from six to ten feet away.

One mom turned her garage into “Club Quarantine” for her son’s 21st birthday. His dad (aka the bouncer) checked his ID at the door, his mom (aka the bartender) served up shots and his sister (aka the waitress) joined him in dancing.

And I have set out on a journey to read the Bible from cover to cover. At ten pages a day, I figure to be done by the middle of September.

If you’ve heard of other creative ways folks are quarantining, let us know. Leave a comment below!

 

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Despite what you may think, summer in Lake Oswego has NOT been canceled due to COVID-19

While Camp Costello will not be happening this summer, the entire season has NOT been canceled!

For the past five years, our kids have circled back home to celebrate the 4th of July in Lake Oswego along with a group of 15-20 of their friends who take up a 48-72 hour residence under our roof. They’ve christened this annual event “Camp Costello.”

Camp Costello has become another casualty of the COVID-19 crisis. My son, who is currently living in London, has been checking local updates on a regular basis. But when the airlines canceled his flight home at the same time the fireworks show over the lake got scrapped, he posted an update on the Camp Costello Facebook page that “Camp Costello has been canceled.”

Mind you, my son, and the rest of us have the big picture in mind and realize the importance of personal sacrifice for the sake of the public good. But that doesn’t dispel the disappointment that the cancellation of traditions—from graduation celebrations to pancakes in the park—creates.

One young woman put it so well recently in an article on Verge, “It was a privilege to love these events — it is a privilege to understand their value and to mourn them in due course. It is profoundly human to care for things other than the preservation of our species. There is so much out there we must feel.”

So, as disappointed as we may be to see the growing list of what is NOT happening in Lake Oswego this summer, we can also be reminded of how much this community has offered us to enjoy all these years. As with any loss the silver lining to feeling it is knowing that something special existed there before in order to create such a strong sensation with its absence.

We live in a place where summer has come to mean music and movies in the parks, fireworks over the lake, adventure runs and outdoor theater. And while this summer may look much different, I am taking comfort in the fact that I know summer in Lake Oswego will still bring weather that makes it the best place to be this time of year, evenings that stay light until 9:30 p.m. and beauty that I enjoy during its seasonal variations year-round.

In addition, some things are still happening, albeit in a COVID-19 version.

They include:

Lake Oswego Farmers Market. Check out my previous blog post detailing all the changes, beginning with a later opening date set for Saturday, June 6.

Lakewood Center Festival of the Arts. The 57th annual arts education program that usually runs across three days is taking to the internet in the short-term with further programming to unfold over the summer and fall of 2020. Organizers have created an Online Gallery to display two of their six 2020 art exhibits: Art in the Park and Artist’s Vision. The Special Exhibit: Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements has been postponed until next year. Art in Oregon’s exhibit, You are Not a Robot, is being postposted until later this year. In the planning stages still: a smaller version of the Open Show in the fall, if circumstances allow; and online classes for adults and youth.

This change in plans has left the Festival with a $100,000 shortfall so donations are strongly encouraged.

Village Flower Baskets. This incredibly beautiful display will go on! Instead of volunteers hanging the baskets in the wee hours of a May Saturday morning, they were hung by The Garden Corner, the nursery that puts them together every year. Volunteers can still help by donating to this community-funded (and community-enjoyed) event.

Lake Oswego Golf Course. The public golf course is open 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with certain COVID-19 policies in place including the practice of social distancing and a no-touch policy in place for flag sticks. Customers are advised to reserve tee times online or by calling 503.636.8228.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation parks, trails, and natural areas remain open to the public for walk-in use only. Restrooms and drinking facilities are closed and visitors are asked to maintain the 6-foot social distancing recommendation from other individuals.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation classes. While many of the summer camps and classes have been canceled, you can find enjoy of your favorites online including: Yogalates, Mindfulness Meditation and Hip Hop for Kids. Check offerings online.

Lake Oswego Public Library. While the library’s doors may be closed, the librarians are in…devising all kinds of ways to keep you connected with the love of reading and learning. Stay updated by checking online. Here are some of the ways you can still check things out of your library:

  • Time to Make Art. Get inspired by art challenges and watch video tutorials; then enter weekly drawings.
  • Postcards from Librarians. Check-in every Friday for a virtual visit from one of the Youth Services librarians as they sing songs and share stories from their homes to yours.
  • Early Literacy Challenges. Check the library’s Instagram account for Tuesday tips on how to encourage the love of reading in your kids
  • Cook the Books Book Group. Check out the week’s theme, cook up a meal accordingly, and then share the recipe and the experience live with others on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday Author Series. This regular event has gone online.
  • Thursday Night Trivia. Check-in Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. and see how well you can do! First, you’ll need to register online and download the Cisco Webex Meetings app. You’ll receive an email inviting you to the meeting.
  • Waldo Sightings. Waldo is out and about in Lake Oswego, but just in case you miss him on one of walks or bike rides, you can check in here every Wednesday to see where he was hanging out that week.

