A Guide to Lake Oswego Real Estate and Community
Dianne and Linda

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Plastics and Recycling

Oregon is rather well known as a bastion of recycling. The first state in the country to instate a bottle bill, we are a community that prides itself on being good stewards of our land. This past week the City of Lake Oswego continued that heritage by passing a restriction for single-use plastic bags. In the next year plastic shopping bags will be fazed out at stores, restaurants, and even the farmer’s market.

About 10 years ago I read the book “Moby Duck”. It’s a non-fiction narrative about a shipping container that fell of a shipping freighter in the Pacific ocean. The container was filled with multi-colored, plastic ducks, the kind that kids play with in the bath tub. A rather unique cargo, these ducks have been washing up on beaches all of the world ever since. It provided an opportunity to study plastics in the ocean and how the plastic migrates. It’s shocking.

I’ve also heard it said that as much as recycling is wise, an even better direction to go is to not use the plastic in the first place. I see the city’s ban on plastic bags as a very wise move that will be a small step in the right direction.

Speaking of recycling, correct plastic recycling is super confusing. It’s bit of a pet peeve of mine that folks don’t know what is and isn’t recyclable. Those clam shell packages for spinach and lettuce? Not recyclable at the curb. To help us all better understand what is and isn’t recyclable at the curb, here is a link to the guidelines put out by Metro, our Metro-area authority on garbage and recycling. To view the information, click here.

Particularly at the holidays, the time of year when we are at the peak of consuming and recycling, it is a good idea to be mindful of using and purchasing items that are recyclable. Good for LO for taking the initiative to curtail the use of plastic. The bags are a step in the right direction. Now can we do something about drinking straws?

Market Activity Dec 3-9, 2018

We are two weeks away from Christmas. People who buy or sell at this time of year are motivated! Last week in Lake Oswego we had 9 new listings come onto the market, 13 properties that went pending with an accepted offer, and 9 closed/sold homes.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Dec 3-9, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
16250 Pacific Hwy #52 Condo $215,000 1 1 841
1172 Boca Ratan Dr Attached $375,000 3 2 1611
5651 Windfield Loop Detached $569,500 2 2 1622
23 Spinosa Detached $595,000 3 2 2767
5536 Bay Creek Dr Detached $619,000 4 2.5 2380
1035 Bayberry Rd Detached $1,399,900 4 2.5 2746
612 Cabana Ln Detached $2,350,000 4 4 3862
3120 Upper Dr Detached $2,350,000 5 3.5 4587
3258 Lakeview Blvd Detached $3,250,000 4 4.5 4337

Pending Sales (Dec 3-9, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
86 Kingsgate Rd A104 Condo $208,000 2 2 849 54
4043 Jefferson Pkwy Condo $254,500 2 2.5 1182 85
12886 Boones Ferry Rd Condo $379,900 2 2.5 1182 13
16880 Cortez Ct Detached $459,900 3 2.5 2313 216
2182 Glenmorrie Dr Detached $485,000 4 2 1580 8
17040 Fernwood Dr Detached $499,000 3 2 2399 211
15580 Partridge Dr Detached $539,900 4 2.5 2245 10
5153 Jean Rd Detached $547,000 8 3 2400 204
2051 Wembley Park Rd Detached $549,900 2 2 1196 132
6414 Frost St Detached $585,000 3 2.5 2205 54
1961 Park Forest Ave Detached $699,900 5 2 2092 5
2815 Orchard Hill Pl Detached $749,900 4 3 2915 4
4743 Upper Dr Detached $1,069,000 4 2.5 3079 338

