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Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation offers many classes for people of all ages and abilities, like tai chi.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Learn all the benefits and movements in tai chi in an exploration class starting May 9.

Want to learn more about tai chi? Attend the Tai Chi Exploration class series offered by Lake Oswego Parks and Rec.

The teacher-guided portion of the class emphasizes coordination of footwork and arm movements, along with transitions to create the continuously flowing routine. Students will be offered the opportunity to explore a more self sufficient practice.

This class is for those who are physically active at least twice a week. For ages 18+. The class meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 9 through June 27 at the Adult Community Center; cost is $74.

Outdoor adventure

Scappoose Bay Mother's Day Paddle — Spend Mother's Day with your adventuresome mom. Join AWL for a day of paddling, bird watching and fizzy drink toasting on the water. We will keep our eyes peeled for migrating snowy egrets, great blue herons and osprey as we explore the hidden waterways and sunken forests of Scappoose Bay. For ages 6+, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, May 12. Meet at Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm. Cost is $73 per person.

Golf clinics for kids

Kool Kidz Clinics (for new recruits) — New to golf? This fun-filled beginner clinic gets new recruits up to speed on the basics and enjoying this great game in no time. Arrive 10 minutes early; no make-up classes.

Only registered students may attend. Ages 6 through 9 meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 11 and 18. Ages 10 and over meet from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 5. Both sessions meet at the Lake Oswego Golf Course. Cost for either clinic is $50.

Kool Kidz Clinics (birdie hunters) — So you know the basics but you want to raise your game to the next level. Come join the birdie hunters and let's chase down those rare birds. Arrive 10 minutes early; no make-up classes. Only registered students may attend. This is the follow-up to the clinic for new recruits and is for ages 10+. Clinic runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, May 19 at the golf course, cost is $50.

Dance for adults

Line Dance for Adults — A fun and easy hour learning basic patterns, steps and dances. Bring your friends and meet others who enjoy dancing and staying active, all while moving to great music. For ages 18+, 7-8 p.m., Mondays, May 6 through June 17, Christ Church Parish, $36.

Babysitter Training — Topics include accident prevention, handling emergencies, first aid and child development, positive supervision and the rights and responsibilities of a "good" babysitter. For ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, CCP, $107. Additional classes offered throughout the summer.

Get energized and fit

50+ Zumba Gold — Ditch the workout, join the party. Enjoy rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international music. Cardio-based class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach. Easy to follow dance moves and no previous dance experience necessary. For ages 50+, 4-5 p.m., Mondays, May 13 through June 24 at the Adult Community Center, $43.

Planning for the future

Social Security Planning Workshop for Couples — The Social Security decisions spouses make when they are in their 60s will determine the amount of total income they will receive over their lifetime — including the lifetime of the spouse who lives the longest. Learn little-known rules that can help married couples get more out of the Social Security system. For ages 55+, 6-8 p.m., Monday, May 13, Adult Community Center, $15.

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, at the Public Golf Course, 17525 Stafford Road, Lake Oswego 97035; or fax 503-697-6579; phone 503-675-2549.

Nonresidents 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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