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February 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Private “Recycling” ServicesPublic Works, Engineering & DronesMunicipal Grants Offered Order Native PlantsVideo - 72 Hour Kit 3 Parks & Rec Adopt-a-Plot Community Supported Ag Clematis Garden Library LOReads Events Black History Month Curbside Holds 4 Community CalendarStreetlight Out? My Funny ValentineARTmart Visions of 4 Seasonal Affective Disorder Shoe & Tool Drive Insert ACC On the Go Inside For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. O . O L . THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHelloFebruary 2021LAKE OSWEGO READS The Lake Oswego Public Library invites the entire community to participate in the 15th Annual Lake Oswego Reads award-winning citywide reading program. During the month of February, the library will present virtual programs connected with the featured book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. There are many opportunities to learn, be inspired and be entertained at over 20 events. Even those who haven’t yet read the book will enjoy programs which include a 45 minute history lesson of 450 years of Black history in Oregon, a discussion of the role of race in a caste system, a Caste-themed trivia night, a panel discussion about curriculum reform in the Lake Oswego School District, and a virtual art show featuring 17 local artists’ interpretation of the book. COYOTES & OTHER WILDLIFE Lake Oswego has habitat that supports wildlife - coyotes, raccoons, deer, eagles, and more. Many of us may be lucky enough to experience the excitement of seeing a coyote or other urban wildlife. React, but don’t over react. Aggressiveness towards humans is not normal coyote behavior and is extremely rare. Do not feed wildlife - this reduces fear to humans and can increase the possibility of an aggressive encounter. Be big, mean and loud to scare off curious wildlife and never approach any wild animals. For additional information on hazing techniques and other useful information about urban coyotes and other wildlife, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coyotes-and-other- urban-wildlife or call the Public Information Center at 503-635-0257. If you feel threatened by any animal, wild or domestic, you should immediately report this to the Lake Oswego Police Department by calling 911. COVID-19 VACCINE Plans for vaccine distribution are evolving rapidly. For the latest vaccine information, please visit the Oregon Health Authority at http://covidvaccine. oregon.gov or Clackamas County at www. clackamas.us/coronavirus/vaccine. NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER SURVEY In 2019, Oregon passed into law two bills (HB 2001 and HB 2003) aimed at increasing housing choices in Oregon. City staff is undergoing a multiyear project to align Lake Oswego housing needs and neighborhood context with state law requirements. For more information, please go to www.lakeoswego.city/house-bills-2001-and-2003. We need your help! Please complete the City of Lake Oswego Neighborhood Character Survey at www.lakeoswego.city/planning by February 7. The purpose of this survey is to help understand what our community values most about the visual and physical character of their neighborhoods. The results of the survey will help the City develop options for how to manage new residential development. For questions or more information, please contact Erik Olson, Senior Planner, at eolson@ lakeoswego.city or 503-697-6524. RECREATION AND AQUATICS CENTER The design for the Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatics Center is underway. Throughout the design process, there will be many ways to get involved and share your ideas. Opportunities will include: community meetings, an online open house, surveys, and more. The first community meeting will be held virtually online on February 25 at 6 p.m. Please visit the Lake Oswego Recreation & Aquatics Center project webpage for details on how to be a part of this community meeting, to see other opportunities to get involved, and for project information: www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/recreation-and-aquatics-center. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE AMAZING PROGRAMS YOU CAN ENJOY: • Virtual Art Show • First Tuesday Music with Marilyn Keller • Oregon Black Pioneers presents 450 years in 45 minutes • Watch I am Not Your Negro and join in a facilitated discussion • Storytime for all followed by How to Raise a Anti-Racist child • With This Needle: Women, Words and Quilts • The Origination Point and Role of Race in a Caste System • Whatever else is the true American is, he is also Black: an exploration of race in America through author Ralph Ellison’s work. • Racial Hygiene in Nazi Germany • Assembling a Racist Power Structure: The Politics of Racial Divisiveness • When Just Us, Get No Justice: How Racial and Gender Hierarchies Maintain Black Women’s Oppression. • Cooking with a City Councilor • Join LOSD students to discuss Unlearning and Re-educating: Why LO Needs