Sold/Closed (Dec 3-9, 2018)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
92 Galen St Condo $189,000 $169,000 689 92
9 Summit Ridge Ct Townhouse $399,000 $380,000 1576 48
1207 Hallinan Circle Detached $489,500 $491,000 1478 6
18028 Gimly Ct Detached $774,900 $698,500 3454 130
17454 Canal Circle Detached $849,000 $764,000 2472 149
639 Carrera Ln Detached $1,275,000 $1,075,000 4381 14
4100 Canal Rd Detached $1,415,000 $1,125,000 4957 182
17512 Lake Haven Dr Detached $1,650,000 $1,350,000 4643 139
943 Lake Front Rd Detached $1,798,000 $1,600,000 2246 175

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

This Week in Lake Oswego ~ Dec 10-15

The Holiday Spirit has infused Lake Oswego, the lights & the community tree are all up, and celebratory, musical, educational and all kinds of activities are ongoing as they are every week.

Here are my picks for things happening this week!

Mon, Dec 10 2018– 3:00-3:30PM –  Music for Babies ~ -Every Monday this program welcomes you to learn about music, singing and how babies learn and are affected by it. Learn about musical development in the very young. ~ Lake Oswego Public Library –  Info:  CLICK HERE

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 –  7:00-8:30PM – The Craft of Photography Part 2 (with Thor Spyros) ~ Long-time Lake Oswego resident and former Rolling Stone photographer (among many other national publications) presents this free program on the art & craft of photography. ~ Lake Oswego Public Library  Info:  CLICK HERE  

Wed, Dec 12, 2018 – 1:00-2:00PM – Three Pound Note ~ Ex Pats from the UK, Andrea Wild and Hugo Glanville, bring traditional music from Wales, Cornwall & England and…stories! ~ Lake Oswego Public Library –Info:  CLICK HERE     

Thu, Dec 13, 2018 2:30-3:30PM – Kids Make Things! ~ This drop-in program on the lower level is for ages K-5 and fosters creativity in kids every 2nd Thursday! ~  Lake Oswego Public Library:  CLICK HERE

Fri, Dec 14, 2018 Toy Drive Drop-Off Deadline ~Drop off your unwrapped gifts at the Fire Department or Lake Oswego Public Library Info: CLICK HERE

Sat, Dec 15, 2018 – 2:00 – 4:00PM ~ Holiday Concert – Mistletoe & Starlight! ~ Tony Starlight brings back timeless holiday traditions and songs with a comedic twist!  Lake Oswego High School Auditorium Info: CLICK HERE

Sat, Dec 15, 2018 – 6:00 PM ~ Christmas Ships Parade! ~ Gather at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Rd, to watch the Christmas Ships in all their bright finery! 60 boats are expected to make their way to Lake Oswego. Info: CLICK HERE

 

Market Activity ~ Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018

Greetings Property Blotter Readers!

There are 233 homes for sale in Lake Oswego right now. Last week 7 New properties entered the market, 12 moved to Pending status, and 9 were “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
44 EAGLE CREST DR #2 $175,000 1 1 798 CONDO
2182 GLENMORRIE DR $485,000 4 2 1580 DETACHD
4546 DOGWOOD DR $500,000 2 1 1010 DETACHD
4 GERSHWIN CT $739,000 4 4 3016 DETACHD
2050 WEMBLEY PARK RD $799,999 4 2 1868 DETACHD
3130 DOUGLAS CIR $1,595,000 4 3.1 4063 DETACHD
15880 OSWEGO SHORE CT $1,797,000 5 3.1 4084 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
15210 BOONES WAY / Upper $249,900 2 2 1124 CONDO 176
9 BLOCH TER $424,900 3 2.1 1946 TOWNHSE 7
1425 CEDAR ST $489,900 4 2 1669 DETACHD 52
18 GROUSE TER $540,000 4 2.1 2631 DETACHD 93
137 KINGSGATE RD $549,000 3 2.1 2372 DETACHD 16
1508 PINE ST $579,900 4 3 2300 DETACHD 134
18420 DEER OAK AVE $649,000 4 3 2327 DETACHD 59
3742 RIVERS EDGE DR $679,000 4 2.1 2765 DETACHD 8
161 FURNACE ST / Main $929,000 2 2 2134 CONDO 82
1099 TERRACE DR $1,499,000 5 4.1 4965 DETACHD 725
1175 WESTWARD HO RD $1,529,000 3 3.1 3547 DETACHD 135
3773 UPPER DR $1,529,900 4 2.1 3942 DETACHD 30

