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February 2013 Hello LOFebruary 2013the official newsletter of the city of lake oswegoHello *****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Name Our Sweeper Spray and Save Town Hall Meeting Foothills Urban Renewal Area One More Bike on the Road! Board & Commission Vacancies 3 Parks & Recreation City Library Food for Fines 4 My Brain Has a Hole In It Be Safe in the Dark Hours LO Read’s 8K Fun Run Old Town’s Little Free Library Community Calendar Insert Water Conservation Quarterly For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257.Inside O . O L . Ken Gordon to SpeaK at the Center diary of a diabetiC Chef Lo readS running the riFt Mark your calendar! Ken Gordon, owner of Kenny & Zuke’s Deli in Portland and Oregonian Columnist of Diary of a Diabetic Chef, will be speaking at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center on Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. Join us as Chef Ken Gordon takes us on his personal journey to remain healthy and live a long life while still enjoying the things he loves. Chef Gordon kicks off a series of programs designed to educate Boomers in our community on diabetes prevention and self-management. Look for more information on the series - featuring Diabetes Educator, Cheryl Moore, R.N., and Diabetes Educator and author of Diabetes is not a Piece of Cake, Janet Meirelles - in the March HelloLO. For more information and to register, call the Center at 503-635-3758. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the number of new cases of diabetes diagnosed in the United States in 2010 for people age 45-64 was over 1,000,000 and, for those 65 and over, nearly 400,000. By 2030, it is believed that one of every four Boomers - 14 million - will be living with this chronic disease. Fortunately, the power to prevent and control is within your hands! Knowledge and education are your keys to success and some simple steps can reap big rewards. Join uS for a month of exCeptionaL proGramS, enGaGinG worKShopS and fun! At 7 p.m. on February 5, musician Enric Sifa will perform at the Library. Sifa lived through the Rwandan genocide. To comfort himself and other children living on the streets, he began singing his mother’s songs. Now he speaks and performs in both Rwanda and the United States, advocating for marginalized children. He will be playing his guitar and performing songs from his three albums as well as sharing some of his personal experiences from his time in Rwanda. The Lake Oswego Public Library’s Seventh Annual award- winning Lake Oswego Reads program kicked off on January 7. For the 2013 Lake Oswego Reads program, the Lake Oswego Reads Steering Committee consisting of community leaders, librarians and high school English teachers and students selected Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. During the month of February the Library, local schools, businesses and organizations will offer special programs connected with Running the Rift. Almost all events are free. You can attend the events even if you have not read the book. Running the Rift is the story of Jean Patrick Nkuba, a boy with Olympic dreams in the 800 meter race, and his family as they struggle to survive the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in Rwanda. Despite the troubles the characters experience, the novel celebrates love and unity as powerful forces of hope. For specific details on these and other wonderful LO Reads events, visit www.lakeoswegoreads.org. Lake Oswego Reads is sponsored by The Friends of the Library, Step it Up Studios, Lake Oswego Rotary Club, Lake Oswego Review, and Graham’s Book Store. Here is just a hint of the many fun and exciting programs coming this month: • Carl Wilkens: the only American to stay in Rwanda during the Genocide • Olympians Panel Discussion: Terry Dischinger, Alison Gregorka & Je Gyoung Kim • Victoria Trabosh’s Life Changing Story with Rwanda • Peace Corps Presentation by Tyler Russ • Presentation by Dr. Evan Thomas: Water Treatment for Rwanda • Lopez Lomong: Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games • Movie Screening: Rwanda - Do Scars Ever Fade? with Filmmaker Paul Freedman • Three Stories from Three Rwandan Lewis & Clark College Students • Dr. Anne Pitsch Santiago: Tracing the Political Pulse of Rwanda through Time • Sam Munyandamutsa’s Life Adventure - luncheon • Book Discussion and Rwandan Meal with Brian Doyle • Dr. Michelle Stoklosa: Geological Extravaganza • Plus art and photo exhibitions, a display of Olympic medals, book discussions, cooking, trivia and much more! You hear a lot about preparing for natural disasters such as earthquakes, but