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November, 2015
What are the city, school board, and others doing about sustainability? What actions would make you proud? Help shape our vision at the CELEBRATION event!

What is being accomplished? Who are the partners, neighbors, local organizations, businesses and others who are making our community sustainable? Come and have some homemade food, listen to music and partake in our "Celebration event" on November 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Holy Names Heritage Center at Mary's Woods.

Where can I get delicious and local food during the winter? Now is the time to sign up for the Lake Oswego CSA!

When you join our local Lake Oswego CSA, you become a partner with the farmer to produce and use the freshest most responsibly grown vegetables possible.  With a CSA, you pay in advance and twice each month you stop by Luscher farm to fill your bag with freshly grown produce. It is a great opportunity for socializing and it's fun to get your food right from the barn. It looks so pretty and appetizing! For questions or to sign up, call Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation (503) 675-2549 or email or go to the website:

Six tips for having a sustainable and delicious Thanksgiving 

How did we get so lucky to end up in Lake Oswego? With its beauty, great people, wonderful stores and services, and good places in the town or surrounding area to walk, swim, and bike we certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Here are some ways to plan holiday festivities that will help us pass on our blessings to future generations by fostering a prosperous, socially and environmentally friendly future: 
  1. Eat organic -- Reduce pesticides and keep your family and our soils healthy.
  2. Find locally grown food -- Help our local farmers and eat well. You can find great vegetables at the downtown farmers market and many other places.
  3. Don't waste -- estimate how much you really need, and keep those left-overs for the next meal.  Compost any waste that you can.
  4. Feed the hungry.
  5. Avoid disposables....use real dishes and silverware.
  6. And finally....(I'm trying to talk my husband into this one) Find a local heritage turkey! Heritage turkeys are those that were originally bred for taste! Newer breeds, created for quick growth and huge amounts of breast meat can be bland...some are even filled with chemicals and salt. For a real adventure, take an excursion to a local farm and try the very best!  Let us know what you find.  Send a picture!!

Photo: Benjamin Brink / The Oregonian

Learn how to care for your Oregon White Oak!!

Do you have Oregon white oak in your yard or neighborhood? Are you interested in learning about gardening approaches that can enhance oak habitat and species? Learn more and show your interest in a free workshop series on how to naturescape with native oak: 

Upcoming outreach events:

Nov 11, 6:30pm - Milwaukie Lake Road Neighborhood Association presentation, Rowe Middle School, 3606 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie

Nov 16, 6:30pm - Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board presentation, Main Fire Station Conference Room, 300 B Avenue, Lake Oswego

Nov 18, 6:30pm - North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council presentation, location TO BE CONFIRMED

Nov 19, 7:00pm - Oregon City Rivercrest Neighborhood Association presentation, First Presbyterian Church, 1321 Linn Ave, Oregon City

Nov 23, 6:30pm - Gladstone Parks Board presentation, TO BE CONFIRMED

In This Issue

  • Calendar of upcoming events
  • Celebration event November 4th
  • Time to sign up for the winter CSA
  • Tips for a sustainable Thanksgiving
  • Oregon White Oak Workshop

Calendar of upcoming events

What:  Sustainability Network Celebration event!
When:  November 4th
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Holy Names Heritage Center at Mary's Woods, 17425 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Purpose: Hear from Dr. Heather Beck and Dr. Scott Lazenby about the schools and city plans for sustainability
Note:  Food will be served!

What: LOSD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee: Public Input Sessions
Session 1
  November 2nd
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Lake Oswego Junior High School Library
Session 2
  November 19th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Lakeridge High School
Purpose: The Long Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFPC) is developing a plan for school district facilities and operations, and a vision for teaching and learning in our schools for the next 25 years. You're invited to attend this public input session to review the committee's work and to provide your perspective and feedback.

What:  Audubon Society of Portland's Wild Arts Festival
When: November 21 & 22
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday
Where: Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughan St, Portland, OR
Purpose: Come meet and mingle with Local and Regional Artists & Authors
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