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Stay busy, have fun
Local schools and Portland Parks & Recreation have teamed up to bring SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community Schools to our area. By offering unique classes geared to the community at times outside regular school hours, SUN Community Schools turn our schools into community centers.
The Parkrose SUN Community School located at the Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., will offer a broad range of activities for kids, families and seniors throughout the summer. A complete listing and full course descriptions are available on line at www.portlandparks.org. You may also call Trevor Todd at 503-408-2640 to learn more.
Some of the offerings include:
Free summer lunch program for youth 18 and under. Go for the food and stay for the fun. Lunch is served daily from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 2.
Babysitting Skills-American Red Cross for ages 11 to 15. Learn to handle the challenge and responsibilities of baby-sitting including accident prevention, emergency situations, positive supervision, first aid and babysitter rights. Lunch will be provided. Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $34.
Summer Day Camps for ages six to 10. Capture the fever for fun with arts, crafts, games, songs, and group exploration. Seek out new experiences, develop friendships and discover healthy physical activities. Lunch will be provided. Four weeklong sessions are offered in July. Cost is $75 per session. Check the Web site or call the school for specifics.
Sports Mini-Camps for ages 8 to 12. Kids can choose from basketball, soccer, volleyball, or tennis, or perhaps all four. The camps run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $20 per session. Tennis players can be as young as six years old. Check the Web site or call the school for to learn more.
Guitar Group Lessons Level 1 ages 9 to 18. Develop the basic techniques of classical, folk, and popular styles, including chording, song accompaniment, and note reading. Attend and experience positive learning in a small group setting. Class for 14 to 18 year olds is July 18 to 21. Nine to 13 year olds are scheduled for July 25 through 28. All classes are from 1 to 3 p.m. and will cost $20 per session.
Martial Arts-Capoeira ages 10 and up. Derived from African traditions in colonial Brazilian slave societies, this martial art is played as a game or sport, which incorporates elements of dance, acrobatics, music and martial arts. Aug. 1 to 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20, Monday through Friday.
Alice Ott SUN Community School, 12500 S.E. Ramona St. will offer a full slate of classes and activities as well. Find the schedule on line or call Steve Boquist at 503-823-2279.
Learn to play the piano
Learning to play the piano has never been this easy. Donn Rochlin nationally renowned pianist, composer and teacher introduce Just for Fun Piano through the Community Education department at Mt. Hood Community College. Just for Fun Piano is designed to help beginners as well as seasoned players enjoy learning to play the piano in a fun and creative way. The techniques are the same as those demonstrated on the PBS special Flash Piano.
Since 1995, Rochlin has taught thousands of people at colleges and universities in over 56 cities, how to play the easy way in one short lesson.
Participants will see how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less, how to practice and have fun at it, as well as a demonstration of professional tricks and licks you will learn.
Students learn to improvise, improve their confidence and gain a better understanding of whats going on in music. The emphasis is on creativity and the art of playing music as much as the theory behind it.
Donn Rochlin will be offering Just for Fun Piano at MHCC, Monday, July 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. The fee for the class is $55. This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
To register, contact the Community Education department at 503-491-7572 or register online at www.mhcc.edu.
People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).
Gain computer savvy
The Mt. Hood Community College Community Skills Center located at the Maywood Park Campus, Northeast 102nd Avenue and Prescott Street, is offering a 2 for 1 special this summer. Students may enroll for one non-credit computer class and either sign up a friend for free or take a second class at no cost. There are lots of classes to choose from including, Introduction to Computers for Seniors, Internet for Seniors, Beginning Windows XP, Word, Excel, QuickBooks, Keyboarding and Microsoft Office Basics. Classes are self-paced or instructor led. Please call 503-491-6122 for more information. Registration must be done in person at the Maywood Park Campus.
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