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Play some deck shuffleboard at the West Linn Adult Community Center this summer


When the building currently known as the West Linn Adult Community Center was constructed, someone decided that since seniors would be heavy users of the facility, it should include a deck shuffleboard court and horseshoe pits. These are "senior activities," aren't they?by: SUBMITTED - Vera Young and Bob Graham send the biscuit on a nice afternoon at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

To date, the answer has been "no," proving the point that seniors are an unpredictable lot. Oh sure, once a year someone would check out the equipment and play a bit, but generally these games just haven't been played.

Last week, much to everyone's surprise, two solitary figures were sighted on the deck shuffleboard court. They had checked out the sticks (called tangs) to push the weighted disks (called biscuits) to the triangular scoring area nearly 40 feet away. (This is called sending the biscuit.)

The two players, it turns out, are very old friends. Vera Young and Bob Graham were college classmates at what is now Walla Walla University more than a few years ago. They remained friends when each married, and when Vera and Bob lost their respective spouses, they continued their friendship despite the fact that Graham is an ophthalmologist in Klamath Falls and Young works part time for Appleton Properties here in West Linn.

Graham took it upon himself to improve the playing surface of the courts using concrete filler to repair some of the cracks and a battery-powered sander to smooth the rest. The result is a much-improved surface, although it's still far from perfect.

Graham and Young and the rest of the seniors at the WLACC would love to see the court used more often. It's free to check out the equipment, and the court is sited on an attractive expanse of lawn with a pretty good view. Anyone is welcome to give it a try. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in trying, stop by or call the WLACC at the number below for more information.

Here are the upcoming week's other 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 currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, July 6

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 between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve sloppy Josephs for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the Pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m, the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker group will deal.

Monday, July 9

In the morning we have Tai Chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the Wood Carving group, Aerobics class and Hand & Foot card game group. We will offer zucchini casserole for lunch. After lunch, the Bridge group and the Exercise for All program will meet, and the new Pilates-Inspired Core Strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10

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 today from 10 a.m. to noon. And our Ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11

In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, Aerobics class, Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and the Gardening Club. 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 have our monthly birthday brunch. Those with birthdays in July will eat for free; all others pay only $3. 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, July 12

Our morning offerings at the center include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and our Gentle Yoga class. Our visiting nurses will conduct our Foot Clinic at 9 a.m. Schedule a $25 appointment at the front desk. Our Knitting and Crocheting group meets from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the fireplace. And the bridge group meets at 11:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. Unique gifts and uniquely low prices. Many of our gifts came to us through donations, and we want all our donors to know how grateful we are for their contributions. 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.