Summer in Lake Oswego

Summer of Music

Absolutely one of my favorite events in Lake Oswego is the outdoor summer concert series. Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. They are free. In July they take place at Foothills Park along the Willamette River. In August they take place at Westlake Park on the West side of town. There is just something about them. The cooling of the hot day, the ambiance of being outdoors, and the dancing. People show up to dance. I once saw a man and a woman, the woman was in a wheelchair. They spent some time just swaying with her in her chair. Then the man stepped in front of her, gently lifted her to her feet, and they danced. Really, really wonderful.

Sunday concerts take place July 10 & 24, and August 7 & 21, 6-7:30 pm at Millennium Plaza Park.

Movies in the Park

There are three outdoor moving events. They start at dusk, approximately 8:45pm.

On July 21st, at Millennium Plaza Park, the movie will be the animated feature, Luca.

On July 28th, at Millennium Plaza Park, the move will be Space Jam, a New Legacy.

On August 4th, at Westlake Park, the movie will be Sing 2

During the movie events there will also be face painting, balloon artists and snacks for purchase.

Summer is here!

Planning Ahead: 4th of July

With the 4th of July just 2 weeks away, I thought it would be helpful to let you know of planned events here in the City of Lake Oswego.

The Star Spangled Parade and Celebration is scheduled for July 4th. Beginning at 10:00am, the parade will run down A Avenue between the Lake Oswego Heritage House (398 10th St) and Millennium Plaza Park (200 1st St). The parade is followed by a 4th of July celebration from 10:30 to 1:00 at Millennium Plaza Park. Lots of fun activities are planned, including a pie eating contest at noon.

The Lyon’s Club Pancake Breakfast is returning after a 2 year hiatus ( you know why). The breakfast is the biggest fundraiser that the Lake Oswego Lyon’s Club does each year and supports many worthwhile charitable projects. Held in George Roger’s Park (611 S State St), it runs from 8:00-11:00am. For $10 ($7 for kids) you can enjoy a bounty of pancakes and sausages.

Fireworks over the lake will cap off the day. The fireworks are sent skyward from a barge on the West end of the lake. Folks with access via boats surround the barge. There is a bugle player who has for years played the National Anthem, and it is just a sight to behold. The light display begins at approximately 9:45. Be aware that the streets around that part of the lake are closed off to non-residence because of the traffic congestion. I suggest parking out of the area and walking in.

What a terrific day! Pancakes, a parade and fireworks. All in all, something to look forward to.

The Willamette Shore Trolley is Back!

The Willamette Shore Trolley will be rolling down the tracks again starting May 28th.

This historic trolley is operated by the Oregon Electric Railway HIstorical Society. It’s a charming experience due to the charm of the trolley the wonderful sights to be seen along the way.

The route is 10.5 miles, round trip. It starts at the trolley station, 311 N State Street and runs to Bancroft Street near the South Waterfront in SW Portland. It includes two trestles, one of which is the 686 foot Riverwood Trestle, and the 1,396 foot Elk Rock Tunnel. The tunnel makes a gentle “S” curve that creates total darkness in the middle of the tunnel. Don’t worry, the trolley is lit up and it’s just really fun.

Scheduling and Ticket information can be found by clicking here.

The trolley runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until September 4th. Parking is free.

Years ago I took my Mom for a ride on the Trolley for her birthday. We packed a picnic and enjoyed lunch as we road the route. I’m not sure that they any longer allow food, so call ahead and find out before you try this. My point is this, memories are made on the trolley and it is so much fun to enjoy.

Lake Oswego Dog Parks

I love dogs and have owned one pretty much all of my life. One of the things I have learned is that a tired dog is a good dog. Getting them out to play, exercise, and socialize just creates a really fine pet.

Here in Lake Oswego we have 5 off-leash dog parks:

Hazelia Dog Park at Luscher Farm (17800 Stafford Rd) actually consists of two of the dog parks. The Northern most park is for dogs that are timid or shy. The Southern park is for more outgoing dogs.

West Waluga Park (15775 Waluga Dr)

Pilkington Park (19043 Pilkington Rd)

McNary Park (47 Beckett St)

There are some basic park rults.

Dogs must be kept on a leash except in the areas designated as off leash. They must be kept under control by the owner.

Owners must promptly pick up after their dogs.

