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April 2011 Hello LO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR Hello L .O . the official newsletter of the city of lake oswegoApril 2011In This Issue 1 Luscher Open House Village Flower Baskets Streetcar Recommendation Earthquake Expert at Marylhurst Community Shred Day City-Wide Clean Up Day 2 Sustainability Action Month Garlic Mustard - Invasive Good Neighbors Don’t Just Happen Calling All Volunteers City Installs Recycling Baskets Farmers’ Market Posters Unveiled Board & Commission Vacancies 3 Parks & Recreation City Library 4 Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness Historic Home Tour Walk 4 Water Brookside Restoration Thank You! Children’s Egg Hunt Community Calendar For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us, or Call 503-635-0257. Insert Urban & Community Forestry Village Flower Baskets Support the tradition! Spring is just around the corner and a time for all things new. This includes one of Lake Oswego’s most anticipated “rites of spring,” the color and beauty of our Village Flower Baskets. 2011 will be the 21st year of providing this vital community beautification tradition. The Chamber, through a strong partnership with the City and businesses, hangs an average of 250 baskets each year. In celebration of the enduring legacy of this nationally- recognized Lake Oswego treasure, volunteers will hang the baskets on May 14. The total cost of the program, including maintenance of the baskets, is anticipated to be almost $70,000. The success of the 501(c)3 Chamber Foundation Village Basket Program is critically dependent on the support of generous contributions from local businesses and community members. The Chamber is hoping that you see the value of this program and is counting on your dedication and financial support in 2011. Your fully tax-deductable contribution will go to the Village Flower Basket program through the Chamber’s 501(c)3 Foundation. To find out how you can contribute to this program, call the Chamber at 503-636- 3634. Any donation will be appreciated. All donations will be acknowledged in your community newspaper, the Lake Oswego Review. Community shred day - april 30 For secure disposal, bring your sensitive documents such as credit card statements, old IRS tax forms, pre-approved credit card statements, etc., to the free Community Shred Day on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is full), at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Up to three boxes per person will be accepted. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned food for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. For questions, please contact Alex Deley, Sustainability Outreach Specialist, at 503-635-0286 or adeley@ci.oswego.or.us. City-wide Clean up day Do you have stuff that you want to get rid of... old sofas, refrigerators, mattresses, televisions? The City and Allied Waste of Lake Oswego will be holding a City-Wide Clean Up Day on June 4, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., where you can bring these items for recycling or disposal. Look for specific details in the May HelloLO or call the Citizen Information Center at 503-635-0257. The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open house to review three site plan alternatives for the Luscher Area Master Plan. The design team created the plans based on feedback from the January 22 Design Charette where people shared ideas for improvements to the park, farm and natural areas. The event is an open format. Drop by, look over the alternatives and provide input on the future of the Luscher Area! For more information, please visit www. ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/LAMP.htm or contact Ryan Stee at rstee@ci.oswego.or.us or at 503-697-6575. lusCher area master plan open house Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the West End Building CounCil Considers streetCar reCommendation The Lake Oswego City Council and jurisdictions along Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and Portland will soon select the best mode of transportation, technically referred to as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), as part of the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit project (LOPT). To date, the Citizen Advisory Committee and the Project Steering Committee have each voted and selected the Streetcar as the preferred alternative for providing a more reliable and higher quality transportation connection between Lake Oswego and downtown Portland. The Steering Committee’s LPA recommendation for the Streetcar will now be considered by each of the jurisdictions along the corridor as well as TriMet and Metro. Next up, the Lake Oswego City Council will hold a public hearing on the Streetcar LPA recommendation on April 12 and is scheduled to vote on April 19. On April 12, citizens are welcome to provide up to two minutes of testimony. For more information on the Project Steering Committee please go to: www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/ by.web/id=30389. Information that the Council will consider and for the public hearing will be included in the Council Packet. For updates on Council Actions, including information on upcoming meetings, go to www. ci.oswego.or.us/home/news/pubs.htm. The city of Lake Oswego and Marylhurst University are proud to host a presentation featuring James Roddey, earthquake expert from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). In addition, information will be available from the American Red Cross and Clackamas County Emergency Management. