Online and phone registration for Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's fall classes and programs will be open to in-district residents starting Saturday - three weeks earlier than previous years.

'Earlier registration will enable us to start fall classes earlier (Sept. 12), therefore shortening the break between our summer and fall terms,' said Sharon Hoffmeister, superintendent of aquatics and registration coordinator for the park district. 'When we surveyed our patrons, that's what they told us they want.'

The change also allows the park district to extend its classes by one week.

Online and phone registration for park district residents will begin at 8 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. on Saturday. It will continue Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday through Friday, Aug. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Patrons registering by computer for the first time must establish an online account in advance at . Those registering by phone simply need to call 503-439-9400 starting Saturday.

THPRD will again offer, on a limited basis, Spanish language assistance during phone-in registration for classes and programs. The service will be available on Saturday.

For residents living outside the district, registration will begin Aug. 26 at 8:30 a.m. Those who have paid an assessment fee ($70 quarterly) may register by phone, fax, Internet, mail or walk-in starting that day.

All residents registering by phone must have class information handy, along with credit card or debit information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or THPRD gift card) and a valid THPRD residency card. A resident may register only for his or her own immediate family. Those with questions in advance should call 503-645-6433.

Class registration instructions and forms are in the park district's Fall 2011 Activities Guide, which is available online at .

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