Parks & Recreation

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Vangs Garden is one of the vendors at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market.Discover the region's finest agricultural and food products at the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. Delight in finding a wide variety of produce, artisan cheeses, baked goods, quality nursery items, extraordinary flowers, and delightful fresh foods. Boasting an average of more than 80 vendors each week, the market also features live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guest can also enjoy children’s activities at Kid’s Corner, complimentary Doggie Daycare, local artists, and breathtaking views. Join us for this wonderful community event and celebrate the luscious bounty of the Pacific Northwest. The farmers' market opens on May 18 and runs through Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here are some other offerings through the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department:

Fun in the sun

Sailing excursion on the Willamette River. Don your captain’s hat and slip on your boat shoes, matey, because this experience has you ducking the spray on a private sailing tour. Set sail on a 60-minute tour from our Roehr Park dock. Embark on a journey of gorgeous scenery, river wildlife and skyline views. Join Captain St. Clair and your new ship mates for a Sunday or Columbus Day excursion or both. Anchors aweigh. All ages, Sunday, May 20, noon to 1 p.m., $35.

Local history walking Tour-George Rogers Park. Join LO Park Ranger Ben LaBounty for a tour of Lake Oswego's first park, George Rogers park, and the historically significant iron furnace. Hear about local folklore, ecology, and wildlife including eagles, heron, osprey and other birds on the trails. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. All ages, Saturday, May 23, 4 to 5 p.m., $5.

Learn to paint

Bob Ross oil painting-Forest River. This is a fun step-by-step class that takes beginners to seasoned painters from blank canvases to a finished masterpiece in one class. All supplies provided and students may bring snack and beverage. Physically challenged students are welcome. Ages 12 and older, Monday, May 20, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $50.

Not your average painting. Explore the boundaries of your medium with instructor Elaine Luneke. Use acrylics like watercolors and acrylics while working with paper, canvas, board, and plexiglass panels. Explore adding sketches, photos, fabric, and other materials to your work. Ages 16 and older, Tuesday, May 21 to June 25, 9 to 11 a.m., $61.

No-school Fridays

Babysitter training. Become the top babysitter on the block. Topics will include, accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid, child development, positive supervision, and the rights and responsibilities of a "good" babysitter. Ages 11 to 15, Friday, May 24, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., $103.

Don’t forget to sign-up for summer programs

There are still several great camps open for the summer. Registration is now open on the Parks and Recreation website. With over ninety Camps to choose from, your child’s Summer will be endless. Camps for children 4 to 17 range from special interests such as art, dance, acting, sports, outdoor, and service. 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 Activities Guide is now available at

Registration information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide, available at the West End Building. You may register by Internet, by mail, drop-off during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, 97035; or fax 503-0697-6579; phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are also available for Lake Oswego residents. For more information on classes please visit our website:

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