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Be active Get involved Make friends<br />

The Sentinel - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


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The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association<br />

A non-profit organization based at the<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

http://www.gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

Directors & Officers<br />

Linda Jeffrey — Executive Director<br />

Pat Gage — President<br />

Donna Keating — Vice-President<br />

TBA — Treasurer<br />

TBA — Secretary<br />

(City Recreational Co-ordinator)<br />

Directors<br />

Ken Fugler<br />

Charlie Bishop<br />

Wenda King<br />

Sam Montoya<br />

Janice Robertson<br />

Elizabeth Steggles<br />

Yvonne Thomas<br />

Adam Rutherford (City Program Manager)<br />

The Sentinel Team<br />

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer<br />

Linda Green — Editor, Printer<br />

George Hughes — Printer<br />

Bill Shephard, Ray Miller — Part-time<br />

Assistants<br />

All of the above GWSA members<br />

are Volunteers.<br />

City Staff<br />

Adam Rutherford — Program<br />

Manager<br />

Jill Hunt — Customer Service Clerk<br />

TBA — Recreation Program<br />

Director — Senior Services<br />

Becky MacDonald — Recreation<br />

Co-ordinator — Volunteers<br />

TBA — Chef<br />

Rotating — Facility Maintainer<br />

Lynne Briggs — Manager of Recreation<br />

Services<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

A City of Guelph Recreation Facility run in<br />

partnership with the Community Services Department<br />

of the City of Guelph and the Guelph/<br />

Wellington Seniors Association<br />

683 Woolwich St., Guelph, ON, N1H 3Y8<br />

Tel.: 519-823-1291 / Fax: 519-823-8972<br />

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm M-F<br />

(closed Statutory Holidays)<br />

Read The Sentinel on our website,<br />

www.gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

ISSN: 0383 817X<br />

A MESSAGE FROM THE GWSA<br />

BOARD<br />

It is so nice to feel the warmth of the sun shining a bit more and the<br />

evenings staying lighter later! YAY!<br />

The message this month will be updating you about GWSA Board<br />

Members attending City Council to delegate on the <strong>2023</strong> draft city<br />

budget.<br />

President Pat Gage, Vice President Donna Keating, Director Elizabeth<br />

Steggles and Executive Director Linda Jeffrey attended the City Council<br />

meeting.<br />

President Pat’s presentation to Mayor Cam Guthrie and City Council<br />

members spoke to many notable factors important to mention including:<br />

• The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association is one of the largest<br />

seniors’ organizations of its kind in Canada, providing diverse<br />

programs, activities, and services to Guelph and Wellington County.<br />

• We are a not-for-profit corporation and a registered charity, managed<br />

by a volunteer Board of Directors, and hundreds of dedicated<br />

volunteers.<br />

• We partner with the City of Guelph in the operation of the Evergreen<br />

Seniors Community Centre where we offer 50 programs and<br />

activities to more than 2,000 members.<br />

• We appreciate that these continue to be challenging times and we<br />

want to thank the City for approving the emergency funds we<br />

received during the height of the pandemic, which allowed us to<br />

deliver fresh food to vulnerable seniors in our community.<br />

• We also want to thank the City of Guelph and specifically Adam<br />

Rutherford, the Program Director at the Evergreen, for the flexibility<br />

offered regarding payments we were required to make as part of our<br />

Community Benefit Agreement.<br />

President Pat continued with reference to a meeting requested last<br />

November, relating to the GWSA Board’s desire to assist the City in<br />

moving forward with the Older Adult Strategy, which was approved by<br />

Council in 2012. Other remarks included noting the significant loss in<br />

United Way Funding and the impact of that in relation to delivering<br />

Community Support Services to older adults in the city.<br />

In closing, it was firmly stated that, “we are here today to say thank<br />

you for the mutually beneficial partnership we currently enjoy with the<br />

City and to urge you to move forward with the Older Adult Strategy.<br />

Cities around Guelph are joining the World Health Organization<br />

(WHO) Global Network for Age-friendly cities and communities.<br />

The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association is committed to a future that<br />

is progressive, accountable, and innovative in providing services to the<br />

older adult community. We are also prepared to build partnerships and<br />

seek funds from the Federal and Provincial governments to deliver<br />

initiatives which will create an improved quality of life for older adults in<br />

Guelph.”<br />

Well Done!<br />

Donna Keating<br />

Vice Chair/Vice President<br />

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA)<br />

donna.keating@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

NOTE: Disclaimer—The Sentinel and the GWSA do not necessarily agree<br />

with or support statements in the Sentinel made by advertisers, or submissions<br />

by writers (no political or religious topics please).<br />

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NOTIFICATION FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS<br />

As an organization, we have weathered an extremely challenging couple of years. Last year,<br />

we lost 76% of our funding from the United Way and, during the same, time our membership<br />

numbers dropped significantly. Inflation pressures have also had an impact on our bottom line<br />

which is why, earlier this year, the Finance Committee recommended to the Board that we raise<br />

our Membership Fees 10%. The Board unanimously passed this recommendation.<br />

The GWSA’s mission is to enable older adults to be active, get involved, and make new<br />

friends. In the coming months, we will also be re-evaluating the activity fees of all our groups.<br />

If you need fee assistance in participating in any of our programming, please reach out to our<br />

Executive Director to access the FAIR Program.<br />

On April 1 st , Membership fees will increase by 10% + HST:<br />

$35 (+ $4.55 HST) = $39.55: pick up Sentinel ($36.16 previous fee)<br />

$42 (+ $5.46 HST) = $48.17: Sentinel delivered to your door within city limits<br />

($42.94 previous fee)<br />

$60 (+ $7.80 HST) = $67.80 Sentinel mailed to your home ($62.15 previous fee)<br />

We remain thankful for your continued membership which allows us, in partnership with the<br />

City, to provide a supportive environment and a variety of programming we know you enjoy.<br />

Your Board of Directors<br />

WANTED<br />

The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association Board of Directors is seeking an individual<br />

with financial experience to sit on the Board as Treasurer. You will assist the Board in<br />

our mission to enable older adults to be active, involved, make friends, and age with<br />

dignity. You share our vision of a future that is progressive, accountable and innovative in<br />

providing services to the older adult community.<br />

Responsibilities include:<br />

• Attending monthly Board meetings 3 rd Wednesday<br />

• Attending quarterly Finance Committee meetings<br />

• Act as a signing officer for GWSA accounts and contracts<br />

• Work collaboratively with the GWSA Bookkeeper to prepare reports for the monthly<br />

Board Meetings and the Annual General Meeting<br />

If you are interested in this volunteer position or know of someone who might be<br />

interested, please contact Pat Gage, President (pat.gage@gwsa-guelph.ca) or Linda<br />

Jeffrey, Executive Director (linda.jeffrey@gwsa-guelph.ca).<br />

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THE EDITOR’S PAGE<br />

Did You Know….<br />

by Linda Green<br />

Here are some interesting facts about food:<br />

• Almonds are a member of the peach family. They are<br />

the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used<br />

nuts in the world.<br />

• The oldest known vegetable is the pea. It has been found<br />

in Stone Age settlements 8,000 years ago.<br />

• You use more calories eating celery than there are in<br />

celery.<br />

• Eating raw onions is good for<br />

unblocking a stuffed nose. Onions are<br />

low in calories and a good source of<br />

vitamin C, calcium, potassium and<br />

fiber. They also help circulation.<br />

• The colour of a chili is no indication<br />

of its spiciness, but size usually is –<br />

the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.<br />

• Before the 17 th century, cultivated<br />

carrots were purple. Dutch farmers<br />

bred mutated white & yellow carrots<br />

with wild varieties to create the orange<br />

carrot which is sweeter than the<br />

original.<br />

• The avocado has the most calories of<br />

any fruit.<br />

• Limes, lemons, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries &<br />

cranberries have the lowest sugar content.<br />

• Strawberries are not berries but bananas and<br />

watermelons are.<br />

• Coffee is the world’s most popular stimulant.<br />

• There are more than 1,000 chemical compounds in one<br />

cup of coffee.<br />

• Too much caffeine can cause heart palpitations.<br />

• Eating an apple in the morning is a good alternate to<br />

having coffee. Apples contains fructose which is a natural<br />

sugar that can wake you up naturally and help keep you<br />

going. Apples contain carbohydrates<br />

which the body needs to get moving<br />

and stay moving, and apples are also<br />

a great source of fibre.<br />

• There is no such thing as blue food –<br />

even blueberries are purple.<br />

• There are about 40,000 different<br />

kinds of rice. Rice is grown on more<br />

than 10% of the earth’s farmable<br />

surface and is the main food for half<br />

the people of the world.<br />

• No two cornflakes look the same.<br />

• Salt is the only rock humans can eat.<br />

It is one of the few spices that is all<br />

taste and no smell.<br />

Special Printing For Members<br />

Do you have a need for printing (i.e., bookmarks, booklets, calendars,<br />

dinner menus/programs, club bylaws, annual reports), large or small<br />

quantities, black & white print (10¢ per page) or colour (30¢ per page)?<br />

If so, please contact Carol Croft or Linda Green, either in the Sentinel<br />

office (we’re not here all the time, though) or by email at sentinel@gwsaguelph.ca,<br />

or leave a message at the front desk. You must be a GWSA<br />

member to take advantage of this.<br />

We will try to accommodate you with your project as much as we can.<br />

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DONATIONS<br />

To donate easily, with a credit<br />

card, visit our website<br />

www.gwsa-guelph.ca and click<br />

on the ‘Donate’ button or call:<br />

519-823-1291<br />

<strong>March</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong>, is the deadline for<br />

submissions for the<br />

April <strong>2023</strong> Sentinel.<br />

Email submissions to: sentinel@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.<br />

