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Starting to think of retiring? Attend the Social Security Planning Workshop offered at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. What you learn could put the plan in action.

COURTESY PHOTO - People contemplating retirement should attend the Social Security Planning Workshop on July 15 to learn how to maximize their finances.

Beginning to think about retirement? Then you'll want to attend the Social Security Planning Workshop for Boomers so you can learn to maximize your income from Social Security. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. For ages 55+, 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 15, Adult Community Center, $15.

Other upcoming classes include:

Adult CPR, First Aid and AED Training — Get certified in CPR. Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first-aid emergencies or give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person. Students receive certification upon completion of class. For ages 10+, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Christ Church Parish, $99.

Outdoor Adventure

Ninja Warrior Camps — Learn stealth, slack lining, acrobatics/tumbling, running, stage fighting and object manipulation. For ages 10-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 12-16, Foothills Park, $306.

Get Creative

Bob Ross Oil Painting — Crater Lake is the focus of this easy, step-by-step class, suitable for beginners to seasoned painters. Take home your own masterpiece at the end of the one-day class. All supplies provided. Visit loparks.org to view paintings. For ages 12+, 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, July 22, Adult Community Center, $49.

Paper Quilling — Use strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, looped, curled, twisted, pinched, glued and otherwise manipulated to create shapes to design a variety of art. Quilling paper and tools provided. For ages 18+, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 10, Christ Church Parish, $27.

Music and Song

Uke Can Do It — The course is dedicated to learning the ukulele, a tiny instrument with a big sound. Learn how to play your favorite songs, jam out with some chords, and get to know more about this awesome instrument. For ages 18+, 7:15-8 p.m. Mondays, July 29-Sept. 9, Christ Church Parish, $49.

Just Sing — Whether you haven't sung in years or have been singing your entire life, come raise your voice in song. Learn the basics of proper vocal techniques, warm-ups and vocal health. This class provides physical and mental benefits and the chance to socialize with other music lovers. For ages 18+, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 8-Sept. 11, Adult Community Center, $49.

Golf Lessons

Level 2 Novice Guide to Golf for Adults — Perfect for those who have a grasp of the fundamentals and have played a few times but still struggle to break 120. Topics include overview of basics, navigating the course, ball flight info and short game basics. For ages 18+, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 8, Public Golf Course, $95.

Private Golf Lessons for Kids — A variety of packages is offered at discounted rates for kids ages 6-17. Visit lakeoswegogolf.org for instructor rates, bios and availability.

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; phone 503-675-2549. Nonresidents generally pay more than fees shown. Scholarships also are available for Lake Oswego residents.

Judy Nelson is a registrar for Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.


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