NLWL in the News
On this page we will keep you updated on the latest happenings with Neighbors for a Livable West Linn.
Check out our SOLVE Video
We have worked with SOLVE for many years organizing events at the White Oak Savanna. Recently, SOLVE created a video about our work at the Savanna. You can check it out by clicking here. We look forward to continuing our work with SOLVE at the Savanna.
6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Our 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair was held on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2015 at the West Linn Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
This year we had our best line up ever with 40 superb artists. We also had yummy pastries and coffee available. All proceeds will be used towards acquisition of the last 6 acres of the White Oak Savanna Park in West Linn. Many thanks to all who participated including our wonderful artists and all those who contributed baked goods. Special thanks also to Mercedes Benz of Wilsonville and the West Linn Tidings who contributed towards our newspaper advertisement.
Please click here for a printable flyer.
5th Annual Festival at the Farm
Our 5th Annual Festival at the Farm, held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 was a big success. We were able to raise over $1,000 towards acquiring the last 5.65 acres of the White Oak Savanna.
Big thanks are due to the Fiala Farms family who donated the use of their farm for this event. They also contributed a gift for the raffle and shared the proceeds from their corn maze with us. If you haven't yet visited the farm, located at 21231 SW Johnson Road in West Linn, please do so. They have lots of fresh produce, flowers, pumpkins, the afore-mentioned corn maze (5 acres!), and much more.
We also want to thank the Lion's Club for the delicious BBQ burgers and veggie burgers. Thank you to Jack and John and their wonderful musician friend who entertained the Festival attendees. Their music always wows the folks who come to hear them. We are so appreciative of all of the vendors and Nyeema, the great massage therapist who gave free 15 minute massages to people with aching backs and sore shoulders. A special thank you to all of those vendors who donated something for the raffle this year. A big thank you to Joanne and her daughter, Jennifer, who made corn husk dolls with kids who just loved the experience and then donated all of her donations from their parents to the White Oak Savanna.
Finally, thanks to all who came and enjoyed the day on this 56 acre peaceful farm that has been owned by the Fiala family since 1906.
Thank You BBQ
On June 27, 2015 we held a Thank You BBQ at the White Oak Savanna. This was a celebration for the over 11,000 hours the community has volunteered on restoring the White Oak Savanna. We served ribs, a side salad, a roll, beverage, and dessert. The food was provided by Haggen’s Market and our nonprofit organization, NLWL. Adidas provided coupons good for 50% off at their employee store. Burgerville provided certificates for a free smoothie or shake with a purchase of an equal or greater value. Moonstruck Chocolates provided 30% off coupons. A representative from Senator Merkley’s office was present and there was live music, too. Click here for a flyer with more information. Thanks to one significant individual donation, we were able to raise over $5,000 towards purchase of the last six acres of the White Oak Savanna!
Visit from 220 Middle School Kids
On June 5, 2015 we hosted almost 220 sixth graders from Athey Creek Middle School in the Savanna. They volunteered doing restoration work by removing invasive non-native species of plants. Teachers and parents accompanied them on this SOLVE project. They also learned about the history, the flora, and the fauna of the Savanna.
Fourth Annual Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna
On Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, we held our Fourth Annual Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna. There was a 5K run which started at 9 AM and a 1 mile walk which started at 10 AM. There were several different age ranges and lots of great prizes for the top finishers in each range. All participants received a t-shirt with the Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna logo.
The Run/Walk is co-sponsored by the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department.2014 Fundraising Events
2014 has been another very busy year for fundraising. We have been busy raising funds for restoration work at the White Oak Savanna. We are also trying to match Metro's $500,000 grant in a two-to-one ratio to be able to acquire the last 6 acres of the Savanna.
- 2013 Holiday Craft Faire
On November 22-23, 2013 we held our fourth annual Holiday Craft Faire fundraising event. The event took place at the West Linn Lutheran Church on Highway 43 (Willamette Drive) in West Linn.
