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The Sentinel - June July August 2024 — Vol. 48, No. 10


The Guelph/Wellington Seniors Association

A non-profit organization based at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

http://www.gwsa-guelph.ca

A MESSAGE FROM

THE GWSA BOARD

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Directors & Officers

Pat Gage — President

Donna Keating — Vice-President

Art Roelofsen — Treasurer

Linda Jeffrey — Executive Director

Directors

Charlie Bishop Sam Montoya

Karen Kelly Cathryn Corissoz

Elizabeth Steggles Judith Cardon

Yvonne Thomas Eva Quon

Jeff Millard

Audrey Bishop—Admin. Assistant

Sharon Lamers—Finance Adminstrator

The Sentinel Team

Carol Croft — Adminstrator, Printer

Linda Green — Editor, Printer

George Hughes — Printer

Ray Miller — Part-time Assistant

All of the above GWSA members

are Volunteers.

City Staff

TBA — Supervisor, Senior Services

Jill Hunt — Customer Service Clerk

TBA — Recreation Program

Co-ordinator — Senior Services

Becky MacDonald — Recreation

Co-ordinator — Volunteers

Mark Leeming — Chef

Joan Moynihan — Sous Chef

Kitchen & Dining Room Staff — Volunteers

Another summer that awaits us! Last year my opening sentence

referenced warm weather, the smell of grass being cut and the

flowers in bloom, blue skies, no winter coats, longer days, lots

of sunshine, more wildlife out and about, and most important to

me…more excuses to have ice cream!! I can’t think of any

reason to change that sentence this year!

JUNE IS SENIORS MONTH IN ONTARIO!!

The 2024 Ontario Government theme is a continuance of

“Working for Seniors” - about helpful programs and services

all over the province that support Seniors to stay independent,

fit, active, and healthy.

I was checking out the site and they list some great TIPS on

how you can support seniors in your life and/or community for

all their hard work and show them how much they are

appreciated. The GREAT THING is how similar the GWSA

response is to seniors in our environment.

For example:

- “Thank you” messages either in person, over the phone, by

mail, email or on social media thanking GWSA members for

what they do to support others,

- Yearly reminder about the opportunity to nominate a Senior

for an Ontario Senior Achievement Award,

- Sharing health and fitness tips throughout the year to our

community via our programs (and even through our GWSA

Message From the Board),

- Posting information about related events taking place,

- The Sentinel – an awesome support for Seniors,

- Providing information on topics of interest to Seniors

(financial scams and fraud, health and well-being).

Your GWSA Board thanks you for all you do to support

each other!

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

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.: 519-837-5699 / Fax: 519-823-8972

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

(closed Statutory Holidays)

Read The Sentinel on our website,

www.gwsa-guelph.ca

ISSN: 0383 817X

As we celebrate Seniors, I want to share what I believe is one of

the best things we can pass on to the next generation.

STORIES FROM OUR LIFE! My granddaughter just turned

7 years old. She is at the stage in her life where she asks lots of

questions to the point of my requiring a nap in the middle of the

conversation. One day, when we were playing with dolls, she

asked me why I was keeping a broken red fire truck on a shelf.

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NOTE: Disclaimer—The Sentinel and the GWSA do not necessarily agree

with or support statements in the Sentinel made by advertisers, or submissions

by writers (no political or religious topics please).

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She actually listened carefully to the history of the broken red fire truck that involved her greatgreat

grandfather. Granted, she may not recall it from that one discussion, but I know she will ask

hundreds more questions and gain knowledge from them. I can recall a clear example from my

early college days where I was barely able to afford anything. It was a blessing to recall my mother

telling me how to make macaroni and cheese 8 different ways!! My successes and my failures in

the stories I tell my daughter will benefit her and hopefully will help her through tough times.

June is also National Indigenous History Month in Canada, an opportunity to continue to learn

about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Here is a

link where you can learn more about it and how you can participate.

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512

GWSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

A friendly reminder that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for June 19, 2024 in

the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre auditorium. One of my favourite parts of the AGM is

listening to the Year in Review. Upon reflection, the many things that we have collectively done as

an association makes clear how important the GWSA is to each of us and to the communities we

reach and serve.

As the Sentinel enjoys a well-deserved summer break from being printed, your Board Director of

Technology, Charlie Bishop, will continue doing an excellent job of keeping our website accurate

and up to date.

As I close this month’s message, again, I would like to thank the Sentinel Team for their help and

support this past year. They continue to be gracious in giving me suggestions, inserting pictures

and ensuring I don’t miss deadline dates. Thank you so much!

On behalf of President Pat and your GWSA Board, we hope that you have a safe, healthy and

productive summer. Further, that you are active, involved, making friends and aging with dignity.

Donna Keating

Vice President / Vice Chair

Guelph Wellington Seniors Association

JOAN CLEGG

December 11, 1932 - May 4, 2024

Joan was a long-time member of the GWSA. She and Gord (Murray), her

husband of 68 years, gave hours of their time as volunteers at the Evergreen

Seniors Centre. Joan was passionate about dance and was known for not being

able to dance off beat if she tried. Joan taught line dance classes at the Seniors

Centre for years. She was also a member of the Evergreen Footlights, a tap

dancing group that performed at the Evergreen’s annual Fantasy Variety Show,

the Seniors show at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and at nursing homes

around Guelph. Her secretarial skills were appreciated by the tap group when,

with pencil and paper (remember those days?), she would print up and

distribute the teacher’s instructions each week. What a great memory she had to

remember all those steps! The GWSA is grateful for Joan’s dedication to the

well-being of seniors in our community. Our condolences go out to Gord and

family.

CLEGG, Joan—Obituary—Guelph—Guelph News (guelphtoday.com)

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THE EDITOR’S PAGE

by Linda Green

ALL ABOUT CANADA:

• The first Europeans to set foot in

Canada were probably Vikings.

Experts believe that happened

around 1000 A.D.

• A few centuries later, Jacques

Cartier landed near Gaspe, claiming

Canada in the name of France in

1534.

• On March 23, 1752, John Bushnell

published Canada’s first

newspaper, called the Halifax

Gazette.

• July 1, 1867, Canada was born as a country under

Queen Victoria.

• “O Canada”, by Basile Routhier and Calixa

Lavallee, was first sung in 1880. The English

lyrics were penned in 1908 by Stanley Weir.

• The name Canada actually comes from the

Iroquoian word Kanata which means ’village’.

• Canada welcomed thousands of Russian

dissenters and pacifists between 1899 and 1914,

who settled in the West, called the Doukhobors.

• In 1916, Manitoba became the first place in

Canada to grant women the right to vote.

• Canada’s first female medical doctor

was Emily Stowe. She opened a practice

in Toronto in 1867.

• Canada is the second largest country

in the world after Russia with an area of

9,976,140 square kilometres.

• Canada touches three oceans. There

are 243,791 kilometres of coastline.

• Home of the Great Lakes, Ontario’s

area is 17% water.

• Besides English and French, the

other language with official status in Canada is

Inuktitut.

• The mighty Mackenzie is Canada’s longest river

at 4,241 kms. And is one of the longest in the

world.

• The most important fruit grown in Canada is the

apple. The McIntosh is the most popular variety.

• Churchill, Manitoba, is known as the Polar Bear

Capital of the World.

• Canada’s most famous sailing vessel is the

Bluenose, which is pictured on the Canadian

dime.

Special Printing For Members

Do you have a need for printing (i.e., bookmarks, booklets, calendars,

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

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

If so, please contact Carol Croft or Linda Green, either in the Sentinel

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

or leave a message at the front desk. You must be a GWSA

member to take advantage of this.

We will try to accommodate you with your project as much as we can.

Personal Donations

Online donations to the GWSA are done through

Canada Helps. Canada Helps is a registered

Canadian charity and non-profit social enterprise.

Visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/

guelphwellington-seniors-association/ to access

Canada Helps. Their mission is to increase

charitable giving, and it’s critical that they pass

along as much as possible out of every dollar they

collect. You receive a tax receipt for 100% of the

value of your donation.

August 9, 2024, is the deadline for

submissions for the

September Sentinel.

Email submissions to: sentinel@gwsa-guelph.ca

or drop yours off at the Evergreen Front Desk.

Distribution of the September issue

is on August 29, 2024.

Editor is not responsible for quality of submitted photos

(but we’ll do our best).

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Volunteer Corner from Becky MacDonald

The feedback has been received!

Thank you for completing the Volunteer Survey that

was part of the Thank You package for National

Volunteer Week. Your feedback, input and

suggestions have all been read through and are

appreciated. If you have any questions or more

feedback at any time, please reach out to me by

phone, email or in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays

between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Thank you for all you

do!

Orientation and Training

All volunteers will be required to complete the

mandatory Orientation & Training. The trainings can

be completed from the comfort of your home online.

For those who do not have access to a computer,

training dates will be set up for you to attend in the

near future.

GWSA COMMITTEES

Secretary – Membership and Marketing

Committee

The Committee needs a secretary to take the minutes

of the meeting and distribute to all members.

Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each

month in the Board Room from 9:30a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Technology Committee

If you are interested in volunteering remotely and

enjoy working on the computer, the committee is

looking for: An E-Blast Volunteer (30 minutes once

a month) and a Website Volunteer (3-5 hours

weekly).

Travel Committee

Secretary/Minute Taker: The committee is looking

for someone who is interested in listening and

capturing the discussions taking place, then

compiling the notes and sending them out via email

to the committee following the once-a-month

meeting. Come join in, meet new friends, and have

fun!

Welcome & Information Desk

There is an opening on Tuesday (temporarily) and

Friday afternoons to assist with greeting community

and GWSA members, providing tours, answering

questions and assisting when required with other

tasks. This is a co-volunteer position from 12:00-

3:00 p.m. weekly.

Bistro 683 – Kitchen

Join the Bistro 683 team of volunteers!

Looking for volunteers to assist as floaters when

needed to assist in the kitchen with food preparation

and with dishes. This would be an on-call position

and perhaps a short term while spaces open for

vacations.

