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Adult Classes


Not sure if a class is right for you?

Come try the first class for a drop-in fee. If you decide to take the class, you may register after class at the main office. The drop-in in fee will be applied to the class fee if you register within 24 hours. Drop-in fees do not apply to classes that meet only once.



The Park District offers limited financial assistance to In District patrons for classes, programs and activities. For more information contact the front office at 541-688-4052.


General InterestAdult Classes


Beginning Genealogy

Come find your lost ancestors and create your own family tree. We will begin at ground zero, do research, find family members and personalize them. You will learn how to add photos, stories, and documents to each family member. We will look at all the family history programs on the web, work on your family line. Students must have basic computer knowledge and the understanding of how to search the web and locate specific addresses. Instructor: Ron Jordan.
7/9-8/6 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p
Adult: $30 ID/$35 OD . . . Senior: $25 ID/$30 OD


Shouldn’t You Be Doing Voice-Overs?

You’ve heard Lisa Foster on TV and radio commercials! Now hear Lisa live as she illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside the box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Lisa Foster’s voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Café, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.
6/24 . . . M . . . 6:30-8:30p . . . $30 ID/$40 OD


Special Events


Summer Fundraisers for Artie

Join us this summer to support our mobile art bus program. One dollar from every pint sold will go directly into our summer program. Artie will be at each event and will also be out and about every weekday this summer providing free art classes/programs to kids!  Stop by and visit Artie and have a pint.
6/12 . . . W . . . 5-8p . . . Hop Valley Brewing
6/26 . . . W . . . 5-8p . . . Oakshire Public House
7/2 . . . Tu . . . 5-8p . . . Planktown


Thursdays in the Park

Come out and join us at Emerald Park on Thursday nights throughout the summer. We will feature a different local band each week along a food truck and Artie the Art Bus for the kids. Bring the kids and come early to enjoy all the music, food and activities. From June 27 to August 22; food starting at 5:30p with music following at 6:30p.
6/27 . . . Inner Limits | PizzAldo
*7/4 . . . Parson’s Creek | TBD
7/11 . . . Louisiana Plate Lunch | Navarro
7/18 . . . Deb Cleveland + the Vipers | Dark Side of the Q
7/25 . . . Laura Kemp Trio | Taco Intrusion
8/1 . . . Casera | Quiroz’s
8/8 . . . Almond Butters Band | Dark Side of the Q
8/15 . . . Lloyd Tolbert | Navarro
8/22 . . . Mhondoro | Foodtopia

*No Art Bus 7/4


Summer Concerts

Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and join us in the park for some great entertainment as we welcome back two of Eugene’s favorite bands.

Satin Love Orchestra | Sunday, Jul. 14 | 4-7p
Satin Love Orchestra packs the park with their disco/funk sound and adrenaline pumping music. Playing sold out shows since the late 1997, SLO has never lost its loyal following of disco fanatics. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for an evening of a groovin’ good time!


The Sugar Beets | Mon. Sep. 2 | 4-7p
The Sugar Beets help celebrate the end of summer with their foot stomping traditions of bluegrass, country and pop-inspired music. They have been entertaining audiences with original tunes and inspiring sounds for over 25 years.


Urban Homesteading 


We hope you can join us for one or more of our homesteading classes!
Cost per class: $20 ID/$23 OD
6/19-8/21 . . . W . . . 7-9p
Instructor: Kevin Prier

6/19 - Making Jam
Put summer in a jar by making your own fruit jam. Home-made can be much lower sugar than commercial, and the potential varieties are endless. We’ll make and can a batch in class from fresh local fruit and you can take a jar home for yourself.

6/26 - Outdoor Herbals and Essential Oils
Learn how to make insect repellent creams and sprays, healing salves, and learn about the SPF potential of various herbal combinations. Take home a share of what we make in class.

7/10 - Sausage Making
If you love sausages but hate what goes into the ones from the grocery store, you can learn how to make your own from whole ingredients. Develop your own spice mix so your sausage is as mild or spicy as you like.