are you prepared for a personal emergency such as a heart attack, cancer, or stroke? Attend a special presentation on February 21 for valuable tips on how you can prepare. Read more on page 4 - My Brain Has a Hole In It. what doeS your “preparinG for the biG one” entaiL? Ken Gordon - owner and chef of Kenny & Zuke’s and someone who always sincerely believed that bacon and cured meats should be their own food group and occupy a dominant spot on the food pyramid, right below whole grains - was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2012. new City manaGer appointed On January 16, 2013, Tom Coffee started as the City Manager for the City of Lake Oswego. The City Council appointed Tom to a six-month term, with possible extension up to six months. David Donaldson, who was appointed as City Manager in February 2012 with a limited duration contract, returned to his previous position of Assistant City Manager. Tom Coffee received a Bachelor’s Degree in Area Development and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona. With the exception of Tom’s first planning job with the City of Tucson, Tom has served Oregon communities - Corvallis, Lake Oswego, CounCiL beGinS SearCh proCeSS for permanent manaGer SeCond Street ConStruCtion Construction of the Second Street project - a new roadway, storm water facilities and pedestrian improvements - will begin in mid-February and be substantially completed by the end of June. Please visit the project’s web page at www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/second- street-improvements for updates, a weekly construction schedule and to see a map of all downtown public parking. Special street signage will also be provided directing shoppers to businesses and additional parking areas. Access to businesses will be maintained during construction. The City encourages people to shop local while they check out the improvements taking place along this street. For more information, please contact Sidaro Sin at 503-657-4068 or ssin@ci.oswego.or.us. Tigard and West Linn. Tom became a resident of Lake Oswego when he started with the City in February of 1991. In his ten years with the City of Lake Oswego, he served as the Planning Director, Community Development Director and Assistant City Manager. Tom continues to reside in Lake Oswego. The new Council started the formal recruitment process for a permanent appointment to City Manager at their January 15 meeting. The City will use an executive search firm to develop the desired profile for our next City Manager and to lead the recruitment process. The process is expected to take approximately six months. 2 City Council 503-635-0215 503-697-6594 (fax) City Council e-mail: council@ci.oswego.or.us City Manager Tom Coffee 503-635-0215 The City is seeking applicants for the following: • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board• Transportation Advisory Board For more details, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards- commissions-vacancies or contact the City Manager’s Office at 503-635-0215. VaCanCieS one more biKe on the road! The 2012 Lake Oswego 100 Mile Challenge has come to a successful conclusion. The Challenge, which ran from July through December, provided active transportation information, tools, and incentives to encourage Lake Oswego residents and workers to leave their car at home and walk, bike, bus, or use another car-free option to get around. Throughout the Challenge, 214 participants logged over 60,000 active transportation miles, reduced CO2 emissions by almost 40,000 pounds, and saved over 2,000 gallons of gasoline. Ninety-one people logged 100 miles, which put them in the running for the grand prize – a new bike from the Bike Gallery. The winner, Gretchen Gauss, commutes between Beaverton and Lake Oswego. Gretchen learned about the 100 Mile Challenge through the Metro “Drive Less. Connect.” network. When she took a job in Lake Oswego that was 15 miles and many busy roads from her home in Tanasbourne, Gretchen found an active transportation route combining bike and the WES commuter rail, as well as a bike-only route, that takes less time than driving in busy traffic and stopping at the gym. Gretchen has made this work because she enjoys it so much and wants the exercise: “There just isn’t anything like feeling the road under your tires in the open air. It all started from an attempt to ride my bike to work just ONE day.” There are a lot of reasons why people in Lake Oswego are using active transportation. We invite you to be a part of the movement. Mike Kehoe City Councilor 503-706-8365 (Cell) Kent Studebaker Mayor 503-201-2270 (Cell) Jeff Gudman City Councilor 503-780-1524 (Cell) Donna