The Learning and Technology group at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will host Sharon Thorne of the Oregon Historical Society for an interesting presentation on the history of Portland.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Sharon Thorne, a volunteer with Oregon Historical Society, will present unique facts about Portlands early days at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. All are welcome to attend the free presentation, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7.

Art Henderson — longtime volunteer, participant and supporter of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center — presents a weekly lecture series for the Learning and Technology Group.

Art works tirelessly to find excellent and engaging speakers on a wide range of topics, including geology of vineyards to how to conduct a successful Google search.

The group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Monday in the Alder Room.

He has invited Sharon Thorne from the Oregon Historical Society to speak Aug. 7 on the history of Portland. She will share tales of how Portland earned the nicknames of Stumptown and The Clearing, and how the Great Plank Road — which was literally built of wood plants — allowed farmers to bring their produce to the thousands of customers in growing Portland. She will tell stories about how Portland's early newspaper, The Oregonian," helped shape the community by backing pioneer political leaders such as Asa Lovejoy, William Overton and Francis Pettygrove, who helped develop Portland's river traffic, making it accessible to the world.

Her talk will also cover stories about how Portland's early settlers enjoyed saloons, gambling dens and brothels, and how people of color were treated and how they were able to build a life in Portland. Sharon's presentation just might explain why Portlanders support the slogan, "Keep Portland Weird."

Registration is not necessary; just come and enjoy Sharon's presentation.

The lunch menu this week features teriyaki chicken on Friday, Aug. 4; pork kabobs on Monday, Aug. 7; and southwest chicken salad on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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