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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Diners work their way through the buffet at Thanksgiving dinner at the WLACC.The West Linn Adult Community Center offers a wealth of activities for seniors. Scanning the weekly calendar below will give you an idea of just how many interests are featured. But the one activity that brings us closest to each other is lunch.

You will recall that one family goal that nearly everyone supports is eating together. It’s what gives us a glimpse into our kids’ lives. It’s what allows us to instill good manners. It’s what allows us to share our experiences. Sharing inexpensive lunches three times a week at the WLACC with other seniors offers similar benefits, and it includes the additional benefit of not having to prepare the meal ourselves!

Our chef, Veda Thomas, tries to serve a variety of meals every month — knowing full well it’s impossible to please all the diners all the time. On Wednesdays we usually serve a simple meal: various soups paired with various kinds of sandwiches. There is always salad, always some kind of dessert and occasionally another side dish. All meals are served buffet-style, so no one leaves hungry. The menu varies Mondays and Fridays.

November lunches will include Swiss steak, scalloped chicken, pasta primavera, pork tenderloin and turkey tetrazzini. On Nov. 16, we will have our annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings. All of these meals — including the Thanksgiving dinner — cost only $3. It’s simply the best meal deal in town.

If that wasn’t enough, on the first Wednesday of every month, those with birthdays during that month eat our birthday brunch meal for free. So give serious consideration to joining us for lunch on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday. We’re a friendly, welcoming group, and we’d love to get to know you over a meal.

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. 2

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 meets from 10 a.m. to noon.

At noon we will serve Swiss steak for lunch. The pinochle group will play from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas hold ‘em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 5

In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and the hand and food card game group.

Today we will offer scalloped chicken for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group, the Exercise for All program will meet and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Morning offerings at the WLACC include the 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 new players the game of pinochle at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

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. and 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 today. No appointment needed.

At noon, we will have our monthly birthday brunch. Those with birthdays in November 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, Nov. 8

The Share Singers group will visit Tanner Spring today. Our morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. Our visiting nurses will conduct a foot clinic today at 9 a.m. Schedule a $25 appointment at the front desk. 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: the WLACC Gift Shop. Our cadre of buyers has just returned from the Portland Gift Show with new merchandise aplenty. Items include seasonally themed items, silk scarves, cashmere, velvet and bamboo, new watches — including Jimmy Crystal New York, favored by only the most respectable celebrities — and much, more jewelry. Special gift items can also be ordered. 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.

Last week’s column about the artist Kathy Grant, including the wrong website. The artist’s website is kathygrantartist.com.