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Kenya Keys to celebrate 10th anniversary

Kenya Keys, a Lake Oswego-based nonprofit organization that supports educational opportunities for people in the rural villages of Kenya, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an outdoor concert on Saturday.

The celebration is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the home of Greg and Pam Vislocky, 17860 Crestline Drive in Lake Oswego.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature African food, entertainment, information booths, children’s activities, a brief program and an opportunity to meet Samson Charo. Raised in a mud hut in a Kenyan village, Charo is now a university graduate, thanks to sponsorship by Kenya Keys.

Kenya Keys was founded by Lake Oswego resident Rinda Hayes. The organization provides meaningful ways for people to have an impact on the lives of children in Kenya.

Reservations for Saturday’s celebration are suggested; RSVP by calling 503-638-7774.

Pets to parade through Millennium Plaza Park

Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and even stuffed animals are invited to strut their stuff, flick their tails or hold their wet noses high Sept. 20, when Betsy’s Pet Parade turns Millennium Plaza Park into a furry, feathered festival of fun.

Betsy Reis, who launched Lake Oswego’s first professional pet-sitting service 25 years ago, says the event will feature a variety of activities for pets and their two-legged friends. It’s scheduled from 12:30-4 p.m., and admission is free.

Pet registration opens at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., pets will parade for a panel of judges that includes LO Police Chief Don Johnson, Fire Battalion Chief David Morris, JH2 Design owner John Hanan, Lynn Brokaw of Hasson Company Realtors and Gary Stein, editor of The Review. Awards will be handed out for the Best Dressed, Most Unique and Most Entertaining pets.

There’ll be plenty to do and plenty to eat, and it will all be set to music — Mariachi Viva Mexico will perform from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Education Town Hall set for Oct. 8

State Rep. Ann Lininger, County Commissioner Martha Schrader, City Councilor Joe Buck, School Board member John Wallin and ESD Board member Linda Brown will co-host a Town Hall early next month to discuss education and other issues.

The community gathering is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. It will be held at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave.

Coming up on the Wizer Block

Through Sept. 18: Removal of hazardous materials from the existing shopping center is scheduled to continue for the next couple of weeks.

Sept. 14-21: The project’s construction office is expected to open sometime this week at a new location closer to the Wizer Block — 457 Second St. Questions regarding the project site can still be directed to Dan Armstrong at 503-937-9117; questions about construction should go to Matt Baker at the same number.

Sept. 21 (tentative): Air sampling results from abatement work are expected to be posted.

Sept. 21 (tentative): The project team expects its demolition permit to be issued “on or about” this date.

­­— The Review