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Break a leg at the WLACC acting class

All the world may not be a stage, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the West Linn Adult Community Center, a new acting group pretends the WLACC is exactly that.

The group is led by Pat Amore Hand, a one-time California music teacher with a strong theater background. She’s energetic, full of fun acting activities and (of course) dramatic. Her idea is to give seniors the opportunity to ham it up with guidance.

To this end, the 90-minute class guides participants through vocal and physical warm-ups, improvisational scenes, monologues and cold readings. Hand gives the impression she has countless activities up her sleeve, and she emphasizes the mantra that “acting is doing.”

As of this writing, the class meets both Wednesdays and Thursdays, but should one of these meetings become “dramatically” more popular than the other, Hand might drop the least popular meeting.

The Thursday class initially brought out six participants, which was a comfortable number to begin. Stage fright was not in evidence; the group was very relaxed and at ease from the start, thanks to Hand’s warm and gracious welcoming.

Call the WLACC at the number below to find out more about the class, including new schedules and fees. Or call Hand directly at 503-701-2550, or email her at patspiano@msn.com.

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, Jan. 24

Computer instruction and chair massage (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, open studio painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold ‘em poker. For lunch we will serve shepherd’s pie.

Monday, Jan.27

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28

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

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Bus trip to the World Forestry Center, Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle and acting class. Soup and sandwiches will be served at noon.

Thursday, Jan. 30

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 in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. Lots of new items have been donated to help raise money for our expansion project, and we are especially in need of greeting cards. But we cannot accept Christmas card donations any longer.

Also, the Gift Shop Annex at DJ’s Treasures On the Hill Antique Mall at 1607 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City is now open for business.

Treasures from our gift shop can be found in our area of the antique mall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The WLACC shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are always welcome.

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