If Lake Oswego resident George Kent is any indication, playing pickleball could be the secret to a long and healthy life.
George, a regular pickleball player, recently celebrated his 96th by playing a game of pickleball. Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation offers drop-in sessions at the Palisades center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays — as well as some Fridays and Sundays — for pickleball play, for all skill levels. Visit lakeoswegosports.com for times. Cost is $3 per session, and the activity is for ages 18 and older.
Men's and coed softball leagues — Sign up for softball league play through Lake Oswego Parks & Rec. Men's leagues play Monday and Tuesday and an Over 35 men's league plays on Thursday. These are double-header leagues, with play continuing for seven weeks, ending with a double elimination tournament. The Friday Coed Leagues play single games on a seven-week schedule and finish with a double elimination tournament. League play begins the week of June 5. For more information, visit oswegosoftball.com.
Adult CPR, First Aid and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Certification 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., Saturday, April 22, LOPR-Palisades on 1500 Greentree Road, $98.
Cutting garden basics — Learn how to select annual and perennial flowering plants for your garden to create beautiful bouquets. Learn the proper care needed to extend their life after picking. How to pick different types of flowers and how to arrange them will be covered. This class is held in the historic farmhouse parlor. Here are the details: for ages 18 and older, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, Luscher Farm at 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn, $10.
Intro to Guitar — Experience the joy and sense of accomplishment in learning to play the guitar. This fun course is designed to teach the basic fundamentals and techniques needed to play any musical style. Here are the details: for ages 18 and older, 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, April 26-June 7, LOPR-Adult Community Center at 505 G Ave., $66.
Choral Group — Whether you have not sung in years or you've been singing your entire life, this is an opportunity to socialize with other music lovers. Learn the basics of proper vocal techniques, warm-ups and vocal health. This class provides physical and mental benefits beyond the joy of singing. Here are the details: for ages 18 and older, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 26-June 7, LOPR-Adult Community Center at 505 G Ave., $36.
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; or fax 503-697-6579; phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships are available for Lake Oswego residents.
Judy Nelson is a registrar for Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.