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Editor’s note: Contributor Doug Dickston is on vacation and other members of the West Linn Adult Community Center are sharing information of the center’s happenings during his absence.

Support was in clear evidence Sept. 8 when a team from the West Linn Adult Community Center boarded a bus and went to Portland International Raceway to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The team was appropriately named Still Kickin’. There were 18 members on the team this year, but only 14 could walk with us that day. The team raised more than $2,500 to help the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to stop this disease and provide support for the families of those afflicted. This was the highest amount raised in the four years since the team was founded.

The weather was superb with more than 3,200 walkers on 323 different teams hitting the track on a mild 80-degree afternoon. The Alzheimer’s Association raised $264,870 in this, their only major fundraiser of the year.

The Still Kickin’ team from WLACC was formed back in 2010 with only eight original members. They walked through downtown Portland and it rained, but that did not cool the enthusiasm of the team and they wanted to do it again the following year.

The number of members on the team has grown each year as we have watched some of our friends at the WLACC fall to this disease. The team would like to see Alzheimer’s go the way of polio. It was once a killer but is now just a memory.

The West Linn Adult Community Center has an active group of members and invites anyone to come up for a visit.

Following is the list of activities planned at the center this week. Call the center at 503-557-4704 for times and possible fees.

Friday, Oct. 4

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold ‘em poker. Lunch entrée is spaghetti and meatballs.

Monday, Oct. 7

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is shepherd’s cottage pie.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Peripatetic Walkers, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle and book club. Lunch entrée is soup and sandwiches.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, Share Singers, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

If you’re a regular gift shop shopper, bring a new person with you. Many wise shoppers are beginning to think about holiday shopping and wiser-yet shoppers know that our gift shop boasts fall, winter and holiday items that turn over weekly. It’s a stress-free place to look for children’s gifts and new jewelry. We are looking for volunteers to staff the shop as subs and as Monday afternoon regulars. Contact Veronica Ferenz at the front desk if you are interested. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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