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September 2013 Hello LOSeptember 2013THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHello 2 Volunteers Needed Flood Insurance Reform Wizer Block Redevelopment Development Rev. Commission 3 Parks & Recreation City Library Digital Magazines at the Library 4 Natural Resource Forum LO Golf Course Events Boat Tour on Oswego Lake Oswego Lake Watershed Tour Clackamas County Town Hall Luscher Farm Open House Community Calendar Insert Water Conservation Follow Your Art For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257.Inside O . O L . *****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Photographers are invited to enter their best images in the Fifth Annual City of Lake Oswego Photo Contest. Send in your best photos for a chance to win! In each category: first place winners will receive a $100 gift card; second place winners a $50 gift card; and third place winners a $25 gift card. Entries need to be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 4. For contest details, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/photo- contest. FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DISCOLORED WATER The City’s hydrant flushing program, part of its preventive maintenance program, will begin on September 1. Hydrant flushing - what happens? During this program, the City will be using fire hydrants to discharge a large volume of water from the water system – essentially, flushing the water system. Why flush fire hydrants? 1. To clean water lines 2. To ensure that they are working properly By discharging a large volume of water through a fire hydrant, water flow within the pipeline is increased. This increased flow actually scours the inside of the pipeline, removing and then transporting silt and mineral deposits out of the water system. In addition, this process provides Lake Oswego with the opportunity to assess the general condition of the hydrant and test for flow and operations. Dead end water lines can also be flushed through a blow off valve to remove sediment. Will Hydrant Flushing Affect Your Water? During the flushing process, you may experience some water discoloration, especially when work is being done in your immediate neighborhood. As water is flushed through water lines and out the hydrant, silt and mineral sediment can cause water to become discolored. Once the hydrant flushing is complete, the water quality will return to normal. Can I drink from the tap during hydrant flushing? Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water. How long does hydrant flushing take? Fire hydrant flushing typically takes 15 minutes to several hours, but discolored water may last up to 4 hours. Flushing releases a large amount of chlorinated water, will this chlorinated water get into the waterways? No. The City will use a dechlorinator when the hydrant flushing is performed. What should you do? Here’s what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood:Continued on page 2 REALISM AND RESOLVE MAYOR STUDEBAKER TALKS ABOUT SENSITIVE LANDS There is a wonderful exchange about realism between Harry Potter and Dumbledore in The Deathly Hallows. Harry says, “Tell me one last thing. Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” Dumbledore replies. “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” Clearly we are not in the dire straits that Harry was when that exchange took place, but hopefully it grabs your attention to read further and helps me lead into an update on the whole Sensitive Lands issue. What is in my head and the City Council’s head, and what is currently real and realistic? When I ran for mayor of Lake Oswego, I said that current regulations regarding sensitive lands designations were subjective and flawed. That is still what is in my head. This program, while well intentioned, is overly broad. I also said that we are not a shy suburb of Portland, that we are a regional partner, and we will influence that which affects our destiny. The reality is that we as a City Council have been working to do just that. The Council is committed to changing the program and has as its goal the Continued on page 2 CLACKAMAS COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7-8:30 P.M., LAKE OSWEGO CITY HALL, 380 A AVENUE Clackamas County would like to invite you to a Town Hall Meeting. This is an opportunity for you to meet your County Commissioners, learn about current issues and ask questions. For more information, contact Barbara Smolak at 503-655- 8552 or barbarasmo@clackamas.us. PROPOSAL FOR WIZER BLOCK REDEVELOPMENT Portland-area developer Evergreen Group LLC is proposing to redevelop Block 137 – also known as the Wizer Block - in downtown Lake Oswego with new quality retail shops and restaurants, and higher-end apartments and condominiums. The redevelopment of this property has long been a priority of the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency (LORA). As currently planned, the project would include approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space on A Avenue and First Street, up to 228 market-rate apartments and condominiums, an east-west public walkway connecting First and Second Streets, and 457 parking spaces on two levels of underground parking. Continued on page 2 2 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 503-858-5983 (Cell) City Council 503-635-0215 503-697-6594 (fax) City Council e-mail: council@ci.oswego.or.us City Manager Scott Lazenby 503-635-0215 FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM REFORM SIGNIFICANT PREMIUM RATE INCREASES MAY OCCUR The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) - created in 1968 to reduce flood-related disaster