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, and learn about: • the similarities between the recent earthquake in Japan and potential Cascadia earthquake • the likelihood of a catastrophic earthquake in the Pacific Northwest -- and how you can prepare • how this earthquake will effect Oregon's roads and bridges, and why you need to be prepared for self-sufficiency • what happens after the quake - you and your family and your neighbors taking care of each other • what is a tsunami and how will it affect the coast and inland • the importance of making a plan, assembling an emergency kit, setting aside emergency cash, and more • how you can make your home safer in case of earthquake Detailed information, including the exact location, will be in the May HelloLO. This is a free event, but registration is requested. To register, please contact the Main Fire Station at 503-635-0275 or jratoza@ci.oswego.or.us. Visit www. ci.oswego.or.us/EmergencyManagement for more information about how you can prepare. earthquake expert to speak at marylhurst Back by popular demand! Hello L.O. 2 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us, or Call 503-635-0257. City Council 503-635-0215 503-697-6594 (fax) City Council e-mail: council@ci.oswego.or.us City Manager Alex D. McIntyre 503-635-0215 Mike Kehoe City Councilor 503-706-8365 (Cell) Jack Hoffman Mayor 503-635-0213 (City Hall) Donna Jordan City Councilor 503-675-1120 (Home) Bill Tierney City Councilor 503-539-7144 (Cell) Mary Olson City Councilor 503-638-2042 (Home) Sally Moncrieff City Councilor 503-819-5553 (Cell) Jeff Gudman City Councilor 503-780-1524 (Cell) Coming soon! The Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board is proud to announce that May 2011 is the third-annual Sustainability Action Month. With events planned at venues throughout the City, Sustainability Action Month will provide opportunities for businesses, residents, and visitors to learn all about sustainability, and how they can take action for a better, more livable future. Some of this year’s events include: • Solar Ready Workshops, presented by Solar Oregon - Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. (Registration is required). • Heritage Trees Bike Ride - Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. (Registration is required). • Author Talk with The Fires of Home author Daniel Gottlieb - Tuesday, May 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. • Sustainability Day and Landscaping for Conservation at Tryon Creek State Natural Area - Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. • Hallinan Elementary School Garden Tour - Wednesday, May 25, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For details and to see a full calendar of events and details, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/plan/Sustainability and click on the “Sustainability Action Month”. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Deley, Sustainability Outreach Specialist at 503-635-0286 or adeley@ci.oswego.or.us. Sustainability Action Month The City is seeking applicants for the following: • 50+ Advisory Board • Planning Commission • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board • Sustainability Advisory Board • For more details, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boards/ Vacancies/currentvacancies.htm or contact Jane McGarvin at 503-635-0236. VaCanCies City installs reCyCling Baskets To provide convenient recycling options for park users, reduce our garbage bill and lessen our environmental impact, the City has installed about a dozen beverage recycling containers at various parks throughout the City. In finding that a large seasonal component of the waste stream generated in our parks was beverage containers (aluminum, plastic and glass), the City began looking for ways to keep these items separate from the garbage so that they could be easily and economically recycled. The recycling baskets, attached to decorative garbage receptacles at Millennium Park, Foothills Park and Roehr Park, make recycling easy. Serviced daily by the City’s Public Works staff, these recyclables can easily be recovered and recycled. The City is also considering installing these baskets to similar garbage receptacles at West Waluga Park. With over 80 events a year, including the Farmers’ Market, summer concerts and the popular 4th of July parade, volunteers are a critical part of Parks and Recreation special events. If you have considered volunteering in our community, please drop by for an informal chat at one of these get-togethers: St. Honore, 315 First St. April 12, 9:30 a.m. Tucci’s, 220 A Avenue April 14, 4:30 p.m. Calling all Volunteers! In addition, Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual volunteer sign-up meeting on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Refreshments will be served for this fun get together. For more information, please contact Mary Kelly, Volunteer Coordinator, at parksevents@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-697-6517. garliC mustard - inVasiVe Garlic Mustard, which originated in Europe, is one of the few alien herbaceous species that invades and dominates forested understories. It is difficult to eradicate once established and, once introduced, it outcompetes native plants for moisture, nutrients and space. Other negative qualities include: • The roots release toxins in the soil that inhibit other plants to