Middle Housing

A law was passed by the State of Oregon in 2019 that is going to have a huge impact on neighborhoods throughout the state. House Bill 2001 pretty much out lawed single-family-residential housing. The law applies to any town with a population of more than 10,000 people, thus, it very much affects Lake Oswego.

What this law does is mandate that neighborhoods that currently have single family housing must allow the construction of duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, cottage clusters and accessory dwelling units.

There is an affordable housing crisis in our state and I completely understand the logic behind this law. When I look for the positive outcomes it will create, I think about people who want to build a dwelling for aging parents. I think of people who would benefit from some rental income. I think of people who need a place to live and simply can not afford the current rents or are not in a poslition to buy. This law will have quite a few positive benefits.

But I also think about what our neighborhoods currentlly look like. How will I feel if a duplex gets built next door? I hope I’ll feel ok, but, being honest, I’m just not sure. This law will have to come into affect and play out before I’ll know how I truly feel.

The City of Lake Oswego is approaching this change in a two phase process. The first phase has been completed. The city reveiwed current neighborhood plans and development codes, created and received results of a community-wide survey, and met with neighborhood association chairs to understand neighborhood characteristics and what communities value most.

The second phase is happening now. The city is exploring options for potential code changes and getting advice from a committee that has been formed. This committee was appointed by the city council and is called the Middle Housing Code Advisory Committee. They are meeting between now and the end of September. After they provide advice to the city council, the city will seek further feedback from neighborhood associaitons and the broader community.

For more information visit www.lakeoswego.city/planning or contact Eric Olson, Senior Planner, at eolson@lakeoswego.city or 503-697-6524.

There’s nothing so certain as change, that’s for sure.


Plant Sale

I’m reversing the order of my blog posts this week. Usually the market activity report is posted first and then an editorial. However, this week I want you to have a heads up about a great even this Saturday, with time to get it onto your calendar.

This is the 97th year for the Lake Grove Garden Club’s annual sale. It will be this Saturday, the 19th of June, from 9 to noon, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on Quarry Rd.

A wide variety of plants and garden objects will be offered, most at prices significantly less than you would find at garden stores. This is possible because the plants have been raised and cultivated by members of the club.

Proceeds go to community projects to beautify the neighborhoods, to protect heritage plants, and to a scholarship to support a student who attends Clackamas Community College in the horticulture program. Very worthwhile!

For me gardening is a salve to my soul. Digging in the dirt really is so calming, peaceful, and rewarding. I think it’s also cheaper than therapy!


This Week in Lake Oswego

Here are my picks for things to do this week either online or in person:

Mon, June 14, 2021 – 8:00AM-9:00PMStory Line Recordings~ Listen to poetry and short stories anytime! dial 503-636-7628 and press 6 More Info:  CLICK HERE

Tues, June 15, 2021 – 4:00-5:00PMCook the Books! ~ Meet online every Tuesday with Librarians Shannon & Alicia to eat and talk about food & recipes.- More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Wed, June 16, 2021 – 4:00-6:00PMParks Board Meeting~ This meeting has been scheduled since COVID via Webex. Want input on our treasured parks & recreation facilities & activities & how we move forward? Join in!- More Info & Registration + Agenda Links:  CLICK HERE

Thurs, June 17, 2021 – 7:00-8:30PMTrivia Night!!!~ Join your hosts, Chris and Carissa for some fun together online. Its around 90 minutes & its like pub trivia…but you’re not in a pub! Bring your own drinks & snacks & enjoy.- More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Fri, June 18, 2021 – This is a first!! There are NO events scheduled in Lake Oswego. So… the weather should be awesome. Take a stroll in George Rogers Park, or at Luscher Farm or along the trails in Tryon…or sit & have a picnic at the waterfront or Millennium Plaza Park : )

Sat, June 19, 2021 – 8:30AM-1:30PMLake Oswego Farmers Market –  Peruse the cream of the crop in every category of local lusciousness at Millennium Plaza Park- More Info :  CLICK HERE

Sun, June 20, 2021 – All DayFathers Day!~ Get out there and do something with your Dad, or the Dad (or closest thing to one) in your Life. Preferably something they like to do ; ) If your Dad is gone, I’ll join you in remembering him with Love and doing something that I (you) know he would enjoy.

The Gnomes are Back!

I had a great walk this morning that began and ended at Foothills Park. As I started out I came across this sign.

The sign itself is pretty informative. As it explains, the City of LO is putting 3 gnomes, Blossom, Greenie, and Oak, into 3 different parks. They will be moved each month between April and October to 3 new parks. The idea is to find them every month in order to explore the 21 Natural areas that the City maintains.