How to get involved?

First, complete an online application form:

https://gwsa-guelph.ca/1749-2/

No computer? Pick up a paper application at the

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre customer

service desk.

Second, you will be contacted to set up an interview

followed with training.

If you are a current volunteer, you are more than

welcome to take on more than one position. Follow

up with Becky for more details.

For more information about a particular position or

about volunteering in general, contact: Becky

MacDonald by phone 519-822-1260 X 2096 or

email: becky.macdonald@guelph.ca

Be active.

Get involved.

Make friends.

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UBC researchers invite couples to participate

in a study on everyday goals and activities.

Help the Health and Adult Development Lab better

understand how individuals progress on their goals

and whether partners facilitate each other’s goal

pursuit.

JOIN THE STUDY

Email: gripstudy@psych.ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-3549

Web: blogs.ubc.ca/gripstudy

WHAT’S INVOLVED

Online interview (Zoom) sessions and online,

brief morning and evening questionnaires for

a period of 10 days.

Each partner receives a $50 Canadian

Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

WHO CAN TAKE PART

Couples aged 60 and above.

EVERGREEN MARKET

‘For Sale’ ads will be left in for 3 issues from first

insertion (i.e., in Sept. issue — removed from Dec.

issue); if you wish it to remain in longer, please

contact The Sentinel office and/or leave us a message.

If your item sells, please let us know so that we can

remove it. NO ‘Accommodation’ or ‘Vehicle’ ads

will be included in the Evergreen Market. Such ads

will be treated as advertising inserted within these

pages at the current Sentinel advertising rates plus

HST.

Thank you, Sentinel Administrator

FOR SALE

Stairlift. Rave 2. Used only 13 months twice a day.

Regain your independence. Get up and down to/from 2nd

floor. Like new. Swivels at ends. Comfortable chair.

Seatbelt. Used on stairs with 9 risers. 2 remotes. Bought

new $3150. Asking $1999. Two toilet seat risers.

Includes bolts and rings. White plastic. Has been cleaned

and sanitized. Retail price $60 each. Our price $20 each.

Commode, brand new. Never used. Perfectly clean. Grey

plastic. Metal hand rails. Retail $110. Asking $60. Call

Shirley at 519-822-7262.

Nikon SLR digital camera. Asking $80. Call Ron at 519-

821-3367.

Coleman dome tent, new, light-weight. 57” high,

7 ft. wide by 8 ft. deep (fits queen size air mattress).

43”x47” vestibule. Waterproof floor, Weathertec system.

Asking $70. Call Linda 519-823-8665.

Walker for sale, 1 year old. Suitable for person 5 ft. to

5’5”. Asking $100. Call Rick at 519-821-2154.

Ukulele for sale. Kala Ka-C model. Almost new. Includes

case and almost new Snark clip on tuner. $125. Autoharp

for sale. Oscar Schmidt 21 chord. Almost new. Includes

case, 5 finger picks. $300. To view or for more

information, call or email Dani at: 519-988-9150 or

dani.stahle@gmail.com

WANTED

Wanting to buy used walker. Call Rosie at 519-760-0717.

Free advertising for GWSA members ONLY.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME

AND PHONE NUMBER WITH YOUR ITEM(S).

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GWSA Group & Activity Reports

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

Art in the Hall

Art in the Hall is an opportunity

for all artisans associated with the

GWSA to showcase their work. It

has been running for many years

and will continue to display the

fine artistic talents of GWSA

members. Over the past year, the

following groups have participated:

Rug Hooking, Quilting, West

End and West Hills Art Groups,

Bunka, Photography, and the

Guelph Carving Club. Work can

be offered for sale or display only.

A portion of the proceeds from

each sale is given to the GWSA.

If you have not had an opportunity

to see the fine work, please

make your way down the hall towards

the library and look outside

Room 4 for the display. Two

large walls have been dedicated

to hanging art and window space

is also available for smaller

items. Generally, art is displayed

for a two-month period. If you

wish to buy a piece, please advise

the staff at the front desk and they

will be happy to assist you in

making a purchase. Enjoy the

changing displays. I trust you will

be amazed by the talent!

Badminton

The Badminton Club continues to

be a thriving and popular club

with a full membership capped at

115. Our play days and times are

provided under GWSA Groups &

Activities Contact Information

separately in the Sentinel.

In addition to badminton, the

club hosts a number of other social

and activity events during the

year.

A number of our more skilled

players continue to be involved in

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outreach programs at schools,

where they help to coach badminton

to our youth and hence ensure

the future continuation of our

sport.

Our new season started April

1. During the new 2024-2025

season, we had a number of

Leadership Team volunteers step

down at the end of March after

serving for several years. During

the next couple of months, the

club will be looking for other

members of the club as replacements.

The change to an early

registration by the City of Guelph

has brought some new challenges

that the Leadership Team has had

to navigate. We will also be looking

for volunteers for help in unofficial

capacities.

Thus far, it was a highly successful

year. Badminton continues

to grow in popularity and our

club continues to grow and adapt

to the needs of our members.

Come check us out and maybe

we’ll see you on the court!

Beading & Jewelry Making

Bring your kit along to the Board

Room Fridays from 11 am to

noon to work on your personal

beadwork and jewelry projects.

Leslie will facilitate impromptu

mini-classes on Metis beadworking.

Cost $2.00 per session.

beading@gwsa-guelph.ca

Book Club 1

Our group meets in the Board

Room on the last Friday of each

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

p.m. For June, our selection is

“The Great Alone” by Kristin

Hannah. In July, we will be reading

“The Seven Husbands of

Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins

Reid. For our meeting in August,

we will read “All Good People

Here” by Ashley Flowers.

Monthly fee is $3.00. We have

room for two new members at

this time.

Book Club 2

Our group meets the second Friday

of the month in the Board

Room from 1-2:30 p.m. We will

be reading the following books:

in June, How The Light Gets In

by Louise Penny in July, Tom

Lake by Ann Patchett, and in August,

Indians on Vacation by

Thomas King.

The monthly fee is $3.00 and

we currently have a wait list.

Bridge

GWSA welcomes all Bridge

players with a basic knowledge of

the game to enjoy playing Bridge

in a friendly and comfortable environment.

No partner? No problem!

We mix and mingle with a

room full of eager players so that

everyone has a partner for any of

our regularly scheduled games.

Join us for Recreational Bridge

in the afternoon or evening.

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm Evergreen

Room 3

Thursdays 12:30-3:30 pm Evergreen

Room 3

Bunka

Bunka embroidery is created by

using a unique combination of

punch needle and special silk-like

rayon thread. When completed,

many pictures resemble delicately

shaded paintings. In fact, the needle

is held and operates in much

the same manner as an artist’s

brush or pencil. We do not teach

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classes or have an instructor, but

we will mentor new members.

Supplies are ordered as a group.

Every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.

to noon in Room 3.

Canasta

Come out and join our friendly

group for a game of canasta. We

welcome all levels of players. If

you are new to the game, we will

be glad to teach you. Join us on

Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

in Room 3.

Chess

Do you enjoy the game of chess?

Come out and make friends! Our

club is open to players of all levels.

We are primarily amateur

players simply out for the joy of

casual chess, although with

enough interest, we could organize

small tournaments. We meet

Fridays in the Hallway from 10

a.m. to noon and we ask for $2

per person each time for the

GWSA. And don’t worry if you

don’t have a chess set — we have

three sets as well as a digital

clock for those interested in a

time control!

Computer Mentoring

There are four mentors available

every Monday from 1-3 p.m.

to answer your questions. Two

volunteers are available to help

with Windows PCs and Android

smartphones and tablets, and two

volunteers are able to assist iPad

and iPhone users!

One mentor can help Chromebook

users. If you are using a laptop

computer, please bring it with

you.

The fee is $3 for members of

the GWSA and $5 for nonmembers.

Please register at the

front desk for each session before

joining us in the Computer

Room.

Craft Group

The Craft group at the Evergreen

would like to thank everyone who

has supported us this past year.

With the new gift shop, we were

able to continue selling our crafts

and help support the GWSA. And

to all our knitters at home who

generously give of their time and

talents, we thank you. Again this

year, we have been able to donate

hats, scarfs and mitts to those in

need.

Guelph Wood Carving Club

est. Circa 1986

A well-established wood carving

club of mostly seniors (both men

and women) has operated in the

Guelph area for decades.

We do carving in the round,

like cartoon characters, birds and

wildlife, spoons, bowls, etc.

Other carving techniques include

relief carving, marquetry,

and pyrography. Training is

available.

Meets Monday evening 6:00

pm-9:00 pm in Evergreen Room

2.

Cribbage

Come on out on a Tuesday afternoon

for a friendly game of cribbage

in Room 3 of the Evergreen

Centre. The room is open at

12:30 pm and we start playing at

1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome,

and we play 8 games, with prizes

at the end of the afternoon. If you

are not sure how to play, we have

instructors to help.

Darts Club

We had another great turnout during

April for Darts. Come on out

and give Darts a try. We have

darts to lend and offer a 3 time

trial to see how you like it before

you pay. Below are April high

scores: Well done!

Rino - 108

Ernie - 101, 111 & 132

Will - 108 - with 2 Bulls & 125

Frank - 108

Art - 110, 104 & 100

Ross - 100 & 105

Vicki - 113

Bill A. - 129

Neville - 122

Norm - 115

We had an opportunity to say

goodbye to Ernie at our end of

month lunch. We wish him well

as he heads to New Brunswick.

For information, contact us at

gwsadartclub@gmail.com

Line Dancing

Evergreen Auditorium

Line dancing is exercise not only

for the body, but the mind as

well. It’s an excuse to get out,

meet new friends, enjoy good

music, and no partner is required.

If you have never line

danced before or need a refresher,

the Introduction to Line Dancing

is where to start. Here you will

learn the basic steps and easier

dances to slower music. The Beyond

the Basics classes is the

next step up from the Introduction

class. Some harder steps will

be taught and some dances may

be a bit faster and include more

turns. The Intermediate class is

for experienced line dancers looking

for a challenge.