Jordan City Councilor 503-675-1120 (Home) Skip O’Neill City Councilor 503-781-7664 (Cell) Jon Gustafson City Councilor 503-348-5191 (Cell) Karen Bowerman City Councilor 503-791-4516 (Cell) foothiLLS urban renewaL area CounCiL ConSiderS repeaL, pubLiC hearinG Set for february 5 The Lake Oswego City Council will hold a public hearing and consider an ordinance to repeal the creation of the Foothills Urban Renewal Area at its February 5 meeting. Last year, the Foothills Urban Renewal Area was developed to make Tax Increment Financing available to fund public infrastructure, should there be a developer interested and approved to redevelop the Foothills area. The Council meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. For agenda materials go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/city-council-47. CounCiL meetinGS to beGin at 7 p.m. To encourage more public attendance, Lake Oswego City Council meetings will now begin at 7 p.m. Share ViewS on City SerViCeS and CounCiL aCtion pLan town haLL meetinG The City Council wants to listen to residents and gather thoughts on service priorities, appropriate levels of services and on the preliminary City Council 2013 Action Plan. The City Council is hosting a Town Hall on February 12 at 7 p.m. The Town Hall Metting will follow a more informal format than a typical Council Meeting. Please join your community and discuss ideas with the new City Council. In developing next year’s budget, the Council will review ways to lessen the financial impact on residents while addressing the increased costs of PERS, road improvements, infrastructure, and capital expenditures such as vehicles, a new Police/911 Center, Maintenance Facility and South Shore Fire station. The Council seeks your input on the budget and, in particular, the services that are the most important and needed and the ones we can live without. The Council is concerned about rising costs, in particular, those relating to personnel (health care and PERS). Through these discussions and the budget development process, the Council hopes to manage costs and reduce services over time. The Council and City Manager will need to make some difficult choices between expenses, available revenue, infrastructure needs, service levels and reductions. Your input will help guide the development of the budget. The City Council looks forward to hearing from you on the 12th. Another opportunity to weigh in is through the online town hall forum, Open City Hall. To participate online, go to www.peakdemocracy. com/1153. To read about the Council’s budget direction and preliminary 2013 Action Plan, go to www.ci.oswego. or.us/citycouncil/city-council-2013-action-plan.* *Council Action Plan was adopted after the publication of the HelloLO. Please refer to the websites above for more information. name our Sweeper enter the ConteSt today! The new sweeper is designed with efficiency in mind and has options to make cleaning our roads a little easier for the crews that drive it. The sweeper comes equipped with two diesel engines, one to power the motor, and the other for the vacuum that sucks up debris and leaves, reducing the amount of debris that enters our storm water systems and creeks, and improving water quality in Lake Oswego. The sweeper can collect as much as 8.4 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to 1,700 gallons of ice cream) with each trip out! A few other features include: • Remote cameras and GPS tracking • Underneath cameras so the driver can see what is happening on the road • Travels 6 mph when working and at normal speeds for travel • American Made • Abrasion Resistant Steel in Critical Wear Areas • Steering wheel on each side allowing the driver to drive it like a normal truck on the roads or sit curb side when working • A Whisper Wheelsm Fan System that is quieter and uses less fuel than other designs • Sweeps going in reverse We invite you to submit your best name for the sweeper. The winning name will be painted on the sweeper. The 2nd and 3rd place names will be given to the two other sweepers in our fleet. Plus, the winners get to ride the sweeper! Once names are submitted, a committee will select the finalists. The community will vote for the winner from the finalists. More information to come in the March HelloLO. To download the coloring/entry form, get contest details, and learn more about street sweepers, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicworks/name-sweeper. There is a new street sweeper on our streets and it needs a name. We are excited to have it join our fleet of aging sweepers who work hard, but need the help of the new “heavy duty workhorse,” in order to cost effectively keep