When you find a gnome, take a selfie and post it to social media using the hashtag #LOparksgnomes. Each time you post a selfie your name will be put into a drawing. In October a lucky winner will receive their very own gnome.

Finding the gnomes is a great incentive to get out and enjoy the fresh air, which is certainly one purpose for the gnomes. Another great purpose for this activity is to educate the citizens of Lake Oswego about the Stewardship Program that is run by the City Parks and Recreation Department. The Stewardship Program organizes events for volunteers to help with the cleaning and maintenance of the natural areas. Its a fun way to give back to the community, and to meet other great citizens.

In May the gnomes can be found in these 3 natural areas: Lamont Springs, Bryant Woods, and Woodmont. For a map of the gnomes parks for the month, and more information about the Stewardship Program, click here.

Happy gnome hunting!


This Week in Lake Oswego

Spring is in the air, people are starting to peek out from their safe spaces & Lake Oswego is as beautiful as ever. Here are my picks for things to do this week either online or in person:

Mon, May3rd, 2021 – 4:30-5:30PMYouth Mountain Biking Series 1 ~ Meet at Luscher Farm/The Quarry at East Waluga Park to learn shifting, body position, pedal position, climbing, descending, cornering and managing trail obstacles! Mondays till 5/24- More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Tues, May4th, 2021 – 4:00-5:00PM –Cook the Books ~ Meet online every Tuesday with Librarians Shannon & Alicia to eat and talk about food & recipes. – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Wed, May5th, 2021 – 6:00-8:00PM –Pickelball Clinic & Play (18yrs+)~ Learn the basics and then join in with the fastest growing sport in America! Wednesdays till 5/26 at George Rogers Park – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Thurs, May6th, 2021 – 7:00-8:30PM –Public Library Trivia Night! ~ Its like “Pub Trivia” but shorter…and you’re not in a pub! Plus there are Powell’s Gift Cards involved… Thursdays online- More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Fri, May7th, 2021 – 6:30-9:30PM –Samurai in the Oregon Sky with Ilana Sol! ~ Join the Filmmaker as she presents her film & joins for post-viewing questions & answers. – Her first film ON PAPER WINGS won 7 awards and was included in an episode of NPR’s Radiolab. SAMURAI IN THE OREGON SKY is her second film~ In 1942, Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita catapulted his seaplane off of a submarine, flew over the Oregon coast, and became the only pilot to bomb the U.S. mainland during WWII.  He never dreamed he would one day be invited back to the region, where he would begin a lifelong friendship with the people of a small Oregon town.  SAMURAI IN THE OREGON SKY chronicles how Mr. Fujita came to refer to his former target as his “second home.” – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Sat, May8th, 2021 – 8:30AM-1:30PM –Lake Oswego Farmers Market! ~ Millennium Park Plaza is the place to be every Saturday as Artisans and Farmers share their wares in a COVID-safe & festive environment. There are also online ordering options available.- For More Info & Safety Protocols:  CLICK HERE

Sun, May9th, 2021 – 11:00-12:00PM –A Bookish Affair!~ Join fellow aficionados of Romance & Happily-Ever-After genres to discuss love stories of all kinds. This week covering The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan –  More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Tree City USA

This year is the 32nd year that Lake Oswego has maintained the designation of “Tree City USA”. To have this designation a city must maintain four standards: have a Tree Board that brings together Parks, Recreation, and a Natural Resources Advisory Board; have a tree ordinance; spend a minimum of $2 per capita on urban forest management; and proclaim and celebrate Arbor Day annually.

Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, and April is Arbor Month. There are numerous ways that Lake Oswego is celebrating.

Tree Pruning Workshop

April 24th, 10am to 12pm, at the Pavilion at Foothills Park. Due to covid, attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. Pruning and maintaining trees is crucial, not just for the health of the tree, but truly for the safety of the home. Our big ice storm last month was a perfect example. Lake Oswego has lots and lots of trees. That ice storm took down so many limbs and many of those limbs were distructive to property, not to mention the power outages. At my home, we had an arborist clean up our trees about 5 years ago. I have 5 huge trees on my property. In the ice storm, not one limb came down. Not one. To register for this workshop telephone 503-635-0290 or email planning@lakeoswego.city. The class is free

Lake Grove Swim Park

Gnomes in Nature

Gnomes are being hidden at three parks: Foothills, River Run, and Stevens Meadows. The gnomes have names: Blossom, Greenie, and Oak. Between now and October get out to enjoy the parks and when you find a gnome, take your picture with the gnome and post it to social media using the hashtag #LOparksgnomes. Each time you post this hashtag you will be entered into a contest to win your very own gnome. Did you know that LO has over 460 acres of natural park areas? Visit lo-stewardship.org for park locations, gnome clues, and to learn more about each gnome.

