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Making friends is what it is all about

Making friends is what it is all about

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The writing group includes, front row (from left), Marlene Fellman, Michael Wendt, Karen Faw, Patty Montgomery. Back row (from left), are Jim Stell, Cynthia Gibson, Barbara Nuxall Isom, Ethel Inaba, Dorothy Deline, Warren Guest and Dwight Kennedy.

The Honoring our Memories Writing Group at the West Linn Adult Community Center has entered its ninth year of existence, and we would like to have you come and share your life stories with us.

Through hearing each other’s stories, we find common threads through our lives. These threads make our joys, mistakes, successes and disappointments feel normal. We learn that our lives have meaning, and that we have wisdom to pass along to our children and grandchildren. When a member reads a piece written for the group, these personal stories often remind the group of similar experiences and the conversation flows from there.

The writing group provides a safe place to share writings without criticism or a teacher giving a grade. Only you will know if you didn’t punctuate correctly or misspelled words. Not all members write about their lives. Some write fictional stories and others poetry — the choice of what to write is up to the writer.

So come grab a cup of coffee and join us from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday mornings at the WLACC. The price of coffee is great — it’s free.

The WLACC Book Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, September through June. When the club meets again in September, they will be choosing books to be read through June 2017. A book discussion will center on the book “Up Stairs in the White House: My Life with the First Ladies,” written by J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz. This is the story about four different presidents and their wives moving into and out of the White House, and how each First Lady dealt with her new life as the wife of a president.

As in all groups, our reading tastes vary, which causes us to select a wide variety of books to read. This introduces us to authors who are new to us, and genres we might not read on our own. It also makes for interesting discussions. If you like to read and would like to join our book club, consider this your invitation to come and meet other lovers of books.

The lunch menu this week features: a salad bar, angel hair pasta with chicken Masala sauce, zucchini and banana cake for dessert on Friday, Aug. 12; salad bar, teriyaki chicken, rice, roasted vegetables and tapioca pudding for dessert on Monday, Aug. 15; and salad bar, loaded baked potato soup, roast beef and cheddar sandwiches with lemon bars for dessert on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Meals are priced at $5 each.

Questions? Call the West Linn Adult Community Center at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn.

Luella Hunt is a volunteer at the West Linn Adult Community Center.