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Farm stand rules, volunteer positions, active transportation and Food for Fines

FARM STANDS — The Lake Oswego Planning Commission is considering new rules allowing farm stands so Parsons Farms, which has long operated a farm stand at the southwest corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive, can continue offering seasonal produce to passers-by.

While Lake Oswego doesn’t technically allow farm stands anywhere, the Parsons stand has been maintained because it existed when the property was brought inside city proper. But with a new property owner and with the new Kruse Village retail complex taking shape, Parsons Farms needs a new home or a change to the community development code so it can stay.

A public hearing on the proposal began Feb. 10. It will continue at a meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

FOOD FOR FINES — The Lake Oswego Public Library is allowing patrons to donate food in exchange for some forgiveness for overdue fines they’ve accrued. Throughout February, the library will waive 50 cents in fees for every nonperishable food item donated. The food will benefit families in Clackamas County.

PARKS ADVISORY BOARD — The city is looking for volunteers to serve on its parks and recreation advisory board. To learn more or to apply, visit ci.oswego.or.us/boc. The deadline is March 15.

LUSCHER FARM — The city’s farm will be on the hunt for new caretakers following the departure of Brice and Amber Anderson, who lived at the farm and helped take care of it for three and a half years. The Andersons moved to Lacey, Wash., for a new job, according to the city.

FASHION SHOW — Special events staffers in the parks and recreation department are preparing for a new event: a city fashion show. The date hasn’t been announced, but the event will reportedly feature local celebrities walking the runway in clothes and accessories from local businesses.

FARMERS MARKET — The parks department is also gearing up for the seasonal farmers market in Millennium Plaza Park. More than 100 participants have applied to take part in this year’s events, generating more than $1,700 in application fee revenue, according to the city. The cutoff for vendors to apply is March 3.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION — Clackamas County is hosting an online public open house through Sunday for people interested in bicycling and walking for transportation. You can access it by visiting sites.kittelson.com/ccatp.

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