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Group lessons introduce students to the basics of music theory, then learn to play songs

COURTESY PHOTO - Adults wanting to learn to play the piano can do so, through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.Is learning to play the piano on your bucket list?

Then Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation has a class for you. Adults can learn basic skills of playing the piano, on a keyboard. Group lessons introduce students to the basics of music theory, then learn to play songs, read music and rhythmic expression. The class is for those age 18+ and meets from 6:15-7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 27 through April 16 at Christ Church Parish (CCP). Cost is $76.

Following are other opportunities offered through LO Parks:

Youth Rowing

Middle School Rowing — The middle school rowing program is a unique sporting experience, and the objective is to develop a lifetime love of rowing by focusing on the FUNdamentals of the sport. Participants learn the basics of the rowing stroke, safe navigation and correct use of equipment. On the water the focus is teamwork, and rowers will learn to master the use of the single boat as well as "eights," the biggest team boats. Off the water participants engage in structured physical exercise and guided active games to safely develop cardiovascular, flexibility and muscular fitness. This program is for all current 7th and 8th graders, 12- and 13-year-olds. Arrival time is flexible to accommodate variable school release times. Two sections are offered: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 24 through March 18 or 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 29 through March 22. At the Water Sports Center (WSC), cost is $275.

Stewardship Opportunities

Mulch and plant at Springbrook Park — Saturday, Feb. 22, 9-11 a.m. Join Friends of Springbrook Park to spread mulch, plant native species and remove invasive species to restore the natural area. Parking suggested at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road. The park trailhead is behind the playground. Contact Kim Sloat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-677-7815.

Dance

Broadway Jazz for Kids — A beginning jazz class that introduces basic jazz technique, warmups and sequences. For ages 8-11, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 28-April 17 at CCP. Cost is $55.

Little Hulas — A fun introduction to hula dance that focuses on rhythm and movement, props provided. For ages 3-5, 4:15-5 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 28-April 17 at CCP. Cost is $55.

Lyrical Dance for Teens — This class will cover the basics of ballet, jazz and modern techniques, while focusing on the relationship between movement and music. Learn routines that tell expressive stories to contemporary and modern music. Teen Lounge members may attend this class free of charge. For ages 11-17, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 28-April 17 at CCP. Cost is $55.

Art for Kids

Little Masters — Enjoy fun sensory exploration while making art. Use a variety of mediums to create art while engaging the senses of touch, smell and sound. 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, Feb. 28-April 17 at CCP. Cost is $55.

Cartooning for Kids — Improve your drawing skills as you create your own storyboard, characters and finished comic strip. Create characters in action along with various background settings. For ages 8-12, 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 25-April 7 at CCP. Cost is $76.

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 or 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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