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Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is taking a field trip to the World Forestry Center. They will learn plenty about the forest, whicih many believe is home to Bigfoot. Do you?

COURTESY PHOTO - Its just a myth that Bigfoot roams the forests, but you never know what you will learn that is true about forests at the World Forestry Center. Sign up to be part of the field trip from the LOACC April 8.

Some folks call him Bigfoot, others refer to him as Sasquatch, however at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center we know the mysterious creature of the forest is simply a legend.

The idea that the forest can hide Bigfoot highlights the enigmatic power of the forest. All continents except Antarctica have forest as a part of the landscape and most cultures have a lore of a giant forest creature. The lore reflects that people from the dawn of man knew the forest harnessed power we can't see, such as oxygen.

Whether it be the oxygen (40 percent of the world's oxygen is provided by the rainforests), lumber for building materials, medicinal plants or the spirituality of the forest, we recognize that there is power in the forest.

The best place to learn about the forest, the home to Bigfoot, is the World Forestry Center in Portland. The World Forestry Center is a spectacular museum in the heart of Washington Park, offering education on forest resources, forest management and local history of harvesting forest.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is taking a trip to the World Forestry Center Thursday, April 8, leaving the center at 10:30 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be eaten at the Cascade Grill, a rustic dining room with house made soups made daily, locally sourced fish and flame-grilled meat. The cost of the trip which includes museum entry is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Lunch is on your own.

Even if Bigfoot is a myth, the forest still holds many secrets. Sign up for the trip and you will be amazed at what you will learn about the forest.

The lunch menu this week features African sweet potato stew on Friday, March 29; Hawaiian pork tacos on Monday, April 1 and baked spaghetti on Wednesday, April 3. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Marie Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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