by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - You can learn the popular sport of paddle boarding through the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department. Experience Oregon in the beautiful spring month of April and go paddling in your own backyard.

Ride your own bike to Alder Creek and make it a no-driving recreational day with the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation program. Families explore paddling in the backwaters of the Willamette River between Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. So get outside and breathe the fresh air. Sign up today. For ages 10 and older, April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cost is $45 for those 15 and older, $39 for ages 10 to 15.

Here are other upcoming offerings through the parks and rec department:

Adult Learn to Row. Adults who wish to learn to row can sign up for any Learn to Row class offered through the Parks & Recreation Department. Lake Oswego Community Rowing offers both sweep rowing and sculling classes for adults during the spring. These classes are an introduction to rowing for those with little or no prior experience. The basics of rowing terminology, boat handling and safety are taught. Proper rowing technique is taught first on rowing machines and then participants progress to the water. For ages 18 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9 to May 30, 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., $260.

Fun on the Farm

Knitting for Beginners. Learn all the skills required to complete a basic scarf project and wear your new fashionable scarf on those chilly early spring days. Topics covered include understanding gauge, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, various stitch patterns and binding off. For ages 8 and older, Sundays, April 7 to 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 16 and older meet from 1 to 3 p.m. $35.

Farm Explores. Parent and child join our farm naturalist to explore Luscher Farm. After story time, children will explore Luscher Farm and learn about the habitat of the farm. Meet the farm cats, observe local bird life, discover interesting insects and see what grows in the early spring. For ages 3 and older, Wednesdays, April 10 to May 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $5 drop-in fee.

Kids in the Kitchen — Veggie Lasagna and Cookies. Enjoy a delicious meal while you experience hands-on fun in the kitchen. Kids learn important cooking skills while preparing a healthy meal. For ages 6 to 15, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $24.

Luscher Farm Family Dinners. Families spend the afternoon cooking at Luscher Farm with chef Laura Content. One parent and child pair up to cook and create a family dinner using local and seasonal produce. Up to two other family members join the class at 6 p.m. for a special home-cooked dinner at the farm. Menus focus on seasonal ingredients, including farm-grown produce. For ages 6 and older, April 13, 2 to 5 p.m., $38.

Discover at the West End Building

Introduction to Fencing — En guard! Learn the basic tactical and technical skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing. This sport offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength and stamina. Safety is emphasized and all equipment is provided. For ages 7 to 12, Wednesdays, April 10 to May 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., $109.

Everyone Is an Artist. Come to the WEB and get artsy. Learn different drawing techniques from contour and perspective to still life, figure, flowers and composition. Explore brain function in relation to creativity and consider art appreciation in a historical context. For ages 16 and older, Tuesdays, April 9 to May 14, 9 to 11 a.m., $61.

Be Your Child’s Reading Coach. Unlock the mystery of reading and comprehension with this seminar that will give you fresh, inexpensive ideas to get your child on the road to academic success. Classes divided by age group for parents and caregivers. For ages 18 and older, April 8, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., $20.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide 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. For more information on classes, visit

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