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Come on zoo, rose garden trip

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the West Linn Adult Community Center will take a field trip to visit Packy at the Oregon Zoo and view the Rose Garden at Washington Park June 24. Sign up now to participate.

Packy the elephant is trumpeting to you. Like many of us at the West Linn Adult Community Center, at the ripe old age of 53, he’s a senior citizen now, and he’s extending an invitation to visit him and view the new Elephant Barn, a part of the new Elephant Lands exhibit that’s nearly 85 percent completed now.

“He’s the reason for all of this,” says Bob Lee, the zoo’s elephant curator who has worked with Packy for the last 15 years. Packy was born in 1962, and the new habitat was designed so he could live out his golden years in comfort. We seniors can only hope we’ll be treated as well.

Besides seeing Packy, there are lots of other exhibits on display at the recently redesigned Oregon Zoo. Lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) as well as condors, primates, rhinos and exotic birds are all on display.

But that won’t be our only stop on this trip. We will also go to Portland’s International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. This garden’s primary purpose is to serve as a testing ground for new varieties of roses. The City of Portland gives its Gold Medal Awards annually to the best new roses.

The first Gold Medal award was given in 1919, so this is a long and storied tradition and the oldest such program in the United States. All the winning roses are planted in the Gold Medal Garden, which we will visit.

This trip will take place on Wednesday, June 24. The bus will leave the WLACC at 9:30 a.m. and will return about 3 p.m. The cost of the trip is $25, which includes bus transportation and admission fees. We will stop for lunch the cost of which will be up to you.

If this sounds like a fun day trip and you’d like to participate, sign up and pay your $25 at the front desk of the WLACC. Space is limited, so do it soon.

Lunch menus this week include coconut lime chicken over rice on Friday, June 19; assorted handmade pizza on Monday, June 22; and soup and sandwiches Wednesday, June 24.

Questions? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

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