costs - is deep in debt as a result of several significant storm events including hurricanes Katrina and Andrew and super storm Sandy. In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act to bring the program back into fiscal solvency. The Act calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the NFIP is run. One key provision of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk (eliminating some artificially low flood insurance rates to more accurately reflect the true cost of living/doing business in high risk areas). The new full risk rates may be phased in (increasing 25% per year), or triggered when: • The property is sold; • The policy lapses - if you have a current policy (subsidized), do not let it lapse. Once you do, as soon as you try to buy a replacement policy, the rate increase will be implemented; • The insured property suffers severe, repeated, flood losses where the owner refuses an offer to mitigate; or • A new policy is purchased. Talk to your insurance agent about how rate changes may affect your flood insurance policy. For more information, visit https://www.ci.oswego. or.us/citymanager/flood-insurance. HYDRANT FLUSHING Continued from page 1 1. If possible, avoid using water while the hydrant flushing is taking place. By not taking water from the tap or running appliances that use water (dishwashers and washing machines), you can prevent discolored water from entering your household plumbing altogether. 2. Don’t do laundry while hydrant flushing is taking place. The discolored water can sometimes stain fabrics. Wait until water runs clear at the tap before using your washing machine, and wash a load of dark clothes first. 3. If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps throughout your home (bathroom sinks and tubs, kitchen faucets, etc.) for 5 to 10 minutes or until water clears. This allows discolored water to work its way out of your household plumbing. 4. If, after hydrant flushing, your water pressure or volume seems low, clean faucet screens to remove silt and mineral sediment that could be obstructing water flow. More information. For questions regarding the hydrant flushing program or if you experience water quality problems lasting more than four hours following hydrant flushing, contact Public Works – Water Operations at 503-635-0280. DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION The City is currently accepting applications for two upcoming vacancies on the Development Review Commission (DRC). These positions have a three-year term. The DRC reviews land use applications for compliance with the City’s zoning and design regulations based on criteria outlined in the City's Comprehensive Plan, Community Development Code and other related codes. The DRC has seven citizen members who are appointed by City Council. Please go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc for more information about the DRC, or contact Hamid Pishvaie, Assistant Planning Director, at 503-635-0290. For an online application, please go to Boards & Commissions Vacancies at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies. removal of sensitive lands overlays on private property within the city. We have made an initial proposal for change to Metro. It was rejected. Now we will review Metro’s Title 3 (streams) and Title 13 (habitat) and compare them with the State’s goals and discover what we realistically can and cannot do under State regulations. Then we will verify that we are complying with the State’s goal and check with other cities to see how they have met their State’s goal. Our findings will then be presented to Metro and the State of Oregon, together with a summary of how we already comply. If our findings show we need to propose some additions, we will do so. But make no mistake – the reality of what is in our heads is to comply without the burdensome Sensitive Lands regulations on privately-held land and property. Should Metro find us in violation with a subjective interpretation, we will energetically defend our actions in arbitration or court. This is an incredibly important issue affecting 1200 residents and 203 acres of land. We have a resolution as a priority. It is going to take some serious work based on facts and findings. It won’t be easy, it may not be as quick as some would like, but I and the majority on this Council do not shy away from adversity. Metro must not be allowed to roll over us. This other Potter quote from Order of the Phoenix sums it up nicely: “Harry, don’t go picking a row with Malfoy, don’t forget he’s a prefect now, he could make life difficult for you”…. “Wow I wonder what it’d be like to have a difficult life?” said Harry sarcastically. SENSITIVE LANDS Continued from page 2 WIZER BLOCK REDEVELOPMENT Continued from page 1 On August 13, the LORA Board approved an agreement with Evergreen Group to provide tax increment funding in return for certain public benefits, including public parking, to help make the project financially doable. Urban renewal funds from the East End Redevelopment District would pay for all of the project’s development- related fees and taxes estimated to be $4.7 million, and $749,000 for a portion of the construction costs. The total project is estimated to cost $92.6 million. While the LORA Board has agreed to participate in the project, before it can be built, the project must still go through the City’s formal design review process. The Evergreen Group is in the process of preparing the Development Review application that will be reviewed by the City’s Development Review Commission (DRC). As part of its review, the DRC will conduct a public hearing prior to making a decision about the project. For more information, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/ lora/block-137-wizer-block. DRUG TAKE BACK - COMING OCTOBER 26 To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medicines, the City is holding a one- day-only drug take back event. This collection event will take place at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more disposal options, visit www. ci.oswego.or.us/police/drug-medicine-disposal. Look for more information in the October HelloLO. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOME TAP WATER TESTING Do you own a single family home, built between 1983 and 1989 with copper pipes and possibly lead-soldered pipe joints? The City is looking for homes meeting these criteria for lead and copper testing. New Lake Oswego-Tigard water system upgrades that will change the water treatment process require additional water quality monitoring. The City will collect samples from 60 residences to be tested for lead and copper by the end of 2013. An additional 60 samples from those same locations will be needed during the first six months of 2014. If you are interested in participating, the City will provide a one liter sample bottle and basic instructions. To participate, please contact the Lake Oswego Water Treatment Plant at 503-635-0394. You can also e-mail watertest@ci.oswego.or.us with your contact information. If you know of a neighbor whose house might meet these qualifications, please forward this information to them. If you would like to know more about the lead and copper monitoring program and what it takes to participate, please visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicworks/water. 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 LIBRARY PROVIDES DIGITAL MAGAZINES THROUGH ZINIO! Lake Oswego Public Library card holders now have free access to over 50 digital magazine titles through a new product called Zinio. These are full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Two classes will be offered to teach participants how to create accounts to access Zinio and get you on your way to reading these digital magazines. Sign up for either class - Wednesday, September 4, or Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. Call 503-675-2540 for more information. PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS First Tuesday Music Series-Nan Collie and Kathleen Fallon September 3, 7 p.m. Portland area singer-songwriters, Collie and Fallon, will perform original songs based on their life experiences of relationships, hope, change, life’s small absurdities, and more. Backyard Nature Photography Workshop Monday, September 9, 7 p.m. Learn how to create space for photography and capture the moment on camera with instructor Jesse Hampton. Topics covered may include: creating a photo blind, using a remote, flash, ISO settings, macro and time- lapse photography. Bring your camera and come prepared to ask questions! Third Tuesday Author Series – Lauren Kessler September 17, 7 p.m. Kessler is the author of seven works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging. Free Introduction to Meditation with Surja Tjahaja Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. Learn how meditation can help reduce stress and improve health as Tjahaja will present scientific research that supports the strong affective relationship between mind and body. Sign up for free computer classes held at the Library: • Zinio Magazine Basics • 24/7 Library: Searching Online Resources • Best of the Web • Posters, Flyers & More with Publisher • Research Help • Search the Internet Call the Reference Department for dates and times at 503-675-2540 Library2Go Appointments Learn how to get ebooks from your library and use them on your devices! Individual appointments are available throughout the month of September. Call the Reference Department to schedule an appointment. Storytelling Festival Mark your calendar for the Third Annual LOPL Storytelling Festival coming October 25 through 27 featuring nationally-recognized storyteller Kim Weitkam and much more. PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN Children’s Storytimes Fall series begins Tuesday, September 10 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. beginning September 12 Families with babies from birth through 18 months are invited to a series of musical laptimes presented by early childhood music specialist Anne Clark. “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” with Penny’s Puppet Productions Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. This fresh adaptation of the classic tale stars Tarrent the mean troll and three hungry billy goat brothers. The show includes music, humor, and fun. PROGRAMS FOR TEENS Teen Writers Group Monday, September 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Teen writers in grades 8-12 are invited to develop their skills at the Library's Teen Writers Group facilitated by Tiah Lindner, a writer, editor, teacher, and practicing poet. Teen Music Night #4 Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m. The Library is looking for high school teen bands, solo musicians and vocalists from Lake Oswego to perform in its fourth Teen Music Night showcase event. Contact the Library at lochild@ci.oswego.or.us WELCOME TO THE FALL! Did you know that online registration is the fastest and easiest way to register for fall classes and activities? Parks & Recreation also publishes seasonal catalogs that provide information about classes, activities, special events and camps offered by the department. The fall catalogs were delivered to Lake Oswego homes and businesses in August and registration is now open. After you decide on your next adventure, visit the Parks & Recreation website, www.lakeoswegoparks. org, to find all of our classes and activities. Click Online Registration or contact Parks & Recreation at 503-675- 2549 to register. LUSCHER FARM Rosemont Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Luscher Farm Partners Open House On Saturday, September 7, enjoy a round of golf at the Mayor’s Golf Tournament, then at 3 p.m., join the Mayor at the Luscher Farm Open House for the official ribbon cutting for Rosemont Trail. Garden Babies Parents bring your wee one to the Farm for some fun garden-based activities. Parents must accompany children. Class is held rain or shine. Ages 0 to 3, September 23 to October 28, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Free drop-in program. All About Tractors What are tractors used for at the Farm and in the City? Learn interesting facts, make a tractor out of recycled materials, and climb on our Farmall tractor. Ages 3 to 8, September 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., $10. YOUTH Mixed Media for Kids Give students a wide variety of art-making experiences. Use a variety of media that may include watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, pastel, collage, and ordinary objects that can be transformed into creative works of art. Ages 6 to 12, September 14 to October 12, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $48. Watercolor Quick Start and Refresher Discover composition, color, value, brush strokes, sponging, masking, spattering, and scraping along with washes and glazing. Take home some small “frameable” watercolor paintings from your day spent in this workshop. $12 materials fee due to instructor at workshop. Ages 18+, September 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $51. FREE! Line Dance Try-It-Out Date Here’s your opportunity to check out the line dance program with instructor Holli Wronski. All abilities welcome; no partner necessary. Benefit from improved memory, coordination, confidence, muscular strength, and enjoy great music while dancing. Ages 14+, September 6, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Nia Try-It-Out Days For new students ages 14+. Here’s your chance to try out a Nia class for free! Stop by the Lakewood Center or the WEB. Sunday, September 8, 8:45 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. (instructor Kaplan at Lakewood Center). Tuesday, September 17, 5:45 to 6:40 p.m. (instructor Khorasanee at WEB). Tai Chi Advanced Better Balance Practice and refinement of the basic tai chi form and mini-therapeutic exercises comprising the Better Balance curriculum, this advanced class includes challenging group activities and opportunities for students to be creative with the course material. Ages 50+, September 10 to November 21, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $55. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Mother & Son Ross Island Tour. Explore the backwaters of the Willamette River between Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge with mom. This is a great introductory paddle and provides great views of the beautiful city. Ages 10+, September 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $49 (ages 10 to 15, $29). ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER 505 G Avenue, 503-635-3758 50+ Computer Learning Center Learn a variety of new computer programs and increase your computer knowledge! For more information on classes or to register, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/acc or call 503-635-3758. Widowed Support Group to begin September 4 The Widowed Support Group – open to those who have suffered loss - will return this fall to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center after a summer hiatus. Chyrelle Martin, a psychologist specializing in treating older adults, is the new group facilitator. Dr. Martin comes to the center with a great deal of experience working with adults, older adults, and groups with various mental health issues. The Widowed Support Group will be meeting the first Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center’s Cedar Room. The first group meeting will be held Wednesday, September 4. Support Groups at the ACC are provided as a service to the community with no fee or registration required. 44 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 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257. 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. September 1 Sunday 2 Monday • City Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 3 Tuesday • Library Music Series, 7pm 4 Wednesday • Bike Commute Workshop, Fire, 12-1pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 5 Thursday 6 Friday 7 Saturday • Mayor’s Golf Tournament • Luscher Farm Open House • Rosemont Trail Ribbon Cutting at Luscher Farm • Boat Tour on Oswego Lake • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 8 Sunday 9 Monday • LO Tigard Water Partnership Over- sight Committee Mtg, 5:30pm • Planning Commission, 6:30pm • Nature Photography Workshop, Library, 7-8pm 10 Tuesday • City Council Regular Meeting, 7pm 11 Wednesday • NRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • HRAB Meeting, 7pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm • Clackamas County Town Hall, City Hall, 7-8:30pm 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm • Oswego Lake Watershed Tour, 9am- noon 15 Sunday 16 Monday • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 17 Tuesday • Library Author Series, 7pm 18 Wednesday • PRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • TAB Meeting, 7pm 19 Thursday • Friends and Neighbors Natural Resource Forum • Uplands Neighborhood Association Board Mtg, 7pm 20 Friday 21 