December 2016 issue


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The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

Webmaster — Ross Knechtel

Directors & Officers

Dorothe Fair — President

Ken Chupa — Vice-President

Jennifer Blackie — Secretary

Gerry Schinck — Treasurer

Judith Carson Doris Thornington

Gail Moore Kerry Detlor

Jean McClelland Tony Pellizzari

Ross Coulter

The Sentinel Team

Carol Croft — Team Leader, Printer

Linda Green — Editor

Jenny Whiteside — Staff Writer

George Hughes, Ken Pagniez,

Susan Neilson — Printers

George Smith — Delivery

GWSA Community Support Services Staff

Maryanne Wilford — Manager

Pat Gage — Administrative Assistant

Margaret Iutzi — Move Well Co-ordinator

Molly Roberts — Eat Well Co-ordinator

Paula Frappier — Outreach Co-ordinator

City Staff

Wendy Kornelsen — Manager,

Volunteers & Senior Services

Tracy Benson — Customer Services Clerk

Jocelyn Pedersen — Recreation

Co-ordinator — Senior Services

Becky MacDonald — Recreation

Co-ordinator — Volunteers

Jocelynn Desroches — Chef

Janice Walls — Assistant Chef

Kim Barton—Facility Maintainer

Audrey Pearl, Lorne Wollis — Part-time


Susan Neilson, Valerie Hawkins, Mary

Loudoun — Evening Reception

Lynne Briggs — Acting Manager, Recreation


All others working at the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre are Volunteers.


A City of Guelph Recreation Facility run in

partnership with the Community Services Department

of the City of Guelph and the Guelph/

Wellington Seniors Association

683 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON, N1H 3Y8

Tel.: 519-823-1291 / Fax: 519-823-8972

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm M-F

(closed Statutory Holidays)

Read The Sentinel on our website,

ISSN: 0383 817X

President’s Message from Dorothe Fair

Happy Holidays and Merry

Christmas to everyone!

First let me put the spotlight on a

few of the amazing events we

shared this past November.

Nov 3: “Volunteer Appreciation

Night”. Thank you Volunteers…

the GWSA couldn't offer the extensive

number of activities we

do if it weren't for the dedication

and countless hours you wonderful

Volunteers give… this was an

evening to recognize YOU !!!

Kudos to the City staff who did a

terrific job creating an evening of

'inspiration and laughter'… Excellent

dinner thanks to Jocelynn

and her kitchen volunteers

and amazing atmosphere coordinated

by Becky MacDonald

and many, many GWSA and

Community volunteers.

Nov. 11: Remembrance Day

"Lest We Forget" with Cam

Guthrie ... "They Shall Not Grow

Old" "We Will Remember


Nov. 12: Bid Euchre Tournament

thanks to Lionel and Sharyn, their

Executive and Group volunteers.

Nov. 12: Silver Seven Skaters

start at the Exhibition arena every

Sat. until March 2017. Featuring

the Fergus band each month. Call

us for details.

Nov.13 to 15: GWSA and City

staff: Presentation at the Older

Adult conference in Niagara

Falls. Topic: The Unique Partnership

between the GWSA and the

City of Guelph.

Nov. 20th: GWSA float organized

by Darlene Pembleton and

Ross Coulter (which I'll report on

in the next edition).

Now let's focus on December.

We kick off the month with our

incredibly entertaining Variety

Show production aptly called


Matinees on Dec. 1, Dec. 2 and

Dec. 3 at 1:30 pm.

Plan to attend as the show features

our own Silvertones Choir,

Joan Charlobois & Ted Pritchard,

Sons of Beaches, Elvis and the

Do Wop Girls. Get your tickets at

the front counter: $12 for Seniors.

Dec. 8 is the last GWSA dance of

the year: the Snowflake Dance is

from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Ticket

is $8. Partner not required.

Dec. 15: Christmas Dinner in the

Evergreen Restaurant. Please

check their information board for

times and cost.

Dec 19: "50th Annual Christmas

Seniors Tour of Lights". Tour

through the City and Sparkles in

the Park. Free for Seniors.

Call: 519-823-2988 Anita.

Whether you decorate a tree, bake

Christmas cookies, partake in

Grog, over-indulge with turkey

and mashed potatoes, sing carols,

light candles, or watch countless

hours of White Christmas, How

the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wonderful

Life or Christmas Carol.....

always, always remember that

YOU are thought of with great

warmth and affection by all the

GWSA members.

Take care and see you next


Do you like what you see here in The Sentinel? Stop by the Evergreen Seniors

Community Centre at 683 Woolwich St. to get more! Single issues (or an extra

copy) are available at the Front Desk at the cost of $3.00 each + HST.

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December 1, 2016, is the absolute deadline for

submissions for the January 2017 Sentinel. Anything

received after this date will NOT be inserted.

Email submissions to:

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.

Distribution of the January issue

is on December 22, 2016.

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos

(but we’ll do our best).

Evergreen Restaurant - December 2016


The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public

and serves a large variety of menu items that are

available from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Monday to

Friday (except holidays):

Breakfast Foods

Homemade Soups

Bakery Items




The daily featured Lunch is served from 11:30 am

to 1:00 pm and the menu is below. Take-out is

available for your convenience.

Our goal is to provide balanced, nutritious meals.

We provide great quality, while keeping costs reasonable.

The tremendous support of volunteers in

the restaurant help us achieve this goal.

Featured Hot Lunch

$6.95 + tax

Each hot lunch is served with 2 sides to ensure a

balanced nutritional meal.


We offer free delivery to the following adjacent

apartments —Riverside Gardens, Riverside Residences

on the Park, The Driftwood, and The Diplomat,

provided we get the order by 9:30 am the

day the delivery is required. Please call 519-823-

1291 x2696 to order.


Catering is available by special order: Hot/cold

drinks, sweet trays, sandwiches, etc. Please have

your order to the customer service clerk in the

office at least 48 hours prior to your event. This

allows staff to ensure that your catering needs will

be met. Thank you for your co-operation in this


FEATURED LUNCH served 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

All menu items available 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


free options are

available daily.

Please enquire

with the Chef.




Veal Schnitzel


Roast Chicken


12” Hot Dogs or

Sausage on a Bun


Liver & Onions OR

2nd Choice


French Tourtiere


Roast Beef


Ham & Scalloped





Bacon Quiche


Christmas Dinner

Reserve seats

(menu items available

8:30-11:00 a.m. only)


Fish & Chips


Stuffed Chicken


Roast Pork


Deluxe ‘Loaded’



Swiss Steak









Meat Pies


Pork Chops


Cabbage Rolls

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald

A night of Laughter and Inspiration

was the theme this year for the

annual volunteer appreciation

event to honour all volunteers on

November 3 rd . There were 233 in

attendance who all gathered in the

auditorium to enjoy a lovely dinner

and dessert catered by the Evergreen

Restaurant, followed by

“One Funny Lady” – Deborah

Kimmett, as the entertainer. Special

thanks to our sponsors for the

evening: City of Guelph, Guelph

Wellington Seniors Association

and Ontario Senior Secretariat

Grant. Door prizes were donated

from: Guelph Museums, WECC,

GWSA CSS, Storm Tickets, Swiss

Chalet, Bulk Barn, Age Friendly

Guelph, Riverside Residence on

the Park and in-kind shuttle service

from Norfolk Manor. Thank

you to all those who assisted that

evening: Evergreen staff, fellow

city staff, Sleeman Centre staff,

family and friends, Guelph Police

Services, University of Guelph

Circle K International Club and

the Canadian Basketball Team.

Thank you volunteers for everything

you do and your continuous

support and dedication throughout

the year. You are truly all an inspiration.


By 2031, Guelph’s population is

projected to be 175,000 with

57,000 people over the age of 55.

The City’s Age Friendly Guelph

(AFG) is recruiting volunteers in

three main areas:

AFG Leadership Team Members

AFG Supporting Roles

AFG Operations

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Three areas:

The AFG Leadership Team is

recruiting members with experience

and expertise to lead, uphold

and advocate for the achievement

of vision and goal of the Older

Adult Strategy, by coordinating

the implementation of the Strategy’s

prioritized recommendations.

AFG Supporting roles:

Working Group members are being

recruited to assist with the implementation

and hands on guiding

of the 8 domain working groups

(outdoor spaces and buildings,

transportation, housing, social participation,

respect and social inclusion,

civic participation and employment,

communication and information,

community support and

health support).

We are also seeking AFG Ambassadors

willing to support targeted

projects and share specific expertise

to sustain the Strategy.

AFG Operations:

To help support the work of Age

Friendly Guelph, we are recruiting

in the following key operations

volunteer roles to help sustain this

movement; Event Logistics Organizer(s),

Volunteer Resources, Administrative

Resources, Marketing

& Promotions Organizer(s), and

Photographer will guide, support

and work with the AFG Leadership

Team and Working Groups.

For more information on how to

become a volunteer with Age

Friendly Guelph or any of the current

roles with the committees,

please speak to Becky in the main



The 2017 Annual Variety Show

Committee is looking for someone

who is interested in Chairing the

2017 committee. Providing support

to committee members, organizing

committee meetings

when required and assisting the

committee through the planning



Computer Mentors: Computer

Mentors are needed to assist someone

with computer requests. Basic

requirements include answering

questions and assisting with specific

computer problems. Assist

with Windows operating system,

basic operations of a computer

(emailing, browsing the internet,

MS Word and handling digital

photographs, tablets and


Sentinel: The Sentinel Team is

recruiting a Team Leader / Administrator

to work 2 or 3 mornings a

week (Mon, Wed/Fri). Full working

knowledge of Microsoft Office

and Quickbooks is required. Orientation

and training is provided

onsite with the Sentinel Team.

Special Events Committee: The

Special Event Coordinators are

recruiting energetic individuals

who are interested in assisting with

specific tasks to ensure the success

of events at the centre throughout

the year.

Travel Committee: Travel Club

is looking for new members to assist

on the committee with organizing,

booking and hosting monthly

trips for the GWSA members.

Do you enjoy taking minutes? The

Travel Club is looking for an individual

to assist the club with the

secretarial work, taking minutes at

the meeting and distributing them

to the committee members.


