LO Parks and Recreation events and activities

Try something new and exciting in 2013. Bring your friends to kick off the Valentine’s season Feb. 2 at the Scarlet O’Hara’s Romantic Dance.

Victorian dance is fun and easy to learn and if you can count to three you can twirl away the evening to “The Blue Danube” waltz. No partner or costume is required. Dancers are invited to enjoy tea and snacks provided by the Lake Oswego Youth Action Council.

Learn Victorian steps from 7 to 8 p.m. and then dance the night away and play parlor games from 8 to 11 p.m. If you preregister the cost is $5 dollars per person or pay $7 at the door.

Girls Friendship — Mindy Lockard, a nationally recognized etiquette expert and the founder of Mindy Lockard Gracious Living, will teach formal etiquette courses for people of all ages. The class is appropriate for corporate training for schools, government agencies and private companies. Age 8 to 10, Jan. 21, 1 to 4 p.m., $47.

Luscher Farm Area History Through Time — Learn about the early history of Luscher Farm, located in the old Hazelia area near Lake Oswego. We will cover the early settlement days to the present. Information includes discussion of the day-to-day life, discovery of the nearby Willamette Meteorite, stage coach mail service, old timers’ stories and the development of the city’s current showplace. Age 18 and older, Jan. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $10.

Intro to Photoshop — Improve your pictures dramatically. The software is fun, easy and useful. You will need a laptop computer with several JPEG images, pen and paper and any version of Photoshop. Because Photoshop has more than a thousand functions, we will limit this workshop to only the most frequent and relevant corrections. Age 12 and older, Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., $40.

Babysitter Training — Join us for a one-day course and learn to be the best babysitter on the block. Topics will include: accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid, child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a good babysitter. Age 11 to 15, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., $103.

Exploring Culinary Arts and Tastes — Discover the methods used to transform ingredients into delicious dishes. Whether it is savory, sweet, sour, spicy or bitter — learn how to complement or redefine cooking creations. Learn about food layering and pick up new twists in this workshop. Age 14 and older, Jan. 26, 2 to 5 p.m., $36.

Class registration information — Preregistration is required for nearly all parks and recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the “Discover Active Living” catalog, available at the West End Building, also online at You may register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Nonresidents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are available for Lake Oswego residents; call 503-635-0282.

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