Despite June 23 being a scorcher, the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Classic Car Show Fun-Raiser, held that day by the Friends of The West Linn Adult Community Center (Friends Group), was a great success.
The homemade spaghetti dinner, prepared by Chef Danny James, received rave reviews. The ice-cold lemonade was also a hit, as the day's temperatures were in the 90s. Regardless, folks braved the extreme weather to come out and give their support. The Friends Group would sincerely like to thank everyone that helped play a part in making this such a fun night.
A team of Friends Group members worked hard to bring this event from planning to fruition. Judy Hutchinson, who chaired the event, put in many hours and had every detail covered. From the 16 wonderful antique cars, arranged by Rose Ek, to the evening's variety of entertainment, everything was carefully arranged. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue brought two classic old fire trucks, as well as a team of five volunteer firefighters, to add to the colorful and impressive display of antique cars. Thank you to Bill Barges and crew.
The delightful table decorations and the beautiful gift baskets offered at the raffle all were a sight to behold. Janet McDonald and her helpers created the 25 gift baskets with items donated from many local sources, including Pete's Mountain Vineyard and Winery, Portland Opera, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Allium Bistro, Thai Lemon Restaurant, J. Willy's Public House & Eatery, La Fiesta Tequila Bar and Restaurant, Linn City Pub, and many others. There were even four unique pieces of art raffled off, handmade and donated by WLACC members.
Music was a welcome theme of the night. Diners enjoyed the music of the Strolling Accordion Victor Meindl as they ate. Some happily remembered him from his days at The Rheinlander. After eating, the musical stylings of the ukulele group Strum and Hum, directed by Ron McAllister, Crossroads and Rusty Strings Duet were enjoyed as part of the entertainment. Presentations by the Age-Cured Hams, the WLACC drama group, and a dance demonstration by the talented Veronica and John Ferenz were also part of the line-up.
Having someone else cook you dinner, an evening of lovely sights and sounds, plus prizes, can't be beat! Oh, and did I mention there was pie? Thank you to Shari's Restaurant for donating all the delicious pies served.The event ended with empty plates, a final raffle drawing and many smiles. If you missed it this year look for it next time.
The lunch menu this week features meatloaf, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and chocolate cookies on Friday, July 7; Italian sausage, ziti pasta with marinara sauce, ratatouille and ambrosia salad on Monday, July 10; and tuna melt sandwiches with Tuscan bean soup and brownies on Wednesday, July 12. Cost is $5.
Questions? Please call Robin Way at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn.
Keli Stevens is a member and volunteer at the West Linn Adult Community Center.