June 19 Last Call for Gananoque!

It’s time to commit to our daytrip to the 1000 Islands Playhouse on July 20th. We’ll be taking a bus from Walker House to the Firehall Theatre for the hilarious “Harvest”. It tells the story of a retired couple who sell off their family farm and move to a condo in the city. When they discover that the “nice young man” leasing their old home has been raising a different crop altogether, they are thrown into an unexpected adventure. The bus will be leaving Walker House at 12:30, returning after the curtain closes, and the cost per person is just $39. Everyone is welcome to join us for the afternoon for the same price as members are paying, but I need to have your payment by June 29th in order to keep our seats for the performance. Drop by with a cheque for Walker House or call me at 613-925-5300 if you’d like more information.

Another day trip that has been rumoured is finally ready to be unveiled: We are heading north to Ottawa for Yoga on the Hill! Just $15 and a yoga mat are all that is required to travel with Sue Turner onboard a Howard’s coach on Wednesday, July 18th. We will leave at 10am which allows us time to people watch before assembling on the lawn for our noon yoga. The leader that day is Phil Landel and he’ll be teaching fitness-style yoga with suggested modifications for a gentler approach. After yoga we’ll be heading to the wonderful Green Door restaurant for lunch before returning. Walker House is subsidizing the cost of the coach so members will be given until the end of June to register and then seats will be open to anyone else who would like to join us. We are asking that registration and payments be in before the 11th of July.

Thank you to those who have signed up to help water our sharing garden. There is another sign posted on the volunteer board by our friends at the Prescott Lawn Bowling Club who are looking for some help in the kitchen for some summer tournaments. Upcoming this month, Hoops and Hooks are having a trunk sale and potluck for their hook-in on the morning of the 27th of June and our red and white member’s lunch is taking place on June 29th with pasta, Caesar salad and garlic bread.

Here are this week’s card scores: Euchre: We had a tie for first,  Findlay Hill and Jessie Shaver, and a tie for second between Geneva Odell and Jean French. Jean Annable took home the consolation prize.

Monday Bridge: 1st- Geri LeClair, 2nd- John Walsh, 3rd- Ron Harvie. Saturday Bride: 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd- Mona Smith.

Share your enthusiasm for your craft at the Business Showcase in June!

It’s finally time to head to Toronto and I have one ticket still up for grabs due to a last minute cancellation. If anyone would like to join us, call me at 613-925-5300 and get yourself on the bus! Our coach departs from Walker House on Friday morning at 9:15 or sooner if everyone is seated and ready to go. We’ll stop in Brockville at Food Basics for a pick-up if that works and is pre-arranged. For people leaving their cars overnight in Prescott, by-law has asked if you could please park along the south row at the tennis court side.

Next week brings our last cooking class and the focus will be on healthier alternatives to animal proteins. It’s full, so if you’ve signed up and can’t make it, please let me know and I can perhaps get someone else in your place. We’ve had such fun working with Sue Torrance who has balanced learning and tasty food perfectly!

Friday, the 1st of June will be our member’s lunch at 11:30 and there is still room for more if you’d like to sign up for picnic favourites – sliced ham and turkey with salads and pineapple angel lush cake for dessert.

Walker House is going to be participating in the Annual Business Showcase and Expo on June 8th and 9th and I’m inviting all of our groups here to submit a write up about their activities for the table and also to attend the booth with us for a short time and share your craft with visitors. This is always a very busy event and is a perfect opportunity to show off your passion and perhaps attract new members to join you. I’ve hooked at similar events at Upper Canada Village and in Spencerville and it’s always fun to share and I’ve found people enjoy the chance to have a close up look at a project being worked on.

Don’t forget to sign up for bridge lessons resuming on June 6th! Here are your card scores for this week:

Monday Bridge: 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Mona Smith, 3rd- Geri Le Claire. Euchre: 1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Jessie Shaver, 3rd- Hazel Wallace, consolation: Jean Mc Cready. Saturday bridge: 1st- Dave Martin, 2nd- Ron Shannon.

There is always so much fun to be had in our town!

