October 14 - A Few of my Favourite Things!
As we tiptoe into holiday season, there are a few musical events on our calendar and I am rounding them up for you here. First up I want to bring your attention to a fundraiser being held to benefit the United Way at the Brockville Arts Centre this Friday evening October 18th. We are not a part of this directly, but many Walker House members are individually through their bands and choirs, so music fans may want to check it out. We have a poster here and all the details and tickets are available through the Brockville Arts Centre Box office.
We are partnering up with Leeds Grenville Alzheimer’s Association to buy a block of tickets to another B.A.C. event so you can enjoy a discounted rate of just $27 to attend: Happy Holidays! A Salute to Irving Berlin on Saturday, December 14th at 2pm featuring many local favourites including Christopher Coyea; Alex Fleuriau Chateau; Harold Hess, and an 18-piece big band. Contact me directly before November 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-925-5300 to arrange for your tickets. After that date you must purchase directly through the B.A.C. for $38.40. I am also happy to help arrange carpooling from here if needed.
Walker House is treating us to a bus to take members and their friends to a lovely Christmas Concert and Tea entitled: Joyful Noise! an A Cappella Christmas at Wall Street United Church featuring the Thousand Islanders Chorus and guests. We leave Walker House at 1pm on Sunday, December 1st and will pick up at Mayfield before going to Brockville. Tickets are just $12 and can be booked here at Walker House.
If those events are not enough to get you thinking of Christmas, then how about a shopping trip? We are going to have a bus trip on Thursday, November 14th for just $15.
We will leave here at 8:45 so that we can arrive at Ikea in time to enjoy their $2.99 breakfast and be fully fueled and caffeinated for our day. We’ll stay there for 3 hours so you have time to eat, explore Ikea and can also wander to Chapters or Bed Bath and Beyond, if you like. We will head over to Bayshore Shopping Centre for the afternoon and then arrive home late afternoon feeling smug because our Christmas shopping is all done!!
Please invite your friends to join us – none of these events is exclusive to Walker House members.
Here are this week’s card results:
Euchre: 1st-Sue, 2nd – Jessie, 3rd- Alice.
Monday Bridge: 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Valerie Schulz.
Saturday Bridge: 1st-Mona Smith, 2nd- Valerie Schulz.
October 12 - Hamilton – not just a city near Toronto!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so just a reminder that I will not be in the office on Monday and there won’t be Grow Young Fitness that morning but as I write this I have not heard that bridge will be cancelled so check with Mona this week to be sure, but most likely there will be cards happening. I hope you all enjoy the holiday, that your turkey is moist, your pumpkin pie is perfectly spiced, and that you have lots to be thankful for! We are thankful for Mayfield who provided the delicious cake for our fall favourites lunch at the end of September. I had a lot to report last week and did not get to mention it in my column, but there was not a crumb left!
I had to laugh last week after I mentioned our trip to “Hamilton” in my column. I either had people questioning why we were so excited to go there or musical theatre fans calling just thrilled that we got tickets and signing up before I even had final details for you! I’ve looked at all the options near the Ed Mirvish theatre for lunch and I’ve decided not to include one. Within steps of the theatre there is a Tim Horton’s, Burger King, Popeye’s Chicken, and pizza, sushi, and pubs, and so on, so I will be leaving the choice up to each individual to venture as far as they are comfortable and to spend what they wish on lunch (or indeed to pack one and bring it along on the bus) so here then, are the details so you can sign up!
On Wednesday, May 13th 2020 we have centre mezzanine tickets for the matinee and the cost including the coach ride is just $230. In order to be sure none of our members are disappointed, I am keeping ticket sales to members only until November. I will hold seats for your friends who are not members, but I won’t guarantee their spot until then. The coach will be picking up at Walker House at 7:15 with a pick up in Brockville at Food Basics and then on to Toronto. We will have a quick stop on the way for coffee and a dinner break on the return trip home. Contact me (613-925-5300, email@example.com) or sign up in house on our member’s board.
Here are this week’s card scores:
Euchre: 1st-Suzanne, 2nd- Alice, 3rd- Lise, consolation: Janet.
Saturday Bridge: 1st-Carole Rafuse, 2nd- Cay Brown.
Monday Bridge: 1st- Ron Harvie, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- Carole Rafuse.
October 1 -- “Hamilton”, Here We Come!!!
Just like that, it’s the last day of September and fall has arrived. As I write this column, I have the furnace on to keep the chill out of the air. If the numbers at our fall favourites lunch last week were any indication, I think we are ready for it. I need to mention the lovely volunteers who went over and above to assist with the extra lunch preparations and events on Thursday so that I could go to St Jacobs to attend my great aunt’s funeral. I know how fortunate I am to have such kind and generous people around me here; members, yes, but also valued friends.