grow, creating a monoculture. • A single plant can produce thousands of seeds. • Seeds can remain viable in the soil for five years or more. • It regenerate if the complete root is not removed. • The flower will still set seed even when the plant is not attached to the root. Garlic Mustard likes to grow in moist shaded soil and is commonly found on stream sides, floodplain areas, wooded areas, and roadsides. If you or your neighbors have this noxious weed… pull it! Garlic Mustard can be removed by hand or sprayed with herbicide. Removed plants should be placed in a plastic bag and thrown away – do not compost. Seeds are viable up to 5 years, so repeated monitoring and removal year after year is needed to gain control. Visit www.nps.gov/plants/ALIEN/fact/alpe1.htm, to learn more about Garlic Mustard. Congratulations to Joseph Willis and Emily Hoard! They are the winners of the 2011 Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market Poster Contest in the Adult and Youth categories, respectively. This is the tenth year of the popular contest, which is sponsored by the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. All posters will remain on display at the West End Building through May. The winning entries received the greatest number of votes in the Adult and Youth categories. Winning artwork will be used for Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market advertisements and signage. The 2011 Farmers’ Market will take place in Millennium Plaza Park, beginning May 14 through October 8. Market hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information about the Farmers’ Market or volunteer opportunities, contact Maddie Ovenell, Market Manager, at movenell@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-697-6590. Farmers’ market posters - unVeiled! good neighBors don’t Just happen How can you remain a good neighbor when you remodel a house or build a new one? Cities face this same question when providing new or improved drinking water, road, or wastewater facilities in neighborhoods. Even though these improvements benefit the entire community, some neighbors take the brunt of construction and operations. That’s why the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership is taking extra efforts in neighborhoods where water improvements are planned. Cities often use what is called a Good Neighbor Plan (GNP) to address the concerns of facility neighbors. The purpose of a GNP is to inform facility and site design, construction and operation for these major Partnership facilities. The Plan reflects a good faith effort and commitment by both the neighborhood and the Partnership to ensure facilities remain compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. The Partnership just completed a draft GNP with the Robinwood Neighborhood in West Linn, where design is beginning soon for water treatment plant improvements. The new Waluga Reservoir, which will be located between Parkhill and Carman Drive in Lake Oswego, will be designed later this year. The Partnership wants to work with neighbors there to begin a Good Neighbor Plan in advance of the design process. For more information about the Partnership or to view the Draft Water Treatment Plant GNP currently under review by the Robinwood Neighborhood in West Linn, go to lotigardwater.org. For more information call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 or visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org Hello L.O. 3 y o u r C o m m u n i t y r e s o u r C e F o r i n F o r m a t i o n a n d e n r i C h m e n tCity liBrary d i s C o v e r a C t i v e l i v i n gparks & reCreation For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us, or Call 503-635-0257. West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way For more information call 503-675-2549 www.lakeoswegoparks.org springtime at lusCher Farm What’s in Your Garden? What are those odd-shaped green things from your CSA and in the veggie section? From kale to kohlrabi and beyond, Chef Allen Doty focuses on creative ways to prepare dishes and meals using early spring bounty. Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Luscher Farm. $30. Springtime Tea Party. Children and moms are invited to a fun-filled afternoon tea party! Learn how to make sweet and savory nibbling specialties and sip on tea in the Luscher Farmhouse living room. So very civilized! Ages 6 and up, Saturday, April 16, 3 to 5 p.m. $28 per pair ($14 for each additional guest). Garden Apprentice Club. The Children’s Garden comes alive as you explore the natural environment of the Farm with friends, farmers, and farm animals. Learn about organic gardening, play in natural spaces, plant in a greenhouse and design garden plots. Ages 6 to 14, Mondays, April 11 and 25, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $12. Intensive Vegetable Gardening. The goal is to harvest the most produce possible from a small space. Urban agriculturists discover simple ways to maximize the garden through soil prep, succession sowing, companion planting, and vertical gardening. With Oregon Tilth, Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m. $31. Lake Oswego Hanging Basket Class. Garden Manager Karen Davis shows how to recreate LO’s fabulous hanging baskets, using the same plant materials. Go home with your own beautiful creation! Saturday, May 7, 10 to 11:15 a.m. OR 1 to 2:15 p.m. $33 includes all materials plus a maintenance CD! water Features Spring Sailing Excursions. Sail away for a 90-minute cruise on the Willamette