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Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of classes and workshops

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Kids naturally love to dance. Lessons help with developing style, confidence and techniques.

At Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation we know nothing is more natural than kids dancing. We offer many dance classes that prove that, and these might just be the motivation your kids need to take their dancing to the next level. Sign up for these:

Hip Hop, Tumble & Breakdance 1 — A beginning hip-hop class with tumble on mats and breakdancing incorporated. Here are the details: for ages 5-8, 6:15-7 p.m. April 3-May 8, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $51.

Jazz 1 for Kids — A beginning jazz class, sure to inspire the novice dancer with this very expressive form of dance. Here are the details: for ages 5-8, 5:15-6 p.m., April 3-May 8, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $51.

Kids Sports

Little Tennis — Mini nets, foam balls and fun equipment are used to introduce hand-eye coordination to aspiring junior aces. Children develop skills through games and fun. No equipment required. Parent participation required for 3-year-old class. Here are the details: 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesdays for age 3 and 10:15 -10:45 a.m. Tuesdays for age 4, April 4-25, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $25.

Girls Youth Lacrosse Grades K-2 — Young lacrosse enthusiasts learn the fundamentals of women's lacrosse in a fun environment. Program runs weekend afternoons beginning April 8 through early June. Sign up for Kindergarten Start-Up Program, or Girls Grades 1-2 Skills, Scrimmages and Games Program. Registration now open. Visit www.loparks.org.

Junior Golf Camp — A fun opportunity for kids to improve their game in all areas with four days of golf, lessons and activities. Includes daily practice on the course. T-shirt and cap plus lunch each day included. Here are the details: for ages 6-17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28-31, LO Golf Course at 17525 S.W. Stafford Road, $149.

First Friday fun at the ACC

Tailgating Sports Night at the ACC — It's a Friday night kickoff to summer sports in Lake Oswego and that means it's time to tailgate and celebrate. Enjoy food hot-off-the-grill, homemade pretzels, crafted beer and social sports games. Our sports coordinators will be present for talkin' ball. Learn more about our adult sports leagues, stray player lists, open gym drop-in program and more. Here are the details: for ages 18 and older (ID required for beer), 6-8 p.m. April 7, Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 505 G Ave., $5 suggested donation.

Get Outdoors

Ape Caves Trip — The Ape Caves in southern Washington are the longest lava tube systems in the continental United States. The caves have stunning views of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and participants will enjoy their beauty and mystery without the summer crowds. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all their geological splendor. For ages 9 and older, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., April 1, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $75.

Get Creative

Intermediate Watercolor — Explore ideas and skills. Instructor will contact students prior to class start date. Buy materials from the instructor for purchase for $20 during class: good quality watercolor paper, tracing paper, Frisket and tape. For ages 18 and older, 9:30-11:30 a.m., April 5-June 7, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $120.

Bob Ross Oil Painting — Easy step-by-step class that takes beginners to seasoned painters from blank canvas to finished masterpiece in one class. All supplies provided. Visit loparks.org to view paintings. For ages 12 and older, 5:30-9 p.m., March 27, LOPR-Palisades at 1500 Greentree Road, $48.

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-Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road, Lake Oswego 97034; or fax 503-697-6579; 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 for Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.