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Looking for something fun and challenging for the entire family? Ever wonder what it would feel like to race around a track?

Athletes of all ages and their families are invited to the All Comers Track Meet. Try out a variety of track events and compete in a fun atmosphere. This event is presented to you by the Lake Oswego High School Track and Cross Country Team and supported by the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department, Lake Oswego Track & Cross Country Booster Club and Foot Traffic Shoe Stores. Join us on July 18 or July 25. For more information, please visit lakeoswegosports.com.

Summer camps

LO explores — wait, are you real? It’s mythical creatures week! Explore the world of unicorns and hippogriffs while making a pressed fairy book, excavating dragon eggs and more. Then, it’s off to the Oregon Zoo Friday to see some real animals. Ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday, July 23 to July 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $210.

Jr. Master Gardener camp — Master Gardening for kids! Learn about organic gardening, work on projects, grow vegetables and flowers. Discover the world of worms and composting. Participants will use the Jr. Master Gardener handbook and receive a certificate upon completion of the Camp. Ages 8 to 13, Monday through Friday, July 23 to July 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $220.

Luscher Farm happenings

Backyard chickens for kids — Don’t be a chicken, come on out and join in on the fun. Children, see how fun chickens can be. How to care for chickens and chicks. Learn about chicken anatomy and fun facts about chickens. Ages 8 to 15, Thursday, July 26, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20.

Farm explorers — Parents and children join our farm naturalist to explore Luscher Farm. After story time, children hike around Luscher Farm and learn about its habitat. Meet our farm cats, observe local bird life, discover interesting insects and see what grows in the garden during the summer. Ages 3 and older, Wednesdays, July 25 to August 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $23.

Learn, grow and engage with Tilth — Dig in and get your hands dirty for a community work party. Glean tips for spring planting and get ready for the season while working alongside other Tilth gardeners. Meet other community members and discover ways to improve your gardening success. Pre-register by calling 503-675-2549 with your name, contact number and the number of people attending. Ages 16 and older, Saturday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free!

Worm bin troubleshooting — This class is for anyone thinking of starting a worm bin or having questions about their own bin. We’ll cover what you need for a successful, healthy and simple bin. Ages 16 and older, Saturday, July 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m. $22.

Fun in the sun

Bachelor Island kayaking tour — Come paddle through the winding waterways of the Columbia River Water Trail.

Experience a variety of conditions on the Columbia River in which we can practice our paddling skills. A variety of birds and wildlife are sometimes seen as we slip around the puzzle pieces of land and explore paths once traveled by native tribes and Lewis and Clark. Introductory experience required. Ages 10 and older, Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 (ages 10 to 15, $45).

Basic canoe skills — Whether by yourself or with the whole family, canoeing is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water. In the classroom, we discuss equipment needs and safety. In the water, we teach proper techniques for launching, landing, paddle strokes and boat maneuvers.

Open the door to explore the Northwest’s lakes and rivers today. Ages 10 and older, Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 (ages 10 to 15, $30).

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 and online at lakeoswegoparks.org. 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.