Over 40 crafters and artists had their wares on display and for sale. We raised over $1,600 towards acquisition and restoration of the White Oak Savanna.
- "Festival at the Farm" Fundraising Event
On Saturday, September 14, 2013 we held our third annual Festival at the Farm fundraising event. The event was hosted by the Fiala Farms, 21231 S.W. Johnson Road, West Linn (in the Stafford Area).
The Festival at the Farm is a fundraising event to raise money for ongoing restoration of the White Oak Savanna. 20% of all artist booth proceeds were donated by the vendors.
Numerous artists had their wares on display and for sale. In addition, the Lions Club served up delicious burgers so visitors could enjoy some good food while they were browsing the vendor booths. Also, Allium Bistro provided free samples of pasta made with fresh vegetables from the farm. Several musical acts added to the enjoyment of the event. Finally, the Fiala Farms hay and corn mazes were ready to go for anyone who dared to explore them! It was terrific fun for adults and kids of all ages.
Concert for the White Oak Savanna
Our Concert for the White Oak Savanna was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the stage in Willamette park in West Linn.
The weather was perfect and everyone who attended witnessed a truly special concert by two amazing Latin guitar virtuosos, Mariano De Obergoso and Masud Tahmassbi.
We're already planning another concert next year. Please keep checking back for updates.
Don't forget to check out our Calendar page for more great upcoming events!
Computers for Kids Auction
Our 9th Annual NLWL Computers for Kids Auction was held on Friday, August 2, 2013.
It was a huge success with over $3,500 raised to support our "Computers for Kids" project which raises money for us to continue to refurbish computers and provide them to local families in need.
We want to thank the 72 local and national merchants who donated items for the auction.
We also want to thank the dozens of our friends and neighbors who supported the auction.
Here's a link to our Computers for Kids page.
Please join us next year for our 10th Annual Auction.
Thank You Barbeque for the Volunteers and Funders of the WOS
Saturday, June 22, 2013, saw dozens of people enjoy a Thank You BBQ for volunteers and funders of the White Oak Savanna. We also celebrated the recent Metro grant of $500,000 (see below) to help with acquisition of the final 5.65 acres of the White Oak Savanna.
Attendees enjoyed free and delicious BBQ ribs and other goodies. The cost of the barbeque was covered by NLWL and Albertson's Market.
Click here to download a sheet with all the details.
Take Care of West Linn Day in the WOS
Saturday, May 18, 2013, saw over a dozen volunteers work in the savanna for Take Care of West Linn Day.
Over 100 oak seedlings were planted during the event. Cocoa and goodies were generously provided by a volunteer in the morning and afterwards the City provided delicious BBQ for all Take Care of West Linn day volunteers.
PSU Students Tour the White Oak Savanna
On Friday, May 3, 2013, four students from Portland State University, who are working to restore a one acre Oak Savanna on their campus, toured the White Oak Savanna in West Linn.
They were interested in edible plants (blue camas in particular). Their visit could not have been better planned since the camas are in bloom for such a short period of time and they got to see them in all their glory on Friday.
They asked lots of great questions and seemed very interested in coming to help with the oak seedling planting on May 18th. The subsequent volunteer BBQ at noon that day sounded good to them, too.
We hope that you will come and meet some of these great young people who have real fire in their bellies for Oak Savannas. They were very impressed that our community has volunteered 5,560 hours at the Savanna in the three and a half years that 14 of the acres there have been a natural park and significant wildlife habitat.
Please see the following photos of these wonderful students in our White Oak Savanna.
Earth Day in the White Oak Savanna
We had 15 wonderful volunteers for our Earth Day in the White Oak Savanna event on Saturday, April 20, 2013, sponsored by our nonprofit organization, NLWL, and SOLVE.
We planted 105 trees, 50 of which were oak seedlings and 55 of which were willows.
Bill and Tana Barger provided hot cocoa and coffee and great smiles. Kathie Halicki baked some amazing corn bread. Mr. Davies and Mr. Bingham are going to give their students who volunteered some well-deserved extra credit. The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District donated the trees. David Rittenhouse came to register people.
