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Betty Keyes brings the garden to life

Adult Community Center provides community activities and services


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Betty Keyes goes after a weed at the WLACC.Betty Keyes, member of the West Linn Adult Community Center, is a tough woman to dislike. She gives the impression of being excited about life all the time. She talks fast, walks purposefully and has the aspect of a person who enjoys life.

Keyes was born in Minnesota, though it’s not apparent in her speech anymore. That’s probably because she and her first husband traveled all over the country for his job. They found themselves in The Dalles when the dam was under construction. Keyes still remembers how welcoming the community was to them.

Keyes and her husband ultimately settled in the Parkrose area, where they raised their four children, and Keyes pursued her passion for gardening.

“I love being in the outdoors, but I can’t just sit in the sun,” she said. “I’ve got to be doing something.”

After 37 years of marriage, her first husband died, and she moved to Camas, Wash., where she met her second husband in a walking group. They both took a tour to Australia for a month and subsequently decided to marry. He passed away five years ago.

“I’m hard on husbands, I guess,” Keyes joked.

Now she lives with one of her daughters in Lake Oswego, and despite early reservations about living with one of her own children, the arrangement has worked out very well. They never, however, watch TV together because the closed-captioning that Keyes requires drives her daughter crazy. It’s a small sacrifice.

We at the WLACC just love having Keyes around. She is a regular participant in the gardening group and the exercise group, and she always joins us for lunch. Moreover, she enjoys going on many of our field trips around the area.

But we really appreciate that Keyes loves to weed. Few activities give her as much satisfaction as sitting on a five-gallon bucket and weeding a portion of one of our flowerbeds.

“I appreciate so much that you let me weed here,” Keyes said. It’s that kind of attitude that makes her impossible to dislike.

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

Friday, Sept. 7

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 sausage and shrimp fettuccini. 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, Sept. 10

The Pixton Law Group will offer free legal consultations from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 to make one. Also 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 ham sandwiches 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, Sept. 11

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 strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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 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. After lunch, the Bridge group and the Exercise for All program will meet. The Book group will resume at 1 p.m. and the book under discussion will be Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind.” The Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13

The bus will leave at 9 a.m. for the Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel. Our visiting nurses will conduct our foot clinic at 9 a.m. Schedule a $25 appointment at the front desk. Our morning offerings at the center include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and our Gentle Yoga class. The Knitting and 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. 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.



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