One of those extra events was a trial run at attending the Galaxy cinema for a week day matinee (the stars and strollers movie) It was a great success and apparently is a secret favourite of retirees who outnumbered the strollers 50-nil! We had 21 who participated which allowed me to get a group rate for the movie, which was a plus. The biggest challenge is that the theatre doesn’t release the following week’s schedule until mid-week which doesn’t allow for a lot of pre-planning. I’ll mull it over and see if I can come up with an easier way to manage this going forward and we will plan some dinner and a movie events here over the cooler months too. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Return to Downton Abbey” got rave reviews!
If you’re wondering about this week’s headline I am excited to tell you that I scored 56 tickets for Hamilton in Toronto next May 13th. I don’t have final details for you yet as I am negotiating with a deli near the theatre for our lunch but I’ll have everything you need to know for next week’s column.
We have a new evening option for knitters, spinners, weavers, and crocheters. Beginning October 3rd on Thursday evenings from 5-9pm and all skill levels are welcome. Bring your current work in progress and share your company and experience with each other. Non-members are encouraged and welcome to drop in to check it out for a week or two before a commitment to join is required. If you would like more information about the group you can contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information about Walker House I can be reached at email@example.com.
Our board of management meets here on Thursday October 3rd at 1pm and all members are welcome to attend or reach out to me if you’d like something added to the agenda.
Here are this week’s card results:
Monday Bridge: 1st- John Walsh, 2nd- Bob McVicar, 3rd- Cay Brown.
Saturday Bridge: 1st- Brian Walsh, 2nd- Karen Burningham.
Euchre: 1st- Suzanne Boucher, 2nd- Mary Typhair, 3rd- Brian Milne, consolation Prize- Janet.
September 27 - Welcome Pumpkin Season
The final details of our visit to see Return to Downton Abbey on the 26th went out via my email list and I have had a great response already. We have a few drivers with space for those who would like a lift. If you are not on my email list and would like to be, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure you are up on the latest details of special events and trips. If you missed the email then, here is what is planned: dinner is not going to work with the timing of the evening’s shows, so we are going to meet here at Walker House at noon and drive in to see the 1pm show. Most of us will then return here immediately following so that we can go off to our various evening activities like Una’s Wellness walk taking place at the lighthouse at 4pm. If I have your name before 4 on Wednesday then I will purchase your ticket and you can avoid waiting in line at the theatre and just reimburse me the cost of your ticket. For those attending chair yoga that morning the timing is too tight to be here for noon, so we can meet in the lobby at the Galaxy. There are a couple of seats in Lise’s car if you need a spot and she will be leaving right from town hall. If you let me know that is your plan then I can give you your tickets on Thursday morning before you head off to class.
Emma and Marg are teaching a sweet fall/winter ornament in our craft group on Tuesday October 8th at 1pm. It’s a quick and easy one so they are able to have 20 in the workshop but please sign up so we don’t overtake our space! Check them out on our sign up board – one side is a jack o lantern and the other is a snowman.
The second First Link session is taking place here at 10am on Monday September 30th and the topic is Adapting to Brain Changes and will offer strategies to help understand what you are experiencing as a dementia patient or to offer support to your loved one experiencing them. Mary delivers relevant information in an easy manner and has lots of time for your questions so please come.
This week’s card results are:
Monday Bridge: 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd- Joanne Walsh, 3rd- John Walsh
Saturday Bridge: 1st- Findlay Hill, 2nd Brian Milne
Euchre: 1st Jessie Shaver and Mary Typhair, 2nd- surprise! It’s Findlay Hill, he was on a roll this week ;) 3rd- Lia McConnell, consolation, Norma Kerr
September 17 - Return to the Abbey (Fascinators Optional!)
If you were a fan of the Crowley’s, then you are aware of Downton Abbey’s upcoming big screen debut and I wonder if anyone else might like to join me in a movie night in Brockville? It’s scheduled to be at the Galaxy at the end of this week BUT they do not have any dates or times until after my deadline for the Journal so here is what I am proposing: I’d like to suggest Thursday the 26th in the evening so we can go for a bite to eat and then on to the show. If you want to play with me, then call me at 613-925-5300 or email at email@example.com and I will have the final details for you. Please let me know if you’d be willing to take some passengers in your car or if you will be looking for a drive and I will coordinate the rest and let you know. If we have more than 20 people then the cost for the movie is just $7 per person otherwise it’s regular rates. I’ll pre-purchase and pick up our tickets either way so we can just walk in to the theatre. Dinner will be up to each individual. Sound good?