Sentinel Drivers: The Sentinel is

recruiting individuals to deliver

the monthly Sentinel to members

of the GWSA on the last Thursday

or Friday of the month. You would

be delivering to the same individu-

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Program Manager, Senior Services from Wendy Kornelsen


We are fortunate to have a very

dedicated group of individuals

working diligently to ensure the

well-being of the senior population

in Guelph. November 3rd we formally

recognized this dedicated

group of volunteers with an appreciation

event. Your work truly

makes a difference. Volunteers

were treated to a wonderful show

with “One Funny Lady”, Deborah

Kimmett. Deborah kept us in

stitches with laughter, but also delivered

an inspirational message

that you all know so well, we get

more from volunteering than we

give, we are richer, wiser, and

healthier by giving to others.

On behalf of all the staff at the

Centre, I would like to thank all of

our volunteers for their hard work

and dedication. Please remember

to be kind and show your gratitude

to the many volunteers who give of

their time to ensure that services

and activities are in place for others.

As well, if you would like to

learn more about volunteer opportunities

please speak to Becky

MacDonald at:

We have had a beautiful fall and I

hope everyone has had a chance to

enjoy it. Hard to believe but 2017

is fast approaching. As you plan

your holiday festivities, take time

to drop in to the Centre and enjoy

some of the special events:

The Variety Show, scheduled

for December 1, 2, and 3. All

shows take place at 1:30pm.

This year’s theme is

“Showtime”. A dedicated committee

of volunteers began

planning this show over a year

ago and have been diligently

hard at work ever since! They

have many new acts and some

great skits planned. I would

recommend you purchase your

ticket for this show soon, before

it sells out.

Annual Pottery Exhibition and

Sale takes place at City Hall on

December 3rd from 10 am to

4 pm. This is a great time to

browse, shop and enjoy the refreshments.

Learn more about

classes you might like to take

in the new year.

On December 8th, get connected

directly with the North

Pole! Santa, Mrs. Claus and the

reindeers are busy preparing

for the big day, and making

special calls. Cost to sign up

for a call is $2.00. Money

raised supports the Children’s

Foundation fee assistance program.

Christmas Dinner in the Evergreen

Restaurant is December

15th. Enjoy roasted turkey

with gravy, mashed potatoes,

vegetables and dessert. Reservations

are now being taken for

sittings at 11:30 am and 12:30

pm. You can also reserve takeout

dinners to share with others!

Registration for all winter programs

is ongoing. Secure your

spot by signing up today for a

computer course, fitness class,

or maybe an art class!

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als on a monthly basis, located in

same area of the city.



Seniors Offering Support (SOS)

- Telephone Visiting Volunteer

Volunteers with SOS visit on the

phone with other seniors living in

the community. Local calls are

placed from home, and the commitment

can be as little as once a

month, or more frequent according

to your availability. This is a

wonderful opportunity to provide

support to others who are more

isolated in our community.

Feeling Better Move Well -

Group Exercise Volunteers

If you are interested in fitness and

helping other seniors, please consider

volunteering as a gentle exercise

leader. Working in teams

of two, our volunteers enjoy the

opportunity to keep up with their

own fitness goals, while helping

others to keep moving. No fitness

experience is required and training

is provided.

If you would like more information

about either of these opportunities,

please contact Maryanne

Wilford either at: or

call 519-837-5665.

If you are interested in volunteering

in any of the areas listed

above and joining the dynamic

team, please contact Becky Mac-

Donald in the office for more information

and to get started with

your volunteering experience.

Ph. 519-823-1291 Ext. 2096 or by

email at:

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Administraon Office — 519‐837‐5696

Happy Holidays from the staff with the

GWSA Community Support Services.

Wishing you all peace, health and

happiness in 2017.



Hearing loss can creep up on you

unexpectedly. You might be talking

at a Christmas party when the background

noise swells – a group laughs

loudly at someone’s joke or maybe

the band starts up – and suddenly

you’ve lost the flow of the conversation

or even misheard what has been


Age-related hearing loss is the

most common type of hearing loss

among seniors. It’s also “invisible,”

meaning you can’t identify someone

with hearing loss simply by looking

at them. Many people starting to

show the signs of hearing loss will

not acknowledge it right away,

choosing instead to smile, nod or

even bluff their way through conversations.

But why struggle through this

year’s Christmas get-togethers when

there is help for those with hearing

loss? Connect with the Canadian

Hearing Society’s Hearing Care

Counselling program in your community.

Contact Mary Young, 519-

744-6811 ext. 245, or e-mail: Visit to see

more in-depth information about

what services and products are offered

by CHS. You can also check

out the Community Display board

for strategies on dealing with hearing


Canadian Hearing Society: Proudly

serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Communities for 75 years.

Visit us

La Société canadienne de l'ouïe : Fière de

servir les communautés des Sourds et

Malentendants pendant 75

ans. Visitez

Free CSS Special Education


Coping Through the Holidays

Call Pat Gage at 519-837-5696 to

reserve your space

Wednesday, December 7; 1:00 p.m.

Room 3 Evergreen Centre

While the holidays are supposed to

be filled with cheer and festivities,

many people will suffer through the

holidays and experience depression,

isolation and loneliness. What we

do for our bodies affects not only

our physical health but our mental

health. A rule of thumb is: if it’s

good for your body, it’s good for

your brain. For some older people,

the holidays can generate feelings of

sadness as they think about lost

loved ones, financial concerns, or

health problems.

This session will provide participants

with information on how to

make healthy choices over the holidays.

Information shared will include

information on alcohol, benzodiazepines

and opiates: on why

these medications are prescribed

and to know the difference when

dependency becomes an issue.

We will also discuss healthy

ways to manage stress through the

holidays with special attention to

healthy minds and healthy bodies.

Our speaker is Marilyn White-

Campbell, Geriatric Addiction Specialist

from one of Canada’s first

treatment programs for older

adults. Marilyn has over 30 years

experience in working with older

adults with substance use. She is

currently on secondment CMHA/

SJHC to the Community Behavioral

Support Team.

Diabetes Support Group:

Meets the second Tuesday of the

month, Dec. 13

Room 2, 9:00 - 10:00 am

$2.00 donation, all welcome.

There is no meeting on Tues.,

Dec. 27

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Two sittings available:

11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Take-out also available.

Purchase your tickets from the front desk:


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Three of Guelph’s own have been chosen as

part of the 2016 Seniors Community Grant

Program to receive funding for their projects

geared at promoting volunteerism and engagement

among seniors in the community. Wendy

Kornelsen’s project will receive up to $8,000

to enhance the volunteer program at the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre by assisting

in developing orientation and training for volunteers,

as well as enhancing their volunteer

Councillor June Hofland, Judith Carson and MPP Liz

Sandals discuss the new seniors’ community projects.

management database. Dorothe Fair with the

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association will be

provided with up to $2,990 to work with a professional to develop a plan, framework and toolbox

of skills for 60 volunteer-led activity group leaders. Lastly, Christine Oldfield of the Volunteer

Centre of Guelph Wellington will be provided with up to $3,000 to have a computer kiosk installed

at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre featuring the Volunteer Centre’s dedicated seniors’

website. All three recipients deserve congratulations and recognition for their efforts to provide

seniors with opportunities to stay active in the community.

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GWSA Groups & Activities Contact Information

You may be required to show your up-to-date GWSA membership card at any activity.



Evergreen Hallway

Ted Pritchard (519-826-6121)

Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Ted Pritchard (519-826-6121)

Tuesday Dec 6, and 20 -

6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Wednesday Dec 14 and 28 -

1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Eleanor Stern (519-837-2702)

Mon. - 1:00-4:00 pm - West End

Wed. - 1:00-3:30 pm - West End

Tues. - 7:00-9:30 pm - E

Thurs. - 9:00 am-12:00 noon - E

Fri. - 10:00 am-12:30 pm - E

Sun. - 1:15-3:15 pm - E


Evergreen Room 4

Lionel Churchill (519-835-4155)

Mondays - 6:30-9:00 pm

Thursdays - 1:00-4:00 pm

6-H B E

Lionel Churchill (519-835-4155)

Every Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm


Evergreen Board Room

Diana Cormier (519-780-2074)


Last Friday of month - 1-3 pm

B - W E L’ L

Joan Smith (519-824-5026)

Johnnie Hrico (519-821-8821)

Mondays - 12:45-3:15 pm

B - E

Evergreen Room 3

Tuesdays - 6:45-9:15 pm

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Joan Smith (519-824-5026)


Evergreen Room 3

Conny Budarick (519-763-6651)

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am


Emily Webster (519-821-1537)

(Bunka B&B)

Evergreen Room 3

Wednesdays - 10 am-noon


Ken Fugler (519-767-0145)

Debbie Williams (519-820-7215)


Evergreen Hallway

Dave Wurr (519-827-1032)

Fridays - 9:30 am-noon


Evergreen Room 3

Gord Clegg (519-824-3293)

Bill Raffan (519-821-1607)

Second Monday - 7:00-9:00 pm


Evergreen Room 2

Judy Montgomery (519-824-8047)

Fridays - 8:30 am-2:00 pm


Evergreen Room 3

Elaine Miller (519-836-7874)

Audrey Young

Joy Halliburton

Tuesdays - 1:00-3:30 pm


Evergreen Auditorium - Stage

Bob Langham (519-836-8366)

Margaret Waldron (519-836-8534)

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Evergreen Room 2

Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday

9:00-10:00 am


Evergreen Room 3

Sandra Rennick (519-824-2044)

Maureen Baird (647-519-2006)

Mondays - 1:00-3:30 pm


Evergreen Dining Room

Audrey Young (519-821-7471)

4th Wednesday monthly

1:30-4:00 pm


Evergreen Room 4

Ray Barnes (519-824-6004)

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm


Ken Hills (519-836-8414)

Mondays, May to September


Evergreen Board Room

Sharing Information about


Meet first Wed. of every month

From October to May

2:00-3:00 pm - it’s free

Call Marianne at 519-822-3946


Evergreen Auditorium

Margaret Waldron (519-836-8534)

Phyllis Carnochan (519-836-9415)

Mondays - Beginners

9:30-10:30 am

Intermediate 10:45-11:45 am

(except Holidays)

Thursdays - 1:00-3:00 pm


Evergreen Hallway

Georgia Taylor (519-265-8816)

Tuesdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

Instruction available


Evergreen Board Room

Michael Buxton-Carr


Mon., Tues., Thurs.