SOLD (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2018)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
100 KERR PKWY #19 $169,900 $158,900 1 1 617 CONDO 42
5711 MCEWAN RD $384,900 $350,000 3 1 1467 DETACHD 20
6182 SW DAWN ST $469,000 $450,000 3 1.1 1300 DETACHD 24
5695 WASHINGTON CT $575,000 $550,000 4 2 1708 DETACHD 19
19166 OLSON AVE $625,000 $652,500 5 3 2996 DETACHD 3
3100 WESTVIEW CT $1,100,000 $880,000 4 3.1 3725 DETACHD 295
16736 SYLVAN CT $999,900 $1,000,000 3 3 3914 DETACHD 6
2505 GLEN EAGLES RD $1,575,000 $1,575,000 5 5.1 4798 DETACHD 2
612 RIDGEWAY RD $2,598,000 $2,500,000 4 4.1 4106 DETACHD 397

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Lake Oswego Parks and Rec

As a resident of Lake Oswego I get a paper copy of the Lake Oswego Parks and Rec programs mailed to me 3 times a year: Spring/Winter, Summer, and Fall. There is a abundance of offerings! Seriously, there is something for everyone. Classes for kids include Fairy-tale Ballet and Little-tykes Soccer, adults offerings include fitness classes, gardening classes, art classes, it’s a buffet of the finest!

I am particularly drawn to the hikes and walks that are offered weekly. They range from easy strolls to challenging mountain hikes.

I am thinking about the wonder of the Parks and Rec department because I am currently participating in two different programs: Quilling and Beginning Tap Dance for Adults.

I honestly didn’t even know what quilling was when I signed up for it. I enjoy art and I knew it has something to do with paper. I’ve been a watercolor painter for my entire adult life and lately I’ve been thinking it would be fun to combine water color and paper, and maybe ink, to create some mixed media pieces. So I signed up for the quilling class that was held two weeks ago. The cost for the class was $27 and all supplies were provided. It was a 3 hour class. The time flew by! Quilling is pretty specific. It requires exact tools and the paper is made for the purpose. If I had decided to check it out on my own I suspect that I would have spent a good deal more money. Including the instructor there were five of us. It was a lovely few hours of listening to some music and have conversation with the others who attended. The time and the money was well spent.

The other class, beginning tap for adults, is something that I have had on my bucket list for years. There is just something about tap dance that appeals to me. When I attend movies or live shows that have tap my feet start moving. I can not stop them! My daughter knew about my interest in tap and she bought us both tap shoes. I spent some time on the phone trying to find professional lessons. The classes being offered professionally were expensive! Then it occurred to me that perhaps LO Parks and Rec offered them. Low and behold they did. Six classes for $57. Not expensive and not a huge time commitment so that I can put my toes in the water without having to jump in the pool.

I just really love the opportunities that are available here in LO. If you’d like to know more about the Lake Oswego Parks and Rec department click here.

Happy tapping,
Dianne

Market Activity Nov 19-25, 2018

In Lake Oswego last week we had 19 properties go into pending status. That is healthy and strong. Please remember that last week was Thanksgiving. Buyers are out there and they are making offers. Also in Lake Oswego last week we had 10 new listings and 7 closed/sold sales.
Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