Heritage Trees

Lake Oswego has annually been designating trees as “Heritage Trees” for 40 years. They are magnificent and each year when a tree is designated I like to go and see it. Most are on private property, so viewing them is done from the street, but wow, they are gorgeous. This years tree is a 55′ tall Japanese Zelkova that measures 6′ 10″ in circumference and has a crown with a 60′ spread. It is located at 3209 Lake Grove Blvd. To see a complete list of the Heritage Trees and where they are located, visit lakeoswego.city/planning/heritage-tree-program.

I honestly think that people move to Oregon, not just Lake Oswego, because they love the natural beauty and being in the outdoors. We’re now moving into the time of year when going outside is such a pleasure! I’m proud that my city, Lake Oswego, knows this and values its natural resources. Three cheers for LO and Tree City USA!


Lake Oswego Has Two New Parks

The livability of LO is just outstanding and it just go even better. We now have two brand new parks!.

Iron Mountain Park

Located on Iron Mountain Blvd right by The Hunt, this is a 51 acre park. There is plenty of parking, a covered picnic area, a play area for kids, and rest rooms. It’s beautifully landscaped using native species and with great care to preserve a wetlands that is part of the park. I can see spending summer evening picnicing and taking my Grandchildren to play and run around.

I think the thing I am most excited about is that the park serves as a trail for the Iron Hertage trail. There has long been a terrific trail that makes use of the old rail line that the iron was transported on from the mine near the top of Iron Mountain and down to where the ore was loaded into barges, and barged across the lake to find its final destination at the iron furnace in what is now George Rogers Park.

The Iron Heritage trail is a 3.4 mile loop that connects the new park to the Iron Mountain trail, then along several quiet residential streets to Springbook Park and then back to Iron Mountain Park. For a trail map click here.

Woodmont Natural Park

Located near the intersection of Atwater and Knaus Roads, this 6.8 acre park is lovely. There is a gravel path that meanders through the park. I’m not certain how long the path is, but I think it is likely close to half a mile or so. There is extensive native landscaping and places for picnicing. This park does not have a play structure for children, but it does have restrooms.

Quality of life is just super important to me and a key component of how I have chosen the community that I live in. I know I rave about how much I like LO, but it truly does keep getting better and better. These two new parks are a great addition!

As always, thanks for reading the blotter.


This Week In Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego is always chock full of all kinds of activities for its residents. Its really a marvel how, for so many years, such discerning attention is placed on producing a truly diverse array of programs for young, old and all interests. They are mostly virtual now for health & safety reasons, but some safe outdoor & distanced options are also peppered in there. Soon we’ll see the outdoor concerts return!

Here are my picks for what[s happening this week:

Mon, March 8, 2021- 7:15-7:45PM –  How to Train Your Cat ~ Believe it or not cats can be trained! (they say… ; ) Every Monday/12 and up. Online – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Tues, March 9 2021– 1:15-2:15PM –  Gentle Yoga ~ Join this virtual class that repeats every Tuesday – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Wed, March 10, 2021– 8:00AM – 10:00PM –  Author/Fan Face-Off! ~ Each week, in this video series, a student will go head to head on 10 trivia questions from one of a featured author’s favorite books. This week the guest author is Varian Johnson and the featured book is The Great Green Heist Online – For More Info:  CLICK HERE

Thurs, March 11, 2021– 6:00-7:30PM –  Whole House Organizing~ Each week on Thursdays, Kaye Silver teaches participants to organize one category of household item, such as clothes. The following week participants share their results and learn about the next category, such as memorabilia. Online – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Fri, March 12, 2021– 8:15AM-10:15PM –  Essay Contest Deadline: Refugee & Immigrant Experience ~ 2021‌ ‌MINORU‌ ‌YASUI‌ ‌STUDENT‌ ‌CONTEST‌ ‌ “If‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌suffering‌ ‌or‌ ‌pain‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌unfairly‌ ‌imposed‌ ‌upon‌ ‌anyone,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌my‌ ‌duty,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌your‌ ‌duty‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌alleviate‌ ‌it,‌ ‌because‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌in‌ ‌which‌ ‌we‌ ‌gain‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌us.” —‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui‌ . The‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui‌ ‌Student‌ ‌Contest‌ ‌is‌ ‌proud‌ ‌to‌ ‌announce‌ ‌its‌ ‌2021‌ ‌essay‌ ‌competition‌ ‌on‌ ‌Refugee‌ ‌and‌ ‌Immigrant‌ ‌‌E‌xperiences.‌  ‌We‌ ‌celebrate‌ ‌the‌ ‌ideas‌ ‌and‌ ‌opinions‌ ‌of‌ ‌students‌ ‌in‌ ‌grades‌ ‌6‌ through‌ ‌12‌ ‌and‌ ‌challenge‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌write‌ ‌an‌ ‌original‌ ‌and‌ ‌thoughtful‌ ‌essay‌ ‌exploring‌ ‌refugee‌ ‌or immigrant‌ ‌experiences.‌  Online – More Info & Registration: CLICK HERE