River in a 26-foot Dawson. Step off the dock at Foothills Park and enter a world of lovely scenery, river wildlife and skyline views. Choose Sunday, April 24 or Mothers Day, May 8. Three tours each day, 1:30, 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. $50 per person. Boater Education Card. It’s the law in Oregon: to operate a motor boat you must have a Boater Education Card. Captain Paul Carlson teaches the official OSMB course and administers the test, allowing you to apply for the card. Ages 12 and up, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 to 13, 5:30 to 9 p.m. $25 plus $10 card fee. paint your masterpieCe Bob Ross Style Oil Painting. Believe it! Using an easy-to- learn method, you can achieve the joy of painting and take home a finished painting to be proud of after just one class. Monday, April 18, 5:30 to 9 p.m. $50 includes all materials lake oswego puBliC golF Course 17525 Stafford Road – 503-636-8228 Golf Course Egg Blast. Hunting for eggs isn’t just for kids! Play the course and look for the eggs containing special prizes. The hunt begins at noon and tee-times are on a first come first served basis. Call up to seven days ahead to reserve a tee time for Sunday, April 24. Get “Golf Ready” in Five Days. A new introduction to golf guides new golfers from how to make a tee time to playing on the course. This PGA promotion includes a 9-hole round, Monday to Friday, April 25 to 29, 6 to 7 p.m. $99. Register online at www.lakeoswegoparks.org. Golf for Kicks. If you play the game for pure enjoyment, try this casual, no-pressure golf group for women of all ages and levels of play. The group tees off on Saturday mornings between 8 and 9 a.m. Season begins April 30 and runs until October 22. Membership is $15 for the season, plus $2 weekly dues and $15 green fee (9 holes). Call 503-267-5323, or email heather.roes@gbrx.com and schedule some golf into your life! programs For adults First Tuesday Music Series - Pianist, John Nilsen April 5, 7 p.m. Pianist, guitarist, songwriter and recording artist John Nilsen will play the grand piano for this very special solo performance. His original pieces blend elements of folk, classical and jazz. Nilsen is one of the most successful recording artists in the Northwest with CD sales approaching one million copies. Second Wednesday Performing Arts Series: VOX – Poems in Chorus April 13, 2 p.m. It’s National Poetry Month! In celebration of this, please join us for VOX, an ingenious act of poetry in performance. VOX, a unique spoken-word chorus, performs poetry as music. Third Tuesday Author Series - Celebrate National Poetry Month with author Margaret Chula and quilt artist Cathy Erickson April 19, 7 p.m. Margaret Chula and Cathy Erickson collaborated for seven years to create What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, a collection of quilts and poems based on the experiences of Japanese Americans in Internment Camps during World War II. For a sneak preview of their work, visit www.margaretchula.com and www.cathyerickson.net. Free Discussion about Varieties of Friendship April 28, 7 p.m. How has the idea of friendship changed in contemporary society, especially given the role played by social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace? This is the focus of “Varieties of Friendship: Philosophy, Theology, and Technology,” a free conversation with Oregon State University professors Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts. Campbell is Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and professor of philosophy at Oregon State University. His primary teaching and research interests focus on ethical issues in medicine, concepts of peace and war, theories of death and dying, and comparative religious ethics. Roberts has been teaching philosophy at Oregon State University since 1989. This event is part of the statewide Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Free Computer Classes at the Library The 24/7 Library: Searching Online Resources. With your library card, you have 24/7 access to a wealth of resources, even after the library closes at night! Classes are held every first and second Tuesday at 9 a.m. Keyboarding and Internet Searching. Learn the basics of computer and Internet use. Classes will be held on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. Sign up now for classes at the library. Classes are free of charge, but you must sign up in advance. Call 503-675- 2540 or stop by the Library Reference Desk. programs For Children Children’s Storytimes Storytimes are special reading adventures tailored for a range of ages. Baby Storytime (birth through 18 months) is on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. Toddler Storytime (19 months to three years old) takes place on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. Preschool Storytime (three to five year olds) is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Special Series: Musical Laptime with Colette Fallon Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 Families with babies from birth through eighteen months are invited to a series of musical laptimes presented by early childhood music specialist Colette Fallon. “Big Backyard Show” with BJ the Clown April 9, 11 a.m. This hilarious show features BJ trying to impress and entertain kids, but everything goes wrong. The mix of fun includes magic, juggling, music, storytelling, and puppets. BJ the Clown (aka Bret Christie) was trained with clowns from the Ringling Brothers Circus. For the past 18 