(times as assigned)

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Evergreen Room 4

Jean McClelland (519-763-4881)

2:30-5 pm - last Monday of month

$24.00 a year if you attend


Garry Dagenais (519-823-1172)

Neville Newman (519-400-9136)

Evergreen Centre

Tues - 9:00 - 12:00 noon

(all levels of play)

Friday -12:45 - 4 pm

West End Rec Centre

Tues - 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

(advanced play)

Thurs - 2:15 - 5:00 pm

(all levels of play)


Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

June Gionet (519-766-7692)

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm


Evergreen Hallway

Paul Brummer (519-265-0629)

Linda Robinson (226-343-0426)

Thursdays - 1:00-3:45 pm


Jean Campbell (519-821-2695)

Veronica Fowler (519-836-4105)

Tues. afternoon - 1:30-3:00 pm

Wed. afternoon - 1:30-3:00 pm


Exhibition Park Arena

Corner of Exhibition &

Division Sts.

Saturdays - 8:00-9:50 pm

Sharon O’Sullivan (519-848-2084)


Evergreen Room 3

Arlene McEllistrum


Choir Director - Ann Sneyd

Pianist - Mary Lynne Woods

Fridays 1:00-3:30 pm


Evergreen Parking Lot by

The Enabling Garden

Shane Hamilton,


Cathy Densmore

Mondays from Jan. to March, 2017

8:00 am car pool at Evergreen

Centre to Blue Mountain

6:00 pm return to Evergreen


Evergreen Snooker Room

Doug Bolton (519-341-5105)

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuesday - 7:00-9:30 pm

1st Thursday of every month

7:00-9:30 pm


Evergreen Auditorium

Gordon Field (519-822-4976)

Ursula Rodrigues (519-837-3782)

Evergreen: Monday -

3:30-6:30 pm

Wednesday - 9:00 am-12:45 pm

Saturday - 9:00 am-12:00 noon

West End: Friday - 1:00-3:45 pm

(WE - except July/August)


Evergreen Dining Room

Mike Rooke (519-824-2472)

Gord Knox (519-763-5795)

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm


April to October

Brenda Langham (519-836-8366)

Thursdays - 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Gord Clegg (519-824-3293)

January and February


Evergreen Room 2

Shirley Bone (519-822-7262)

1st & 5th Wed. - 12:30-4:00 pm

3rd Wed. - 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Nancy Baker (519-822-6653)

September - June

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm

Membership is $20.00


Rm 2 West End Rec Centre

Ross Hamilton (519-835-9181)

Jan. - June; Sept. - Dec.

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm

Membership is $25.00


Evergreen Board Room

Ross Coulter (519-821-3993)

2nd & 4th Thursdays - 1:00 pm


Evergreen Front Desk

Anton Pavlis (519-823-4289)

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GWSA Group & Activity Reports

You may be required to show your up-to-date GWSA

membership card at any activity.


Art in the Hall

The Art in the Hall project is mandated

to display good art work in the

halls of the Evergreen Centre. The

art for December is produced by the

Evergreen Quilting Club (Nov 12 –

Dec 17) and Vicky LoFreda and

Irene Smedley (Dec 17 – Jan 21). If

you are interested in having your

work in a solo exhibition, or if you

are interested in having a few pieces

of your work as part of a group display

at the Evergreen Centre in

2017, contact Ted Pritchard at 519-

826-6121 or

by the end of December, 2016.

If you are interested in sitting on the

Art in the Hall Committee for selecting

art for display at the Evergreen

Centre, and assisting with the

hanging of the art, also contact Ted.

Art Studio in 2

Art Studio in 2 is an Art group

working out of Room 2 at the Evergreen

Centre on alternate Tuesday

evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:30

pm starting the first week of the

month and on alternate Wednesday

afternoons from 1:00 pm until 4:00

pm starting the second week of the

month. The artists in this club

choose their own media to work

with, examples of which are acrylic

painting, Bunka, drawing, pastels,

porcelain painting, printmaking,

stitchery/textile arts, watercolour

painting and others. Artists will

need to provide all the materials

they need to complete their work

and be prepared to share their technique

and insights with other artists.

The membership in Art Studio in 2

is limited to 24 and yearly membership

costs $27.00 including HST, in

addition to the GWSA membership.

If you are interested in joining Art

Studio in 2 for 2017, contact Ted

Pritchard at 519-826-6121 or starting in December



Our Badminton Club welcomes all

from beginners to experienced players.

Join us as many as 6 times a

week for friendly, active games at

two locations. We play at the West

End Community Centre on Monday

and Wednesday afternoons and at

the Evergreen Centre on Tuesday

evening, Thursday and Friday mornings,

and Sunday afternoon. Your

membership fee covers participation

at both locations.

As a member of the GWSA, you

are able to join us for 3 visits and

then decide if you are able and will

enjoy this very active sport. The

yearly Badminton Club fee is

$60.00 and is payable in January.

We just concluded a House

League competition that was well

received by our players and onlookers.

We want to thank Charles Tse

who organized it and brought tremendous

energy and enthusiasm to

the event. Our team leaders, Jeff

Millard, Charles Tse, Rudy Simon

and Alan McLelland/Ross Langlands

did a wonderful job guiding

and encouraging their teams for

great competition and lots of fun.

We hope to do it again in the future.

Our Annual General Meeting will

be held after play on Thursday, December

8, 2016 at 11:00 am. All

members should plan to attend to

hear reports from the Committee

regarding the past year, but more

importantly, to help make decisions

that affect your Badminton Club in

the future.

All badminton members should

consider joining the Committee in

order to bring in new ideas and help

with the ongoing efforts. The time

commitment is small but you can

discuss this with any committee

member to get more information.

Also in December is our ever

popular Christmas lunch. It will be

held at the Italian Canadian Club on

Friday, December 9th. We gather at

11:30 am with lunch following.

Signup sheets will be available in

November so that we can inform the

Italian Canadian Club how many of

us to expect. Payment will be when

you arrive at the Club. For further

information contact Eleanor Stern at


Bid Euchre

We play progressive style Bid Euchre

4 hand Monday evening 6:30 -

9:00 pm, Thursday afternoon 1 - 4

pm & 6 hand Wednesday afternoon

1 to 4 pm. Your first visit is free but

there is a $2 admission charge for

your next visits. There are usually

about 10 tables and we have teachers

if you need help. Come in and

enjoy a visit. You do not need to be

a member to play your first few

games. For info: phone or text 519-

835-4155 or e-mail:

Book Club

Our group meets in the Boardroom

on the last Friday of each month

from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

In December, we will be discussing

The Hungry Tide by Amitav

Ghosh; and in January, we will be

reading some of our favourite poems.

Monthly fee is $3.00.


We invite all bridge players to come

and join us in a friendly game of

bridge. We play three times a week

as follows:

Monday at the West End in the Lions

Lair from 12:45 until 3:15 pm.

Tuesday at the Evergreen in Room 3

from 6:45 pm until 9:15 pm.

Thursday at the Evergreen in Room

3 from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm.

We hope you will come out and

have a friendly game with us; we

will be delighted to welcome you.

Computer Club

Next meeting is December 12 at

7:00 pm. Meeting topics are varied

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and always of interest to computer

users. Any GWSA member interested

in computing is welcome. The

computer lab is open all day for free

member use as long as there isn’t a

scheduled class using it. Our mentoring

and free time sessions are

listed on page 28 of this issue.

Craft Group

We had another good month: our

sales are great. We also had some

sad things happen. We lost another

one of our girls this week (Veronica

Turner). We are all getting older but

we keep up the good work. Our

store is filled with socks, mittens

and hats!!! Drop by to see all our

knitted sweaters!!!!! Please do your

Christmas shopping early !!! Make

sure the item you are looking for is

not gone when you come back. Our

Craft show will be over when you

read this; I hope you all came down.


If you enjoy a game of cribbage,

join us on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. We

have a good time and everyone is



Dances at the Centre are:

Friday, December 9 ~

Snowflake Dance

Friday, January 27 ~

January Crazy Hat Dance



2016: Bob McG. 168; Rino F. 140;

Janet O. 133/222 out; Fred L. 222

out; Gord K. 133/103 out; Judy K.

132; Barry S. 124; Kathryn W. 119;

Jessie C. 119; Bruce F. 119; Brenda

L. 118; Stephanie W. 115; Jutta J.

109; Ed W. 105; Hester W. 103;

Len P. 100; David W. 100.

Cancellations for December (at

time of printing): December 2 & 3.


The 2016 golf season is now over.

In 2017, we will play on Mondays

at different courses around Guelph,

Cambridge and Kitchener/Waterloo.

The last day for golf was the

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Guelph Lakes Scramble and closing

Luncheon on Monday, September

26. We start up again in May 2017.

For Information and/or to Register

for Golf, do so at the Evergreen

front desk in January 2017. The executive

of the Evergreen Golf Club

is looking for new members to help

organize the golf. If you are interested,

contact Ted Pritchard at 519-

826-6121 or Ken Hills at 519-836-

8414. The cost to join the Evergreen

Golf Club for the 2017 season is

$10.00 plus HST.

Line Dancing

Come dance with us all year long.

Mondays: Beginners 9:30 a.m. to

10:30 a.m.

Intermediate 10:45 a.m. to 11:45


Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(basic line dance experience recommended

for this class).

Your first two visits are free, after

which the fee is $1.50 per visit.

There will be no line dancing on

Dec. 22, 26 and 29.

Everyone welcome.

The Line Dance Executive expresses

its gratitude to the line dancers

who danced at the GWSA Open

House, Sat. Oct.15 th .

A huge THANK YOU to our fantastic

teacher, Marilyn, who led us

through the dance steps without a

microphone. She was remarkable at

communicating using hand directions

and step patterns.

THANK YOU also to our dancers:

Patty L, Roberta G, Marg G,

Carol L, Carol H, Nancy L, Betty C,

Kathy K, Rob H, Sylvia K, Ann W,

Margaret W, Doreen P and Marilyn


They were fantastic!

Into Focus Photography Club

The Into Focus Photography group

continues to build on our past successes.

Our monthly field trips have

taken us far afield. We captured

birds of prey in the Mountsberg

Raptor Centre, vendors in St.

Jacob’s Market and many other

points and people. Our October

field trip took us back to the pumpkins

and fields of Strom’s Farm.

Our November theme was weird

shaped trees. New theme photographs

are displayed each month in

the Evergreen dining room. The

photos from our monthly field trips

can be found on our website at

Several of our members displayed

their work in Art in the Hall

during the months of July and August

and in the East End branch of

the Guelph Public Library during


Our theme for December is Table

Settings. It should be a good one as

we all gear up for festive meals with

friends and family.

