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Artistic gifts, award-winning musicians among highlights of event benefitting Rivers of Life.

COURTESY PHOTO - Aidan McNiece (from left), Jerry Miller, Didi Dahlsrud and Roger Fowler-Thias work on the McLoughlin Promenade in Oregon City.Clackamas COURTESY PHOTO: GRETCHEN NATION - Tour groups May 8 will leave from the top of Oregon Citys Municipal Elevator to look at wildflowers along the McLoughlin Promenade and gardens throughout the neighborhood.County Master Gardener Lorie Griffith and award-winning blues musician Rae Gordon are organizing a May 8 garden tour in Oregon City timed to attract mothers and grandmothers.

Gordon's band will play at 3 p.m. at the tour's ending location, the former Singer Hill Café where Three Rivers Artist Guild members are hosting a Spring Fling Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"This is a great place for people to buy artistic gifts for mom," Gordon said. "Attendees will be given their gift bag of discounts, special offers from local businesses, bakery goods from local merchants and then will be given the map at their tour start time."

COURTESY PHOTO - The Wildflower Walk blooms in its first season in 2019, overlooking Oregon City's Arch Bridge.Tickets for the tour are $25 apiece, and a portion of the proceeds go to Rivers of Life, a nonprofit organization that provides service projects for youth, such as planting the bluff area above downtown Oregon City. Rivers of Life President Jerry Herrmann will be giving a heritage talk at the first garden location in front of one of the historic houses.

"In this COVID time, it's hard to find activities for yourself and family to get out and do something together that is safe and without many people," Gordon said. "I put this together to not only provide that, but also to promote Oregon City as a destination and the stores and support our local businesses that might be able to offer Mother's Day weekend specials."

Tour destinations include homes of prominent citizens and a garden where award-winning guitarist Ben Rice will be playing. The tour ends at Singer Hill Café's vertical gardens.

Tour groups will leave from the top of Oregon City's Municipal Elevator, where there is parking available, but people are encouraged to carpool.

Masks are required for the duration of the 80-minute tours, which are limited to 10 people per time slot, every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to1 p.m. More information is available at

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