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Get a jump on your summer camp choices


Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation 2012 Summer Camp Preview booklet is now available for review on the Parks and Recreation website at ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec. With more than 90 camps to choose from, this interactive booklet will help residents plan youth activities for 11 weeks of summer.

Camps, for children 4 to 17 years of age, range from special interests such as art, dance, acting, sports, outdoor, and service to day camps including the new LO Explorers. Weekly camps and daily camps are available. In addition, before and after camp care and inclusion services are offered. The full Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Summer Catalog appears in resident mailboxes April 21. Registration for summer programs and activities begins on Monday, April 23.

Adventure is awaiting

Rafting. Join Adventures Without Limits for one of the best times of the year for rafting. As the mountain snow slowly starts to melt and the spring rains keep water levels fun. Adventure seekers will head to the Sandy, Santiam or Nehalem rivers for some pure adventure. If you think it's too cold out this time of year, AWL will equip you with all the warm gear you will need for the day. Ages 9 and older, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $57

Art night out. Get away for the evening with your friends. Explore your creative side and create a masterpiece to take home and showoff the artist in you. Enjoy music, friends, art and delicious munchies. Ages 18 and older, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $30.

Exceptional education for children

Modern manners. Enhance your child's self esteem and prepare him or her for the real world. Children learn valuable social skills and important etiquette guidelines through respectful, enjoyable, and interactive role playing. Ages 8 to 12, Wednesday, April 18 to May 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. $41.

When I am in charge. Children learn about personal safety and develop independent, critical thinking techniques. Your kids will be prepared to think and act alone when faced with emergency situations. Ages 8 to 10, Friday, April 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $60.

Luscher Farm happenings

Unique birds of Luscher Farm. Join Luscher Farm for bird migration season. Explore the wonders of the farm and look for unique birds. Learn about how local habitat on the farm makes a great home for a variety of birds. Create your very own art project to take home and share with your friends. Ages 6 to 12, Friday, April 20, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $17.

Bugs on the farm. It's a buggy bug world. Children learn and see which bugs are pests and which bugs are beneficial to gardeners and farmers and create their very own special bug project. Ages 6 to 12, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $20.

Kids in the kitchen series -minestrone and strawberry short cake. Hands on fun in the kitchen. Learn about the variety of delicious vegetables available to make hearty minestrone soup and enjoy making your very own strawberry short cake! Kids will learn important cooking skills while preparing a healthy meal. Ages 6 to 15, Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $24.

Family dinner - spring fling pizza and brownies. Spend a cozy evening cooking at Luscher Farm with your family and Chef Laura Content. Learn how to cook your very own spring pizza and indulge in the world of baking brownies. Ages 6 and older, Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $38.

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 lakeoswegoparks.org. You may register by Internet, by mail, drop off materials during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035; or fax to 503-697-6579; phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are available for Lake Oswego residents; call 503-635-0282.