up with their responsibilities. Our new sweeper arrived painted a beautiful brilliant white, but it could use some tattoo work to spice it up and make it uniquely LO’s! That’s where you can help! The new sweeper could use a better name (the manufacturer calls it A7 Tornado); a name more fitting for such an impressive machine, and that better describes the valuable service it will provide to the citizens in the Lake Oswego community. Spray and SaVe naturaL GardeninG aLternatiVeS uSinG Common houSehoLd itemS The City of Lake Oswego is providing residents a simple way to try alternatives to traditional pesticides and herbicides – garlic spray bottles (for unwanted bugs/animals) and insecticidal soap spray bottles. The spray bottle’s label has the recipe for the natural alternative and application instructions. The plastic spray bottles are FREE to residents and can be picked up at the reception desk on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Spring is right around the corner and many residents are starting to think about gardening. Lawn and garden care products can help your lawn and garden look great, but, if used and disposed of improperly, these products can also harm beneficial bugs, plants, soil microbes and, ultimately, our streams, rivers and Oswego Lake. Simple changes can, and do, make a difference. Remember to follow these three steps to help protect Lake Oswego’s Water Resources from the harmful effects of pesticides and fertilizers. If you have a landscaper, ask them to follow these steps too. 1. BUY – Think before you buy 2. USE – Use only what you need 3. DISPOSE – Not down the drain For more information, visit the City’s Healthy Water Begins at Home web page at www.ci.oswego.or.us/ publicworks/pesticides-and-fertilizers. Gretchen Gauss with new Trek bike For more information call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 or visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/library 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 West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way For more information, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.lakeoswegoparks.org morning lesson, and then ski with your instructor on the mountain for fun in the afternoon! Choose equipment option of either snowboard or skis when registering. A yummy hot lunch will be provided, but you may want to bring a light snack or money in case you get hungry! This is a two day camp offered on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29. The cost of the camps vary. Smith roCK oVerniGht Camp Join Adventures Without Limits for the annual Spring Break trip to Smith Rock State Park located near Bend. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and sleeping under the stars. Learn rappelling, climbing techniques, and camping skills. Depending on the weather, some side trips could include indoor climbing in Bend or snowshoeing in the Cascades. Ages 11 to 17, Tuesday through Friday, March 26 through March 29, $368. proGramS for aduLtS Seventh Annual LO Reads The 2013 selection for this award-winning program is Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. During the month of February, the Library, local schools, businesses and organizations will offer special programs connected to the book. Visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/2013-events, for the latest schedule and updates. First Tuesday Music Series – Enric Sifa Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m. Enric Sifa will play his guitar and perform songs from his three albums, as well as share some of his personal experiences of Rwanda. He lived through the Rwandan genocide. His performance is part of LO Reads. Read more about Sifa’s performance on page 1. E-Reader Day Friday, February 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn all about the different e-readers to help you decide which device is right for you and learn about how each one works with downloading free books from the Library2Go service. Sign up for free computer classes held at the Library: • The 24/7 Library: Searching Online Resources • Search the Internet • Keyboard and Internet Searching Call the Reference Department, for dates and times at 503-675-2540. Free Tax Assistance Free AARP tax assistance is available by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning February 1 and continuing through April 12. The Library is one of the regional sites for this AARP-sponsored tax-aide program. This non-profit, confidential service is staffed by trained volunteers; while they may not be able to help with very complicated returns, they are prepared to handle most situations for retired and low-income