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Like to be involved in the community? Sign up to be a special event volunteer with Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.

SUBMITTEED PHOTO - Volunteers are wanting to help put on special events through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation. An orientation meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 26.

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation needs members for its Special Events volunteer team.

As a means of recruiting volunteers we will hold an orientation and sign-up meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 26 at the new Maintenance Center, located at 17601 Pilkington Road. Make new friends and get in on the action of putting on community events.

All are welcome, refreshments will be served. For more information contact Mary Kelly, volunteer coordinator at 503-697-6517 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stewardship Opportunities

Preschool Nature Walk — Hug a Tree takes place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Springbrook Park, entrance at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road. Join us to walk the trail looking for examples of trees helping animals and plants, and find your special tree to thank with a great big hug.

Springbrook Park work party— The party takes place from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21. Celebrate Earth Day by planting native sword ferns with Friends of Springbrook Park and help clear invasive species in this 50-acre natural habitat. Park at Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Road. Contact Laura Tanz at 503-636-5120 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Woodmont Park work party— The party takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Happy Earth Day! Join the Friends of Woodmont Park to clear invasive ivy, grasses and blackberries. Park on Atwater Road and Knaus Road. Contact Heidi Schrimsher at 503-754-6640 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kids Get Active

Introduction to Fencing — Learn the basic tactical and technical skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing. This sport offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength and stamina. Safety is emphasized. Equipment is provided. For ages 7-12, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, April 11-May 23, LOPR-Palisades, $100.

Little Hulas — A fun and basic introduction to hula dance that focuses on rhythm and movement, props provided. For ages 3-5, 4:15-5 p.m., Friday, April 13-May 18, LOPR-Palisades, $53.

Tiny Boppers — Dancers sing and move along to music to work on motor coordination, rhythm, strength and self-confidence. Parents encouraged to observe or participate. For ages 1-3, 9-9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14-May 19, LOPR-Palisades, $33.

First Steps in Music — Parents and kiddos experience music together. Learn to use instruments, sing and dance. For ages 1-3, 10-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11-May 16, LOPR-Palisades, $60

Healthy Living

Nourish Your Gut — This two-day workshop teaches you how to achieve and maintain a healthy gut. Discover what foods nourish your microbiome and what foods compromise the health of your digestive tract. For ages 18+, 10 a.m.- noon Saturday April 7 and 14, Adult Community Center, $26.

Outdoor Adventure

Kayaking Scappoose Bay — Join Adventures without Limits on a kayaking adventure in Scappoose Bay. Paddle through a flooded forest, and see herons, beavers, osprey and fish. Perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers. For ages 6+, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 8, LOPR-Palisades, $71.

Registration Information

Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide and online at www.loparks.org. 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 for Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.

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