Council agenda, holiday events, charitable drives

TREE LIGHTING — The city’s annual tree-lighting event will take place Friday. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at Bigelow Plaza, at Fifth Street and A Avenue, with the lighting of the tree, which will be followed by a parade down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park, where there will be live music and other festivities.

MORE HOLIDAY EVENTS — Horse-drawn carriage rides will travel through the First Addition neighborhood and downtown Lake Oswego from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. The rides will begin at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

CITY COUNCIL — The city council is tentatively scheduled to meet for an executive session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a regular meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes photo contest awards, approval of a ballot title and statement for a road-widening measure in a March special election and continued deliberations on a draft update of the city’s comprehensive plan. The meeting will be held at city hall, 380 A Ave.

CITY BOARDS — The city is looking for someone to serve on the Lake Oswego Historic Resources Advisory Board and Library Advisory Board. Applications are due Saturday for HRAB and Dec. 15 for the library board. To apply, go to

CHARITABLE DONATIONS — The city has multiple charitable drives up and running ahead of the holiday season.

Residents can pick up stockings to pack with basic household items and special gifts for the annual “Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart” drive from city hall, 380 A Ave. The donations go to agencies supporting Clackamas County families. The deadline to return filled stockings is 5 p.m. Dec. 9 this year.

Donations of nonperishable food are always accepted at city hall. In addition, new children’s coats are being collected at city hall, and both coats and toys are being gathered at the Lake Oswego Adult Collection Center, 505 G Ave., to support Hope Community Church’s annual drive. For more information, call 503-635-0257.

FINANCES — The city recently received information from Clackamas County showing better-than-expected figures for the property tax levy. The tax level for general government property taxes reflected an increase in assessed value of 3 percent and growth of almost 0.5 percent, according to the city. In addition, the tax levy for the city’s downtown urban renewal district was better than the city budgeted for.

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