All dogs must be licensed and up to date with the vacinations.

Dogs are not allowed on the athletic fields.

Parks are open daily from 6am to 10pm, year around.


What’s in a Name?

When Linda and I started the property blotter, gosh, many years ago, we sat down and brainstormed names for our new blog. Linda suggested the “Property Blotter”. It’s named in reference to the police blotter that is published every week in the local newspaper, the Lake Oswego Review. I agreed that it was perfect. And so, the Property Blotter was born.

This week, I thought I’d share with you some recent police blotter entries:

3/13, 12:13 AM. Kides were skateboarding in a garage and hitting on an elevator near the 300 block of 1st Street.

3/13, 12:20 PM. Someone said their phone wasn’t working and at night they were seeing “weird lines and ropes coming over the house on their Ring camera.” It turned out to be condensation and rain causing the “ropes in the sky”.

3/13, 1:15 PM. High school-aged kids were seen near a tent or tarp near the 4100 block of Mellissa Drive.

3/14, 1:10 AM. Music was “blasting” and a caller worried something had happened to a homeowner near the 4000 block of Mercantile Drive.

3/14, 8:47 AM. A caller was worried about someone he’d been trying to reach for several days without success. It turned out the person had lost his phone and was OK.

3/14 2:33 PM. Six dogs were barking outside near the 16800 block of Cortez Court. The caller said it was a “hoarding situation”.

3/15. 4:10 PM. Someone demaded to talk to the police cheif at her house, as he was “the only one she can talk to and the only one wo can see what she sees”.

It’s pretty amuzing to read the police blotter. Yes, there are also serious incidents reported, but so much of it is trivial and even amuzing. Lake Oswego has a 100% response policy. You call the police and they will show up. There has even been a book written about the LO police blotter, No Call Too Small, by the staff at the Lake Oswego Review.

The amazing Lake Oswego police department is one of the many reasons that I love being a resident of LO.

As always, thanks for reading the blotter,


LO Adult Community Center

We are fortunate, here in Lake Oswego, to have a terrific Adult Community Center. Catering to the needs of the 55 and older community. There is a huge variety of services and actifities that are offered.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, a hot meal is served between 11:30 and 12:30. The suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, $5 for all otheres.

Meals on Wheels is also operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with hot meals delivered to peoples homes. The suggested donation is $4.

The center also offers variety of consulting to aid families make arrangements for aging relatives. They offer the cosulting at their facility, but they will also come to your home. When my mother went into hospice, it was the Adult Community Center that I called to get advice on hiring in-home care.

They also offer legal adice, by appointment. The consultation is for 30 minutes and it is free.

Then there is all of the fun stuff to do: Muh Jongg, Pinochle, Scrabble, and Bridge. Exercise and wellness classes are regularly offered. And they have a wonderful program called Conversation on Aging to help you make decisions about how you want your elder years to look and how to get them most out of them.

The past several months the facility has been in the process of remodeling. It is now complete and a celebratory open house is being held this Thursday, the 10th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Complimentory wine and hors d’ouvres will be served.

For more information about the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center click here.

Thank you for reading the blotter!


This Week in Lake Oswego

Here are my picks for what to do this week in Lake Oswego, either online or in person:

Mon, Feb 28, 2022 – 5:30PM-9:00PM– 12 yrs & up.- Bob Ross Oil Painting: Tropical Sunset (Live Instruction) ~Easy in-person instruction for beginners and more experienced painters ~ CCP, 1060 Chandler Rd –  More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Tues, March 1, 2022 – 4:30PM-6:30PM – 18yrs & up – Painting in Oils & Acrylic (Virtual Class )~Learn to paint! All materials provided for this virtual class – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Wed, March 2, 2022 – 6:30PM-8:00PM Chautaqua Historic Lecture Series (in-person or virtual)~ “ Kim Huey discusses the beginnings of Chautauqua and the Gladstone Chautauqua  ~ Oswego Heritage House and Museum, 398 Tenth Street – or Zoom! – More Info & Registration:  CLICK HERE

Thurs, March 3, 2022 – 9:15AM-10:30PMPMNia at Lakewood Drop-In ~ Series taught by Black Belt Nia Instructor Carol Kaplan at Lakewood Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.- Lakewood Center for the Arts ~ 368 S State St – More Info & Registration Options:  CLICK HERE

