Adult Recreation Programs

Fall 2022

NCPRD is offering our most popular fitness and enrichment classes in person and virtually! Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to stay active, learning and connected this season. Whether you’re looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, achieve fitness goals or learn a new hobby – you have a wide variety of programs and classes to choose from.

Registration opens for NCPRD residents on Aug. 2 at 9 a.m., and for non-residents on Aug. 9. For virtual classes, you will receive a link to access the Zoom class after you register.

Register here.

Click or tap the dropdown buttons below for class descriptions, and visit the registration site for schedules and fees. *Denotes classes which offer a discount for ages 62+.

Discover your own unique style and creativity. Learn about acrylics through color, composition, value and perspective. Color theory is emphasized. Projects include working from still life and photographs. No previous painting or drawing experience necessary. Please call (503) 794-8092 to request a supply list.

NEW! Drawing
Anything you see, you can draw! Even beginners can become true artists. Using a step-by-step approach, learn the “tools of seeing” and trick your brain into only seeing the world through shapes, textures or colors. Projects include drawing objects, still life and working from photographs. The objective is acquiring strategies for successful observational drawing, gaining a working knowledge of the vocabulary of drawing, and familiarizing yourself with the materials of drawing.

Oil Painting
Develop skills in composition and color mixing with one-on-one instruction that will guide you through each step of the process, from canvas preparation to the finished project. Please call (503) 794-8092 to request a supply list. No class Nov. 24.

NEW! Pour Painting and Tie Dye
One craft will be featured each week.

POUR PAINTING:  Come explore the zany world of pour painting where creativity and spontaneity let loose.  This class is for beginners.  You will learn techniques using ordinary objects to create original prints.  All materials provided, including canvasses and paint. Please bring $20 for a lab fee. Pour Painting takes place on Saturday, Oct. 15.

TIE DYE:  Have fun experimenting with clothing dyes and see what colorful and interesting patterns emerge at the end.  Each piece is a surprise.  You will want to bring white, 100% cotton items:  tee shirts, aprons, sheet material.  Great for gifts with Christmas coming, especially for grandkids!  An array of dyes will be provided for your use.  Please bring $20 for a lab fee for the instructor. Tie Die takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5.

NEW! Line Dance for Ultra Beginners
Ever wanted to join a line dance class, but didn’t know the steps? Come learn basic steps and easy line dances to a variety of upbeat music that will help you build your knowledge and confidence. After this introductory class, take your dancing to the next level with the Line Dance Beginning II or Line Dance for Fitness classes. No class Nov. 11 and 25. Come to a free workshop Sept. 30 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Please pre-register.

Line Dance Beginning II
For those who already have knowledge of basic line dance skills. If you enjoy learning fun new dances to different music genres, while getting a good workout and improving your memory, then this class is for you. No partner required.

Cha Cha Cha
Cha Cha Cha is a fun, vibrant and energetic dance that can be done to much of today’s popular and Latin American music. This Latin dance consists of chasses (cha, cha, cha’s) and rock steps. Sign up for a free workshop Monday, Sept. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Holistic Health
For people who are curious how the holistic approach will help you to live a healthier life. Discover that health is so much more than eating well and getting exercise. Learn how to explore all areas in your life to find balance and happiness. Topics that are covered: home environment, cooking, physical activity, health, relationships, social life, finances, career, education, spirituality, creativity and joy. Meet Ivonne Heath and learn more about the class on Monday, Sept. 26, 11:50 p.m.

Writing: Creative/Your Story
Interested in writing your memoirs or writing creatively? Meet Pat Arnold, a long-time writing instructor who stimulates creative thinking. She has also helped students learn to preserve history by remembering and documenting special moments and all of life’s essential elements.

Intro to Spanish
For people who have little to no Spanish language experience. Learn the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar and practical vocabulary. Meet the instructor, Ivonne Heath on Monday, Sept. 26 from 11:10-11:40 a.m. to learn more about the class. Please pre-register.

Spanish II/Conversation II
For students who have a basic knowledge of Spanish, this class provides continued development of reading, writing and speaking skills. Casual conversation will also be practiced. Minimal English is used in class. Students speak and the teacher makes corrections while leading a topic. Meet Ivonne Heath on Monday, Sept. 26 from 10:30-11 a.m. to learn more about the class. Please pre-register.

Levels 1-3.
Chair Pose, Warrior II, Triangle, Stork Stand/Tree Pose, Pigeon, and Spinal Twist. Do you wish you could do these yoga poses? You can do these and many more! Don’t let mobility, flexibility or balance issues keep you from experiencing the benefits of yoga. Enjoy modified versions of traditional yoga poses and stretches from seated and/or standing positions. Practice deep breathing for better circulation, improved lung capacity, anxiety relief and overall relaxation. Increase your sense of balance, flexibility and strength, all while listening to soft instrumental music. No yoga mat needed.

Strength and Relaxation Yoga
Levels 2-3.
This class takes all the benefits of yoga – meditation, breathing, stretching, strengthening and balance – and presents it at a slow and gentle pace. Please bring a mat. Come to a free workshop on Friday, September 30, 11 a.m. at Concord School Property.

Levels 3-4.
INNERgystics is a unique workout comprised of a series of focused simultaneous upper and lower body exercises that build lean muscle strength and sculpt the body. Fun music, various weights, and breathing techniques help keep the focus on movements that optimize muscle burning, providing an aerobic workout, and sense of well-being. Please bring a mat, water bottle, sneakers and 3 lb. hand weights (water bottles with gravel will also work).