We are a friendly group of amateur

photographers with cameras

ranging from mobile phones and

point and shoot cameras to fancy

DSLR models. We share a common

interest in photography as a hobby

and we learn from each other.

If you are interested in joining,

contact Jean McClelland by e-mail:


Pickleball is a sport in which four

players use solid paddles made of

wood or composite materials to hit a

perforated polymer ball over a net.

The sport shares features of other

racquet sports: the dimensions and

layout of a badminton court and a

net and rules similar to tennis, with

a few modifications.

This sport is for people of all ages

who are looking for some fun,

laughter, socialization and exercise.

It’s easy to learn, but can be challenging

for those with a competitive

nature. All levels of skill invited.

Pickleball equipment is provided.


Shuffleboard will close for Christmas

on December 20. There will be

a pot luck on December 19. All contributions

of food will be appreciated.

Our start-up date is January 3.

2017. We hope everyone will come

and enjoy the day. There will be

registration on Jan. 3 - $10.00 for

the rest of the season as we will be

playing all summer on Tuesday and

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Helpful Assistance: Housekeeping

Reasonable Rates

References from Seniors that Appreciate Good Service!


Please call Helpful Assistance for a Free Estimate

Police Check also Available


-Other Services Available


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Wednesday afternoons. You may pay $1.00 per session

if you wish. Instruction is available.


This mixed group of seniors share the love of singing

songs old and new. They also love to entertain with

their singing and to spread cheer. The Silvertones

Choir has been in the business of singing for over 30

years and it hasn’t lost its appeal and zap.

The choir is currently working with new Director,

Ann Sneyd and accomplished accompanist, Mary

Lynne Woods preparing for the Annual Christmas Variety

Show in December at Evergreen as well as learning

new songs for the fun and enjoyable Sing-outs to

local retirement and nursing homes from February until


2017 is Canada’s 150 th birthday and this will not be

overlooked. The choir is preparing music to celebrate

the anniversary and looking forward to being involved

in some of the festivities. For information on joining

the choir, please call Arlene McEllistrum at 519-821-



Most of our new members who join us to play

Pay their annual fee, and for years they will stay.

The Alpine (Downhill) Ski Club of the Evergreen

(Everwhite??) had a very successful ski season. We are

holding our frozen breath for the first snow fall in December

2016, so we can ski again in January 2017. It

costs $10.00 plus HST to join the Everwhite Ski Club.

It helps to own a 5-7 Pass purchased from Blue Mountain.

Contact Shane Hamilton at 519-824-8001 for Ski

Club information.

Texas Hold’Em

Why not come out and have fun with us? We are averaging

about 16 players a week and are situated in the

Dining Room. We charge $1.50 per week and pretty

well all of that goes back to the GWSA. We play from

6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Each player starts off with $500 in real casino chips

and, as we do not play for money, we work on a point

system; the one with the most points each week is the

winner. We play until there is only one player left or

8:30 pm comes, whichever is first.

We will gladly teach anyone who is interested in

playing. Just follow the laughter to find us.

We have about six ladies playing at present and

would always welcome more; we do not want to become

a men’s club! Remember, you have to be a member

of GWSA to play.

Walking Club

Our walking club season has come to an end. We had

mostly hot weather and had many enjoyable walks

both in and out of Guelph. To wind up our season, we

had a delicious pot luck supper on Thursday,

20 th October and enjoyed some excellent food and

laughter. Thanks to all the helpers for making it a very

enjoyable evening.

Our winter socials will be held on Thursdays: January

12th, February 16th and March 16th, 2017 at the

Evergreen Centre from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Remember to

mark your calendars. If you have any questions call

Gord or Brenda. Have a most enjoyable Christmas and

New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone in


Watercolour Painters Club

The Evergreen Watercolour Painters Club provides an

opportunity for watercolour painters to practice their

hobby along with others sharing the same interest,

while encouraging one another and receiving information,

ideas and inspiration. While we do not offer

classes or lessons, we welcome accomplished watercolour

painters. There is a small annual membership

fee and membership with the GWSA is required. We

meet on the 1st and 5th Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:00

pm and 3rd Wednesday from 9:30-4:00 pm in Room 2.

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Saturday nights at Exhibition Arena,

you’ll find skaters gliding

around the ice to lively and beautiful

music. Once a month, the Fergus

Brass Band plays in the centre

of the ice and the tempo of the

skaters picks up to match that of

the music. Snacks at half time give

friends and strangers a chance to


These are the Silver Seven Skaters,

an activity group of the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre.

The group was started in 1971 by

seven “silver” seniors who wanted

Guelph to have a Saturday night

“prime time” adult pleasure skate.

They got it going and the torch has

been passed on over time. When

increasing costs and declining

numbers threatened continuation,

in 2009, teaming up with the

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association

at the Evergreen Seniors


Buy Your Own Gift

Last Christmas, Grandpa was feeling his

age, and found that shopping for Christmas

gifts had become too difficult. So he

decided to send cheques to everyone

instead. In each card he wrote, "Buy

your own present!" and mailed them


He enjoyed the usual flurry of family

festivities, and it was only after the holiday

that he noticed that he had received

very few cards in return. Puzzled over

this, he went into his study, intending to

write a couple of his relatives and ask

what had happened. It was then, as he

cleared off his cluttered desk that he got

his answer. Under a stack of papers, he

was horrified to find the gift cheques

which he had forgotten to enclose with

the cards.


After being away on business for a week

before Christmas, Tom thought it would

be nice to bring his wife a little gift.

"How about some perfume?" he asked

the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a

bottle costing $50.

"That's a bit much," said Tom, so she

returned with a smaller bottle for $30.

"That’s still quite a bit," Tom groused.

Community Centre, saved the day.

While the leadership is generally

seniors, the skating is open to

all adults, age 18 and up. Some of

the skaters are in their eighties, but

young people also participate and

are welcomed. This is also a good

mixing activity for hockey and figure

skaters, as everyone flows

around the rink together. The absence

of children allows for a safer,

smoother pace for the adults.

The cost to skate is a membership

in the Guelph Wellington

Seniors Association and a nightly

fee of $7.00 on regular nights and

$10.00 on band nights. A season’s

pass is $125. Visitors and newcomers

can attend four times at a

Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out

a tiny $15 bottle.

Tom grew agitated, "What I mean," he

said, "is I'd like to see something real


So the clerk handed him a mirror.


Just before Christmas, an honest politician,

a generous lawyer and Santa Claus

were riding in the elevator of a very posh

hotel. Just before the doors opened they

all noticed a $20 bill lying on the floor.

Which one picked it up?

Santa of course, because the other two

don't exist!


The Santa Claus at the mall was very

surprised when a young lady about twenty

years old walked up and sat on his lap.

Santa doesn't usually take requests from

adults, but she smiled very nicely at him,

so he asked her, "What do you want for


"Something for my mother, please." said

the young lady.

"Something for your mother? Well,

that's very thoughtful of you,'' smiled

Santa. "What do you want me to bring

her? "

Without blinking she replied, "A son-inlaw!"



rate of $8.00 per night before being

asked to join as a member.

Seniors enjoy the full benefits of

the Guelph Wellington Seniors

Association membership and

younger adults support the organization

as associate members.

Skating starts in November and

runs through to the end of March,

just taking a break over Christmas

and New Year’s. This prime time

skating opportunity draws people

from as far away as Georgetown,

Hamilton, Ingersoll and North

Wellington. One member who

started coming as a young man in

1971, and is now in his sixties, recalls

when there were skates like

this in other communities, and he

used to do the rounds. Now this is

the only one left (most adult skating

is during the day). A tip of the

hat to the “Silver Seven”, whose

legacy is kept alive in beautiful

Exhibition Park at the arena on

Saturday nights!

I keep Christmas in my heart every

month of the year. That's because it's on

my charge card statement that long!

CHRISTMESS: Five minutes after the

gifts are opened!


- What do you call people who are

scared of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic!

- What do you call Santa when he has no


Saint "Nickel"-less!

- What do you call someone who doesn't

believe in Father Christmas? A rebel

without a Claus!

- What do you get if you cross Santa

with a flying saucer? A UF ho, ho, ho

- What do you get if you cross Santa

with a gardener? Someone who likes to

hoe, hoe, hoe!

- And what goes oh! oh! oh?

Father Christmas walking backwards.

- What nationality is Santa Claus? North


- What's red & white and red & white

and red & white? Santa rolling down a


- Where does Santa stay when he's on

holidays? At a Ho-ho-tel

- What kind of money do they use at the

North Pole? Cold cash!

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Peer Learning Discussion Group

Peer learning is for those seniors who

like to have a good discussion with a

friendly group. It’s a great way to meet

new people and have fun while learning.

How it works:

Each course has a theme that gives

rise to a number of topics. At the preliminary

meeting, the moderator proposes

a list of topics and the group may

suggest others. Each person then selects

a topic and undertakes to prepare a 20

minute talk to be given at some point in

the next eight weeks. These talks can be

taken from articles found on-line in

magazines or newspapers or can be

your own personal research and thinking

on the subject.

At each weekly meeting, there are

two 20 minute presentations, each followed

by a 30 minute discussion. This

allows time for a coffee break between


The word “peer” is used to emphasize

that there is no instructor. We learn

from one another. The moderator ensures

that the sessions run smoothly,

and encourages us all to participate.

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Coming season: Winter 2017

There will be two courses running

January through March.

Entitled: “Current Events.” Here is

an opportunity to choose a topic from

the news which interests you, research

its background, and tell a friendly group

about it. A discussion on the issues you

brought up will follow. Your topic

could be from Canadian Politics, Politics

of the US or other countries, Terrorism,

Business, Science, Technology,

Medicine, the Environment, or another

field. Come join us for rousing discussion!

Course number 195091

Mondays: 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m.

9 classes.

Jan. 9 – Mar. 20

No class Jan. 16, Feb. 20.

Location: Room 3 – Jan 9, 30, Feb 13,

27, Mar. 6 - all other dates Boardroom

Members: $18, non-members $28.

Entitled: “ My Favourite Topics”

This Peer Learning offering encourages

participants to share insights on areas of

interest meaningful to them. These are

not limited to current events or history,

but can include topics for which participants

have an interest or passion such as

scientific, artistic, and cultural items.

Topics for discussion and schedule for

presentation will be determined at the

first class. The moderator for the session

will provide the first presentation.

Course number 195093

Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 9 classes.

Jan. 10 – Mar. 14

No class Jan 17

Location: All sessions to be held in


Members: $18, non-members $28.

