February 12 - Enough with Winter! Let’s have Some FUN!!

I’ve got two special events planned to entice us back out of doors after all this polar vortex nonsense we have been suffering through. First up, we have a day out in Brockville on Wednesday, March 6th. You will be picked up by bus at Walker House at 9:30 to go to the Aquatarium where we will be split into small groups for guided tours of all the exhibits and then we’ll be whisked away to the lovely Buell St Bistro for a 3 course lunch before we head home mid afternoon. Doesn’t that sound nice?

Our next event is something for the ladies only! Join me for a very special evening on Saturday, March 23rd at the Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville. The lovely dancer, Randi Rouge, will guide us in a fun and flirty evening of Burlesque. We will also make a stop at Little Sisterz for a decadent dessert and fancy coffee. I challenge anyone to have the winter blues after an evening like that! No dancing experience is needed; we are just going to play, and dance, and there will be lots of giggles, I’m sure. If you’ve got them, bring long gloves and a feather boa, but don’t worry – Randi has plenty to share to put us in the mood and wonderful music for us to dance to. You’ll be smiling for days!

Best of all is the cost for these trips is only $8; the same as our member’s lunches, and includes bus transportation, tickets, and the food as mentioned. I have 48 seats for the Brockville day trip and only 32 for our evening of Burlesque. These events are subsidized by special grant money so members will have first chance at them, but if there is still room the week before, non-members are welcome to join us for an additional $30 on the 6th and $25 on the 23rd.

Please note that next Monday is the Family Day holiday, so I won’t be in, but bridge will still take place in the afternoon. Our Alzheimer’s Support Group has changed their meeting date this month toTuesday, Feb 19th at 10am. We have our lasagna lunch on February 22nd at 11:30 and our special guests are from the Parkinson’s Society. I encourage anyone in the community to join us for lunch that day for a chance to speak with Krista and learn more about Parkinson’s.  We will be establishing a support group here once a month going forward. Please just call me at 613-925-5300 to register in advance and come before 11:30 to find your seat. Our lunches are always $8 and the menu this month is lasagna, Caesar salad and garlic bread with Boston Cream squares for dessert.

Here are this week’s card scores:

Monday Bridge: 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Joan Salmon, 3rd- Cay Brown.

Saturday Bridge: 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Ron Harvie.

Euchre: 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd- Jean McCrady, 3rd- Micheline Cook. Consolation- Elaine Bolton.

February 5 Winter Walks and Weight Lifting

You may have heard around town that this Wednesday is Winter Walk Day; designed to encourage residents to get more active and quit hibernating. Well this kid needs a kick in the rear, so I will be walking to my weekly meeting at town hall on Wednesday morning and I’ll be watching for you! If you find it chilly and you know how to knit, may I suggest that you pop in sometime on a Tuesday afternoon to get the double thick reversible toque pattern that we have been working on since mid-January. I have officially finished mine, and it is super snuggly and two colours for the price of one – you can’t beat it!

Our Alzheimer’s support group may be changing their meeting day this month and could be meeting upstairs in the library at 10am on Tuesday February 19th. Typically, Mary is here on the last Monday of every month with a caregiver’s support group and if you are looking for more information about dementia or coming to terms with a new diagnosis, you can contact her at mcampbell@alzllg.ca and make an appointment to see her here. I’ll be able to confirm the date with her by next week’s column.

Fans of Cathy Reid’s Weight Lifting for Women over 50 class will be happy to hear that she returns to us in March. Walker House will continue to subsidize this energizing strength building class for members so that the cost is just $20 for a 6 week session. They take place on Wednesdays at the health centre starting March 20th from 3-4pm. Members can register up until the 6th of March and any spaces remaining in the class will then be open to others in the community as long as they fit the criteria (women and 50+ as the name suggests) for the full cost of $30 to Cathy. You can register by signing up here or email me at walkerhouse@prescott.ca. We have stability balls, drum sticks, and a handful of yoga mats and hand weights to loan out and please bring your own water and weights if you can.

Weather slowed some of the card players down this week, but many ventured forth.

Monday Bridge: 1st- Ron Harvie, 2nd- Carole Rafuse, 3rd- Candy Alexander.

Saturday Bridge: 1st- Karen Burningham, 2nd- Bev Ortega.

Euchre: 1st- Una Rhodes, 2nd- Elaine Bolton, 3rd- Findlay Hill, Consolation- Walter Picavet.