Distribution of the April <strong>issue</strong><br />

is on <strong>March</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos<br />

(but we’ll do our best).<br />

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald<br />

Upcoming Volunteer Awards<br />

Senior of the Year Award<br />

This award is given by a municipality to recognize an<br />

outstanding senior who, after age 65, enriches the<br />

social, cultural or civic life of the community.<br />

Deadline: April 30<br />

If you are interested in nominating a fellow<br />

volunteer, please speak to Becky in the main office on<br />

Mondays or Wednesdays, or email<br />

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca .<br />

Orientation and Training<br />

All volunteers will be required to complete the<br />

mandatory Orientation & Training. The trainings can<br />

be completed from the comfort of your home online.<br />

For those who do not have access to a computer,<br />

training dates will be set up for you to attend in the<br />

near future.<br />

Please contact Becky MacDonald<br />

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca for more information and<br />

if you have any questions.<br />

GWSA COMMITTEES<br />

Email Updates. Marketing and recruitment experience<br />

would definitely be assets, but are not required.<br />

Special Events<br />

Looking for a team of volunteers to assist with<br />

planning, organizing and running special events (e.g.,<br />

Remembrance Day ceremonies) throughout the year for<br />

the members and community.<br />

Travel Committee<br />

Our committee leader needs members who want to join<br />

others in the group to help brainstorm, organize, plan<br />

and possibly escort trips, travel, and tours for those<br />

seniors who love to go places! Come join in, meet new<br />

friends, and have fun!<br />

Welcoming & Information Desk<br />

Looking for energetic, friendly, outgoing individuals to<br />

assist with greeting, providing tours and answering<br />

questions about the centre during the week, Monday to<br />

Friday. Two shifts available, morning and afternoon in<br />

the main lobby.<br />

Openings for a Secretary<br />

If you like to take minutes and looking to give back to<br />

your seniors association in the morning once or twice a<br />

month, two committees (Travel and Governance<br />

Succession and the Board of Directors) are in need of a<br />

secretary to record minutes during the monthly<br />

meetings.<br />

Governance Committee<br />

Assists the Board of Directors with the development<br />

and review of bylaws, policies, and procedures for the<br />

Association. Morning meetings are 4-6 times per year.<br />

Experience in governance with a not-for-profit<br />

organization, and comfort working with documents or<br />

willingness to learn would be assets.<br />

Membership & Marketing<br />

Meet on the 2 nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am. The<br />

committee reports to the Board for all membership and<br />

marketing initiatives, focusing on the maximum<br />

interest of members and advancement of the Board’s<br />

Strategic Plan. The Committee provides content and<br />

messaging advice to the webmaster for the website and<br />

social media accounts and prepares monthly GWSA<br />

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Bistro 683<br />

Coffee Volunteer: If you like working with people,<br />

providing customer service and making coffee/tea, the<br />

Monday afternoon position is vacant from 12:15-3:00<br />

either weekly or every other week. Tasks include:<br />

clearing tables, making coffee, assisting the kitchen<br />

team when needed and more.<br />

Kitchen preparation and serving Mondays:<br />

Volunteer in the kitchen assisting the chef with food<br />

preparation and serving customers ordering food and<br />

eating in or taking to go.<br />

Dishwasher Mondays:<br />

Volunteer in the kitchen assisting with washing dishes<br />

using the industrial dishwasher and completing other<br />

tasks during the shift.<br />

How to get involved?<br />

First, complete an online application form: https://gwsa<br />

-guelph.ca/1749-2/<br />

No computer? Pick up a paper application at the<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre front desk.<br />

Second, you will be contacted to set up an interview<br />

followed with training.<br />

If you are a current volunteer, you are more than<br />

welcome to take on more than one position. Follow up<br />

with Becky for more details.<br />

For more information about a particular position or<br />

about volunteering in general, contact: Becky<br />

MacDonald by phone 519-822-1260 X 2096 or email:<br />

becky.macdonald@guelph.ca


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GWSA NEW MEMBER RECEPTION<br />

MONDAY, MARCH 20, <strong>2023</strong><br />

EVERGREEN SENIORS COMMUNITY CENTRE – ROOM 4<br />

3:00 – 5:00 pm<br />

The Membership & Marketing Committee extends an invitation<br />

for new members to attend a Reception at the Evergreen Seniors<br />

Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph.<br />

This is an opportunity to meet new members, members of the<br />

Board, and activity leaders who will be available to provide<br />

information about their activities.<br />

Please reply to wenda.king@gwsa-guelph.ca if you will be<br />

attending.<br />

Be Active Get Involved Make Friends<br />

CANOE CLUB <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Evergreen Canoe Club (ECC) is an instruction-based canoeing experience that extends through the<br />

whole summer. It gives active seniors an opportunity to combine physical activity with mental activity<br />

while exploring the natural beauty of Guelph’s local river systems. We just go out and have fun!<br />

The season starts at the Meet-N-Greet in early April and extends through to the traditional canoe<br />

cleaning and storage in October. Training sessions are held through the month of April followed by a<br />

skills assessment on the pond at Marden Park. Further training can be provided at the discretion of the<br />

instructor.<br />

Be aware that river canoeing requires a certain level of physical stamina and dexterity that is beyond the<br />

level of some seniors. For your own safety and the safety of others, the instructors will not confer your<br />

full membership if you cannot demonstrate that you are able to perform what is required of you during a<br />

typical canoe outing.<br />

Unfortunately, at present we have a waiting list to join the Club. Wait-listed persons will only be<br />

sent an email invitation to register for the ECC Activity with GWSA if space becomes available.<br />

As a member, you can enjoy a 2-4 hour canoe paddle on either a Thursday or Friday from May through<br />

September. We start bright and early at 8:00 am at the Riverside Park entrance parking lot at the end of<br />

Marilyn Drive.<br />

Once you are on the water, Trip Leaders will help guide you along local rivers such as the Grand, the<br />

Conestoga, the Eramosa and the Speed. Weather and river conditions are monitored both before the trip<br />

and throughout to optimize your safety. On occasion, trips are cancelled due to inclement weather<br />

conditions.<br />

The Club is a friendly mix of novice, intermediate and experienced canoeists who are eager to share<br />

their stories and experiences over a lunch on the bank of a flowing river.<br />

For more information, or to be added to the Wait List, email .<br />

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Free Pension Clinic<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21 or April 18 from 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.<br />

in the Board Room at the<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre,<br />

683 Woolwich St., Guelph<br />

If you have any questions about Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old<br />

Age Security (OAS), come and speak to a Citizen’s Services Specialist.<br />

Book an appointment. We can:<br />

• Review applications to ensure proper completion<br />

• Answer questions regarding death benefits, disability, etc.<br />

• Accept applications for submission (paper format)<br />

• Status of application inquiries.<br />

• Amend information previously submitted (e.g., change of<br />

address, phone, direct deposit information)<br />

• Life Certificate Signing<br />

• Personal Access Code Issuance<br />

• Any other Service Canada-related inquires<br />

Register at RecEnroll.ca or at the front desk of the Evergreen Centre.<br />

Course code for Pension Clinic <strong>March</strong> 21, <strong>2023</strong> - 35618.<br />

Course code for Pension Clinic April 18, <strong>2023</strong> - 35619.<br />

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GWSA Group & Activity Reports<br />

ALL Activity Groups require that you MUST have an up-to-date GWSA Membership to participate.<br />