years, he’s performed over 3,500 comedy shows at schools, festivals, libraries, corporate events, and the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. programs For teens Finding the Right College and Then Getting Admitted April 8, 1 p.m. College Advisor Tim Cantrick explains how to target the right colleges and present effective applications in this workshop for high school students and their parents. The college application process can be daunting. When students choose which college to apply to, finding the right “fit” is important. Because colleges also look for fit, the student must anticipate how colleges will view them. This workshop explains both sides of the “fit” equation. Sign-up required. Please call 503-697-6580 to register. I Just Read a Really Good Book Group April 11, 4 to 5 p.m. Got a good book to recommend ? Students in grades 7-8 are invited to discuss, agree, disagree, pan, rave and just chat about books at a new book discussion group. Plenty of snacks will be on hand to fuel the discussion. Please register at 503-697-6580. adult Community Center 505 G Avenue, 503-635-3758 The mission of the Lake Oswego Adult Computer Learning Center (CLC) is to increase computer literacy among the adult community. The CLC provides instruction, discussion groups, demonstrations, lab time, and guest speakers at little or no cost with maximum student/ teacher interaction. However, the secret mission of most of the CLC volunteer staff is to help members have fun with the computer! Won’t you join us! Course descriptions and class schedules are also available at www.lo-clc.org. Learn how to use Spreadsheets on the MAC. Tuesday, April 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Windows 7 - Organize & Manage your Files and Folders. Tuesday, April 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Beginning PowerPoint. Mondays, April 11 to 18, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Windows Secrets-Learn how to take Control. Tuesdays, April 12 to 26, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Intermediate MS Excel. Thursdays, April 14 to 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 503-635-3758 for registration information, or visit www.lo-clc.org. disCoVer aCtiVe liVing The 2011 Summer “Discover Active Living” Catalog arrives in LO mailboxes on Saturday, April 9. Online registration opens Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Sign up for Summer Camps, Tennis and Golf Lessons! Hello L.O. 4 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us, or Call 503-635-0257. Community Calendar This newsletter is printed on 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. ACC Adult Community Center DRC Development Review Commission HRAB Historic Resources Advisory Board LAB Library Advisory Board LONAC Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition LOIS Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer MPP Millennium Plaza Park NA Neighborhood Association NRAB Natural Resources Advisory Board PRAB Parks and Recreation Advisory Board SAB Sustainability Advisory Board TAB Transportation Advisory Board WEB West End BuildingGlossary Citizen Information Specialist and HelloLO Editor Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@ci.oswego.or.us Event dates are subject to change. More details are available online at: www.ci.oswego.or.us/cal/calendar.htm. For more information, call 503-635-0236. historiC home tour To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month and recognize our community’s historic past and architectural diversity, the Oswego Heritage Council is happy to announce the return of the Historic Home Tour, Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the tour features three wonderful examples of mid-century modern residential homes and three iconic institutional landmarks, several not usually open for public viewing. Tour attendees will visit the Hallinan, Lakeview-Summit and Palisades neighborhoods in addition to the beautiful Marylhurst campus. Tickets are limited and will be available beginning April 1 by contacting the Oswego Heritage House at 398 Tenth Street, website at www.oswegoheritage.org or by calling 503-635-6373. Ticket prices are $20 for Heritage Council Members and $30 for non-members. stay ConneCted The City has made it easy! Go to www.ci.oswego.or.us and choose how you want to stay connected! walk 4 water Join us for the 4th annual Walk for Water - a stroller- friendly 1.5 mile round trip walk - on Saturday, April 30, at Foothills Parks. In an effort to raise awareness of the need for clean drinking water in developing countries, coordinators of this event invite the community to simulate the twice daily experience of villagers in Zambia and walk for water. For additional information and to register, please visit http://waterafrica.org/W4W.htm. Check in at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. April 1 Friday 2 Saturday • LONAC Meeting, 9:30am • Trillium Festival & Native Plant Sale, Tryon Creek State Park, 10am-4pm 3 Sunday • Trillium Festival & Native Plant Sale, Tryon Creek State Park, 10am-4pm 4 Monday • Foothills Oversight Committee, Main Fire Station, 3:30-5pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 5 Tuesday • City Council Regular Meeting, 6pm • Library Music Series, 7pm 6 Wednesday • First Addition/Forest Hills Neighbors Coordinating Meeting, 7pm • First Wednesday at Heritage House, 7pm 7 Thursday 8 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 10am-3pm 9 Saturday 10 Sunday 11 