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Learn about local wildlife by attending the Beaver Ambassadors sessions held each Tuesday through July from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Mary S. Young Park, home to many amazing beavers and other animals.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The Beaver Ambassadors will meet each Tuesday evening through July 31 at Mary S. Young Park between 8 and 9:30 p.m. to share information about beavers.

West Linn Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the Meet the Beaver events are back. Each Tuesday through July 30 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Beaver Ambassadors will be at Mary S. Young Park to share information about beavers. If you have never witnessed a beaver in the wild this is a perfect opportunity to learn about this amazing creature. The program is open to all. Bring a camera and please leave dogs at home.

The Beaver Ambassadors program began at Mary S. Young Park because of the accessibility people have to view, experience and understand beavers and their activity. Beavers are primarily nocturnal, coming out of their dams about the same time every day, about 8 p.m.

While you can view them on your own, the Beaver Ambassadors are eager to guide you through this wildlife viewing experience.

For those community members who have found the trail conditions challenging or the loss of trees disheartening, you are encouraged to come out to meet the Ambassadors. They've been working to find a balance, but managing this species brings unique challenges. Expect to see other species as well. Beavers create homes for all sorts of other plants and animals. Visit beaverambassadors.com for additional events and complete project information.

West Linn Parks also has openings for these YMCA camps taking place in July. Register online at westlinnoregon.gov.

Y Chef Around The World — For ages 7 through 12. No passport required to take this culinary journey around the world. Chefs learn about creating recipes, nutrition and using cooking utensils all while cooking new and exciting cuisine from all around the world. Held downstairs at Sunset Firehall 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 15-19. Fee is $220.

Lego Junior Into The Wild — For ages 4-6. One of the wonderful parts about childhood is discovering all the amazing animals that live on the planet. In this class learn about animals and their habitat through building models of animals with Legos, while learning about what makes these animals special and unique. Held at Rosemont Ridge Middle School, 9 a.m. to noon July 22 through 26. Fee is $155.

Acting — For ages 7-12. Whether you are a drama queen or the king of comedy this camps is a mix of dramatic, comedic and improvisational acting. Our instructors have extensive background in teaching the fundamentals of acting. Held upstairs at Sunset Firehall 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. Fee is $220.

Storybook Y Chef — For ages 4-6. Campers will bring favorite childhood books to life with games, crafts and food. After reading the story they will create a recipe inspired by the book. Held downstairs in Sunset Firehall, 9 a.m. to noon, July 29 through Aug. 2. Fee is $155.

Time to get excited, West Linn residents! The annual Street Dance is Saturday, July 13. Now in its 13th year, the annual Street Dance is a highlight of the summer. Activities, include street food vendors (beginning at 5 p.m.) juggler Mag Hughes performs at 5:30 p.m. Musicians from Youth Music Project take the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by the headliner My Happy Pill, playing for your dancing enjoyment from 8- 11 p.m. Full details available at westlinnoregon.gov/streetdance or call West Linn Parks and Recreation at 503-557-4700.

Terri Jones is a recreation coordinator II for West Linn Parks and Recreation.


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