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Why go to a senior center?


Why do we go to the West Linn Adult Community Center, or any senior center?  We are looking for something — friends, activities, being a part of something.

As a senior we don’t have as much opportunity to meet new people. We no longer have a chance to meet people through our children’s schools or our jobs, since most of us are retired and our children are grown. Everyone needs some social mix in their lives.   

We draw those from out-of-state, who are thinking about moving into our area, moving closer to children and grandchildren, downsizing or just because they heard about the beauty of Oregon. They come in to check us over and see what we have to offer. And the locals come in to see if our center is a fit for them.

Ellen Kletzok joined when she moved from Eugene. She didn’t know anyone in West Linn, she liked to play cards and do volunteer work. She also liked the friendliness of the members.

Joyce Brown came to be with people who have a similar mindset and principles. She joined the walking group and is now involved in many things.

In this day of recognizing the benefits of exercise, people come to join the walking groups, the wide array of exercise programs with outstanding teachers, line dancing, various card games, writing classes (one participant has even been published), gardening, knitting, painting, computer and woodworking. If you would like to take a class not currently being offered you can put in a request for it at the front desk.

We find that many talents are useful — fund raising, event planning, volunteering in the front office, helping out in the kitchen and dining room or teaching classes. The gift shop is staffed by volunteers and is known for its array of beautiful gifts — jewelry, scarves, hats, purses, decorative items and many donated items. Nurses come once or twice a month to check blood pressure and to hold a foot clinic.

There is an elected board that meets monthly, making decisions affecting the center and its future plans — such as an addition to our facility and more parking. Let us know if you would like to serve on any of our many interesting committees. We send out a bi-monthly newsletter to keep you informed of future happenings and scheduling.

If you are considering a senior center, drop in and we will show you around. If it is a Monday, Wednesday or Friday you might want to stay for an excellent lunch.

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 assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

And don’t forget you can pick up canvases and information about the West Linn Lutheran Church’s art fundraiser at the WLACC, from the church directly at 503-656-0110 or on-line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To download an application, go to wllc.org/whatsnew.html.

Friday, March 22

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 pork tenderloin for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the Pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m. the Texas Holdem poker group will deal.

Monday, March 25

In the morning we have Tai Chi, The Peripatetic Walkers, the Wood Carving group, Aerobics class and Hand & Foot card game group. We offer Sloppy Joseph 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, March 26

AARP tax preparation appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The bus trip to the Willamette Heritage Center leaves at 9 a.m. 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. The Ukulele Group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

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 11a.m. to noon. At noon, we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. as usual.

Thursday, March 28

The Share Singers will meet at the WLACC at 10 a.m. 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. You will want to check out our Easter-themed gifts before the holiday arrive. We currently have a large assortment of beautiful, plush Easter bunnies. Additionally, we have wooden, hand-painted Italian ANRI figures. 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.