by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The 59th annual Christmas Ship Parade will proceed down the Willamette River from Portland to George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego Dec. 14. The lighted ships should arrive by 6:30 p.m.

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation department suggests you mark your calendar for Dec. 14 when the magical Christmas Ship Parade comes down the Willamette River to George Rogers Park.

This is the 59th year of the parade, which began in 1954 with a lone sailboat from the Portland Yacht Club.

Today, as many as 60 boats are expected to make up the two fleets which make their way to Lake Oswego. The decorated boats will depart from RiverPlace Marina in Portland and continue as far as George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, arriving between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Make plans to enjoy the sparkle of the colorful flotillas from the shores of LO’s Foothills Park. A warm fire in the park shelter will guard you from the frigid winter temperatures. The event is dependent upon weather and river conditions. For additional information visit

Gingerbread House Workshop. Chef Laura Content teaches you to bake gingerbread, decorate a gingerbread house, and take home some dough to bake. When you’re done, make holiday cards to share. Ages 6 to 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, $40.

Make a Holiday Smoothie. Add fresh produce to your morning and create a drink that aids digestion and adds energy to your life. Using seasonal fruits and vegetables, learn to create smoothies! Peppermint, pumpkin and even eggnog flavors add another dimension to a healthful and cheery beverage! Ages 18 and older, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, $21.

Art from the Heart. Art projects for kids to make and give as gifts to loved ones, cookie decorating and photo opportunities with Santa. Bring your camera. Parent participation is required. Ages 1 to 7 years old, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, $15.

Fused Jewelry. No experience necessary for this class where you create beautiful fused glass jewelry. Play with various colors and shapes of glass as well as the ever popular dichroic glass. Ages 16 and older, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, $50.

Little Chefs: Sandwiches Are Wonderful. Preschoolers make a healthy snack with produce from the garden and develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Price is per parent and child. Register in the child’s name. Ages 3 to 8, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Dec. 14, $19.

Kids in the Kitchen: Macaroni & Cheese and Lemon Sorbet. Hands-on fun in the kitchen! Learn important cooking skills while preparing a healthy meal using produce from the Children’s Garden. Allow creativity to mesh with culinary techniques for exciting results. Ages 6 to 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, $27.

Class registration information

Preregistration is required for nearly all Parks and Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks and Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at You can 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 503-697-6579 or call 503-675-2549. Nonresidents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes, visit

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