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Calling all eighth graders: Applications are now being accepted for ambassador positions for the West Linn Old Time Festival. Learn more here.

Want to be an ambassador for the West Linn Old Time Fair? Applications are now being accepted.

You might have noticed a name change to a West Linn tradition last year. The annual West Linn Old Time Festival has renamed the fair court to fair ambassadors, still with the same role of promoting the fair.

This year's team of ambassadors, led by Queen Avery Mickey, has been visiting middle schools in West Linn to talk about the upcoming selection process for the 2020 program. An informational meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the West Linn Adult Community Center (WLACC), 1180 Rosemont Road for all prospective candidates. All eighth grade students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, or private and home schools, are encouraged to apply. For more information and an application packet visit West Linn Parks and Recreation's website, westlinnoregon.gov/oldtimefair/old-time-fair-ambassadors-program.

Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road.

Selection interviews and speeches are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the McLean House in West Linn.

The program has evolved to better reflect the role and responsibilities of the selected students and to include all students interested in service to the community, improving their public speaking abilities and promoting the ongoing tradition of the fair. Any questions about the program or interest in helping with the fair should be directed to staff with the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department at 503-557-4700.

Here is a list of Parks and Rec classes starting between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4: Sign up now.

Introduction to Magic (for ages 9-18): Students learn basic theory and philosophy of performing magic for a live audience. Both close-up and parlor magic will be taught. Instructor is Danny Schreiber. Class is held at WLACC. Class runs 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 29 through March 18, cost is $108.

Kidz Love Soccer offers Mommy/Daddy & Me (for ages 2-3 1/2): Introduce yourself and your toddler to the world's most popular game — soccer! As you and your child participate in our fun age appropriate activities, your child will be developing their large motor skills and socialization skills. The fun happens on the field; parents are part of the action, not watching from the sidelines. All participants receive a Kidz Love Soccer jersey. Class is held from 9-9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 8 through March 14 at Willamette Primary School turf field. Cost is $104.

LittleBits Laboratory: Mechatronic Masterminds (for ages 11-14): Explore the basics of mechatronics engineering and logic based programming as students use LittleBits and work together to design gadgets, tools and machines such as an articulated hand. Meet 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 through March 10 at WLACC. Cost is $246.

Volunteerism: Volunteers as young as 13 years old are welcome to help clean trails and garden areas at Maddax Woods located at 5785 River St. in West Linn. Work parties are held the third Saturday of every month beginning at 9 a.m. Tools and refreshments are provided. Prior registration is preferred through SOLVE at solveoregon.gov.

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Information on all of the programs offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at www.westlinoregon.gov/parksrec. You may register by internet, mail, or drop-off at City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Call for more information 503-557-4700. For questions about classes through the Adult Community Center call 503-557-4704.


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