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Infant massage classes benefit parent, child

Trick or treat today until 5 p.m. at West Linn City Hall.


Trick-or-treaters, big or small, are invited to West Linn’s Cascade Summit Shopping Center on Halloween for goodies from participating merchants. West Linn City Hall will be open for visitors until 5 p.m.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Infant massage classes are offered through West Linn Parks and Recreation.

The West Linn Parks and Recreation Department urges parents of newborn infants to pre-crawling stages to look into the benefits of infant massage. Infant massage is a gentle, loving way to connect with your baby while helping smooth his or her transition into the world beyond the womb. The benefits of incorporating massage into your baby’s regular routine range from improved digestion to deeper sleep, relieved stress to increased awareness and physical development. Further, infant massage helps parents better understand their child’s nonverbal communication, which helps build mutual trust and deeper understanding, fostering an even stronger, more intimate and confident bond.

Infant massage courses are taught over a five-week period to give both the parent and baby time to learn and become comfortable with the massage. The environment of this class is relaxed and laid back, allowing you to spend quality time with your baby in the supportive company of other parents while learning a new, fun skill for connecting with your child. Partners or other primary caregivers are welcome to come as well. Bring your favorite blanket, yoga mat or towel for you and baby. Class size is limited, so preregister.

If you have any questions, contact instructor Paula Schaper at 971 275-2002 or pschaperlmt@gmail.com.

Other not-to-miss classes beginning this week include Mommy and Me Preschool, Mom and Me and Pony Makes Three, introduction to taekwondo and baby sitters’ training. An introductory kettlebell fitness workshop will be held Nov. 2 and lindy hop swing, an introductory level dance class begins Nov. 7. View class times and details at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.

Holiday shoppers looking for handcrafted items won’t want to miss the holiday bazaar Nov. 16 at the West Linn Adult Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the perfect small-scale bazaar for those who want to shop locally and still enjoy the variety of more than 25 vendors featuring jewelry, kids clothing, woodworks, paintings, sweets and more. For additional information, contact Tarra Wiencken at 503-557-4700 or by email at tweincken@westlinnoregon.gov.

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