Sign up for ukulele or guitar classes through West Linn Parks and Recreation. The classes start April 2, and are taught by Bill Price.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - Bill Price will be teaching ukulele and guitar lessons through West Linn Parks and Recreation starting April 2. Sign up now.

West Linn Parks and Recreation is pleased to have Bill Price teaching both ukulele and guitar classes beginning

April 2.

The ukulele is easy to play, inexpensive and lots of fun. The guitar class is fun and popular and designed for the absolute beginner. In each class you will quickly learn simple cords and strumming.

Students provide their own instruments for these classes. The classes start on April 2 with ukulele running from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and guitar following from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Both will be taught in the music room at Sunset Primary School.

Other parks and rec offerings of special note include:

Photography: Beginning and Advanced — Taught by Craftsman Photographer Dwon Guvenir, both the beginning and advanced classes start April 2, running from 7 to 9 p.m.

All students take the beginning session, which is an overview of how modern digital and film cameras function to create art. It's a great place to start if you aren't sure you want to take the time to develop your skills as a photographer.

Those continuing on the Advanced Photography class continues for two more sessions and focuses on the skills necessary to put the student in complete control of the technology and art of photography. Bring camera and manual.

Visit instructor's website Cost for beginning class is $50, advanced class is $115.

Cooking with Surja: Braised Lamb — A great feast dish to celebrate Easter and the freshness of spring. Guaranteed to win praise from your lucky guests, this gourmet meal synergistically combines port, red wine, fruit and herbs using a sauce reduction technique.

Also, learn about mushroom hunting in Oregon as we use wild mushrooms for making a side dish of potato scaloppini. The class is being held on Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a registration fee of $40 and materials fee payable to instructor.

Monday Matinee — Showtime is 1 p.m. at the Adult Community Center for the monthly movie on March 12. Join others to watch a great movie and enjoy popcorn and drinks. Here's a synopsis of this month's movie: "A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family." Can you name this movie?

Photo Challenge — Winter is a beautiful time to take pictures in West Linn. We are looking for amateur photographers to enter the Fall/Winter Photo Challenge. There are numerous categories including Photos by Kids. The submission deadline is March 21. Further details are on our Parks & Recreation website or call 503-557-4700 for details.

School's Out - Let's go Fishing! — Students ages 8-12 will 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, snack, waterproof shoes and raingear required for this adventure. Program provided by Coyle Outside and is taking place March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fee of $70. The meet location for this adventure is Mary S. Young Park.

Registration information — Details on programs offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at or in the Activities Guide. You may register by internet, mail, or drop-off at City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Call 503-557-4700 for more information.

Ken Wariner is the Assistant Director of West Linn Parks and Recreation Department.

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