Researching and preparing a topic

helps to keep your brain cells alive. It is

usually easy to find material on the internet

or at the Public Library. Join us

and bring your own experiences and

ideas to the sessions.

All sessions are held at the Evergreen

Seniors Community Centre,

683 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON.

For more information contact Michael

Buxton-Carr at 519-265-1935 or:


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Order a Garden Fresh Box of fruit and vegetables. Please pay (in advance)

for your next order when you pick up your current order on the

3 rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Evergreen Foyer.

Small box of vegetables and fruit—$15.00

Large box of vegetables and fruit—$20.00

The Garden Fresh attempts to provide as locally fresh grown produce as possible.

Solutions on pg. 40

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“Our Young Seniors”

‘We’re not over the hill,

we’re just gaining speed!’

Gibbons, Peggy - Nov. 9 (85)

Lavoie, Ted - Dec. 3 (78)

Johnson, Jutta - Dec. 6 (95)

Mugford, Jim - Dec. 7 (88)

Pearsall, Stella - Dec. 10 (85)

Rath, Pat - Dec. 14

MacIntosh, Alvin - Dec. 17 (80)

Weaver, T. Bruce - Dec. 18 (74)

Thornington, Doris - Dec. 19 (77)

Johnson, Carol - Dec. 21 (94)

Weaver, Bonnie J. - Dec. 21 (72)

Vanmanan, Sharon - Dec. 22 (69)

Coolen, Rita - Dec. 22 (73)

Alexander, Doug - Dec. 25

Smith, Dot - Dec. 27 (77)

Keelan, Marjorie - Dec. 31 (69)


Bean, Merv & Louise - December 27th, 1969 (47)


We would like to convey our condolences

To Association Members and their Families

Turner, Veronica, on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in

her 104th year. Very long-time member of the

GWSA and the Craft Group.

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities for DECEMBER 2016

R Register W West End Community Centre P Riverside Park Picnic Shelter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Weekend Activities


9a-12p Table Tennis, Dec 10, 17, 24, 31

10a-12p Darts, Dec 10, 17, 24, 31


1:15-3:15p Badminton, Dec 4, 18

Everyday Activities


Book Nook— Mon-Fri – 9a-


Aquatic Arthritic Relief

(West End Community

Centre) (519-837-5657)


12-4p West Hills Arts W

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-4p Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

2:15-5p Pickleball W

Christmas Variety Show



9a-12p Chess

9a-4p Diabetes Clinic

1-3p Computer Free Time

1-4p Friday Euchre

Christmas Variety Show

1:30p & Saturday 1:30p


9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:15-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Badminton W

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

3:15-6:30p Table Tennis

6:30-9:15p Bid Euchre


9-10a Diabetes Support

9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jong

1-4p West End Arts W

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold-Em

6:30-9:30p Art Studio in 2

7-9p Badminton

7-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Snooker


9-11:30a Computer Free Time

9a-4p Watercolours

9:30a-12:45p Table Tennis

10a-12p Bunka

10a-12p Darts

1-3p Badminton W

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

1:30-4p 6-Hand Bid Euchre

2-4p Hearing Improvement


9a-12p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Line Dancing

1-3p Writers Club

1-3:30p Bridge

1-4p Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

2:15-5p Pickleball W


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-12p Chess

9a-4p Diabetes Clinic

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-3:30p Silvertones

1-3:30p Snowflake Dance

1-3p Computer Free Time

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W


8:45a-12p Line Dancing

12:15-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring


9-10a Diabetes Support

9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jong

1-4p West End Arts W


9-11:30a Computer Free Time

9:30a-12:45p Table Tennis

10a-12p Bunka

10a-12p Darts

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

1:30-4p 6-Hand Bid Euchre


9a-12p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Line Dancing

1-3:30p Bridge

1-4p Bid Euchre


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-12p Chess

9a-4p Diabetes Clinic

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

10:30a-12p Food Tasting

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1-3:30p Monday Euchre

6:30-9:15p Bid Euchre

7-9p Computer Club


9:30-11:45a Line Dancing

12:15-3:30p Bridge W

12:30-4p Quilting

1-2p Feel Better Move Well

1-3p Computer Mentoring

1-3:30p Monday Euchre

2:30-5p Photography

3:30-6:30p Table Tennis

6:30-9:15p Bid Euchre



Boxing Day

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold-Em

7-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Snooker


9a-12p Pickleball

10a-12p Outreach

12-4p Pickleball W

1-3:30p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jong

1-4p West End Arts W

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold-Em

6:30-9:30p Art Studio in 2

7-9:30p Badminton

7-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Snooker


9a-12p Pickleball

12-4p Pickleball W

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3:30p Mah Jong

1-4p West End Arts W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold-Em

7-9:30p Bridge

7-9:30p Snooker


9-11:30a Computer Free Time

9:30a-12:45p Table Tennis

10a-12:15p Darts

12:30-2:30p Outreach W

1-3p Badminton W

1:15-3:15p Shuffleboard

1:30-4p 6 Hand Bid Euchre


9-11:30a Computer Free Time

9:30a-12:45p Table Tennis

10a-12:15p Darts

1-3p Badminton W

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1:30-4p Wednesday Euchre

1:30-4p 6 Hand Bid Euchre

1-4p Scrabble

2:15-5p Pickleball W


9a-12p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Writers Club

1-3:30p Bridge

1-4p Bid Euchre

2:15-5p Pickleball W


9a-12p Badminton

12-4p West Hills Arts W

1-2p Feel Better Move Well W

1-3p Writers Club

1-3:30p Bridge

1-4p Bid Euchre

2:15-5p Pickleball W

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-3p Computer Free Time

1-4p Friday Euchre


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-12p Chess

9a-4p Diabetes Clinic

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-3p Computer Free Time

1-4p Friday Euchre

1-4p Table Tennis W


8:30a-1:15p Crafts

9-11:30a Improving Bridge

9a-12p Chess

9a-4p Diabetes Clinic

10a-12p Darts

10a-12:30p Badminton

12:45-3:30p Silvertones

12:45-4p Pickleball

1-2:30p Book Club

1-3p Computer Free Time

1-4p Table Tennis W

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held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

unless otherwise indicated — call 519-823-1291.


Your Community Guide is available at the Centre and online at



55+ Ballroom Dancing

Get up off the couch and come out

and have some fun! In no time at all

you will be moving and grooving to

jive, waltz, cha cha, merengue, quickstep,

bachata and foxtrot music. Couples

and singles welcome.

Class length: 45 mins Classes:12

Fee: $78.00 Members,

$88.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 11:15 a.m. Code: 195046

Cardio Dance

This innovative, fun and exciting

dance fitness class is guaranteed to get

you moving into shape. This safe and

effective Total Body workout is specifically

designed for beginners and


Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $78.00 Members,

$88.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 2 p.m. Code: 195047

Celtic Dance and Beyond

Enjoy and learn the dances of the

Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland,

Wales and Brittany. Also experience

the dances of other countries which

have been influenced by the Celtic

music, rhythms and dances. This is a

low-impact activity. No partners are


Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $78.00 Members,

$88.00 Non-Members

Thu Jan 12, 9:45 a.m. Code: 195048

Salsa Dancing

Experience the fun and exciting world

of salsa dancing! Your instructor will

take you through the basic steps and

choreography. A great way to stay in

shape and aid in mental health for

adults and seniors. No partner needed,

just a pair of comfy, non-rubber soled

shoes, and a desire to learn.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $78.00 Members,

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$88.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 6:30 p.m. Code: 196601

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga offers the same benefits as

other yoga practices, such as increased

flexibility, strengthening,

proper breathing and increasing

range of motion in the joints. Simply

use a chair to assist with postures!

Chair yoga is for everyone and especially

those who may have limited

mobility and/or are unable to get up

and down on a yoga mat. Postures can

be modified to meet students’ needs.

Please bring your own yoga mat to

class to be placed under your chair.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $84.00 Members,

$94.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 1 p.m. Code: 195050

Class cancellation: Feb 20

Wed Jan 11, 9:15 a.m. Code: 195049

Gentle Yoga

This program is open to everyone. We

will explore this centuries old discipline

which brings health and vitality

to the body, peace to the mind and joy

to the spirit. Ability to move from

standing to lying on the floor needed.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $84.00 Members,

$94.00 Non-Members

Thu Jan 12, 6:45 p.m. Code: 195086

Fri Jan 13, 10:30 a.m. Code: 195085

Intro to Fitness

This course will provide an introduction

to fitness for all body types and

fitness levels! The class will incorporate

cardio, strength training, flexibility

and stretching in a safe and accessible

environment. Become familiar

with all areas of fitness and the equipment

you can use to have an active


Location: West End Community


Class length: 50 mins Classes: 11

Fee: $66.00 Members,

$76.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 10:05 a.m. Code: 196099

Class cancellation: Feb 20

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation

Each class will consist of instructions

followed by a guided meditation and

then a period for questions. Participants

are welcome to sit on chairs or

on cushions. The course will begin

with attention to posture and the practice

of focusing awareness on the

breath, and then move to include

mindfulness of body, of thinking and

of emotions. Participants will begin

learning to notice the movement of

mind, how it shifts and changes, and

how to observe these changes skillfully.

The course is open to everyone;

however, those in the midst of extremely

challenging life circumstances

or experiencing moderate to severe

depression might benefit more by taking

the course at another time.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $84.00 Members,

$94.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 12:45 p.m. Code: 197174

Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion® is a program that

incorporates physical and mental

stimulation for people living with early

to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or

other dementias, and their care partners.

Two main components make up

the social program: 45 to 60 minutes

of physical activity led by a trained

physical activity program leader and

45 to 60 minutes of mentally stimulating

activities facilitated by a Minds in

Motion® co-ordinator and volunteers.

This program is a great opportunity to

establish new friendships with others

who are living the same experiences.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 9

Fee: $60.00 Members,

$60.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 1 p.m. Code: 195089

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Achieve better posture, balance, core

strength and everyday movement

through the exercises of Joseph Pilates.

Pilates can benefit everyone and

offers a refreshing change from the

traditional types of exercise. Please

bring a mat to the program.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $87.24 Members,

$97.24 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 1:15 p.m. Code: 195102

Qi Gong 1 (Chi Kung)

This program is a Chinese blend of

exercise, stretching and meditation.

