by: SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Ron McCallister rocks on his five-string uke.

When Chuck Lawson, founder and leader of the West Linn Adult Community Center’s Ukulele Strummers, decided to relocate to Southern California, he asked Ron McCallister to take over the group. Ron reluctantly agreed and Kate Kaake agreed to help, too.

Ron McCallister is an easy guy to like. He’s got a five-string uke, a twinkle in his eye, a good sense of humor and he’s not afraid to laugh at himself. In short, he’s the perfect ukulele group leader.

Ron came to the ukulele as a young man, but his interest eventually waned. It took triple bypass surgery, a lengthy recovery period on the couch and his wife’s suggestion that he dust off his old instrument to put him back in a ukulele frame of mind.

For the past year, Ron’s been learning the harmonica and he sometimes accompanies the uke group with it. The usual format for the jams has each participant choosing a song for the group to play. As the group tackles each number, there is as much laughter as music in the air.

Ukulele jams are held each Tuesday from 2 until 3:30 p.m. in the WLACC lunch room. Visitors are encouraged and all levels are welcome. There is no cost for attending. Instruments other than ukuleles are also welcome.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the center at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Oct. 25

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas Hold’em poker. Lunch entrée is fried chicken.

Monday, Oct. 28

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

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

Wednesday, Oct. 30

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

Thursday, Oct. 31

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

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. Our Halloween-themed items, including a gorgeous crystal mask, are on full display along with lots of jewelry and other treasures. A wide variety of Christmas items will be available in early November including Madame Alexander dolls, beautiful Lenox collectibles and festive holiday decorating items. One-hundred percent cashmere scarves are now available as are 100 percent silk scarves. Matching glove and hat sets are available in a medley of colors. Other gift ideas? Handmade soaps, locally made. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are always accepted.

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