by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Camps, art and more fun are still available through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department.

Fall is just around the corner. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while you can. Explore the outdoors and learn how to kayak.

Whether by yourself or with the whole family, kayaking is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water. Spend the evening with Ranger Ben and take an evening stroll to Rosemont Road Trail. Enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing with friends and family. There are plenty of activities to sign up for with the city of Lake Oswego.

Summer camps

Scene of the Crime. Blood spatter and brain matter, oh my! Not for the weak hearted, this camp lets your inner CSI scream. For ages 7 to 12, Aug. 19 through 23, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $157.

Class Act Manners for Kids. This is a fun and interactive way to learn that etiquette is more than just manners.

Manners are rooted in three essential and fundamental principles: respect, consideration and honesty.

For ages 4 to 8, Aug. 19 through 23, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $163.

Fencing Camp. Learn the basic skills of the Olympic sport of fencing. Class consists of quick action and fun. This dynamic sport offers challenges to quick thinking, strength, coordination and agility. Safety is emphasized.

All equipment is provided and athletic type clothing and shoes are recommended. For ages 7 to 11, Aug. 19 through 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $115.

Safety first

Baby Sitter Training. Be the most desirable baby sitter on the block. Topics include accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid, child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a good baby sitter.

For ages 11 to 15. Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Cost of the event is $103.

Safe on My Own. Prepare children for situations that may occur when they are alone. This course covers personal safety and develops independent critical thinking techniques. For ages 8 to 10, Aug. 23, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $60.

Get outdoors

Ranger Ben’s Friday Evening Stroll — Rosemont Road Trail. Begin the trek at Hazelia Field kiosk and take a walk winding through the countryside. Gaze at Luscher Farm and continue past the Firlane property. Tall grasses and signs of wildlife are evident as well as wetlands, orchards, gardens and native species. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. All ages, Aug. 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

Kayaking Rock Islands. The rock islands along the Willamette River in West Linn offer spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing. Frequently spotted are osprey, blue heron and bald eagles. For ages 9 and up, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $71.

Get interested

Bob Ross Oil Painting — Covered Bridge. This step-by-step class can make beginners seasoned painters. Start with a blank canvas and leave with a finished masterpiece in one class. All supplies provided. Students may bring a snack and beverage. Physically challenged students are welcome. For ages 12 and up, Aug. 19, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $50.

Luscher Farm Cooking Series — Preserving 101. Capture summer in easy jams, pickles and preserves. Spend an afternoon in the farmhouse kitchen and take home preserves and recipes to use for homegrown or market fruits and vegetables. For ages 16 and older, Aug. 24, noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $29.

Class registration information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Lake Oswego 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 our website at

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