April 17 -  I’ve Got Plans To Keep You Busy Until The Snow Flies Again!

 

After bouncing ideas around and failing to find a big draw for either Toronto or Niagara theatre, I’ve decided to go with monthly day trips for the rest of this year. My fingers are crossed that Mirvish Theatre will decide to offer group sales for “Hamilton” next year and we will definitely do an overnight then!

So with that; I’ll offer up the next day trip for your consideration: Breakfast at Refugee Island. We will depart by school bus from Walker House at 8am on the morning of Thursday, June 20th and go to St. Lawrence Park in Brockville where we will be ferried across in smaller boats to Refugee Island to enjoy a full hot breakfast with toast, eggs, bacon, ham, pancakes with local syrup, local strawberries, and even baked beans. This popular yearly fundraiser includes entertainment and happens rain or shine, so dress appropriately. It is sheltered from the weather but the terrain is “natural” so there will be some uneven walking although there are golf carts offering rides on the main land and lots of helping hands. The cost to come with us is $18 and includes your breakfast and the ride from Walker House and back. Friends of Walker House are welcome to come with us; membership is not required, but I need to have your money by the end of the first week in May so that I can purchase a large block of tickets.

 I do have a couple of spots now available for both August performances of “Come From Away” at the NAC in Ottawa, and I have started a waiting list for the filled up May trip to Ottawa to visit the tulip festival and tour the Diefenbunker. Call me at 925-5300 or drop in to grab them!

The spring session for yoga with Sue Turner begins again this week. The ten-week session (April 18-June 20th) offers hatha yoga at St. Paul’s United Church from 9:30-10:30 and Walker House members can attend for only $50 in advance or $6 to drop in. We have made some changes to the chair yoga classes and they are returning to the Ruth Evanson room in our municipal building at 360 Dibble St from 11-noon. This program is now supported by the Town of Prescott. The chair yoga class is open to anyone in the community who is looking for a chair based, gentle yoga class for a drop-in fee of only $2 per class (or register for all 10 weeks for $20). Non-town residents pay $6 drop-in and $50 full session. The elevator runs up to the 2nd floor so the bright, airy room is easily accessible for anyone.

 

This week’s card results:

Euchre (Thursdays at 1:30) 1st-Mary Typhair, 2nd- Jean McCready, 3rd- Alice Milne. Consolation: Micheline Cook.

Saturday Bridge (1:30) 1st- Valerie Schulz, 2nd- Ron Shannon.

 Monday Bridge (1pm) 1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Ron Harvie, 3rd- John Walsh.

April 9 Let’s get Walking!

The Fort Town Night Run is presenting its 3rd annual event on Saturday, May the 4th and I’ve signed us up to be a team and do a group walk. We had a good time cheering on the runners as they made their way past Walker House last year and Michel, the organiser, has created a new category so that groups like us can participate. We will collect pledges for their charity and walk together which will allow us to take part in all the festivities at the fort, get some fresh air and exercise after this long, long, very long winter! You can decide if you would like to make a donation to get on our team or if you would like to collect some pledges from your friends; either way works great. I have a pledge form and team sign up sheet here at Walker House and I can print more off for you if you are an ambitious sort, but it’s not necessary. Let’s lace up our runners, throw on some flashing accessories, and enjoy a great walk and talk for a good cause!

Our final tulip felting workshop took place with the wonderful Wendo this week and I promise, she will be back with future projects for us. I’ve posted a sign up sheet for our Spring member’s lunch taking place at 11:30 on Friday the 26th of April for $8. Our special guest, Dale, will be talking about her business: Seniors 4 Seniors. It’s a unique concept where seniors get paid to help their peers. Volunteer opportunities exist, but this idea of providing help and being paid at the same time is a new one for me and I think has potential to be helpful and rewarding to both parties. Learn more about it while you enjoy coffee and our Easter cake dessert after dining on creamy lemon parmesan chicken breast with rice, glazed carrots, and pasta salad.

We have only a few spots left for our trip on May 16th for tulips, lunch, and the Diefenbunker, so if you signed up, can you please bring in a cheque or cash for $70 so that I can start a waiting list.

Here are this week’s card scores:

Monday Bridge: 1st- Karen Burningham, 2nd- Brian Milne, 3rd- Joan Salmon.

On Saturday our bridge convenors ruled the day with 1stplace going to Mona Smith, and 2ndto Valerie Schulz.

Euchre: 1st-Alice Milne, 2nd- Walter Picavet, 3rd- Mary Typhair, and the consolation prize went to Rose Boyd.

April 2  - The Feathers Were Flying!

I was on holidays last week so I wrote up my column before we had our special ladies night and I really must thank Gina from Little Sisterz in Spencerville and Donna from the Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville for a fantastic evening! Gina had fun decor on our tables and even iced the sugar cookie boys and girls to be little exotic dancers. The dance studio brings in a wonderful teacher, Randi Rouge, for their Burlesque although they offer so many adult dance classes each week in addition. Randi led us in an hour and a half dance lesson that just flew by! The floor was just covered in feathers when we were finished and we were all smiling ear to ear! We have a group shot of us at the end of our class on our Facebook page if you’d like to see us in our feather boas looking a little tired, but very happy. This proves my theory that dancing is way more fun than other exercise. I say this here because I will soon be introducing a dance based class to our schedule, so remember this when you see the addition in a few weeks.