The program focuses on ‘Eighteen

Postures for Daily Practice,’ a Qi

Gong set that integrates East and West

in a series of gentle exercises designed

to maintain and enhance

health. Adapting classical Qi Gong

forms, this style incorporates therapeutic

exercise, self massage and

meditation. Qi Gong 1 class focuses

on the core routines. Both Monday

and Thursday classes are suitable for

beginning or returning students.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 11

Fee: $69.85 Members,

$79.85 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 10:30 a.m. Code: 195104

Class cancellation: Feb 20

Qi Gong 2 (Chi Kung)

This program is a Chinese blend of

exercise, stretching and meditation.

The classes focus on ‘Eighteen Postures

for Daily Practice,’ a Qi Gong

set that integrates East and West in a

series of gentle exercises designed to

maintain and enhance health. Adapting

classical Qi Gong forms, this style

incorporates therapeutic exercise, selfmassage

and meditation. Qi Gong 2

class explores variations, including

qigong walking. Both Monday and

Thursday classes are suitable for beginning

or returning students.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $52.80 Members,

$62.80 Non-Members

Thu Jan 12, 11 a.m. Code: 195105

Strength Training – Beginner

The beginner strength training class

focuses on functional exercises that

include balance, flexibility and cardiovascular

movements. Exercises are

performed both sitting and standing.

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Hand weights are used for strengthening

and toning muscles. Join us to

keep your body fit!

Class length: 45 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $72.00 Members,

$82.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 8:45 a.m. Code: 195119

Thu Jan 12, 8:45 a.m. Code: 195120

Strength Training – Intermediate/


The intermediate/advanced strength

training class focuses on a low impact

cardio warm up. This class performs

functional exercises that include balance,

flexibility and cardiovascular

movements. Exercises are performed

sitting and standing. A variety of

equipment is used throughout the

classes which may include bands, stability

balls and weights of your

choice. Join us to keep your body fit!

Class length: 45 mins Classes: 11

Fee: $66.00 Members,

$76.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 8:55 a.m. Code: 195117

Class cancellation: Feb 20

Fee: $72.00 Members,

$82.00 Non-Members

Fri Jan 13, 8:55 a.m. Classes: 12


Strength Training – Advanced

Come and challenge your fitness level

in the advanced strength training

class. Focusing on a low impact cardio

warm up, this class performs functional

exercises that include balance,

flexibility and cardiovascular movements.

A variety of equipment is used

throughout the classes which may include

bands, stability balls and

weights of your choice. Join us to

keep your body fit!

Class length: 45 mins Classes: 11

Fee: $66.00 Members,

$76.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 8 a.m. Code: 195115

Class cancellation: Feb 20

Fee: $72.00 Members,

$82.00 Non-Members

Fri Jan 13, 8 a.m. Classes: 12

Code: 195116

Strength and Balance

This beginner class will focus on fall

prevention, whole body movements

and balance. It is designed to improve

general mobility and overall strength

to make everyday tasks easier. Led by

two chiropractors from the Guelph

Chiropractic Health Centre; expect to

see improvement in posture. The class

presents an excellent opportunity for

beginners to start exercising with an

aerobic, strength and flexibility component.

Class length: 45 mins Classes: 9

Fee: $58.50 Members,

$68.50 Non-Members

Wed Feb 1, 12:15 p.m. Code: 195121

Tai Chi – Beginner

Practiced by the Chinese for hundreds

of years, this non-strenuous exercise

is extremely beneficial to both mind

and body. An introduction to the first

moves of the Tai Chi Ch’uan will be


Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $93.36 Members,

$103.36 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11 8:30 a.m. Code: 195122

Tai Chi – Continuing Level I

Continue to learn the complete sequence

of Tai Chi Ch’uan moves.

This program is suitable for anyone

who has completed Tai Chi Beginner

or has had previous experience with a

similar style of Tai Chi.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $93.36 Members,

$103.36 Non-Members

Tue Jan 10, 9:45 a.m. Code: 195123

Tai Chi – Continuing Level II

While knowing the sequence of Tai

Chi Ch’uan moves, level 2 takes you

through the series of movements with

ease of flow for the routine. This level

is suitable for any participant who has

previously studied Tai Chi or has taken

Level 1.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $93.36 Members,

$103.36 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 10:45 a.m. Code: 195124

Total Body Conditioning

This Total Body Conditioning class

will challenge the active 55+ individual.

A cardio warm up will prepare

you for a resistance training, balance,

flexibility, core strength and floor

workout. The benefits of regular exercise

consisting of these major components

will improve your mental, physical

and emotional health, increase

your energy level to be able to carry

out daily tasks and reduce your chanc-

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es of osteoporosis.

Class length: 45 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $72.00 Members,

$82.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 8 a.m. Code: 195125

Total Mat Class

Join us for this class which focuses on

core strength while engaging back,

hips & shoulder strengthening exercises.

Learn breathing and stretching

techniques while exercising. Come lie

down and workout!

Location: West End Community


Class length: 50 mins Classes: 12

Fee: $66.00 Members,

$76.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 10:05 a.m.

Code: 195602

Walking Class

Scheduled to take place outside with

indoor space designated for rainy

days, this class is a great way to energize

your day, stay active and fit.

Starting with instructor-led stretching

exercises and incorporating regular

and interval progressions, this fun

class is suitable for all fitness levels.

Benefits include improved balance,

co-ordination, and posture.

Location: West End Community


Class length: 60 mins Classes: 10

Fee: $60.00 Members,

$70.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 11 a.m. Code: 195127

Class cancellation: Feb 20 & Mar 13

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 1

Fee: $72.00 Members,

$82.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 11 a.m. Code: 196100

Class cancellation: Mar 15


Computers – ANDROID Tablets

During this private lesson, the instructor

will assist you with any problems

or concerns you have with your tablet!

Please bring your ANDROID tablet to

the class.

Class length: 60 mins Classes: 1

Fee: $30.00 Members,

$40.00 Non-Members

Thu Feb 16, 6 p.m. Code: 197175

Thu Feb 16, 7 p.m. Code: 197176

Thu Feb 16, 8 p.m. Code: 197177

Computers - Let’s Get Started

This entry level course is for those

who would like to try computing at its

most basic level. Your instructor will

give hands-on experience while learning

at your own speed.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 4

Fee: $64.30 Members,

$74.30 Non-Members

Tue Jan 17, 1 p.m. Code: 195056

Computer Maintenance and Peak


Is your computer running slow? Got a

lot of ‘garbage’ on your computer?

Need to understand antivirus software?

You can use your existing Windows

software to clean that up and get

peak performance to keep your computer

running smoothly!

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 3

Fee: $42.00 Members,

$52.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 1 p.m. Code: 195057

Computer Mentoring

Just about everyone with a computer

runs into problems! Don’t struggle

when there is help available at these

weekly mentoring sessions. Volunteers

from the GWSA Computer Club

are available to assist you with your

specific problem areas.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $3.00 Members,

$5.00 Non-Members

See the box at the bottom of this page

for dates and codes.

Computers – Skype

Learn how to set up Skype, add your

contacts and make your first call.

Learn how to change your settings to

private, block or unblock contacts,

and view your history. Communicate

between computers. Talk to anyone

on Skype, anywhere in the world, free

with a Skype-to-Skype call.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 2

Fee: $30.00 Members,

$40.00 Non-Members

Wed Mar 15, 1 p.m. Code: 195073

Computers – Smartphone

Looking to purchase a Smartphone?

This course will walk you through

options for cell phone plans, what

types of phones are available, and discuss

what your phone needs.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Thu Feb 9, 6 p.m. Code: 195074

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All computer mentoring sessions are held on Monday afternoons from 1-3 pm for $3.00 for Members

and $5.00 for Non-Members.

Participants pay in advance at the registration desk.

** The Computer Lab is open all day for member use as long as there isn’t a scheduled class using it. **

Computer Free Time:

Every Wednesday morning

from 9:30-11:30 am,

and Friday afternoon

from 1:00-3:00 pm,

open to all members of the


free of charge.


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Computers – File Management

Thought file management was just for

paper files? Think again! It’s just as

important to keep the files on your

computer organized and up-to-date.

Just as with paper files, the goal of

computer file management is to ensure

that you can find what you’re

looking for, even if you’re looking for

it years after its creation. This file

management workshop will help you

keep your files organized and accessible.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Tue Feb 21, 1 p.m. Code: 195052

Computer Workshops

Email Basics

Are you new to email and want to

learn how to better communicate with

friends, family and even businesses?

Do you want to learn how to better

use your current email service? This

workshop will teach you how to use

an Internet-based email service to

send and receive messages, attach

documents and photos, as well as

identifying and avoiding email viruses.

If you already have an email account,

bring your login and password,

as there will be time to practice and to

have your questions answered. To get

the most out of this session, you

should know how to use a mouse.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Mar 3, 9:30 a.m. Code: 196049

Internet Basics

Are you new to the Internet and want

to learn more about going online?

Would you like to better understand

Internet jargon? Has using an Internet

browser left you frustrated and confused?

This workshop will guide you

through the Internet basics, including

how to use a browser, navigate websites

and use a search engine, as well

as understanding Internet jargon. This

session will also help you to identify

Internet threats and stay safe when

online. To get the most out of this

session, you should already know

how to use a mouse.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Feb 3, 9:30 a.m. Code: 195053

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Have you heard about Facebook and

want to learn how to use it? Facebook

is a social media website that allows

you to connect with friends, family

and even businesses. This workshop

will teach you about social networking

using Facebook. You will learn

about key features including how to

log on, navigate the website, find

friends and family, edit your online

profile, as well as managing your privacy

settings. You will also learn

about advanced features including

messages and chat, creating photo

albums, joining groups, user lists, and

using the App Centre. This session

will allow for practice time and an

opportunity to answer your questions.

To get the most out of this session,

you should already have a Facebook

account set up.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Feb 24, 9:30 a.m. Code: 196050

Computer Tablets – iPad

This course is to help the new APPLE

iPad user navigate through the functions

of this type of computer tablet.

Please bring your tablet to class so

you are ready to get started!

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 2

Fee: $30.00 Members,

$40.00 Non-Members

Thu Jan 19, 6 p.m. Code: 195075

Microsoft Office – Word

With Microsoft Word, you can create

fantastic cards, flyers, meeting

minutes, newsletters - basically, any

kind of document. It’s not just for typing

letters anymore! Come learn the

basics of this fabulous program and

how templates can give you a head

start on all your projects. This is for


Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Mar 10, 9 a.m. Code: 195071


Cooking - A Taste of Greece

Opa! Learn how to cook an authentic

Greek dinner including chicken and

pork souvlaki, tatziki and Greek salad.

