Days of Summer 2018

Hello SUMMER!  On June 21 we kicked off summer... and all the fun that it brings. To help you get the most out of your summer, every week we are going to share many entertaining and exciting things to do in our beautiful city. So grab your sunscreen and get ready to spend summer in Lake Oswego!

People can access these 95 Days of Summer by going to City of Lake Oswego’s Facebook page (City-of-Lake-Oswego-Local-Government) and “Like”ing it, or by visiting this webpage.

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Also, if you happen to be out and about in LO and take an awesome photo, make sure to submit it in the City’s annual photo contest

Get the most out of your summer!  Here are some fun activities for the upcoming week:

Day 33 - Monday, July 23

Family Movie Night is back! We’re pulling out all the stops by bringing in some brand new releases. We’ll have popcorn and blankets, and lots of room to spread out. Give us a call if you want to know the titles, but here is a clues:  July 23 features another movie adaptation, this time it is based on the amazing the science fiction book by Madeline L'Engle. LO Library, 6-8pm.

Day 32 - Sunday, July 22

Tonight's Moonlight & Music Concert features the sounds of jazz and neo soul with Haley Horsfall!  Millennium Plaza Park, 6-7:30pm. 

Day 31 - Saturday, July 21

Mornings in Color! Come on in and color adult coloring book designs! Colored pencils and coloring books provided. Great fun... and, colored pages make great gifts too! No sign-up necessary. 10am-12pm, LO Library. 

Day 30 - Friday, July 20

Masque Alfresco is back with The Misanthrope!  Enjoy outdoor theater in beautiful George Rogers Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 20 - August 5, at 7pm. The Misanthrope features our famous commedia dell’arte traditions: slapstick antics, stock characters, colorful period costumes, updated with family-friendly, current social/political jokes. Everyone is invited to enjoy this free event - bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics – and your funny bone! Dogs are welcome too, but need to be on a leash.

Day 29 - Thursday, July 19

Join us for Movies in the Park!  Tonight's feature presentation - The Secret Life of Pets. Bring your blankets, pillows, and low sand chairs to Millennium Plaza Park for a relaxing night under the stars. Delicious popcorn and other tasty treats are available for purchase. Movie is free and starts at dusk (8:30-9pm).

Day 28 - Wednesday, July 18

Another wonderful summer concert!  Head down to Foothills Park for Kalimba The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire - an Earth Wind & Fire experience so satisfying it transports audiences back to the excitement of the first time they heard these unforgettable songs. 7-9pm, Foothills Park. 

Day 27 - Tuesday, July 17

Get out on the water!  Rent a kayak, canoe or SUP and enjoy the Willamette River. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe offers classes, tours, camps and rentals at Tryon Cove and at George Rogers Park. 10am-6pm daily through August 26. For more information, to register or for location directions, visit www.aldercreek.com.

Day 26 - Monday, July 16

Something fun for the kids! Join us at the Library for World Music! Sound of Science with Mad Science. From 2-3pm, feel and hear some good vibrations! Our sound show explores how sound is made and how we hear it. Grades k-5.

Day 25 - Sunday, July 15

Tonight's Moonlight & Music Concert features Lisa Mann!  Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Millennium Plaza Park, 6-7:30pm.  All concerts are free and family friendly.

Day 24 - Saturday, July 14

Learn how to extend the bloom season of all your perennials, including Clematis, at the "Summer Pruning for Fall Blooms" class. Join us at the greenhouse at the beautiful Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd, on Saturday, July 14, 10am-noon. Register at www.rogersonclematiscollection.org

Day 23 - Friday, July 13

Stop by the Tryon Creek State Natural Area Nature Center and enjoy interpretive exhibits and programs! Today's free program, Story & Stroll - Dragonfly Door, integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play.  It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome. 11am - 12:15pm, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Space is on a first come, first served basis; register in the Nature Center 30 minutes before the program starts.

