From tennis to art and more, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation has a variety of activities for preschoolers and older.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Little Tennis program is offered through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation to teach preschoolers tennis.

The staff at Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation believes it is never too early to introduce children to sports. The Little Tennis program is ideal for preschoolers.

Mini nets, foam balls and fun equipment are used to introduce hand-eye coordination to aspiring junior aces. Children develop skills through games, fun and high-fives. No equipment required. Wear athletic shoes. Parent participation required for 3 year-old class. Those ages 3 play Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; those ages 4 play Tuesdays from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Both classes run Oct. 24 through Nov. 28, LOPR-Palisades, $40.

Preschool Fun

Sign up for this new class — Build-it! Using DUPLO® Materials — Build a foundation for engineering with DUPLO! Create airplanes, drawbridges, seesaws, cranes and more. Parents are welcome to join the fun as young builders learn about shapes, colors, patterns and counting. This also includes free admission to Monday Indoor Playground after class. For ages 3-5, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mondays, Oct. 30-Dec. 18, LOPR-Palisades, $119.

Kids Art Lab — Explore different types of art techniques and media; drawing painting, printmaking and mixed media while learning about various artists. Use an array of materials to inspire your own interpretation of ideas. For ages 7-12, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4, LOPR-Palisades, $77.

Stewardship Opportunity at Springbrook Park — Friends of Springbrook Park invite you help restore the 52-acre forest park located behind the soccer field at Uplands Grade School from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 14. Look for signs for the planting site in the woods. Park at Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd. Contact Tom Bland at 503-636-8696 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Farm Life is the Life for Me — Help Friends of Luscher Farm as they do some planting and mulching on the nearby Brock Property, located in the rolling hills near Luscher Farm. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather. Bring work gloves and water to drink. The work party will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14. Park at 344 Rosemont 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..

Outdoor Adventure

Search and Rescue — Learn search and rescue techniques such as basic map and compass skills, primitive orienteering and grid search, wilderness first aid and systems for managing a rescue from an expert. Practice military escape and evasion techniques, how to be found or stay hidden. For ages 9-14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28, Mary S. Young Park, $42.

Fun at the Adult Community Center

Knitting with Kat for Beginners — Learn the stitches to make your own accessories in this beginner level knitting course. All materials provided for new students. For ages 18+, 10-11:30 a.m., Fridays, Oct. 27-Dec. 15, Adult Community Center, $13.

50+ Zumba Gold — Join the party! Enjoy easy-to-follow dance moves set to high-energy Latin and international music. Cardio-based class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with an aerobic fitness approach. No previous experience needed. For ages 50-plus, 4 to 5 p.m., Mondays, Oct 30-Dec. 11, Adult Community Center, $49.

50+ Aerobic Exercise to Music — Easy low-impact class designed for adults who love to dance and move. Improve flexibility, strength, balance and posture as you move to music from the 1950s and 60s. Instructor will alternate from chair to standing. For ages 50-plus, 9 to 9:50 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 14, Adult Community Center, $72.

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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