Art in the Hall<br />

All of the art groups and artisans will<br />

have an opportunity to show off their<br />

wares and offer items for sale if they<br />

wish. A portion of the cost will go towards<br />

the GWSA, and staff at the cash<br />

will be familiar with how to process<br />

these payments and ensure artists receive<br />

their funds, again, if they wish to<br />

sell their creations.<br />

A contract will be sent out to all<br />

groups to review; it outlines how the<br />

shows will run. I intend to change the<br />

art monthly and to be present the second<br />

Monday of each month to put up a<br />

new show. Some shows will run longer<br />

and we may have special presentations.<br />

I plan on going through the list of<br />

groups alphabetically as presented in<br />

the Sentinel. Please start to think about<br />

the piece you would like to hang, present<br />

and showcase.<br />

Further information will be forwarded<br />

to all groups.<br />

Badminton<br />

After a busy year, including regular<br />

playtimes, tournaments, clinics, and<br />

social activities, the program year is<br />

drawing to a close. Our year is ending<br />

with some specific skill-based micro<br />

clinics open to all members who want<br />

to improve their skills. The clinics are<br />

popular and we are very fortunate to<br />

have several skilled in-house members<br />

who volunteer to share their expertise<br />

with everyone.<br />

Book Club 1<br />

Our group meets in the Board Room<br />

on the last Friday of each month from<br />

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For <strong>March</strong>, our<br />

selection is “Long Range” by<br />

C.J. Box. Our April selection is “The<br />

Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See.<br />

Monthly fee is $3.00. At present, we<br />

have a waiting list.<br />

Bridge<br />

GWSA welcomes all Bridge players<br />

with a basic knowledge of the game to<br />

enjoy playing bridge in a friendly and<br />

comfortable environment. We offer<br />

both Recreational and Duplicate<br />

Bridge. No partner? No problem! We<br />

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mix and mingle with a room full of<br />

eager players so that everyone has a<br />

partner for any of our regularly scheduled<br />

games.<br />

Bridge-Recreational<br />

Join us for recreational bridge in the<br />

afternoon or evening.<br />

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm Evergreen<br />

Room 3<br />

Thursdays 12:30-3:30 pm Evergreen<br />

Room 3<br />

Bridge-Duplicate<br />

This group is for individuals who have<br />

already taken bridge lessons and<br />

would like to work on improving their<br />

game. Volunteers are on hand to coach<br />

you.<br />

We request you know the Bidding<br />

Basics. We will make you comfortable<br />

playing Duplicate Bridge with Duplicate<br />

Boards and using Bidding Boxes.<br />

Fridays 9:00-11:30 am, Evergreen<br />

Room 3.<br />

Bunka<br />

Bunka embroidery is created by using<br />

a unique combination of punch needle<br />

and special silk-like rayon thread.<br />

When completed, many pictures resemble<br />

delicately shaded paintings. In<br />

fact, the needle is held and operates in<br />

much the same manner as an artist’s<br />

brush or pencil. We do not teach classes<br />

or have an instructor, so you<br />

should have some experience in the<br />

craft, and members are required to<br />

purchase their own supplies. Every<br />

Wednesday from 9:15 a.m. to noon in<br />

Room 3. Currently there is a wait list.<br />

See Bunkawithflair.com.<br />

Canasta<br />

Come out and join our friendly group<br />

for a game of Canasta. We welcome<br />

all levels of players. If you are new to<br />

the game, we will be glad to teach you.<br />

Join us on Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30<br />

a.m. in Room 3. Contact canastagwsa<br />

@gmail.com for more information.<br />

Chess<br />

Do you enjoy the game of chess?<br />

Come out and make friends! Our club<br />

is open to players of all levels. We are<br />

primarily amateur players simply out<br />

for the joy of casual chess, although<br />

with enough interest, we could organize<br />

small tournaments. We meet on the<br />

second and fourth Friday of each<br />

month in the Evergreen Board Room<br />

from 10 a.m. to noon and we ask for<br />

$2 per person each time for the<br />

GWSA. And don’t worry if you don’t<br />

have a chess set - we have three sets as<br />

well as a digital clock for those interested<br />

in a time control!<br />

Computer Club<br />

Here are the topics we will be learning<br />

about at our meeting on <strong>March</strong> 13:<br />

Gmail, Windows 11 22H2 (File explorer<br />

with tabs, Windows 11 clipboard,<br />

User interface changes), The<br />

“oops” key, how to permanently delete<br />

files/folders (vs Recycle bin), Antivirus<br />

packages for Windows, and<br />

ChatGPT.<br />

Computer Mentoring<br />

There are two mentors available every<br />

Monday from 1-3 p.m. to answer your<br />

questions. We can help with Windows<br />

PCs and Android smartphones and<br />

tablets. And now we are able to assist<br />

iPad and iPhone users!<br />

If you are using a laptop computer,<br />

please bring it with you. The fee is $3<br />

for members of the GWSA and $5 for<br />

non-members. Please register at the<br />

front desk for each class before joining<br />

us in the Computer Room.<br />

Craft Group<br />

The ladies of the Craft Club are very<br />

busy making beautiful articles for our<br />

store. We continue to make hats, mitts<br />

and scarves to donate to the needy. We<br />

have had a few of the GWSA members<br />

also donating these items so we<br />

can reach as many as possible.<br />

Guelph Wood Carving Club<br />

est. Circa 1986<br />

A well-established wood carving club<br />

of mostly seniors (both men and women)<br />

has operated in the Guelph area for<br />

decades.<br />

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toon characters, birds and wildlife,<br />

spoons, bowls, etc.<br />

Other carving techniques include<br />

relief carving, marquetry, and pyrography.<br />

Training is available.<br />

Meets Monday evening 6:00 pm-<br />

9:00 pm in Evergreen Room 2.<br />

Cribbage<br />

Come on out on a Tuesday afternoon<br />

for a friendly game of Cribbage in<br />

Room 3 of the Evergreen Centre. The<br />

room is open at 12:30 pm and we start<br />

playing at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome<br />

and we play 8 games, with prizes<br />

at the end of the afternoon. If you<br />

are not sure of how to play, we have<br />

instructors to help.<br />

NEW - Cross-Country Ski Club<br />

(Pilot Project)<br />

The GWSA cross-country ski club<br />

will bring its members together to<br />

cross country ski both locally and at<br />

more distant locations, generally up to<br />

1 hour driving time, sometimes more.<br />

Given the variability of our local<br />

weather, day and time of outings will<br />

depend on weather and snow conditions.<br />

Participants must be physically<br />

able to participate, bring their own<br />

equipment and have previous cross<br />

country skiing experience.<br />

The club is intended to become a<br />

formal GWSA activity group next season<br />

if the current season is deemed<br />

successful.<br />

If interested in joining, please contact<br />

Mel van Harten at 519-400-0319<br />

or email me at:<br />

mel.vanharten@gmail.com.<br />

Line Dancing<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Phyllis Carnochan<br />

(519-836-9415)<br />

Donna Holmes (519-831-0943)<br />

Monday Classes<br />

9:15 to 9:30 am - Line Dance Step<br />

Tutorial (brief review of steps)<br />

9:30 to 10:30 am – Beginners<br />

(Beyond the Basics)<br />

10:45 to 11:45 am - Intermediate<br />

(Are you up for a challenge?)<br />

Thursday Classes<br />

1:00 to 2:00 pm - Introduction to Line<br />

Dancing (No experience needed)<br />

2:15 to 3:15 pm – Beginners<br />

(Beyond the Basics)<br />

The cost is $2.00 each time you<br />

come. Sign up for line dancing at 519-<br />

822-1260 ext. 2694.<br />

Mah Jongg<br />

Mah Jongg has started up again in<br />

Room 4 on Mondays from 2:30-4:30<br />

p.m. except the last Monday of the<br />

month when it will be in the Dining<br />

Room. It is a game played with tiles,<br />

similar to Dominoes. Instruction is<br />

available for those who don’t know<br />

how to play.<br />

Into Focus Photography<br />

We are a friendly group of amateur<br />

photographers with equipment ranging<br />

from mobile phones and point-andshoot<br />

cameras to fancy DSLR models.<br />

We share a common interest in photography<br />

as a hobby and we learn from<br />

each other. New members are always<br />

welcome. Our regular meetings are on<br />

the last Monday of every month in<br />

Room 4.<br />

If you are interested in joining, contact<br />

Stu McCannell<br />

(smccannell@rogers.com).<br />

Pickleball<br />

Pickleball is a sport in which four<br />

players use solid paddles made of<br />

wood or composite materials to hit a<br />

perforated polymer ball over a net.<br />

The sport shares features of other racquet<br />

sports: the dimensions and layout<br />

of a badminton court and a net and<br />

rules similar to tennis, with a few<br />

modifications.<br />

This sport is for people of all<br />

ages who are looking for some fun,<br />

laughter, socialization and exercise.<br />

It’s easy to learn, but can be challenging<br />

for those with a competitive nature.<br />

All levels of skill invited. Pickleball<br />

equipment is provided.<br />

Shuffleboard<br />

Come on out and join our group. Enjoy<br />

some gentle exercise, friendship<br />

and fun. Membership is available to all<br />

paid-up GWSA members for a $10 fee<br />

every six months. Register the first<br />

time you play. Beginners are welcome<br />

and instruction is available. The group<br />

plays Tuesdays and Wednesdays from<br />

1 to 3 p.m.<br />

Silver Strummers<br />

The ukulele orchestra is an unqualified<br />

success story! There are now 30 individuals<br />

who have joined the Silver<br />

Strummers. We welcome ALL skill<br />

levels, beginner through advanced!<br />

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We will provide you with all the information<br />

