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Blessing of the animals event set at Our Savoir's

The second blessing of the animals will take place from 8:45 to 11 am. on Oct. 7 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

The blessing — done in memory of Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of animals — has become an annual event.

Attendees are invited to bring their pets to receive a blessing from Pastor Kim Frenz. Pets of all sizes and types are welcome but they must be tethered or contained in a carrying case. Those not able to bring their pets may bring a stuffed animal as a stand-in for the blessing.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is located at 15751 Quarry Road in Lake Oswego. For more information, call 503-635-4563 or visit oursaviors.net.

Bonamici, Schrader to address women Democrats

U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader will be the guest speakers at the Willamette Women Democrats meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Oswego Lake Country Club.

Bonamici will talk about her first few months in Congress and some of her priorities, which include the economy and protecting women’s rights. In Washington, she serves on the budget committee as well as the committee on science, space and technology.

Schrader will give an overview on the latest information on the economy, campaign finance reform and the farm bill, which includes information about food stamp programs and farm subsidies. Schrader is putting his experience to work by serving on the house agriculture committee, small business committee and the House Budget Committee.

The public is invited to attend the program. Reserve a seat by Oct. 8. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 503-656-4445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kruse Way hosts economic forum

Kruse Way will host an economic forum from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Kruse Oaks Conference Center.

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler will discuss Oregon’s plan to build a strong and successful state.

The forum will discuss “Investing in Oregon’s Future.” Topics of discussion include: Making Oregon business more competitive, improving business and community capacity and cultivating a skilled workforce.

The Kruse Oaks Conference Center is located at 5300 Meadows Road in Lake Oswego. Registration is $25 and includes program materials and a continental breakfast. To RSVP, visit krusewayeconomicforum.com.

For more information, call Liz Olsen at 503-620-8900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Friends of LO Library donate $24,000

The Friends of Lake Oswego Library has given $24,000 in grants to the Lake Oswego Public Library for various programs. The First Tuesday music series was given $5,000 to bring musicians to the library for free concerts ranging from classical to jazz and pop.

The performing arts series was awarded $3,500 to provide dance, music, literary, dramatic and other presentations during daytime hours. The Third Tuesday author program was awarded $1,500 to provide the community with opportunities to meet and hear from local authors and to engage in the thoughtful discussion of books and ideas.

The Lake Oswego Reads program was awarded $8,000, which will be used to purchase 800 copies of "Running the Rift" by Naomi Benaron. The Friends estimate that 10,000 people participated in Lake Oswego Reads last year.

In addition, the group set aside $4,000 to pay for Benaron to travel to Lake Oswego and make an author presentation during February. The grant will pay her travel and speaking fee.

The Books for Babies program was awarded $340 to foster a love of books and reading at an early age and help educate parents. The program provides brightly colored bags filled with books to be distributed to families with newborns.

Also, the Children's Music & Literacy Festival received $1,000 for the first-ever event in August, 2013, and $600 was provided for the Cultural Pass program, allowing patrons to visit the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Pittock Mansion, Portland Children's Museum and the Portland Art Museum.

Visit Terrific Tuesdays at West Linn Library

The West Linn Public Library will host a family game night on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 4 to 10 and their families are invited to play book bingo and win prizes.

Children of all ages and their families are invited to make paper airplanes, Halloween masks, origami and more on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book release party will feature games, crafts, treats and prizes for children age 6 to 12 on Nov. 13. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Linn library. The event is free, however tickets are required.

West Linn entomologists Bug Chicks will teach students about spiders, insects and arthropods during an interactive program on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available starting Nov. 15.

Children ages 3 to 10 and their families are invited to play board games and do puzzles during family game night on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The West Linn Library is located at 1595 Burns St. The activities are free. For more information, call 503-656-7853 or visit westlinnoregon.gov/library.