Monday Line Dance Classes

8:35-9:35 am Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40 am Beyond the Basics

10:45-11:45 am Intermediate

Thursday Line Dance Classes

1:10-2:10 pm Introduction to

Line Dancing

2:15-3:15 pm Beyond the Basics

The first 3 visits are free. After

that, in addition to providing us

proof of a GWSA membership,

it’s $2.00 each time you come.

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is in the hall on Mondays

from 1:30-4:30 p.m. It is a

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game played with tiles, similar to

Dominoes. Instruction is available

for those who don’t know

how to play.

Peer Learning

Peer Learning is for seniors who

like to have a good discussion

with a small friendly group. It’s a

great way to meet new people and

have fun while learning.

Our Tuesday afternoon class on

Migrations and our Thursday

morning class on Britain, Past

and Present have been very successful

this winter. We will not

be having any discussion groups

during the summer, but keep your

eyes open for our class offerings

in the September Sentinel.

For more information or to put

your name on our e-mail list, contact

Barb McLeod 519-823-2531.

Into Focus Photography

We are a friendly group of amateur

photographers with equipment

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. New members are always

welcome. Our regular meetings

are on the last Monday of

every month in Room 4.

If you are interested in joining,

contact Stu McCannell

(smccannell@rogers.com).

Pickleball

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

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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.

Scrabble

Come join us for Scrabble at 1

pm to 3:30 pm every Thursday in

the Hall outside the Library. All

skills from newbie to expert.

Drop-ins are welcome or call me

for more information. Previous

members, please join us again.

Brand new players are most welcome.

All you need is a GWSA

membership!

Any questions? Call or email

Sebastian. Phone: 647-580-5780.

Shuffleboard

We are a very fun group and have

had a lot of new members join

recently, so now we can’t accept

any more new members! Our

membership fee is $25.00 a year

plus tax and we play Tuesdays

and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Silver Drummers

It’s fun to drum! You are welcome

to come out on Thursday to

experience a Drum Circle. We

have drums and percussion instruments

to share. Or bring your

own. Each session takes the lead

from the facilitator and the people

in the room - sometimes we can

get noisy, sometimes we dance!

Our instructor also takes us

through the basics as we learn a

variety of different rhythms.

There is no enrolment fee

though we ask for a pay-as-yougo

$2 participation fee after 3 tryouts.

Register with us on Recenroll

should you decide you are

having too much fun. We now

meet on Thursdays from 10:30

to 11:30 am. Hope to see you!

Silver Strummers

The ukulele orchestra is an unqualified

success story! There are

now 65 individuals who have

joined the Silver Strummers. We

welcome ALL skill levels, beginner

through advanced. We will

provide you with all the information

you will need to get started.

If you would like to try the

universally accessible and friendly

instrument of the ukulele.

silverstrummers@gwsa-guelph.ca

Silvertones

The Silvertones members practise

weekly in Room 3 on Fridays

from 2 to 3:30 p.m. We do have a

few openings so please contact

Darlene Pembleton 519-822-0704

if you would like to join our choir

or would like more information.

You do not have to be

able to read music, just have a

love for singing.

Rug Hooking

We have been gathering as a

group of rug hookers at the Evergreen

Centre since February

2022. Traditional rug hooking is

both art and a craft. Many beautiful

and unique items are made by

pulling loops of fabric or yarn

through a stiff, woven base such

as burlap or linen. It is enjoyable,

fun and a very social hobby. Beginners

are welcome and we will

help you get started. The Rug

Hooking Group meets on Tuesday

afternoon, 12-4, in Rm 2.

Contact: Kathy McCallum,

226-821-1331. Email:

rughooking@gwsa-guelph.ca.

Evergreen Snooker Club

The Evergreen Snooker Club is

composed of a group of active,

friendly players with skill levels

covering the full spectrum from

learner/beginner to accomplished

player. If you are interested in

learning the game, or have played

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in the past and want to get back

into it, please drop by the Snooker

Room. You will be assured a

warm welcome and a place to try

your hand at one of our three tables.

The Snooker Room is open

weekdays between 9:00 am and

4:00 pm and any other time the

Evergreen Centre may be open.

The primary focus of the club

is to have fun, build friendships

and socialize. Your snooker skill

level is irrelevant, so don’t feel

intimidated if you are a beginner.

Prospective members may visit

the club room up to three times

without charge to help with their

decision on whether to join.

While most of the current members

are men, there is a small

group of women who play regularly

(typically on Tuesday mornings),

so ladies, don’t be shy, give

it a try.

Membership is available to all

paid-up members of the GWSA

on payment of the prescribed annual

snooker activity fee. The

current fee of $79.10 (plus tax)

buys you access to the Snooker

Room any time it is open and to

all the snooker you care to play.

Texas Hold ’Em

Why not come out and have fun

with us? We are averaging about

24 players a week. We are situated

in the Dining Room. We

charge $2 per week and pretty

well all of that goes back to the

GWSA. We play Tuesdays & Fridays

from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Each player starts off with $650

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

welcome everyone who wants to

play and enjoys company. We

have quite a few 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 the

GWSA to play.

Walking Club

On Thursday mornings, the

Walking Club enjoys nature and

beautiful scenery while discovering

the trails in the area. For all

walks, we meet at the red-roofed

pavilion in Riverside Park at 8:45

am for registering and collection

of any entrance fees to the Conservation

areas. Then we depart at

9:00 am sharp. Walks are on…

rain or shine.

Our walks start out from Riverside

Park OR we drive from there

to one of the many wonderful

Guelph walking trails or nearby

Conservation areas. Walks are at

your own pace and you must arrange

your own transportation to

the Trail Head.

You can register for the Walking

Club’s 2024/25 walking season

online through RecEnroll or

at the front desk of the Evergreen

Centre. The annual fee is $10 and

you must be an active member of

the GWSA.

Watercolour Painters

The Evergreen Watercolour

Painters provides an opportunity

for watercolour painters to practise

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

in Room 2 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

on the 1st and 5th Wednesday of

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the month, and from 9 a.m. to 4

p.m. on the third Wednesday.

Writers Club

If you enjoy the power of the

pen, come join the Writers

Club. We can toss around ideas

and topics to get the creative juices

flowing. Then let’s share the

resulting written shape for constructive

comments, while enjoying

the company of others. Please

feel welcome to join the journey.

We will meet on the 1st and 3rd

Wednesday of the month in the

Board Room, from 1-3 p.m.

There is a weekly fee of $2 for

the GWSA. Contact Susan Jackson

519-265-3246.

Writing Your Life Story

Members of the Writing Your

Life Story Activity Group are

pleased to announce the publication

of their anthology: Every Life

Tells a Story. This comprises an

eclectic collection of tales from

the members’ own Life Stories.

Some are nostalgic, some serious

and some humourous. A sample

copy is available to view in the

GWSA office and copies are

available on a print-to-order basis,

for $20 each. If you would

like to buy a copy – one or more

(they would make great Christmas

gifts), please contact Jennifer

Blackie at 519-824-7204 or

WritingYourLifeStory@gwsaguelph.ca

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OUR EVERGREEN LIBRARY

We are open

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“The Maid” by Nita Prose

Nita Prose lives in Toronto and has been a book editor for many years. “The Maid” is her

first novel and how unique it is. The main character is Molly Gray, a young woman who works

at the Regency Grand Hotel. She says she “brings rooms back to a state of perfection.” She is

very efficient at her job and follows the rules and regulations of the hotel to the letter.

While Molly is an excellent employee, she has trouble interpreting social cues. Her gran, who

recently passed, helped Molly understand the world. But now Molly is on her own. In the

novel, Molly is cleaning a guest room and finds the occupant, Mr. Black, dead. Did he die of

natural causes or was there something more sinister going on? Mr. Black was very wealthy and

had a much younger wife. The police have lots of suspects when looking for the killer. We

follow Molly as she interacts with the police, Mr. Black’s wife and the hotel staff. But who can

really be trusted?

In “The Maid”, we see the world through Molly’s eyes. Her focus in life is order and

cleanliness. Prose is expert in giving us a glimpse as to what Molly is thinking and feeling. If

you like the traditional “who dun it” stories, you will enjoy “The Maid”. Proses’ second novel,

“The Mystery Guest,” is also out in paperback.

Happy reading!

Written by Diane Dyke

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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.

Your GWSA Membership includes a copy of the Sentinel Newsletter, published 10 times per year, and the

ability to join any of our many activities and events. Our ongoing activity groups have either a yearly fee or

a pay as you play fee. We also offer educational workshops, many at no charge for members.