you will need to get started. If<br />

you would like to try the universally<br />

accessible and friendly instrument of<br />

the ukulele, please contact Eva Quan<br />

519-820-1032.<br />

Silvertones<br />

The Silvertones members practise<br />

weekly in Room 3 on Fridays from 2<br />

to 3 p.m.. We do have a few openings<br />

so please contact Doreen Muir @ 519-<br />

831-8323 if you would like to join our<br />

choir or would like more information.<br />

Rug Hooking<br />

We have been gathering as a group of<br />

rug hookers at the Evergreen Centre<br />

since February 2022. Traditional rug<br />

hooking is both art and a craft. Many<br />

beautiful and unique items are made<br />

by pulling loops of fabric or yarn<br />

through a stiff, woven base such as<br />

burlap or linen. It is enjoyable, fun and<br />

a very social hobby. Beginners are<br />

welcome and we will help you get<br />

started. The Rug Hooking Group<br />

meets on Tuesday afternoon, 12-4, in<br />

Room 2.<br />

Contact: Kathy McCallum, 226-821<br />

-1331. Email:<br />

kamccallum28@gmail.com.<br />

Skiing<br />

For the <strong>2023</strong> ski season, it costs<br />

$10.00 plus HST to join the Ski Club.<br />

You register and pay for the Downhill<br />

Ski Club at the front desk of the Evergreen<br />

Centre. It helps to own a 5-7<br />

Pass purchased from Blue Mountain<br />

well before the start of the ski season.<br />

Every Monday, we carpool by meeting<br />

at the lower Evergreen Parking Lot by<br />

the Enabling Garden at 8:00 am, drive<br />

to Blue Mountain, and return to<br />

Guelph by 6:00 pm. Contact Bob<br />

Shearer 519-831-4093 for Ski Club<br />

information.<br />

Evergreen Snooker Club<br />

The Evergreen Snooker Club is composed<br />

of a group of active, friendly<br />

players with skill levels covering the<br />

full spectrum from learner/beginner to<br />

accomplished player. If you are interested<br />

in learning the game, or have<br />

played in the past and want to get back<br />

into it, please drop by the Snooker<br />

Room. You will be assured a warm<br />

welcome and a place to try your hand<br />

at one of our three tables. The Snooker<br />

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Room is open weekdays between 9:00<br />

am and 4:00 pm and any other time the<br />

Evergreen Centre may be open.<br />

The primary focus of the club is to<br />

have fun, build friendships and socialize.<br />

Your snooker skill level is irrelevant,<br />

so don’t feel intimidated if you<br />

are a beginner. Prospective members<br />

may visit the club room up to three<br />

times without charge to help with their<br />

decision on whether to join. While<br />

most of the current members are men,<br />

there is a small group of women who<br />

play regularly (typically on Tuesday<br />

mornings), so ladies, don’t be shy,<br />

give it a try.<br />

Membership is available to all paidup<br />

members of the GWSA on payment<br />

of the prescribed annual snooker activity<br />

fee. The current fee of $70 (plus<br />

tax) buys you access to the Snooker<br />

Room any time it is open and to all the<br />

snooker you care to play.<br />

Texas Hold ’Em<br />

Why not come out and have fun with<br />

us? We are averaging about 16 players<br />

a week. We are situated in the Dining<br />

Room. We charge $2 per week and<br />

pretty well all of that goes back to the<br />

GWSA. We play Tuesdays from 6:30<br />

to 8:30 pm.<br />

Each player starts off with $500 in<br />

real casino chips, and, as we do not<br />

play for money, we work on a point<br />

system. The one with the most points<br />

each week is the winner. We play until<br />

there is only one player left or 8:30 pm<br />

comes, whichever is first.<br />

We will gladly teach anyone who is<br />

interested in playing. Just follow the<br />

laughter to find us. We welcome everyone<br />

who wants to play and enjoys<br />

company. We have quite a few ladies<br />

playing at present and would always<br />

welcome more. We do not want to<br />

become a men’s club! Remember, you<br />

have to be a member of the GWSA to<br />

play.<br />

Seniors Mixed Volleyball<br />

Thursday mornings at the West End<br />

from 10:30 a.m. - noon.<br />

$60 for the season, September to<br />

June.<br />

Must have some mobility and hand/<br />

eye co-ordination.<br />

Any questions or concerns, please<br />

contact: Co-ordinator Johanna<br />

van Boxtel, 416-579-7143<br />

Johannavanboxtel60@gmail.com.<br />

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Walking Club<br />

Do you like to walk during the spring,<br />

summer and fall? Do you like to have<br />

company when you walk?<br />

If so, joining the Walking Club is a<br />

great way to exercise with lots of fresh<br />

air, enjoy nature and beautiful scenery<br />

and make new friends while discovering<br />

the trails in the area.<br />

You can register for the Walking<br />

Club’s <strong>2023</strong> walking season online<br />

through RecEnroll or at the front desk<br />

of the Evergreen Centre. The annual<br />

fee is $10 and you must be an active<br />

member of the GWSA.<br />

We meet in Riverside Park on Thursday<br />

mornings and walk out from there<br />

for a couple of hours OR we drive to<br />

one of the many wonderful Guelph<br />

Walking Trails or nearby Conservation<br />

Areas. Walks are at your own pace and<br />

you must arrange your own transportation<br />

to the Trail Head.<br />

For the first walk only, in April, we<br />

will meet in the dining room of the<br />

Evergreen Centre at 9:30 am. For all<br />

remaining walks, we meet in Riverside<br />

Park from 9:30 to 9:45am for registering<br />

and collection of any entrance fees.<br />

Then we depart at 10:00 am sharp.<br />

Walks are on…rain or shine.<br />

If you are interested in helping with<br />

this group or would like any additional<br />

information, please contact:<br />

walkingclubgwsa@gmail.com<br />

Watercolour Painters<br />

The Evergreen Watercolour Painters<br />

provides an opportunity for watercolour<br />

painters to practise their hobby<br />

along with others sharing the same<br />

interest, while encouraging one another<br />

and receiving information, ideas and<br />

inspiration. While we do not offer<br />

classes or lessons, we welcome accomplished<br />

watercolour painters.<br />

There is a small annual membership<br />

fee and membership with the GWSA<br />

is required. We meet in Room 2 from<br />

12:30 to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 5th<br />

Wednesday of the month, and from 9<br />

a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday.<br />

Storytelling Through Woven<br />

Words<br />

On February 14, the Storytelling<br />

Through Woven Words Group performed<br />

through songs and storytelling<br />

at the Shelldale Centre.<br />

Do you want to tell a story, but have<br />

trouble choosing the best words, or<br />

including ‘drama’ to make it more interesting?<br />

Pass on stories to your family.<br />

Impress your friends! From everyday<br />

conversations to potential stage<br />

performance, we can help you captivate<br />

your audience. Mondays 10-11<br />

a.m. in Room 4.<br />

Writers Club<br />

If you enjoy the power of the pen,<br />

come join the Writers Club. We can<br />

toss around ideas and topics to get the<br />

creative juices flowing. Then let’s<br />

share the resulting written shape for<br />

constructive comments, while enjoying<br />

the company of others. Please feel<br />

welcome to join the journey. We will<br />

meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the<br />

month in the Board Room, from 1-3<br />

p.m. There is a weekly fee of $2 for<br />

the GWSA. Contact Susan Jackson<br />

519-265-3246.<br />

Writing Your Life Story<br />

This new Activity Group has gotten<br />

off to a good start with 12+ members.<br />

All are conscientiously following the<br />

suggestions of the facilitator, as steps<br />

towards producing a document that<br />

can be shared with children, grandchildren<br />

and other interested people. Each<br />

week there is an assignment to create a<br />

story relating to your life experience.<br />

The story is then shared with others in<br />

the group. We have already learned<br />

that no one’s life is “boring”! Space is<br />

limited due to room size, but we can<br />

accept a few more members. We meet<br />

on Thursdays at 1:30 pm in the Board<br />

Room. If you are interested, come and<br />

check us out! Contact Jennifer Blackie<br />

at 519-824-7204 or jblackie@bell.net<br />

for more information.


