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Lalami to speak at LO Library

Moraccan-born Laila Lalami, now of Portland, will be the featured author at Lake Oswego Library's Third Tuesday Author Program at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lalami's first novel, 'Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits,' is about four Moroccans who cross the Straits of Gibraltar on a lifeboat in order to immigrate to Spain. This book is the first work of Moroccan fiction to be published in English.

Her work has appeared in a number of newspapers, and she is the editor of the literary blog Moorishgirl.com.

Admission to the event is free. The library is located at 706 4th Street. For more information, call 503-675-3995.

Harmonica Whiz Comes to LO

Named the 'finest blues harmonica player alive' by Time Out London, Charlie Musselwhite (above center) and his band are coming to Lake Oswego Saturday to play at 8 p.m. during the grand opening celebration at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive, on the Willamette River. As part of his U.S. new release tour, he will be playing songs from his latest album, Delta Hardware. Musselwhite, a Mississippi native raised in Tennessee, now lives in Sonoma County, Ca., and has toured with Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals and performed with Tom Waits. At 6 p.m., local drummer Ron Steen and the New Orleans Horns will perform at the same location. The evening will end with fireworks at 9:15.

'Art in the Plaza' to feature locals

Every Sunday through July 30 and beginning again Aug. 13 through Aug. 30, there will be as many as 40 people exhibiting their oils, watercolors, silk and acrylic, photography, glass, jewelry and fabric textile designs, both for visual enjoyment.

'Sunday Art in the Plaza,' which takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park at 1st and Evergreen streets, is co-sponsored by the city of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts.

Also taking place Sunday evenings are the Moonlight and Music concerts from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For information on Sunday Art in the Plaza, visit the Foundation Web site at www.lofa.org or call 503-675-3738.

Tours of McLean House offered

A 'Garden Tour and Stained Glass Art Show' will benefit the McLean House and Park Restoration and Upkeep efforts.

Participants will be able to tour the historic McLean House and six private River Street gardens on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Ameriprise Financial, 1594 Holly Street, and at Dragonfly Greetings and Gifts, 21150 Salamo Road. For more information, call 503-655-4268.

Art project grants available

The Regional Arts and Culture Council invites individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties to apply for Project Grants for a specific art project or event taking place in 2007.

Through competitive grants programs, RACC seeks to enhance and enrich artistic activity throughout the Portland region by supporting talented artists and creative projects generated by organizations and schools. These Project Grants provide financial support to individual artists and organizations that offer a specific art presentation, exhibit or creation of work available to the public.

RACC offers funding for Project Grants in the following three categories: Artistic Focus, Neighborhood Arts and Arts in the Schools (K-12).

Visit the RACC Web site at www.racc.org for more details on eligibility and forms. RACC advises applicants to read the guidelines carefully to learn about the new Intent to Apply requirements as well as changes to submitting your application and supplementary materials. Deadline for the Intent to Apply is 5 p.m. on August 14. Deadline for electronic Project Grant application is August 21 by 5 p.m.