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West Linn Adult Community Center volunteer Mieke Wiegman admits it is not easy to produce a weekly article for publication in the West Linn Tidings and Lake Oswego Review, but her team of writers does it. Today she shares thoughts on how some dates are easy to remember, others not so easy.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Mieke Wiegman says some dates, like birthdays are easy to remember, but other events must be written down.

Editor's note: Readers might think it's a snap to write a weekly column, but West Linn Adult Community Center volunteer Mieke Wiegman shares that it's not as easy as it seems — those deadlines just keep coming. Read on to learn how she and the other contributors share the workload.

I am staring at the schedule I create for the small team of volunteers at the West Linn Adult Community Center who write this column each week for publication in the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings.

The date staring in my face is July 11. Oh boy, that's the publication date for an article I am to submit. With summer holidays and vacations, we need to submit our articles eight or nine days in advance, so my article is due July 2, and oh boy, I believe it is coming right up; in fact, it's two days away as I write this.

Coming up with an important or relevant topic is not always easy.

Some of us write about what makes us seniors tick. Some like to share their own life experiences, which can be quite fascinating. Some write about the wisdom of their parents or grandparents, friends or other people who may have made a difference in their lives.

We enjoy reading about those wonderful anecdotes, and even now still learn from the wisdom we have all gathered around us. The saying "You're never to old to learn" definitely applies to many of us.

A few of us write about events happening at the WLACC, and we touch base with Tiffany Carlson and Dawn Kolb, coordinators at the center, to find out what's happening in the coming month. Both keep this center running very smoothly, and with so many events always planned way ahead of time, I cannot even begin to imagine how they keep track of it all. They are inundated with a zillion questions from all those visiting the center each day. I'm sure their days are never long enough.

Going back to my date for July 11, I'm still stuck. I only know that this date is my eldest sister's birthday, so I need to make sure I give her a call. She lives in a time zone nine hours ahead of me, so I have to plan to call her in the morning between 8 and noon.

Another important date in July I'll always remember is July 17, my dad's birthday.

It's interesting to realize that many dates will stay with us forever; even when people have died, we will always remember their birthdays. Other dates we have to make sure we put on our calendars to avoid forgetting.

Even though this is summertime, most regular classes held at the WLACC are still going on, so check out all those dates. We do have some great bus trips planned, and I know that Keli Stevens will be writing about some of those soon.

We will visit the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park on July 11, and will enjoy a happy hour trip to the Portland Chart House on July 17.

Then Wednesday, July 24, we will visit Multnomah Falls.

For August we will visit the Clackamas County Fair & Event Center on Wednesday, Aug. 14; on Wednesday, Aug. 28, we will take a trip to Seaside.

Now, those dates are definitely worthwhile to put on our calendar.

For more information, pick up a copy of the bimonthly WLACC newsletter, or visit the West Linn Adult Community Center website and scroll down to "Supporting Documents," or scroll down to web links and click on West Linn Adult Community Center Newsletter. Further down, under "Adult Community Center," you will see a prompt in case you would like to subscribe to it.

Remember to put all new dates on your calendar, just in case!

The menu this week features barbecued pulled pork, macaroni salad, carrots and peanut butter cookies on Friday, July 12; Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, peas and Key lime pie on Monday, July 15, and tomato soup, roast beef sandwiches, and strawberry shortcake on Wednesday, July 17. Cost is $5 per person.

The West Linn Adult Community Center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road. Call 503-775-4704 or stop by to learn more.

Mieke Wiegman is a volunteer at the West Linn Adult Community Center.


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