Oregon City community calendar: Swamp Swim, repair fair and more!


SWAMP SWIM: Registration is open for the annual Swamp Swim. The fun happens at the Oregon City Pool community room with games, prizes and candy. That’s followed by an hour and a half of swim time in the City’s indoor, heated pool. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration is required at orcity.org.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: Clackamas County will hold a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Community members are invited to attend this event to honor our Indigenous communities through food, music and storytelling. Admission is free. This vibrant cultural experience featuring an opening blessing by Cheryle Kennedy, chair of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; storytelling with Darlene Foster and Ed Edmo; a flute performance by Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Robin Gentlewolf; free books from Libraries in Clackamas County and Spoke and Word; ood for purchase from Sisters Fry Bread, Cowboys and Nacheaux food vendors; and variety of vendors selling handmade creations from Indigenous artists.

GRAND OPENING: Clackamas Free Clinic will hold a 4-6 p.m. grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 5, in Clairmont Hall on the Clackamas Community College campus, 19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City. Opening activities include free snacks, clinic tours, presentations by key partners to the project, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. All are welcome. Info: clackamasfreeclinic.org.

REPAIR FAIR: Come to a free community event that brings volunteers with fixing skills and people with broken items together. This month’s Repair Fair is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St. You can bring clean clothes and textiles, small electronics, small home appliances and jewelry for repair. No tool sharpening or bicycle repair. Info: orcity.org.

PAPER SHREDDING: Oregon City Woman’s Club is encouraging citizens to pack up unneeded receipts, bank statements and other documents to safely dispose of them on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or when the truck is full. It is being held at the Oregon City Police Department, 1234 Linn Ave., where you’ll also be able to dispose of unneeded medications. Enter the OCPD parking lot off Warner Milne Road. $10 per car (cash only), up to three containers. Questions: email clwads@gmail.com.

HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION: Soulflags’ first cultural event of the 2023-24 season is a partnership with OC Library, Oregon City Parks & Recreation and OC School District. Funded by a grant from the City of Oregon City Arts Commission, this free Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Gardiner Middle School, 205 Williams St., Oregon City. Enjoy food from Las Marquezas Snacks, listen to tunes by DJ Mami Miami, watch performances of Ballet Folklorico, try Salsa with instructor Alexander Equeda, play to win Loteria with Oregon City School District, earn free books after completing Oregon City Library’s scavenger hunt, take a pictures at the Oregon City Park’s photo booth and visit vendors, including city of Oregon City Departments, Clackamas County offices, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City School District, Early Learning Hub, Clackamas County Children’s Commission (Headstart) and Root Mortgage.

FALL BAZAAR: The Beavercreek Fall Bazaar is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Beavercreek United Church of Christ, 23345 S. Beavercreek Road. Find a variety of vendors offering unique creations, pies, baked goods and raffle drawings. Bring five cans of food for the community food pantry and get a free raffle ticket. Info: beavercreekucc.org.

LEGO LAB: They supply the LEGOs, you bring the imagination. Attend one of two 45-minute sessions. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Oregon City Public Library Community Room, 606 John Adams St. Register online to guarantee a spot at orcity.org/library.

WATER SUMMIT: The Oregon City Business Alliance’s summit on charting a path for a shared-water future will included representative from Water Environment Services, Councilor Kathleen George of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and state Rep. Annessa Hartman from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Abernethy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City. The luncheon cost is $25 for OCBA members, $30 for non-members and $35 for all attendees after Wednesday, Oct. 18, which includes payment at the door.

OPEN STUDIOS: Three Rivers Artist Guild presents Three Rivers Open Studios 2023 on Friday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at seven locations in and around Oregon City. Artists and venues include: Mitzi Kugler (glass, metal) and Erin Redding (pottery), 4970 Bonnet Drive, West Linn; Susan Woodworth (gourd birdhouses, yard poles), Diana Strom (acrylic paintings), Vona Adams-Lawrence (acrylic paintings) and Sherren McMath (abstract paintings), 15401 S. Morel Drive, Oregon City; Jeanne Cardana (colored pencil, felting), Gary Blumanthal (local and exotic woods), Tamara Scott (mixed media, watercolor painting) and Marv Binegar (photography), 12473 Rogue River Way, Oregon City; Nancy Graham (textiles) and Rhoda Bohr (tumblers, soaps, pour paintings), 14444 Cambria Terrace, Oregon City; Jeanne Kelley-Brown (mosaics), Melissa Gannon (acrylic, oil, watercolor paintings) and Lynne Collum (wood, fiber, metal), 2100 S. Casca Berry Court, Oregon City; and Quire (mixed media paintings) and Rachel Townsend (paintings), 819 John Adams St., Oregon City. Info: threeriversartistguild.com.

PUMPKIN PATCHES: Catch your maximum autumn vibe at any of the following family-friendly Oregon City-area pumpkin patches and farms, open in October.

Historic Kirchem Farm Pumpkin Patch: 19723 South Bakers Ferry Road, Oregon City. Field trips, apple cider, face painting, photo booth, wagon rides, music. Learn more at historickirchemfarm.info.

Merrywood Farm: 12328 S. Casto Road, Oregon City. Pumpkins, weddings, hayrides, horse rides. More: merrywoodfarm.com.

Albeke Farms: 16107 S. Wilson Road, Oregon City. Fall décor, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, apples, corn, peaches, sunflower field. Visit albekefarms.com.

Wenzel Farm: 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City. Pumpkin patch, fantasy trail, corn maze, crooked house. See fantasytrail.com.

INDOOR PLAYGROUND: An indoor playground for young children is open from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Oregon City Swimming Pool, 1211 Jackson St. Two days a week, parents and kids from infants to preschool age can crawl through tunnels, play on trikes bounce balls, slide and have fun in the Community Room. Drop-in fee is $4 per child 1 year and older; children under 12 months get in free; and the playground is free with a pool membership. For more: orcity.org.

ERMATINGER HOUSE: The historic Ermatinger House is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for guided and self-guided tours. Built circa 1843, the Francis Ermatinger House is both an early and unusual house for Oregon. The Greek or Classical Revival style of architecture would have been uncommon in the territory of Oregon during this time period. Visitors can learn about the Ermatinger family, the Hudson’s Bay Company and what life was like during Oregon City’s early history. The Ermatinger House, at 619 6th St., was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Info: orcity.org.

DROP-IN CHESS: The Oregon City Chess Club meets from 12:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, for its monthly chess drop-in at the library. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned chess player, join other chess enthusiasts and sharpen your skills. Chess Drop-In is open to all ages, abilities and skill levels and will meet the last Sunday of each month at the Oregon City Public Library Community Room, 606 John Adams St. Info: orcity.org/library.


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