Our first Parkinson’s open house is taking place next Monday April 8th at 10am and will do the same going forward on the second Monday of each month. Come and meet our facilitator and hear about upcoming plans for guest speakers and other support that will be offered here for you. There is no need to register and no need to be a member of Walker House to participate. We are happy hosts and supporters of this event, and it is open to anyone in the community who would benefit. Also each month we host Alzheimer’s Lanark Leeds Grenville, typically on the 4th Monday and also at 10am. Because this month that falls on Easter Monday, Mary will be moving ahead one week to the 15th of April.

Monday Bridge

March 25th : 1st- John Walsh, 2nd-Cay Brown, 3rd- Bob McVicar.

April 1st: 1st- John Walsh, 2nd- Karen Burningham, 3rd- Brian Milne.

Euchre

March 21:1st- Jean McCrady, 2nd- Lia McConnell and Norma Kerr, 3rd- Findlay Hill, consolation prize – Walter Picavet.

March 28th: 1st- Gord Randall, 2nd- Brian Milne, 3rd- Findlay Hill, Consolation prize- Jean McCrady.

March 19 -- Sign up to visit the Tulip Festival and the Diefenbunker!

Our felting workshops with Wendo have filled up nicely and the response for the tulip piece was so great that we have added a second date. If you were on the waiting list for this week or if you didn’t sign up because the date didn’t work for you (that’s you, Marnie!) then you have the chance to felt this lovely piece on Tuesday, April 9th at 12:30pm and members will still get the fantastic rate of just $15. You’ll find a new sign up sheet posted here.

I have been working on a couple of trips for the summer and our first one is ready to go:  On Thursday, May 16th we will be taking a Howard’s coach to tour the beautiful Tulip Festival gardens in Ottawa with a stop to stroll, take photographs, or just sit on a bench and enjoy spring!  Lunch is included at one of my favourite restaurants in Kanata – the Glen Scottish Pub has been serving up the best fish and chips since I was a kid growing up just a short walk away. It will have to be an early lunch because from there we travel to the Diefenbunker museum in Carp for a group tour that shines a light on a fascinating and little known part of our history.  This trip is open to all our friends in the community and the cost for all I’ve mentioned is $70. Stop in to sign up or call me at 613-925-5300. The coach will pick us up at Walker House at 8:30 and I’ll have you back home at approximately 3:45-4pm. For those who are not familiar with the Diefenbunker, it was built in 1959 as a top-secret operation. Its purpose was to house key members of the government and military in the event of a nuclear attack on Canada. It was the largest of a series of emergency government headquarters bunkers which were built across Canada. I was able to visit the museum 15 years ago and was very impressed with the exhibits and frankly stunned at this part of our history that I knew next to nothing about.

I was away last week with my family for the March Break and I have some bridge scores to catch up on.

Monday 11th, 1st: Ron Harvie, 2nd- Valerie Schulz, 3rd- Carole Rafuse.

Monday 18th 1st- Valerie Schulz, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Barb Berry.

Saturday 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd- Ron Harvie, and I was happy to hear that Mona paid a visit!

I have Euchre scores only for the 7th:

1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Findlay Hill, 3rd- Walter Picavet.

Euchre was cancelled on the 14th so members could pay condolences to the family of one of their own. I sadly learned on my return that Jean Grant passed away; she will be missed.

March 12 - May the Road Rise to Meet You

I was happy to see numbers up last week with the return of more civilised weather and I am sure many of you are also happy to see the ice melting away from the sidewalks…. Come on Spring!

We had a really fabulous day in Brockville on Wednesday. Our tasty lunch at Buell St Bistro was handled so smoothly and the Aquatarium was an eye-opener! We spent almost two hours with our knowledgeable and friendly guides and got to experience many things; I highly recommend a visit. The young otters are leaving to a new facility at the end of the month, but we got to see them which was a nice bonus. Wednesday is Senior’s day so it costs just $10 to get in and they also offer a “grandpass” which allows a grandparent to purchase a pass that covers unlimited grandchildren so this could work very well if you are expecting company this summer.

Our knitting group marches bravely forward and we will be learning how to do a garter drop stitch with Janice beginning on Tuesday, March 19th at 1pm. You’ll need 5.5 mm (US 9) straight needles and 1 skein of medium worsted weight yarn. We have a good selection of needles upstairs in the library so you should be okay without purchasing any.  This is a light and airy scarf or shawl and is still considered “beginner”, although it will teach us some new stitches. Don’t worry if you are taking the tulip felting course upstairs that day – as with most of our knitting classes, this will carry forward for a few weeks until we are all finished, and you can jump in with assistance at any point in the process.

Weight Lifting for Women over 50 is finally resuming with most likely a very tanned and fit looking Cathy on Wed the 20th at the health centre. Classes begin at 3pm for this session and please remember to bring your money for Cathy on the first session. Members will be subsidized so they need only bring $20 and for non-members who signed up, it is $30 for 6 weeks. I will be in Kanata at a training session for that date, so I may not see you then, but I will drop in sooner or later to say hi.

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone and may the wind be always at your back!

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.

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.