Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation offers plenty of programs for starting the New Year with new activities. There is something for everyone.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: - The Lake Oswego Parks and Rec Teen Songwriting Class is perfect for teens who love music. Sign up now.

The staff at Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation knows teens love music, and just bet many of them walk around with a song in their heart every day.

So Songwriting for Teens is designed especially for them. It's a class for musicians of all skill sets. Bring your guitar, bass, ukulele, voice, any instrument, and let us help you write your own song. Registered Teen Lounge participants can attend this class for free. Here are the details: For ages 11-17, 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 22-March 19, LOPR-Palisades, $75.

Here's another class for teens:

Babysitter Training — Topics include accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid and child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a good babysitter. Here are the details: For ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, LOPR-Palisades, $93.

No School Day Fishing Trip

School's Out-Let's Go Fishing! — Travel to a local, stocked lake to catch fish all day. Learn the fundamentals and come home with dinner. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. Lunch, snacks, waterproof shoes and raingear required for this adventure. Here are the details: For ages 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15, Mary S. Young Park, $77.

Find the Artist Within

Bob Ross Oil Painting —Easy step-by-step class takes beginners to seasoned painters from blank canvas to finished masterpiece in one session. All supplies provided. Visit to view paintings. Here are the details: For ages 12 +, paint Harvest Moon o'er the Mountain, Monday, Jan. 22, LOPR-Palisades, $74.

Pottery Throwing — Learn the art of throwing clay on the pottery wheel. Learn to center clay and create functional pieces like cups, bowls and vases. Experiment with adding handles, textures and combining thrown forms. Here are the details: For ages 12+, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 13, or Thursdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 15, Greentree Art Studio, $138.

Origami — Explore the timeless Japanese art form of origami. Make individualized art and fun models of your own imagination. Origami uses critical thinking and can enhance creativity and mindfulness. Rec Zone and Teen Lounge members may attend this class for free. Here are the details: For ages 6-10, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, or ages 11-17, 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, LOPR-Palisades, $93.

Improve Your

Sense of Well-Being

Roll Away Tension — Experience myofascial and release muscle tension, relieve pain and reduce stress with the help of a foam roller, your own body weight and gravity. Everyone can benefit. Bring a mat, and a roller if you have one. Rollers available to purchase at class for $20, payable to instructors Cynthia Ferrier, MD and Ryan Crosby MSW, RYT. Here are the details: For ages 18+, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 27, LOPR-Palisades, $36.


NEW! Build-It! Using DUPLO Materials — Build a foundation for engineering with Duplo blocks. Create airplanes, drawbridges, seesaws, cranes and more. Parents are welcome to join the fun as young builders learn about shapes, colors, patterns and counting. Here are the details: For ages 3-5, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mondays, Jan. 22-March 5, LOPR-Palisades, $119.

NEW! Mighty Musketeers — Have fun developing a love for the Olympic sport of fencing. The journey of strategy and quick thinking starts here. Here are the details: For ages 4-5, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Mondays, Jan. 22-March 5, LOPR-Palisades, $59.

Little Masters — Take an exciting sensory exploration using a variety of mediums to create art while engaging the senses. Parent participation required. This class also includes free admission to Friday Indoor Playground after class. Here are the details: For ages 2-5, 9:30 to10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23, LOPR-Palisades, $53.

Registration Information — Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide and online at You may register by internet, mail, drop-off during business hours at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation-Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road, Lake Oswego 97034; or fax 503-697-6579; phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are also available for Lake Oswego residents.

Judy Nelson is a registrar with Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.

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