by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dickston urges all to wear green if coming for lunch at the WLACC tomorrow, or risk being pinched by leprauchans.Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, but many West Linn Adult Community Center members will celebrate the occasion tomorrow by wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage for lunch and pinching those dressed sans green. It’s a time to celebrate adopted traditions, not a real event. So why, you may ask, will WLACC members and millions more behave in the manner described above?

The green thing began as a blue thing. But several hundred years ago — just before the birth of some of the WLACC’s oldest members — green came into favor because of Ireland’s “Emerald Isle” moniker, its presence as a prominent color in the Irish flag, its association with spring and its obvious connection to shamrocks.

Friday, the center will serve the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage, but only half of the meal is truly Irish. Cabbage is the long-time Irish staple but it was originally paired with Irish bacon, not corned beef. Irish immigrants to the U.S., being poor, couldn’t afford bacon, so they adopted corned beef as a cheaper alternative.

Though WLACC seniors are notoriously playful, truth to tell, there’s very little pinching happening at the center — at least not as a penalty for forgetting your green. And that’s as it should be since the pinching tradition is an American tradition occasioned by St. Patrick’s revelers thinking that wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers. Americans adopted the pinch as a warning that the leprechauns would soon be after them.

So come by the WLACC tomorrow at noon and join us for an Irish meal. Wear your green unless you’re absolutely confidant leprechauns won’t be lurking about.

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.

And don’t forget you can pick up canvases and information about the West Linn Lutheran Church’s art fundraiser at the WLACC. You can also get canvases from the church directly at 503-656-0110 or order them online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To download an application, go to

Friday, March 15

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 corn beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 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, March 18

In the morning we have tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. We offer pizza and salad for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

AARP tax preparation appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Spirit Mt. Casino bus will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. Morning offerings at the WLACC 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, March 20

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 serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. as usual. At 12:30 p.m. the Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet. All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, March 21

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: the WLACC Gift Shop! We have added many new donation and consignment items. You will want to check out our St. Patrick’s Day and Easter-themed gifts before the holidays arrive. We currently have a large assortment of beautiful, plush Easter bunnies. Additionally, we have wooden, hand-painted Italian ANRI figures.

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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