Everybody had fun and worked hard on this Earth Day 2013.
We hope that you can join us for our next work party in the Savanna when we plant another 100 oak seedlings on May 18th beginning at 9:00 AM for Take Care of West Linn Day.
BBQ lunch will follow. Please put it on your calendar.
2nd Annual Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna
Despite the weather, the 2nd Annual Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna on Sunday, April 14, 2013, was a wet, cold, fun, and successful event. We had more runners and walkers and made more money than last year's maiden event.
Every participant received a race t-shirt. Run and walk winners received additional prizes donated by Portland area companies.
The Run/Walk was co-sponsored by the City of West Linn Parks & Recreation Department and NLWL.
We would also like to thank the following people, businesses, and organizations for their generous donations or support:
Adidas, Albertson's Market, City of West Linn Parks and Recreation, Columbia Sportswear, Dick's Sporting Goods, Elements Massage, Kathie Halicki, KEEN Shoes, Landmark Ford, Les Schwab, Market of Choice, NLWL Nonprofit Organization, Nike Global Equipment, Peet's Coffee, Sandy River Marketing, Trust for Public Land, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, Whole Food Market, and Wilson Tennis.
Because of the support of all of these wonderful people, many of whom also volunteered, we will have enough money to hire the NW Youth Corps again this summer to come and work in the Savanna.
The winning time for the 5K run was 18:58 by Ben Chase.
Thank you again to the dozen people who volunteered with registration, food and drinks, and at the finish line. You all made it go so smoothly and that is very much appreciated.
We hope to see you at our 3rd Annual Run/Walk in 2014!
Computers for Kids Project
In December 2012, as we have done for many years, NLWL delivered four computers to families in time for the holidays. These computers were donated by generous local residents who had recently replaced their 4 to 5 year-old computers.
NLWL refurbishes these computers and updates the software to newer versions. We also make sure that each computer arrives with a flat screen monitor, speakers, and a brand new printer.
We believe that it is important to children to have access at home to computers for use with homework and research. Over the time it has been in existence, this program has delivered dozens of refurbished computers to local families.
Click here for a link to a photo gallery of the recipient families.
3rd Annual Holiday Craft Faire Fundraiser
On Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, 2012 NLWL held our Holiday Craft Faire with over a twenty local craft artists offering great holiday gifts at great prices. This is an annual event and we hope that you will join us next year.
- White Oak Savanna Trail Opening Party
On Saturday, September 29, 2012 we held a trail opening party for the new trail in the White Oak Savanna. This was the official opening of the new trail in the White Oak Savanna Park and was attended by many local residents as well as some dignitaries who opened the trail with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The trail was constructed with over 1,250 hours of volunteer labor from the community and funds from the City of West Linn and NLWL. Albertson's and NLWL provided free barbequed ribs, cole slaw, and drinks to the first 150 people. Tours of the park and trail were also provided.
Trail Opening Party Flyer
Here's a link to local news coverage of the event:
- Fiala Farm Fundraising Event
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 we held our annual Festival at the Farm fundraising event. The event was hosted by the Fiala Farms, 21231 S.W. Johnson Road, West Linn (in the Stafford Area).
The Festival at the Farm is a fundraising event to raise money for ongoing restoration and acquisition of the White Oak Savanna. 20% of all artist booth proceeds were donated by the vendors.
Numerous artists had their wares on display and for sale. In addition, Burgerville had their "restaurant on wheels" there so visitors could enjoy some good Burgerville food while they were browsing the vendor booths. Face painting, balloon animals, musicians, and pottery-making were all also available. It was a fun event for adults and kids of all ages.
Here's a link to news coverage of the event:
NLWL Presents an Evening of Music with Richard Arnold and the Groove Swingers
On Thursday, August 9, 2012, Neighbors for a Livable West Linn presented Richard Arnold and the Groove Swingers in Concert. Five great musicians who play R&B, Motown, Blues, Jazz and “the Standards” like Nate King Cole and Count Basie equally well all performed at this fundraising event.
