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Kids get creative at Festival of the Arts

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Festival of the Arts will bring out the creativity in children of all ages. Dont miss the festival.

Opportunities abound for kids’ creativity to blossom during Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts June 26 through 28.

Friday from noon to 4 p.m. children of all ages will enjoy arts and crafts, demonstrations, interactive entertainment and face painting. The festivities include a live performance by the Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts, Penny’s Puppet Productions and the Lake Oswego Academy of Dance, plus a presentation of the Lake Oswego Police Department’s K9 Team, the ever-popular fire department and Park Ranger Ben LaBounty will be on site to delight the crowds.

Penny’s Puppet Production will present “Mother Goose on the Loose” featuring interactive singing and dancing with the puppets. Soccer Shots, the library, golf course, tennis center and Luscher Farm will offer training skills for all ages.

Mary Kelly, the coordinator of Friday’s activities, explained that the Living Well in LO initiative emphasizes the many paths to wellness that Parks & Recreation offers.

“We have something for everyone as we appreciate and celebrate living together in this fabulous community of ours,” Kelly says. Look for the bright orange Living Well in LO canopy and receive your Passport to Fun and wristband for completing your wellness dimension.

Take home memories of a good day for all.

Kindercamp: Stars and Stripes: Create red and blue collages to celebrate the United States of America. Make edible sparklers and design our very own parade banner. Ages 4 to 6, 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday to Thursday, June 29 to July 2, $90

Junior Eagles Golf Clinics (Level 3): Geared to provide skills advancement in all areas, this class is not for beginners. Learn special skills like shaping ball-flight, trajectory control, bunker play and managing your game. Recommended follow-up to Junior Birdies Clinic. Arrive 10 minutes ahead of time. There are no make-ups. Registered students only please. Limit 10 students per clinic. Necessary equipment available if needed. Ages 6 to 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 1, $45.

Boot Camp: Are you a boomer looking to feel strong and fit? This class will increase your heart rate, health and strength safely, effectively and comfortably. All while having fun getting fit. This class can be modified for all levels of fitness. Ages 18 and older, 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, June 30 to August 13, $65.

Beginning Line Dance: Designed both for the beginning line dancer and those with some experience. Class is devoted to introductory dances, and reviews the classics for an active way to engage mind and body. Ages 18 and older, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 to August 11, $54.

Basic Canoe Skills: Canoeing is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the water. Begin by discussing equipment needs and safety, then learn proper techniques for launching, landing, paddle strokes, and boat maneuvers. Register through Alder Creek at www.aldercreek.com or 503-285-0464. Classes held at Tryon Cove Park in Lake Oswego. Ages 10 and older, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4, $59.

Ross Island Kayak Tour: Go paddling in your backyard. Explore the backwaters of the Willamette River between Ross Island and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Class meets at Alder Creek Portland Boathouse. Register through Alder Creek at www.aldercreek.com or 503-285-0464. Ages 10 and older, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 5 or Aug. 15, $39.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is online at www.loparks.org. You may register by Internet, mail, drop-off during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, LO, 97035; 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 visit www.loparks.org.

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