I wanted to make sure everyone knows to check out our wonderful 2018 Summer Play Guide for more information about the summer activities and recreation planned for this year in town. It is a 44 page booklet with information about all the summer programs and recreation opportunities in town for all ages and can be found at www.prescott.ca and I’ll have some here for you to pick up too. I am a big fan of Prescott in general and love our town year round, but it really comes alive when the trees fill out in green and the river warms up and there is always so much going on here. We have a community bulletin board here in our hallway for you to hang your posters on for upcoming events and sometimes it is overflowing with church suppers and concerts so it’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking it out when you drop in here for coffee on Tuesday mornings. We have some nice benches and two picnic tables on our back lawn so if you walk in on a Tuesday morning to find the attendance is low – check outside as we may have brought our coffee to enjoy there, “al fresco”.

I have tickets for sale here for A Taste of Prescott coming up on the 15th of June if you’d like to nibble and sip your way through some of our local food and beverage purveyor’s samplings. If you are too hungry to wait for that, then sign up for our member’s lunch taking place on Friday June 1st. We’ll be making a buffet of picnic favourites – sliced ham and turkey with all your favourite salads – broccoli, potato, pasta and soft fresh rolls. Dessert will be one of my favourite summer cakes – angel lush. We’ll be starting at 11:30 and the cost if just $8 for members and their guests. I have a spot to sign up to volunteer as kitchen help or as part of the clean up crew if you can spare the time that week. We always get lots of appreciation and have a great time in the kitchen to boot.

I’ve heard back from most of our group heading for Toronto on the 25th with their lunch orders for Brighton. Please call (613-925-5300) or email (walkerhouse@prescott.ca) with your choice before the long weekend so that I can place our order. Your choices again are 1) fish and chips, 2) homemade meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies, 3) oven baked mac and cheese with garlic toast, 4) pan seared liver with bacon and fried onions and sides of mashed potatoes and veggies, 5) egg salad wrap with tomato and lettuce served with fries or salad or mashed potato. I have one single spot that has become available on the trip and I have one couple on the waiting list, so please be in touch if you’d like to join us.

There is still a chance to sign to sign up for our final session of bridge lessons. Rick and Judy Darling have proven to be very popular teachers here and are finishing their intro series with Popular Conventions. This will cover Stayman, Jacoby Transfer Bids, Strong Opening Bids, and Slam Bidding. Take your play to new heights in a fun and relaxed environment for only $10 for this 8 week session starting Wednesday June 6th from 6-8pm. The lessons take place for an hour and a half with a half hour of supervised play at the end to let everyone try out their new skills.

I hope everyone enjoys the first long weekend of the summer!

Here are the card scores from last week: euchre: 1st- Jessie Shaver, 2nd- Jean Grant, 3rd- Lia McConnell, and Geneva Odell. The consolation prize went to our fearless leader, Brian Milne. Monday Bridge: 1st- Ann Dunlop, 2nd- Mona Smith, 3rd- Barb Martin. Saturday Bridge: 1st- Mary Typhair, 2nd- Ron Harvie.

We’re Toronto Bound!

Finally, May is here with our long awaited  trip to Toronto to see “Come From Away” and to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about. The only other time I can remember a play making this kind of a splash was “Hamilton” and this is the first time a Canadian story has been so huge since Anne of Green Gables. Here are some things you need to know before we go:

1st I’m building a waiting list “just in case” so if you would like to go, please call me at 613-925-5300.

2nd We will be departing from Walker House at 9:15 sharp on Friday May 25th and will make a pick up in Brockville at the Food Basic parking lot. It is very important that I know if you are not going to be joining the bus here because we must leave on time, so call me to confirm a Brockville pick-up. I will be here at 8:30 to check people in and the town is aware that people may be leaving their cars in the municipal lot here overnight.