individuals. Volunteers will prepare and file taxes electronically only, no paper returns. Appointments made by calling 503- 675-2540. proGramS for ChiLdren Children’s Storytimes: special reading adventures tailored for a range of ages. Baby Storytime (birth - 18 months) Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. • Toddler Storytime (19 months - 3 years old) Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. • Preschool Storytime (3 - 5 year olds) Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Special Series: Musical Laptime with Anne Clark Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Families with babies from birth through 18 months are invited to a series of musical laptimes presented by early childhood music specialist Anne Clark. Stories Alive! Readers’ Theater with the Lake Oswego Youth Action Council Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m. A lively group of Youth Action Council (YAC) teens will perform two stories: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Jack and the Bean Tree by Gail E. Haley. The YAC is comprised of 20 Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School students who are dedicated to creating fun, safe events for local teens. YAC also helps out at City special events, organizes charitable projects, and provides volunteer opportunities for teens. proGramS for teenS Mario Kart Tournament Friday, February 8, 3 p.m. on the Lower Level Gamers in grades 7-12 are invited to play for prizes in a Mario Kart Wii tournament. Snacks will be available. Registration required. Teen Writers Group Thursday, February 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to develop their skills at this workshop facilitated by Dave Jarecki, a professional writer. Come prepared to write, share, and experience the art and craft of writing in this hands-on workshop. Registration required. Spanish Language Conversation Group for Teens Thursday, February 28, 6 to 7 p.m. High school students in second-year Spanish and above are invited to practice their Spanish language skills in a new interactive group featuring conversation, games, and other speaking activities. The program will be facilitated by Juan Maria Iglesias, an adjunct Spanish language instructor at Portland State University. The goal of this new group is to bring students together who enjoy speaking Spanish and are looking for a casual practice setting outside of class. Call 503-697-6580, to sign up. aduLt Community Center 505 G Avenue, 503-635-3758 Seattle A World Class Tour Join the ACC Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 for a tour of Seattle! Relax and let someone else do the driving. Enjoy an overnight trip with a fun-filled itinerary that includes the Seattle Art Museum, Old Masters Special Exhibition, Rembrandt, Seattle Symphony Pops - A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Computer and Technology Classes Still working on conquering the changes with today’s computer programs and technology? The Center provides an unintimidating environment. The instructors are very knowledgeable and truly enjoy sharing their time to teach others. All classes are hands-on. Introduction to Facebook Still wondering how it all works? This hands-on social networking class teaches you safety precautions and navigation of the site. Mac and Email Still uncomfortable using email? This hands-on class will help build your confidence and show you how to open up doors to staying in touch with family and friends. For more information, call the Center at 503-635-3758 or visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/acc. daddy dauGhter dinner danCe Put on your best gowns and dance the night away. Enjoy an enchanted evening of dinner and dancing with your favorite girl at our annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance. Have a tasty meal and create a memory to last a lifetime. Plus, capture the magic of the evening with our professional photographer. This extraordinary event fills up fast, so be sure to register early! Price is per pair. The dance and dinner will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $50. SiGn up for SprinG breaK CampS aGeS 4-17 Join LO Parks & Recreation for Spring Break Camps at the WEB Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29. Choose from a variety of endless camps such as Fairy Princess, Farm Explorations, Lego Fun, and Engineering FUNdamentals with Legos! Prices will vary. Lo expLorerS JunKyard LoVe Camp aGeS 6-12 Man’s trash is our treasure! Explore the art of extreme junk upcycling with activities like Bingo board clocks and bottle cap wind chimes. Participants will spend Wednesday on a swimming field trip and Friday exploring OMSI. LOX also offers the option of before and after Camp Care each week! Join us for a week full of awesomeness! Ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday, March 25 to March 29, $210. SKi and Snowboard Camp at mt. hood meadowS Don’t let your kids miss out on all the fresh snow this Season! Mt. Hood Meadows offers more than 2,150 acres of pure enjoyment and panoramic views. Snowboarders and skiers benefit from this lesson program. Join the food for fineS The Library’s annual Food For Fines program begins in February. This program enables Library users to have their overdue fines forgiven while helping those less fortunate. For every item of non-perishable food donated, the Library will waive $.50 in overdue fines. The food is donated to the Clackamas Service Center, who distributes the food to local residents who are in need. Last year, patrons donated 3,439 pounds of food. Community rowinG - beGinner Camp Spring rowing is right around the corner! Lake Oswego Community Rowing, in partnership with Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, offers rowing programs for Adults and Youth. We are offering a free Beginner Camp for 7-12th grade students who have never rowed before and want to learn! Practice is after school, 3:45 to 6 p.m., February 11 to 15. Participants will learn the basics of the sport - including boat handling and safety and proper rowing technique on rowing machines – then will progress to being on the water. To register, go to www. lorowing.com/beginnercamp. LaKe oSweGo pubLiC GoLf CourSe 17525 Stafford Road 503-636-8228, www.lakeoswegogolf.org The refurbished 18th Green at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course is scheduled to open in March. The first 20 players who record a birdie will receive a FREE round to use at a later date. Come on out and enjoy a warm spring day with us! 4 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257. 4 This newsletter is printed on 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. 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/calendar. For more information, call 503-675-3992. February 1 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm • LO Reads Presentation by Carl Wilkens, Library, 7pm 2 Saturday • Child Safety Seat Clinic, Main Fire Dept, 10am-2pm • LO Reads - Dance Demonstration, 6pm 3 Sunday 4 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm • LO Reads - Olympians Panel, 7pm 5 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 7pm • LO Reads - Rwandan Musician Enric Sifa, 7pm 6 Wednesday • Farmers’ Market Poster Contest deadline • LO Reads - Victoria Trabosh’s Life Changing Story, 7pm • First Addition/Forest Hills Neighborhood Coordinating Meeting, 7pm • First Wednesday, Oswego Heritage House, 7- 8pm 7 Thursday • LO Reads - Art Show Opening, Graham’s, 6-7:30pm 8 Friday 9 Saturday • LO Reads - Peace Corps Presentation by Tyler Russ, 10am • LO Reads - Rwanda Day at the Book Store, 10am-2pm 10 Sunday 11 Monday • LO Tigard Water Partnership Oversight Committee Mtg, 5:30pm • Planning Commission, 6:30pm • LO Reads - Proving Sustainability: Global Development in the Digital Age, 7pm 12 Tuesday • LO Reads - Lopez Lomong’s Story, 7pm • City Council Meeting, 7pm 13 Wednesday • NRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm • HRAB Meeting, 7pm • LO Reads - Movie Screening: Rwanda - Do Scars Ever Fade?, 7pm 14 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday • LO Reads - Three Different Backgrounds & Three Different Stories, 11am 17 Sunday 18 Monday • City Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 19 Tuesday • LO Reads - Tracing the Political Pulse of Rwanda Through Time, 7pm • City Council Meeting, 7pm 20 Wednesday • LO Reads - Sam Munyandamutsa’s Life Adventure, 11:45am • PRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm • LO Reads - Hear the Author, Naomi Benaron, 7pm 21 Thursday • My Brain Has a Hole In It, 6-7pm 22 Friday • LO Reads - Rwandan Luncheon, 12pm • LO Reads - Book Discussion with Brian Doyle, 6pm • LO Reads - Cooking Class, 6pm 23 Saturday • LO Reads - 8K Fun Run, 8:45am 24 Sunday • Millennium Concert Band, Lakeridge HS, 7:30pm 25 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm • LO Reads - Trivia Bowl Competition, 7pm 26 Tuesday 27 Wednesday • LO Reads - Adam Bacher - A Day in the Life, 7pm 28 Thursday • Comp Plan CAC Mtg, 4-6pm • LO Reads - Geological Extravaganza, 7pm March 1 Friday 2 Saturday • Chinese New Year Celebration, Library, 11-11:45am 3 Sunday 4 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 5 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 7pm Community Calendar oLd town’S LittLe free Library The Old Town Neighborhood Association cut