Local News Briefs


Meals on Wheels fundraiser starts Sunday

The Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program will hold its month-long Fall Harvest Fundraiser beginning Sunday. It will last through Oct. 28 at the New Season’s Market in Lake Oswego.

This is the major fundraising event for Meals on Wheels, which serves hundreds of senior citizens in Lake Oswego. Besides providing nutritious meals, the program provides social interaction for many elderly and disabled people who are isolated.

“Nothing says community like this event,” said Shelle Winkler, new co-chair of the Lake Oswego Meal Network Advisory Board.

Winkler said the board is excited that several members of the Lake Oswego City Council will be helping out on this year’s fundraiser. They include Mayor Jack Hoffman, councilor Mike Kehoe and his wife and councilor Bill Tierney.

New Season’s Market is located at 3 Monroe Parkway in Lake Oswego.

Kid-friendly WaterAfrica program offered Sunday

An unique program will be held on WaterAfrica on Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.

The program will describe some totally new features of World Vision’s water, sanitation and hygiene project in Zambia as observed by WaterAfrica founders Bill and Diane Savage this past July.

These include a sample latrine, tip-tap (hand washing station), bathing shelter, dish rack, rubbish pit, and water carrying station.

“Our intent is to make this very kid-friendly, but we think that children of all ages will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of sanitation problems and solutions worldwide,” Diane Savage said.

The Savages will also present a video and tell stories of a project that has improved the lives of thousands of Zambians over the past few years.

Lake Grove Presbyterian is located at 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego.

Learn about the state of Tryon Creek watershed

The Tryon Creek Watershed Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Tryon Creek and other partners will host an informational session at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 that will provide progress reports on the status of fish, water quality, habitat and restoration projects in the Tryon Creek watershed.

The goal is to raise awareness about efforts being made to improve conditions in the watershed. The event takes place at the park at 11321 S. W. Terwilliger Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

Tryon Creek is unique as an urban watershed as it is protected by Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

The area has had minimal industrial or manufacturing impact. The natural area is a state-owned 675-acre parcel saved from development by the Friends of Tryon Creek. The area was purchased by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and turned into Oregon’s only urban state park.

The lower-most portion of Tryon Creek — which flows through public land owned by Lake Oswego and Portland — is bisected by a 400-foot culvert, which remains the biggest obstacle to fully restoring the creek to its more natural condition.

Clackamas County Social Services to host forum

The Social Services Division of Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services will host a candidates forum Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The Abernethy Center is located at 606 15th St.

At this event, Clackamas County state legislative candidates will come together for a bipartisan conversation about issues impacting the community and residents. Interactive roundtable discussions will take place on the following topics:

  • People living in poverty and homelessness;
  • People with developmental disabilities and physical disabilities;
  • People with mental health and addictions issues;
  • Children, youth and families;
  • Seniors; and
  • Veterans.
  • This event provides an opportunity for members of the public to have in-depth discussions with candidates on issues that affect them directly. Candidates will have the opportunity to give first-hand feedback on these issues at the conclusion of the event.

    For more information, contact Brenda Durbin, director of Clackamas County Social Services, at 503-655-8641 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..