GWSA Groups & Activities Contact Information<br />

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

For more Program Group information, go to https://gwsa-guelph.ca and go to the<br />

CONTACT US menu. Click on Program Groups to get in contact with Program Group<br />

Leaders. Or pick up a print copy of the Sentinel for group contacts.<br />

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Art In The Hall<br />

Changes monthly<br />

Art Studio In 2<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Every 2 nd & 4 th Wed. 1-4 pm<br />

Badminton<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Tues. 7-9:30 pm<br />

Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 am-1 pm,<br />

Sun. 1:30-3:30 pm<br />

Mon. & Wed. 1-4 pm (WECC)<br />

No play at WECC July & August<br />

Casual Bicycling<br />

Various Locations in and<br />

around Guelph<br />

Wed. - May 1-Oct. 31 - 9:00 am-noon<br />

Bid Euchre on Thursdays<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm<br />

Book Club 1<br />

Board Room<br />

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm<br />

Book Club 2<br />

Board Room<br />

Third Friday of month - 1:20 -3:30 pm<br />

Bridge - Recreational<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm<br />

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm<br />

Bridge - Duplicate<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am<br />

Bunka Art Group<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Wednesdays - 9:15 am-noon<br />

Canasta<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am<br />

Canoe Club<br />

Thursdays 9 am-noon<br />

Chess Club<br />

Board Room<br />

2nd & 4th Fridays – 10 am-12 pm<br />

Computer Club<br />

Computer Room<br />

January, <strong>March</strong>, May<br />

2nd Monday - 2-4 pm<br />

Computer Mentoring<br />

Computer Lab<br />

Computer mentoring is a drop-in program.<br />

No appointment necessary.<br />

Computer mentoring is offered every<br />

Monday (except when the Centre is<br />

closed) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm<br />

Craft Club<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Fridays - 8:30 am-1:30 pm<br />

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Cribbage<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Tuesdays 12:30 pm-4 pm<br />

Diabetes Support Group<br />

Room 3<br />

2nd Tuesday – 11 am -12 pm<br />

4th Tuesday – 10 am -12 pm<br />

Euchre on Monday<br />

Evergreen Room 3<br />

Mondays - 1:00-3:00 pm<br />

Euchre on Friday<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm<br />

Golf<br />

Mondays, May to September<br />

Into Focus Photography<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Last Monday of every month—2:30-5 pm<br />

$24.00 a year<br />

Line Dancing<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Mondays – 9:15 to noon<br />

Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.<br />

Mah Jongg<br />

Evergreen Room 4<br />

Mondays - 2:30-4:30 p.m.<br />

Last Mon. of the month Dining Rm.<br />

Pickleball<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Monday 12:15 – 3 p.m.<br />

Tuesday 8:30 am – 12:30 p.m.<br />

Wednesday 8:30 – 10:00 am<br />

Thursday 8:30 - 10:30 am<br />

Friday 8:30 – 10:30 am and 1 – 4 pm<br />

Sunday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm<br />

West End Comm. Centre<br />

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Tues. - noon-4:00 pm (advanced play)<br />

Thurs. - 1:00-5:00 pm (advanced play)<br />

Quilting<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm<br />

Rug Hooking<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Tuesdays 12-4 pm<br />

Shuffleboard<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 1-3 pm<br />

Silver Strummers<br />

Room 3<br />

Fridays - Beginners 12-1 pm<br />

Experienced 1-2 pm<br />

Silvertones Choir<br />

Room 3<br />

Fridays 2-3 pm<br />

Ski Club<br />

Evergreen Parking Lot by<br />

The Enabling Garden<br />

Mondays from January to the end of<br />

<strong>March</strong><br />

8:00 am car pool at Evergreen to Blue<br />

Mountain<br />

6:00 pm return to Evergreen<br />

Evergreen Snooker Club<br />

Evergreen Snooker Room<br />

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm<br />

Table Tennis<br />

Evergreen Auditorium<br />

Evergreen:<br />

Monday - 3-6:15 pm<br />

Wednesday - 10 am-1 pm<br />

Saturday - 9:00 am-12:00 noon<br />

West End: Friday - 1:00-4:00 pm<br />

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Texas Hold ’Em Poker<br />

Bistro 683<br />

Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm<br />

Seniors Mixed Volleyball<br />

West End<br />

Thursday 10:30 a.m. - noon<br />

$60 for the season, September to June<br />

Walking Club<br />

FREE for GWSA members<br />

(pilot project 2022-<strong>2023</strong> season)<br />

Meeting day: Wednesdays,<br />

November to <strong>March</strong><br />

Time: arrive at 10:30 am,<br />

walking from 10:45 am to 11:45 am<br />

Location: Guelph Sports Dome<br />

(375 College Ave West)<br />

Watercolour Painters Club<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

1st and 5th Wednesday of the month -<br />

12:30-4 pm<br />

Third Wednesday - 9 am to 4 pm<br />

Membership $30/yr + hst<br />

West End Art Group<br />

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre<br />

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm<br />

September – June<br />

Membership $10/yr + hst<br />

West Hills Art Group<br />

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre<br />

September - June<br />

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm<br />

Membership $25.00 + hst<br />

Wood Carving Group<br />

Evergreen Room 2<br />

Monday – 6-9 pm<br />

Woven Words<br />

Room 4<br />

Mondays – 10-11 am<br />

Writers Club<br />

Board Room<br />

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month,<br />

1-3 p.m.<br />

Writing Your Life Story<br />

Board Room<br />

Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm<br />

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES<br />

FUNDRAISING SALE<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.<br />

Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph<br />

Adult Admission $3.00<br />

Bake Sale on Site<br />

For more information call 519-400-2457<br />

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SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS<br />

OF NOTE<br />

“Our Young Seniors”<br />

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just<br />

gaining speed!’<br />

Nellie Jagt - February 11 (94)<br />

Len Paxman - <strong>March</strong> 13 (99)<br />

George Hughes - <strong>March</strong> 24 (86)<br />

SPECIAL WEDDING<br />

ANNIVERSARIES<br />

If you have a birthday or anniversary<br />

that you would like to include in the<br />

Sentinel, please let us know the month<br />

before.<br />

This column is NOT done automatically.<br />

We DON’T have access to your<br />

personal information.<br />

“Passages”<br />

We would like to convey our condolences<br />

to Association Members and their Families<br />

Littlejohn, William passed away on Tuesday, November<br />

29, 2022, in his 89th year. He was involved in Euchre<br />

activities.<br />

McKinnon, Deborah Jane passed away on Tuesday,<br />

January 17, <strong>2023</strong>, at the age of 67. She was involved<br />

in the Craft and Quilting groups.<br />

Raegele, Donald Frederick passed away on<br />

Wednesday, January 25, <strong>2023</strong>, in his 87th year. He<br />

was predeceased by his wife Reta. Both of them<br />

were long-time GWSA members and delivered the<br />

Sentinel.<br />

Sexton, Audrey passed away on Sunday, February 5,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, in her 89th year. She was a member of the<br />

Craft Club for 11 years.<br />

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities MARCH <strong>2023</strong><br />

R Register W West End Community Centre P Riverside Park Picnic Shelter<br />

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday<br />

Weekend Activities<br />

Saturday<br />

9a-12p Table Tennis<br />

Sunday<br />

8:30a-1:30p Pickleball<br />

1:30-3:30p Badminton<br />

DANCE MAR. 18<br />

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9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

10-11a Woven Words<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12:15-3p Pickleball<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2:30-4:30p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

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9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

10-11a Woven Words<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

Everyday Activities<br />

Snooker—9a-4p<br />

Book Nook—<br />

Mon-Fri – 10a-4p<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball<br />

12-4p Pickleball W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold<br />

‘Em Poker<br />

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball<br />

11a-12p Diabetes Support<br />

12-4p Pickleball W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball<br />

9:15a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

-Guelph Sports Dome<br />

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-3p Writers Club<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball<br />

9:15a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

-Guelph Sports Dome<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Art Studio in 2<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball<br />

9a-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

9:15a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

-Guelph Sports Dome<br />

2<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1-5p Pickleball (advanced) W<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life<br />

Story<br />

2:15-3:15p Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1-5p Pickleball (advanced) W<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life<br />

Story<br />

2:15-3:15p Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

3<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3p Silvertones<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge<br />

10a-12p Chess<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3p Silvertones<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

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12:15-3p Pickleball<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2:30-4:30p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

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9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

10-11a Woven Words<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12:15-3p Pickleball<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2:30-4:30p Mah Jongg<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

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9:15-9:30a Line Dance Tuto.<br />

9:30-10:30a Begin. Line Dance<br />

10-11a Woven Words<br />

10:45-11:45a Intermediate<br />

Line Dancing<br />

12:15-3p Pickleball<br />

12:30-4p Quilting<br />

1-3p Euchre<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

2:30-4:30p Mah Jongg<br />

2:30-5p Into Focus Photog.<br />

3-6:15p Table Tennis<br />

6-9p Carving Club<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold<br />

‘Em Poker<br />

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball<br />

12-4p Pickleball W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold<br />

‘Em Poker<br />

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball<br />

10a-12p Diabetes Support<br />

12-4p Pickleball W<br />

12-4p Rug Hooking<br />

12:30-4p Cribbage<br />

12:30-4p West End Arts W<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold<br />

‘Em Poker<br />

6:30-9p Rec. Bridge<br />

7-9:30p Badminton<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-3p Writers Club<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball<br />

9:15a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

-Guelph Sports Dome<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Art Studio in 2<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

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8:30-10a Pickleball<br />

9:15a-12p Bunka<br />

10a-1p Table Tennis<br />

10:45-11:45a Walking Club<br />

-Guelph Sports Dome<br />

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters<br />

1-3p Shuffleboard<br />

1-4p Badminton W<br />

1:30p BINGO<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1-5p Pickleball (advanced) W<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life<br />

Story<br />

2:15-3:15p Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1-5p Pickleball (advanced) W<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life<br />

Story<br />

2:15-3:15p Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

30<br />

8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

10:30a-12p Volleyball W<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-4p West Hills Arts W<br />