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 12 Tuesday • Arts Council Chronicle Mtg, 9:30am • City Council Special Mtg, 6pm 13 Wednesday • Library Performing Arts Series, 2pm • HRAB, 7pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm • TAB Meeting, 7pm 14 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Monday • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 19 Tuesday • City Council Regular Meeting, 6pm • Library Author Series, 7pm 20 Wednesday • Boones Ferry Rd Project Advisory Committee, 4:30-6:30pm • PRAB Meeting, 6pm • NRAB Meeting, 6:30pm 21 Thursday • Public Art Committee Mtg, 9:30am • Luscher Area Master Plan Open House, WEB, 4-7pm • Budget Committee Meeting, 6pm • Birdshill NA/CPO Mtg, 7pm 22 Friday • Children’s Egg Hunt, WEB, 9am 23 Saturday 24 Sunday 25 Monday • Arts Council Gallery Without Walls, 1pm • City Council Joint Meeting with Planning Commission, 6:30pm 26 Tuesday • City Council Special Mtg, 6pm 27 Wednesday • Comp Plan CAC Mtg, 4-6pm 28 Thursday • 50+ Advisory Board, 8:30am • Arts Council Board Mtg, 8:30am • Foothills CAC, WEB, 5-7pm • New Chautauqua, Library, 6:30pm 29 Friday 30 Saturday • Walk 4 Water, Foothills Park, 9am • Community Shred Day, WEB, 10am-1pm May 1 Sunday 2 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 3 Tuesday Governor Kitzhaber recently proclaimed April as Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month. Nationally, April is also Earthquake Preparedness Month. We have all seen the recent devastation caused by the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. But, did you know that just since the beginning of 2011, many other countries have also been hit with by magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes? (Argentina, Chile, Pakistan, New Zealand, China - to name just a few) The earthquake in Japan was similar to the one that could hit Oregon – a subduction zone earthquake. The Cascadia Subduction Zone - where the descending Juan de Fuca Plate is pushed under the less dense North American Plate - poses the most significant earthquake threat. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, which runs off the coast from Northern California to British Columbia, could produce an earthquake up to magnitude 8.0 or 9.0. An earthquake of this size would cause enormous damage to the coast and large portions of Western Oregon. While there is currently no reliable scientific means to predict earthquakes, much of the damage caused by earthquakes is predictable and preventable. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for an earthquake: • Visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/EmergencyManagement to learn how to Get A Kit and Make A Plan • Bolt down and secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances to wall studs • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves • Fasten shelves, mirrors and large picture frames to walls • Brace high and top-heavy objects • Anchor overhead light fixtures • Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall • Confirm that your house is bolted to its foundation and that cripple walls are adequately braced. If not, check with your local building official for recommended guidelines No matter where you are, knowing what to do when the earth shakes can significantly reduce your chance of injuries from falling debris. When an earthquake strikes: DROP to the floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture like a desk or table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, pictures and mirrors, hanging plants and other heavy objects that may fall. Be aware of falling materials such as plaster, ceiling tiles and bricks that may come loose during the quake. Stay under COVER until the shaking stops. HOLD ON to the desk or table that you’re under and if it moves, move with it. If you are not near a table or desk, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Do not go into a doorway! Not only can the shaking cause the door to swing shut forcefully, but many interior door frames are not load-bearing. If you are outdoors or near buildings, be aware of falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris. Move away a distance of at least 1 ½ times the height of the building (collapse zone). Move to a clear area away from buildings, poles, power lines, signs and trees. For more information, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/ EmergencyManagement. earthquake and tsunami awareness Don’t miss the fun on Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. sharp (rain or shine!), at the West End Building! Join us for a delightful morning of fun and surprises! Bring your favorite basket and race for treats hidden inside plastic eggs. There may even be a special appearance from a big bunny! Plus, enter to win free yogurt for one year from UU Yogurt. This fantastic event is guaranteed fun. Children 8 and under only, please. Childrens’ egg hunt Thank you to the volunteers from the Friends of Spring- brook for a tremendous effort on Saturday, March 12. Twelve volunteers showed up in the pouring rain to help free trees of ivy, plant 172 native plants, and install 13 nesting boxes. What a great success! thank you! Join the Friends of Brookside at Iron Mountain on April 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. to help restore native plants by pulling ivy and blackberries. Dress for the weather and for tracking though the forest and bring gloves and pruners. Meet at Iron Mountain Brookside road trailhead. We appreciate your help! Brookside restoration