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Lake Oswego's annual Buddy Walk takes place Sunday at Millennium Plaza Park. Come one, come all to the family-friendly event.

COURTESY PHOTOS  - All are invited to attend DSNO Buddy Walk taking place Sept. 22 at Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego.

Down Syndrome Network Oregon will hold its annual Buddy Walk Sept. 22 at Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First St. in downtown Lake Oswego. The popular annual event is held each year to build awareness and celebrate the families experiencing Down Syndrome.

"People come from all over to participate in the Buddy Walk," said Elliott Dale of Lake Oswego, who is helping organize the Buddy Walk. "People come from Washington state and all throughout the Willamette Valley. Lake Oswego has been a huge supporter of the event."

Dale encourages all to register for the event, and T-shirts will be available for those who register. The event includes face painting, henna artists, balloon twisting, appearances by the Mt. Peaks Therapy Llamas, Lake Oswego dance team and Bollywood dancers, plus music and food.

The festivities begin with check-in at 9 a.m.; donuts, coffee and information are available at that time. The opening ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m. and the actual Buddy Walk around Lakewood Bay takes place at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and more fun until 1 p.m. The lunch menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers (cooked by Lake Oswego Lions club members) and pizza, among other foods.

The Buddy Walk has been a popular event for more than 15 years in Lake Oswego, and many high schoolers participate in support of DSNO.

"The walk is about a half-mile," Dale said. "Just come on down and be ready to have some fun."

The registration fee is $15 per person and includes a T-shirt and lunch plus the activities. To register and to donate to DSNO visit dsno.org/buddy-walk.

The family-friendly event includes face painting, live music, lots of activities and food.


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