New on the Market (Nov 19-25, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft
233 Cervantes Condo $214,900 2 1.5 1216
12886 Boones Ferry Rd Condo $379,900 2 2.5 1182
16200 Pacific Hwy #6 Condo $410,000 2 2 1190
9 Bloch Terrace Townhouse $424,900 3 2.5 1946
17350 Ashley Ct Detached $499,000 3 2.5 2290
3742 Rivers Edge Dr Detached $679,000 4 2.5 2765
13488 Snowberry Ct Detached $770,000 4 2.5 2964
4715 Firwood Rd Detached $1,199,000 4 3 3342
4721 Firwood Rd Detached $1,250,000 4 2.5 3305
1128 Englewood Dr Detached $1,999,888 6 5.5 8981

Pending Sales (Nov 19-25, 2018)

Address Type Price BR Baths Sq Ft CDOM
86 Kingsgate Rd G202 Condo $169,900 2 2 849 91
104 Oswego Summit Condo $179,000 1 1 764 106
45 Eagle Crest Dr #305 Condo $187,000 2 1.5 1364 40
45 Eagle Crest Dr #413 Condo $189,900 2 1.5 1056 95
6880 Montauk Circle Condo $206,000 2 1 924 65
112 Touchstone Terrace Townhouse $374,000 3 2.5 1952 37
15230 Boones Way 1D Condo $249,900 2 2 1185 111
6472 Dawn St Detached $409,950 3 2 1032 99
18133 Tualata Ave Detached $434,950 4 2 1440 34
4596 Lamont Way Detached $524,900 4 2 2236 12
6187 Frost Ln Detached $549,900 4 2.5 2149 90
19166 Olson Ave Detached $625,000 5 3 2996 3
5687 La Mesa Ct Detached $649,900 4 3 2518 21
17965 Lake Haven Dr Detached $650,000 4 3.5 2764 173
2981 Vale Ct Detached $724,900 4 2.5 3516 85
1451 Greentree Circle Detached $975,000 4 3.5 2300 6
16193 Matthew Ct Detached $995,000 4 3.5+.5 4019 41
53 Eagle Crest Dr Detached $1,000,000 5 4.5+.5 4918 216
16913 Canal Circle Detached $1,595,000 5 3.5+.5 4359 60

Sold/Closed (Nov 19-25, 2018)

Address Type List Price Sold Price Sq Ft CDOM
3942 Carman Dr Condo $349,900 $346,000 1354 69
5885 Dove Ct Detached $559,000 $528,000 1800 117
146 Church St Detached $699,000 $694,000 1924 4
1830 Cloverleaf Rd Detached $719,000 $700,000 1857 78
5670 Charles Circle Detached $859,000 $795,000 2968 102
16021 Parelius Circle Detached $919,000 $910,000 4075 6
17626 Kelok Rd Detached $1,324,000 $1,250,000 3909 598

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

News & Notes ~ October 2018 Numbers

Inventory is still higher than usual, but is slowing down just a bit. I hate to keep beating this drum, but it really is the best time of year to buy.  Two of my clients just snapped up two gorgeous Lake Oswego homes and had some great options from which to choose. In any event, please call me or Dianne if you’d like to take advantage of this market.

Here is your look at the most recent data for the entire Portland area (Oct) and how Lake Oswego fits in to this picture just below:

  • According to the RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro Area, October, 2018:
    • There were 3,100 New Listings in October 2018 which was up 4.0% from October of 2017’s 2,981, and/but down 14.0% from the previous month/Sept of 2018’s total of 3,606 .
    • At 2,440, October Closed Sales fell  4.9% from October 2017’s 2,565, but are up 7.4 % from the previous month/Sept 2018’s total of 2,272.
    • October’s Pending Sales (accepted offers), at 2,484 down 8.2% down from October of 2017’s 2,705, but up 0.5% from the previous month/Sept 2018’s total of  2,471.
    • The Average Sale Price in October of $454,400 was up $15,900 from October 2017’s $438,500, and also up from the previous month/Sept 2018’s $447,800 by $6,600.   

