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Art Throb to feature a Roaring ’20s theme

Tickets are on sale now for “Art Throb,” the romantic fundraising gala for the Arts Council of Lake Oswego that will feature music, food, silent and live auctions and more in support of a jazzy Roaring ’20s theme.

The second-annual event is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Hawthorne Room on the Marylhurst University campus. Tickets are $100 each until Jan. 15, when they increase to $125 per person.

Funds raised at the event will support the Arts Council’s initiative to expand its K-12 arts education program, which includes interactive, docent-led tours of the Gallery Without Walls; an Art Literacy partnership with schools in Lake Oswego and surrounding districts; and exhibitions and workshops at the 510 Museum and ARTspace.

Proceeds also will go toward a major restoration of “Lotus Tower,” a Gallery Without Walls sculpture that has been damaged by the elements over the years. Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly, whose stainless steel sculpture “Angkor I” was acquired through a grassroots fundraising effort and is now on permanent exhibit in Millennium Plaza Park, will be the guest of honor.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.artscouncillo.org.

This week on the Wizer Block

  • Auger rigs and cranes used to place temporary piles were removed from the project site last week. Up next: excavation. Trucks will begin hauling away dirt this week as crews dig out another 20-25 feet.

  • A reader asks: When pouring the concrete pilings to support the new mixed-use development, was any thought or design made for the eventuality of an earthquake? Lake Oswego is on a fault line. Is there planning for that in new structure?

    Here’s the answer from the developer: “The piles are for a temporary shoring system holding back the dirt, etc., until the underground levels and walls of the building are constructed.

    “The permanent building is being designed by Froelich Engineers to current, modern codes — the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code. This code adopts the latest national standards on seismic design and is used in all high-seismic areas of the U.S., including the one in which we are located.

    “Modern codes have continuously increased the level of sophistication for structural design, especially in Oregon. Before the 1980s, limited seismic analysis was required as earthquakes were not considered a significant risk here. Seismologists have since realized that a significant seismic event is estimated to occur in our location every 300-500 years. Since then, our codes have more than doubled and the complexity of seismic design and detailing have greatly increased. A building built in Oregon after 1994, and certainly in 2015, is much more resilient than anything built before 1980 in this state.”

    — The Review