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Trip to Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery planned for Oct. 26

Trip to Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery planned for Oct. 26

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Join the fun when the WLACC visits the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery in Beaverton Oct. 26.

George Bernard Shaw got it right when he said, “We don’t stop playing because we get old; we get old because we stop playing.”

There are countless reasons to engage in puzzles, games and interactive play throughout one’s entire life.

It keeps the mind sharp and can reinforce mental skills. Interactive play ensures brain neuroplasticity, a key component in the brain’s ability to adapt or heal itself.

Game play can also improve coordination and balance by forcing the brain to react and process quickly, which translates into overall better physical control. Time spent playing games with friends can also help stave off depression and promote social interaction ... plus games are just plain fun.

The West Linn Adult Community Center recognizes all of these great reasons to play and is always searching for fun, new opportunities to offer you.

During the month of October, in the spirit of play and fun, we will be taking a bus trip to IMOGAP, the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery. This hidden gem is located in Beaverton and a universe of games, puzzles and fun can be discovered within its walls.

Much more than just a typical game shop, visitors are encouraged to play as many of the more than 4,400 items in its vast collection as they like, for as long as they like. Tables, coffee, tea and a game facilitator are also provided. Visitors will be delighted to find old favorites from their youth as well as various video games, puzzles and even new, modern games.

This is a must for anyone even remotely interested in board, card or other games.

You can indulge in a bit of nostalgia as you reminisce with friends about games from the past; try out something new before you buy it; or learn about the games of other cultures and eras. Visit IMOGAP.org for more information.

The WLACC bus trip will take place Oct. 26, leaving the ACC at 10:45 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m. The cost is $22, which includes bus transportation, admission, as well as a delicious box lunch prepared by The Stafford.

This promises to be a fun experience, and we encourage people who are interested to sign up while space is available. RSVP, and pay at the WLACC front desk. Let the games begin!

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

The lunch menu this week features spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli a la Romano, garlic bread and red velvet cake on Friday, Sept. 30; honey glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, succotash and apple cobbler on Monday, Oct. 3; and tomato and noodle soup, grilled beef and cheddar sandwiches and banana cream pie on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Meal price is $5.

Keli Stevens is a volunteer for the West Linn Adult Community Center.