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Get outdoors for Cyclocross

First-ever Cyclocross at Crosstoberfest set for Oct. 29

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The first Crosstoberfest features a Cyclocross at Luscher Farm on Oct. 29.

Join Lake Oswego Parks & Rec for the first Cyclocross event coming up on Oct. 29.

Crosstoberfest will take place on the rolling and muddy hills of Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn. Explore the vendor village at our Octoberfest party with food, drinks/beer, music and much more! The plan is for this event to be a yearly one. For more information, see crosstoberfestlo.org.

Kids’ Rec opportunities

Indoor Playground — This is an ideal program for parents and caregivers who are looking for fun and interactive activities for their kids. Enjoy climbing, active play, sensory toys and more. In addition, a themed activity is offered every day at 10 a.m. Monday is music-and-dance day; Wednesday is art day; and Friday is gym day. Parents must supervise their children at all times. Please do not bring snacks containing nut products. Here are the details: ages 0-4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sept. 12-Dec. 16, Willamette Room of LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, drop in $3 per day, additional sibling $2 per day, 10-visit punch card for $25 (individual) or $40 (plus one sibling).

Rec Zone Drop-In — This is a drop-in program that creates a safe place for youth to have fun and offers a wide range of supervised activities for grades K-5. Social, physical and creative interests are planned for Tuesday/Thursday afternoons during the school year. Transportation is provided via school buses to Palisades. Rec Zone Membership allows each student access to Rec Zone, closed on school holidays/breaks and no school days. Here are the details: ages 6-10, 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays or 2:45-6 p.m. on early-release Thursdays, Oct. 4-May 25, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $40.

Get Moving

NEW CLASS! — Cycle, Strength and Soul — A little bit of everything. Work at your own level to build stamina, strength and flexibility in this all-levels class. A typical class will include 30 minutes of cycling, approximately 15 minutes of strength training and end in a relaxed and flexible state with yoga. Here are the details: ages 18 and older, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, or Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 20, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $47.

Introduction to Fencing — Youth & Teen/Adult — En garde! Parry! Touché! Who hasn’t wanted to shout these French words while artfully wielding a sword? Learn the basic tactical and technical skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing.

This dynamic sport offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength, and stamina.

Safety is emphasized. Equipment and instruction provided in partnership with Oregon Fencing Alliance. Here are the details: 5:30-7 p.m. (ages 7-12) and 7-8:30 p.m. (ages 13 and older) Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $94.

Butts & Guts — Shape and strengthen your body in this total-core and lower-body workout using various exercises, equipment and techniques.

Open to all fitness levels. Here are the details: ages 18 and older, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $39.

Get Interested

Little Medical School Part I — Little Medical School brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children in a fun way. Age-appropriate activities, crafts and games will inspire children to explore the world of medicine and create healthy lifestyles.

This class also includes free admission to Friday Indoor Playground after class. Here are the details: ages 4-6, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $98.

Get Involved

Volunteer — Go wild. Head into the wilds of the natural area bordering Lily Bay and help with removal of ivy and invasive species. This sliver of hidden woodland lives quietly and prefers to be left alone, but it needs help every now and then. Join Friends of Lily Bay in removing English ivy and Himalayan blackberry vines that threaten to smother the native species.

This quiet natural area is home to deer, beaver, otters, turtles, frogs and water fowl. Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18. Trail marker is near a hairpin corner on Diamond Head Road. Park at end of Diamond Head Road in Lake Oswego, and walk down to trail marker. Contact Melissa Messner, at 310-991-7795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration Information

Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide and online at www.loparks.org. You may register by internet, mail, drop-off during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation-Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road, Lake Oswego 97034; phone 503-675-2549; or fax 503-697-6579. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are also available for Lake Oswego residents.