WLACC activities and events

So it was with absolutely no trepidation whatsoever that an intrepid group of West Linn Adult Community Center senior field-trippers set out to visit Tillamook and associated sights late last month. The weather and fall colors were perfect.

With Bill Barger at the helm of the senior Starship bus, the group needed a bathroom stop (naturally) even before it left Portland and the World Forestry Center was conveniently located. It would be worth visiting in its own right, but only after the school kids stop coming next summer — maybe.

So on they went, finally pulling into the parking lot of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Samples of cheese and ice cream were abundant and many of the ice cream flavors were of the uncommonly-found-in-stores variety — marionberry, for instance. And very few things in life are as fun as having your photo taken while sitting in the “Loaf Mobile,” an old, orange Volkswagon bus made to look like a loaf of Tillamook cheese.

An hour later, everyone piled back in the senior Starship and went to Debbie D’s sausage and fish store. Debbie was generous with her samples and several seniors, including Rita Perry, came out with perfect meat complements to their cheese purchases.

Next they visited the Blue Heron French Cheese Company because, as you know, seniors can never sample too much cheese. This was followed by a quick stop at Tillamook’s 2nd Street Public Market before someone said if they didn’t stop for lunch soon, there might be some famine victims on board.

So a call to Camp 18 Restaurant was made. The group enjoyed the generous portions of razor clams, burgers, fish and French dip sandwiches before reboarding the Starship for the trip back to the center.

The next field trip will be to the Troutdale Outlet Stores on Nov. 27, just in time for Christmas shopping. Please consider signing up. Transportation on the senior Starship is only $5, lunch not included.

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 classes are offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday.

Friday, Nov. 9

In the morning, we have the core strength class, the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The Whist card group meets at 10 a.m. an.

At noon we will serve Hungarian goulash for lunch. The Pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas hold 'em group will deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 12

The WLACC will be closed for Veteran’s Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

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

Wednesday, Nov. 14

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 pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

For lunch we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise-for-all program will meet. The book club will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss this month’s selection, "Midnight’s Children," by Salman Rushdie. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15

The Share Singers group will visit Hearthstone at Murrayhill 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 meet 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. Our cadre of buyers has returned from the Portland Gift Show with new merchandise aplenty. Items include holiday decor, scarves made of silk, cashmere, velvet, and bamboo, new watches — including Jimmy Crystal New York — and much more jewelry. Specialty items can also be purchased. 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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