by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Holiday decorators, from left, Sally Olson, Vi Quella, Joyce Brown, Norma Juhr, Rose Ek, Margaret Dejardin, Wanda Vilter, and Paul Brown. Not present are decorators Mary Hill, Mike Lindner, Jay Rice and Irene Jones.The West Linn Adult Community Center’s fake Christmas tree is about as realistic as you’ll find. Each year, we haul it out of the boxes and dump the “boughs” out onto the floor. Storage has rendered each fake branch flatter than a short stack at IHOP.

So the first order of business is to bend the needle-bearing branches back into some semblance of three-dimensionality. Mary Hill, former teacher and organizer extraordinaire, couldn’t help but make signs for each group of reconstituted boughs.

Now the magic begins. All the boughs are color-coded to match slots on the trunk. So we hollard to Jay Rice — this year’s bough attacher — “What color do you need now, Jay?”

And Rice replied, “Gimme a blue.”

Then comes the bane of every trimmer’s existence — the placing of the lights. Once Mike Lindner had wrapped lights around the tree, we realized we’d lost track of the plug. Finding it proved difficult, but find it we did. And once plugged in, the tree was just as beautiful as it’s been for the last 10 years!

With Christmas spirit abounding, we invite you to the center for a singalong Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Our Share Singers will join forces with our ukulele players to provide seasonal favorites that will help you raise your own Christmas spirit. Please consider attending.

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 Fridays.

Friday, Dec. 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 fried chicken. The Pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas Hold ‘Em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10 — The Pixton Law Group will offer free legal consultations from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 to make an appointment. In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and Hand & Foot card game group. Today we will offer pulled pork for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group will meet, and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Morning offerings include 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 to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 — In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class and strength and balance class. The gardening club will not meet. The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line dancing class meets from 11:00 a.m. to noon. For lunch, we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, book club will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss this month’s selection, “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell. The Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 13 — Today we invite all community members to join us at 10:30 a.m. as our Share Singers group combines with our ukulele group to bring us some sing/play along holiday music. Our other morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. Our visiting nurses will conduct the Foot Clinic at 9 a.m. Schedule a $25 appointment at the front desk.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 Christmas shopping secret in town! This year we are promoting Department 56 village homes. Few of us can afford a new Christmas house, but at our gift shop you can. And who among us has enough lovable, plush bears, in a variety of sizes?

We also offer Fitz & Floyd and Christopher Radko merchandise, nutcrackers, music boxes, ornaments, Happy Holidays Barbie and jewelry. For the cold Oregon weather, we offer winter hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. 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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