Planning events is very fluid during this time so be sure to check the Lake Oswego website for the latest updates. For example, no decision had yet been made on the Lake Oswego Swim Park which typically opens July 1. And the Lake Grove Swim Park needs to remain closed until Clackamas County enters Phase 2 of the State of Oregon’s Reopening Plan. The earliest that is expected to happen is in late June, but it could be as late as early or mid-July. Check the Lake Grove Swim Park website for updates once Clackamas County enters Phase 1. And while the 4th of July fireworks have been canceled, the jury is still out on Hot August Nights. So keep checking here and on those websites to stay up-to-date.

Summer is also a very popular season for buying and selling a home. COVID-19 has had some impact on that as well as you can read in a previous blog. Please consider me as your resource if you are considering putting your home on the market or buying a home in Lake Oswego. I’d love to put my 30+ years of experience to work for you! Give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or fill out the contact form below. I’m here to help. 

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Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market COVID-19 Edition Opens June 6


The Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market will be returning this summer in its new, COVID-19 approved version. While the market will be smaller to allow for more space between vendors, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jamie Inglis says she is “glad we will get to operate in some capacity.”

And, as with everything else, the market has also gone virtual, showcasing a collective of all the farmers’ market vendors where you can connect and order directly. Some offer alternative places to purchase their products, such as farmstands and grocery stores.

Although we may not enjoy all the social interaction that the market has traditionally provided, it still is a valuable resource for bringing us fresh, local food. And, food that comes to us through a shortened supply chain, meaning fewer hands have touched it than the food we buy in the grocery store.

So, at a time when we might be guilty of thinking of everything we can’t do, consider this a blessing of something that we can. Thanks to the due diligence of city staff, we can add our award-winning market to the list of national markets that the New York Times recently called, “Laboratories for new communal safety habits.”

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Later start date. The market is set to open June 6 and run through October 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The new guidelines will be in effect through the month of June during which time city staff will evaluate how things are working.
  • Special entrance time for high-risk population. Seniors and those with underlying medical conditions can enter the market from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • One entrance. In order to control the traffic flow, people are being asked to enter and exit at the 2nd Street entrance. You can line up along Evergreen as you wait to enter.
  • Social distancing will be enforced. It seems the pandemic has created a new position—that of “Social Distancing Officer.” This person will be placed at the market’s entrance to ensure that people are honoring the six-foot markers placed around the park. Each vendor booth is also expected to have its own social distancing officer to ensure that people are staying a safe distance from each other.
  • Fewer vendors. In order to allow more space between vendors, the number of booths will be reduced from seasons past. Food item vendors are being given priority with refreshment and value-added vendors participating on a rotating basis. There will be no hot food, cut flowers or alcohol until the restrictions have been lifted.
  • Nonessential programs have also been suspended for the time being. Those include music, kids’ corner and merchandise sales. But you can find many of them on the Lake Oswego Farmers Market Virtual Marketplace!
  • Sampling and exposed food displays will be suspended. Tasting the different varieties of berries or sampling olive oils are a thing of the past (and hopefully of the future). But for the time being, you’ll need to make your purchases based on what you see. And if you touch, you buy. Vendors will provide bags for your purchases. Reusable bags can be used for you to carry everything in but please do not give them to vendors for bagging.
  • Pre-orders are recommended. If you are able, organizers encourage you to contact your favorite vendors beforehand and place and pay for your orders so all you have to do on market day is pick things up.
  • Limit the size of your group. In the interest of everyone’s safety, it’s recommended that you come to the market alone or as a pair.
  • Card purchases are encouraged over cash and the use of $5 tokens has been suspended for the time being. SNAP and SNAP matching tokens will still be offered.
  • Regular COVID-19 safety precautions are encouraged. Protective masks are recommended and as in all situations, please stay home if you are sick.
  • Handwashing stations will be available as well as hand sanitizers.

Some things will remain the same: the beautiful setting, fresh open air, quality vendors, and the knowledge that city employees are making it their job to provide the best and safest experience possible.

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