Thank Alice Johansson for taking the lead on this project

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The new space at the West Linn Adult Community Center will be used for classrooms, exercise rooms, storage, new office, and expanding the gift shop.

About five years ago, West Linn Adult Community Center longtime member, Alice Johansson, was fed up with the crowded exercise class she attended. So she gathered together a group of seniors and formed an expansion committee to discuss enlarging the existing building.

Since then, the WLACC seniors have been fundraising nonstop, and the City of West Linn put in for a Community Development Block Grant from the federal government and added some money from the proceeds of a house sale. Because of this funding, only very minimal West Linn taxpayer money will be required to reach the goal of about $500,000. It appears the money and planning are coming together in time to begin construction this fall. With luck and reasonable weather conditions, the project could be finished by July 1, 2015.

This month the pre-application conference on design review was held at City Hall. City officials met to determine if there are any clearly visible problems with the project. Under discussion were a possible traffic analysis, water drainage requirements, fire department requirements, parking requirements, and the required neighborhood input meeting. The officials determined there are no insurmountable obstacles.

The next steps will be to hire an architect to draft working blueprints and begin applying for the required land use permits. We at the WLACC are very excited about the prospect of additional space, but no one is more excited than Alice Johansson, the woman who started it all. Thanks Alice!

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, May 16

Computer instruction and chair massage (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, open studio painting, whist card group, pinochle, mahjong, Texas Hold’em poker. Lunch entrée is spinach mushroom fusilli Alfredo.

Monday, May 19

Mail fraud talk, tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge. Lunch entrée is salad buffet.

Tuesday, May 20

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Jam.

Wednesday, May 21

Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing and pinochle. At noon we will serve soup and sandwiches. Board meeting.

Thursday, May 22

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge and drama class.

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