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Ann Adrian visits with people last week at an ice cream social honoring Adrian as the new general manager of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

Adrian welcomed

Ice cream can be a great icebreaker.

Just ask Ann Adrian, the new executive director of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, who was welcomed with an ice cream social at the center on Sept. 3.

'I've been doing things to get ready here,' said Adrian, who is beginning her third week on the job. 'But it's a lot more exciting having people around.'

Spurred by the twin attractions of meeting Adrian and eating ice cream, the event attracted about 200 people.

'People are extremely welcoming here,' Adrian said. 'They are very interested in the center. They want to keep the programs we have, but they also want new, cutting edge things.'

One of those new things being planned is the new Memoaerobics program for the ACC's computer lab.

Of the program, Adrian said, 'Memory loss is not inevitable. Alzheimer's is not inevitable. Our program director Deborah Carline is working on this.'

There are lots of things to do at the ACC and lots of people who want to do them. The center has 1,400 members, but Adrian said, 'The center has a much greater outreach into this community. Sometimes they just call here with questions, like about their driver's license.'

Adrian has come to Lake Oswego after 30 years of working with senior citizens in her native Ohio. She won out over some 100 candidates for the ACC executive director position, and was praised by Kim Gilmer, director of the department of recreation for the City of Lake Oswego, as 'dynamic and creative and a good communicator.'

Candidate forum

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidates forum breakfast of the mayoral and city council candidates on Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club.

Cost of the breakfast forum is $20; call the chamber at 503-636-3634 to make a reservation.

Open house set

Westlake Family Dentistry will hold an open house next Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its new offices located at 16016 Boones Ferry Road, Suite 100 in Lake Oswego.

Owned by Brad Sievert, D.M.D., the practice specializes in dental care for the whole family and provides preventative and comprehensive dentistry. Sievert has extensive training and interest in implant dentistry.

The public is invited to stop in and tour the new facilities and learn more about the care Westlake Family Dentistry provides.

For more information call 503-636-4576.

Association meets

The Lake Forest Neighborhood Association Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the library at River Grove Elementary School, 5850 S.W. McEwan Road in Lake Oswego.

Input is sought

Clackamas County is inviting review and comment on a draft sustainability action plan for the county.

The draft and a survey can be found at http://www.clackamas.us/sustainability/taskforce.htm .

The plan was created by the county's 19-member Task Force for a Sustainable Clackamas County, which is developing a sustainability action plan and will submit its recommendations to the board of county commissioners later this year.

The task force began meeting in March, completed the draft action plan in July and will meet again Sept. 23 to review public input and prepare its final recommendations. The task force meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 pm in the Sunnybrook Service Center Auditorium, 9101 S.E. Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas.

Since July, task force members and county staff have been sharing the draft action plan with residents, businesses and others interested through county publications and meetings, and gathering feedback through a survey.

The draft action plan focuses on seven goals:

n Becoming carbon-neutral (reducing human-caused greenhouse emissions);

n Increasing the use of renewable energy;

n Encouraging environmentally friendly planning, construction, and development;

n Protecting and restoring county lands, water and air that support important natural systems and ecological functions;

n Supporting an economy of businesses that sustain and restore natural, economic and social systems;

n Creating, revitalizing and sustaining healthy communities;

n Creating a mechanism to implement this plan, remove barriers and create incentives.

People are welcome to review and comment on the entire draft plan or portions of it. The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, Sept.17. For more information, go to www.clackamas.us/sustainability/ or call 503-557-6363.

For more information, contact Clackamas County Sustainability Supervisor Susan Ziolko at 503-353-4455.

10-hour days

Clackamas County Commissioners have approved an alternate work week for most county employees.

The pilot project comes in response to rising energy costs and underscores the county's commitment to energy sustainability.

The plan calls for implementing 10-hour workdays from Monday to Thursday in most county departments. Approximately 1,210 employees would be affected. The new schedule will not extend to emergency service providers. Those agencies will maintain their existing schedules. It will also exclude county agencies that are governed by state statute.

The revised work week is expected to lower fuel and energy costs and reduce the county's carbon footprint by eliminating one-day per-week of commuting for employees. The revised schedule allows for county offices to maintain longer operating hours for the public's convenience. Those hours will typically extend from 7 am to 6 p.m.

'We're excited about implementing this new initiative.