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A new class called 'Let's Travel' will be presented from 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19

Who doesn't like to travel? And who doesn't want to know about the present and future of Social Security?

Well, I think the answer to both of these questions are "We ALL do." "All" of course, meaning most of us over 55+ and who visit the West Linn Adult Community Center. It's the place to get all the information we may need. The Adult Community Center provides a lot of things, and the many topics which could be of interest to us keep coming and coming.  We have two wonderful events coming right up to entice us, inspire us and educate us.

A new class called "Let's Travel" will be presented from 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 by Bonnie Metcalfe. Many of us are retired and want to travel while we still can, but it can expensive. Bonnie has learned to travel the world on a budget and plans to share her experiences, ideas and tools. I wanted to talk with Bonnie to get more details for this article, but guess what? She is on a cruise, and probably checking out the best and worst things we should or should not spend our hard-earned money on. I'm sure she will share details of her latest trip with us, too.

The classes will be held the third Wednesday of each month. No need to sign up but you might want to call first to be sure Bonnie hasn't zipped out of town on a whim, and that class is indeed being held.

The following day, Thursday, Feb. 20 from 1-2 p.m., the center will present "The Present and Future of Social Security," another important topic. Ben James of Elevate Wealth Advisors will discuss Social Security's possible longevity. (The word longevity conjures up all kinds of thoughts in my mind.) Therefore understanding the financial health of the current system and possible changes ahead as federal reserves for the Social Security system become more challenging seem important.

Ben James has been an advocate of financial literacy for over 20 years as the founder and president of Elevate Wealth Advisors. He coaches people on fiscal organization, seeing the big picture and personal financial strategies that are resilient to risk. Social Security has long been a foundation in people's retirement plans, and this year, 2020, is the first year that the program reports to begin running at a deficit. Ben speaks about the potential longevity of social security while looking at potential changes that address the near future and beyond. The presentation will be an informative discussion, also allowing space for individual questions.

Ben is a West Linn resident and the president of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.

Save these dates and call the center at 503-557-4704 to reserve your space.

The lunch menu this week features meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and lemon meringue pie on Friday, Feb. 14 and baked potato soup, turkey sandwiches and banana pudding on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Cost is $5 per person; lunch is served at noon.

The center is closed Monday, Feb. 17 for President's Day.

The center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn. Call 503-557-4704 for more information.

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


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