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Another sold-out Thanksgiving luncheon

WLACC events and activities


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Seniors await the starting gun at the WLACC Thanksgiving luncheon.
Judging by how much food was left — very little — and how long folks stayed at their tables chatting after finishing the meal — about 30 minutes — the annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the West Linn Adult Community Center was very successful again this year.

A 30-minute chat time may not seem long unless you’ve been around church suppers or senior center meals before. Seniors don’t dally. When the food’s gone, so are they.

Approximately 93 people enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberries, a variety of salads and veggies and some terrific desserts. The very savviest of the group picked up a dessert before the main meal began.

To ensure there were no hard feelings about who was first in line, we called tables to the buffet line randomly, one at a time. If you found yourself sitting at table No. 1 — it was like winning the lottery.

A number of our members also generously donated items for a silent auction. Lorraine Smith outbid several others on two wine baskets, donated by Oswego Hills Winery, which were assembled by Marge Russell and Joyce Brown.

Smith also outbid everyone on a hand-carved “car box,” which was carved, painted and donated by Dave Rood.

Luella Hunt walked away with a quilt made and donated by Ellen Kletzok. Marge Russell took a tomato cage Christmas tree made and donated by Marie Horvath. Alice Johansson outbid everyone on two hand-fused glass plates made and donated by Nancy Lamb.

If you did not attend this year’s Thanksgiving luncheon, don’t despair. Our Christmas luncheon is coming up Dec. 14 at noon. For only $5, you can enjoy a turkey and ham combo dinner. Put it on your calendar!

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, 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. 30
In the morning, we have the core strength class, the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The Whist card group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. At noon we will serve barbecued chicken. The pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas hold ‘em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3
In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and the Hand & Foot card game group. Today we will offer spaghetti casserole for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
The bus to the annual Albertina Kerr luncheon will leave the center at 10 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 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, Dec. 5
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. The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. A visiting nurse will perform complimentary blood pressure checks from 11 a.m. to noon. No appointment is needed.

At noon, we will have our monthly birthday brunch. Those with birthdays in December will eat for free; all others pay $3. After lunch, the bridge group will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. today as usual.

Thursday, Dec. 6
The Share Singers group will visit Homewood Heights today. 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 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?

The gift shop also offers Fitz & Floyd and Christopher Radko merchandise, 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.