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 22 Sunday 23 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 24 Tuesday • City Council Regular Meeting, 7pm 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 29 Sunday 30 Monday October 1 Tuesday • Library Music Series, 7pm 2 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 6 Sunday 7 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm Community Calendar stay ConneCted The City has made it easy! Go to www.ci.oswego.or.us and choose how you want to stay connected! ACC Adult Community Center DRC Development Review Commission HRAB Historic Resources Advisory Board LAB Library Advisory Board LONAC Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition LORA Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency 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 TAC Transportation Advisory Council WEB West End BuildingGlossaryLAKE OSWEGO GOLF COURSE PRESENTS... 24TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, September 7, shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. This 18-hole, 4-player team scramble includes a putting contest, breakfast, lunch from Casa del Pollo, prizes, and great raffle giveaways. Entry fee is $54/ player after September 1. You may register as an individual or as a group. For more information and to register, go to www.lakeoswegogolf.org/calendar/. ROUND TO REMEMBER Tuesday, September 10, 10 a.m. to noon The Golf Course will also be hosting a “Round to Remember” day to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Simply call to register a tee time with your fee of $25 (check or cash only) and play 18 holes. Includes a gift package! Call Tom at 503-534-5689 for details. BOAT TOUR ON OSWEGO LAKE FEATURING 50 CLASSIC HOMES AND HISTORIC SITES The 2013 Classic Houses and History Boat Tour on Oswego Lake will be held on Saturday, September 7. This event is sponsored by the Lake Oswego Corporation and presented by the non-profit Lake Oswego Preservation Society. The two- hour non-stop guided cruise around the perimeter of Oswego Lake will follow brief introductory remarks and light refreshments provided by Nicoletta’s Table. There are multiple boats with a guide on each one. The number of tickets is naturally limited by the capacity of the boats; 100 tickets are available. To accommodate this number of guests, there are two tours: one at 8:30 a.m. and another at noon. A choice of times will be offered until one tour is sold out. Tickets are $75 each ($25 is a tax-deductible charitable donation). For tickets, please visit www.lakeoswegohistoryonline.com/lo/Shop.html. LUSCHER FARM OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, FROM 11 A.M. TO 3 P.M. A jam-packed day of farmin’ fun awaits you! Stroll through the famous clematis garden and check out the Friends of Rogerson Clematis plant sale to take one home for your garden. Join staff and farm partners for veggie giveaways, tomato tastings and games in the Children’s Garden. Don’t forget to bring the kids! Cisco & The Kids will be providing a petting zoo featuring goats, rabbits, an alpaca and more! Parking will be available in the C3 Church parking lot, 17979 Stafford Rd. Free shuttle provided by the Adult Community Center. Luscher Farm is located at 125 Rosemont Rd, West Linn. OSWEGO LAKE WATERSHED TOUR EXPLORE WATERSHED FUNCTION AND NATURE-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES On Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, discover where our streams begin in our neighborhoods and look at ways the City and community members are working to keep our watersheds healthy. Meet at the Uplands Elementary School parking lot, 2055 Wembley Park Road, to explore the headwaters of Springbrook Creek and investigate the connection to Oswego Lake and the Willamette River. We will then form carpools to tour the city and see some of the innovative low-impact development practices being installed to protect the watershed and improve water quality, including rain gardens, greenroofs and green streets. For more information about the tour, contact Stephanie Wagner at stephanie@natureed.org. For tips on how to reduce your impacts at home or work, find resources from the City's Healthy Watersheds program (www.ci.oswego.or.us/ publicworks/education-and-outreach). The watershed tour is sponsored by the City's Sustainability Advisory Board. FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS NATURAL RESOURCE FORUM The Parks & Recreation Department would like to invite community members to the quarterly Parks Friends and Neighbors Natural Resource Forum on September 19. Take this opportunity to enjoy refreshments while getting to know parks friends and neighbors groups and hear invasive species-related presentations. This event is an opportunity for friends and neighbors groups who have adopted Lake Oswego parks to share strategies about invasive species removal efforts. The event will be held at the West End Building (4101 Kruse Way) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Willamette Room. For more information, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/friends-and- neighbors-groups or contact Ryan Stee at 503-697-6575 or rstee@ci.oswego.or.us. DIAL SAFE PRO APP Are you a parent, teacher, grandparent or caregiver? Lake Oswego 911 would like to pass on information on a free educational app available for iPhone and iPad. This fun interactive app teaches children about basic phone usage, how and when to call 911, and how to deal with strangers and misdials. Through the use of animated lessons, this app presents skill-building games, practice sessions, and even a realistic phone simulator. Check it out at http:// littlebitstudio.com/dialsafepro.html.