Please bring a water bottle and containers

for any leftovers.

Class length: 2.5 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $35.00 Members,

$45.00 Non-Members

Tue Feb 21, 6:30 p.m. Code: 196743

Cooking - Cupcakes and Cards

Kick your celebrations up a notch!

Hands-on practice of cupcake decorating

techniques and greeting card

construction. Get creative, share ideas

and learn new skills—you’ll soon be

the star of the party!

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $15.00 Members,

$25.00 Non-Members

Thur Feb 9, 6 p.m. Code: 196875

Transit Talks

Want to learn about Guelph’s transit

system? Join us to learn about the options

for public transit in Guelph.

Class length: 1.5 hrs Classes: 1

Fee: No cost

Tue Feb 28, 9:30 a.m. Code: 195126

Peer Learning

Peer learning is for everyone with a

thirst for knowledge, some energy to

expend getting it, and an open mind to

the views of others. Come join us as

we research and discuss exciting topics.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 9

Fee: $18.00 Members,

$28.00 Non-Members

Current Events

We will discuss the background and

context of current events in politics,

economics, science, arts, business,

etc. The items could be local, national

or international. The choice is wide


Mon. Jan 9, 9:30 a.m. Code: 195091

Class Cancellations: Jan 16 & Feb 20

My Favourite Topic

This peer learning offering encourages

participants to share insights on

areas of interest meaningful to them.

These are not limited to current events

or history, but can include topics for

which participants have an interest or

passion such as scientific, artistic, and

cultural items. Topics for discussion

and schedule for presentation will be

determined at the first class. The moderator

for the session will provide the

first presentation.

Tue Jan 10, 1:30 p.m. Code: 195093

Class cancellation: Jan 17

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Photography – Camera Basics

This course looks at the most common

features found on digital cameras.

Topics include using the camera’s

menus and modes to take better pictures,

downloading pictures onto your

computer, and organizing them into

folders and albums.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Jan 20, 9 a.m. Code: 196060

Photography –

Photography Subjects

Let’s make your photos wonderful!

Use photo editing software to alter

photos, brighten and darken, crop,

remove red eye etc. Add captions and

special effects. Learn how to change a

picture’s file size before emailing or

uploading to a website.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Feb 10, 9 a.m. Code: 196061

Photography – Software

Let’s learn how to use your computer

software. This workshop will cover

how to understand your computer and

use the applications with your camera.

A variety of software may be discussed.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $20.00 Members,

$30.00 Non-Members

Fri Jan 27, 9 a.m. Code: 196062

Piano Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn piano?

Haven’t played for a while and

would like some instruction? All levels

of learners are welcome to take

lessons in a 10-week session—1/2-

hour private lessons each week.

Class length: 30 mins Classes: 10

Fee: $195.00 Members,

$250.00 Non-Members

Wed Jan 11, 12 p.m. Code: 195101

Wed Jan 11, 12:30 p.m.

Code: 195099

Wed Jan 11, 1:15 p.m. Code: 195097

Wed Jan 11, 1:45 p.m. Code: 195098

Wed Jan 11, 2:30 p.m. Code: 195100


Acrylic Painting

Join us for informative lessons in

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painting with acrylics. Stroke types,

techniques and form will be the focus

of this hands-on class. Be inspired,

have an open mind and create your

masterpiece with this form of art.

This class is intended for individuals

with some previous painting experience.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $110.00 Members,

$120.00 Non-Members

Thu Jan 12, 9 a.m. Code: 195040

Class cancellations: Feb 2 & Mar 2

Fundamentals of Drawing

This course is ideal for the beginner,

or those who may be taking other

painting courses and need a refresher

course to hone their skills. Participants

will be introduced to exercises

in drawing from observation and the

creation of three dimensional effects

through the use of light and shade and

perspective. Tips and techniques for

drawing accurately will be introduced

with still life and people as the main

subject matter for this course. Materials

for this course will be discussed in

the first lesson.

Class length: 2 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $100.00 Members,

$110.00 Non-Members

Tue Jan 31, 10:15 a.m. Code: 195041

Glass Art 101

Join us for a morning of creativity

and make a beautiful glass design to

hang in your window! Learn how to

cut and grind glass, design mosaic

styled glass images, and leave with an

impressive piece of art! Be inspired,

have an open mind and create your

masterpiece. No experience needed.

Material cost of $20 is paid to the

instructor on the day of the workshop.

Please bring exact change.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $49.00 Members,

$59.00 Non-Members

Wed Feb 8, 9 a.m. Code: 195042

Needle Felting

Join us for a morning of creativity

and learn how to ‘draw with felted

roving.’ You will create a framed felted

design that will be a beautiful addition

to your home, or a gorgeous

gift for a lucky friend. No experience

necessary. Art supply cost of $15 is

paid directly to the instructor on the

day of the workshop. Please bring

exact change.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 1

Fee: $49.00 Members,

$59.00 Non-Members

Wed Feb 22, 9 a.m. Code: 195043

Beginner Pastels

This course is designed to follow

Fundamentals of Drawing. We will

work from still life and life subjects

as we do in Fundamentals, but with

the additional element of colour included.

Using colour wheels we will

develop an understanding of colour

theory and how it applies to our art

practice. We learn about the different

types of pastels, both hard and soft,

types of paper surfaces, and the many

ways to apply the pastels. Terms like

layering, feathering, scumbling, and

wet brushing will be explained and

tried out in this course. It is recommended

that you have the Fundamentals

of Drawing to take this course.

Class length: 2.5 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $125.00 Members,

$135.00 Non-Members

Thur Feb 2, 1:00 p.m. Code: 195095


This watercolours class is for all levels

of painters. The instructor will

work with participants on an individual

basis or in small groups of similar

interest or skill.

Class length: 3 hours Classes: 8

Fee: $112.00 Members,

$122.00 Non-Members

Mon Jan 9, 9 a.m. Code: 195044

Class cancellation: Feb 20


Christmas Dinner

Join us for a special Christmas Dinner

served up by the Evergreen Restaurant

on Thursday, December 15. Enjoy

roast turkey with gravy,

mashed potatoes, vegetables,

and for dessert, trifle. Two sittings

available: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Please purchase your tickets early

from the front desk; price is $15

+HST. Take out is available. Please

note: regular menu items are not

available after 11 a.m.

Program Cancelled? — Please

Note: Excellent programs are cancelled

here at the Evergreen due to

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start date (that is Monday to Friday),

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Foot Care

Foot care is provided by a registered

practical nurse. Appointments are

necessary and fill up quickly. Book

your appointment by calling the Information

Desk at 519-823-1291.

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, and the

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purchase your Guelph transit

tickets and monthly passes at

the Evergreen Seniors

Community Centre? Tickets

are also available at all City

recreation centres and at

ServiceGuelph at City Hall.


by Gladys Robson

One of my favourite Christmas

memories is of my older sister Marie.

There were seven children in

my family. Marie was the second

oldest and I was the second youngest.

During the fifties my parents

lived on La Verne Avenue in

Guelph. We were all so happy to

be in this new house. We moved

from the “Ward” in 1954. My Dad

worked in the Machine Shop at W.

C. Woods. Dad worked there until

he was 72 years old before he enjoyed

a long retirement, passing

away in 1988.

Every Christmas Day our family

would assemble in Mom and

Dad’s house for a good old fashioned

Christmas. Mom cooked

everything, from the turkey right

down to the pumpkin pie. We also

had a special treat at Christmas -

red and green Jell-O. That was the

only time of the year we had this


In the basement (which was not

finished but painted), Mom had

two very large dining room tables.

We also had an upright piano

which we received from the aunts

in Buffalo. My parents actually

took a pickup truck over the border

in the early fifties and brought this

treasure home. To this day, my

sister-in-law plays this very same

piano in her home on Dumbarton


But I transgress.

Back to my sister Marie.

There were approximately 34

people in attendance. After supper,

the dishes had to be done.

Somehow the more privileged female

members of the family got to

wash the dishes in the brand new

kitchen upstairs while Marie and I

toiled downstairs in the laundry

tubs. The men played cards while

the children enjoyed their new


Each Christmas, Marie and I

would complain about this unsavoury

chore. Dishwashers in

homes were unheard of at that


We each said “next year we are

getting paper plates.” We will pay

for them ourselves if necessary.

While that certainly never happened,

year after year Marie and I

did the dishes downstairs and year

after year we complained.

Marie passed away from lung

cancer in l986 and guess what:

one of my favourite memories of

Marie is when we did the dishes in

the basement at Christmas. I still

get tears in my eyes when I think

about it.

All my brothers and sisters and

their families are very precious to

me but Marie will always have a

special place in my heart.

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by Ross Coulter

Oh autumn leaf of crimson hue,

What on earth now will you do

Since falling from the maple tree

Where once you lived for all to see?

Now you lie upon the ground

With your siblings all around

Quiet at rest, though you know

The autumn wind will surely blow.

It’ll take you places you’ve never been,

Places from tree top you’ve only seen,

And as on gusts of breeze you’re borne

You’ll be elsewhere come the morn.

Dark night fades and comes the dawn,

There you are resting on my lawn.

Now I have a decision to make,

Leave you there or get my rake?

Joining you with others to make a pile

For children to jump in would bring a smile.

But I know soon there will come a nag

To consign you to the yard waste bag.

You wait now with your friends curbside

For the truck pick up and final ride

To the growing heap of leaf compost

Where fallen leaves gather in great host.

But life’s not over for kith and kin.

Leaving you to rot would be a sin,

As you and all have a bright new future

With new trees, plants and life to nurture.

Fear not autumn leaf as you wither and fade,

You will live on in the new life you’ve made.

Saplings will grow from your venerable seed

And you can be proud of yourself indeed!


by Dr. Nadezda Rajcan

Walking along our street on a sunny October morning, I

imagined how two trees were talking to each other. The

first one was a young maple tree. It said to its neighbour,

the pine tree, “Lucky you! You will not be naked in the

coming winter but all my ‘clothes’ will fall off. We will

be the same only after snow comes. Then we will have

the same white outfit for a while.”

The pine tree answered, “Everything in life has good

and bad sides. For example, from my point of view, I

think that it is very monotonous to wear the same dark

green suit all year round. You can change it in the fall

into many nice colours, from pure yellow to red, dark red

and even brown. In the spring you will have a beautiful

light green suit which will wave around with each breeze.

I have to be silent because I don’t know how to sing along

lovely spring songs to the wind.”

