Loading...
August 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Councilor Rachel VerdickNorth Shore Road - Bridge ClosurePrepare for Fire Season Water WiseWater Audit 3 Parks & Rec Camps & More Summer Events Library Museum of Natural and Cultural History Online Trivia 4 Community CalendarCity Hall Ribbon Cutting Event New Rotating & Permanent Public Art Dine Local PassportTips for Safe SwimmingBooktique Grand Opening Student Video Contest Winner 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 OSWEGOHelloAugust 2021Continued on page 2 PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Photos are now being accepted for the 13th Annual City of Lake Oswego Photo Contest! For a chance to win, enter your best images anytime through September 7. In each of the categories, first place winners will receive a $150 gift card; second place winners a $100 gift card; and third place winners a $50 gift card. Please visit www. lakeoswego.city/publicaffairs/photo-contest, for contest details and to submit photos online. PARKS REFERENDUM The Lake Oswego City Council is considering a referendum asking voters to establish additional protections for our parks and natural spaces while preserving the City’s ability to adapt to the changing needs of our community and environment. The proposed measure would provide for effective management of the City’s parks and natural spaces to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, aesthetic values, and ecological function, and allow for trails and pathways that ensure accessibility for all residents. Thank you to everyone who participated in the listening sessions and community survey! The City Council will be discussing if the measure will go to voters for the November ballot during the August 3 City Council meeting. For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.LakeOswego.city. SUMMER PAVING NIGHTS, LIGHTS, AND STRIPES A contractor will be applying new striping on recently paved streets during several nights in late August and September. The material used for the retro-reflective striping must be applied when the pavement is within a specific temperature range. Pavement retains heat, often exceeding 100 degrees during summer days. It can take several hours after sunset for the pavement to cool for best striping application results. The work is generally quiet and does not take long. You may see small work crews with lights in various neighborhoods late this month. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/pavement. ECOHOME LO RESIDENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY IN LAKE OSWEGO EcoHome LO is the City’s new residential sustainability certification program. Launching on August 1, the program is free to join and open to all who live in Lake Oswego, including renters. To achieve EcoHome status, participants select and complete items from a checklist of eco-friendly actions. These range from installing LED bulbs to volunteering with community organizations. During the certification process, participants gain access to helpful resources, unique community experiences, personalized advising and assistance, and more! Upon certification, participants receive a free EcoHome lawn sign or window decal to recognize their progress. If your household is interested in saving money, promoting ecosystem health, and enriching the community through EcoHome LO, visit www. lakeoswego.city/ecohomelo to learn more! PARKS PROJECTS The City's Parks & Recreation Department has a number of major projects underway. Here are some updates: Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatic Center Lake Oswego is getting a new Recreation and Aquatic Center. City Council has directed the design team to continue development of the option with larger facilities. Funding for the project is through a joint partnership between the City and the Lake Oswego School District. The schematic design process has been completed and the design development process has begun. Upcoming public meetings are being planned with dates to to come. To learn more about the plans for the new center, visit the project website: www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/recreation-and-aquatics-center. BE WATER-WISE THIS SUMMER! The entire state of Oregon is experiencing drought conditions. More than 85% of the state is in a severe drought or worse, including Clackamas County. With river levels being low, it’s more important than ever to be more mindful in how we use our water this summer! Here are some simple water-wise tips to consider. Over half of all water use inside a home takes place in the bathroom: • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth. • Take shorter showers. Each minute you shave off your shower time saves up to 2.5 gallons of water. • Install a high efficiency showerhead, and you could save about 1 gallon of water per minute. In the kitchen: • Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading it into the dishwasher. • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool. • Install an aerator on your kitchen faucet and save about 1 gallon per minute. An aerator reduces the flow from the faucet, and uses air to maintain good water pressure.Continued on page 2 