Mark Thomas is one active guy. Most days you can find him participating in something at the West Linn Adult Community Center.
He and his wife Rhonda have called West Linn home since 2000 and for the last six years, he has been a regular friendly face at the WLACC. The drama group the Age Cured Hams, the Rosemont Rhythm Band, the Share Singers and the poker group are the usual recipients of his skills and talents. Now, he is pleased to be able to add one more activity to his list. Mark has brought Wii bowling to the WLACC.
Wii bowling is a virtual video game played on the Nintendo Wii gaming system that makes you feel as if you are actually bowling … but without having to pick up a heavy ball. The game uses handheld wireless controllers and a TV screen to mimic the bowling experience. It is a good way for people to continue playing a favorite game, which they may have had gone by the wayside.
Other great benefits include stretching, movement, preserving range of motion and mobility, socialization and just having a great time! It has been in the works for a while and will take full advantage of the center's new TV system. People are encouraged to give it a try. It is very easy to learn and allows you to put spin on the ball and other real world bowling techniques. Wii bowling is a very popular activity in senior and community centers all across the country, and it offers national tournaments and leagues to compete in.
"I hope people will enjoy this new activity at the WLACC," Mark says. "It's a lot of fun."
The Wii bowling group will meet in the Hemlock Room at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, contact Mark Thomas at the center.
The lunch menu this week features coq au vin on Friday, May 19; stir-fried pork and vermicelli pasta on Monday, May 22; and chicken noodle soup and turkey sandwiches on Wednesday, May 24.
The center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn. To learn more, call 503-557-4704.
Keli Stevens is a volunteer and a member of the WLACC.