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Large events still on hold, but plenty of activities will be offered for warmer months.

COURTESY PHOTO - Flicks at the Farm will return this year to Luscher Farm. With another summer approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic still very much alive, many Lake Oswegans likely wondered whether they were in for a repeat of 2020: stuck inside with almost nothing to do.

Thankfully, the city is making sure that won't happen. On Thursday, April 29, the Parks and Recreation Department announced a slew of summer events and activities that would be offered starting in May.

"Although this season looks different, we recognize the important role that events play in placemaking, enriching lives, fostering wellness and economic development," the parks department wrote on its website. "We are delighted to announce we will be hosting several small-scale, capacity-monitored outdoor events. These alternate events will take place in lieu of traditional large community events like the Fourth of July Star Spangled Parade & Celebration & the Summer Concert Series."

The events, of course, will adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidelines and are subject to change based on the ever-twisting path of the pandemic.

The events include:

— Farmers' Market: Saturdays, May 8-Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park.

— Juneteenth celebration: June 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park (co-presented with Respond to Racism).

— Petals & Punch: June 27, 3-5 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. Features youth performers Mr. Hoo and comedian Angel Ocasio. Registration required.

— Picnic in the Park: Thursdays in July and August, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Weekly concert and meal from local vendor. Enrollment based on lottery; registration required.

— Flicks at the Farm Carpool Cinema: July 30, "Raya and the Last Dragon," and July 31, "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark," Luscher Farm. Registration required.

— Movies in the Park: Aug. 10 at Millennium Park featuring "Moana" and Aug. 17 at Westlake Park featuring "The Croods: A New Age." Registration required.

— Drive-in Concert at Luscher Farm: Aug. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. featuring Hit Machine. Registration required.

— Barnyard Bolt: Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Luscher Farm. Fun run featuring splashes, bubbles and obstacles. Registration required.

— Barks in the Park: Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. at Hazelia Park. Pet-friendly event featuring DJ, costume competition and vendors.

Registration opens May 3. Learn more at lakeoswego.city/ParksRecEvents.


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