3rd we will stop in Brighton for lunch at the Whistling Duck. It is included in your trip, but I’ll be ordering in advance to save time at the restaurant. You can choose from Fish and Chips, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies, baked mac and cheese with garlic toast (we’ll call that the Carb Lovers Special!), pan seared liver with onions and bacon and mashed potato with gravy, or egg salad, lettuce and tomato wrap with choice of fries, mashed, or salad.  Call or email me at walkerhouse@prescott.ca to let me know your choice please. Then, the hard part is remembering which one you chose! There will be some time to venture out for dinner before our evening show, but our residence has a kitchen on each floor if you’d like to bring a cooler bag with some snacks and stay in. Your cooler may also come in handy if you are not taking the tour on Saturday because the market that day is food oriented and you may want to bring some treats home.

Because so many of you want to take the guided tour, the company is sending us our own step-on guide to make it easier. This means that after breakfast on Saturday we will all be leaving our residence at Victoria College and heading to the docks for the boat cruise and tour. Those choosing to go to the St Lawrence Market for the morning instead will then be dropped off  until the coach meets up with them just after lunch time for the return trip home.

In the meantime, join me this Saturday at 6 for a potluck dinner and to watch, “The Greatest Showman” and stay to cheer on the passersby in the  Fort Town Night Run. Because it is potluck, you can add your name to list right up until the last minute; I can easily pull up another chair for you. Sign ups are brisk for our cooking classes but there is room for more chefs at the table – you can sign up for just one or all three. A sheet is also up on the board for the last round of bridge lessons. Classes will still be on Wednesday evenings from June 6th to July 25th from 6-8 with the popular Rick and Judy Darling as our teachers. I don’t understand any of this, but they will be covering popular conventions including Stayman, Jacoby Transfer Bids, Strong Opening Bids, and Slam Bidding. If you know what that means, and want to know more, then come and check it out! Lessons are only 1.5 hours with the final half hour being a chance for supervised play to become familiar with the new skills you are picking up.

Here is how our current card players made out this week:

Euchre: 1st-Jean Grant, 2nd- Hazel Wallace, 3rd- Geneva Odell. Saturday Bridge: 1st- Joanne Walsh, 2nd- Barb Martin, Monday Bridge: 1st-Bob McVicar, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Mary Typhair.

Healthier Options Cooking Classes are Coming this Month

I spent a busy day in Charleston on Monday assisting the wonderful Krista at her pottery studio and I learned so much as each group came through. First, I learned where Charleston was, but then I think between all of us, we encountered every possible challenge that wheel throwing presents to beginners and Krista helped us overcome them all! She is a kind and gentle teacher and I think everyone feels they learned a lot from our experience with her these past weeks. If you left your painted pieces at Walker House last week then they are awaiting their turn in the kiln, but if you sent pieces home with Krista then pop in because that first batch has all been fired and I brought them back with me today.

I've invited Sue Torrance to give some cooking classes at Walker House for a subsidized rate for members of $8 per person. If you've taken one of our cooking classes, whether it was with me or a guest chef, then you know our formula: we work together to create 3 or 4 dishes and then we sit down to eat the spoils and take leftovers and the recipes home. Monday, May 7th our recipes will all highlight healthier options to refined sugars, May 14th will focus on healthier alternatives to refined flour, and May 28th will highlight healthier choices for animal proteins. All the classes will be from 10-1 and all you need to bring is yourself and perhaps your favourite chef's knife - we have aprons and cutting boards and everything else you need. It's so much fun to try new things in the kitchen and it's always nice to share a meal together, so sign up if you want to participate.

Don't forget dinner and a movie on the evening of the Fort Town Night Run, May 5th. It starts at 6pm with our potluck. 

Because our lunch was early this month, I will be making the draw for the door prize on the last day and announce it in the paper. We also have a raffle this month of a gorgeous tablecloth that Ann Rees created in cream and taupe hardanger. The draw will be made on the first Thursday after Mother's Day during the morning Bunka Babes' gathering. Her children requested that the funds raised be used to benefit Walker House's members and the group decided that they would like to purchase a bench for the front lawn. We will still have one more piece to raffle later over the summer and the ladies are looking through catalogues to find the perfect bench to honour Ann.
Our kitchen volunteers are so hardworking, but they outdid themselves last week! Ivy and Arminda worked super hard with special guest appearances from the knitters and from Colleen who answered my call for help so I could rush my bird to the vets. We are lucky to have such a caring group of members who will rally to save the day and ensure that lunch will not only be served; it will be delicious, also! 
Here are this week's card scores:
Euchre: 1st- Jean French, 2nd- Micheline Cook, 3rd- Hazel Wallace the consolation prize was shared by Norma and Jessie. Saturday Bridge -1st- Carole Rafuse, 2nd- Dave Martin

Spring is bringing a few schedule changes.

