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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Park Ranger Deb Hill chats with kids while giving a tour of Tryon Creek State Natural Area in August 2015.

Free outdoor passes for fourth-graders

All fourth-graders and their families can now claim an Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests and recreation areas through Aug. 31, 2017.

Starting on Sept. 1, the passes can be printed from the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any U.S. Forest Service office.

The Forest Service is partnering with schools and educators throughout Oregon and Washington to hold local events and distribute passes.

Teachers or adults who supervise fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization also can print paper passes at www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/educator.

The Pacific Northwest Region includes 16 national forests, 59 district offices, a National Scenic Area, and a National Grassland made up of 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington.

District music class deadlines are coming up

The year-long music enrichment courses offered by the Lake Oswego School District commence this month.

There’s Beginning Strings for students in grades 4 and 5 who do not have experience playing the violin, viola, cello or bass. Kids don’t need prior music reading skills either. The cost is $200, and the class begins Sept. 12.

There’s also Elementary Orchestra for grades 4 and 5. This one is for kids with at least one year of previous playing experience on the violin, viola, cello or bass. Students need a basic knowledge of music reading, obtained through Beginning Strings, private lessons or previously taking this class. The cost is $300. (The class began Tuesday.)

Beginning Strings and Elementary Orchestra are held at Uplands Elementary School (2055 Wembley Park Road), and students are bused to their schools from Uplands after the class.

For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/Strings-Orchestra.

— The Review