the ribbon on the first Little Free Library in Lake Oswego and Bill Baars, the Lake Oswego Public Library Director, was on hand to do the honors. The story behind Old Town’s library tells of a community effort. Marylou Colver, Old Town Neighborhood Association (OTNA) board member, proposed the idea to the OTNA Board in December 2011. Dick Reamer, OTNA Chair, constructed it, Nancy Headlee supplied the roofing material, and board member Corinna Campbell-Sack painted it. An acorn- shaped doorknob inspired the addition of the saying: “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” One year later, on December 13, the grand opening was held. The library is located near a community bench on the southeast corner of Durham and Wilbur Streets in the center of Old Town. Perhaps Old Town will inspire other Lake Oswego neighborhoods to build Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries started in Wisconsin in 2009 and have spread to become a global movement. On the website: www.littlefreelibrary.org, you can see a map of all of the registered libraries. Old Town’s library is number 4,159. Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie funded the building of 2,509 libraries in towns across America. The Little Free Library movement has exceeded that number in its own small way. Although the libraries are little, often holding fewer than 25 books, the concept is huge “Take a book. Leave a book.” Books for all ages are available through this honor system, but it’s not just about reading and literacy -- it’s also about neighbors and strengthening a sense of community. Photo from left to right: Jack Walsdorf, Dick Reamer, Corinna Campbell-Sack, Bob Sack, Bill Baars, and Marylou Colver. be Safe in the darK hourS about 122,000 runnerS, waLKerS and CyCLiStS are hit by CarS eaCh year Whether you are a runner, walker or cyclist, the likelihood of you getting injured increases when exercising outside at night. You are less visible to others and your own vision is restricted. The biggest tip? Be reflective! To help maximize your safety and minimize your risk of injury: • Wear a reflective vest. Plus, wear reflective bands on arms and legs if your workout gear does not have reflective strips. The reason, the motion of the reflection when running, walking or cycling makes you more noticeable to drivers at night. • Wear a headlamp so you can see the path. • Wear blinking red lights, both on the front and back. my brain haS a hoLe in it Have you ever wondered what your family would do if suddenly something tragic happened to you, something that would forever change your life? On Thursday, February 21, find out how one Lake Oswego family handled their own personal emergency. Plus, get important tips on how you can prepare for the unexpected. Gordon Viggiano was a healthy, active, “no risk factor” man who still managed to suffer a massive stroke on his 51st birthday. As a lifelong entrepreneur and businessman, he always had a plan, but his plans never included something like this. This event changed every part of Gordon and his family’s lives. You are invited to an inspirational presentation where Gordon and his wife, Jill, will share their experience and the lessons they learned from “the trenches.” On February 21, from 6 to 7 p.m., at City Hall Council Chambers, 380 A Avenue, join us for this free presentation and learn how you can better prepare for a personal emergency: • Do you and your spouse/partner have a practical plan? • Do you both know your passwords and bill payment methods? • Do you have disability insurance and do you understand it? • Do you have a current list of medicines you need, allergies you have or doctors you see? • What if something happens to the primary caregiver? For questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at bhirshberger@ ci.oswego.or.us or 503-675-3992. a Story about oVerCominG obStaCLeS when the worLd haS turned upSide down Lo readS - 8K fun run Saturday, february 23, 8:45 a.m. at the Library, 706 4th St. Join fellow runners for an 8k tromp through beautiful Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Starting and finishing at the Library, this scenic and hilly course includes trails, paved pathways, and quiet neighborhood streets. The run is limited to 100 participants. To register contact Laura Weigel at lweigel@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-675-3730. On February 23, gather at the Lake Oswego Library at 8:45 a.m. The run will begin at 9 a.m. At the finish, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Green scarves - like Jean Patrick wore in Running the Rift - will be given to all runners, plus cool prizes from Foot Traffic will be raffled off.