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A new after-school class for young children, focusing on art and science, has opened its doors in Brooklyn

RITA A. LEONARD - Artist Mason Parker poses next to the Brooklyn Businesses mural he painted on the front of Rose City Martial Arts on Milwaukie Avenue; thats where the new after-school art and science class for kids is held.  An after-school art and science program for students between the ages of 6 and 13 has opened on Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The cooperative community venture in space provided by Rose City Martial Arts, at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, is supervised by Jocelyn Gruppe-Mueller, who is also associated with the business next door, "Know Thy Food" grocery. Students attend between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, although the program hopes to add a morning session as well.

The new community program includes exercise, storytime, arts, crafts, and science experiences provided by parents on a rotating basis. Jim Schmeckel, co-owner of Rose City Martial Arts, currently teaches a martial arts component for the program, which also includes games, chess, snacktime, freeze tag – as well as downtime, when kids can work on homework or read.

Former Sellwood resident Mason Parker, a local artist who normally works with ink and watercolors, recently completed a mural on the front of the building which depicts Brooklyn businesses along Milwaukie Avenue pointing out places to "Shop Local". Parker's "Regional Art of Oregon" illustrated notecards are sold at "Know Thy Food", featuring colorful images of Oregon's regional vistas.

For more information on the new after-school art and science classes, contact Jocelyn Gruppe-Mueller at 503/206-5766.


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