Calmness returns following the election


WLACC events and activities

It was the day after our national election, just before noon. Most seniors at the West Linn Adult Community Center were waiting for lunch. A little crabbiness — perhaps brought on by hunger — contributed to a certain palpable cynicism in the air.

You would expect most of this crowd to be a little grumpy — the Democrats did well in general and Obama did well specifically. But no.This is not your grandmother’s senior center. The mood was generally good!

A not-very-scientific survey revealed that of 35 seniors who were asked whether they were happy or unhappy with the outcome of the presidential election, 22 indicated happiness, seven were unhappy, two didn’t care and four became preoccupied with their fingernails, went into a fugue state and refused to talk at all.

Seniors come to the center for activities and social interaction. They take their blood pressure readings seriously and don’t want them elevated. It’s an unwritten, unspoken rule at the WLACC that we don’t talk politics. Most people adhere, and those who don’t, generally get themselves in trouble sooner or later.

But in this case, all 35 participating seniors were in ecstatic agreement about one political milestone: The election was over.

“I can start watching the TV news again,” one senior said.

“I won’t be getting any more political ads in my mailbox!” said another.

“Even NPR radio has been tedious lately,” said another.

Now talk returned to grandchildren, gardening, line dancing and card games. Blood pressures held steady. The election was over and tranquility was restored.

Here are the upcoming week’s 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 offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friday, Nov. 23 — The WLACC will be closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday, Nov. 26 — In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. Today we will offer pork tenderloin for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 — The bus for the Troutdale Outlet Mall shopping trip will leave the center at 10 a.m. Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 — 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 pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

For lunch we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the bridge group will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29 — Our morning offerings 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 Christmas shopping secret in town. This year we are promoting Department 56 village homes. Few of us can afford a new Christmas house, but at our gift shop you can. And who among us has enough lovable, plush bears, in a variety of sizes?

We also offer Fitz & Floyd and Christopher Radko merchandise, plus nutcrackers, music boxes, ornaments, Happy Holidays Barbie and more jewelry than you can dream of. For the cold Oregon weather, we offer winter hats, scarves, mittens and gloves.

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.