In the neighbourhood, where we live, most inhabitants

planted deciduous trees, although there are a few

evergreen ones too. Our next door neighbour lives in a

Heritage Ontario limestone house that was built in 1886.

The only one which was not knocked down in order to

develop our neighbourhood in the south of Guelph. There

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are seven huge Douglas fir trees around


They give us nice shade during hot

summer days since there is no fence

between our houses.

A little further away there is a farm.

If I let my imagination roam, I think

how nice it would be to go there with a bucket

and buy some fresh milk. But that would probably be

too old fashioned a supply as we buy our milk and dairy

in the grocery stores.

I remember from many years ago, how it was nice to hike

over a few hills to get fresh milk from a farmer in the

high mountain, called Durmitor in Montenegro. My

friend and I used to go in the evening to buy some milk

and honey. On our way back our torch died out and we

were forced to stumble our way home in pitch dark before

the moon came out.

Fred told me, “You don’t need to be afraid if you fall

providing that you have a patent on how to fall.” With

God’s help, I reached his cottage without breaking legs or

arms, although I still do not understand what he meant

about the patent for falling properly.

Looking out the window at our young unknown tree in

front of our house, I end my Autumn’s sonata thinking

back to the old days and experiences that impacted me

over time.


By Frances Spence

One Christmas Eve, it snowed through the night

I looked from my window to take in the sight.

Across the way stood a man dressed in red,

He wore a colourful tasseled toque on his head,

Mittens on his hands, his scarf blew in the breeze,

Oh well, at least he wasn’t intending to freeze,

I couldn’t see his boots, his coat was so long.

At first I thought it was Santa, but I knew I was wrong.

In the moon’s light, I saw his big toothless smile

As he leaned on his shovel to rest for awhile.

Then I heard a sleigh and the jingle of bells

Probably just the milkman’s delivery, this tells.

I rushed and got dressed and ran out to look,

On a bench near the driveway, a Christmas recipe book.

The man I had seen, just a snowman, no sound

But only my footsteps showed on the ground.


by Sylvia Grant

When I was young, my family celebrated Christmas in

different ways. Sometimes we, a family of five children,

celebrated by ourselves at home; sometimes our house

was filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Sometimes we travelled to the homes of these relatives

and celebrated there. Wherever we celebrated Christmas,

we had a good time.

The most unusual Christmas was one when a family of

cousins, without their parents, ended up unexpectedly at

our place for Christmas. My aunt’s stepmother, whom she

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called Aunt Flo, died just before Christmas. From stories I

heard later, the stepmother sounded like she stepped right

off the pages of the story of Hansel and Gretel. I have no

idea what kind of a relationship she had with my cousins

but nobody seemed to be grieving. Whatever it was, they

were not going to her funeral which was being held the

day before Christmas. We were told that the cousins

would be dropped off by their parents and join us and our

grandparents on Christmas Eve. I don’t know what added

pressure this put on my mother, but my brothers and sister

and I were delighted.

I immediately set about adjusting the script of the play I

was forcing my siblings to perform on Christmas Eve. It

was the Nativity story and now I was excited to have a

bigger cast to work with. I didn’t need to make my

siblings keep changing characters. I was careful though to

give the more complicated parts with dialogue to my

siblings because I had more time to work with them. My

cousins would have only enough time for one quick

rehearsal before the performance.

My cousins did arrive in time for a rehearsal and after a

seven o’clock church service we returned home and set up

a stage area at one end of our long living room. With me

as the narrator, we acted out the story of the first

Christmas. In my memory, everything went well. My

cousins, despite their last minute addition to the cast, did a

great job and we earned enthusiastic applause from my

parents and grandparents.

After our final bows, my mother handed out Christmas

stockings for all of us to hang up, including my four

visiting cousins and ushered us off to bed. My mother

would have had the stocking stuffers for us well in

advance, but she must have dug deep into her emergency

supplies because, on Christmas morning, every child had

a filled stocking.

Christmas morning, after nine kids had opened

stockings, and eaten breakfast, we assembled in the living

room around a Christmas tree laden with gifts. Before any

of those gifts were distributed, my grandfather stood up

and made a speech. He reminded my four cousins that

they would be celebrating Christmas the next day in their

own home. This meant that these gifts were not for them.

They would get only one gift each from my family. My

grandparents had gifts for my cousins, but since they were

joining the cousins the next day, their gifts would also

have to wait until then.

That Christmas morning, my four cousins opened their

one gift each and then watched as we opened all of ours.

Nobody complained, nobody got upset, nobody cried,

nobody threw a temper tantrum. My cousins watched with

interest as we opened our presents.

Looking back, I marvel at the forbearance of my

cousins, especially the two younger ones. Christmas is

such an exciting time for children. Waiting a day can

seem like a year. The cousins, however, showed no signs

of distress. They all accepted without complaining that

their day would come tomorrow.

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Chris Fraser

The Book Nook —

“A Lending Library”

We are open Monday to

Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

* * * *

This new book is by an author I

have not read before, but really

did enjoy. It’s called “The Other

Widow” by Susan Crawford.

It all began when Dorrie is in a

bad car accident on an icy road

with Joe, the man she is having an

affair with. She manages to live

through the accident but Joe does

not. She soon begins to wonder if

it was an accident at all when she

thinks she is being watched.

Joe’s wife, Karen, knew of the

affair after finding emails but did


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was. She also lives in fear that

someone is following her.

Dorrie looks at all the details of

the accident and tries to figure out

what happened: is her life also in


Maggie is an insurance investigator

who is a former cop and during

this investigation she feels

something is not right and tries to

figure out if, in fact, it was a random

traffic accident or something


This book is full of suspense and

you just don’t want to put it down.

I hope you enjoy reading it as

much as I did.

Our November book sale was a

huge success and I hope you enjoy

the new books we recently purchased

which are located in the

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Phone 519-822-8256.

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“new additions” shelves in the library.

I hope you will come to our

“Meet the Author” event which

takes place on Wednesday, December

7 th in the library from 1:30

p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We have two authors

coming to tell you about their

books which will be available to

purchase at this event. Looking

forward to seeing many of you

there: please invite your friends as

it is open for anyone to attend.

Happy reading!

Your Bookworm & Librarian,

Chris Fraser


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Years later I mentioned this Christmas to one of those

cousins. As an adult, I was looking back at how patient

they had been.

“How was that Christmas for you?” I asked.

This cousin said nothing about having spent Christmas

morning watching us open our presents. She wasn’t

traumatized by this. Instead she told me that what

bothered her about that Christmas was that when we did

the Nativity play on Christmas Eve, I had given her

family all the lousy parts and given all the best parts to

my family.

I shook my head in disbelief.

“There was a reason,” I said. “It was about rehearsal

time.” I could tell that she didn’t really care what the

reason was and I realized that one can never anticipate

how children will interpret their experiences and what

will stand out for them as wonderful and what will irk

them for the rest of their lives.

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Process for GWSA Trips

General: (1) All travelers on GWSA Travel Club trips should be members of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association.

Non-members are now able to book trips a month prior to the day of departure provided room is still available.

(2) Memberships are payable to the City of Guelph — Visa, MasterCard, Cash or Cheque may be used unless otherwise indicated.

(3) Please refrain from using scented products during GWSA trips.

Booking Your Trip : (1) Service numbers will be issued at the Centre starting at 8:00 am the day of trip bookings. (2)

Phone bookings to 519-823-1291 will start at 9:00 am on the same day. (3) Travellers may book for two GWSA members the first

morning of the trip bookings starting at 9:00 am. (4) The purchaser of day trip tickets is responsible for finding a replacement if he

or she is unable to travel. A waiting list may be consulted. A Doctor’s certificate is required for a refund.

Accessibility : (1) Please inquire about accessible seating prior to booking your ticket. As with all buses, accessible seating

is limited. You can help us ensure that we use this seating as efficiently as possible by providing information about your assistive

device. Please note that:

Travellers who will be using a powered wheelchair on trips are advised to note this when registering. While our trips are accessible,

seating for a powered wheelchair on the bus is limited and will be spoken for on a first come first serve basis.

Travellers who can transfer to a bus seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of

the bus if required.

Travellers who wish to take their scooter should note this when registering. Not all scooters fit within the cargo hold of a bus.

A Travel Committee member will follow up with you prior to the trip to discuss further.

Lift Limit: 500 lbs maximum weight (wheelchair/scooter and person combined)

Lift Width: 32 inches

(2) Travellers with a disability, who require assistance during the trip, must be accompanied by a person who is fully capable

of rendering such assistance (this person must be an adult for some trips). If there is a cost for this assistant, that fee will be published

along with other trip fees.




Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 — Christmas in Nashville Total Cost: $65.15 Code: 198075

Off to Bingeman Park to see “Christmas in Nashville”. It is a tribute to the wonderful world of country music that

began in Nashville, Tennessee 100 years ago. It will re-create for you some of country music’s finest moments way

back when it all began, with our great live band there’s always lots of fiddlin’ & banjo pickin’ to get your toes a tapping!

Leave Evergreen: 10:40 am Carousel: 10:45 am Square: 11:15 am Return: ~ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 — Oh Canada Eh! Niagara Falls Total Cost: $97.50 Code: 200524

“Tis the Season”. Travel back to the days of retro comedy television during this all new 2-hour festive musical - Oh

Canada Eh! Family-style lunch included. Casual dress - this is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Leave Evergreen: 9:30 am Carousel: 9:40 am Square: 10:00 am Return: ~ 5:30 pm

Future Trips: there are no trips in January 2017.

NEWS FLASH: The Travel Committee now has a suggestion box. We welcome

new trip ideas and comments. It will be located in the main lobby.

It takes time to put these trips together and we need YOUR commitment to make these trips actually happen!

DON’T WAIT! That means booking your seat BEFORE the trip has to be cancelled due to low numbers.

The Travel Committee must give the number of bookings a MONTH before the date of the trip and, if there aren’t enough

reservations AT THAT TIME, the trip will be cancelled! If you have already booked your seat, you will get a refund.

NEWS: Members or Non-Members can now book any trip from the Great Canadian Holidays catalogue by phoning Great Canadian Holidays

at 1-800-461-8687 and book your trip yourself. Just say you’re a member of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre in Guelph and we will

receive a commission for that trip. If you have any questions, please call Art Riley at 519-837-1965.

Please do not park your vehicles in the Evergreen parking lot while you are on a day trip. Vehicles must be left at the Carousel parking

area in Riverside Park.

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