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Lakeridge High holding benefit

Lakeridge High School students are hosting a garage sale this Saturday.

The event benefits the school and Lake Oswego School District Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports teachers.

The school is seeking community members willing to donate saleable items in good condition for the event, such as clothes, end tables and other light furniture, sporting equipment, household items and children’s toys. Donations will be accepted from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday at Lakeridge, 1235 Overlook Drive.

The garage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school gym. Items will not be delivered but must be picked up onsite.

Anything that is not sold will be donated to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

To schedule a pickup, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your address and a time when we can pick up your donation.

St. Mary’s to laud local women

St. Mary’s Academy will honor three accomplished alumnae at the 11th annual St. Mary’s Academy Awards on Saturday — two with local connections.

The ceremony recognizes Patricia Haslach, class of 1974, for Career Achievement; and Rita Vistica, class of 1951, for Excellence in Education.

The St. Mary’s Academy Awards will be in the rooftop commons at the school, 1615 SW Fifth Ave., Portland.

Haslach is a former Lake Oswego resident now living in Arlington, Va. She serves as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Haslach received degrees from Gonzaga University and Columbia University.

Vistica, originally from Portland, graduated from Marylhurst University (Marylhurst College at the time). She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Fordham University. She has dedicated her career to inspiring her students to love languages. She has taught at St. Mary’s and Marylhurst.

School fundraiser set

Westridge Elementary School is launching a paver fundraiser for its playground improvement project.

The Westridge parents group is selling personalized bricks to support the project. Construction on the $467,652 project is scheduled to begin this summer.

The bricks sold in the Pathway to Play campaign will be laid down to create paths. It costs $125 for three lines of text on a 4-by-8-inch brick, $250 for six lines of text on an 8-by-8-inch brick and $500 to apply a child’s art to an 8-by-8-inch brick. There’s also a personalized and weather resistant bench available for $2,000.

The parent group’s website states the initial brick sale ends April 15.

The website states the playground equipment is worn, growing enrollment from recent elementary school closures is putting a strain on existing playground equipment and inadequate drainage causes ground saturation during the wet season.

Phase I of the project, estimated to cost $173,865, will include drainage repairs, black-top resurfacing, adding an outdoor amphitheater and installing new basketball hoops. Phase II’s anticipated cost is $293,787, and it will include replacing playground structures.

For more information, visit

Oak Creek says farewell to leader

Oak Creek Elementary School Principal Karen Lachman has announced she will retire at the end of the school year.

In her eighth year with Lake Oswego School District, Lachman has served as principal of Uplands Elementary School for five years before transitioning to her current position three years ago.

Lachman, who started teaching in 1972, said she loves her job.

“I enjoy everything about being the principal, greeting the children in the morning and helping everyone do their best, planning all of the activities and helping choose next year’s teachers,” she SUBMITTED PHOTO - Karen Lachman shows her horse, Hubris, in August at the National Championships in Louisville, Ky.

She now plans to focus on other passions. She raises animals including horses, dogs, ducks and chickens on a farm near Newberg. She shows her American Saddlebred horses and takes her dogs to agility contests. Lachman looks forward to traveling, visiting her son at his home in Hawaii and going for daily walks with her husband, Don Lachman.

The school district administration will soon announce the process for choosing Lachman’s successor, which will include an interview committee.

Community School offering spring and summer activities

Lake Oswego School District Community School has scads of athletic and academic activities planned this spring and summer.

Spring Term Math Gamers classes for second- to fifth-graders begin this month at Lake Grove and Oak Creek elementary schools. Girls Inc.: Operation SMART will kick off next week at River Grove Elementary School.

A driver’s education program with 30 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of in-vehicle time is coming up. Sessions are June 17 to July 17 and June 25 to July 25 at Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road.

Community School, which offers programs outside of school hours, aims to enhance the district’s curriculum. The school also holds classes for adults such as financial planning and fitness programs.

For a full schedule, visit

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