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Mahjong returns to WLACC

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Leo Conkle displays a mahjong game set.

If you are feeling that your life is short on addictions, the West Linn Adult Community Center offers a number of addicting games that you might find you can’t live without. Making a return to the WLACC after a several year hiatus is the addicting game of mahjong.

Similar to the card game of rummy, mahjong originated in China and uses a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.

Longtime WLACC member Leo Conkle learned to play a number of years ago and was playing regularly in Lake Oswego when he decided to resurrect the game at our center. Currently, nine players are gathering on Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m., and Conkle as well as some folks from Lake Oswego are providing instruction for the seven novices who are learning to play as they go.

“It’s a very friendly bunch,” says Conkle. “And those of us who know mahjong are delighted to teach newcomers the joys of the game.”

And there’s no permanent commitment: if you’re not available on a given Friday, the group soldiers on until you decide to return.

There is no fee to play, but there is some pretty serious money involved. If you win (or “mahjong”), there’s a good chance you’ll collect about a quarter from each of the other three players at your table.

So if you’d like to learn a new game, keep your brain active, meet some friendly, welcoming people and, perhaps, win the big bucks, stop by the WLACC any Friday at 1 p.m. and begin feeding an addiction to mahjong. The WLACC is at 1180 Rosemont Road.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. 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, May 9

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 chef’s surprise.

Monday, May 12

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge. Lunch entrée is pizza and salad.

Tuesday, May 13

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

Wednesday, May 14

Foot clinic, Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing and pinochle. At noon we will serve soup and sandwiches.

Thursday, May 15

Share Singers, computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge and acting class.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret around: the WLACC gift shop and our gift shop annex at DJ’s Treasures on the Hill Antique Mall, 1607 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The WLACC gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We accept cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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