Curriculum Reform • Join Pulitzer-prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson as she discusses Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. • Caste Themed Pub Trivia Night • Librarian-led Book Discussions For a full list of Lake Oswego Reads programming events with locations, times, and descriptions, please visit www.lakeoswegoreads.org or pick up a brochure at the Library. Daniel Nguyen City Councilordnguyen@lakeoswego.city Jackie Manz City Councilorjmanz@lakeoswego.city 2 Massene Mboup City Councilormmboup@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilorarapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilorrverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilorjwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayorjbuck@lakeoswego.city City Council503-635-0215 City ManagerMartha Bennett503-635-0215 MUNICIPAL GRANTS OFFERED DEADLINE - 5 P.M., MONDAY, MARCH 15 The City is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations that wish to apply for financial assistance under the categories of special services, and social and cultural grants. There will be a total of $45,000 in grant funding available. For an application and policy guidelines, visit www. lakeoswego.city/finance/municipal-grant-program or contact the Finance Department at 503-635- 0263. To receive consideration, grant applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 15. Recipients will be determined during the budget process in the spring of 2021. IT'S TIME TO ORDER NATIVE PLANTS Native plants are a great way to beautify your yard, pollinator garden, or hedgerow! While wintertime may seem gloomy, the promise of a new growing season is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to set your plans into motion. The Marion Soil and Water Conservation districts offers native tree, shrub, and plants for sale each year. Through February 26, order your plants online at www.marionswcd.net/nps. Orders can be picked up at Bauman’s Farm, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE in Gervais, on Friday or Saturday, March 12 or 13. The following guides provide excellent information on trees, shrubs, and ground cover for native plants. These natives will thrive here in the Pacific Northwest and will provide valuable habitat for our native wildlife, including pollinators. • Native Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens www.wnps.org/native-gardening/resources?highlight • OSU Extension Native Plant Gardening www.extension.oregonstate.edu/collection/native-plant-gardening • Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards www.oregonmetro.gov/native-plants-willamette-valley-yards-booklet PRIVATE “RECYCLING” SERVICES In the past couple years, some private recycling services have emerged in the Portland market. Currently, none of those services are permitted to collect in Lake Oswego and few have been granted licenses to operate in Clackamas County. As Lake Oswego customers, it is important that you know that many of the services offered by collectors are available for free to you around the region through other means. We have received questions as to why these providers can collect additional plastics for “recycling” that are not available through your regular curbside collection. The main reason is that these additional plastics (mostly #5 and #6 plastics) are going to Agilyx, where they are converted from plastic to jet fuel in a revolutionary form of waste to energy. Some of the other plastics collected by these services have other outcomes, but we cannot confirm that they are effectively being recycled. If you are interested in recycling the items collected by these services, here are the other local ways to properly dispose of this material, often for free! Plastic Bags and Film You can drop these off at almost any supermarket for recycling into composite decking. Styrofoam Drop your foam and other #5 and #6 plastics off for free at Agilyx, or at free collection events like Repair Fairs and Community Clean Up Day when they resume. Batteries and Light Bulbs Green Century Electronics is a great local recycler, but you can also take these to any Metro Hazardous Waste Transfer Station, or drop off boxes at some electronic stores like Best Buy. Holiday lights are collected at Lowe’s stores for free for recycling. Electronics Under the Oregon e-Cycles program, you can drop off up to seven items at a time at any Goodwill store. If you would like to donate electronics, consider a donation to Free Geek. Eyeglasses The Lions Club collects used glasses at drop boxes around the region. Pet Food Bags Drop these off at any Mud Bay for recycling through the Flex Forward program. Towels, Blankets, etc. Animal shelters are always in need of your used towels and bedding, please contact them for donation information. Clothing Used clothing can be dropped off at any H&M store for proper recycling and receive a discount coupon from the store. Marine Layer collects old t-shirts (yay!) for repurposing and rewards you with a $25 credit, and Road Runner Sports will collect your