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Politicians: learn from us

Events at the West Linn Adult Community Center


It’s going to be difficult to survive the last weeks of our national presidential race. The candidates throw out facts and figures that are hard to verify and usually dripping with invective. What kind of person willingly subjects himself to months and months of this treatment?

It seems to me that national presidential elections should take a lesson from how we, at the West Linn Adult Community Center, handle electing a president to our board.

First of all, we never, ever, elect anyone to the office who actually wants the job. We are fearful of a person who wishes to be president. As far as I know, none of our past presidents ever stepped forward when the position came open. Rather, they simply failed to notice that everyone else had taken a step backward, giving them the appearance of having volunteered.

Second, once we have a volunteer (sucker), we stop looking for anyone else to run against him. The last thing we need is a two-person race wherein someone is destined to lose and feel bad about it even though he didn’t really want the position in the first place.

Not having two candidates makes the “campaign” benign, friendly and largely irrelevant. Everyone regards the single candidate positively, grateful in the knowledge they themselves are safely out of the running. Third, employ one four-year term limit. No one should be subjected to the vicissitudes of an election more than once. It’s not humane.

Unfortunately, this year’s presidential election will not follow our lead. So we will be subjected to increasingly vitriolic TV ads, invasive phone calls and contentious conversations with friends over the whole thing. Why doesn’t this nation recognize the wisdom found right here in West Linn at the adult community center?

Here are the upcoming week’s other activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. All meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, Sept. 21

In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, the peripatetic walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve fried chicken for lunch. The pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Texas hold ‘em poker group will meet at 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24

In the morning we have t’ai chi, the peripatetic walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. Today we will offer macaroni and cheese for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group and the Exercise for All program will meet. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

The bus trip to Cannon Beach will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. Morning offerings at the WLACC include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group also meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will perform at Mary’s Woods today. The bus will depart the center at 2:10 p.m. Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

In the morning, we offer the peripatetic walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club will meet today. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, we will serve soup and sandwiches for lunch. Also after lunch, the bridge group and the exercise for all program will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Our morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. Most recently, we’ve added doilies!

You may well remember wondering why your grandmother put doilies on her tables and dressers, and although we have no answer for that, we can offer you the opportunity to put the same question in your own grandchildren’s minds.

Our doilies range in diameter from 16 to 23 inches, big enough to attract the curious eyes of nearly anyone.

The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.