by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Be part of West Linns holiday parade Dec. 14. Complete guidelines for participating are on the parks and recreation website.

Those of you who have visited the West Linn Adult Community Center have also seen the lion that stands near the entrance.

Well, the lion is getting a makeover. I’m not talking about the kind of make over like the TV show “What Not to Wear.” This lion is not trading in his plaid bell bottom pants or ’70s long hair. This is a restoration to bring back the original color and proud mane. This ongoing restoration is part of the agreement in accepting the statuary and keeping it in place up at the WLACC in memory of Harold and Dorothy Gross.

Lee Lauritzen is the local artist doing the work. His studio is in Gresham. Lauritzen has been a professional artist for 25 years producing fine art acrylic paintings on canvas. His paintings include a wide variety of subjects in a realistic style. Lauritzen has completed 25 murals, many in private homes.

But he is also known locally for his work on the murals within the cities of Molalla and Sandy as well as Oregon Department of Military and Bureau of Land Management, both in Springfield, Ore.

Lauritzen has been commissioned to paint numerous poster images for agencies, interest groups and educational consortiums. He has won national awards and is exhibited in National Fine Art shows. Checkout his website for a view of his original paintings and prints at

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the center at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Nov. 29

The center is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday, Dec. 2

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is open-faced turkey sandwich.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, bus trip to Albertina Kerr for lunch, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing and pinochle. Birthday brunch will be served at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Computer instruction (by appointment), Share Singers, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC gift shop. Plenty of Christmas items are available, including Madame Alexander dolls and clothing for American Girl dolls or those whose wardrobes need freshening. Also, Italian ANRI hand-carved, hand-painted wooden figures. Additionally, we have many cuddly teddy bears currently defending their territory from the stuffed fox, raccoon and moose lurking nearby. New jewelry, cashmere and silk scarves, colorful fingerless gloves with matching fingerless caps round out our new offerings. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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