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 COUNCIL CORNER FROM COUNCILOR RACHEL VERDICK As I reflect upon the midway point of 2021, it feels like the past year’s challenges are increasingly distant. After my first six months representing our citizens, I am inspired by our community’s resiliency, outlets to come together, and investment in the future. It’s an exciting time to collaborate with our City’s staff, fellow Councilors, and most importantly, each of you as we reopen and reimagine the future. I feel fortunate to work alongside such incredible people. There are few things more enjoyable than a lazy day in the sun reading a great book. For those looking to browse, the LO Public Library is now open to patrons. But, if you are not quite ready to venture out, don’t worry because remote library services and programs are still available. The Arts Council provides one of my favorite contributions to Lake Oswego. They help our city thrive by creating experiences and programming which expand our perspectives through access to both art and programming. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed their online Drink & Draw programs during COVID-19. Currently, they are busy working on the installation of the Gateway at the north end of State Street. In addition, new sculptures will soon be unveiled for the Gallery Without Walls exhibit. And, there is always an exciting exhibit to be found at the Arts Council's ARTspace & Gallery (now located in City Hall). Further, I am appreciative of the many outlets our Parks & Recreation Department provides to improve social and physical health for our families and neighbors. Not only do they maintain a wide variety of parks for us to enjoy, but they’ve also created a full calendar of events for us to come together throughout the summer – Picnic in the Park, Flicks at the Farm, Movies in the Park, the Farmers’ Market, and summer concerts are a few examples of community events enabled by our Parks & Recreation team. Finally, it’s exciting to bear witness to our community’s investment in its future health and well-being. The new Parks and Recreation facility that is in the process of being designed will offer all members of our community access to many amenities including: swimming facilities, sports courts, and indoor fitness programming. In addition, our indoor Tennis Center and Adult Community Center are being remodeled. I look forward to seeing you at these (and many other) events in the months to come! PREPARE FOR FIRE SEASON In 2021, we have already seen record-breaking heat and drought conditions throughout the state. These conditions prime us for an early wildfire season. If you live next to nature, here are a few tips to help prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home. • Fire follows the fuel. Create a defensible space around your home that is free of flammable debris. • Remove dead or dying plants, branches, leaves and pine needles from your roof and rain gutters, deck and yard. • Remove flammable plants and replace with fire-resistant species - plants that are loosely branched, have watery sap and supple leaves. For a list of fire resistant plants, ask your local nursery or check out OSU Extension Service's Fire Resistant Plants Guide (http://bit.ly/ OSUFireResistantPlantsGuide). • During fire season, make sure you do not stack firewood up against the house. • Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney. • Keep grass short (less than four inches) and slightly green to keep fire on the ground. • Keep barbecues away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches - this includes propane, charcoal and pellet systems. Keep your grill clean and free of greases and never leave your barbecue unattended. • Remember, open burning (backyard burning) is prohibited in Lake Oswego. For more information on how to protect your home, please contact the LO Fire Department at 503-635-0275 or visit www.lakeoswego.city/fire/ wildfire-risk-prevention. WATER AUDIT HIGH SUMMER WATER BILLS GOT YOU SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD? WE CAN HELP! One of the most important things that a homeowner can do to save water is make sure equipment is functioning appropriately and is efficient. The City offers free water audits to help citizens find ways to use less water. Visit www. lakeoswego.city for more information, or call Water Conservation Specialist Kevin McCaleb at 503-675- 3747, to schedule your free water audit. Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course Renovation The City is designing an improved golf course, driving range, and maintenance building. The project team are in the process of preparing the Land Use Application with the goal of being able to start construction on the Maintenance Facility in late winter. Learn about the proposed design and tell us what you think! Visit the project website and the online open house at: www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/municipal-golf- course-renovation. Rassekh Park The City is designing a new multi-purpose sports field, parking, play area(s) and other active recreation elements (basketball, pickleball, and skate area) at Rassekh Park. The existing sensitive lands on the site will be retained and continued to be cared for. Community feedback has helped shape the park design. Find out more about the project history, site details, survey results, and upcoming ways to get involved at www.rassekhpark.com. Tennis Center The Indoor Tennis Center will be remodeled to provide ADA accessibility, an improved entryway and parking, provide front desk space, develop new restroom facilities and provide adequate office space. The facility will see improvements that include a multi-use room and an enlarged viewing area for increased court visibility. The construction contract has been approved by City Council. The contractor has been selected and construction is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. This project is scheduled to take 8 to 10 months to complete. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/tennis-center- rehabilitation. PARKS PROJECTS Continued from page 1 • If you have a dishwasher, use it only to wash full loads and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver/water-miser cycle. Water use almost doubles during summer, primarily due to outdoor water use: • Adjust and monitor sprinklers to keep water on the areas that need it –not the street or driveway. Or hand water! Watering by hand allows you to target where and how much you water. • Cut the number of days you water your grass by a third, rather than for a short period every day. Watering thoroughly, but infrequently, will help roots go deeper, resulting in more water–efficient, drought–tolerant plants. • Try to water your garden or landscape before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when temperatures are cooler and the air is calmer so that evaporation is kept to a minimum. • Do not over-water in anticipation of a shortage. Soil cannot store extra water. For more helpful tips, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ conservation. WATER WISE Continued from page 1 NORTH SHORE ROAD - BRIDGE CLOSURE To maintain public safety, the North Shore Road Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. A temporary access route has been established over the bridge for people walking, rolling, and biking. Please watch for signage and follow the channelization devices. The City recently identified structural concerns with the retaining wall and approaching roadway near the bridge. We are investigating the conditions of the retaining wall and conducting a structural analysis over the coming months. Long-term closure may be needed. Please use alternative routes and keep North Shore Road for local traffic. For the latest information, please visit www. lakeoswego.city/engineering/north-shore-road- bridge-closed or call 503-635-0261. 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. SUMMER COMMUNITY EVENTS MOVIES IN THE PARK Enjoy an evening under the stars at Movies in the Park! Tuesday, August 10, features a showing of Moana at Millennium Plaza Park and Tuesday, August 17, features a showing of The Croods: A New Age at Westlake Park. Blankets, pillows and low sand chairs welcome! Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m. SUMMER CONCERT Following the state’s reopening, the team has added a traditional summer concert for all to enjoy! Join us on Wednesday, August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Park featuring Stone in Love, a Journey Tribute band! Free admission, open rain or shine. Food and beverage available for purchase. Special thanks to sponsor Oswego Wealth Advisors. DRIVE IN CONCERT - FEATURING HIT MACHINE AND CJ MICKENS Presented by Pam Waldman with Keller Williams Realty Join us on Saturday, August 21, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Luscher Farm for an epic evening. Tickets required; $40 per parking space for residents; $49 for non-residents. Maximum six people per car. Staggered load-in begins at 5:15 p.m. and is assigned based on vehicle size. To register, visit www.loparks.org under the membership tab and search "Drive-in Concert." BARNYARD BOLT Some runs are just for fun and are a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! Join us at Luscher Farm on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dash your way through sprinkler splashes, bubbles, obstacles and more. Ages 5+ welcome; registration: $18 per person. BARKS IN THE PARK Celebrate your furry friend with a dog day in the park on Thursday, September 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Hazelia Dog Park! Romp around the grounds with your doggo and test the agility course while rocking out to a live DJ. Peruse pet-friendly vendors and stock up on all of Fido’s favorite treats, toys and décor. Dress up your pup for a fun and friendly costume competition too! It’s the perfect party for your pooch. Stone in Love SUMMER CAMPS • 23028 - Fencing Camp • 22707 - Rowing Rookie Week (ages 16-18) • 22708 - Rowing Rookie Week (ages 12-15) • 23024 - Drawing for Teens • 23032 - Little Broadway Stars YOGA • 22893 - Calm and Meditation Yoga (virtual) GOLF • 22551 - Putting Excellence • 22556 - Bunker Bonkers (August 21) • 22558 - Bunker Bonkers (August 11) LUSCHER • 22664 - Seed Saving for Beginners BABYSITTER TRAINING • 23335 - Babysitter Training OUTDOOR • 22691 - VIRTUAL