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August 2023 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR What's Inside For information about the City and its services, go to www.lakeoswego.city or call 503-635-0257. O . O L .Hello Au g u s t 2 0 2 3 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO • Prepare for Wildfires • Blue Heron Sewer & Storm Project • Urban Foraging Guidelines • Tree Identification Workshop • Help shape the future of Parks & Recreation • I-205 Ramp Closures • Rats! • Metro Local Share Project • LO Recreation & Aquatics Center Update • Rassekh Park & Skatepark Update • Rover Pop-Up Library • Social Emotional Arts Workshop • Library - End of Summer Party • Community Calendar • Free Community Events • Car & Boat Show • BOOKtique Sidewalk Sale • Dining Passport • Exhibit: Another Word for Memory Insert • Library Visioning PARKS PROJECT UPDATES THE COMMUNITY’S VISION IS TAKING PLACE! Thanks in part to a 2019 bond, there is a lot of progress with Parks & Recreation projects around town. We continue to cultivate an exceptional quality of life for everyone in our community with programs and new facilities that are welcoming to everyone and all abilities. Here’s an update on some of projects: LAKE OSWEGO RECREATION & AQUATICS CENTER (LORAC) The intergovernmental project between the City and the Lake Oswego School District to build a recreation and aquatics center continues to progress. The excavation of the pools has begun, and the footprint of the building is now outlined with subgrade prep and trenching. Check out this aerial photo showing work on the pool site. The project’s expected completion is in the late fall of 2024. For more information, visit the webpage at www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/recreation-and- aquatics-center RASSEKH PARK & SKATEPARK The Rassekh Park project received the green light from City Council to move forward with the first phase of development. Work has begun and is expected to be completed in early summer 2024. Phase I includes: serving the site with public utilities, including water, sewer, stormwater, and electricity; public right-of-way improvements along Stafford Road (street trees, street lights, Continued on page 3 MAYOR'S ROUNDTABLE THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 FROM 5:30 TO 7 P.M. The Mayor’s Roundtable is a quarterly community forum to hear directly from the Mayor and Council members on top issues or goals of the community. This is a great opportunity to share your questions, thoughts, and ideas with your local elected officials in a conversational style. Please join us on Thursday, August 24, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 380 A Avenue, to discuss this month’s topic: Emergency Management. Contact Kim Vermillion with the City Manager’s Office at 503- 675-3984 or kvermillion@lakeoswego.city with any questions or go to: www.lakeoswego.city/citycouncil/ mayor-bucks-community-roundtable-6. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR MARK YOUR CALENDAR - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 5:30-7:30 P.M. Stop by the family-friendly Emergency Preparedness Fair at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue), to learn what you can do to prepare for an earthquake, flood, winter storm, or other disaster. Learn about emergency radios, pet preparedness, water storage and emergency food options, emergency supply kits, portable sanitation, how to fill a sand bag, wildfire home assessments and more! You will also get to meet one of our K9’s, learn Hands-Only CPR, pick up a 3-gallon water container (while supplies last), and, for kids, participate in our Fire Safety Obstacle Course. Plus, get an up-close look at vehicles you see every day in the community - a fire truck, police vehicles, street sweeper and mobile water treatment trailer. Read more about the Emergency Preparedness Fair at www.lakeoswego.city/ EmergencyManagement PAVEMENT REHABILITATION WORK TAKING PLACE THIS SUMMER In August and September, the City will be paving several streets in Lake Oswego. Paving may include extensive repair areas, grinding existing pavement, and a new overlay or pavement of the driving lanes. Portions of B Avenue, E Avenue, Briarwood Road, Boones Ferry Road, Rosewood Street and Touchstone will be paved. You may see roads with lane closures or flagged one-way traffic; some may even have 24/7 full road closures with detours for everyone’s safety. Work zones may be active during the day or night. To view a list of streets or more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/pavement or email pavement@ lakeoswego.city. PHOTO CONTEST SHARE YOUR PHOTOS BY 5 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Enter your best images in the 15th annual City of Lake Oswego Photo Contest for a chance to win! In each category, 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/PhotoContest for contest details and to submit photos online. 