The event was held at Tuxedo Charley's Lounge at Shenanigans' Restaurant, 2070 8th Avenue, West Linn (at the West Linn Marketplace).
All proceeds from the benefit concert will be used toward acquisition and restoration of the White Oak Savanna.
8th Annual Computers for Kids Auction
On Friday, August 3, 2012 Neighbors for a Livable West Linn presented our 8th Annual Computers for Kids Auction.
The is a benefit auction with proceeds going toward providing four computers for families in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Numerous local and national companies donated auction items and gift certificates to be auctioned off to raise money to refurbish the computers. The auction was a big success and NLWL will again be providing four computers to families in the West Linn - Wilsonville School District.
Northwest Youth Corps Works at the White Oak Savanna
As we have for the past several years, in the summer of 2012 NLWL and the City of West Linn again hired a crew from the Northwest Youth Corps OutDoor Oregon program to work in the White Oak Savanna. This year we felt that we had our best crew ever. They spent two weeks removing invasive species and working on the trail. In addition, the kids furthered their education and visited with a biologist, and other experts regarding the native species found at the savanna. The kids also took a trip to the Fiala Farm to learn a bit about the life on a family farm.
- Trail Installation has Begun in the White Oak Savanna
In order to make the White Oak Savanna more accessible to all, the City of West Linn and Neighbors for a Livable West Linn have begun installation of a soft surface trail in the White Oak Savanna. Through our fundraising efforts, Neighbors for a Livable West Linn was able to contribute $4,150 towards equipment rental and materials for the trail.
In addition, on May 19, 2012 NLWL organized 28 volunteers to work on the trail during Take Care of West Linn Day.
Current plans call for the trail to be completed no later than September 30, 2012.
Here's a photo collage showing the volunteers from Take Care of West Linn Day (click on the photo for a larger version):
In November we held our fifth annual Holiday Craft Faire fundraising event. The event took place at the West Linn Lutheran Church on Highway 43 (Willamette Drive) in West Linn and was attended by over 35 vendors. It was our most successful Holiday Craft Faire event ever!
In September we held our fourth annual Festival at the Farm. Special thanks go to the Fiala family for letting us use their farm for this event. Dozens of booths with local crafts were featured on this beautiful day. Thanks also to the Lions Club for cooking up great burgers and veggie patties!
In August we had our tenth, and last, Computers for Kids Auction. Don't worry, we will still be providing computers to families in need each year but we will be changing our fundraising methods to accomplish this in a different way. Instead of the very time-consuming annual auction, we will be soliciting funds directly from various local and national vendors.
During 2014 we also had another Concert for the White Oak Savanna, our third annual Run/Walk for the White Oak Savanna, and numerous visits to the Savanna by locals school children and many, many others.
In all, we held over thirty fundraisers in 2014 and hosted hundreds of school children at the Savanna. We could not have done this without the support and efforts of dozens of our friends and supporters. Thanks to each and every one of you!
The 2012 Walk/Run for the White Oak Savanna
On April 7, 2012 the City of West Linn and Neighbors for a Livable West Linn jointly sponsored a 5k run and 1 mile walk with proceeds going toward the restoration and acquisition of the White Oak Savanna Natural Park and Wildlife Habitat.
Here's a link to an article from the Oregonian.
We were gratified that sixty (60) people participated in this event on a chilly morning. Prizes were awarded to the top finishers in each age group. All participants received a reusable cloth White Oak Savanna goody bag with great stuff inside.
We are planning to make this an annual event occurring in early May so please check back in early 2013 for details about next year's event.
Here's a photo collage from the Run/Walk event:
Arbor Day 2012 Coloring Contest Showcases the White Oak Savanna
Children from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District were invited to participate in a coloring contest inspired by the White Oak Savanna. Eight winners were selected by a panel of local artists. The winners were introduced to the West Linn City Council. You can read more about the contest and the winners by clicking on the following links:
West Linn Tidings
And here are some photos from the City Council event:
Four More Families Benefit from NLWL "Computers for Kids Program
Thanks to the generosity of the community, in 2011 four more families received a refurbished computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer and Microsoft software from NLWL's "Computers for Kids Program".