February 1 “Parkinson’s 101” is planned for the 22nd of February

Despite the horrible weather and some stiff competition for lunch, we had a good turn out for our Annual General Meeting and member’s appreciation lunch last week.  We thanked our departing board members; Lorraine Dallas, Jo Anne Daigle, Mike Ostrander, and Neil Dufour, who has been serving on our board in one form or another for over ten years! Lee McConnell is our incoming town council representative and, in addition to Lee, we are also welcoming Maria McKibbin and Tom Van Dusen to our new board of management for 2019. I will post the minutes here at Walker House for members to read if they wish and we are always available to answer any questions and take programming suggestions.

February is bringing some Valentine crafts to our Tuesday afternoon craft group; drop by at 1pm on February  5th to craft a sweet and very easy yarn tag and on February 12th we will be making little glass magnets for your sweetheart.  Mark February  22nd on your calendar at 11:30 for our member’s lunch. We’ll be baking lasagna with Caesar salad and garlic bread for just $8. Our special guest this month is Krista Duncan who will be presenting a Parkinson’s Information Session while we have coffee and dessert (we’re making a chocolate éclair cake!) Please sign up in advance and feel welcome to join us if you are interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease. Our intent is to start a support group here going forward and we are happy to welcome non members to attend this lunch and hear from Krista.

Here are this week’s card scores:

Monday Bridge: 1st- Joanne Walsh, 2nd- Carole Rafuse, 3rd- Ron Harvie.

Saturday Bridge - 1st- Karen Burningham, 2nd- Bev Ortega.

There were a few brave souls who played euchre on Thursday, but I can’t find their tally sheet. Is it too tacky for me to just say that they were all winners because they refused to let winter get the best of them and keep them at home?? Probably, but it’s also too late because I just said it!

January 22 May I offer some alternatives to hibernating?

Here we are; it’s the time of year when the long weeks of cold stretch before us and my job is to see what activities I can add to our calendar to keep us all from getting cabin fever!  We are starting with our AGM and FREE members appreciation lunch this Friday the 25th at 11:30, but what else can we do? For our craft group, I have some sweet and very easy valentine crafts for us on the first two Tuesdays in February at 1pm. We are going along great with our double thick toques with Janice and will surely be finished those by the end of the month. If you want to get it on them, bring some 4mm double pointed needles and some Canadiana or similar weight yarn and jump into the class. Not to brag (too much) but I am almost halfway done mine after a weekend indoors and I only see two visible mistakes!!! We are resuming our spinning classes (on a spinning wheel like Sleeping Beauty, not a bicycle) in the Ruth Evanson Community Room at town hall on Dibble St. It will take place for a month from 10-3.  Bring your wheel and a bagged lunch and please note that you need to sign in on the main floor office across from the elevator. We have a nice variety of fibres to work with so hopefully there is something new for you to try.

The town’s new Indoor Walking Club takes place at the Leo Boivin arena every Tuesday from 9:30-11am and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm. Walker House has a drop in coffee group on Tuesdays from 10-12, so if you time it right, you can walk in safety and comfort and then pop over here for a visit! We have a cooperative scrabble table going most weeks, and a spiffy new cribbage board and Ivy and Carol make sure there is always a treat to go with your coffee since you will have walked off a few calories already, right? One note about the Walking Club is that it will be on the concrete so stability poles work great, but the exercise Nordic poles don’t grip very well. Bring your indoor shoes and a bottle of water and wear some light layers and get moving!

If you are not on our email list, then shoot me an email at walkerhouse@prescott.ca as this is the time of year when I will be releasing details about upcoming trips over the summer and some special winter workshops that you won’t want to miss. Stay warm and stay safe and I hope to see you on Friday. (please let me know by Wednesday if you are coming for lunch at 613-925-5300 if you can’t make it in to sign up.)

This week’s card results are:

Euchre: 1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Walter Picavet, 3rd- Glenna Bonneau,; consolation: Findlay Hill.

Monday Bridge: 1st- Valerie Schulz, 2nd- Ron Harvie, 3rd- Brian Milne.

Saturday Bridge: 1st- John Walsh, 2nd- Carole Rafuse.

January 16 - Come From Away matinee is filling up

 

There have been a lot of tickets ordered for our Saturday Aug 31st matinee trip to see Come From Away at the National Arts Centre, but there are still a good number available for the evening performance on Wednesday August 28th. Friends and family are welcome to join us for $166 per person which includes our orchestra seats and the coach drive up and back. We also leave early enough for some free time at Sparks Street or the Byward Market pre-show for shopping or dining out. Call me for more details at 613-925-5300.