Neighborhoods: October’s Average Sale Price + 12-month Appreciation :

  • North Portland:  $428,700              4.8%   (Sep 416,300)
  • NE Portland:  $463,100                   3.8%   (Sep 433,700)
  • SE Portland:  $395,200                   5.8%   (Sep 420,200)
  • Gresham/Troutdale:   $359,700     9.0%   (Sep 352,200)
  • Milwaukie/Clackamas:  $410,200  4.3%   (Sep 437,400)
  • Oregon City/Canby:   $408,600      6.4%   (Sep 404,300)
  • Lake Oswego/West Linn:$714,500 2.6%   (Sep 627,000)
  • West Portland:    $646,200             4.2%   (Sep 631,700)
  • NW Wash County:  $588,300          3.3%   (Sep 486,200)
  • Beaverton/Aloha:     $398,000       7.4%   (Sep 402,800)
  • Tigard/Wilsonville:   $454,400       6.9%   (Sep 466,900 )
  • Hillsboro/Forest Grove: $400,500  6.5%   (Sep 393,200 )

LAKE OSWEGO:

The combined areas of Lake Oswego and West Linn  for  the month of October 2018 reported:

    •  454 Active Listings   (Sep 507 )
    •  153 New Listings     (Sep 183)
    •  101 Pending Sales  (Sep 122)
    •  121 Closed Sales      (Sep 141)
    • Average Sale Price for October: $714,500  (Sep 627,000)
      • NOTE: Higher-Priced vs Lower-Priced Homes Sales can skew the “Average” in any given month.  Lake Oswego has quite a variety, so this tends to be a less meaningful stat, generally speaking, in this niche.
    •  61 Average Days on the Market   (Aug 58)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dianne and I wish you and yours a cozy, warm, peaceful Thanksgiving with those you love. We are grateful for our Property Blotter readers and clients!

 

 

Market Activity ~ Nov 12-18, 2018

Greetings Property Blotter Readers!

There are 257 homes for sale in Lake Oswego right now. People sell and buy homes all year long for a variety of reasons. Fall and winter are no exception. Last week 12 New properties entered the market, 22 moved to Pending status, and 10 were “Closed”/Sold.

Following is the breakdown for you according to RMLS:

NEW on Mkt (Nov 12-18, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type
48 EAGLE CREST DR 5C $279,000 2 0.2 1443 CONDO
4308 BOTTICELLI ST $409,000 3 3.1 2098 TOWNHSE
16061 WALUGA DR $500,000 1 1 676 DETACHD
19220 RED WING CT $504,900 3 2 1647 DETACHD
4596 LAMONT WAY $524,900 4 2 2236 DETACHD
137 KINGSGATE RD $549,000 3 2.1 2372 DETACHD
3857 BASS LN $650,000 3 2.1 2608 DETACHD
17079 CHERRY CREST AVE $679,000 3 2.1 3002 DETACHD
13947 MAJESTIC CT $815,000 3 3.1 2822 DETACHD
55 NORTHSHORE RD #1 $879,000 3 2 2750 CONDO
1451 GREENTREE CIR $975,000 4 3.1 2300 DETACHD
3127 DOUGLAS CIR $1,579,000 5 3.1 3870 DETACHD

PENDING SALES (Nov 12-18, 2018)

