Want to try something new for exercise? Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation has offered Nia, or Non-Impact Aerobics, for many years. It is a fun class designed to condition the mind, body and spirit through a blend of dance and martial arts. You can try it for free by attending a class offered from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
Nia improves flexibility, mobility, stamina and strength, while moving to invigorating and inspirational music, designed to create sensation and bring awareness to your movement habits. It is easiest done with bare feet.
Try it for free and then sign up for the session meeting from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through March 17 at the ACC. Cost for the session is $61.
Little Masters — See, smell and touch as you take a sensory exploration while making art using a variety of mediums. Parent participation is required. This class also includes free admission to Friday Indoor Playground after class. For ages 2-5, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, Christ Church Parish (CCP), $55.
NEW! Drawing for Adults — This class is for all levels of experience. Draw from observation and images while focusing on line, shading, proportion, composition and texture. Explore drawing the human form and explore perspective drawing. For ages 18+. Two sessions offered: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18 or 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. Cost for either session is $136.
Bob Ross Oil Painting of Red Barn with Cedar — Enjoy this easy step-by-step class, suitable for beginners to seasoned painters. Take home your own unique masterpiece at the end of the one-day class. All supplies provided. Visit loparks.org to view paintings. For ages 12+, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, CCP, $52.
Uke Can Do It — The "Uke Can Do It" course is dedicated to learning the ukulele, a tiny instrument with a big sound that promotes a spirit of fun. Learn your favorite songs and get to know more about this awesome instrument. For ages 18+, 6-7 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 24, CCP, $51.
Ukulele for Kids — Same as above but for ages 8 through 12. Ukes provided. Meets 4-4:45 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 24, CCP, $76.
Just Sing! — Singing is good for the soul. If you haven't sung in years, or are a seasoned singer, come join others as you all lift your voices in song. Learn the basics of proper vocal techniques, warm-ups and vocal health. For ages 18+, 5-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, CCP, $51.
Kids Choir — All aspiring singers are welcome to join this group, no experience required. Have fun harmonizing with others who singing fun songs. For ages 6-10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19, CCP, $77.
Strength and Balance — Strength and Balance is a new class that aims to increase balance and bone density, and promote wellness, lean muscle and overall strength. For ages 18+, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Jan. 24-March 6, ACC, $57.
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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