 

We had Roxie hopping faster than the Easter Bunny last week with a huge group of students wanting to learn how to crochet. Everyone was very accommodating and we made it through lesson number one. This week we’ll separate and have the people wanting more individual attention upstairs working with Roxie while those that picked it up or had some past experience will be joining the craft group in the big room. I am so happy to see such interest and will continue to offer more advanced classes in knitting and crochet as long as there are people wanting to learn; but we will stick to smaller groups to make it easier on both teacher and pupils!

Edie Bunny and Joyce Rabbit came through with a kaleidoscope of butterflies to brighten our walls – thank you ladies! If you are wondering, I looked it up and a flock of butterflies really called a “kaleidoscope”, isn’t that just wonderful?

Remember if you made pottery pieces last month that you are here on Monday the 9th to paint your work. The 8 week spring Yoga  session resumes on Thursday the 12th at St. Paul's United Church, Gentle Hatha: 9:30-10:30, and Chair Yoga: 11:00 – Noon. The sudden closure of Town's Hall's second floor necessitated a quick change to our Chair Yoga location. Many thanks to St. Paul's United Church for filling the gap. They have kindly taken us in until the end of May, and we are searching for a new, accessible home for September. If you have any ideas, please let me or Sue Turner know. Lastly, I heard from the Darlings that they are unable to hold bridge lessons on the 11th of April so that week’s class has been moved to Tuesday, the 10th of April from 6-8. So far all of the students can make the change.

Here are this week’s card scores:

Euchre: 1st- Jean French, 2nd- Jean McCrady, 3rd- Brian Milne, consolation – Micheline Cook. Saturday Bridge: 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Mona Smith. Monday Bridge: 1st- John Walsh, 2nd- Gerie Leclair, 3rd- Valerie Schulz.

Polish up your shopping shoes!

 

Ikea, here we come! Our shopping trip is just around the corner on Thursday, April 5th. We will be departing from Walker House at 8:45am and heading to Ikea where we have 2.5 hours to browse their three floors, visit the coffee shop, or walk to Chapters or Globo Shoes. At noon we will head over to Bayshore Shopping Centre and the plan is to have 3 hours there for lunch and more retail therapy. We will head for home at 3:30 so you’ll be back in plenty of time for supper. The cost is just $15 and there is room on the bus for a few more while still allowing some extra room for big parcels.

 

We had a wonderful lunch on Friday. I think our kitchen crew outdid themselves and judging by the number of take-outs the members really enjoyed their meal too! Helen Brown of Blue Willow Yoga and Wellness brought in the most beautiful gong and gave us a demonstration. The room was divided in response (which Helen said can be typical of sound therapies) but whether you loved it or not, it was amazing to hear the sound that it created. There were enough in the “loved it” camp that Helen will be invited to return for a future event. Lorraine won a lovely white mum and some Easter chocolates in our monthly draw. Want to get in on the draw? Make sure you bring your membership card and sign in each time you are here; I have the computer pick randomly from amongst the people who signed in each month and the prize varies every time.

 

Our April member’s lunch is scheduled early for the 20th and our menu is designed to usher spring in quickly! Sign up for your seat at the table for quiche, spinach salad with berries, lemon scented orzo and a sweet spring pea soup followed by ambrosia and cookies. Our lunches begin at 11:30 and cost $8 and you need to sign up in person or by calling me at 613-925-5300 so we have enough prepared. Volunteers are always needed to prepare in the morning and to clean up afterwards so consider signing up for that too if you are a kitchen person.