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Art In The Hall

Kim Taylor

ArtInTheHall@gwsa-guelph.ca

Art Studio In 2

Evergreen Room 2

Jennifer Storey

ArtinStudio@gwsa-guelph.ca

Every 2 nd & 4 th Wed. 1-4 pm

$25/year

Badminton

Evergreen Auditorium

Michael Gareau (365-292-0078)

Badminton@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tues. 7-9:30 pm

Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 am-1 pm,

Sun. 1:30-3:30 pm

Mon. & Wed. 1-4 pm (WECC)

No play at WECC July & August

$60/year. Currently we have a wait list

Ball Co-ed Slopitch

Hugh C. Guthrie Park

Deborah Waitson (226-606-8476)

SloPitch@gwsa-guelph.ca

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm

May - end of August

$25/year

Beading & Jewelry Making

Board Room

Beading@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays 11 am-12 pm

$2/visit

Bid Euchre on Thursdays

Evergreen Room 2

John Finamore (519-993-8221)

BidEuchre@gwsa-guelph.ca

Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm

$2/visit

Euchre on Monday

Evergreen Room 3

Earl Mead

Euchre-Monday@gwsa-guelph.ca

Mondays - 1:00-3:00 pm

$2/visit

Euchre on Friday

Evergreen Room 4

Peter Smith (519-217-8986)

Euchre-Friday@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays - 1:30-4:00 pm

$2/visit

Book Club 1

Board Room

Veronica Sanche (519-767-9991)

BookClub1@gwsa-guelph.ca

Last Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm

$3/visit

Book Club 2

Board Room

Lynne Oxley (416-918-7466)

BookClub2@gwsa-guelph.ca

Second Friday of month - 1-2:30 pm

$3/visit

Bridge

Evergreen Room 3

Sandi Kinsey

Bridge@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays - 6:30-9:00 pm

Thursdays - 12:30-3:30 pm

$1/visit

Bunka Art Group

Evergreen Room 3

Carol Ferrier (519-831-1387)

Bunka@gwsa-guelph.ca

Wednesdays - 9:00 am-noon

$25/year

Canasta

Evergreen Room 3

Sandi Kinsey

Canasta@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays - 9:00-11:30 am

$1/visit

Casual Bicycling

Various Locations in and

around Guelph

John Ness

CasualBicycling@gwsa-guelph.ca

Wed. - May 1-Oct. 31 - 9:00 am-noon

$10/year

Canoe Club

John Ness

CanoeClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

Seasonal twice-weekly outings

See GWSA website or Sentinel description

$75/year

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Chess Club

Hall

Bruce Hurst (519-831-4340)

ChessClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays – 10 am-12 pm

$2/visit

Computer Club

Computer Room

Ross Knechtel (226-706-4058)

Ken Chupa (519-829-2476)

ComputerClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

January, March, May, September, November

2nd Monday - 2-4 pm

$3/visit

Computer Mentoring

Computer Room

Ken Chupa (519-829-2476)

Computer.mentoring@gwsa-guelph.ca

No appointment necessary.

Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

$3/visit

Craft Club

Evergreen Room 2

Sheila Robinson (519-836-9478)

CraftGroup@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays - 8 am-12 noon

Cribbage

Evergreen Room 3

Elaine Miller

Cribbage@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays 12:30 pm-4 pm

$2/visit

Darts Club

Auditorium Stage

Neville Newman (519-400-9136)

DartsClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$25/year

Diabetes Support Group

Room 2

Bill MacDonald (519-400-0950)

DiabetesSupport@gwsa-guelph.ca

2nd Tuesday – 11 am -12 pm

4th Tuesday – 10 am -12 pm

Golf

Tom Kane (519-827-1475)

Golf@gwsa-guelph.ca

Mondays, May to September

$10/year

Into Focus Photography

Evergreen Room 4

Stu McCannell

PhotographyClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

Last Monday of every month—2:30-5 pm

$25.00 a year

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Line Dancing

Evergreen Auditorium

Phyllis (519-760-9415)

Donna (519-831-0943)

linedancing@gwsa-guelph.ca

Mondays – 8:30 to noon

Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Mah Jongg

Hall

Leona Petri (519-546-9993)

MahJong@gwsa-guelph.ca

Mondays - 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Peer Learning

Boardroom

Barb McLeod (519-823-2531)

PeerLearning@gwsa-guelph.ca

$18/session

Pickleball

Pickleball@gwsa-guelph.ca

Evergreen Auditorium

Mondays 12:00 – 3 p.m. (B/I)

Tuesdays 8:30 am – 10:30 a.m. (I/A)

& 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (B/I)

Wednesdays 8:30 – 10:00 am (I/A)

Thursdays 8:30 – 10:30 am (B/I)

Fridays 8:30 – 10:30 am (B/I) & 1 – 4 pm (I/A)

Sundays 8:30 am – 10:45 am (B/I)

& 10:45 am – 1 pm (I/A)

West End Comm. Centre

Tues. - noon-2:00 pm (A) & 2 pm-4 pm (B/I)

Thurs. - noon-2:00 pm (A) & 2 pm-4 pm (B/I)

Sept. to June

(B/I) = Beginner/Intermediate

(I/A) = Intermediate/Advanced

(A) = Advanced

$60/year

Currently there is a waiting list

Quilting

Evergreen Room 2

Beryl Drohan (519-827-0120)

QuiltGroup@gwsa-guelph.ca

Mondays - 12:30-4:00 pm

Rug Hooking

Evergreen Room 2

Kathy McCallum

RugHooking@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays 12-4 pm

$25/year

Scrabble

Hall outside the Library

Sebastian (647-580-5780)

Scrabble@gwsa-guelph.ca

Thursdays - 1:00-3:30 pm

$2/visit

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Shuffleboard

Evergreen Auditorium

Elaine Bigam (519-824-6498)

Shuffleboard@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 1-3 pm

$25/year

Silver Drummers

Room 3

Sandy Isaacs

SilverDrummers@gwsa-guelph.ca

Thursdays 11 am to noon

$2/visit

Silver Strummers

Room 3

SilverStrummers@gwsa-guelph.ca

Fridays - Beginners 12-1 pm

Experienced 1-2 pm

$65/year

Silvertones Choir

Room 3

President: Sandy Rea

Membership Enquiries:

Darlene Pembleton (519-822-0704)

Silvertones@gwsa-guelph.ca

Director/Accompanist: Andrea LeBlanc

Backup Director/Accompanist: Joanna Wegman

Fridays 2:00 - 3:30 pm

$54.24/year

Evergreen Snooker Club

Evergreen Snooker Room

Brian Yasvinski (905-301-2786)

Snooker@gwsa-guelph.ca

Daily - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

$70/year

Table Tennis

Evergreen Auditorium

Petr Vales

TableTennis@gwsa-guelph.ca

Evergreen:

Mondays - 3-6:15 pm

Wednesdays - 10 am-1 pm

Saturdays - 9:00 am-12:00 noon

West End: Fridays - 1:00-4:00 pm

(WECC - except July/August)

$60/year

Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Bistro 683

Paul Phillips (416-996-2112)

Bruno Szafran (519-823-2317)

TexasHoldEmPoker@gwsa-guelph.ca

Tuesdays & Fridays - 6:30-8:30 pm

$2/visit

Walking Club

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Riverside Pavilion

Various locations

Club Contacts:

WalkingClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

April 11 to October 31, Thursdays 9 am,

$10 annual activity fee

Watercolour Painters Club

Evergreen Room 2

Marta Coutts

WaterColourPainters@gwsa-guelph.ca

1st and 5th Wednesday of the month - 12:30-4 pm

Third Wednesday - 9 am to 4 pm

Membership $30/year

West End Art Group

Rm 2 West End Comm. Centre

Nancy Baker (519-822-6653)

WestEndArtGroup@gwsa-guelph.ca

September – June

Tuesdays - 12:30-4:00 pm

Membership $25/year

West Hills Art Group

Rm 2 West End C. C.

Dale Vardy (519-823-5746)

WestHillsArtGroup@gwsa-guelph.ca

September - June

Thursdays - noon-4:00 pm

Membership $25/year

Wood Carving Group

Evergreen Room 2

Ken Fugler

WoodCarving@gwsa-guelph.ca

Monday – 6-9 pm

$40/year

Writers Club

Board Room

Susan Jackson (519-265-3246)

WritersClub@gwsa-guelph.ca

1st and 3rd Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

$2/visit

Writing Your Life Story

Board Room

Jennifer Blackie (519-824-7204)

WritingYourLifeStory@gwsa-guelph.ca

Thursdays 2-4 pm

$2/visit

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SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS

OF NOTE

“Our Young Seniors”

‘We’re not over the hill; we’re just

gaining speed!’

Ruby Brent - June 20 (81)

Marshall Turgel - June 26 (90)

Carol Croft - July 4 (79)

SPECIAL WEDDING

ANNIVERSARIES

Joanne & Doug White - May 14, 1977,

celebrating their 47th anniversary.

If you have a birthday or anniversary

that you would like to include in the

Sentinel, please let us know the month

before.

This column is NOT done automatically.

We DON’T have access to your

personal information.

“Passages”

We would like to convey our condolences

to Association Members and their Families

Norma Wright passed away on Monday, April 8,

2024, at the age of 92. She was a past member of the

Craft Group and a wonderful knitter.

Devlin, Donald passed away on Friday, May 3,

2024, at the age of 86. He was the husband of Ruby

Devlin of the Bunka Group.

Clegg, Joan passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024,

at the age of 91. She was a Line Dance instructor for

many years. See the story on page 4.

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities JUNE 2024

W West End Community Centre

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

3

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

10

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

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8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

4

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

11a-12p Diabetes Support

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

5

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

12

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

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8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

9a-4p Watercolour Painters

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

6

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

13

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

7

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1-4p Table Tennis W

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

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8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 2

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1-4p Table Tennis W

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

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8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

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12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

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8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

2:30-5p Into Focus

Photography

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

Everyday Activities

Snooker—9a-4p

Library —

Mon-Fri – 10a-3p

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10a-12p Diabetes Support

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

12:30-4p West End Arts W

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

Weekend Activities

Saturday

9a-12p Table Tennis

Sunday

8:30a-10:45a Pickleball

(B/I)

10:45a-1p Pickleball

(I/A)

1:30-3:30p Badminton

DANCE JUNE 29

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

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8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Table Tennis W

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

28

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 1

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1-4p Table Tennis W

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

19

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities JULY 2024

W West End Community Centre

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

CLOSED

8

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

15

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

2

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

9

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

11a-12p Diabetes Support

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

16

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

3

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

10

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

17

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

9a-4p Watercolour Painters

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

4

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

11

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

18

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

5

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

12

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 2

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

19

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

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12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

22

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

29

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

2:30-5p Into Focus

Photography

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

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8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10a-12p Diabetes Support

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

30

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold ’Em

Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

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8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

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8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

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8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

Everyday Activities

Snooker—9a-4p

Library —

Mon-Fri – 10a-3p

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

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8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

Weekend Activities

Saturday

9a-12p Table Tennis

Sunday

8:30a-10:45a Pickleball

(B/I)

10:45a-1p Pickleball

(I/A)

1:30-3:30p Badminton

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1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

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Clubs and Drop-In Activities AUGUST 2024

