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With so much talk swirling around about resolutions, it is hard to avoid a personal vow of change.

We at West Linn Parks and Recreation are not immune, nor do we desire to be. January is the beginning of our combined winter and spring programs, and we are incredibly excited to embrace the new year!

How about you? Share with us on Facebook what you are motivated to change, learn or experience in 2014: facebook.com/WestLinnParksandRec. Perhaps this is the year you dedicate to take up a new hobby such as photography, cake decorating or learning a new instrument? Are you considering the purchase of your first home? Is it time to improve your diet or become more active? Do you need to de-stress? Will this be the year you give back and connect to your community through volunteerism?

Here is a sampling of the upcoming offerings through WLP&R:

by: SUBMITTED  - If you love Zumba, you will really enjoy U-Jam Fitness, offered through West Linn Parks and Recreation.U-Jam Fitness Move your body! Take the party to the next level.  Everyone loves Zumba, the Latin Inspired dance fitness class that is exercise in disguise. Now add a little U-Jam Fitness to the mix, and you’ve got a class that is out of this world fun and funky. U-Jam takes world beats and adds an urban edge. If you love Zumba, you are going to dig U-Jam. No dance experience required, all levels welcome. 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, starting Jan 9 for 11 weeks at the Sunset Fire Hall. Cost is $88, or $93 for out of district.

Meditation Retreat. The day-long retreat will offer the opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice and allow the time to open up the intuitive side of your mind in ways that facilitate a positive long-term change to the brain map, in accordance with neuroscience. For ages 15 and older. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Sunset Fire Hall. Cost is $25/out of district $30

Purchasing a home in today’s market-How to prepare and proceed. Define your home purchase readiness, understand the loan process, procedures and timeline for purchasing a home. Free of charge. Pre-registration for this one-time workshop is required; class will be cancelled if fewer than five register. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

Snowshoe lesson and tour. Join this fast growing sport of hiking on top of the snow. Start with a short introduction to snowshoeing. The group will start off together then in the afternoon, splits into beginning and intermediate groups. Guides will be with you at all times to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Bring waterproof hiking boots and proper equipment. 8:25 a.m. to 5:05 p.m., Jan. 26. Fee is $69/out of district $74. Meet at Gateway Max station, 9816 NE Pacific St., Portland 97220.

Photography Basics. This is the first two-hour introduction of the Advance Photography class, an overview of how modern digital and film camera function to create art. It’s a great place to start if you’re not really sure you want to take the time to develop your skills as a photographer. Bring camera and manual. Instructor is craftsman photographer Dwon Guvenir. 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3, West Linn High room B10. Cost is $35 or out of district $40

Photography. Advanced Craftsman photographer Dwon Guvenir will teach you the skills necessary to be in complete control of your photography, both the tech and the art of photography. This class brings students of all levels up to the advanced level. No prerequisite. Bring camera and manual. View instructor’s website at.OregonPhotoSafari.com. 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 3, 4 and 5 at West Linn High room B103. Cost is $100/ out of district $105.

Get information for these and all classes through May 2014 at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.

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