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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Phyl Baden, longtime volunteer at the West Linn Adult Community Center, died May 19. She will be missed by many members.We at the West Linn Adult Community Center are saddened by the loss of Phyl “Don’t-call-me-Phyllis” Baden, a longtime WLACC member and regular desk volunteer Monday mornings at the center. She was a character.

When Phyl wasn’t volunteering at our front desk, she was reading everything she could get her hands on. And when she wasn’t reading, she liked to rail about the abysmal state of television (especially reality shows) in our country and the abysmal state of weather in Oregon.

She missed the weather in Vista, her previous home near San Diego.

“The only reason I’m willing to put up with Oregon rain and cold is because this is where my two sons, their top-notch wives and my five grandkids live,” she said.

Before Phyl and her husband retired they lived near Missoula, Mont., where they ran 400 head of cattle and raised Montmorency cherries. Oh, and Phyl managed to get a law degree in Missoula too. So when she wasn’t herding cattle and pruning cherry trees, she practiced law.

In years past, Phyl was on the board of the Friends of the WLACC, she participated in the line dancing class and before we had a chef, Phyl helped to put on our Friday potlucks.

She always wore a headset while working the front desk so she could answer the phone while shelving books or doing chores at a distance.

When the phone rang, Phyl would cue the headset, and the phone would magically lift itself off the hook and then reseat itself when she hung up. It was spooky.

Phyl passed away suddenly on May 19 due to complications of pneumonia.

Three days after Phyl’s death, Lynn Depretto’s granddaughter, Sydney Mae, was born in Portland. Lynn is the city’s coordinator at the WLACC.

It’s unlikely these two events are connected in any real way, but there’s something satisfying about thinking that since they happened so close together, maybe, just maybe, this is how the world is supposed to work.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Computer assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, June 7

In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve chicken lemon broccoli Alfredo for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m., the Texas Hold’em poker group will deal.

Monday, June 10

The Pixton Law Group will offer free legal consultations from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment. Call to make one. In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the woodcarving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. For lunch, we will have a salad buffet. After lunch, the bridge group will meet, the Exercise for All class will meet and the Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11

Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group also meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m., and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

The Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club will meet. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, we will have the annual Father’s Day cookout of grilled hamburgers. And at 12:30 p.m., we will hold the annual meeting of the Friends of the Adult Community Center. Members should try to attend. The pinochle group will not meet so players can attend the annual meeting. At 1:30 p.m., the book group will meet to discuss “Monday Mornings,” by Sanjay Gupta.

Thursday, June 13

Our visiting nurses will conduct a foot clinic at 9 a.m. Schedule a $25 appointment at the front desk. Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m., and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m. The exercise for all class will meet at 1 p.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. We have added many new donation and consignment items, including beautiful bone china teacups and saucers, new scarves to complete any outfit and new spring and summer purses. Imagine your embarrassment if you were caught using a winter purse this time of year. We have new watches and jewelry and a whole tableful of sale items priced to move. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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