W West End Community Centre

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Weekend Activities

Saturday

9a-12p Table Tennis

Sunday

8:30a-10:45a Pickleball

(B/I)

10:45a-1p Pickleball

(I/A)

1:30-3:30p Badminton

DANCE AUG. 31

CLOSED

CIVIC HOLIDAY

12

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

Everyday Activities

Snooker—9a-4p

Library —

Mon-Fri – 10a-3p

6

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

11a-12p Diabetes Support

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

13

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

7

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

14

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

9a-4p Watercolour Painters

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

8

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

15

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

2

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

9

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 2

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

16

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

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12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

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8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

26

8:35-9:35a Introduction to

Line Dancing

9:40-10:40a Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

10:45-11:45a Int. Line Dancing

12-3p Pickleball (B/I)

12:30-4p Quilting

1-3p Euchre

1-4p Badminton W

1:30-4:30p Mah Jongg

2:30-5p Into Focus

Photography

3-6:15p Table Tennis

6-9p Carving Club

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold

’Em Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

20

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

27

8:30a-12:30p Pickleball (I/A)

10a-12p Darts

10a-12p Diabetes Support

10:30a-12:30p Pickleball (B/I)

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p Rug Hooking

12:30-4p Cribbage

1-3p Shuffleboard

2-4p Pickleball (A) W

6:30-8:30p Texas Hold ’Em

Poker

6:30-9p Bridge

7-9:30p Badminton

1-3p Writers Club

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

21

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

28

8:30-10a Pickleball (I/A)

9a-12p Bunka

10a-1p Table Tennis

12:30-4p Watercolour Painters

1-3p Shuffleboard

1-4p Art Studio in 2

1-4p Badminton W

6:30-8:30p Slo-Pitch

1:30p BINGO

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

22

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

29

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

8:45a Walking Club

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-noon Silver Drummers

12-2p Pickleball (A) W

12-4p West Hills Arts W

12:30-3:30p Bridge

1-3:30p Scrabble

1-4p Bid Euchre

1:10-2:10p Intro to Line Dancing

2-4p Pickleball (B/I) W

2-4p Writing Your Life Story

2:15-3:15p Beyond the

Basics Line Dancing

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

23

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

30

8a-12p Crafts

8:30-10:30a Pickleball (B/I)

9-11:30a Canasta

10a-12p Chess

10a-12p Darts

10:30a-1p Badminton

11a-12p Beading

12-1p Silver Strummers Beg.

1-2p Silver Strummers Exp.

1-2:30p Book Club 1

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

1:30-4p Euchre

2-3:30p Silvertones

6:30-8:30p Texas HE Poker

23

1-4p Pickleball (I/A)

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ANNUAL GENERAL

MEETING

Wednesday, June 19

11:30 pm to 1:00 pm

EVERGREEN SENIORS

COMMUNITY CENTRE

683 Woolwich Street

Guelph, Ontario

519-837-5699

Come and meet your Board of Directors

and review updated GWSA bylaws

Door prizes and refreshments provided

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WEST HILLS AND WEST END ART GROUPS

In the spirit of expanding our knowledge and range as artists, we decided to invite a guest artist to teach us

for a full-day workshop. John David Anderson is a Canadian Contemporary Impressionist who creates

beautiful paintings focusing on colour and light. He can be found outdoors painting in oils and takes lucky

students on trips around the globe to do the same. His next adventure is scheduled for Tuscany! With the

help of the GWSA staff, all arrangements were made to ensure every detail was looked after for this

fantastic day of learning and comradery. Both West Hills and West End groups worked together to ensure a

great day was had by all. John’s teaching went beyond just demonstrating technique, he took the time to stop

and answer all questions artists presented, along with a group critique midday to see how everyone was

progressing. Everyone learned a great deal and left with new tools in the tool box for future creations. Both

groups are looking forward to regular guest artists in the upcoming year.

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Art in the Hall is currently

West End Art and Wood

Carving in the display

windows until July, then

West Hills Art until

September.


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Into Focus Photography Club goes behind the scenes at Guelph Little Theatre

On April 9th, fifteen members of the GWSA Into Focus Photography Club went on a behind the

scenes tour of the Guelph Little Theatre facility. We had a look at where they stored costumes, made

stage props, and housed an extensive collection of items from encyclopedias, old trophies, to knick

knacks your grandmother would have had. It was a fun time on stage, and going behind the scenes

to see what the sound and lighting crew see during a performance.

Touring the main workshop where stage props

are created

Backstage but not yet on stage

The view from the sound booth

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Everyone on stage and wave!


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EVERY LIFE TELLS A STORY

This is the title of the anthology of tales

published by the Writing Your Life Story

Activity Group. The stories are an eclectic

variety of nostalgia, humour, and more

serious topics. Members of this Activity

Group each contributed one or two

stories from their own Life Story which

they have been working on for the past

year. For more details, you can look at a

sample, or pick up a promotional

pamphlet from the GWSA office, or the

Information Desk in the front lobby.

These books are available on a print-toorder

basis, at a cost of $20 each. If you

would like to buy a copy or two – they

would make great Christmas gifts – please contact Jennifer Blackie at

519-824-7204 or WritingYourLifeStory@gwsa-guelph.ca

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For more information call (519) 837-8274

or visit www.guelphhort.org

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CITY OF GUELPH RECREATION & LEISURE PROGRAMS

for SENIORS 55+

Please register in person at our recreation facilities, over the phone by calling 519-837-5699, or online at

recenroll.ca. There may be changes to programs after this issue was printed - please check the details on

recenroll.ca before you sign up. Programs may be cancelled if there is low registration, so be sure to register

(Fees do not include HST).

FITNESS

Cardio and Strength Level 2

This intermediate/advanced strength training class

focuses on a low impact cardio warmup. 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: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: Friday: July 12-Sept. 27

Course ID: 47044

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

Cardio and Strength Level 3

Come and challenge your fitness level in this

advanced strength training class. Focusing on a

low impact cardio warmup, 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: 1 hour (8-9 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: Friday: July 12-Sept. 27

Course ID: 47043

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

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. You can 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: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: Monday: July 8-Sept. 23

Course ID: 46990

Fees: Members: $73.95, Non-Members: $85.05

Introduction to Strength Training

What is strength training all about? How do you

get started? Which exercises are the best ones?

What about form? Let us show you the answers!

You will go from learning the theory behind the

importance of strength training to mastering the

technique behind bodyweight, free weight and

barbell training. Our qualified instructors will take

you through a progressive training program that

will help you gain a better understanding of

exercise and program design, help you increase

your strength and, most importantly, your

confidence in and out of the gym.

Class Length: 1 hour

Location: West End Community Centre

(Fitness Centre)

Dates: Monday: July 8-Aug. 19 (9-10 a.m.)

Course ID: 46988

Dates: Monday: July 8-Aug. 19 (10-11 a.m.)

Course ID: 46989

Fees: Member: $44.37, Non-Member: $51.03

Falling Prevention and Navigation

In this program, participants will learn practical

exercises for preventing falls in day-to-day life, as

well as tools to aid in negotiating a fall, should it

occur. We will focus on building knowledge of the

body to increase confidence in movement. It will

include: exercises for increasing proprioception

(for the feet, eyes, and spine) - study of walking

mechanics to invite mindful movement - practice

of ramping and spiralling pathways for support in

falling - explorations of how to use the limbs and

body for counterbalance.

Class Length: 1 hour (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Dates: July 8-Sept. 23 (Monday)

Course ID: 46993

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Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Fees: Member: $73.95, Non-Member: $85.05

Total Body Conditioning

This total body conditioning class will challenge

the active 55 individual. A cardio warmup 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 chances of osteoporosis.

Class Length: 1 hour (8-9 a.m.)

Dates: July 10-Sept. 25 (Wednesday)

Course ID: 47027

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Fees: Member: $88.74, Non-Member: $102.05

OsteoFit

Part of living well with osteoporosis and/or

osteoarthritis involves healthy eating and physical

activity. Physical activity plays an essential role in

the treatment of osteoporosis by ‘stimulating’ or

applying a load on our bones to maintain their

structure and strength. When treating

osteoarthritis, it is important to ensure proper

alignment of joints as well. Exercise and physical

activity play a vital role and contribute to

individuals’ overall health and well-being. Four

types of exercise are necessary in the management

of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis: strength, posture

and core stability, balance, and weight bearing.

Join us in this class to get moving, improve your

strength, balance, and posture, and in turn, reduce

your risk of falling.

Class Length: 1 hour

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: July 10-September 25 (Wednesday)

(10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Course ID: 47029

Dates: July 12-September 27 (Friday)

(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Course ID: 47046

Fees: Member: $88.74, Non-Member: $102.05

Kum Nye

Kum Nye is a yoga-like, healing practice of

Tibetan Buddhist tradition that focuses on massage

and movement to refresh and revitalize the body

and mind. There are breathing techniques, selfmassage,

meditations, stretching and movement

exercises. The practice is relaxing and meditative.

Join us for a relaxing experience.

Class Length: 1 hour (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: July 11-Sept. 26 (Thursday)

Course ID: 47039

Fees: Member: $88.74, Non-Member: $102.05

TAI CHI

Tai Chi – Beginner

This program welcomes those who are new to Tai

Chi as well as those who are wishing to reinforce

the foundations. Focusing on the basic vocabulary

of the stances and co-ordination of the postures,

this meditative movement practice is accessible to

all.

Class Length: 1 hour (9-10 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: July 9-Sept. 10 (Tuesday)

Course ID: 46995

Class Length: 1 hour (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre

(Maple Room)

Dates: July 11-Sept. 12 (Thursday)

Course ID: 47037

Fees: Member: $73.95, Non-Member: $85.04

Tai Chi – Intermediate

Learn the meditative movement practice of Tai Chi

Chuan. This session focuses on the Yang Style 37-

Posture Form. It is advised to have previous

experience with Tai Chi Chuan movements and

foundations for this class.

