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Marlene Rickett: Peorias loss is WLACCs gain


WLACC events and activities

Marlene Rickett Not all cities in America can boast an adult community center. Just ask Marlene Rickett, a relatively new member of the West Linn Adult Community Center. She came to us from Peoria, Ill. — a backwater without a senior center. We’d like to think she made the move just to join the WLACC, but, much to our chagrin, this was not the case.

When Rickett’s husband of 42 years, Chuck, died, her son said, “Mom, you need to move to Oregon to be near me, your daughter-in-law and your grandchildren.” It’s turned out to be good advice, especially for a person like Marlene, who’s outgoing and makes friends easily.

Rickett spent her career in orthopedic and trauma nursing. Although she’s sort of retired, she wouldn’t mind putting in an occasional shift even if it was just on a volunteer basis. The trouble is that after years of scrubbing in for surgeries, Rickett has worn off her fingerprints, and before Oregon is willing to transfer her nursing license from Illinois, she needs an FBI background check which includes fingerprinting. So she waits for the bureaucracy to run its course.

In the meantime, her daughter-in-law pointed her to activities at the WLACC and Rickett has embraced them. She helps prepare lunch — sometimes with her granddaughter Emma — takes tai chi and is a volunteer saleswoman in our gift shop. In her spare time, she cares for her grandchildren, does Bible study, and enjoys crafts such as card making and scrapbooking.

We are very pleased she made the move. She’s a pleasant, knowledgeable woman who adds a lot to our senior group.

On an unrelated note, be sure to join us for our annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner Nov. 16 at noon. The cost of this delicious meal is $5, two dollars of which goes to our building expansion fund.

Additionally, the West Linn Parks and Recreation department. is putting on its annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WLACC. Our gift shop will be open and it’s a great opportunity to shop for Christmas.

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. 16

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 meets between 10 a.m. and noon.

At noon we will serve our annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner.Cost for this meal is $5, with $2 going to our expansion fund. The Pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Texas hold ‘em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19

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

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga. The “Honorin g 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. 21

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.

For lunch we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the bridge group will meet. The Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet at 12:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. The Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 22

The center will be closed today and Friday in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. Our cadre of buyers has just returned from the Portland Gift Show with new merchandise aplenty including seasonally-themed items, scarves made of silk, cashmere, velvet and bamboo, new watches — including Jimmy Crystal New York — and much more. Special orders can be made. 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.