Chamber to honor community leaders
Tickets are on sale now for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce's Celebration of Excellence dinner, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Oregon Golf Club (25700 S.W. Petes Mountain Road in West Linn).
The annual event pays tribute to community members and local businesses who strive throughout the year to make Lake Oswego a better place to live, work and play.
Among this year's honorees: Respond to Racism co-founder Willie Poinsette, who will be honored as Community Leader of the Year for her work with the grassroots organization to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in Lake Oswego.
"This honor is bestowed annually to a person who has made a positive and lasting impact in our city," says Chamber Executive Director Keith Dickerson. "Willie has been selected because of her service and catalytic work in promoting dialogue and understanding between our leaders, citizens and students. Her work has been applauded by leaders in our educational, business and law enforcement communities and deserves recognition."
In addition, the Chamber will salute small and large businesses of the year, name a Chamber Champion and award the coveted Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors.
The evening will also include drawings for jewelry and a Columbia River Gorge experience, and the opportunity to sign up for a party with Lake Oswego's police and fire chiefs. Tickets ($100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10) are available online at www.lake-oswego.com or by calling 503-636-3634.
City seeks proposals for gateway art
Proposals are now being accepted for a commissioned public art gateway at the intersection of Highway 43 and Terwilliger Boulevard that will define the northeastern entrance into Lake Oswego and help to evoke a sense of place.
The project is a partnership between the City of Lake Oswego and the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. It is being funded by hotel/motel tax dollars that will be distributed by the city's Tourism Advisory Committee.
"In Clackamas County, cultural tourism is a key economic driver, and Lake Oswego is a leader in forging partnerships with the local arts community," says Bill Tierney, Tourism Advisory Committee member and former chair. "This is an incredible opportunity to create a piece of artwork that engages, educates and inspires residents and visitors alike, illustrating the vital role arts play in Lake Oswego."
Artists are being asked to be innovative and think creatively for the Gateway piece, which organizers say is an opportunity to consider unconventional ideas and use a variety of media to engage, educate and inspire. The project has a two-year timeline that includes soliciting conceptual ideas and proposals from artists, site prep, engineering, art installation and a community celebration in the spring of 2021.
— The Review
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