7/17 - Balms and Salves
Learn to make a variety of skin creams, lip balms, herbal salves and tinctures for gifts or a treat for yourself. Take home some lip balm and herbal salve.

7/23 - Soap Making (Tuesday)
Learn the basics of making bar soap from scratch. We will discuss the chemistry of saponification, properties of different base oils and local sources, and fragrance oils and other additives while we make a batch of soap. You will also learn how to make liquid soap and two forms of laundry soap. Take home a share of the soap we produce.

7/31 - Fermenting: Kimchi, Kombucha
Learn fermentation basics as we turn a head (or several) of napa cabbage and a bunch of other goodies into kimchi and take home a pint to ferment and enjoy. A special modified technique lets you ferment directly in the jar. We will also make a batch of kombucha and there will be kombucha SCOBY to take home for anyone who wants it.

8/4 (Sunday at instructor’s property: 2-4p) Edible Landscaping and Foraging
Don’t just pull those weeds – eat them! Find out what native “weeds” are edible and how to prepare them. You’ll be surprised at how much food you’ve been pulling up and throwing in the yard waste. Plant a variety of perennial vegetables and edible ornamentals for a beautiful and edible landscape. Learn about common wild foraging plants – berries, flowers, greens, roots, and common mushrooms – and their habitats. A selection of free seeds and starts are included.


8/14 - Seed Saving
Learn a variety of techniques for saving heirloom vegetable seeds for planting next year, including ideal harvest times, collection techniques, preparation/drying, and proper storage.


8/21 - Winter Gardening
Now is the time to start planting your winter garden to have produce all winter long and into spring. Learn to plan out a small to medium sized family garden. Learn which vegetables do well over winter in our climate, and how to maximize production from a small space.


Health & Wellness


Intuitive Birth

A childbirth class that focuses on the mother’s (and partner’s) intuition on how, when and where to birth their baby. The class teaches with the understanding that birth is a natural, normal and physiological process, but recognizes that there are times when medical interventions may be needed. Topics include: Anatomy and physiology of birth, meditation, visualizations, positioning, other coping strategies, hormones, interventions, postpartum, emotional and family healing, growth and well-being. Instructor: Corrinne Kaleese & Kari Hagemeyer.
7/7-7/28 . . . Su  . . . 2-5p
$90 ID/ $100 OD . . . Fee includes birth partner


Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s - Middle Stage

Co-sponsored with Alzheimer’s Association and River Road Park District. This class will be held at 1400 Lake Dr.
Please pre-register 541-688-4052. Space is limited.
Presenter: Abby Gershenzon.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  This program is designed to help you understand the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional.
6/28 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.
7/26 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a



Computer ClassesComputers

55+ classesAll classes are 55+ friendly

Instructors Carole and John Hall are semi-retired computer professionals. They develop and provide detailed, illustrated handouts for every workshop. For specific questions regarding classes please email the instructors at: pcworkshops@comcast.net. Refunds will only be given if participant gives 48 hours or more notice of cancellation.


Mac Classes: If you have a Mac laptop that’s working well, bring it to class with adapter & plug.


Windows classes: Limited Windows 10s are available in class.


Windows 10 laptop: If you have a laptop that’s working well, bring it to class with adapter and plug.


Is a Smartphone All You Need?

A smartphone allows you to do many PC functions, but not all. In this class, you'll evaluate a phone's abilities compared to a tablet or PC to determine what you really need. You can then decide which one or more of these devices meet all your computer needs.
6/1 . . . Sa . . . 11a-2p
Adult: $21 ID/$25 OD . . . Senior: $17 ID/$21 OD


For more classes look for the Fall Program!