 

Don’t forget if you need to get back in shape from the long winter and get ready for gardening season that Vivian Dickie is offering a wonderful new exercise class at the health centre on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30. Her Integrated Movement class is appropriate for any fitness level, but specifically designed to be gentle and not stressful on your joints. Vivian draws on her experience with Qi Gong and other fitness instruction to deliver a program that is different every week and will build your strength and flexibility. I encourage everyone to give it a try especially if you have been inactive over the winter or due to injury/illness and are concerned about overdoing things. All fans of our chair yoga program who are looking for something else in their week – this one is for you too! There is no need to pre-register, just come to the health centre in comfortable clothing before 10:30 and join in.

 

Here are this week’s card scores:

 

Bridge (from last week): 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Findlay Hill. This week: 1st- Valerie Schulz, 2nd-Ron Shannon, 3rd- Joanne Walsh. Euchre (last week): 1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Lia McConnell, 3rd- Edith VanDusen, Consolation: Cathy Bolton. Euchre: 1st- Jean Grant, 2nd-Alice Milne, 3rd- Jean McCrady and Jessie Shaver , consolation prize- Jean French. Saturday Bridge (last week) 1st-Findlay Hill, 2nd- Mary Typhair.

Clip out our regular schedule of events

 

Walker House Regularly Scheduled Activities

623 King St W, Prescott

613-925-5300 - walkerhouse@prescott.ca

 

Monday -      1pm - bridge

                     5:30 – weight watchers

                     7:00 pm – 3rd Monday - SGGOFA

Tuesday   -   9:30-scrabble

10 am – noon: drop in for coffee

                     1pm - crafts (bring your own work and some organized crafts)  

Wednesday -9 am – 2nd & last Wed – traditional rug hooking                    

                     1pm - art - quiet studio time and some lessons

                     1pm – woodcarving upstairs with Korny and Peter                    

 Thursday – 9:30 am – yoga with Sue Turner at St. Paul’s United Church

                    11am-  chair yoga with Sue Turner at St Paul’s in the parlour

                     8:00 -1pm – bunka, hardanger, Swedish weaving, rug punch

                   1:30 –euchre and cribbage

Friday -       9:30 am- knitting and crochet

11:30 –members lunch – usually on the last Friday (sign up)

                    1:00 pm – pepper (bid euchre)

Saturday -            9-1(winter) Swedish weaving, bunka, hardanger, rug punch

1:30 – Bridge

 

                      * Have an idea for something you’d like to see on our calendar or an activity you’d like to share?  Pass it on; we are all ears!

We meet often for special events and take trips both near and far and the information for those will be on the board in the main room. Another way to find out what is happening is to get on our email list. 

 

Membership to Walker House is only $15 per year for locals with an additional $25 fee to the town if you live outside the town limits.  Everyone is welcome to participate in a few events to decide if Walker House is a good fit for them before they need to commit. Our programs are open to adults in Prescott and the surrounding communities.

The program director is Susan; she works Monday to Friday. Please see her if you have any questions or check out our website at www.walkerhouseprescott.com

March 06, 2018
We're not too old to play here!
I wonder when it was that society decided that to grow into an adult, we must stop playing and move on to more serious matters? We have some of our best experiences here when we break out our toys and just play. Friday at our women's winter wellness day was a great example of that. A packed Merc Hall enjoyed some very informative presentations on healthy aging and some exercise classes. There was lots of discussion and laughter, but we really lit up when Lisa handed out her drumsticks and turned the music up for our Pound class. Some of the same women were here on Monday for our first pottery class with Krista and I noticed a similar response to being handed a big lump of smooth clay and a rolling pin. More than once in both sessions as participants rolled and cut out their bowls they commented with big smiles that it was like being back in kindergarten!
I attended a meeting at one of Ottawa's big downtown active living centres last week and we were discussing neuroplasticity and strategies for how we can help stave off dementia as we age. Of course, nutrition plays a key role, but guess what? So does play! Are you seeing a theme in my ramblings this week? I encourage everyone to think about what fun activities used to bring them joy and bring some of that into your day. I'd be willing to bet  they will still bring a twinkle to your eye if you tap into it and now science is supporting the idea that games and walking on the beach in our bare feet and singing in the shower are all good for our health as well as our soul. Thank you to Krista, Sue, Katie, and Lisa for playing with us.
Remember that pottery continues on Monday the 12th, and 19th of March and then the last class for the first session is April 9th when all your pieces will be painted. There is still room to sign up for the trip to Athens on April 23rd to see her studio and take a spin on the wheel (see what I did there?)
Later in March, we'll be having our member's lunch on March 23rd with a New Orleans themed menu of gumbo chicken, beans and rice, cabbage salad and Louisiana bread pudding for dessert. Helen Brown will be our guest and is going to bring her gong to share that with us. All my yogis are going to want to be here for that, for sure!
Our card players were busy this week as always and here are their scores:
Euchre: 1st- Geneva Odell, 2nd- Jean McCrady, 3rd- Anselm Pidgeon. Monday Bridge: 1st- Valerie Schulz 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Cay Brown. Saturday Bridge: 1st- Ron Harvie, 2nd- Mona Smith.