12:30-3:30p Rec. Bridge<br />

1-2p Intro to Line Dancing<br />

1-4p Bid Euchre<br />

1-5p Pickleball (advanced) W<br />

1:30-3:30p Writing Your Life<br />

Story<br />

2:15-3:15p Beginners Line<br />

Dancing<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

1:20-3:30p Book Club 2<br />

2-3p Silvertones<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge<br />

10a-12p Chess<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3p Silvertones<br />

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball<br />

8:30a-1:30p Crafts<br />

9-11:30a Canasta<br />

9-11:30a Duplicate Bridge<br />

10:30a-1p Badminton<br />

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.<br />

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.<br />

1-2:30p Book Club 1<br />

1-4p Euchre<br />

1-4p Pickleball<br />

1-4p Table Tennis W<br />

2-3p Silvertones<br />

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Wellington Foot Clinic<br />

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Registered Chiropodist / Foot Specialist<br />

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- Nail Disorders, Corns, Callus, Warts, Ingrown Toenails & much more<br />

- Custom Foot Orthotics<br />

- Covered by most extended health insurance providers<br />

- No referral needed!!! Free parking<br />

- Morning, Evening and Saturday Appointments Available<br />

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519-546-3737 wellfoot@outlook.com<br />

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Herongate Barn Theatre, Pickering<br />

Lunch Buffet and Show<br />

Date: Sunday, April 30, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Price: $135.00<br />

Registration ends Friday, <strong>March</strong> 17, <strong>2023</strong><br />

For more details and how to register, see inside back page.<br />

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Dancing<br />

at the<br />

Evergreen<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

683 Woolwich St., Guelph<br />

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, <strong>2023</strong><br />

(Upcoming Dances: April 29, May 27 & June 24)<br />

7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.<br />

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.<br />

Dance to the music of DJ Rob Martine<br />

Tickets are $15.00 each (non-refundable)<br />

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets may also be purchased in advance<br />

by phoning 519-837-5699 or in person at any City of Guelph Recreational<br />

Facility, such as: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Victoria Road<br />

Recreational Centre, West End Community Centre.<br />

For more information or to reserve a group table, call Margaret at 519-836-8534<br />

Or email me at dances@gwsa-guelph.ca<br />

See website: https://gwsa-guelph.ca/Dancing-at-the-Evergreen/<br />

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ART IN THE HALL<br />

After a lengthy hiatus during Covid, Art in the Hall was reignited with a wonderful presentation from the<br />

Quilting Group. Over the Christmas holidays, their quilts were displayed and several were purchased by<br />

some very happy customers!<br />

Quilts were enjoyed throughout the month of January and into February.<br />

Next up for presentation is the Rug Hooking Group. You can admire their lovely creations in the windows<br />

outside of Room 4. Their work is display only at this time so please enjoy the different and creative items<br />

they have made with their art form. If you have an idea in your head about rug hooking, I am sure you will<br />

be surprised with the fantastic ways each artist has made their creations.<br />

Upcoming FREE Wellness Workshops, presented by the Guelph Family Health Team:<br />

Let’s Talk About Assertiveness<br />

Date: Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 7<br />

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST<br />

Location: Suite 500 – 649 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph<br />

*IN-PERSON workshop only<br />

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099<br />

Calming Strategies (VIRTUAL)<br />

Date: Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 9 (Topic: Breathing)<br />

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST<br />

*VIRTUAL webinar only<br />

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099<br />

Let’s Talk About Carbohydrate Counting & Diabetes (IN-PERSON)<br />

Date: Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 23<br />

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Centre (683 Woolwich St.)<br />

*IN-PERSON workshop only<br />

Learn more/register online by clicking HERE or call us at 519-837-0099<br />

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SHARON LAMERS TAX CLINICS ARE BACK<br />

AT THE EVERGREEN<br />

APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE BY CALLING<br />

SHARON DIRECTLY AT 519-222-9104 OR EMAIL AT<br />

sharontheincometaxlady@gmail.com<br />

CLINICS WILL BE HELD IN THE HEALTH ROOM.<br />

FEE: STARTING AT $55 + PER RETURN<br />

OPEN TO EVERYONE.<br />

DATES:<br />

Friday <strong>March</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Wednesday <strong>March</strong> 15, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Tuesday <strong>March</strong> 21, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Thursday <strong>March</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Monday April 3, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Wednesday April 12, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Tuesday April 18, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Wednesday April 26, <strong>2023</strong>, 9 am-3 pm<br />

Thursday <strong>March</strong> 23, <strong>2023</strong>, 4-8 pm<br />

Tuesday April 11, <strong>2023</strong>, 4-8 pm<br />

Monday April 17, <strong>2023</strong>, 4-8 pm<br />

APPOINTMENTS FILL UP FAST.<br />

CALL EARLY TO GET YOUR APPOINTMENT.<br />

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PLEASE INCLUDE PAYMENT.<br />

OTHER ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.<br />

CALL SHARON FOR MORE DETAILS.<br />

A FEW TAX TIPS:<br />

REMEMBER YOUR PROPERTY TAXES, RENT, SUMMARY FROM<br />

PHARMACY, DENTIST, CHIROPRACTOR, ETC., DONATIONS AND ANY<br />

UPDATED INFORMATION (ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL).<br />

ASK SHARON FOR A COMPLETE TAX TIP BROCHURE<br />

519-222-9104<br />

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Each month, approximately mid-month, the<br />

Membership and Marketing Committee at the<br />

GWSA sends out the GWSA Email Update. It<br />

highlights a few of the exciting things happening at<br />

the GWSA and important communications from<br />

the Board.<br />

You can subscribe to receive the GWSA Email<br />

Update by completing the steps below:<br />

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part, it will work either way. In just a few<br />

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2. Click on the link you received, fill in the<br />

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3. To ensure you really want to receive GWSA<br />

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our Welcome Letter.<br />

You can also subscribe using the Email Update<br />

input form at the bottom of any page on the<br />

GWSA website at gwsa-guelph.ca.<br />

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CAESAR (FORMERLY KNOWN AS COUGAR)<br />

By Gladys Robson<br />

I picked Cougar up at the New Hope Cat Retreat.<br />

He would not let them cut his toenails. Out to the car<br />

and home. He did not come out of the cat carrier for<br />

6 hours.<br />

Cougar is not using the kitty litter I provided.<br />

However, he is not eating or drinking water either, so<br />

I am not worried about that.<br />

Cougar finally eats some canned salmon cat food,<br />

but will not even touch the beef.<br />

I went to the drugstore and got some dry food<br />

(fish). Success - Cougar likes it (like the<br />

commercial, “Mikey likes it!”).<br />

I cannot corner Cougar to get him into the cat<br />

carrier to go to the vet’s to have his toenails cut.<br />

Gave up after 1 hour.<br />

I am determined he is going to get his nails cut<br />

today. Closed the door to the second bedroom.<br />

Cannot find him! Looked for 1/2 hour and finally<br />

found him in a drawer under the bed. After the visit<br />

to the vet, we went for a long drive in the country.<br />

He loves to ride in the car and I needed to cool off. I<br />

cannot believe that one cat can get my dander up so<br />

much.<br />

I have decided to change his name from Cougar to<br />

Caesar. I think he was a commander of many armies<br />

in a former cat life. Although he is similar to a<br />

cougar, this cat should be commanding armies. He is<br />

certainly running my life.<br />

Cougars like to hunt during the night, as does<br />

Caesar. The only hunting done in my place is Caesar,<br />

touching me to wake me up. He finally decided that<br />

he really likes me and is constantly demanding my<br />

attention. I guess he now feels neglected.<br />

One week anniversary: Caesar found a new spot to<br />

hide - under the basin in the bathroom cupboard.<br />

Now that Caesar is out and about, he is scratching<br />

the back of my red chair. Oh well, I think I will just<br />

buy a new chair.<br />

He found a new spot in the sun - the ledge in the<br />

second bedroom.<br />

Caesar needed his nails cut again. I closed all the<br />

doors except the bathroom door. Everything is good.<br />

He is sitting in the red living room chair. Made a<br />

coffee, got dressed, etc. I am now ready to go to the<br />

vets. No Caesar. I look everywhere. Only place he<br />

could be is under the cupboard in the bathroom. Yes,<br />

there he is. I reached down to get him and he went<br />

into a hole by the valves and now I cannot even see<br />

him, so we missed our appointment with the vet.<br />

Caesar came out five hours later. He is the only cat<br />

I know of who hides in a wall so he does not have to<br />

go to the vet’s.<br />

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I put up pictures in his room. While he is doing his<br />

