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Lake Oswego United Church of Christ

named a Leader in Sustainability

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ has been named a Leader in Sustainability by Clackamas County for its efforts to create efficiencies, foster innovation and reduce its environmental impact.

The church was awarded a Gold certification, becoming one of two dozen businesses and institutions in the county to earn the highest-level honor. Lisa Clifton, a sustainability analyst with Clackamas County Resource Conservation and Solid Waste, says the church has already received its award but will celebrate during an Earth Day service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

As part of its application process, the church wrote and approved a sustainability policy that includes environmentally preferred purchasing and procedures to properly dispose of hazardous waste. In addition, the church has installed a rain garden and bioswales to mitigate stormwater runoff, landscaped with native plants to promote wildlife habitat and conducted a waste and recycling audit.

Church members have use of a community garden and operate a transitional shelter staffed by volunteers. E-newsletters and bulletin boards are used to promote sustainable actions, and the church is taking measures to minimize water usage, Clifton said.

For more information about the Leaders in Sustainability program, go to www.clackamas.us/recycling/lis/getcertified.html.

Walk4Water9 gets underway Saturday

WaterAfrica hopes to raise $70,000 for its continuing efforts to provide fresh water for the people of Zambia when it holds its ninth-annual Walk4Water on Saturday in Lake Oswego.

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. The stroller-friendly, two-mile walk starts at 9 a.m., beginning and ending in Foothills Park. To simulate the experience of villagers in Zambia, participants will walk to the river, fill their buckets with water and then return to the starting point.

Saturday’s walk is expected to draw nearly 300 participants to an event that has helped to raise more than $1.4 million to not only provide fresh water but also to implement sustainable sanitation and hygiene programs in Zambia. From 2010 to 2014 alone, World Vision — with WaterAfrica’s help — has provided safe drinking water to 462,207 people and expects to provide clean water to more than 700,000 through 2016.

In addition to the walk, organizers promise lots of food and music. Chikondi Phiri, deputy national director for Zambia World Vision, is scheduled to attend. The cost for participants is $10 for students/children, $35 for adults or $70 for families. To register or for more information, go to www.waterafrica.org/walk4water9 or call 503 803-9207.

Foundation holding apples fundraiser

Three schools each will be holding their own Apples for Teachers fundraiser for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation.

Last year, Elizabeth Hills, fundraising captain at Lake Grove Elementary School, created the idea of families buying paper apples — $5 per apple or six apples for $20 —to hang on a tree in honor of the Foundation. Families write thank-you notes on the apples, and volunteers hang them on a paper tree outside each teacher’s room. The Foundation supports the salaries of teachers — 16 this year, spread throughout every school in the district.

Lake Grove (15777 Boones Ferry Road) and Forest Hills (1133 Andrews Road) are doing their fundraisers next week, April 25-29; the event at Oak Creek (55 Kingsgate Road) is during the week of May 2-6. To volunteer for the phonathon or to donate to the Foundation, call 503-534-2106 or visit www.losfoundation.org.

County Commission forum set for Saturday

The hamlets of Beavercreek, Mulino and Stafford will host a Clackamas County Commission forum from 9:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday, featuring the 10 candidates competing for three open seats in the May 17 primary.

The forum will be held at Athey Creek Middle School, 2900 S.W. Borland Road in Tualatin. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Tickets on sale for Historic Homes Tour

Tickets are now on sale for the Oswego Heritage Council’s Historic Homes Tour, which is scheduled from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 14.

This year’s tour will feature four private homes that were built in Lake Oswego between 1922 and 1965, public facilities at Luscher Farm and the Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University. Only 300 tickets for the tour will be sold.

Tickets are $25 for OHC members and $30 for non-members; they can be purchased online at oswegoheritage.org/historic-home-tour-1 or by visiting the Oswego Heritage House, which is located at 398 Tenth St. in Lake Oswego.

— The Review