News & Notes

Community Shred Day – Lake Oswego and EFI Secure Shredding holds another shred day geared toward helping citizens get rid of sensitive documents. This one will be held at the West End Building in the rear parking lot. Three boxes to a person will be allowed. Hours are 10AM – 1PM on April 30th.

Walk for Water – A 1-mile loop returning to Foothills Park seeks to bring awareness to the issue of a dire need for clean drinking water in developing countries… and strollers are welcome! You are invited to simulate the trek of villagers in Zambia who walk for their water twice every day. The walk will be held April 30th and begins at 9AM in Foothills Park.

Lake Run – Speaking of exercise… The much-anticipated annual “Lake Run” is coming up fast- May 7th starting at Millenium Plaza Park! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. There will be a 12k run, a 5k walk/run where strollers will be included, and a 1/2 mile kids-dash (11 and under). For registration Click Here. For more information including maps, approximate times runners will pass through various neighborhoods, and traffic changes click Here for 12k, and Here for 5k.

Tidbits from PMAR
(Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors) –

– Americans appear to be more confident about home-ownership and the stability of home prices than they were at the beginning of 2010. This is per Fannie Mae’s latest national housing survey. Nearly 80% of all respondents including homeowners and renters surveyed anticipated prices holding steady or increasing in the next 12 months- Up from 73 percent in January 2010.
Click Here for more detail.
– Portland is ranked among the top ten cities nationally where it is best to buy rather than rent according to Forbes.com. Click Here for more detail.

Remodeling Costs Recouped – Realtor Magazine and Remodeling Magazine came up with a list of the most cost-effective remodeling projects. You can click Here for info on the Portland metropolitan area and download the 12-page report.

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