business, he can now look up and see who his new<br />

relatives are (human ones, that is).<br />

Theresa came to cut his nails and nothing doing.<br />

Theresa and I had to settle ourselves down for a nice<br />

chat and an alcoholic drink.<br />

Took him to the vet to have his nails cut. Shawn<br />

and I chased him around the house until Shawn<br />

caught him and we plunked him in his carrier. Then,<br />

no problem. The vet and her assistants only took 2<br />

minutes to cut his nails. I guess he knew that if he did<br />

not allow them to cut his nails, I was just going to<br />

leave him there (just kidding). He did not forgive me<br />

for taking him to the vet. He hid under the bed for<br />

hours just to teach me a lesson. One time, the vet<br />

came to my place to cut his nails. Nothing doing. He<br />

could not be found. He is now hiding in plain sight.<br />

When I reach down to pick him up, he just runs<br />

away. If I happened to catch him, he scratches me.<br />

I decided to take a vacation and leave Caesar in the<br />

care of my great-great niece and her grandmother.<br />

They really must have spoiled him because now I<br />

have to just sit all day and pet him. Also, he now gets<br />

in my way all the time. It’s a good job that I can see<br />

him or I would probably trip and fall.<br />

Caesar really is a cougar. One night I woke up and<br />

found him leaping and jumping all over my dressers<br />

as if he were climbing mountains. During the night,<br />

he likes to feed on my autumn display in the living<br />

room and I find bits and pieces all over the floor. At<br />

night, I feel like he is hunting me, but then he spends<br />

his day avoiding me. I really don’t think I taste very<br />

good, but when he is in his happy place, he washes<br />

my hands. He certainly does not like people<br />

(particularly men).<br />

My friends want to see him, but he will not come<br />

out from his hiding place under the bed.<br />

Caesar is too mature to play games with me, but<br />

when I wake up in the morning I find the bouncing<br />

ball in different parts of my apartment. I did get him<br />

a toy cushion. He seems to like that as his eyes glaze<br />

over when he hops up on the bed beside me.<br />

I purchased a new couch, so now Caesar gets his<br />

choice of couches to sit on and scratch.<br />

I did find the number for the mobile veterinarian.<br />

He and his assistant came, and in five minutes, had<br />

his nails cut. I am feeling relieved that now I can get<br />

his nails cut without having to go out of my<br />

apartment.<br />

Caesar hides under the bed covers. Once, I fell<br />

asleep for an hour and when I woke up, he was still<br />

safe and sound under the covers, snoring away.<br />

Well, I guess Caesar has me trained the way he<br />

wants me. Feed him, clean the kitty litter, pet him on<br />

demand. He seems quite happy now, but I am not<br />

sure about me. PS: I do love him!


THE GOOSE STORY<br />

By Anne Cookson<br />

I will start off this story by reciting a couple of<br />

old, well-know Mother Goose poems about a goose<br />

and here it goes “Goosey Goosey Gander, where<br />

shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs and in my<br />

Lady’s chamber.” At Christmas time, a familiar<br />

poem and song; “Christmas is coming, the geese<br />

are getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man’s<br />

hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then a ha’penny<br />

will do, if you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God<br />

bless you.”<br />

Well, let me tell you an experience I had about a<br />

goose. You see, I bought a condo in Toronto a<br />

number of years ago and it had large windows<br />

throughout my unit, which I consider a blessing,<br />

especially during the steamy, hot, humid summer<br />

weather where temperatures would be high 23-plus<br />

degree mark.<br />

My unit looked over parts of Lake Ontario where<br />

I would get a lovely cross breeze of the air<br />

circulating through my unit. I was able to save<br />

money from my hydro bill by seldom having to use<br />

the air conditioner. Now, there were no balconies<br />

in the condo, but some tenants were blessed with<br />

having a terrace, which would allow them to step<br />

outside their condo unit. Well, I didn’t have a<br />

terrace but that wasn’t a problem since I<br />

appreciated the natural cross breeze coming<br />

through my large windows.<br />

The unit next to mine had a large terrace, and one<br />

day, I noticed a lonely large goose honking almost<br />

every day. I thought to myself, is he/she lonely?<br />

Maybe they’re looking to attract their mate? Of<br />

course, I didn’t know if the goose was a male or<br />

female, but just guessing it might be a male bird.<br />

I thought, “Don’t geese form a line in a V<br />

formation—one goose leading the pack and the last<br />

goose flies behind the pack of geese?”<br />

I read an interesting article once about the<br />

purpose of geese forming a line as one goose was<br />

the leader leading the other geese. Then, after a<br />

period of time, the goose that was in front of the<br />

line went behind the line and the goose that was<br />

behind the line went in front of the line, all still<br />

flying in a V formation called a flock echelons.<br />

From what I understood, the purpose of a V<br />

formation is to let the leading bird have some rest<br />

to preserve their energy and the flock to know the<br />

awareness of their surroundings to prevent any<br />

collisions and conserve their energy during long<br />

periods of flight.<br />

So, anyway, this one goose didn’t stop honking.<br />

Was he being abandoned, was he trying to get a<br />

mate with another goose? Why was he alone?<br />

Well, in the spring, our condo got a notice from<br />

the condo board telling us we had to remove all the<br />

screens for the scheduled window washing. So I<br />

asked one of the tenants to help me remove the<br />

window screen because, for safety reasons, it was<br />

difficult to remove the screens on my own.<br />

She arrived and successfully, the 2 of us carefully<br />

removed all the screens. One day, as the weather<br />

was beautiful with clear sunny skies, I didn’t<br />

hesitate to open the large window in front of my<br />

living/dining room area. In the morning, I sat down<br />

with my bowl of cereal, toast and a fresh cup of tea<br />

and was enjoying myself reading the newspaper.<br />

Next thing I know, the massive goose was<br />

honking loudly and wildly outside my window<br />

with its head inside the window with its large wing<br />

span covering the window area. Oh my gosh - no<br />

way, big bird, are you coming in here.<br />

I promptly got up from eating my breakfast and<br />

thought the last thing I needed was to have this<br />

massive goose inside my unit. I couldn’t imagine<br />

such a large bird fluttering its wings, squawking<br />

away, trying to find its mate in my unit.<br />

I was no match for this huge goose and he,<br />

unfortunately, was not a welcome guest, as I was<br />

his last resort for company.<br />

This goose certainly had enough intelligence to<br />

realize his wings couldn’t possibly accommodate<br />

the size of the window, so he had enough sense to<br />

fly away to hopefully find his remaining flock, as<br />

I’m sure he would miss them, and he indeed<br />

needed to find his right companionship, which was<br />

not me!<br />

Now, as I walk through the city parks amongst the<br />

flock of geese, I still think about that massive<br />

goose trying to find its mate.<br />

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See Puzzles on pgs. 16 & 17<br />

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EVERGREEN MARKET<br />

‘For Sale’ ads will be left in for 3 <strong>issue</strong>s from first insertion<br />

(i.e., in Sept. <strong>issue</strong> - removed from Dec. <strong>issue</strong>); if you wish<br />

it to remain in longer, please contact The Sentinel office<br />

and/or leave us a message. If your item sells, please let us<br />

know so that we can remove it. NO ‘Accommodation’ or<br />

‘Vehicle’ ads will be included in the Evergreen Market.<br />

Such ads will be treated as advertising inserted within these<br />

pages at the current Sentinel advertising rates plus HST.<br />

Thank you, Sentinel Administrator.<br />

Tunturi Model M50 Power Treadmill. 58” x 20” running<br />

surface. $800 firm. Call Ken at 519-767-0145.<br />

Epson C88+ Colour Printer. Used. Asking $35. Call<br />

Frank at 519-826-0174.<br />

1 Exercise bicycle, new, $50 OBO. Treadmill, 10<br />

years old, good condition, $200 OBO. Two pretty<br />

bedroom lamps, good condition, need new lamp<br />

shades, $20 OBO. Call Sandy at 519-265-8963.<br />

FOR SALE<br />

New 2 Grace faux leather adjustable height (24.5” -<br />

33”) bar stools. White square stitched upholstery,<br />

chrome pedestal base with footrest. Comfortable seat<br />

with mid-back. Selling as a set for $100, bought them<br />

for $180 in August. Lunaglow Nano 3-in-1 Vacuum<br />

Cleaner - wet dry vacuum - cordless mop vacuum<br />

combo for tile and hardwood. Paid $282, selling for<br />

$75. It works very well. Email facookson@shaw.ca<br />

or call Anne at 548-988-1362.<br />

Red electric scooter for sale. Works well, including<br />

light and horn. Big enough for a man to use. $800 or<br />

best offer. Call 519-265-6331.<br />

WANTED<br />

Wanting to purchase a compact fridge for a condo.<br />

Call 519-829-4119.<br />

Free advertising for GWSA members ONLY.<br />

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR<br />

NAME AND PHONE NUMBER WITH YOUR<br />

ITEM(S).<br />

Do your houseplants need help? Going on vacation<br />

and need your plants to be watered by a reliable<br />

person?<br />

Overwhelmed with the thought of repotting and don’t<br />

know where to start?<br />

I will come to your home and instruct you on how to<br />

rejuvenate and manage your plant collection. Too<br />

much work and no time? Then have me do it for you.<br />

Set up a consultation date and time.<br />

$25 for initial visit.<br />

Got questions? I will do my best to assist you.<br />

Colleen Simmons, 519-429-4634<br />

upinatree123@gmail.com<br />

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A VIEW FROM THE BOOK NOOK<br />

