They’ve been meeting at the West Linn Adult Community Center on Friday afternoons for years. They make their way to the back room, buy five dollars’ worth of poker chips, sit down, shuffle, and deal (mostly from the top). For the better part of two hours, our Texas Hold’em poker group revels in the game.

And they revel in each other’s company. The game is infused with a lot of good-natured kidding and complaints about bad hands that miraculously turn good as the last chips are bet.

And even the bad hands that stay bad aren’t cause for real desperation: the most you can lose is $5.

If this sounds to you like a fun way to spend a couple hours on a Friday afternoon, come by the WLACC about 12:30 p.m. and pull up a chair.

On an unrelated note, if you’d like to come to the WLACC for our monthly cook out, it will take place at noon July 16. Burgers and dogs with all the fixings are on the menu, all for the low, low price of $4.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. WLACC is located at 1180 Rosemont Road. Call the WLACC 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, July 11

Computer instruction and chair massage (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, open studio painting, whist card group, pinochle, mahjong, Texas Hold’em poker. Lunch entrée is garlic ginger chicken thighs.

Monday, July 14

Senior Law Project, tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge. For lunch we will serve zucchini casserole.

Tuesday, July 15

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

Wednesday, July 16

Board meeting, Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing and pinochle. At noon we will have a cookout complete with hamburgers and hotdogs.

Thursday, July 17

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, knitting/crocheting, bridge and drama class.

WLACC gift shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret around: the WLACC gift shop. We can help you with your basket-shortage problems: storage, decorative, you name it. Or is it decorative roosters you need? Also, baby and toddler ponchos, booties, caps and cape/jackets, all hand-knitted by genuine West Linn citizens. Plus many different styles of sunglasses. The WLACC gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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