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Celebrating trees in Lake Oswego

Bike ride, festival kick off a week-long series of events that continue through this weekend

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Morgan Holen, the City of Lake Oswego's contract arborist, works the prize wheel at Sunday's family-friendly festival. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Joseph Thomas of Integrity Tree Service demonstrates single-line tree climbing during the Arbor Week Festival on Sunday in Millennium Plaza Park. You didn’t have to be a tree hugger to enjoy Sunday’s Arbor Week Festival in Millennium Plaza Park. You could have been a tree climber or pruner or planter or, well, you get the idea.

Hundreds of Lake Oswegans, including participants in the 14-mile Heritage Tree Bike Ride, gathered to kick off the city’s Arbor Week celebration, which continues through Saturday. (Actually, a poetry contest for students will keep the event front and center throughout April.) There was live music, tree-climbing demonstrations, crafts for kids, free refreshments and loads of prizes.

Expert arborists also demonstrated tree-pruning methods and handed out native seedlings.

Other Arbor Week events have included a Heritage Tree Celebration, a walk for kids at Luscher Farm and classes at the library. Still to come:

— Educator Sue Thomas will host an event at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Springbrook Park, where children ages 2-6 can “explore trees and things that live in them.” Participants should meet at the park entrance adjacent to Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road;

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Nadine and Caleb Dempsey of Lake Oswego enjoy the craft booth, one of many kid-oriented activities at the festival. — A Tree & Native Planting event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Campbell Native Gardens, 2750 Iron Mountain Blvd. The Campbell family and Rotary Club of Lake Oswego will host an event to add new plantings and a tree to the garden; and

— An Arbor Week Poetry Contest will run throughout the month. Students in grades 1-12 can submit poems that will be judged by professional poets, with prizes awarded to the top three winners in each age division. The Review will publish a selection of winning poems, as will the City’s website and the Lake Oswego Public Library. Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 29, which is National Arbor Day.

For contest rules and more information about all of the Arbor Week activities, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/celebrate-arbor-week.

— The Review