Our excellent chair yoga class has resumed with Sue Turner at our municipal building on Dibble Street but there is a previous booking that we have to work around on Thursday the 24th. The time (11-12) remains the same, but on that day only, chair yoga will be taking place at St Paul’s United Church with our thanks.

For the next few weeks our craft group which meets on Tuesdays from 1-4 will be working with Janice to knit a reversible toque which we surely needed this past weekend when we dipped into the artic temperatures – brrrr!

All our card players are back in the fold and here are their results:

Euchre Thurs (1:30-4)- 1st: Una Rhodes, 2nd-Jean McCrady, 3rd- Brian Milne, consolation- Jean Dufour.

Monday Bridge (1-4) - 1st- Joanne Walsh, 2nd- Brian Milne, 3rd- Valerie Schulz

Saturday Bridge (1:30-4): 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Ron Harvie.

I have given you the times again because you are invited to come in and take a seat at the table! Don’t let the long winter get you down.  If you know how to play euchre or bridge, then why not give us a try? You don’t need to come with a partner and there is no commitment to come every week. If you give me a quick call, I can introduce you the convenors who will help you join in. We also often have bid euchre on Fridays at 1pm and lots of board games if you would like to gather here at another day and time to stay warm and enjoy some companionship.

January 8 Remember when “Real men didn’t eat quiche?”

 

As we settle into this new year (2019 – wow!) I have a few dates for you to take note of. Thursday, January 10th is when yoga resumes for a ten week winter session. All members are welcome to attend Sue Turner’s gentle hatha yoga at St Paul’s United Church at 9:30 in the hall. Walker House subsidizes the classes so members pay only $45 for the full session on the first day or there is a $6 drop in fee. It helps to pre-register at www.sueturner.ca, but you are also welcome to drop in a few minutes before your session. Sue’s inclement weather policy is that if the school busses are cancelled, then class is cancelled that day.

If you are new to yoga, recovering from illness or injury, or you are looking for a class that includes all the benefits or yoga without requiring you to use a floor mat, then chair yoga is perfect for you! It takes place in the newly renovated Ruth Evanson Room on the second floor at town hall at 11am. Just follow the elevator upstairs to the second floor and turn left when you get off. You won’t need any special equipment for chair yoga, just wear comfy clothing.

Speaking of newly renovated….our new floors look fantastic! Our town staff did a really great job installing them and already the dingy carpet is a distant memory, it looks so clean and fresh in here.

The last big date for January is the 25th. All members are invited to join us for our AGM and member’s appreciation lunch. It starts at it’s regular time 11:30 with a short meeting to introduce you to your new board members and review the year just past and then we will share (you guessed it) a quiche lunch complete with soup, potatoes, and dessert. Please sign up by the 23rd so I can ensure we are set up properly.

We will be bidding a fond farewell to three board members who are moving on and there is still room around the table to welcome some new members. We meet ten times a year to help make programming decisions for our very special centre and all voices are welcome so please consider becoming a part of our board of management.

Bridge continued on Saturdays during the renovation so I have three days of results for you.

Dec 29th Ron Harvie came first followed by Bob McVicar and on the 5th of January, Findlay Hill came first with Richard Kingston second.

Monday Bridge: 1st- John Walsh, 2nd- Gerry LeClair 3rd- Cay Brown.

November 21 The Details are here for “Come From Away” this summer 

 

“Come From Away” is breaking records in it’s run on Broadway and selling out in Toronto since it arrived there. Broadway Across Canada brings this poignant, funny, lively, musical, and very, very Canadian show to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa next summer for a short run so we are planning to go again for more! I have booked orchestra seats for the evening show on Wednesday, August 28thand the matinee on Saturday, August 31st and a coach bus from Howards to take us there and back in comfort. Both trips include time before the show for either dinner or lunch on Elgin, Sparks St or the Byward Market at your expense with the coach will be returning directly to Walker House after the applause finishes. If requested, a pick up in Brockville or along the 416 can be arranged for you. Non-members are welcome to join us and I am asking for at least a $50 deposit upon booking if you don’t want to pay in full. As with all of our trips I will be starting a waiting list and if you ever need to cancel I do my best to fill your seat and give a complete refund. I’ve posted two sign up sheets and both have 56 spots at $166. Anyone joining us from out of town can call me at 613-925-5300 to hold a spot and send in a cheque to Walker House, or drop by to see me in person and sign up.

 

 

MosaiCanada 150 Topiary Exhibit

Here is the chair from our chair workshop, with members Rosemary and Steven enjoying their creations.