2 Trudy Corrigan City Councilor tcorrigan@lakeoswego.city Massene Mboup City Councilor mmboup@lakeoswego.city Ali Afghan City Councilor aafghan@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilor arapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilor rverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilor jwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayor jbuck@lakeoswego.city City CounCil 503-635-0215 City Manager Martha Bennett 503-635-0215 BLUE HERON SEWER AND STORM PROJECT CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY This summer through fall, the City is replacing and rehabilitating the Blue Heron sewer line and Blue Heron stormwater culvert in the Blue Heron neighborhood. Construction will be taking place in phases. Phase 1 involves work taking place on Cardinal Drive and several side streets. In addition, work will also be taking place at the intersection of Blue Heron Road and South Shore Blvd on a storm culvert project. Plan for extra time in these areas as lane closures will be in place during work hours. Phase 2 involves sewer rehabilitation work taking place in the Blue Heron Canal itself. Work in the canal is expected to take place during the Lake Corp’s planned drawdown, in fall 2023. For more information, go to lakeoswego.city/engineering/ blue-heron-sewer-rehabilitation-project. RATS! Rats may be seen more this time of year. Did you know that rats are attracted to places where they can easily access food? This includes residential property that has improperly stored garbage, fallen fruit from trees or unharvested produce from gardens, pet food, food waste in compost bins, grass seed and chicken feed. Bird feeders, while providing many hours of enjoyment for people who love to watch birds, are also a great source of food for rats. If you feed birds expect to see increased rat numbers around your home. Tips to deter rats from your bird feeder: • The best way to control rats is to get rid of their food. • Place feeders four feet off of the ground and 8 feet out and away from any branches, fences, or other objects that rats may use to jump on to feeders. • Use a “squirrel proof” feeder with a tray and a baffle that will prevent seed from spilling on the ground. • Do not overfill the bird feeder with seed. Fill it with the minimum amount of seed that the birds might completely consume in a day. • Do not leave any bird seed in feeders overnight. That is when rats are most active. • Use a seed blend for the types of birds you are feeding. Seed blends that contain a lot of filler seeds and grains (millett, milo or sorghum) tend to end up on the ground where it attracts rats. In addition, don’t let your yard be a nesting zone for rodents. Keep bushes and trees trimmed and get rid of clutter. Rats will nest in: • Outdoor piles of garbage and junk • Under wood piles or lumber - stack wood piles 18 inches off the ground • Overgrown blackberry bushes, shrubs, vines and tall grasses Multnomah County Vector Control has more great tips on how to get rid of rodents: www.multco.us/health/staying-healthy/pest- prevention-and-control/rats. The City Municipal Code does not address rodents, only the improper storage of food waste. If a business (restaurant, feed store, grocery store, etc.) is improperly storing garbage, food scraps, or other items likely to be consumed by rodents, the City’s Code Enforcement Officer will investigate a complaint. If you have evidence that rats are coming from your neighbor’s property, consider talking to your neighbor or property owner. If you have a bad infestation, you may need to contact a pest professional. For tips on hiring a rodent control professional, visit www.epa.gov/rodenticides/ tips-hiring-rodent-control- professional. PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES With the dry summer season upon us and drought conditions in much of the state, the threat of wildfires continues. Remember, you can help prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home. Create defensible space around your home by removing dry leaves, dead brush, debris, and pine needles from yards and gutters. Trim trees away from homes, barns, and sheds, and place screens over open vents on homes. These tasks reduce the fuels that enable wildfires to spread and give firefighters more time to slow the blaze. For more information on wildfire risk prevention and to sign up for an assessment of your home, visit www. lakeoswego.city/fire/wildfire-risk-prevention. To learn about evacuation levels, sign up for public alerts, and get additional preparedness tips, go to www.clackamas.us/wildfires. URBAN FORAGING SAFETY GUIDELINES Enjoy picking blackberries or hunting for the perfect mushroom while taking your evening stroll? Whatever edible plant you may be seeking, here are a couple of things to keep in mind: KNOW THE LOCATION Don’t harvest in areas that may have pollutants or contaminants, such as: • Areas along sidewalks (from dog poo) • Roadsides (from car exhaust) • Railroad tracks (from herbicides sprayed to clear tracks as well as hazardous items carried by train cars) • Lawns or golf courses (from chemical pesticides) • Sites where an old home/building was demolished (from lead paint) • Industrial sites (from hazardous waste or leaks) KNOW WHAT’S SAFE TO EAT Not all plants are safe for human consumption, and eating the wrong plant (or the wrong part of an otherwise-safe plant) can result in illness or even death. Always be absolutely sure what you’re picking is edible, safe, and in season. TREE IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 10 A.M. TO 12 P.M. At this workshop, you will identify and discuss common native and invasive tree species with ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Todd Prager on a neighborhood walking tour. Todd will explain common terms, concepts, and techniques used in tree identification, and help you become familiar with how to identify a tree by looking at leaves, fruit, bark, twigs, and form. Meet at George Rogers Park (near the Iron Furnace), 611 S. State Street. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited to 30 participants. Visit www.lakeoswego.city/formslf/ PlanningWorkshops or call 503-635-0290 for free registration. AIR QUALITY During wildfire season, smoke levels and air quality can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current air quality conditions on: • Oregon Smoke Information Blog www.oregonsmoke.org • DEQ’s Air Quality Index https://aqi.oregon.gov • OregonAIR app www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/pages/aqi.aspx Protect yourself and your family when smoke levels are high: stay inside if possible; avoid strenuous outdoor activity; and use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. I-205 RAMP CLOSURES Ongoing work related to the I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project will result in two closures. The information below summarizes the closures and associated detours. For more information, visit www.i205corridor.org. CLOSURE #1: THROUGH 5 A.M. AUGUST 28 The elevated on-ramp from northbound OR 43 to northbound I-205 in West Linn will be closed to allow crews to finish construction on a new roundabout. Between July 21 and August 28, traffic accessing northbound I-205 from OR 43 will use a signed detour via southbound I-205 to exit 6 (10th Street) to enter northbound I-205. After August 28, access to northbound I-205 occurs via a new roundabout. CLOSURE #2: 10 P.M. AUGUST - 5 A.M. AUGUST 28 I-205 northbound exit 8 in West Linn closes, along with OR 43 between Willamette Falls Drive and the southbound I-205 ramps in West Linn. During this time, vehicles accessing southbound OR 43 will use a signed detour via exit 9 (McLoughlin Blvd) to southbound OR 43 in Oregon City. Vehicles accessing northbound OR 43 will use a signed detour to exit 9 (McLoughlin Blvd.), travel under I-205, then use southbound I-205 to access northbound OR 43 via southbound exit 8. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswego.city/library or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Y our C ommunit Y r esour C e for i nformation and e nri C hmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Mailing: PO Box 369 For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation programs, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parks or call 503-675-2549. etc.); reconstruction and widening of the multi-use path along the west side of Stafford Road; construction of the new park access road from Atherton Drive and a portion of the parking lot; the public restroom building; and the 10,000-square foot skatepark at the north end of the park (planned to be constructed through a separate contract with California Skateparks). This phased development approach does not constitute a change to the overall design for Rassekh Park, which was approved in August 2022. Instead, this first development phase is intended to construct necessary site utilities and infrastructure that set the stage for future full build-out while providing park features to the community in the interim. The City is committed to completing the full build-out and is working to develop a funding strategy to build the next phase as soon as possible. Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation recognizes and appreciates the many voices and community interest groups who had input into Rassekh Park’s design. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/rassekh-park. METRO LOCAL SHARE PROJECT Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation has access to $2,083,297 in funding for local parks and nature projects from the Metro regional government’s Local Share program. We are asking the community to weigh in and help us prioritize the list of projects that meet the program. To learn more about the projects and take the online survey, scan the QR code or visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/local-share-metro-parks-and-nature-bond. THE ROVER POP-UP LIBRARY IS HERE! Rover will be at the Lakeridge Middle School on the August 3 and 17 (Thursdays) from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., and at Westlake Park on August 8 and 22 (Tuesdays) from 4-7 p.m. Visit Rover to browse and check out popular books for all ages, and connect with the library’s digital resources. We hope to see you there! To learn more, visit www.lopl.org/rover or call us at 503-675-2540. FIND YOUR VOICE MEMOIR WORKSHOP Wednesday, August 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join author Carolyn Wood for a three-hour writing workshop designed to encourage and assist you in telling/writing your stories. Carolyn Wood gained fame as a 1960 Olympic gold medalist in swimming, and is the author of the award-winning book, Tough Girl. Please bring your writing tools: pen, pencil, pad and paper along with your willingness to