Registration underway for Lake Run; Pacific West Bank president to retire; Supreme Court to hear Oswego Lake arguments; Old Town to name poetry winners; MOPS to host family formal dance

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Children bolt from the starting line at last year's Kids Dash, a two-block scramble that finishes under a big balloon arch. The Lake Run also includes 10K and 5K races.

Registration underway for Lake Run

It's not too late to sign up for the 42nd-annual Lake Run, a three-pronged event that draws serious athletes, casual joggers and a gaggle of energetic kids to Lake Oswego every spring.

More than 1,500 runners are expected to descend on downtown Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 12, for the event, which is sponsored by the Lake Oswego Women's Club. The race has raised more than $2 million for charity since its inception, and organizers hope to raise more money this year to help Northwest Housing Alternatives expand its Annie Ross House — "the only shelter in Clackamas County for homeless families," says Tamara Vanderpool, volunteer chair of the 2018 Lake Run.

Proceeds from the Lake Run also help to fund scholarships for outstanding community service that go to local high school students.

In addition to a Family Fun Festival in Millennium Plaza Park, race day will include:

A 10K race that starts on State Street at Sundeleaf Plaza, climbs McVey Avenue and proceeds along South Shore Boulevard around Oswego Lake to Iron Mountain Boulevard before plunging downhill to Millennium Plaza Park;

A 5K run/walk that meanders around Lakewood Bay and onto North Shore Road and Iron Mountain Boulevard before finishing on Evergreen Road; and

A two-block Kids' Dash that starts on Evergreen Road at Second Street and ends under a big balloon arch.

Participants can register for the Lake Run at and keep up to date with new developments on the event's Facebook page at

Pacific West Bank president to retire

GRAYWest Linn's hometown bank, Pacific West Bank, will lose its longtime president and hero when founding director Steve Gray retires May 31. Gray served as chairman of the board for the independent bank from 2004 to 2008.

"Steve's contributions — both of time and personal resources — have been immense. It is no exaggeration to say that Pacific West Bank is only here because of Steve's commitment to the bank and its role in the community," said Pacific West Chairman of the Board Ed Kawasaki.

Succeeding Gray as president and CEO is Pacific West's current chief financial and operating officer, Bob Seibert. Seibert has been in the banking industry for 27 years.

Gray will remain on the board of directors for Pacific West.

Supreme Court to hear Oswego Lake arguments

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Friday, May 4, in the case of Mark Kramer and Todd Prager v. City of Lake Oswego, which challenges the city's rules for public access to Oswego Lake and seeks to resolve the broader question of whether the lake can be considered public property.

Arguments will be held starting at 9 a.m. at Aloha High School (18550 S.W. Kinnaman Road, Aloha). The location is intended to give high school students an opportunity to view court proceedings, but the session is also open to the public and there will be a limited amount of public seating available.

Old Town to name poetry winners

The winners of a poetry contest sponsored by the Old Town Neighborhood Association will be announced at an event held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Lake Oswego Public Library.

Three winning poems will be engraved on sidewalk panels along Durham Street in Old Town, close to an existing set of signs that describe the neighborhood's historic features.

Library Director Bill Baars will be the emcee for the event, and Lake Oswego Preservation Society President Marylou Colver will discuss the history of each poem's location.

More than 80 poems were submitted to the contest, including 17 in a separate category for youth entries. Two winning entries will be chosen from the adult category and one from the youth category by a panel of three judges: Baars, Colver and City Planning Director Scot Siegel, who is a published poet.

Old Town Neighborhood Association Chairman Craig Stephens says his board would like to thank the City of Lake Oswego, which supplied the neighborhood enhancement grant to fund the project, as well as artist Fred Bass, who will engrave the poems.

MOPS to host family formal dance

The local community group Mothers of Preschoolers will host the Fun 'n' Francy Family Frolic dance from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego).

The group say the event will be similar to daddy-daughter dances, but open to all ages and all family members. It will feature a DJ, snacks, a raffle and a photo booth. No RSVP is required, although the dance does feature an entry fee of $5 per person. Formal wear is encouraged. Learn more at

— The Review

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