Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

It’s kid time at the Northeast Community Center

(Northeast Community Center)

(Northeast Community Center)

By Mickey Harnage
Northeast Community Center volunteer

The Northeast Community Center (NECC) has long been noted for its youth basketball and swim lessons in the heated indoor pool. Local parents and grandparents with fond memories of their own childhood experiences at the NECC now can help their young family members build their own memories.

Here are just some of the kid-oriented activities taking place at the NECC

In addition to the multitude of sports classes, this fall, the NECC is partnering with Dance From the Heart to offer ballet and creative movement classes for children ages three through eight. Kids will dance like the Sugar Plum Fairy and fight like the Mouse King.

Boys and girls are studying the Nutcracker story and exploring the characters through movement and acting. The class will finish with a Nutcracker story time and demonstration of the class’ Nutcracker choreography. The performance will be open to all NECC members, friends, and families of the students on Thursday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the NECC.

In January, the NECC also will be adding Contemporary Movement classes based on classical ballet for girls and boys ages nine through thirteen.

The Saturday Sport Class offers a sampler of different sports for kids ages five through eight. They can enjoy themselves in the fun, non-fail setting and take part in basketball, soccer, kickball, football or floor hockey. The class will meet for four Saturdays with two age groups.

PE and Me offers three- to five-year-olds a chance to run, skip, and throw their way to a healthy Monday morning while learning a bit about teamwork and leadership. The four-week class includes some parent involvement.

NECC’s beautiful gym with its iconic arched windows will be the setting for the ten-week soccer classes for ages six to twelve, divided into two groups by age.  The experienced coach will focus on fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and teamwork. A scrimmage game will sharpen skills at the end of each class. Participants will have fun, learn and make new friends.

One-day volleyball clinics will focus on one skill at a time, including passing, setting, serving and hitting. The class is designed for children eight to twelve years old. In addition, NECC offers five-week volleyball classes in which children work on their skills for a fun, positive experience.

NECC offers many opportunities for kids and parents, including family sport night, family yoga, family pickle ball, and movie nights in the pool. Registration for the classes mentioned above is December 10 for NECC members and December 12 for non-members.

For more information:, (503) 284-3377, or stop by the Northeast Community Center at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.

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