old shoes for recycling. Paint Drop off old paint cans for free at Miller Paint and Sherwin-Williams under Metro’s PaintCare program. The Metro website offers great free recycling information for every item imaginable! Look it up under “Find a Recycler” at www.oregonmetro.gov for more information, or call Jenny Slepian, Sustainability Analyst, at 503-635-0291 for all your recycling questions! PUBLIC WORKS, ENGINEERING & DRONES In this last year, our Public Works and Engineering teams have been actively using drones to inspect and improve our city infrastructure. Drones help provide the City different vantage points, topographical details, as well as keeping our staff safe in areas that are tough to access. Here are three projects this year: • Annual Water Reservoir Inspections – To inspect the condition of our elevated reservoirs, they can be dangerous to climb and inspect (our tallest one is 65 feet!). Drone use allows Public Works to safely and quickly inspect our reservoirs. • Blue Heron Canal Wastewater Rehabilitation – In preparation for this project, our Engineers needed to collect data on topography, land survey, and canal condition. By using the drones, we were able to collect the data without disturbing these natural habitats and spaces, while avoiding entering private properties or causing personal injury on treacherous canal hikes. • Boones Ferry Road Improvements – A fantastic way to watch progress of a large-scale road project is to see it by the air. The Boones Ferry Road project is a full transformation with road, streetscape, and utility work reconstruction that is best captured from above. Our team has been documenting every stage to showcase the roadway, pedestrian, and biking improvements! The best part of all this – we have our own City of Lake Oswego Aerial Imaging Team (AIT) made of highly skilled and licensed staff! VIDEO - 72 HOUR KIT & MEDICAL CACHE Is emergency preparedness one of your New Year's resolutions? If so, LOFD can help! The Lake Oswego Fire Department has put together a 30 minute video that discusses the most common items to include in a 72 hour kit (go bag). Additional medical supplies are also discussed. The video is available through the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) portal at http:// bit.ly/CERTportalLOFD. Log in if you already have an account, then select "training" under the My Profile tab." If you don't have an account, create one at www.lakeoswego.city/fire/cert. LOFD hopes to provide additional videos on a variety of topics throughout the year. If you have specific topics or ideas of items you would like additional information on, please contact Dave Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal, at DSmith@lakeoswego.city. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Your Community Resource for Information and EnrichmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Location: 17525 Stafford Road Mailing: PO Box 369For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation (LOPR) programs, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.loparks.org. LIBRARY CLOSURE Presidents Day - Monday, February 15 CURBSIDE HOLDS We are pleased to continue to offer no-contact curbside holds pick-up by appointment only from: • 10 a.m. -7 p.m., Monday through Thursday • 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Friday & Saturday • 1-5 p.m., Sunday To check out materials: Visit lincc.org to place holds on the items you would like to borrow. When your holds become available, you will be notified via email with instructions. HOMEBOUND SERVICES In addition, The Lake Oswego Public Library offers a delivery program for Lake Oswego residents who are homebound due to conditions such as age, illness, or physical disability. For more information on Homebound deliveries, please contact Nancy Niland at 503-675-2538 or nniland@lakeoswego.city. LUNAR NEW YEAR - COOK THE BOOKS Tuesday, February 9, 4 p.m. Join Librarians Shannon & Alicia via Zoom to eat and talk (about food). Our theme for February 9 is Lunar New Year, celebrating the foods and traditions of this major holiday observed in many East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. Registration required via wwl.lopl.org /remote-lopl. FAMILY TRIVIA -THURSDAY NIGHTS! Enjoy this time at home with our popular weekly Trivia Night! Hosted by local librarians Chris and Carissa. Teams encouraged! Thursday, February 25 will be a Caste-themed Trivia Night. Registration required via wwl.lopl.org/remote-lopl. FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH In conjunction with Black History Month programming, library events will be focused on the 2021 Lake Oswego Reads choice, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR KIDS Librarians are a great resource for reading recommendations for all ages. Here are some reading recommendations for kids for Black History Month: • Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, (ages 3-7) • The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, (ages 7-10) • This is My America by Kim Johnson (young adult) LOREADS