Mushroom Foraging for Beginners • 22678 - Fly Tying 101 Workshop (August 7) • 22679 - Fly Tying 101 Workshop (August 28) ART YOUTH/ADULT CLASSES • 22950 - NEW! Shrinky Dink Jewelry • 22658 - Bob Ross Oil Painting (Giraffe) • 22659 - Bob Ross Oil Painting (Mountain) PICKLEBALL 22889 - Adult Beginner’s Pickleball Clinic & Play We are happy to report that we have reopened the library building to the public! Library users may once again: • Browse all collections on all 3 floors • Receive in-person help at all public-service desks • Enjoy curated displays and book lists • Use internet computers, as well as copiers and printers • Sign up for the Summer Library Challenge, with prizes funded by the Friends of the Library • Make a reservation for the conference room • Find a comfortable chair or table for reading or studying • Explore our local history collection • And more! We look forward to seeing you soon, virtually or in the library! THE LEARNING GROUP – ONLINE Friday, August 6, 7 to 8 p.m. Lake Oswego City Councilor Daniel Nguyen will talk to us about his family's emigration from Vietnam in 1975. Register at lopl.org. DEEPENING OUR CONNECTIONS Sunday, August 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join the Lake Oswego Library and Respond to Racism for Part 3 of our three-book summer discussion series. Here we seek to deepen our connections to one another, strengthen our understandings of African American experiences through literature, and continue the community conversation surrounding race and caste in America. We’ll be meeting via Zoom to discuss Beloved by Toni Morrison. Place a hold on this title at www. lincc.org or by calling 503-675-2540. Register at www.lopl.org. Questions? Email Reference Librarian Rachael at rhyde@lakeoswego.city. All are welcome, and previous attendance is not required. We hope to see you there! SUMMER READING CHALLENGES It’s the last month! Library users of all ages can still join a program and earn free books and other prizes just by reading, listening, exploring, and learning new things. Earn raffle tickets for our weekly edible or bookish treat drawings- and a chance for the Grand Prize gift certificate for a stay at the Oregon coast! Register at www.lopl.org, or for registration assistance, please contact us at 503-636-7628. ONLINE TRIVIA Ends August 19 It’s been a great run - our popular weekly Thursday online Trivia Night will wind up for the summer. In the meantime, join us virtually for family- friendly music and trivia. Teams encouraged! Registration required via wwl.lopl.org BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP Saturday, August 28, 10 to 11 a.m. Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world. Our August selection is Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Contact Alicia, Reference Librarian, at ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city to register or if you have questions. MUSEUM OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY We’re excited to partner with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History to bring you Take Away STEM kits. Explore a new kit each Sunday in August! This is a family program that will inspire learning and fun at home. While supplies last. One kit per family, please. 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 CouncilJamie Inglis, Parks & Recreation Kristen Kibler, JLAJudy Nelson, Parks & RecreationMadison Thesing, City Manager's OfficeGert Zoutendijk - Fire 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 There is a lot going on in Lake Oswego! From City Council meetings and special project open houses to programs, activities and entertainment - you'll find all the information you need for City events on our online community calendar: WWW.LAKEOSWEGO.CITY/CALENDAR For questions, please call the Public Information Office at 503-635-0257. NEW ROTATING & PERMANENT PUBLIC ART THE STREETS OF LAKE OSWEGO ARE CHANGING! The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is gearing up for the annual changeover of rotating pieces this month. Gallery Without Walls will welcome twelve new rotating pieces. Ben Dye, Lin McJunkin, JD Perkin, Reven Marie Swanson, Rick True, Ken Turner, and Lloyd Whannell are no strangers to the GWW program and are returning for two years with exciting new pieces. Three of these artists' pieces are part of the City’s permanent collection through the People’s Choice awards. In addition to the familiar names, the collection welcomes new artists Mary Angers, Ken McCall, Hank Nelson, Kyle Ocean, and Paul Reimer who will bring different mediums and creativity to the collection. Artists for 2021-23 span from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast! Additionally, the Gateway Sculpture will also be installed this month. It is located at Highway 43 and Terwilliger and is created by renowned artist, Ed Carpenter. Installation is slated for the week of August 16. There will be several additional projects to complete after installation and before the official ribbon cutting, including landscaping. Information about September's Gallery Without Walls celebration will be released soon. The ribbon cutting for the Gateway piece will take place in the spring of 2022. Keep checking the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s website at www.artscouncillo.org for more information and details. