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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The McKenzie Lounge at the West End Buildling is now open for the school year. The lounge is open to all teens.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the McKenzie Lounge at the West End Building is now open. The after-school activity program (ASAP) and teen lounge drop-in program are designed for independent, self-directed teens in grades six through eight. Membership is required to attend the ASAP, which is open from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on early release days. Students can participate in activities including classes, games, crafts, homework help, competitions and much more.

Transportation is provided from Lakeridge Junior High via the parks and recreation mini-bus. Lake Oswego Junior High students can ride a designated school bus to the entrance of the lounge.

Check the website, LOTeenScene.org, for an updated bus schedule. If your child is being treated for a medical or mental condition, or is participating in an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) at school, contact Teen and Youth Program Coordinator Cydny Winslow before registering your child for this activity to discuss your child’s abilities and needs. She can be reached at 503-697-6589 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ASAP Friday Night Field Trip — laser tag

Once a month, the teen lounge offers a full night of fun. Participants will meet at the McKenzie Lounge then head to Ultrazone Arena for laser tag. Dinner will be provided. Space is limited, so register early. For ages 11 to 17, Sept. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., $32.

Mother and Son Ross Island Tour. Explore the backwaters of the Willamette River between Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. This is an introductory paddle. Ages 10 and older, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $38 (ages 10 to 15, $25).

Basic Stand-up Paddle Lesson. On dry land learn paddling safely, basic equipment and proper board carrying. On the water learn the basic paddle strokes needed to efficiently move a stand-up board on flat water. No experience necessary. Ages 10 and older, Sept. 22, noon to 3 p.m., $49 (ages 10 to 15 $29).

Bob Ross Oil Painting. This step-by-step class takes painters from blank canvases to finished masterpieces in one class. All supplies provided. Physically challenged students are welcome. Ages 12 and older, Sept. 23, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $48.

Everyone Is an Artist. Learn different drawing techniques and explore brain function in relation to creativity. Consider art appreciation in a historical context. Ages 16 and older, Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, $62.

Beginning French. Basic conversation, reading, listening and writing skills are taught in this class. Fee includes lesson book. Ages 16 and older, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept 24 to Nov. 26, $138.

Introduction to Fencing. Learn the basic tactical and technical skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing. Safety is emphasized and equipment is provided. Ages 7 to 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Oct. 30, $94; ages 13 and older, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $102.

Permaculture Kids. Learn the secrets of sustainable living through fun projects and activities. Work in the garden, classroom or greenhouse depending on weather. Ages 5 to 12, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 28 to Oct. 26, $70.

All about Tractors. What are tractors used for at the farm and in the city? Learn interesting facts, make a tractor out of recycled materials. Ages 3 to 8, Sept. 28, 1 to 2 p.m., $10.

Class registration information

Preregistration 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 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. For more information on classes visit, lakeoswegoparks.org.

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