Sat, March 13, 2021– 9:00AM-9:30AM –  Saturday Sing-A-Long ~ Ages 3-5 sing their favorite Disney, folk & popular songs every Saturday! Online – More Info & Registration: CLICK HERE

Sun, March 14, 2021– 10:00AM-12:00PM –  Stewardship Work Party at Woodmont Park ~ Plant native species in this new park with Friends of Woodmont Park!  More Info & Registration: CLICK HERE

Cool Stuff is Happening at the Library!

I say cool stuff is happening at the library, but in the time of Covid it is happening via zoom and on line. I really have to give a round of applause to the staff at the library because they have come up with some awesome options to keep readers engaged. At a time when we are spending more time at home, and really needing options to keep us busy, these programs are pretty terrific.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Watch videos of members of the community reading children’s books in different languages. Get recommendations for books to read that will educate about different cultures. This program honors the similarities and differences that make our community shine. For more information visit www.lakeoswego.city/library/mcbd.

A Bookish Affair

This is a book group that is devoted to romance novels. They read one book per month. To get involved you can email Shannon Dickinson at sdickinson@lakeoswego.city. You can also download the podcast at “A Bookish Affair” from all of the usual places that podcasts are found.

Cook The Books Book Group

This book group is all about food! It meets via zoom on Tuesdays at 4pm. Each week features a new theme. Folks get together to share recipes and talk about food. It’s pretty much a big recipe exchange. You can register at www.lakeoswego.city/library/cook-books-virtual-book-group where you’ll get a meeting link and a password.

LOPL Trivia

Join librarians for a family-friendly virtual game of trivia. Thursdays at 7pm. This sounds like a lot of fun! Registration is required. Go to www.lakeoswego.city/library/remote.

Personalized Reading Recommendations

Fill out a reading profile and librarians will use your answers to create a customized reading list just for you. For adults, go to www.lakeoswego.city/library/webforms/ten-ten-personalized-recommendations. For kids, go to www.lakeoswego.city/kids/you-need-read-weve-got-books. All books are loaned via curbside pickup and are quarantined before being loaned out again.

Lake Oswego Reads

Our library is just such a tremendous resource to our city! With all of this going on, I want to end this post by pointing out the Lake Oswego Reads is happenning right now. Citywide, the community is reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. There are many events associated with LO Reads. Find details at www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads.

Happy Reading!

A Season of Caring

Winter in general can be a challenging time. Daylight is short and the temperature outside is COLD. For those in need, it’s got to be the very difficult. In Lake Oswego there are several ways that you can help.

Shop with a Cop

Shop with a cop pairs police officers with children. They go shopping together for items that the child needs. This year, because of Covid, volunteers are doing the shopping and police officers will deliver the purchased items to children’s homes. You can make a donation at www.ccpobf.org/about/make-a-donation.html. This event ends on December 12th.

Personal Care Items

Personal hygene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, sun screen, disposable razors, diapers, deodorant, and shampoo can be dropped off at a donation barrel at City Hall, 380 A Avenue, South entrance vestibule. Donations can be dropped off at any time. New, unused items, please.

Hunger Fighters Oregon

A record number of people in Lake Oswego are in need of emergency food. Non-parishable food items can be donated at City Hall, 380 A Avenue. Donation barrels are located in the North vestibule fronting A Avenue or directly with Hunger Fighters, 2301 Hazel Rd, Lake Oswego. You can learn more by visiting www.hungerfightersoregon.org

School Supply Drive

The Rotary club of Lake Oswego is collecting school supplies in conjunction with the Lake Oswego School Foundation and district counselors. Back packs have already been generously donated and now is the time to fill them up! The Rotary is looking for monetary donations. Money will be used to purchase basic school supplies and also to fund the gift card program that Rotary administers year around. You can make a donation at https://bit.ly/2IMnPeA or you can mail a donation to Rotary Club of Lake Oswego-School Supply Drive, P.O. Box 94, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Toy Drive

The Lake Oswego Fire Department and Library are accepting new, unwrapped toys to give to children. Toys will be distributed by the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge. The toy drive ends December 11th. Until then toys can be dropped off at the the Lake Oswego Fire Department’s main station, 300 B Avenue, Lake Oswego or at the Library, 706 Fouth Street.

Thank you for spreading the love and good cheer!