Es bueno to learn to speak a new language


Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation classes.

Have you ever sought to speak another language?

Well now is your chance and it’s just around the corner at the West End Building in Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation has expanded its foreign language classes. We are now offering Spanish, beginning Chinese and beginning French.

Come experience the beauty of speaking another language. Who knows, you might end up taking that vacation you have always dreamed of.

Beginning Chinese-Mandarin

— Speak, read and write Chinese at a basic level. This course focuses on the Chinese Pinyin Romanization system and Chinese simplified characters. Learn the Chinese culture while speaking the language. Age 16 and older, Monday, Sept. 24 to Dec. 3, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. $138.

Beginning French

— You will learn basic conversation, reading, listening and writing skills. The main conversation topics include introducing ones’ self, talking about food, family, telling time and different actions in the present and past tenses. Age 16 and older, Tuesday, Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. $138.


— Whether you are planning a trip, need to speak Spanish for work or just want to learn a beautiful language, these fun and laughter-filled classes provide you with 10 weeks of knowledge. We also offer advance classes to expand your Spanish speaking journey. For more information visit

College Admissions Tests how to

— For high school sophomores and juniors, learn the importance of PSAT and how to evaluate the score. Discuss differences between the ACT and SAT. Increase your knowledge to improve your application and matriculate to college. Age 14 and older, Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10.

ASAP-Friday night field trip to laser tag

— Once a month, the teen lounge offers a full night of fun. Meet at the McKenzie Lounge in the West End Building, then head out for an evening with your teen lounge friends. Dinner is provided but space is limited, so register early. This Friday join participants for a free-for-all laser war at the two-level Ultrazone Arena. Participates may also bring extra money for video games or additional food. If you would like to receive monthly newsletters and field trip reminders, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Age 11 to 17, Friday, Sept. 28, 5 to 9 p.m. $28.

Smoothies made simple

— Smoothies are a great tasting, low calorie, nutritious and filling food. Receive tastings and ingredients to experiment with, plus recipes. Perfect for those wanting more greens in their diet or new ideas to invigorate their drinks. Age 14 and older, Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m. $20.

Walking history tour at Luscher Farm

— Join Lake Oswego Park Ranger Ben LaBounty for a tour and history chat about Luscher Farm and the interesting characters that have lived there. Meet on the south side of the white barn. Parents welcome to back pack or carry children, but the tour is not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Preregistration is required and space is limited. All Ages, Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 to 2 p.m. For more information call 503- 675-2549. Free.

Class registration information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the “Discover Active Living” catalog, available at the West End Building, also online at You may register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are available for Lake Oswego residents; call 503-635-0282.