EVENTS Registration required via wwl.lopl.org /loreads. THIRD TUESDAY AUTHOR Tuesday, February 16 Join us as we hear from Jack Miller, author of Assembling a Racist Power Structure: The Politics of Racial Divisiveness. In this talk, Dr. Jack Miller will explore the political, economic, and psychological dynamics that contributed to the process of assembling a racist power structure in the United States. COOKING WITH A CITY COUNCILOR Saturday, February 20 Join our newest Lake Oswego City Councilor, Massene Mboup, as he teaches us to cook his favorite Senegalese Chicken and Rice dish! Recipe will be provided with signup for this virtual event. AUTHOR ISABEL WILKERSON Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 p.m. live via Zoom Join us to hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns, as she examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America though her latest book, Caste, the LO Reads Choice for 2021. CASTE BOOK DISCUSSIONS Thursday, February 25 10:30 a.m. and Friday, February 26 at 1 p.m. Join the conversations and share your experiences reading Caste. Meet with fellow readers in a free online discussion facilitated by LOPL librarians. For a full list of Lake Oswego Reads events, visit www.lakeoswegoreads.org. VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR KIDS 22138 - Little Music Makers Ages 3-5, 10-10:30 a.m., Saturdays, February 27- April 10, $49. 22105 - Introduction to Magic Ages 7-12, 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, February 6- March 13, $52. 22137 - Drawing for Kids Ages 8-12, 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, February 23-April 6, $158. VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR ADULTS 22216 - Backyard Beekeeping Basics Ages 18+, 12-4 p.m., Saturday, February 20, $70. 22082 - Abstract Painting Ages 18+, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Fridays, February 26- March 19, $90. 22080 - Oil Painting for Adults Ages 18+, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Tuesdays, February 23- April 6, $158. ADOPT-A-PLOT Learn how to grow produce organically with specialized instruction from Luscher staff! Fruits and vegetables grown in the program are then used in camp programs, cooking classes and donated to local nonprofits for those in need (of course, participants can sample product too!). Register for a 4’x20’ plot at www.loparks. org. $35 for residents/$53 for non- residents. Orientation meetings will be held virtually on 2/13 and 3/6 from 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. TRY OUT THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE PROGRAM Fresh locally grown veggies are available year-round with the Community Supported Agriculture program! Purchase a Try-It-Out share to sample 8-10 vegetables and herbs. Try It Out Shares available 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18 and 4/1 for $63 for residents/$94 for non-residents. Registration is due the Tuesday before the pickup date. Register at www.loparks.org. EXPLORE THE ROGERSON CLEMATIS GARDEN There is always something in bloom at the garden! Enjoy a seemingly endless variety of sizes, shapes, forms and colors of clematis. The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. Please bring a face covering for when physical distance cannot be maintained. For more information, visit www.rogersonclematiscollection.org. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Nell Diamond, LibraryKaty Kerklaan, EngineeringRobin Krakauer, Arts CouncilIris McCaleb, Planning Nancy Niland, LibraryJenny Slepian, SustainabilityDiana Smith-Bouwer, Public InformationJan Wirtz, Parks & Recreation Citizen inFormation speCialist and hellolo editor/writer Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city This newsletter is printed on Processed Chlorine Free 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Community Calendar In order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City implemented strategies including canceling programs, camps, and meetings. The City is in the process of reopening and many of these programs will be rescheduled. To see the status of City services, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus. For updates to events and meetings, please visit the online community calendar: WWW.LAKEOSWEGO.CITY/CALENDAR The health and safety of our community members and staff is of utmost importance, as is providing the community with essential services such as police and fire protection, quality drinking water, and well-maintained infrastructure. SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER Dark winter days can make us feel down, unmotivated and sluggish. In about one person in 20, these feelings can be symptoms of seasonal depression, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many more people get the winter blues, a milder version of SAD. This winter, with many of us feeling added stress and anxiety from the pandemic, brighter days might seem very far away. If managing your mental and emotional health this winter feels like more of a challenge, you are