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How many lobsters does it take to raise $4 million; LOPD participates in anti-prostitution detail; City opens new fenced-in dog park; Workshop to train signature gatherers

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Curt Taylor fires up the grill at the the Lake Oswego Rotary Club's Lobster Feed and Charity Auction in 2017. This year's event is set for Saturday, June 16, at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

How many lobsters does it take to raise $4 million?

About 32,000 pounds' worth, as it turns out — all cooked and served by volunteers from the Lake Oswego Rotary Club and the Lakewood Center for the Arts over the past 33 years at their annual Lobster Feed and Charity Auction.

This weekend, they'll be at it again.

The 34th-annual Lobster Feed is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, in a huge tent erected outside the Lakewood Center (368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego). Cocktails and a silent auction start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and an oral auction at 7:45 p.m. Attendees will dine on live Maine lobsters, butter clams from the Puget Sound, corn on the cob, coleslaw and more.

Tickets ($150, of which $120 is tax-deductible) are still available for the event. All of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary Foundation, the Lakewood Center and a variety of other community organizations, including Hunger Fighters of Oregon, CASA of Clackamas County, Lake Oswego Reads, Shelter Box, the Service Above Self: Educational Excellence awards program and Framework International.

For more information or to reserve a seat, visit www.lobsterfeed.org.

LOPD participates in anti-prostitution detail

The Lake Oswego Police Department joined six other regional law enforcement agencies last week on a joint mission to combat prostitution and human trafficking, an operation that resulted in 37 individuals being charged with prostitution-related crimes.

Undercover investigators communicated online with individuals seeking sexual acts in exchange for money. They then scheduled meeting times at four hotels in the Portland metro area and took the suspects into custody when they arrived and solicited prostitution.

The other participating law enforcement agencies were the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Hillsboro Police Department, Oregon State Police, the Portland Police Bureau, the Vancouver Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

City opens new fenced-in dog park

Lake Oswego has opened a dog park in West Waluga Park, giving local pet owners a new place to let Fido run wild.

The fenced-in area, which is located at the back of the park at 15775 Waluga Drive, is the city's second dog park and one of four official off-leash areas. Dogs are required to be under the control of their owners in all parks except the fenced-in area at West Waluga and the Hazelia Dog Park (17800 Stafford Road). Unfenced off-leash areas are also available in Pilkington Park (19043 Pilkington Road) and McNary Park (47 Becket St.).

For more information about all of those options, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/off-leash-dog-areas.

Workshop to train signature gatherers

Anyone interested in gathering signatures for Initiative Petition 43 is invited to a training session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego.

IP 43 proposes banning the sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines; it would also require current owners to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges. Backers of the proposal need to gather 88,000 signatures by July 6 to get the measure on the November ballot.

Christ Church Episcopal Parish is located at 1060 Chandler Road. To learn more about the petition, go to www.lifteveryvoiceoregon.com.

— The Review

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