Language ClassesLanguages

55+ classesAll classes are 55+ friendly


Italian 1

An introduction to Italian language and culture. Focus is on basic conversation skills, useful vocabulary and phrases for the traveler. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Instructor: Sied Imani.
6/27-8/22 . . . Th . . . 6-8:30p
Adult: $83 ID/$98 OD . . . Senior: $67 ID/$83 OD


Italian 2

Emphasis on vocabulary and grammar. Guided dialog will help improve pronunciation and increase comprehension. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Italian 1 or instructor approval required. Instructor: Sied Imani.
6/26-8/21 . . . W . . . 5:30-8p
Adult: $90 ID/$105 OD . . . Senior: $75 ID/$90 OD


Spanish 1

Beginner class. No experience necessary. Focus on commonly used phrases and language for the traveler. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Instructor: Sied Imani.
6/26-8/21 . . . W . . . 11:30a-2p
Adult: $90 ID/$105 OD . . . Senior: $75 ID/$90 OD


Spanish 1+

Focus on commonly used phrases and language for the traveler. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Spanish 1 or instructor approval required. Instructor: Sied Imani.
6/26-8/21 . . . W . . . 9-11:30a
Adult: $90 ID/$105 OD . . . Senior: $75 ID/$90 OD



Applied Arts

55+ classesAll classes are 55+ friendly

Drop in fee for all fine art classes is $10.



Bead Looming

Discover and learn a lost art. Bead Looming is a beautiful art form that can be used for many styles and designs. Learn to loom beaded beautiful, unique, and even wearable art. Make things for yourself, your family and friends or to sell at flea markets. Supply list available at the first class. Cost of supplies not included in the class fee. Instructor Derna Wylde.
7/8-8/12 . . . M . . . 6:30-8:30p
Adult: $60 ID/$70 . . . Senior: $50 ID/$60 OD


Drop-in Knit and Spinning Group

Free drop in spin and knit group- beginners to advanced welcome. Bring your projects and get help from other attendees. You can come and go as you please; there will be no formal structure. If you can’t stay the whole time or make it every Saturday no problem. This is time to share and exchange ideas in a fun and friendly group. Bring spinning wheel or materials and questions. For information please contact Tamara by email at tandreas6@gmail.com.
6/22-8/17 . . . Sa . . . 11a-3p . . . Free


Redo/Re-design Your Jewelry

Redo, repair or redesign the jewelry in your drawer so you can enjoy and wear it again. Learn how to restring those pearls or crystal beads your grandmother gave to you and much more. Instructor: Cindy Sittner.
6/24-7/15 . . . M . . . 4-6p
Adult:  $22 ID/&26 OD . . . Senior: $18 ID/$22 OD


Mosaics/Garden Art - Beginning

In mosaics, learn to design pictures on everything from flower pots to designer stepping stones. Choosing a base, selecting the kind of pieces you want to use, type of adhesive, breaking or cutting, arranging your pieces then grouting and sealing. In this class we will be working on some “Garden Art” projects. Some supplies are covered in class fee. Instructor: Cindy Sittner.
6/25-8/20 . . . Tu . . . 4-6p
Adult: $50 ID/$60 OD . . . Senior: $40 ID/$50 OD


Mosaics/Garden Art - Intermediate

In mosaics, learn to design pictures on everything from flower pots to designer stepping stones. Choosing a base, selecting the kind of pieces you want to use, type of adhesive, breaking or cutting, arranging your pieces then grouting and sealing. In this class we will be working on some “Garden Art” projects. Some supplies are covered in class fee. Must have taken Beginning Mosaics or have instructor approval. Instructor: Cindy Sittner.
6/27-8/22 . . . Th . . . 4:15-6:15p
Adult: $46 ID/$56 OD . . . Senior: $36 ID/$46 OD


Stained Glass: Beginning & Intermediate

Learn glass cutting, pattern design, copper foil construction, soldering, and other techniques related to stained glass. Emphasis will be on project construction with individual attention. Supplies discussed at first class. All tools are available for use in class. Instructor: Cindy Sittner.
6/26-8/21 . . . W . . . 4-6p
Adult: $50 ID/$60 OD . . . Senior: $40 ID/$50 OD



