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State fiddle champion to play at Blast Burger

SUBMITTED PHOTO: STERLING IMAGEWORKS - Aarun Carter and JT Trawick will perform Friday at Blast Burger. She's the reigning Oregon State Fiddle Champion.Oregon State Fiddle Champion Aarun Carter will perform with her duo, Aarun & Jonathan, in Lake Oswego on Friday as part of Blast Burger’s new lineup of live music in Lake View Village.

Carter has made her mark in the fiddle-contest world, winning five Colorado State Fiddle Championships, the Arkansas State Traditional Championship and a Top 10 finish at the Grand Master Fiddle Championships. Just this year, she was crowned 2016 Oregon State Fiddle Champion and 2016 Spirit of the West Champion.

Vocalist/rhythm guitarist JT Trawick’s singing comes from deep within the Ozark hills and his playing features touches of western swing, bluegrass and folk. He met Carter and backed her when she won her Young Adult National Fiddle Championship title.

The duo will play from 7-10 p.m. at Blast Burger, which is located at 315 First St. For more information, go to www.reverbnation.com/aarunjonathan.

Is LO one of the happiest places in Oregon?

Ever wonder why so many people in Lake Oswego always have a smile on their face? Turns out the city is one of the “Happiest Places in Oregon,” according to the online career site www.Zippia.com.

Zippia crunched data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 95 places in Oregon with more than 2,000 residents. It used seven criteria for its Happiness Index: education (the number of people with at least a bachelor’s degree), employment (as measured by the unemployment rate), the length of commutes to work, the cost of living, marriage rates, home ownership and the poverty rate.

The results: Bethany is the happiest place in the state, followed by Cedar Mill, West Haven-Sylvan, Rock Creek, Sherwood, Happy Valley, West Linn, Bull Mountain, Lake Oswego (where 62.8 percent of residents own their home and 59.6 percent of adults are married) and the Oatfield area of unincorporated Clackamas County.

“Our apologies to Damascus,” Zippia said, “which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.”

For more about the survey, go to www.zippia.com/advice/happiest-places-in-oregon.

Marylhurst named a Leader in Sustainability

Clackamas County will honor Marylhurst University as a Leader in Sustainability during a special presentation April 20 at the Belluschi Pavilion on campus.

The university will be awarded Gold certification, becoming one of 24 businesses and institutions in Clackamas County to earn the highest-level honor. The certification recognizes sustainable operational practices that create efficiencies, foster innovation and reduce environmental impacts.

Specifically, Marylhurst will be honored for efforts that included installing filtered water stations to replace bottled water dispensers, conserving energy through the use of occupancy sensors and targeted thermostat settings, purchasing recycled paper and encouraging digital versus print publications. The campus also has been certified as a wildlife habitat.

Wednesday’s ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The university is located at 17600 Pacific Highway in Lake Oswego.

— The Review