 

February 6 Let’s Hit the Road!

I can’t wait for spring to arrive, so I am planning some fun trips for the summer to pass the time! I have sign-up sheets posted here for 3 trips: Thursday April 5th, we are going to jaunt up to Ottawa for some retail therapy which always helps beat the blahs! We’ll start at Ikea in time to have a great brunch at their restaurant or just jump right in to shopping. We leave their mall and head to Bayshore for the afternoon and then home again. It will only cost members $15 for the day so there is lots of money left over for shopping and snacks.

I also have tickets for the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque for two wonderful plays! On July 20th we’ll be attending, “Harvest” a story of a couple who sells their farm and retires only to find out that the “nice young man” who bought it from them is growing a funny crop! On October 3rd, we’ll be attending  a ‘dock talk’ before the matinee performance of “Shirley Valentine” Both plays look so funny, I couldn’t pick just one; and the playhouse is in such a beautiful setting. We’ll be able to enjoy the river at the peak of the season and then visit when the fall colours are painted for us. Want to bring a friend along with us? Please do!

Next Monday February 12 we are hosting Tech Tutors for a workshop teaching us how to get the most out of Pinterest. I am guilty of having many boards full of recipes and patterns that I rarely re-visit, so I know there has to be a better way to use it and I trust Jonathan to have the answer! If you are a crafter or a cook who is not familiar with Pinterest, then you need to bring your smart phone, laptop, or tablet down and get on it. You’ll never need to purchase another pattern book again! This fun little workshop is at 9:30 on the 12th and is on the house – just register please by signing up or calling me at 613-925-5300.

The beginner bridge lessons have wrapped up and the next workshop being offered is on Competitive Bidding. It will be held here every Wednesday evening from February 28th - April 25th from 6-8pm. There will be a one and a half hour lesson with a half hour of supervised play at the end of the lesson each week. This is being taught by Rick and Judy Darling and the cost for members for this session is just $10. Some experience playing bridge is essential to joining at this point.

 

Here are this week’s card scores:

Monday bridge: 1st- Joan Salmon, 2nd- Barb Martin, 3rd- Brian Milne. Euchre: 1st- Geneva Odell, 2nd Mary Typhair, 3rd- Findlay Hill. Saturday Bridge: 1st- Dave Martin, 2nd- Barb Martin.

