The West Linn City Council gave us a scare last month when it was reported that funding for the West Linn Adult Community Center expansion project was no longer in the city’s budget due to the $2 million budget shortfall. The Friends group has been fundraising for several years now in hopes of augmenting the HUD grant money and the city’s contribution to make our facility larger.

So we were anxious to hear Park and Recreation Director Ken Worcester’s explanation of our situation at lunch on May 1. Worcester said, paraphrasing Mark Twain, that the rumors of the expansion’s demise were somewhat exaggerated.

The project has always depended on the HUD grant money, and so far, we haven’t been allotted enough to really begin serious planning. We have, however, been promised about a third of the money the city requested with additional funds perhaps available this year or next as other HUD projects begin to close out. It’s the “perhaps” that’s the sticking point.

If the HUD money shows up, Worcester said the project will become a reality. He said he is determined to get the thing underway before he retires (completely) in two more years.

Additionally, money gained from the sale of a house in Willamette that the city bought for a dollar is earmarked for the expansion. As yet, the house has not been put on the market.

So we at the WLACC wait, anxious to provide more space for our crowded activities. But we are relieved to know that the project will still go forward as long as the federal money doesn’t dry up.

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.

Friday, May 17

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 pulled pork and coleslaw for lunch. 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, May 20

In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the woodcarving group, aerobics class, and hand and foot card game group. For lunch, we will have spaghetti and meatballs. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21

Morning offerings 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, May 22

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 meets. 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.

Thursday, May 23

The Share Singers group will meet at the WLACC this morning. Our morning offerings 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. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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