not alone. Find mental and emotional health supports on the Safe + Strong website: www.safestrongoregon.org/mental-emotional-health. You could also try these suggestions to manage SAD this winter: • Set a daily routine and stick to it. Getting up and going to bed at consistent times helps regulate your sleep. • Take a daily walk, preferably just after sunrise. Exercise and outdoor light can boost your spirits. • Connect with other people, by phone or on physically distanced walks. • Talk to your healthcare provider about lightbox therapy and other treatments that could work for you. MY FUNNY VALENTINE A SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY THE LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY Searching for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? You will fall in love with Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of My Funny Valentine: Great Comic Love Songs from Musicals You May Have Missed. Screening for the first time since its previous sold-out engagement, this musical comedy revue features Lakewood’s star performers in an evening of clever comic songs, hilarious theater mishap stories, and engaging audience participation games. Online viewing of My Funny Valentine runs from February 12-18. Register for tickets at www. lakewood-center.org or by calling 503-635-3901. While the screening is complimentary, donations are more important than ever at this time, and Lakewood hopes that viewers of this special event will be generous when watching this quality entertainment. Lakewood Theatre Company is the oldest continually operated not-for-profit theatre company in the Portland metro area and attracts more than 40,000 people annually to its shows. Like all theater companies, its productions have been closed down during this pandemic, but it continues to connect with the community through online classes, theater and music performances, and arts events. NEW SUPPLY OF PEDESTRIAN REFLECTORS ARE HERE! In our continued effort to enhance pedestrian safety, pedestrian reflectors have been restocked! With a goal to encourage pedestrians to “Be Safe Be Seen”, the City is providing free reflectors to residents. This is one piece of what we encourage all pedestrians to include as part of the safety gear when walking, running or riding a bike. Please call the Public Information Office and leave your name, address including your zip code, or arrange to pick up a free reflector by calling 503-635-0257. WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE ARTS COUNCIL ARTmart The ever-popular ARTmart exhibition is on view through February 5 at 5 p.m. This exhibition collects donated art from the community and resells it as a fundraiser. Each piece is priced to sell! New for this year is a special auction highlighting two exquisite pieces. To learn more, go to the website at www.artscouncillo.org. Items will be up for auction through February 5 at 5 p.m. At that point, the winning bidder will be awarded each piece. Detailed information, photos, and videos are available online. All art not sold will be donated to Community Warehouse, helping those in need. VISIONS OF 4 Then, from February 19 through April 2, the Arts Council will be presenting VISIONS OF 4 – a photography exhibition featuring artists Reagan Ramsey, Richard Blakeslee, Kevin Felts, and Jon Lesch. These four friends come together sharing their passion for photography. They have created images for the love of the media rather than commercial gain. Each artist is thrilled to have the community view their work and how they see the world through a lens. For more on each artist, viewing hours, and exhibition details, please visit www.artscouncillo.org. ARTspace Gallery is located at 41 B Avenue in Lake Oswego and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 to 2 p.m. SHOE & TOOL DRIVE Rotary Club of Lake Oswego (RCLO) and Willamette Rotaract is partnering with Soles4Souls - a nonprofit that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around-the-world. The community is invited to drop off gently-worn or new shoes of any kind on February 6, from 11 to 1 p.m., at Lakewood Center for the Arts, located at 368 S. State Street. For more information, please contact Tina Colson at tcolson@1031exchange.com or Mikayla Moore at mikaylachyannemoore@gmail.com. In addition, RCLO will be collecting new and used tools to benefit the victims of the 2020 fires in Oregon. Drop off is at the same location and the club will take any tools (in good working condition) to help those in need to rebuild or replenish. For more information about Shoes4Soles, visit www.soles4souls.org. STREETLIGHT OUT OR FLICKERING? Have you noticed a streetlight that is out, flickering, or on all day? If so, Lake Oswego Public Works has made it easy to report the problem! Simply call Public Works at 503-635-0280 and provide as many details as possible, including the pole number (look for a tag on the pole), adjacent address, side of street, and the issue with the light. Also leave your name and contact information in case a follow up call is needed.