MosaiCanada 150 Topiary Exhibit

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

Bring on Spring!
We have our plans on the calendar, so we just need Mother Nature to get with the program! First of all, our spring lunch is early this month and takes place this Friday the 20th with spring pea soup, assorted quiche, orza pasta , and a light and fruity dessert. I do not have a guest speaker this month, but instead have a game to play during coffee and of course, our monthly door-prize draw for all those who take the time to swipe in their attendance when they come.
We’ll be holding a fun pot luck dinner on Saturday May 5th in honour of the Fort Town Night Run. Organisers let us know that we are on the route so we want to gather to cheer on the visiting runners,  but at the same time, I didn’t fancy spending the evening out on the lawn. Instead, join us inside as we share dinner and a movie as dusk descends and then stick around as we cheer and maybe even make a bid for the Neon Spirit award! We’ll be decorating our windows in lights and I will have glow sticks and jewellery to bling ourselves out, too. The race organisers will have a lit sign on our sidewalk that tells the story of Walker House along with over 40 other historical sites in our town.  Let’s make a glowing impression! Dinner will be potluck at 6:30. I’ll be doing up pierogis and bacon and a few other things to get the table primed. You are welcome to sign up with the dish of your choice or to be true to the spirit of “pot luck” and just bring a surprise dish, but please sign up so that I know how many to expect. Our movie will be the wonderful, “The Greatest Showman”.  Want more info on the run? Check out their website at www.forttownnightrun.com.
Reminder that Mary is here from Alzheimer’s Lanark Leeds Grenville on Monday the 23rd if you would like to see her to get information or support.  Sharon Osvald will be joining her from 10-11:30 during the support group time. She is with Providence Care and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and will be asking participants about the health care journey they took with their loved ones with dementia. She is gathering feedback and working towards a more streamlined diagnosis and care system, and identifying challenges navigating the system. 
Thanks to the convenors who kept the show going while I was at training last week and here are this week’s card scores:
Euchre: 1st-Jean McCrady, 2nd- Jean Grant, 3rd- Jessie Shaver, Consolation goes to Jean Dufour. Monday Bridge: 1st- Mona Smith, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Ron Harvie. Saturday Bridge was cancelled due to the ice.

Bring on Spring!
We have our plans on the calendar, so we just need Mother Nature to get with the program! First of all, our spring lunch is early this month and takes place this Friday the 20th with spring pea soup, assorted quiche, orza pasta , and a light and fruity dessert. I do not have a guest speaker this month, but instead have a game to play during coffee and of course, our monthly door-prize draw for all those who take the time to swipe in their attendance when they come.
We’ll be holding a fun pot luck dinner on Saturday May 5th in honour of the Fort Town Night Run. Organisers let us know that we are on the route so we want to gather to cheer on the visiting runners,  but at the same time, I didn’t fancy spending the evening out on the lawn. Instead, join us inside as we share dinner and a movie as dusk descends and then stick around as we cheer and maybe even make a bid for the Neon Spirit award! We’ll be decorating our windows in lights and I will have glow sticks and jewellery to bling ourselves out, too. The race organisers will have a lit sign on our sidewalk that tells the story of Walker House along with over 40 other historical sites in our town.  Let’s make a glowing impression! Dinner will be potluck at 6:30. I’ll be doing up pierogis and bacon and a few other things to get the table primed. You are welcome to sign up with the dish of your choice or to be true to the spirit of “pot luck” and just bring a surprise dish, but please sign up so that I know how many to expect. Our movie will be the wonderful, “The Greatest Showman”.  Want more info on the run? Check out their website at www.forttownnightrun.com.
Reminder that Mary is here from Alzheimer’s Lanark Leeds Grenville on Monday the 23rd if you would like to see her to get information or support.  Sharon Osvald will be joining her from 10-11:30 during the support group time. She is with Providence Care and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and will be asking participants about the health care journey they took with their loved ones with dementia. She is gathering feedback and working towards a more streamlined diagnosis and care system, and identifying challenges navigating the system. 
Thanks to the convenors who kept the show going while I was at training last week and here are this week’s card scores:
Euchre: 1st-Jean McCrady, 2nd- Jean Grant, 3rd- Jessie Shaver, Consolation goes to Jean Dufour. Monday Bridge: 1st- Mona Smith, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Ron Harvie. Saturday Bridge was cancelled due to the ice.