Fine Arts ClassesFine Arts

55+ classesAll classes are 55+ friendly


Chinese Inkbrush Painting

Teresa, from Taiwan, will teach beginners the basics of Chinese inkbrush painting. Students will learn about types of brushes, paper and ink. Classes will focus on the “Four Gentlemen” – bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum and plum flower – as well as Chinese landscapes. Students may proceed at their own pace. Bring your own equipment, or buy inexpensive items from the teacher ($50 for complete supplies: sumi ink, brush, shuen paper and mat). Instructor: Teresa Hsu.
6/26-8/21 . . . W . . . 1-4p
Adult: $100 ID/$115 OD  . . . Senior: $85 ID/$100 OD


Watercolor: Beginning & Intermediate

Learn how to enjoy the art of watercolor. Carol teaches her own method of Rock & Roll in watercolor. Learn how to make watercolors vibrant and alive. If you have any watercolor supplies bring them. The instructor will do some demos and you may follow along or work on your own project. If you don’t have supplies for the first day, we have some to get you started. Instructor: Carol Fourtner.
6/25-8/20 . . . Tu . . . 9a-12p
6/25-8/20 . . . Tu . . . 1-4p
Adult: $90 ID/$105 OD . . . Senior: $75 ID/$90 OD

6/27-8/22 . . . Th . . . 9a-12p
6/27-8/22 . . . Th . . . 1-4p
Adult: $80 ID/$95 OD . . . Senior: $65 ID/$80 OD
Drop in fee: $15 Adult / $10 Senior



Ballroom Dance

55+ classesAll classes are 55+ friendly

Registration for all classes can now be made through StaverDanceSport at (541) 746-6268. View their class schedule HERE.


Dance ClassesDance


Belly Dance: Beginning

Learn the art of belly dance in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Class will cover basic movements, isolations and cultural/historical aspects. An enjoyable way to improve your grace, flexibility, and muscle tone. Instructor: Candice Morgan.
7/11-8/15 . . . Th . . . 6:30-7:30p
Adult: $35 ID/40 OD . . . Senior: $30 ID/$35 OD
Drop in $6


Belly Dance: Intermediate

Geared toward the student who has a thorough understanding of the basics. Focus on building a bigger vocabulary of movement and knowledge. Will include movement review, combinations, finger cymbals, veil work, costuming, and more. Instructor approval needed to take this class.  Instructor: Candice Morgan.
7/11-8/15 . . . Th . . . 7:30-8:30p
Adult: $35 ID/40 OD . . . Senior: $30 ID/$35 OD
Drop in $6


Hawaiian Hula Basics: All-Levels

Ages 12+. Discover the joy of hula! This class offers hula in a fun and engaging fitness style that supports participants of all skill levels, from the novice to intermediate. A great supplement to a healthy lifestyle as you engage in low-impact movements using core muscles, and breath to improve coordination, flexibility, and whole body wellness. No experience necessary. Wear modest, comfortable clothing you can move freely in. No swimsuits please. Be prepared to dance barefoot, and bring a sarong wrap to wear. Aloha! Instructor: Miss Iwalani.
6/5-6/26 . . . W . . . 6:15-7:15p
7/3-7/24 . . . W . . . 6:15-7:15p
Adult: $43 ID/ $48 OD . . . Youth/Senior: $38 ID/$43 OD



Music ClassesMusic


Piano Lessons

All ages. Kids and adults, all levels. Individual 30-minute piano lessons with experienced performer and composer Ashley Wright. Lessons are customized to your musical goals and tastes, and include repertoire study, theory, sight reading, ear training and improvisation. Ashley connects from the heart with each student in a spirit of fun! Please contact the park business office at 541-688-4052 for more information.
Instructor: Ashley Wright.
Ongoing  . . . TuWTh . . . $18 ID/$20 OD per lesson/pay monthly


New! Violin Lessons

Ages 4+. Meet Vanessa Gallego, Vanessa has been teaching violin and viola for over 20 years. Lessons are available for children and adults, ages 4 and up, beginner to intermediate level. Lessons are built around the learning goals of the student and focus on a strong music foundation while having fun! Each lesson is 30 minutes. Please contact the park business office at 541-688-4052 or email vlgallego@gmail.com for more information.
Ongoing . . . W . . . 4:15-5:15p . . . $18 ID/$20 OD per lesson/pay monthly







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