Art, yoga, taekwondo and more offered by new two-city project in Fairview, Wood Village.

CONTRIBUTED - Kids and adults show off their masterpieces created during a recent Family Art Exploration event held at Fairview Community Center earlier in August.

The East (Multnomah) County Recreation program has already showered the summer with opportunities to create art, learn a new musical instrument or just kick around the futbol. And there's still plenty of fun to be had.

Organized by city leaders in Fairview and Wood Village, the new program focuses on students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Reynolds School District — though all are welcome.

"Rather than creating programing and hoping people will come, (we're) going out and engaging with the community and asking them what they want," Recreation Coordinator Katherine Ashford said. "I think that's going to be the key to our success."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Proud volunteers gather around a old Elks Club bus that will be converted into a mobile art studio. 'Art is a good way to help heal children, families and communities from trauma,' one participant wrote in Spanish. In the past months, the rec program has partnered with Free Arts NW to convert a former Elks Club bus into a roaming art studio, which is nearly completed.

"(There are) opportunities for the business community to assist with the development of the recreation program through sponsorship, donation or philanthropic participation with us," Fairview City Manager Nolan Young said. "Scholarships is one of the largest needs."

Some scholarships are already available. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 503-674-6202.

CONTRIBUTED - Local community members are working together to get this mobile art bus ready. An exhibition of the bus is planned for Fairview on the Green, an annual festival slated for Saturday, Aug. 19 this year. • Family Soccer En Espanol is free every Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., through the end of August at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road.

• Children's Piano Lessons take place Mondays or Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave. The cost is $50. Private lessons are available by arrangement.

• Hip Hop Dance classes led by Jessica Ideson are planned from 1-3 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St., from Tuesday, Aug. 15, to Friday, Aug. 18. The cost is $50.

• For aspiring musicians ages 6 to 15, a Rock Band Camp organized by Portland's RMC Studios runs from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 22-25, also at the Fairview Community Center. The camp costs $50.

• Yoga in the Park happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 15 to Sept. 7 at Fairview Community Park, 1300 N.E. Village St., from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Open to ages 12 and up, the mixed-level Hatha style yoga costs $45. Kris Myers, a city intern studying exercise science at Portland Community College and Portland State University, will lead the class.

• U.S. World Taekwondo classes are scheduled each Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St., during September. Husband and wife duo Sam and Claire Lider will instruct students for a cost of $50.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - About 12 students have signed up to tickle the ivories at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church. The cost of the children's piano lessons is $50.

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