Day 22 - Thursday, July 12

LO Parks & Rec presents Hikes & Rambles every Tuesday and Thursday - just show up and enjoy! Today's hike is Flag Point via Lookout Mt. (Mt Hood - East). 8 miles, This hike is not easy because some short sections of Divide Trail are rocky and steep, but it is not difficult. Today's ramble is Little Beacon Rock/Pool of the Winds (Columbia Gorge). 3.5 miles. The hike will leave at 8am, the ramble at 8:30am, from Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road - park in the upper lot near Stafford Road. Cost is $1 (payable to leader), plus driver donation of $8-10. For more information, including cost and appropriate gear, go to www.LOhikes.com

Day 21 - Wednesday, July 11

Summer concerts are back!  Enjoy appetizers or dinner at one of our fine local restaurants, then head down to Foothills Park for Eagle Eyes - the amazing tribute band to the legendary band The Eagles. This group of musicians hail from Vancouver Island, Canada. 7-9pm at Foothills Park. 

Day 20 - Tuesday, July 10

Wondering how we got to the point where we find ourselves in the national dialogue about guns and gun control? Jim Oleske, professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School, will discuss and analyze the various aspects of the debate around the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution--the right to bear arms. 7-8:30pm, LO Library.

Day 19 - Monday, July 9

Great day to visit the Oswego Heritage House and Museum! Their current exhibit: Oswego Streets Then & Now - A Photographic Trip Through Time covers the history of Lake Oswego from the earliest Native American settlement to the 1960s. The museum is free and open to the public Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm. 

 Day 18 - Sunday, July 8

Join us for the Moonlight & Music Concert featuring the Bobby Torres Ensemble.  Bring food and beverage or enjoy a local option. From New York City, to Woodstock with Joe Cocker, through ten years of touring with Tom Jones, to forming his own Latin jazz group in Portland, Bobby Torres has been on the music scene for over 40 years. The concert, from 6-7:30pm at Millennium Plaza Park, is free and family friendly!

Day 17 - Saturday, July 7

Don’t miss the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market - showcasing some of the region’s finest produce, meats, nuts, cheeses, artisan breads, jams, jellies, baked goods, fresh seafood, nursery items, hot foods, and more - there is something for everyone!  At Millennium Plaza Park, from 8:30am-1:30pm, the Market also features a Kids' Corner for youngsters and live music from 10:30am-12:30pm - this week enjoy the Sucker Creek Jazz Band with Dick Saunders (Dixieland).  The Market boasts an average of 80 vendors each week.  While at the park, watch the Slalom Waterski (10am) and Wakeboard Freestyle (1pm) shows on Lakewood Bay, plus the Portland Water Spectacular Ski Show at 5pm.

Day 16 - Friday, July 6

Have you been to the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm? This garden contains the most comprehensive collection of clematis within a public garden in North America - including unique and exceptionally rare plants, as well as historic clematis and the newest hybrids. The Garden, located at 125 Rosemont Road, is open to visitors every day from 8am to dusk.  The greenhouse (staffed with volunteers) is open Fridays 10am to 2pm and on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm. Plants can be purchased when the greenhouse is open.  Read more about the gardens at

Day 15 - Thursday, July 5

LO Parks & Rec presents Hikes & Rambles every Tuesday and Thursday - just show up and enjoy! Join us today for an easy hike along the Middle Salmon River on Mt Hood. The hike will leave at 8am from Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road - park in the upper lot near Stafford Road. Cost is $1 (payable to leader), plus driver donation of $8-10. For more information, including cost and appropriate gear, go to www.LOhikes.com

Day 14 - Wednesday, July 4

Oh it's going to be a fun day! Start with the Lions Pancake feed at George Rogers Park, then head to the Star Spangled Parade & Celebration.  The Parade starts at 10am and travels down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park.  The celebration continues at Millennium Plaza Park with live music from Gospel Hooligans, a Presentation of Colors from local Scouts, face painting, balloon animals, a pie eating contest, and more! 

Wrap up your Independence Day with an evening of sparkling lights at the inaugural Star Spangled Fireworks Spectacular. The show will last about 20 minutes and can be viewed from George Rogers Park - upper ballfield.  Additionally, fireworks can be seen from Millennium Plaza Park.

Day 13 - Tuesday, July 3

Kick off your July 4th celebration at 7pm with a patriotic concert honoring Veterans with Lake Oswego's own Millennium Concert Band. The concert is held at Millennium Plaza Park and includes a Presentation of Colors from the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard.

Day 12 – Monday, July 2

How about some golf? Join us at the LO Golf Course! Men's Monday Morning "Good Guys" Golf Club has a reserved block of tee times from opening until 10am on Monday mornings through October. Questions? Contact Ray Clang.

