Lake Oswego activities and classes

Need help putting your garden to bed? It’s time to say goodbye for the season. Be ahead of the game and let us show you how to prep your beds for the winter.

Learn organic soil-building techniques to jumpstart on next season while protecting your soil from the winter rains and leaching of valuable nutrients.

This hands-on class through the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department will demonstrate sheet mulching and even show you what cover crops to plant now. Trust us, you need this class if you are a beginner gardener or always struggle with your garden in the spring.

Protect your soil this winter, you’ll be happy you did when spring comes. This class is entirely outside so dress for the weather. Putting Your Garden to Bed. Age 16 and older, Oct. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. $22.

Here are other classes coming up:

What’s Cookin at the Farm?
Hands-on fun in the kitchen. Kids will make tamales and Mexican wedding cookies while learning important cooking skills while preparing a healthy meal. Age 6 to 15, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $24.

Luscher Farm Family Dinners-Butternut Risotto and Biscotti — Spend an afternoon cooking at Luscher Farm with your child and Chef Laura Content.

Parents and children will pair up (one child per parent) to create a family dinner using local and seasonal produce. Up to two other family members may join the class at 4 p.m. for a home-cooked dinner at the farm. The menu focus on seasonal ingredients and farm-grown produce. Age 6 and older, Oct. 20, 2 to 5 p.m. $38.

Get Active! Mid Morning Sculling — Sculling classes are taught in single shells with a low student-to-instructor ratio. This class offers rowing opportunities for those that have flexible schedules. Beginning or experienced scullers can take advantage of the low river traffic of the mid-morning and enjoy the Willamette’s tranquility while learning a new sport and getting a full body workout. Age 18 and older, Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 15 to Nov. 7, 9 to 11 a.m. $130.

Paddle across the Columbia River to the northern tip of Sauvie Island. The trip starts on the Lewis River in Washington. After lunch, head back to Washington and paddle along the shore of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. See eagles, blue heron and cormorants. Age 9 and older, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $68.

Indulge! Chocolate Tasting-A World Tour
Ever taste a cacao nib or bean? Explore the world of chocolate from bean to bar at this special evening tasting. Then sample single origin chocolates from around the globe. Age 18 and older, Oct. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20.

Stained Glass
Do you enjoy the look of stained glass? Here is a great way to get started in stained glass without having to purchase tools. In this two week class, you will pick from over a dozen patterns and learn to construct a copper foil stained glass panel. Age 16 and older, Oct. 20 to Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $92.

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.

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