This program provides the above computer hardware free of charge to four families in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. NLWL believes that access to computers is critical for school age children and this is our way of helping that happen.
More information is here.
2011 Holiday Craft Faire
The Holiday Craft Faire was a big success again in 2011! We hope to see you in 2012.
Here's a summary of the 2011 Faire:
When: Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2011 (10 AM to 2 PM)
Where: Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19200 Willamette Drive (Hwy. 43), West Linn
Again this year, NLWL will be hosting our Holiday Craft Faire featuring wares from 13 local vendors.
Items for sale included:
- White Oak Savanna jewelry, hats, t-shirts, and washable grocery/tote bags
- Cactus and succulents in beautiful reclaimed containers
- Crocheted items
- Hand-made soaps
- Fine wood boxes and other wood items
- Zipper purses
- Fine art photography
- Glass art
- Greeting cards
- And much, much more!
200 School Children Plant 1,000 Blue Camas bulbs in the White Oak Savanna
On Thursday, October 20, 2011 approximately 200 local school children helped in restoring the White Oak Savanna by planting 1,000 blue camas bulbs.
NLWL would like to thank Fred Meyer (Wilsonville) and Lowe's (Tigard) for providing the planting tools at cost, Albertson's (West Linn) for providing cookies and water for the students, and Ken Worcester and the City of West Linn Parks Department for providing the blue camas bulbs.
Click here to see a video of the planting.
OregonLive.com Article on the White Oak Savanna
Article and Video highlight this summer's work in the Savanna
On August 26, 2011 OregonLive.com ran an article about our continued restoration efforts in the Savanna. You can read the article here:
A video of the savanna restoration efforts was also posted by OregonLive.com. You can find it here:
White Oak Savanna T-shirts,
caps, and cloth grocery bags are now available
We now have t-shirts, caps, and cloth grocery bags available for purchase. The t-shirts and caps are only $15 and the grocery bags are only $5. Why not buy some today and support the restoration and acquisition of the West Linn White Oak Savanna?
Click here to see a photo collage of these items.
You can contact us at info [at] nlwl.org to purchase.
NLWL Awarded Spirit Mountain Community Fund Grant - May
Funds to be matched by the City of West Linn. To be used for continued restoration of the White Oak Savanna
On May 26, 2011 NLWL was notified that it had been awarded a grant of $3,950 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund which is managed by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. This grant money will be matched by the City of West Linn. The funds will be used to once again hire the Northwest Youth Corps Outdoor Oregon crew to work in the White Oak Savanna for two weeks this summer removing invasive plants and helping to restore the Savanna.
NLWL is very grateful to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for their generous grant.
Take Care of West Linn Day - May 14, 2011
Over 25 participants help to install benches, eliminate invasives, and restore the White Oak Savanna
Saturday May 14, 2011 was "Take Care of West Linn Day" and over 25 people volunteered their time at the Savanna. While the event was sponsored by the City of West Linn, participants came to the Savanna from all over the Portland metropolitan area (thanks, in part, to SOLV who let us announce our event on their web site).
The participants enjoyed a pleasant morning working in the Savanna. They helped to install six benches, cut down Himalayan blackberry, and pulled weeds from around native plants to give them more room to grow.
Refreshments were provided by Albertson's Market. We would also like to thank Kathie H. for her generous donation of an assortment of baked breads.
Click here to see a photo movie of the event.
Restoration of the White Oak Savanna Continues
Over 180 local schoolchildren participate
Here is an article from the March 3, 2011 West Linn Tidings which describes some of the restoration work going on in the savanna. In all, over 180 local schoolchildren participated by planting plants donated by the community.
And here is an article from The Oregonian on March 4, 2011 describing the same event.
