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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Artist Mike Suri's 'Clackamas' has won this year's Peoples Choice Award.

‘Clackamas’ sculpture is the people’s choice

Artist Mike Suri’s “Clackamas” has won this year’s People’s Choice Award in a citywide vote and will now take its place as a permanent part of the nationally recognized Gallery Without Walls.

Five loaned sculptures from the gallery’s rotating exhibition were nominated by a committee comprised of city leaders, artists and local residents. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego then asked community members to pick their favorite, and the people’s choice was “Clackamas,” a sculpture made of weathering steel that is installed on Third Street between Evergreen Road and A Avenue.

Suri is now a two-time winner of the contest; in 2010, voters picked his sculpture “Sprout.”

Funds for the purchase will come from the city’s transient room tax.

Chamber fundraiser to benefit SMART

Members of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce will hold their quarterly charity fundraiser for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) on Friday with a charity raffle at The Bank of Oswego.

In addition to the raffle — a $20 donation gets participants 30 raffle tickets — the Chamber will be selling special book packs for $35 that will provide young readers with a year’s worth of books. Everyone who purchases a book pack will be entered in a drawing for a Staycation Gift Basket that includes the use of a Freeman Motors luxury car for the weekend, four tickets to OMSI, two tickets to a Lakewood Theatre performance, tickets to the Portland Thorns and some “very nice wine.”

All of the proceeds will benefit SMART, the Oregon nonprofit that provides reading support and books to thousands of children each year. The fundraising event will be part of the Chamber’s regular Friday-morning networking meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. The Bank of Oswego is located at 310 N. State St., Suite 218.

Einstein Bros. Bagels closes State Street shop

Signs posted on the door of the Einstein Bros. Bagels shop in the Oswego Village shopping center on State Street last week announced the bad news: The store would close for good at 2 p.m. on April 22.

Employees reportedly were only told about the corporate decision to close the store within the past couple of weeks. Store General Manager Noelle Drought confirmed the closure April 21, but referred all other questions to company officials.

Those officials did not respond to The Review’s emails or phone calls requesting comment. Calls to Terramar Retail Centers, the California-based owner of the shopping center, also were not returned.

— The Review