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Start your morning with an adventurous breakfast

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - WLACC member Peggy Dickston prepares to enjoy a Poshines Cafe de la Soul chicken & waffles breakfast. If you follow the food scene in Portland, you may have noticed an unusual breakfast offering in a number of restaurants around town. Chicken & waffles, a combination not found at most chain eateries, has become a fashionable morning meal at a number of independents.

So it was that a small group of intrepid seniors from the West Linn Adult Community Center set out one recent Saturday morning for Po’shines Café de la Soul at 8139 N. Denver Ave., in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood. The goal? Try a breakfast of chicken & waffles.

Po’shines is a café specializing in soul food. Grits, hush puppies, catfish, fried okra, biscuits & gravy, beignets, shrimp creole and barbecued ribs are just some of the Southern dishes Po’shines offers beside the usual bacon-and-eggs-type meals.

The café itself is clean and decorated with a giant gumball machine and much African-American artwork. The wait-staff is friendly and welcoming, and the regular diners are quick to let you know you’ve made a good culinary choice in Po’shines.

Then came three of the biggest fried chicken wings we’d ever seen beside two crispy corn meal waffles served with a side of butter and maple syrup. This meal is not for the faint-of-heart or those requiring American Heart Association recommendations. But it’s sure tasty. And you won’t need lunch.

A post-breakfast stroll around the neighborhood revealed several other interesting restaurants and shops, the iconic 31-foot tall Paul Bunyan statue commemorating the centennial of Oregon’s statehood and an area that’s becoming increasingly gentrified.

If you’re up for a dining adventure, try Po’shines in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood. Call 503-978-9000 for hours of operation.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Please 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, Feb. 15

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 fish. 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, Feb.18

The WLACC will be closed today, Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19

AARP tax preparation appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 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. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. today, and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. In the morning, we offer the peripatetic walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, we will offer soup and sandwiches for lunch. After lunch, the pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. At 12:30 p.m. the Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet.All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Share Singers group will visit SpringRidge Court this morning. Our morning offerings at the center 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 shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. We have added many new donation and consignment items. If you like the looks of glass, we have many cut glass and crystal pieces, including a punchbowl with 14 cups, and glass cake plates. Additionally, we have many locally made items: rope/fabric woven baskets, new jewelry, Valentine cards,Valentine triple-milled soaps and Valentine chocolates. We also have new blingy fashion watches. And if you just love beautifully painted Big Sky and Oregon wildlife wood duck decoys, signed and dated, we’ve got ‘em. Also a Spanish zaphir figurine and several Lenox pieces, as well as Lithuanian real amber necklaces. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.




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