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City will host Veterans Day event

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Yellow ribbons tied around trees in downtown Lake oswego and along Lower Boones Ferry Road are a tribute to veterans ands a reminder that Lake Oswego will host a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11.Wondering about all those yellow ribbons decorating trees in downtown Lake Oswego and along Lower Boones Ferry Road?

The city’s Parks & Recreation staff placed the ribbons last week as a tribute to veterans and community members who are still serving in the military. The ribbons are also a reminder that the city will host the second-annual “Honor Their Service” tribute to veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at City Hall (380 A Ave.).

The tribute is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and will include inspirational speakers, musical entertainment, a Presentation of Colors and flag-folding ceremony by the Lake Oswego Honor Guard and a variety of information booths. Patriot Guard Riders will parade to City Hall and present American flags at both entrances.

All veterans and current military are invited to the event, where attendees will have an opportunity to write a thank-you note to let deployed soldiers know that they have the gratitude of a grateful community.

“Honor Their Service” is a free event; no registration required.

Fill a stocking to create holiday joy

Lake Oswego citizens can help make this a merrier Christmas season for people in need thanks to the “Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart” program.

Lake Oswego became part of the program six years ago, and each year the city has increased the number of stockings it distributes during the holiday season. “Every year, we’ve had at least a hundred stockings filled and returned,” says Diana Smith-Bouwer, the city’s citizen information coordinator.

Lake Oswego is one of many cities participating in “Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart,” which was started in 1997 by the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. More than 3,000 stockings were handmade by volunteers this year, and they’ll be distributed by 20 different agencies throughout Clackamas County.

In Lake Oswego, the stockings are available on the first floor of City Hall at 380 A Ave. They can be filled with a wide variety of items, starting with necessities like soap, shampoo, toothpaste or deodorant. Then stocking fillers can get creative by adding everything from hats, gloves, socks and scarves to age-appropriate toys and books. Smith-Bouwer says this year, the city is also collecting gently used coats, blankets, new toys, food and basic household items.

The deadline for returning the stockings to City Hall is Dec. 11. Coats, blankets, food and basic household items can be delivered all the way through the month of December.

For more information, go to www.fillastocking.org or call Smith-Bouwer at 503-635-0257.

— The Review