Finally, click here to see a KGW Channel 8 news report on the event.
NLWL Co-Founder Roberta Schwarz and White Oak Savanna Committee Receive "Oregon Community Trees" AwardsAwards presented by State Sen. Richard Devlin at June 3 Ceremony at Oregon Garden in Silverton
On June 3, 2010 our co-founder, Roberta Schwarz, and the White Oak Savanna Committee each received their respective awards in the Oregon Community Trees "Community Forestry Award" Citizen Volunteer and Civic Organization categories.The awards were presented by State Sen. Richard Devlin during the 2010 Oregon Urban Forestry Conference at Oregon Garden in Silverton.
Pictured below, L-R, are Ed Schwarz, Teri Cummings, Julia Simpson, Roberta Schwarz, Mark Snyder (presenter), Sen. Richard Devlin, and Sheri Pryor.
Click for a larger photo
- New Seasons Market Barbeque
Over $1,500 raised to preserve the White Oak Savanna
Our New Seasons Market Barbeque was a huge success. In all, we raised over $1,500.00. We very much appreciate the help of our volunteers and the wonderful New Seasons staff who set up the barbeque, prepared the food, and tore everything down at the end of both days.
All food was donated by New Seasons Market. All proceeds go to NLWL for use towards preserving the White Oak Savanna.
Thanks are also due to all of our supporters who went out of their way to stop by and buy a burger to support our cause.
- NLWL Co-Founder Roberta Schwarz Wins "Oregon Community
Nominated by Rep. Scott Bruun and State Sen. Richard Devlin
We are proud to announce that our co-founder, Roberta Schwarz, was recently named a recipient of the Oregon Community Trees "Community Forestry Award" in the Citizen Volunteer category for her work to preserve the White Oak Savanna in West Linn. Roberta was nominated by Rep. Scott Bruun and State Senator Richard Devlin. More information can be found here:
In addition, the White Oak Savanna Committee was also named a recipient of the same award in the Civic Organization category.
Roberta and the Committee will receive their awards at the Oregon Community Trees banquet on June 3.
Here's the press release from the Oregon Department of Forestry:
Community Forestry Award Press Release (44K PDF)
- Barbeque, jewelry sales will benefit West Linn's White
An article from The Oregonian describing our upcoming June 5 & 6 benefit barbeques at New Seasons Market and a line of jewelry which can be purchased to benefit the savanna.
More information is here:
- White Oak Savanna Restoration Continues
Northwest Youth Corp Removes Invasive Blackberry, Protects Native Species
Restoration work on the White Oak Savanna is continuing. A group of twelve energetic young adults from the Northwest Youth Corps continued the work begun a few weeks ago by removing more of the invasive Himalayan Blackberries and preserving the native species found on the Savanna.
Here's an article from The Oregonian describing their work:
- White Oak Savanna Restoration Begins
Volunteers Remove Invasive Blackberry, Protect Native Species on "Take Care of West Linn Day"
Restoration work on the White Oak Savanna is beginning. Recently, a group of approximately a dozen volunteers (ages 8 to 80) turned out to mark White Oak seedlings with colorful, bio-degradable mesh and bright orange flags to preserve them during the upcoming removal of the invasive Himalayan Blackberries.
The weather was idyllic and spirits were high as over 100 oak seedlings were found in the high grass of the savanna. Each seedling had the grass cleared from around it and was marked so as to be preserved during the upcoming blackberry removal.
Here's an article from The Oregonian describing their work:
- 2009 "Computers for Kids" Auction
Our annual auction benefitting families in our local school district
We made over $2,000 in our 2009 auction and were able to give four more computers to kids in our local schools who couldn't afford to have one at home. This makes a total of 20 computers which we have been able to provide to families with children in our local school district.
Our 2010 auction is on August 6 at 7 PM in West Linn. All are welcome to attend.
A rare patch of oak savanna is preserved in West Linn
An article from The Oregonian regarding the purchase of the first 14+ acres of the White Oak Savanna.