Address List Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
4 TOUCHSTONE #131 $199,900 3 2.1 1351 CONDO 29
15938 QUARRY RD B-4 $215,000 2 1 991 CONDO 120
5835 CARMAN DR $399,900 3 2.1 1650 DETACHD 215
6182 SW DAWN ST $454,000 3 1.1 1300 DETACHD 24
1981 MAPLELEAF RD $499,900 4 2 2015 DETACHD 2
73 CONDOLEA WAY/Grnd $512,000 3 3 2131 CONDO 0
17802 HILLSIDE WAY $539,900 4 2.1 3026 DETACHD 177
17411 TREE TOP LN $548,000 4 3 3382 DETACHD 123
2051 WEMBLEY PARK RD $549,900 2 2 1196 DETACHD 116
939 DEVON LN $579,900 3 2 2165 DETACHD 44
5668 VICTORIA CT $719,000 4 2.1 3024 DETACHD 73
808 ELLIS AVE $725,000 3 2.1 2200 DETACHD 8
3562 UPPER DR $749,500 3 3.1 2701 DETACHD 6
5326 WESTFIELD CT $775,000 4 3.1 3259 DETACHD 40
5027 ROSEWOOD ST $874,950 4 3.1 3188 DETACHD 166
1149 CHERRY LN $937,500 3 2.2 3187 DETACHD 29
18140 PIONEER CT $995,000 4 3 2524 DETACHD 102
13575 MEADOWCREEK LN $1,199,500 4 2.1 3370 DETACHD 174
3115 DOUGLAS CIR $1,650,000 5 4.2 4592 DETACHD 93
1956 HIGHLANDS LOOP $1,849,000 5 4.1 4641 DETACHD 736
1075 CHANDLER RD $2,207,500 5 4.1 5710 DETACHD 140
4890 INDIAN CREEK CT AUCTION 4 2 2064 DETACHD 144

SOLD (Nov 12-18, 2018)

Address Opening Price Closed Price # Beds # Baths Total SF Prop Type CDOM
7 SUMMIT RIDGE CT $445,000 $425,000 2 2.1 1704 ATTACHD 65
532 2ND ST $495,000 $497,000 2 2.1 1392 CONDO 6
5105 ROSEWOOD ST $549,900 $520,000 4 2 1848 DETACHD 80
4 ESSEX CT $629,000 $580,000 4 2.1 2835 DETACHD 80
5835 Ridgetop CT $625,000 $608,000 4 2.1 2375 DETACHD 197
5555 FIELDSTONE CT $785,000 $699,900 4 2.1 2712 DETACHD 84
162 BERWICK RD $850,000 $750,000 2 2 2025 DETACHD 52
4057 PFEIFER CT $949,000 $869,000 4 3.1 4265 DETACHD 60
17555 REDFERN AVE $995,000 $995,000 4 3.1 3055 DETACHD 4
17388 CEDAR RD $2,698,000 $2,632,500 4 3.1 4635 DETACHD 157

Criteria: Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Spread the Cheer

Here in Lake Oswego, there are so many opportunities to spread a little cheer to those in need in our area. The Holidays are a joyous time for many, but for some it a time of struggle. I recently discovered a quote from Audrey Hepburn. “You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.”

The City, along with Clackamas County, is sponsoring the Pillowcase Project. Drop by City Hall and pick up a beautiful, hand-made pillowcase. Then fill it with basic-needs items and perhaps a gift or two. Then return it to City Hall by December 14th. The filled pillowcases will be distributed to the needy throughout Clackamas County, including here in Lake Oswego. The pillowcase concept is such a good one because long after the gifts and toiletries have been used and enjoyed, the pillowcase will continue to be used and to remind the recipient of good memories.

Oregon Food Pantries is doing a food drive. This project has a history of feeding nearly 250,000 Oregonians, including over 100,000 children. Non-perishable food can be dropped off a City hall, the Main Fire Station (300 B Ave) or the Library throughout November and December.

The Lake Oswego Fire Department is doing a Toy Drive. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the Main Fire Station (300 B Ave), or the Library (706 Fourth St) between now and December 14th. Toys will be distributed by the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge to families throughout the local area.

Finally, coats, blankets, and gloves are being collected by the City to help those in need. Hope Sparrow Services will distribute the clothing throughout the winter. Children’s items are needed as well as for adults. They don’t have to be brand new. Lightly used and clean are welcome. Take your donation to the South entrance of City Hall any time in November, December, and January.

I think there’s a direct connection to our personal happiness and mental well being that is improved when we help others. Thank you for being involved. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dianne