Class Length: 1 hour (10-11 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: July 9-Sept. 10 (Tuesday)

Course ID: 47024

Class Length: 1 hour (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

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Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre

(Maple Room)

Dates: July 11-Sept. 12 (Thursday)

Course ID: 47038

Fees: Member: $73.95, Non-Member: $85.04

QI GONG

Qi Gong

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, selfmassage

and meditation. Qi Gong class focuses on

the core routines.

Class Length: 1.5 hours (12-1:30 p.m.)

Dates: July 8-Sept. 23 (Monday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Course ID: 46992

Fees: Member: $110.97, Non-Member: $127.62

Class Length: 1 hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Dates: July 9-Sept. 10 (Tuesday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Course ID: 47025

Fees: Member: $73.95, Non-Member: $85.04

YOGA

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,

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.

Class Length: 1 hour (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Dates: Monday: July 8-Sept. 23

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Course ID: 46991

Fees: Members: $73.95, Non-Members: $85.05

Class Length: 1 hour (9:15-10:15 a.m.)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Dates: Wednesday: July 10-Sept. 25

Course ID: 47028

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

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

laying on the floor needed.

Class Length: 1 hour (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Location: West End Comm. Centre (Room 2)

Dates: Monday: July 8-Sept. 23

Course ID: 46994

Fees: Members: $73.95, Non-Members: $85.05

Class Length: 1 hour (2-3 p.m.)

Location: Victoria Road Rec Centre

(Maple Room)

Dates: Tuesday: July 9-Sept. 24

Course ID: 47026

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

Class Length: 1 hour (2-3 p.m.)

Dates: July 11-Sept. 26 (Thursday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Course ID: 47040

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

Class Length: 1 hour (10:15-11:15 a.m.)

Dates: July 12-Sept. 27 (Friday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 4)

Course ID: 47045

Fees: Members: $88.74, Non-Members: $102.05

VISUAL ARTS

Moss Wall Art

Explore the medium of preserved moss and

combine it with other natural materials to create a

beautiful handmade piece of art for your wall. No

art or gardening experience necessary. The creation

of your art piece will be guided by a Horticultural

Therapist Heidi Torreiter who will share her

knowledge of the exciting research that connects

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even looking at pictures of nature with well-being,

focus and recovery from stress.

Class Length: 2 hours (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Dates: June 12 (Wednesday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 2)

Course ID: 48042

Fees: Member: $60.00, Non-Member: $69.00

Flower Hammering Workshop

Though we know seeing plants in a space can

lower our stress hormone, enjoying the flowers in

the garden can be much more interactive than just

looking! Join us as we transfer colour and shape

from some of the garden flowers and leaves to

paper and fabric using a hammering technique for

enjoyment and mood benefit all season long

indoors. Participants will be guided by

Horticultural Therapist Heidi Torreiter.

Class Length: 2 hours (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Dates: August 15 (Thursday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 2)

Course ID: 48043

Fees: Member: $120.00, Non-Member: $138.00

Signed, Sealed Delivered—Card Making

In this class, we learn the art of beautiful handmade

greeting cards with a few simple tools:

stamps, inks and paper. You will create 6 cards that

you will be thrilled to share with family and

friends. All supplies are included with hands-on

instruction.

Class Length: 1-1/2 hours (6:30-8:00 p.m.)

Dates: June 6 (Thursday)

Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

(Room 2)

Course ID: 49395

Fees: Member: $26.55, Non-Member: $26.55

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TEA ‘N’ TALES 2024

The Guelph Enabling

Garden and the Guelph

Guild of Storytellers is

delighted to announce that

Tea ‘n’ Tales is back to the

Guelph Enabling Garden,

located within Riverside

Park, for the summer of

2024 for its 16th season,

and it’s bigger and better

than ever!

Beginning on June 14

and continuing every

Friday until September 13,

the fourteen Friday morning performances will feature many of the tellers

from previous years, along with some new faces and their stories. Each

hour-long performance begins at 10:30 a.m.

There shall also be a Canada Day performance, on Saturday, July 1,

with James Gordon, Brian Holstein and Larry Gibbs. The tellers and their

stories, along with the music of violinist Bridget Walsh, would be a great

way to kick off the Rotary celebrations in the park.

It should be noted that on Canada Day and on

the four Family Saturdays, there is a possible

appearance by Robert Munsch.

Then there will be four more Saturday familythemed

sessions, “Under the Magic Ash”. Each of

these will feature a variety of different tellers,

musicians and puppeteers.

While all 19 performances commence at 10:30

a.m., there shall be prelude entertainment from

10:00 a.m. for all of the events. Amongst those

already committed to play is the beloved violinist

Bridget Walsh, an acapella group, a jazz trio, The

Celtic band Shepherd’s Knot, and the Silver

Strummers.

Audience members are advised to arrive

early, to secure a good spot and enjoy the

music. A folding lawn chair is a necessity.

A mug will also be needed for a free Planet

Bean coffee or an iced tea. For the Saturday

sessions, children may wish to bring a

blanket so they can sit closer to the tellers.

As always, these performances are free,

but donations to cover costs and assist in the

expanding programmes of the Guelph

Enabling Garden and the Guelph Guild of Storytellers are graciously

accepted.

To receive reminders for weekly updates with bios of the upcoming

tellers, as well as any other news, e-mail briahols@yahoo.com.

The schedule, subject to minor changes, is as follows:

June 14: Don Conibear and Brian Holstein, with prelude entertainment

by Trillium Jazz Trio.

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Tea ‘n’ Tales

2024

10:30-11-30

14 Friday mornings of

delightful tales from storytellers

near and far, beginning June 14.

PLUS a Canada Day morning

with James Gordon, Larry Gibbs,

Brian Holstein and a possible

appearance by Robert Munsch.

PLUS 4 special Saturday

sessions, Under the Magic Ash,

especially tailored for

families, and a possible

appearance by Robert Munsch.

All programmes at 10:00 am.

July 13: Ellen Webb, Brad Woods,

Sya VanGeest, &

puppeteers.

July 27: Sarah Abusarar &

Ruth Danziger

Aug. 10: Elizabeth Matson,

Lynn Torrie &

Sya VanGeest

Aug. 24: Sya VanGeest,

Susan Boucaud

Please bring your lawn chair and

mug for free coffee/iced tea.

Arrive early and enjoy the music

of some of Guelph’s talented

musicians.

Admission is free, but (cash)

donations for our programmes

are welcomed.

Questions? Phone

519-820-4142 or e-mail:

briahols@yahoo.com

Programme subject to change.

Tea ’n’ Tales is joint programme of

the Guelph Guild of

Storytellers & the

Guelph Enabling Garden.

Special thanks to:

Ontario Arts Council

The Borealis Group

Royal City Brewery

Roothams Preserves

Planet Bean

Robert Munsch, Patron of GGS

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Tea ‘n’ Tales 2024

Guelph Enabling Garden

In Riverside Park

10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

every Friday from June 14

Jun 14 Don Conibear

Brian Holstein

Jun 21

Jun 28

Jul 1

Jul 5

Jul 12

Jul 19

Jul 26

Aug 2

Brenda Byers

Michael Williams

Maria Ordonez

Maryann Bailey

John Camelford

James Gordon

Larry Gibbs

Brian Holstein

Brad Woods

Stephanie Holt

Jean Bubba

Meryl Arbing

Lynn Torrie

Heather Whaley

Anna Kerz

June Brown

Mary Baldarsaro

Kait Taylor

Aug 9 Elizabeth Matson

Sarah Abusarar

Aug 16 Jay Wilson

Norman Perrin

Aug 23 Susan Ida Boucaud

Judy & Paul Caufield

Aug 30 Donna McCaw

Rusty Dougherty

Sep 6 Jan Sherman

Donna Dudinsky

Sep 13 Adwoa Badoe

Sya VanGeest

Family Days, “Tales near the Magic

Ash” on Saturdays, July 13, 27, and

August 10, 24, each featuring a

variety of tellers (see over)nn

Please bring your lawn chair and mug

for free coffee/iced tea. Children may

wish to bring a blanket to sit up close

for Family Saturdays.

Arrive early and enjoy the music of

some of Guelph’s talented musicians.

Admission is free, but appropriate (cash)

donations are welcomed

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June 22: Brenda Byers and Michael Williams, with

prelude entertainment by Allison Leroux.

June 28: Maria del Carmen Ordonez, Maryann

Bailey, with prelude entertainment by clarinetist

Jessica Tse.

JULY 1 CANADA DAY: James Gordon, Robert

Munsch, Larry Gibbs and Brian Holstein, with

entertainment by the violinist Bridget Walsh.

July 5: Brad Woods and Stephanie Holt with

prelude entertainment by the Dejembe Drummers.

July 12: Meryl Arbing and Jean Bubba, with

prelude entertainment by The Silver Strummers.

July 13: Family Friendly Storytelling “Under the Magic Ash”, with Brad

Woods, Ellen Webb and friends, with prelude entertainment by Larry

Gibbs.

July 19 : Heather Whaley and Lynn Torrie with

prelude entertainment by Heather Whaley.

July 26: June Brown and Anna Kerz, with prelude

entertainment by Paul Caufield.

July 27: Family Friendly Storytelling “Under the

Magic Ash”, with Sarah Abusarar and Ruth

Danziger, with prelude entertainment by Larry

Gibbs.

August 2: Mary McCullum Baldeasaro and Kait

Taylor. With prelude entertainment by Allison

Laroux.

August 9: Elizabeth Matson and Sarah Abusarar, with prelude

entertainment by the Dejembe Drummers.

August 5: Family Friendly Storytelling “Under the Magic Ash” with

Elizabeth Matson and Lynn Torrie, with prelude entertainment by Larry

Gibbs.

August 16: Norman Perrin and Jay Wilson,

with prelude entertainment by Allison Laroux.

August 23: Susan Ida Boucaud and Judy and

Paul Caufield, and Ruth Danziger with prelude

entertainment by The Silver Strummers.