Fri, March 4, 2022 – 3:30-4:15PM – (3-5yrs) Toes & Tap! ~ Learn the basics of ballet and tap dancing in this fun environment using popular music. CCP, 1060 Chandler Rd More Info & Registration: CLICK HERE

Sat, March 5, 2022 – 11:00AM till Tickets gone! – Author C Pam Zhang Ticket Giveaway – This is a ticket-giveaway for the upcoming event with author  C Pam Zhang who discusses How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Reimagined History.  Her presentation will wind up the Lake Oswego Reads 2022 program on Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Lakeridge High School. Event is free to all library-cardholders, but a ticket is required- Lake Oswego Library, 706 4th St – More Info :  CLICK HERE

Sun, March 6, 2022 – From Tuesday, March 1 – 10:00am Thursday, March 31 – All Open HoursGlobal Art Project for Peace~ Participate with the Lake Oswego Library in the 2022 15th Biennial by visiting the children’s library to create an art piece expressing your vision of global peace and goodwill. Art supplies provided. You can also participate by creating art at home and bringing it to the library. ~ Lake Oswego Library (lower level), 706 4th St More Info : CLICK HERE

Lake Oswego Canals

The city/town of Lake Oswego completely surrounds Oswego Lake. Living here is all about the water. There are various options when it comes to considering waterfront property. The main lake is one (most expensive option) the bays are another possibility, and then there are the unique and beautiful canals that are actually more affordable & have that other-worldly or at least Venetian feel.

But whether you live waterfront or not, the water is a constant companion & everything in Lake Oswego is built to accommodate it’s flow. Before I became a Realtor (waaaay back ; ) I used to work in Lake Oswego. And I would drive from my Palisades home via South Shore Blvd to get to my office. I love that drive, and especially love passing over the bridges that cross the canals. There is such a peaceful feeling to it. The only better commute came when I shifted to an in-home office! But of course I can always find a reason, work-related or not, to wind my way along South Shore.

Traversing along South Shore, you cross three bridges. Oswego Canal runs alongside Kelok Rd & was completed in 1872 when it was dug with the intention to connect the Tualatin River to the Willamette River via “Sucker Lake” (originally known “Waluga Lake” & later more eloquently renamed from the “Sucker Lake” moniker given it by the settlers). It was widened in 1881. Originally this canal was meant to allow for lumber & other goods to traverse across the lake & then move on to the Willamette across a very short distance via a planned series of aqueducts to adjust for elevation differences. Those aqueduct plans were eventually scrubbed after Willamette Falls Locks created a new and easier/preferable shipping option than the Tualatin River.

The other two canals that you cross over when taking that beautiful scenic drive are the Blue Heron Bay/Canal. It winds along and ends before you reach Bryant Rd, not connecting to any other body of water than Oswego Lake. West Bay also has a shorter canal that you’ll cross over while on South Shore that leads from the lake to the bay.

On the other side of the lake, a short canal was dug back in 1828 to connect to a marshy area called the Duck Pond which was flooded and then became a part of the lake. We know it as Lakewood Bay near city-center shops, restaurants, the theater, Millenium Plaza Park, and Hwy 43/State St. There is a little bridge over the canal at Northshore Rd.

The Best Playground, Ever

The playground at Hallinan Elementary School is, in my opinion, the best playground that I have experienced with both my kids and with my grand kids. It’s HUGE with so many slides, things to climb on, and a vast array of simple to complex physical challenges for kids.

Before I moved to Lake Oswego, over 20 years ago, I lived in SE Portland. I must have discovered this playground while showing houses in the neighborhood. After I found it, I began driving to Lake Oswego with my children to enjoy it with them.

Along with the playground, there is a huge field that has a walking path around it. When my kids got older, I could bring them there and take a walk while having a visual on them as they played.

Bear in mind that it’s only available when school is not in session. The school is located at 16800 Hawthorne Dr in the Hallinan neighborhood of Lake Oswego.

Get out there and enjoy the fresh air with your kids and your grand kids! And, as always, thanks for reading the blotter.


Notary Services at the Library

Did you know that the Lake Oswego Library offers free notary services the first and third Saturdays of each month? It does, including today. Volunteers provide the notary as a community service. It’s free.

The library is located at 706 4th St in First Addition. For more information click here.

I’ll have the market activity report up shortly. Thank you for your patience.