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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego Parks and Recreations Holiday Market and Mistletow Merriment is scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7. Vendors can sign up until Oct. 2 to participate.

Are you a business looking to be a part of the Holiday Market and Mistletoe Merriment? Join the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department on Dec. 6 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy old world charms as they shop for exceptional holiday gifts.

Friday evening will feature a special happy hour for guests and Saturday’s festivities include photo with Santa, a holiday film, entertainment and more. This event is co-presented by the City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Mother Club. For more information and event application, visit lakeoswegoparks.org. Applications are due Oct. 2.

Here are parks and recreation programs coming up in the near future:

Basic Skills Kayak. In the classroom discuss paddling safely, local destinations and equipment. On the water, learn basic paddle strokes needed to efficiently move a kayak through water. Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee for those over 15 is $65; ages 10 to 15 $40.

Adult Learn To Row. Learn terminology, boat handling and safety and proper rowing technique, first on rowing machines and then on the water. Successful completion of any of the Learn to Row classes allows participants to join the LOCR Masters Program. For ages 18 and older, Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 8 to 31, 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Second session offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $130.

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

For ages 11 to 15, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., $102.

Safe on My Own. Prepare children for situations that may occur when they are home alone. This course teaches kids about personal safety and develops independent critical thinking techniques. For ages 8 to 10, Oct. 11, 1 to 3:30 p.m., $60.

No School Garden Day. Spend your school day off at Luscher Farm. Enjoy games, crafts and activities while learning about organic gardening. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Wear closed toed shoes. For ages 5 to 12, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $40.

Beginning Birding. Learn about songbirds and birds of prey that help keep the gardens and fields at Luscher Farm free from pests. Wear sturdy shoes. For ages 5 to 12, Oct. 12, 1 to 2p.m., $10.

Stained Glass in Two Days. This is a great way to get started in stained glass without having to purchase tools. Pick from more than a dozen patterns and construct a copper foil stained glass panel. All tools are provided. Materials are additional fee. Ages 18 and older, Saturdays, Oct. 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $90.

Picture Critiquing. Bring in 12 to 15 pictures that you have taken and we’ll show you how they could have been improved. Easily take much better pictures in the future. Master your composition, lighting, and perspective. Fun, hands-on, and very informative. Ages 12 and older, Oct. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., $27.

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 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, please visit our website: www.lakeoswegoparks.org.

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