August 24: Family Friendly Storytelling

“Under the Magic Ash”, with Susan Ida

Boucaud, Sya VanGeest, with prelude

entertainment by Larry Gibbs.

August 30: Rusty Dougherty and Donna

McCaw, with

prelude entertainment by Shepherd’s Knot.

September 6: Jan Sherman and Donna

Dudinsky with prelude entertainment by The

Royal City Ambassadors

September 8, Season finale: Adwoa Badoe

and Sya VanGeest with prelude by The Royal

City Ambassadors.

Questions? 519-820-4142 or

briahols@yahoo.com

Programme subject to change.

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Guelph FHT's Wellness Workshops are

offered at no cost and open to everyone!

Check out our 2024 workshop offerings!

You can print and view the schedule by visiting

our webpage: www.guelphfht.com/wellnessworkshops-and-programs/

*Please note: the dates/times/locations may

change. Keep checking website/email for any

updates.

FREE Wellness Workshops in June, presented

by the Guelph Family Health Team:

Let’s Talk About: Mild Cognitive Impairment

Date: Tuesday, June 4

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

Location: IN-PERSON workshop only

Suite 500 – 649 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph

Learn more HERE.

Calming Strategies (Topic: Grounding)

Date: Thursday, June 6

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST

Location: *VIRTUAL webinar only

Learn more HERE.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Part 1

(3 sessions to attend)

Dates: Tuesday, June 11, 18, 25

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm EST

Location: IN-PERSON workshop only

Suite 500 – 649 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph

Learn more HERE.

Calming Strategies (Topic: Mindfulness)

Date: Thursday, June 20

Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST

Location: *VIRTUAL webinar only

Learn more HERE.

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From the Back of the Truck

By Susan Jackson

The dirt road was full of potholes. It was a washboard

ride on that heavily treed strip alongside the river. The

lumber from the hardware store banged up and down in

the back of the truck, as the riders lurched back and

forth in their seats. Luckily they were nearing the old

farmhouse. As they left the edge of the river, the vista

opened up into farm fields, and across the valley, they

could see the white clapboard, two-storied house set

back from the roadway. The road smoothed out.

The farm house was the latest attempt by her father to

have a country getaway. Ten years previously, he had

bought a piece of Crown land with a bit of lakefront on

a small lake, and tackled the task of building a cottage.

It took several summers to get it more or less finished,

but in the end, children had grown into teenagers, and

they were not interested in doing the cozy family ride

to the cottage. The cottage itself had no plumbing, no

electricity, and no running water. Furthermore, once he

had built a small rowboat to get around on the lake, the

children discovered that their beachfront was actually a

foot of water covered in lily pads. The oar could be

pushed down deep into the oozing silt that was at their

drainage end of the lake. There was no reason to cut a

trail to their beach. Just frogs and lilypads awaited

them. Her father decided to sell the country cottage.

Now this farmhouse had potential. It had four

bedrooms upstairs, the roof was in good shape, as was

the house itself. The previous tenants were a bunch of

hippies, and friends of her husband. It was the era of

young men and young women who were going to live a

whole new life of love and flower power. As often was

the case, the group drifted apart, and money problems

arose, since hippies generally didn’t see themselves as

breadwinners. Wage earners tended to be few and far

between. Her father had heard about it from their visits

to the farmhouse, and he was quick to meet their price.

There was a reason for the lumber in the back of the

truck. They had brought the load of lumber to set up a

kitchen sink area. Once again there were a few

drawbacks to this farmhouse. Once again there was no

plumbing, no running water, or electricity, but this

time, the house was large and liveable. How had people

managed to farm on this property? The remnants of a

solid barn were across the road, and there was a

beautiful river running below the rim of the road. But

there were no hydro lines running along the whole

length of that gravel road.

Her father dug a bit of a garden, planting some

potatoes, carrots, and beans. They flourished in the

sandy soil. It was glory days for the black lab. He spent

his time hunting in the wooded hillside behind the

house. He killed grass snakes that were nested at the

side of the barn. At one point, he met a porcupine, and

returned with a face full of quills. She had to hold him

with a stick across his mouth while her husband pulled

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the quills out of his gums with

pliers.

Then there was the rabbit incident.

She saw him flash past, and

announced, “Ooh, the dog got a

rabbit.” Her mother, always skeptical,

said, “He didn’t kill a rabbit. How do you know

he killed a rabbit?”

She was quick to reply, “Because its feet were

hanging out of his mouth.” There was no further

debate.

He also was on guard inside the house. At night, he

would lie perfectly still, near the sink. They would be

playing cards by lantern at the table. Suddenly he

would rush into the dark corner and catch a mouse that

was looking for food. He was just as fast as any cat.

Everyone wanted water. Her father wanted water.

They decided to dig a hole down three feet at the back

of the farmhouse, but the only thing they found were

tiny snakes with pink bellies. Then he finally contacted

the local person who drilled for new wells. He also

paid the local dowser to come and dowse a good spot to

try drilling. The house was up a long slope from the

valley floor, so the drill had to go deep. The man came

with his equipment, and soon the engine was running to

drop the drill bit into the earth. It clanged away for

hours, but the first attempt was not successful. Then her

father had to decide whether to run another costly

session in hopes of striking the water table. They gave

it one more try, but it was not to be. That old farmhouse

was to remain without running water.

The following year, they had decided to move to

another province, and once again, a buyer was found

for the old farm house. She wondered if the new

owners would try once more to find the water table that

had eluded so many owners of that bit of land. She

hoped so.

Temagami

By Karen Morrisse

My dad and a friend of his had squatter’s rights on a

small plot of land up in Temagami. The small hut they

had there was just an old piano crate turned up on its

end. It was big enough to house two sets of army bunk

beds, and a little built-in corner table, with a couple of

stools.

It wasn’t the easiest place to find. Just before you got

to Temagami proper, you turned down a long, narrow

logging road. About two kilometres along the road, you

came to a railroad track. Dad would park the car off the

road, in the bush, near the tracks. Then it was a half a

kilometre walk along the tracks, carrying all your gear,

to the hut.

The tracks were forged between a blown-out section

of the Canadian Shield. The rock walls were quite high,

and they ran straight up. You really hoped a train didn’t

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want to pass you as you walked along, for there was

nowhere to run.

We had to carry in all of our bedding, clothes, and

food. There was a real sense of being alone out there.

There were no other people. We were far enough away

from the logging road that we never heard any of the

trucks coming or going. The train only went through

once a day, around 4 o’clock. The ground shook as it

thundered along, and the leaves rustled in the breeze

created by its passing.

The hut was behind some trees, not too far from the

railroad tracks. We would decide who was sleeping on

what bunk, and unpack our things. There was a short

path out the back of the hut. My dad had fashioned an

old toilet seat on four legs and placed it over a fairly

large hole he had dug. That was our toilet. No walls.

We had a large bucket which we kept just inside the

door of the hut that we used as a toilet during the night.

You wouldn’t want to run into a fox or wolf, or other

night creature while using the facilities in the dead,

dark of night.

Dad had cleared a small area for a campfire. All of

our food was cooked over the open fire. No camp

stoves, no barbecues. Oh, how wonderful the food

tasted. There’s nothing like food cooked over an open

flame.

Just on the other side of the tracks was the lake. So

large, so calm, and so clear. There was one very small

area which was cleared on the other side of the lake, to

the right, along with the cleared area where we were.

The rest of the lake was surrounded by trees, beautiful,

tall, green trees. If you listened closely, they spoke, in

soft, feathery whispers.

We drank right out of the lake. No motorboat had

ever been on it. We enjoyed swimming in the lake. It

was chock full of fish. Lake trout, northern pike,

walleye, and smallmouth bass. We only fished for

what we would eat. The fish tasted so good fresh out of

the lake.

I only got to visit there twice. Once with my dad’s

friend Bob and his daughter Sharee, and once with my

mother and cousin, Glen. Of course, dad was there

both times.

We never strayed far from the hut; we didn’t want to

get lost in the woods. Hours upon hours were spent in

and on the lake. When we weren’t canoeing around the

lake, we were swimming in it. Sometimes I could feel

the fish trying to nibble away at my toes. It was a

funny tickly feeling. Of course, it always made me

squeal in fright.

It seemed there were no arguments there. Everyone

was in a perpetual good mood. Being in nature does

that. Especially the kind of nature that hadn’t been

touched by humans trying to improve it.

The air was pure, the water clean, and at night there

were a trillion stars lighting up the ink black sky. A

couple of times glaring eyes could be spotted in the

distance. We didn’t venture to see what animal it was.

After all, we were in their home.

One evening it started to get chilly. I went to the hut

and got my jacket to put on. Well, there was some

yellow and black striped insect trying to snooze inside

of the sleeve, and when I slid my arm in, I got stung.

Boy, did that hurt. I think I let out a yelp that could be

heard for miles. Dad got some electrical tape and put

some on the bite. Allegedly it is supposed to pull out

the stinger, and syphon off the poison. I really can’t

remember if it helped or not.

When we packed up camp and decided to leave, Dad

wanted to load the canoe with all of our things, and

paddle it across the lake to the other clearing. It would

be easier than each of us carrying a heavy load. It

would also make it easier getting the canoe out. We

wouldn’t have to carry it along the train tracks.

The only problem with that was that I would have to

drive the van to the spot where dad was taking our

belongings. I didn’t drive. I had been out with my dad

a few times for lessons, but I didn’t drive. My mom

was ill, and unable to drive.

I helped Mom navigate the train tracks out of the

camp, and we got to the van. I managed to get it

started, and back to the road away from the bushes.

I had only been driving it a minute or so, when a huge

logging truck appeared in the rear-view mirror. It was

loaded to the brim with logs. The van was only

travelling at a snail’s pace. It was a road that I wasn’t

familiar with. It was a very narrow, and bumpy dirt

road. The bushes on either side of the road brushed the

van as we travelled along the way.

