LO Parks and Recreation activities

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Learn to row with Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation and the Lake Oswego Community Rowing.Start 2013 off right with Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation. A variety of activities and classes are offered that will keep you and your family moving this winter.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it’s time to sign up for some winter fun. Reach your New Year’s resolution with us. Whether it’s to stay active and beat those winter blues or to keep your family on the go, the options are limitless.

Try a NIA class this winter and sign your children up for fencing, gymnastics or piano. Pick up the Winter/Spring Parks & Recreation Activities Guide, available at the West End Building or at

Indoor Playground — Looking for a warm place to play? This winter, we are making it easier for parents and caregivers! Come to the West End Building where adults and children proceed directly to the indoor playground in the Willamette room. Sign in and pay the fee directly to the program attendant.

The playground is a dream come true for imaginative and energetic kids with lots of room to run and play on our riding, pushing and climbing toys. Rain or shine, our toys are divine. Parents must supervise their children. This is a drop-in program cosponsored by PLAY Boutique and Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation. We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Winter Break Fencing Camp — Learn the exciting Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing develops agility, stamina and coordination. Students will learn the basic skills of the Olympic sport of fencing during winter break. Join in on the quick action and fun of fencing. Age 6 to 12, Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $95.

Piano classes for all ages — Learn the basic skills of piano on a keyboard. Group lessons and private lessons are offered to introduce students to the basics of music theory. Learn to play songs, read music and rhythmic expression. Group piano lessons will be an experience that will include beginning rhythm, improve ear training and note reading that is taught in a fun and positive group format. A home practice instrument is recommended. The fee includes course materials. For more information, visit

Gymnastics — In partnership with Tilton’s Acrobatics and Tumbling, young gymnasts will learn the basics of tumbling and acrobatics. Students will learn at their own pace in this positive program of progression. These classes are floor only. The introduction classes are grouped by age and time at the studio location in West Linn. Age 4 to 6, Jan. 4 to Jan. 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m; age 7 to 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $60.

Rowing — Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation and Lake Oswego Community Rowing have teamed up to provide easy access to information and registration for all rowing activities. It is now time to sign up for your annual rowing seasonal and monthly passes for January. Experienced rowers can row in sculling and sweep boats under the supervision of coaches Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 5:15 to 7:15 a.m. In addition, rowers can work out during adult class session if rowing equipment is available. Come check out the Charlie S. Brown Water Sports Center and see what the Sweep Rowing and Sculling program is all about. For more information, visit

NIA Try-it-Out Day — Black belt NIA instructor Carol Kaplan will host a try-it-out-for-free class at the Lakewood Center. Come join us for some invigorating exercise then add NIA to your fitness schedule by purchasing a drop-in option or signing up for one of the many classes offered. This is a workout that combines martial arts, dance and healing arts. Age 16 and older, Jan. 6, 8:45 to 9:55 a.m.

Class registration information — Pre-registration is required for nearly all parks and 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.

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