Bring on Spring!
We have our plans on the calendar, so we just need Mother Nature to get with the program! First of all, our spring lunch is early this month and takes place this Friday the 20th with spring pea soup, assorted quiche, orza pasta , and a light and fruity dessert. I do not have a guest speaker this month, but instead have a game to play during coffee and of course, our monthly door-prize draw for all those who take the time to swipe in their attendance when they come.
We’ll be holding a fun pot luck dinner on Saturday May 5th in honour of the Fort Town Night Run. Organisers let us know that we are on the route so we want to gather to cheer on the visiting runners,  but at the same time, I didn’t fancy spending the evening out on the lawn. Instead, join us inside as we share dinner and a movie as dusk descends and then stick around as we cheer and maybe even make a bid for the Neon Spirit award! We’ll be decorating our windows in lights and I will have glow sticks and jewellery to bling ourselves out, too. The race organisers will have a lit sign on our sidewalk that tells the story of Walker House along with over 40 other historical sites in our town.  Let’s make a glowing impression! Dinner will be potluck at 6:30. I’ll be doing up pierogis and bacon and a few other things to get the table primed. You are welcome to sign up with the dish of your choice or to be true to the spirit of “pot luck” and just bring a surprise dish, but please sign up so that I know how many to expect. Our movie will be the wonderful, “The Greatest Showman”.  Want more info on the run? Check out their website at www.forttownnightrun.com.
Reminder that Mary is here from Alzheimer’s Lanark Leeds Grenville on Monday the 23rd if you would like to see her to get information or support.  Sharon Osvald will be joining her from 10-11:30 during the support group time. She is with Providence Care and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and will be asking participants about the health care journey they took with their loved ones with dementia. She is gathering feedback and working towards a more streamlined diagnosis and care system, and identifying challenges navigating the system. 
Thanks to the convenors who kept the show going while I was at training last week and here are this week’s card scores:
Euchre: 1st-Jean McCrady, 2nd- Jean Grant, 3rd- Jessie Shaver, Consolation goes to Jean Dufour. Monday Bridge: 1st- Mona Smith, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Ron Harvie. Saturday Bridge was cancelled due to the ice.

Healthier Options Cooking Classes are Coming this Month

I spent a busy day in Charleston on Monday assisting the wonderful Krista at her pottery studio and I learned so much as each group came through. First, I learned where Charleston was, but then I think between all of us, we encountered every possible challenge that wheel throwing presents to beginners and Krista helped us overcome them all! She is a kind and gentle teacher and I think everyone feels they learned a lot from our experience with her these past weeks. If you left your painted pieces at Walker House last week then they are awaiting their turn in the kiln, but if you sent pieces home with Krista then pop in because that first batch has all been fired and I brought them back with me today.

I've invited Sue Torrance to give some cooking classes at Walker House for a subsidized rate for members of $8 per person. If you've taken one of our cooking classes, whether it was with me or a guest chef, then you know our formula: we work together to create 3 or 4 dishes and then we sit down to eat the spoils and take leftovers and the recipes home. Monday, May 7th our recipes will all highlight healthier options to refined sugars, May 14th will focus on healthier alternatives to refined flour, and May 28th will highlight healthier choices for animal proteins. All the classes will be from 10-1 and all you need to bring is yourself and perhaps your favourite chef's knife - we have aprons and cutting boards and everything else you need. It's so much fun to try new things in the kitchen and it's always nice to share a meal together, so sign up if you want to participate.

Don't forget dinner and a movie on the evening of the Fort Town Night Run, May 5th. It starts at 6pm with our potluck. 

Because our lunch was early this month, I will be making the draw for the door prize on the last day and announce it in the paper. We also have a raffle this month of a gorgeous tablecloth that Ann Rees created in cream and taupe hardanger. The draw will be made on the first Thursday after Mother's Day during the morning Bunka Babes' gathering. Her children requested that the funds raised be used to benefit Walker House's members and the group decided that they would like to purchase a bench for the front lawn. We will still have one more piece to raffle later over the summer and the ladies are looking through catalogues to find the perfect bench to honour Ann.
Our kitchen volunteers are so hardworking, but they outdid themselves last week! Ivy and Arminda worked super hard with special guest appearances from the knitters and from Colleen who answered my call for help so I could rush my bird to the vets. We are lucky to have such a caring group of members who will rally to save the day and ensure that lunch will not only be served; it will be delicious, also! 
Here are this week's card scores:
Euchre: 1st- Jean French, 2nd- Micheline Cook, 3rd- Hazel Wallace the consolation prize was shared by Norma and Jessie. Saturday Bridge -1st- Carole Rafuse, 2nd- Dave Martin