write. Workshop is limited to twelve and registration is required. Please contact Librarian Alicia at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city to register or if you have any questions. CRAFT NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY! STENCIL A STATEMENT TOTE Tuesday, August 15, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will join librarian Alicia and together watch video segments from Creativebug's Lesley Ware, who will teach you how to stencil a favorite quotation on a tote bag and customize the look. This free program is for ages 13+ and all materials are provided; or feel free to bring your own colorful materials. Registration is required, and limited to 10. Please contact librarian Alicia by email at ayokoyama@ lakeoswego.city or by phone at 503-534-4228 to register. SOCIAL EMOTIONAL ARTS WORKSHOP Saturday, August 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join us for a Social Emotional Arts(SEA) Workshop with Valerie Ilustre, M.A. Social Emotional Arts help us identify, understand and express our emotions while they relieve stress and build community. During the 90-minute workshop you will get an overview of SEA and participate in several easy and enjoyable art exercises. The workshop is limited to ten participants and registration is required. If you have questions, please contact Librarian Todd at 503-675-2535 or tfeinman@lakeoswego.city. BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP – TWO OPTIONS! Saturday, August 26, 10 to 11 a.m. (online) Thursday, August 31, 6 to 7 p.m. (in-person) 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 Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Contact Librarian Alicia at ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city to register, or if you have questions. CAMP LOPL Join your library friends at Rossman Park - just down the block from the Library, 555 Fourth Street. FIELD DAY FUN! Wednesday, August 9, 2 to 3 p.m. What's your thing - cooperative or competitive games? We'll have both! Wear something comfortable with plenty of room to move your body! END OF SUMMER PARTY Wednesday, August 16, 2 to 3 p.m. It's time to celebrate a summer of reading, exploring, and learning! With a FREE musical performance by the fun performance group Red Yarn, as well real-time creations by the amazing professional balloon artist, "Not Your Average" Joe Mishkin. Snacks too. HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PARKS & RECREATION IN LAKE OSWEGO! The Parks & Recreation Department seeks volunteers to serve on the Community Advisory Committee for the Parks Plan 2040 project. Parks Plan 2040 is a long-range comprehensive system plan that will guide how the City provides parks, recreation opportunities, natural areas, and human services to the Lake Oswego community through 2040. Community Advisory Committee members will meet up to seven times over the next 18 months to provide input and advise the project team on key deliverables such as goals, needs, future projects, and implementation strategies. The application form is available at www.lakeoswego.city/parks- plan-2040. Applications will open on August 1, at 9 a.m. and close on August 31, at 5 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Kyra Haggart at khaggart@ lakeoswego.city or 503-697-6576. PARKS PROJECT UPDATES Continued from page 1 LO MOW - FOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITY The Adult Community Center is putting together 150 Emergency Food Boxes for Lake Oswego's Meals on Wheels participants. Please consider donating food items for our most vulnerable citizens. For more information, go to www.lakeoswego.city/acc /emergency-food-boxes-needed. LO Meals on Wheels provides healthy meals, a helping hand, and a link to the community for homebound seniors and disabled adults. 44 Contributing writers: Nell Diamond, Library Morgan Holen, City Arborist Katy Kerklaan, Engineering Robin Krakauer, Parks & Recreation Mary Kay Larson, LO School District Wendy Riley, Arts Council Madison Thesing, City Manager's Office Kim Vermillion, City Manager's Office 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. For information about the City and its services, go to www.lakeoswego.city or call 503-635-0257. The City of Lake Oswego fosters a welcoming and inclusive community where all people have the oppor-tunity to thrive and have equitable access to City services. 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August 1 Tuesday • National Night Out • City Council Meeting, 3pm • First Tuesday Music: McAllister Keller Duo, Library, 5:30pm 2 Wednesday • Summer Concert Jackson Michelson - Westlake Park, 6:30-8:30pm 3 Thursday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm • Rover Pop-Up Library, Lakeridge Middle School, 10am • Movies in the Park - Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Foothills Park, 7pm 4 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm 5 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 6 Sunday • Mbrascatu - Sunday Concert Series, 6pm 7 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 8 Tuesday • Rover Pop-Up Library, Westlake Park, 4pm 9 Wednesday • Summer Concert Jennifer Batten & Full Steam - Westlake Park, 6:30pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm 10 Thursday 11 Friday 12 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm • BOOKtique Sale, Monroe Pkwy • Tree Identification Workshop,10am 13 Sunday 14 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday • Summer Concert Rockit Radio - Westlake Park, 6:30-8:30pm 17 Thursday • Rover Pop-Up Library, Lakeridge Middle School, 10am 18 Friday 19 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm • Social Emotional Arts Workshop, Library, 2pm • Wine & Cheese & Print Studio Tour, 3:30pm • Portland Festival Symphony, 6pm 20 Sunday • Reb & the Good News - Sunday Concert Series, 6pm 21 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 22 Tuesday • Rover Pop-Up Library, Westlake Park, 4pm 23 Wednesday • Summer Concert Taken By The Sky - Westlake Park, 6:30-8:30pm 24 Thursday • Mayor Buck's Community Roundtable, 5:30pm 25 Friday 26 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 27 Sunday • Car & Boat Show, 9am-3pm 28 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday • Summer Concert Foreverland - Westlake Park, 6:30-8:30pm 31 Thursday September 1 Friday 2 Saturday • Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-1:30pm 3 Sunday 4 Monday • Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 5 Tuesday • City Council Meeting, 5:30pm Event dates are subject to change. More details are available online at: www.lakeoswego.city/calendar For more information, call 503-675-3992. COLLECTOR CAR & CLASSIC BOAT SHOW SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. Please join us for the Oswego Heritage Council’s 22nd annual Collector Car & Classic Boat Show! Enjoy a stunning collection of over two hundred collector cars and motorcycles at George Rogers Park and over 25 classic boats at Sundeleaf Plaza. Be sure to visit both parks to see the full display of cars and boats! This show is exceptional because it’s not a strictly judged show but rather a fun and unique event for families and enthusiasts. Breakfast and lunch options provided by the Lake Oswego Lions Club at George Rogers Park. Award ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. For more information on the Oswego Heritage Council and how to visit or participate in the Collector Car & Classic Boat Show, visit www.oswegoheritage.org. BOOKtique ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE Stop by the BOOKtique's 4 Monroe Pkwy. location from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, for their annual sidewalk sale! You'll find: The BOOKtique has been selling used books, movies, and music in Lake Oswego since 1991, when it was founded by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. Funds raised support programs of the Library including Lake Oswego Reads, Summer Reading, and many more. The BOOKtique is operated by dedicated volunteers. For more information, visit TheBOOKtique.org or call 503-534-5758. • $1 book tables • $0.50 mass market paperbacks • Big discounts on CDs, audiobooks • Door prizes • Light refreshments • Children's storytime/crafting activities DINING PASSPORT It’s time to #eatlocal! Wander Willamette’s Dining Passport for Lake Oswego and West Linn is back for its third year. Discover vibrant culinary offerings, distinctive drinks, and decedent desserts as you #wanderwillamette with us. Sign up today at www.wanderwillamette.com/dining-passport-2023 and let’s #eatlocal for a big impact! ANOTHER WORD FOR MEMORY ARTSPACE EXHIBITION The exhibition, Another Word for Memory, will be on view in the ARTspace Gallery now until August 11. The exhibition features Ruth Ross and Brenda Whitehill Schlenker, whose practices use mixed media, photography, and textiles to create a dialogue with aging, family, and memory. Working across media, Ross finds inspiration in found objects, fabric, painting, printmaking, and photography to address the mysteries and memories of her family. Whitehill Schlenker’s macro photographs intimately capture how marks on the body are invitations to memory and story. ARTspace Gallery, located at 380 A Avenue, Suite A, in Lake Oswego, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find more information on all the programming and events offered by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego at artscouncillo.org. FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS Summer continues heating up, and now is the time to take in the many great free events the City offers the community. Here is a quick rundown for August: Don’t forget to bring your blankets and low sand chairs! We look forward to dancing the night away and catching a flick in the park! Visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/ community-events for more information. SUMMER OF MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Sunday Concerts – Millennium Plaza Park, 6-7:30 p.m. August 6 - Mbrascatu August 20 - Reb & the Good News Wednesday Concerts – Westlake Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 2 - Jackson Michelson August 9 - Jennifer Batten & Full Steam August 16 - Rockit Radio August 23 - Taken by the Sky August 30 - Foreverland Special Concert Series – Foothills Park, 6-8 p.m. August 19 - Portland Festival Symphony MOVIES IN THE PARK Foothills Park (starting at dusk) August 3 - Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Community Calendar