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Kids invited to run with the high school cross country teams. It is free, and lots of fun.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The cross-country teams at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high will lead youth in one-mile runs this fall. The events are free and open to those in grades 3-8.

Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high school cross country teams will lead Lake Oswego youth on one-mile runs this fall.

The free runs are scheduled Sept. 14 and leave from Uplands Elementary, 2055 Wembley Park Road with the LOHS team; and Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 at Pilkington Park, 19043 Pilkington Road, with the Lakeridge team. Runners in grades 3-8 should arrive by 4:15 p.m. because the runs begin at 4:30 p.m.

Mini-Ballerinas — This is an introduction to ballet, with circle time and free dance incorporated. Parents are invited to observe at the end of class. Here are the details: for ages 3-5, 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, or Saturday, Sept. 16-Oct. 21 at 9:45-10:30 a.m. LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $51.

Tiny Boppers — Dancers sing and move to music to work on motor coordination, rhythm, strength and self-confidence. Parents required to participate. Here are the details: for ages 1-3, 9-9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $31.

Introduction to Fencing — Learn the basic skills of the Olympic sport of sabre fencing. This dynamic sport offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength and agility. Here are the details: for ages 7-12, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25. LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $98.

Yoga for Kids — Students clear their minds and strengthen their bodies in this fun and imaginative class. Mats are provided. Here are the details: for ages 5-11, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 26, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $98.

Kids & Teens Get Interested

Babysitter Training — Topics include accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid, child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a good babysitter. Here are the details: for ages 10-15, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Sept. 16, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $93.

Adult CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Training — Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first-aid emergencies or give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person. Students receive certification upon completion of class. Here are the details: For ages 10 and older, 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Sept. 30, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $98.

Luscher Farm

Create Year Round Garden

Color — Add color to your garden throughout the seasons with perennials and discover why autumn is the best time to plant. Perennials' dependability and low maintenance make a flower garden easy. Here are the details: for ages 18 and older, 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 16, Farmhouse Parlor at Luscher Farm at 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn, $15.

Cooking with Seasonal Produce Series — Wondering how to make the best use out of your Community Supported Agriculture or farmers market purchase? Spend an afternoon on the farm with Chef Laura Content and leave with new ideas. These hands-on classes, for ages 18 and older, cover delicious, adaptable recipes and preservation tips. Here are the details: Soups, Salads and Starters will be held 2-5 p.m. Sept. 9; Eggs, Grains and Beans will be held 2-5 p.m., Oct. 14; and Pastas and Gratins is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Nov. 11, all at Luscher Farm at 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn, $49 per class.

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; phone 503-675-2549; or fax 503-697-6579.

Judy Nelson is a registrar for Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.

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