Day 11 – Sunday, July 1

The Lake Oswego Swim Park, located at 250 Ridgeway Road, opens today! Park amenities include water shooters, organized inner tube polo, park chairs and chaise lounges, picnic tables and covered areas. The park is open seven days a week, 1 to 6 p.m. from July 1 to August 26. Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older. Entry is free and available to all residents of Lake Oswego. 

Day 10 – Saturday, June 30

Check out the Repair Fair from 10am to 1pm at the LO Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue! Skilled volunteers will be on hand at this free community event to help repair your broken household items - such as jewelry, small appliances, electronic toys, bikes and clothing. 

Day 9 – Friday, June 29

LO has a new dog park!  Located at the back of West Waluga Park, 15775 Waluga Drive, this fenced-in dog park provides another opportunity for you and your best friend to meet other people and pooches. In addition to the new dog park, West Waluga Park has the Fit Spot-workout equipment, a walking path, kiddie play area, picnic shelter and restrooms.

Day 8 – Thursday, June 28

Join the FootGolf or Cornhole League! Last day to register a team is July 2.  FootGolf League starts July 12 and plays every Thursday at the LO Golf Course. Cornhole League starts July 11 and plays every Wednesday at George Rogers Park. Register at www.loparks.org.  Grab your family, grab your friends - it's fun for everyone!

Day 7 – Wednesday, June 27

The Summer of Music begins with a special concert (Essential LO) featuring Patrick Lamb and his high-energy, groove-driven band Hit Factory. 7-9pm at the Public Golf Course.  In addition, festivities includes a special tribute to City of Lake Oswego volunteers.  Food and beverage available for purchase.  The golf course parking lot is reserved for handicap guests, but parking is available at C3 Church (17979 SW Stafford Road), Hazelia Field, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1271 Overlook Drive).  For additional information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/concerts.

Day 6 – Tuesday, June 26

How about a game of tennis?  LO Parks & Rec has three outdoor tennis court sites: 2 courts at George Rogers Park (611 S. State St.), 2 at Westlake Park (14164 Bunick Dr.), and 1 at 1850 South Shore Blvd (next to South Shore Fire Dept.).  In addition, we have the Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center. Located at 2900 Diane Drive in Springbrook Park, the Tennis Center offers four indoor courts and is open year round for public use. Play ball! 

Day 5 – Monday, June 25

Family Movie Night is back at the Library from 6-8pm! We’re pulling out all the stops by bringing in some brand new releases. We’ll have popcorn and blankets, and lots of room to spread out. Give us a call if you want to know the titles, but here is a clue:  June 25 features a recent movie about a rabbit based on the books by Beatrix Potter.

Day 4 – Sunday, June 24

Last day of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts! Visit the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park for a superb lineup of six fine art exhibits, live music and more. Relish fine arts and crafts, sip wine and sample a mix of food.

Day 3 – Saturday, June 23

Ham it up! On Saturday June 23, stop by the “portable HAM shack” at Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive, as local HAMs (amateur radio operators) join thousands of their peers across the country to demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities. Meet the LO ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) team and learn about the many ways they are trained to assist the community in the event of emergency. The team will begin their radio and antenna setup at 8 a.m. and be operational at 11 a.m. Stop by and visit and they will get you “on the air.”
For more information on this event or becoming a member, email LOARES.WA7LO@gmail.com.

Day 2 – Friday, June 22

Kids Get Creative at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts! On June 22 from 10am to 2pm, the fun of the Festival comes alive for youngsters of all ages with arts and crafts, interactive games, artisan vendors, face painting and more.  This festive event features entertainment from Kim Schneiderman, lego demonstrations from Play-Well Teknologies, a comedy show from Angel Ocasio and a performance from the Academy of Ballet & Dance.  Plus, enjoy a visit from the Lake Oswego Fire Department and the Police K9.

While at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts make sure to check out the famous Missoula Children’s Theatre and its performance of Blackbeard the Pirate. Performances will be at George Rogers Park - Main Stage. The first performance is planned for Friday, June 22, at 4 p.m. and is free as a part of the Kids Get Creative celebration. The second performance is Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $5 and are available during the Festival next to the main stage. For more information, please call Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation at 503-675-2549.

Day 1 – Thursday, June 21

Cool Books for Hot Days - Celebrate the solstice by building your TBR (to be read) stack and fine-tuning a list of cool new books to read this summer (and on into the fall).