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Classes remedy overstimulation

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Learn to paint pictures this like using the Bob Ross method through West Linn Parks and Recreation.

More and more, our multitasking, hyper-connected culture plays havoc on our ability to focus and feel present in the moment.

Taking community education classes through West Linn Parks and Recreation is a surprisingly enjoyable remedy for that overstimulated state. If you are looking for “screen breaks” but enjoy a feeling of accomplishment consider oil painting using the Bob Ross technique. In just one class you will complete a painting suitable for display. Upcoming classes include the paintings “Oval Essence Seascape” and “Valley of Tranquility.”

Bob Ross Oil Painting, for ages 12 to 99. Using the Bob Ross simple step-by-step teaching method, painting, students are led from a blank canvas to a completed masterpiece in just one class. All supplies are provided. Paint “Oval Essence,” 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at the West Linn Adult Community Center or paint “Valley of Tranquility,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Sunset Fire Hall, 2215 Long St., West Linn.

It’s not too soon to make plans for these valentine’s classes:

Valentine’s Chocolate Candy Box Cake, for ages 14 and older. This is an opportunity to make a special cake for that special person. This candy box cake filled with six Moonstruck chocolate truffles would make the perfect personal gift anyone would love; 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at Stumptown Cakes, 2375 Falcon Drive, West Linn.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Teens, for ages 13 to 18. Taught by West Linn High School student and award-winning cake artist Sierra Foster. Make edible fondant valentine-themed cupcake toppers. Use the toppers and buttercream to decorate 24 cupcakes; 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Stumptown Cakes, 2375 Falcon Drive, West Linn.

If you missed the West Linn Parks and Recreation Activity Guide then you can get detailed information for these and all classes through May at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.

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