Tai Chi Beginning 1
This Yang style class is perfect for those who are new to tai chi, or those with experience who recognize the value of returning to the beginning to strengthen foundations. Refresh your body with a relaxed, yet invigorating ancient sequence of tai chi moves. Improve strength, balance and health through gentle movements. Brighten your mind and mood; tai chi practice is like a light-hearted puzzle game you play with your whole body and mind, alongside a group of fellow players. Free workshop Monday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. with Deyla Tappan at Milwaukie Community Center or Tuesday, Sept27, 6 p.m. with Ulises Correa at Concord School Property.

Tai Chi Beginning 2
This Yang style class will continue to build on the basics of tai chi. It is perfect for anyone who has ever done any Tai Chi before. Refresh your body with a relaxed, yet invigorating ancient sequence of tai chi moves. Embrace the mental challenge of finding our potential to learn and grow in a positive and welcoming group environment.

Levels 1-2. Strengthen muscles and improve range of motion and mobility. Great for those with some physical limitations.

Balance and Strength
Level 2. 
This class uses a combination of body weight and dumb bells to work on strengthening muscles and helping with fall prevention.

Functional Fitness
Levels 2-3. Get a full body workout including cardio, muscle toning and stretching. Some hand-held weights are used. This class is great for those who are just getting started.

Line Dance for Fitness
Levels 2-3. For people who have some dance background and want to dance for aerobic exercise and stimulate their memory. Keep moving to a wide variety of upbeat music – including pop, Latin, country – while practicing easy-to-follow basic patterns. Learn several dances in the hour-long class.

Low-impact Aerobic Strength Training
Levels 2-3.
This class is perfect for people just getting started or coming back from an extended break. Alternate between simple and safe, low-impact movements. Hand weights (soup cans or water bottles can be substituted for those participating at home) will be used for total conditioning, while listening to fun and motivating music. No class Nov. 24.

Zumba Gold Toning
Levels 2-3.
Learn to sculpt and tone through creative and fun dance routines using hand-held weights. World music with lively rhythms pump this class up! You will need light hand weights (1 or 2 lb weights; soup cans or water bottles can be used for those participating at home). Come to a free workshop on Wednesday, September 28, noon – 1 p.m.

Levels 3-4.
Zumba combines Latin and international music that incorporates hip-hop, cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, merengue, mambo and more. Build strength, burn calories, and improve motion and posture. No class Nov. 24.

Levels 3-4.
 Use dumbbells to experience a whole body workout that optimizes performance in a safe environment. Music and breath will keep you focused on completing each muscle-burning task. Soup cans or water bottles can be used for those participating at home. Class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down.

All in-person drop-in activity groups take place at the Milwaukie Community Center.

Two pool tables with open play.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1 all day; non-resident, $2 all day
Time/Date:      8 a.m.-4 p.m.   M-F

Chinese Mah Jongg
The objective of the game is to be the first to Mah Jongg where all your tiles form four sets, plus one pair. If interested in learning, contact Angela Wright at or (503) 679-9182.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident, $2
Time/Date:      12:30-3:30 p.m.          M

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg originated in China and is a game of skill, strategy and chance. Experience preferred. Please bring your current American Mah Jongg card. If interested in learning, please contact Judy Hervey at
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident, $2
Time/Date:      12:30-3:30 p.m.          M

Bingo – daytime
Play bingo for fun during this one hour activity.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $.25/card, non-resident, $.50/card

Activity period for novice to advanced woodcarvers with guidance for starter projects, instruction on safety and tool care.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident, $2
Time/Date:      8-11:30 a.m.    W

Mt. Dulcimer Jam Group
Bring your mountain dulcimer and jam with the group. Newcomers please contact Denice at Please call (503) 794-8092 for more information. Meets first and third Fridays.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident, $2
Time/Date:      noon-2 p.m.     F

Milwaukie Community Center Singers
Singing is a good way to lift your spirits. Come join this casual singing group. No experience necessary. Have a good time singing some familiar songs.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident, $2
Time/Date:      10-11:30 a.m.  W

Ukulele Jam Group
Practice strumming to some popular songs in this casual atmosphere. Please call (503) 794-8092 or email for more info and to get on the email list. All ages welcome. Adult supervision recommended for 10 years and younger.
Fee:                 NCPRD, $1; non-resident $2
Time/Date:      9:30-11 a.m.    Th




What is a Zoom class? Zoom classes take place wherever you are, while watching an instructor through a computer or smart device. The classes are live on a specified day, date and time. You will be able to see the instructor perform as well as see fellow students. As a participant, you have options to not have yourself be seen by others and/or heard by others. At the end of a class, the instructor has the option to unmute everyone to be able to socialize or to get feedback. If you are using a smart device, you will need to download the free Zoom app. If you are on a computer, all you have to do is click on the provided link that is sent to you for the class.

What do I need to sign up for a virtual class?
When signing up for these classes you will need: a smart device (ie. smartphone or tablet) or computer with speakers and preferably a camera, a space big enough to perform the exercises (preferably 4’ x 6’ or larger), and in some cases equipment as noted in the class description. If you have any questions, please call (503) 794-8092.

Are masks required at NCPRD programs and facilities?
Effective Saturday, March 12, 2022, North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) will no longer require staff and visitors to use face coverings in all NCPRD buildings and facilities, in accordance with the statewide mandate. Masks will still be made available for visitors upon request.

What if I want to pay with cash or check, instead of online with a credit card?
If unable to register online, contact us at to arrange a time for cash/check payment.

Are Happy Valley residents still able to sign up for NCPRD recreation programs?
The City of Happy Valley has officially withdrawn from North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. Happy Valley residents are welcome to sign up for NCPRD youth and adult programs, but as of July 1, 2020 are no longer eligible to receive discounted NCPRD resident rates and priority registration.