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is located in the new City Hall, 380 A Avenue, Suite A. To reach the Arts Council by phone, call 503-675-3738. Sunburst by artist Lloyd Whannell. Located on A Street between 3rd and 4th Street. WINNERS ANNOUNCED! STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST FOR CLEAN RIVERS The River Starts Here announced the winners of the second annual Student Video Contest in 2021. The contest unleashed the creativity and highlighted the leadership of local youth in sharing how every person can help support clean rivers and streams. On June 6, middle and high school students from throughout Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties submitted videos in one of two stormwater pollution prevention topics. Videos in the Clean Water Actions topic area share everyday actions people can take for clean water like minimizing stormwater pollution from automobiles, stopping climate impacts on salmon and waterways, and leaving no trace while enjoying the outdoors. We are proud to announce that Lakeridge High School's Pauline Petersen was the winner of the Clean Water Action Award for Active Transportation for her Mindful Maintenance video. Congratulations Pauline! You can watch Pauline's winning video, plus other 2021 winning videos, at www.youtube.com/playlist ?list=PLEYl3GchnFRZny65ZthQuYJcIIEjQ_BsM. DINE LOCAL August is Dine Local Month for restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and ice cream in Lake Oswego and West Linn. Your dining passport, available online, will be ready to print on August 1. Take your passport to a participating restaurant, get stamped, and submit your completed passport to the Lake Oswego Chamber, 525 Third Street, second floor, no later than September 7. Prize drawings on September 8. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/ DineOutLocal or contact the Chamber at 503-636-3634. CITY HALL RIBBON CUTTING EVENT MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The City will be celebrating the completion of the new City Hall and civic plaza on Tuesday, September 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, building tours, art and historic displays, music, food and more! BOOKTIQUE GRAND OPENING The BOOKtique has been selling used books, movies, and puzzles in Lake Oswego since 1991, when it was founded by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. There is now a second BOOKtique in the new City Hall building at 380 A Ave, Suite B. The official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is Saturday, August 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. The celebration with the theme of “Books Open the Door to the World” is free and open to the public. Refreshments from around the world will be served. There will also be door prizes, a Henna activity and other surprises. Travel books will be 20% off. Beginning August 24, the City Hall BOOKtique will be open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Monroe Parkway BOOKtique will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LIFE-SAVING TIPS FOR SAFE SWIMMING According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 11 people die by accidental drowning each day in the United States. For children ages 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes. Here are a few tips to help keep you and others safe while enjoying the water: • Ensure every member of your family knows how to swim. Knowing how to float, tread water and swim to safety are critical survival skills. • Never leave children unattended near water: Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to always be within arm’s length when a young child is near water. • Pick out a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) and wear it when boating or swimming in water where there is no lifeguard. • “Buddy Up”, enjoy the company of a friend. • Know the water. Swimming in a river, lake, or ocean is different from swimming in a pool. It requires more energy to handle currents and changing conditions. When first entering into any water, do it feet first. • Know how to respond to an emergency: You should know how to tell if a swimmer is in distress and how and when to call for emergency help. You should also learn how to help someone in trouble in the water while keeping safe yourself. • Keep lifesaving gear, such as a life jacket or rope, handy. Plus a first aid kit and phone. To learn the skills you need, the Red Cross offers a number of valuable courses, including swimming lessons for all ages and CPR. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class. For your safety, life jackets are available to use at the beach at George Rogers Park (www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/george-rogers-park). No lifeguard is on duty. The Lake Oswego Swim Park, located at 250 Ridgeway Road, has a limited number of U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets available. Certified lifeguards are also on duty at the Swim Park (www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/lake-oswego-swim-park).