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Alliance For Smiles: a great cause

WLACC events and activities


by: SURGEON KARL WUSTRACK INTRODUCES SENIORS AT THE WLACC TO ALLIANCE FOR SMILES.  - SUBMITTED PHOTOLast week, Karl Wustrack paid a visit to the West Linn Adult Community Center in order to explain the Alliance For Smiles program. Wustrack’s been a plastic surgeon in our area for many years and one of his many admirable qualities has always been his desire to give back.

So every year Wustrack puts his practice on hold and goes on a two-week overseas mission to provide free reconstructive surgery for underserved children born with a cleft lip or palate. He’s part of a medical team of about 30 medical and non-medical workers volunteering their time and money “... because every child deserves a smile.”

In countries that have a connection to Rotary International, arrangements are made ahead of time to line up kids with deformities. So the patients are ready and waiting for the team to arrive, and the surgeons are very busy for all 14 days.

In countries without a Rotary International connection — it’s not as easy. Often, word of mouth is the only way people in outlying areas know the doctors are available, and by the time the children hear about the service and travel to where the team is working, they may be too late to receive treatment.

Alliance For Smiles has created smiles for 2,300 children during the past five years without cost to families who could never afford treatment. It’s a non-profit organization that welcomes donations. To make a donation, visit allianceforsmiles.org.

Friday, Dec. 14, the WLACC will host its annual Christmas dinner. We will serve turkey and ham for the main dishes and we welcome side dishes to accompany them. The cost is $5 unless you bring a side, in which case the meal is free. Afterward, we will have our annual Christmas gift exchange. Bring a $10 to $20 wrapped gift and plan to steal other’s gifts if you see something you like. It’s pretty entertaining.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. 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, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friday, Dec. 14 — 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 have our annual Christmas dinner, which will include turkey and ham. The cost is $5 unless you’d like to contribute a dish, in which case the meal is free. There will be a gift exchange following dinner. 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. 17 — 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 chicken and vegetable stir fry for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet off site at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 — Morning offerings 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. 19 — 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 today. The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet off site 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 pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet at 12:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, Dec. 20 — Our other morning offerings 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?

We also offer 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.




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