The Book Nook — “A Lending Library”<br />

We are open<br />

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.<br />

****<br />

If you are looking for a great read, check out our<br />

new book “All the Dangerous Things” by Stacy<br />

Willingham. This is the author’s second book and<br />

the first was a New York Times bestseller. Her<br />

writing is wonderfully descriptive which allows<br />

you to connect emotionally with the main<br />

character, Isabelle Drake.<br />

Isabelle’s life changed dramatically when her<br />

toddler son, Mason, was taken from his crib in the<br />

middle of the night. There was an investigation but<br />

the police were unable to locate Mason or the<br />

kidnappers.<br />

Isabelle is not deterred and she devotes her time<br />

to searching out even the smallest clues. She works<br />

day and night as she has been unable to sleep since<br />

Mason was taken. Eventually Isabelle teams up<br />

with a podcaster in order to reach more people with<br />

her story. But there is more to this relationship than<br />

meets the eye.<br />

This is a story about motherhood, the secrets<br />

families keep hidden and the stories we tell<br />

ourselves. The twists and turns will keep you<br />

guessing as to what is real and what is not.<br />

I hope you like this novel. I could hardly put it<br />

down.<br />

By Diane Dyke<br />

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RECREATION & LEISURE PROGRAMS for SENIORS 55+<br />

held at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre unless otherwise indicated — call 519-823-1291.<br />

Please register in person at our recreation facilities, over the phone by calling 519-837-5699, or online at<br />

recenroll.ca. Registration opens on <strong>March</strong> 8, <strong>2023</strong> for Spring/Summer programs. Information on these courses was<br />

not available at the time of the <strong>March</strong> Sentinel printing. Please check the City of Guelph recreation pages for information.<br />

DROP IN PROGRAMS<br />

Drop In Pickleball<br />

Drop in and join us for a fun and active game of<br />

pickleball. Whether you have played racquet sports<br />

or not, the game is easy to learn and is facilitated by<br />

staff. Paddles and balls are provided, but feel free to<br />

bring your own if you wish.<br />

Location:<br />

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre (Auditorium)<br />

(Wednesday)<br />

West End Community Centre (Gym) (Monday,<br />

Tuesday)<br />

Course ID: Monday (3<strong>2023</strong>)<br />

Tuesday (32024)<br />

Wednesday (32022)<br />

Class Length: Monday: 1 hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Tuesday: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Wednesday: 2 hours (7:15-9:15 p.m.)<br />

Dates: Monday: January 9-<strong>March</strong> 27<br />

Tuesday: January 10-<strong>March</strong> 28<br />

Wednesday: January 4-<strong>March</strong> 29<br />

Fees: Adult: $7.04, Senior: $5.63<br />

LIFESTYLE<br />

Coffee with a Cop<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Date: <strong>March</strong> 9 (Thursday)<br />

Course ID: 32021<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)<br />

Fees: Free<br />

PILATES<br />

Pilates<br />

Learn the principles of Pilates. Begin to strengthen<br />

and lengthen muscles, as well as gaining many other<br />

benefits to your body! Up to 10 minutes of standing<br />

exercises for balance.<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Course ID: 31352<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)<br />

Dates: January 11-<strong>March</strong> 29 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $85.32, Non-Member: $98.16<br />

VISUAL ARTS<br />

Latin American Cinema<br />

Join us as we view and analyze Latin American film<br />

directors, from the 1980s to the present. We will<br />

socialize interpretations and comments about the<br />

films through discussion and activities.<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Board Room)<br />

Course ID: 32300<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)<br />

Dates: February 9-<strong>March</strong> 30 (Thursday)<br />

Fees: Member: $115.84, Non-Member: $133.20<br />

YOGA<br />

Breathe Well, Move Better<br />

Come and learn ways to improve breathing, mobility,<br />

blood flow and posture - all of which affect how we<br />

feel and move every day! Take home some short<br />

routines that are easy to incorporate into your daily<br />

life that will enhance your well being!<br />

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre (Maple Room)<br />

Course ID: 32253<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (2-3 p.m.)<br />

Dates: January 11-<strong>March</strong> 29 (Wednesday)<br />

Fees: Member: $85.32, Non-Member: $98.16<br />

Kum Nye<br />

Pronounced “koom nay,” this gentle massage and<br />

movement system heals body and mind by<br />

replenishing energy. Kum Nye promotes deep<br />

relaxation, so that students can ease naturally into<br />

meditative concentration.<br />

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre<br />

(Room 4)<br />

Course ID: 32140<br />

Class Length: 1 hour (2-3 p.m.)<br />

Dates: January 10-<strong>March</strong> 28<br />

Fees: Member: $85.32, Non-Member: $98.16<br />

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Sunday, April 30, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre, Pickering<br />

Total cost: $135.00 - members only (non-refundable) Code - 33313<br />

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Registration starts on Thursday, Jan. 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Booking Deadline is Friday, <strong>March</strong> 17, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Come with us as we enjoy a buffet lunch and see “There Goes the Bride”. Timothy Westerby is<br />

overworked and stressed out. His daughter, Judy, is getting married, and on the morning of the<br />

wedding, Timothy hits his head and meets Polly, “a hallucination”. “A host of complications and a<br />

crowd of colourful guests make this a fast-paced Hilarious Farce.”<br />

Leave: Evergreen Centre at 9:35 am; Carousel at 9:45 am. Return: 6:30 pm<br />

Price: $135.00 includes buffet hot lunch, show, coach transportation, taxes and tips. Cash bar on<br />

arrival (not included).<br />

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted.<br />

Should there be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or GWSA cancels the trip due<br />

to lack of participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t<br />

Wait! That means booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.<br />

Accessibility: Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can<br />

transfer to a coach seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo<br />

area of the coach.<br />

Parking: Please DO NOT park your vehicles in the Evergreen parking lot while you are on a day<br />

trip. Vehicles must be left at the Carousel parking area in Riverside Park where you will board the<br />

bus. This allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.<br />

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a<br />

current GWSA membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at<br />

the Centre. Please bring the completed contact list available on the GWSA website located on the<br />

Trips, Travel and Tours page. If you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a<br />

Travel Committee member the day of the trip.<br />

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed Friday, <strong>March</strong> 17,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Register online (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph.<br />

MasterCard, Visa, Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for online booking<br />

https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn.<br />

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-<br />

823-1291. As of January 1, <strong>2023</strong>, credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone.<br />

If you wish to make a telephone payment, you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll<br />

account. Customers can also pre-purchase a City Card or an account credit in-person at any of our<br />

recreation facilities to be used towards future purchases by telephone.<br />

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed.<br />

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Bistro 683 - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public<br />

and serves a large variety of menu items that are<br />

available from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to<br />

Friday (except holidays):<br />

Breakfast Foods<br />

Homemade Soups<br />

Bakery Items<br />

Sandwiches<br />

Salads<br />

Beverages<br />

Breakfast is served from 9:30 am to 11 am. The<br />

daily featured Lunch is served from 11 am to 1 pm<br />

Monday to Friday and the menu is below.<br />

Take-out is available for your convenience.<br />

Our goal is to provide balanced, nutritious meals.<br />

We provide great quality, while keeping costs<br />

reasonable. The tremendous support of volunteers<br />

in the restaurant helps us achieve this goal.<br />

Featured Hot Lunch<br />

$7.50 + tax<br />

Each hot lunch is served with 2 sides to ensure a<br />

balanced, nutritional meal.<br />

Catering<br />

Catering is available by special order: Hot/cold<br />

drinks, sweet trays, sandwiches, etc. Please have<br />

your order to the customer service clerk in the<br />

office at least 48 hours prior to your event. This<br />

allows staff to ensure that your catering needs will<br />

be met. Thank you for your co-operation in this<br />

matter.<br />

Home-made pickles, relishes, chili sauce and preserves<br />

are available for purchase.<br />

BREAKFAST served 9:30 am to 11 am<br />

FEATURED LUNCH served 11 am to 1:00 pm<br />

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

Minced Meat Pies<br />

Roast Chicken with<br />

Cream Sauce<br />

Meat Loaf<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

Lasagna, Garlic<br />

Bread, Side Salad<br />

Spaghetti and<br />

Meatballs<br />

Baby Back Ribs<br />

Turkey Dinner<br />

Pork Schnitzel<br />

13<br />

14<br />

15<br />

16<br />

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Chicken Alfredo<br />

Pasta w/ Salad<br />

Hamburger, Lattice<br />

Fries & Salad<br />

Liver & Onions<br />

Minced Meat Pies<br />

Roast Pork<br />

Dinner<br />

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Vegetarian<br />

Chana Masala,<br />

Flat Bread &<br />

Salad<br />

27<br />

21<br />

Chicken Burger<br />

28<br />

22<br />

29<br />

Turkey Dinner<br />

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Liver & Onions<br />

30<br />

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Cabbage Rolls<br />

Mac & Cheese<br />

w/ Side Salad<br />

Baked Ham Dinner<br />

Beef Stew with<br />

Garlic Bread<br />

Vegetarian Lasagna<br />

Rainbow Trout w/<br />

Tomato Sauce<br />

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