WLACC events and activities

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - WLACC members visit Oktoberfest's opening day festivities in Mount Angel.Some members of the West Linn Adult Community Center took the short trek to the 45th annual Oktoberfest opening day festivities on Sept. 13. It was a beautiful day to walk the streets and browse the shops of the small town, enjoy the flowers, the arts and craft booths, the food, beverages and of course — the entertainment.

If you have ever driven through or stopped in the sleepy little town of Mount Angel, it is hard to visualize the hot spot (tourist attraction) the entire town becomes in early September.

This is when the town gears up for its annual Oktoberfest celebration which began as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation.

The town goes from a normal population of just more than 3,000 to a thriving metropolis that features great family entertainment, Bavarian sausage and sauerkraut, traditional dress, live entertainment, dancing (of course, the famous chicken dance), beer and wine.

The festival was voted the “Best Annual Event” of the mid Valley for 2012 and is held each year starting the second Thursday after Labor Day. The community of Mount Angel is largely comprised of descendants of German and Swiss immigrants. Their first Oktoberfest was held in late September, 1966.

By the mid-80s, the annual family event had become the largest folk festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, drawing more than 300,000 visitors each year to the four-day festival.

The event is modeled after the Bavarian celebration that has been held each autumn in Germany since 1810.

Many of the booths offer traditional food from the Bavarian and Alpine regions of Germany.

Mount Angel boasts of having the largest glockenspiel in the United States. The glockenspiel is the cornerstone of the downtown core. The Edelweiss building and tower were built to resemble a large chalet with Alpine features such as balconies, pitched and gabled roofs, massive half-timbering and stucco work. The building’s upper floors offer 28 units of affordable senior housing. On the street level you will find a bank, the Glockenspiel Restaurant and other retail space.

Oktoberfest, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that manages the volunteer efforts of community members organizing the event. Profits from Oktoberfest help the small community of Mount Angel and surrounding area. Since the festival began, more than $1.75 million has been donated to the local community. Mark your calendar. Only 335 days until the 2013 Mount Angel Oktoberfest festivities begin.

Here are the upcoming activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. All meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friday, Oct. 12
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 lasagna and Cesar salad for lunch. The pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Texas hold em’ group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 15
In the morning we have tai chi, the peripatetic walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group.

Today we will offer a salad buffet for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise for all program will meet. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Morning offerings include the core strength class, strength and balance class and the 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. Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 — In the morning, we offer the peripatetic walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club. The new pilates-snspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

At noon we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise-for-all-program will meet. The Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet at 12:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18
The Share Singers will visit Spring Ridge Court this morning. Our morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. It’s time to think about Christmas shopping and we have many perfect Christmas gifts from which to choose. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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