I was very nervous. I had to find the spot where my

dad had told me to park. He had said it was large

enough to park two vehicles. I knew the logging truck

couldn’t pass me, and I was going so slow that he may

never get his load delivered in time. There was

nowhere for me to pull over to let him pass. Finally, I

saw a small space that I thought I might be able to pull

the van into, so I made my best effort, and got the van

far enough off of the road that the logging truck could

get by. He gave me a long hard pull on the air horn as

he passed.

As soon as my heart slowed down, I said to my mom

that I should look for the place dad said to park. Just as

I finished my sentence, Dad came walking out of the

bush on the other side of the road. He said this was the

spot he told me about. I looked at him and back at the

spot. Two cars! Humph, there was barely enough room

for our van!

Glen and I helped Dad get all the gear in the van and

the canoe fastened on top. We drove slowly along the

logging road until we got to the highway. We left the

calm and serenity of untouched nature behind.

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Fee Assistance in Recreation Program subsidy increases to 95%

The City of Guelph is proud to announce positive changes to the Fee

Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) Program. The FAIR Program

empowers adults and seniors on a limited income to stay active by

subsidizing the cost for recreation programs, swim passes or other

memberships. As of spring 2024, the subsidy will be increasing to 95%,

from its previous 80%.

The FAIR program is designed to minimize financial barriers when accessing recreation and fitness

passes. Like the Free to Grow program for children, FAIR aims to support adults in our community with

easy access to recreational programming, with hopes to promote a healthy wellbeing for all members of the

community.

At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, there are several programs that the FAIR program can help

subsidize. In fact, all City of Guelph recreation programs, as well as GWSA memberships and registered

programs, qualify for FAIR. These programs include cardio and strength training classes, boxing, tai chi,

pickleball, meditation, yoga, and several others. The variety of offerings caters to differing levels of ability

and interest areas.

Eligible FAIR applicants will receive a discount of 95 per cent of the cost of City of Guelph Recreation

programs, up to an annual maximum of $250 per calendar year, per person. To be eligible, the applicant

must be a Guelph resident, be 18 years of age or older, and have an annual combined family income at, or

below, the Statistics Canada before-tax Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) table for their family size. The LICO

table is updated every year by Statistics Canada.

To apply to the FAIR program, print off an application at guelph.ca/how-can-we-help-you/fee-assistancesubsidy

and hand it in at Guelph City Hall, the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, West End

Community Centre, Guelph Transit or the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. All of these locations have

printed versions available, too. Applications take about 10 business days to process.

The City of Guelph hopes that this increased subsidy ensures that no one is excluded from a City-run

recreation program or activity solely by the inability to pay the fee.

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Friday, July 19, 2024

DRAYTON THEATRE, DRAYTON

Total cost: $155.00 - members only (non-refundable) Code -

Registration starts on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Booking deadline: Thursday, June 27, 2024

A Comedy from Norm Foster

There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia – especially when four female best friends

meet for coffee every day at the local diner to share gossip, romance, bawdy tales, and the true meaning of

life. Join us for an afternoon of laughter at the Drayton Theatre.

Before the show, we will enjoy a generous hot lunch (with their famous pie) at Anna Mae’s restaurant in

Millbank. You have a choice of entrees: either chicken or roast beef. Please choose which you prefer when

you register.

Departure Evergreen Centre: 10:30 a.m.; Carousel: 10:40 a.m.; Return: 5 p.m.

Cost includes theatre ticket, lunch, coach and all taxes and tips.

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or GWSA cancels the trip due to lack of

participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means

booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.

Accessibility: Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can transfer to

a coach seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of the coach.

Parking: 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 where you will board the bus. This

allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current GWSA

membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. Please bring

the completed contact list available on the GWSA website located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If

you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel Committee member the day of the

trip.

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday, June 27,

2024.

Register online (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. MasterCard, Visa,

Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for online booking https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/

MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-837-5699.

As of January 1, 2023, credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone. If you wish to

make a telephone payment, you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll account. Customers can

also pre-purchase a City Card or an account credit in-person at any of our recreation facilities to be used

towards future purchases by telephone.

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday,

June 27, 2024.

Please put the date on your calendar and arrive on time.

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Saturday, August 24, 2024

Winona Peach Festival & Dundurn Castle, Hamilton

Total Cost: $90.00 - members only (non -refundable) Code:

Registration starts on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Booking Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2024

Come exploring with us...Our day will start with a visit to Dundurn National Historic Site. Experience a

guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830s on Burlington Heights (now Hamilton).

The home is filled with authentic antiques and decor and is sure to impress you with its grandeur.

From there, we will travel on to the Winona Peach Festival – a wonderful festival featuring vendors of all

varieties, arts and crafts, music, and great food. There is a wide variety of food outlets and, of course, all

things peaches. Lunch will be on your own - you may want to bring a snack with you for the bus, since the

food lines may be long. You may also want to bring a cooler bag to hold baskets of peaches! Please note:

the festival is in a park and the ground may be uneven or bumpy. This trip involves walking. Lunch is not

included in the price.

Depart Evergreen Centre: 8:30 a.m.; Carousel: 8:45 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m.

Cost includes coach, all admissions, taxes and tip for the driver.

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or GWSA cancels the trip due to lack of

participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means

booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.

Accessibility: Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can transfer

to a coach seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of the

coach.

Parking: 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 where you will board the bus. This

allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current GWSA

membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. Please bring

the completed contact list available on the GWSA website located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If

you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel Committee member the day of the

trip.

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday, August 1,

2024.

Register online (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. MasterCard, Visa,

Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for online booking https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/

MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-837-5699.

As of January 1, 2023, credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone. If you wish to

make a telephone payment, you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll account. Customers can

also pre-purchase a City Card or an account credit in-person at any of our recreation facilities to be used

towards future purchases by telephone.

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday,

August 1, 2024.

Please put the date on your calendar and arrive on time.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2024

Theatre Orangeville

Total cost: $120.00 - members only (non-refundable) Code -

Registration starts on Thursday, July 25, 2024

Booking Deadline: Thursday, August 29, 2024

A Theatre Orangeville Mainstage Production From Playwright Chris Rait

Gordon and Archie have been friends for over 70 years, living and working in the remote fishing village

of Murphy’s Harbour, Newfoundland. Through some internet research, Archie believes that he has figured

out a way to physically reclaim his vigor. All that remains is the key ingredient to this elixir: glacial ice.

Gordon decides to join his mate for an excursion out to sea, where a large iceberg is drifting a few miles

offshore. ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ is a story of friendship. It is filled to the brim with original folk music and

laughter and projects an inspiring message of “It’s never too late.”

Join us for a relaxing day enjoying lunch on your own at a local restaurant or cafe in downtown

Orangeville and browsing the shops, followed by a matinee theatre show.

Depart Evergreen Centre: 10:00 a.m.; Carousel: 10:05 a.m.; Return: 5:15 p.m.

Cost includes bus transport, theatre ticket, and tip for the driver, (lunch is not included).

Refund Policy: This trip is NON-REFUNDABLE; doctor’s certificates will not be accepted. Should there

be a mandatory provincial shutdown due to COVID-19 or GWSA cancels the trip due to lack of

participation, all participants will receive a full refund to their method of payment. Don’t Wait! That means

booking your trip before the trip must be cancelled due to low participation.

Accessibility: Unfortunately there is no wheelchair accessibility on this trip. Travellers who can transfer to

a coach seat may have their collapsible, manual wheelchair or walker stored in the cargo area of the coach.

Parking: 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 where you will board the bus. This

allows for other members to have a place to park when they come throughout the day.

PROCEDURES FOR BOOKING THIS TRIP: All participants will be required to have a current GWSA

membership. If your membership needs renewal, please see the front desk staff at the Centre. Please bring

the completed contact list available on the GWSA website located on the Trips, Travel and Tours page. If

you are unable to print this form, copies will be available from a Travel Committee member the day of the

trip.

Registration will be available until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday, August 29,

2024.

Register online (preferred): Sign up for a RecEnroll account with the City of Guelph. MasterCard, Visa,

Amex or Visa Debit are accepted for online booking https://cityofguelph.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/

MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn.

Register by telephone: By contacting Customer Service at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 519-837-5699.

As of January 1, 2023, credit card information is no longer accepted over the telephone. If you wish to

make a telephone payment, you must first save your credit card on your RecEnroll account. Customers can

also pre-purchase a City Card or an account credit in-person at any of our recreation facilities to be used

towards future purchases by telephone.

Register at the front desk at the Evergreen until the trip is fully booked, or booking is closed on Thursday,

August 29, 2024.

Please put the date on your calendar and arrive on time.

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Bistro 683 - June 2024

The Evergreen Restaurant is open to the public

and serves a large variety of menu items that are

available from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to

Friday (except holidays):

Full Breakfast Plate Sandwiches

Breakfast Sandwich Homemade Soups

French Toast

Fresh Bakery Items

Toasted Western Sandwich Hamburgers

Daily Breakfast Specials Salads

Beverages

Breakfast is served starting at 9:00 am. The daily

featured Lunch is served from 11 am to 1 pm

Monday to Friday 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 helps us achieve this goal.

Featured Hot Lunch

$7.50 + tax.

Each hot lunch is served as a full and balanced,

nutritional meal.

Catering

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

matter.

JULY MENU will be available in the

dining room JUNE 24

AUGUST MENU will be available in

the dining room JULY 22

BREAKFAST served starting at 9:00 am

FEATURED LUNCH served 11 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

3

4

5

6

7

Ham Dinner

Fried Dumplings

and Stirfry

Crispy Fish Cakes

Pork Chops

Beef Stroganoff

10

11

12

13

14

Philly

Cheesesteak

Perogies

Chicken Chow

Mein

Beef Pot Roast

Chicken Caesar

Salad

17

18

19

20

21

Spaghetti and

Meatballs

Turkey Meatloaf

Rueben Sandwich

Cabbage Rolls

Seared Rainbow

Trout

24

25

26

27

28

Liver and Onions

Butter Chicken

BBQ Chicken

Drumsticks

Cobb Salad

Chicken

Shawarma

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