I have dates for two more finger painting workshops with Jackie – one Floral on November 6th and on November 20th another Lighthouse for those that missed it. They will take place from 9-noon and cost just $10 for Walker House members or $20 for non-members. All supplies are included.
We’ve had a few requests for a shopping bus in November and I’d love your feedback about destination – we could go to Kingston or up to Bayshore and Ikea/Chapters. If you have thoughts, please share them with me.
Don’t forget our Fall Favourites lunch coming up on September 27th at 11:30. Our buffet will be loaded with ham and scalloped potatoes, baked beans, creamy tuna casserole, and shepherd’s pie – all the yummy casseroles you’ve been missing since spring! With all those delicious carbs, we probably should skip dessert…but we won’t!
Here are this week’s bridge results:
Monday – 1st – Doris Mossman, 2nd-Mona Smith, 3rd- Joan Salmon.
Saturday, 1st- Bob McVicar, 2nd- Ron Harvie.
Thank you again to the Thursday afternoon euchre players who gave up their day so we could have a dedication of Ann’s memorial bench. We had a lovely afternoon and made a fitting tribute to our dear friend.
September 10 -- Celebrating Ann!
On Thursday from 1-4 we will be gathering to share a glass of punch, a piece of cake, or a cup of tea, and to dedicate the lovely marble bench that was placed in our front yard in memory of our dear friend and supporter, Ann Rees. All of her friends are welcome to join us here.
A new dementia information program, First Link, is beginning here next Monday and is open to anyone in our community who is looking for more information and support. It is a free seminar offered by the Alzheimer’s Society Lanark Leeds Grenville. The sessions take place from 10-11:30 with a refreshment break and the following schedule: Monday, September 16th, “What is Dementia?” Monday, September 30th, “Adapting to Brain Changes”, Monday, October 7th, “Planning Ahead”, Monday, October 21, “Building a Circle of Support”. The seminars take place on the main floor of our accessible building here at 623 King St W and you can register by calling Mary Campbell at 1-866-576-8556. Mary will continue to offer caregiver support and patient information meetings here on the 4th Monday of every month.
The first Parkinson’s Support Group meeting was here this Monday and they will continue to meet here at 10am on the second Monday of every month. For more detailed information, you can contact the Prescott group facilitator, Joanne Picavet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d like to thank everyone who made it so easy for us to bring not one, but two coaches to Hudson Quebec on Saturday for a lovely fall adventure! Despite a gloomy forecast, the rain held off until just as the last few were getting back aboard to return home and we had such an enjoyable, relaxing day. I really feel I need to return to see all that I left unseen in the lovely little town. Anyone looking for a day of shopping and dining with a beautiful drive really must check it out!
Thursday we had our first euchre session since the spring and the winner was Findlay Hill, 2nd- Brian Milne, 3rd- Jessie Shaver, and consolation prize went to Alice Milne.
Monday Bridge: 1st-Doris Mossman, 2nd- Brian Milne, 3rd-Gery LeClair.
Saturday Bridge: 1st- Joanne Walsh, 2nd- Bob McVicar.
September 3 -- Cha Geill!
All you Queen’s alumni out there know what that means. As of 2pm on Saturday, I am officially a “Queens Mom” and an empty nester! I’ve spent just under half of my life with children at home so it’s going to be an adjustment, for sure, but I am looking forward to a new chapter and definitely excited to see what the future holds for Liam and Riley as they spread their wings.
This past week was a busy one with our Amigurimi lessons off to a great start with Roxie, two trips to Ottawa to see Come From Away at the NAC and a delicious lunch on Friday. I have to ask everyone who signed up for our trip to Hudson on September 7th to please drop in with cash or a cheque for $37 to secure your seat. One of our coaches will stop at Food Basic in Brockville at 7:45 to pick up and then both will meet here and be leaving our parking lot at 8:30. If everyone who signed up firms up their seat then i will be heading off with 111 of my best friends to invade la belle province!
Euchre (Thursdays at 1:30) and Weight Lifting for Women over 50 (Wednesdays at 2pm at the health centre) both resume again this week. Euchre will not be taking place on the 12th though because we are having a dedication for our lovely stone bench that was placed in honour of our dear friend, Ann Rees. All who knew her are invited to come from 1-4 and celebrate.
The second finger painting workshop with Jackie is taking place on September 11th at 1:30 and if you did not get a place in that workshop, we will be having a third session TBD.
Because of the holiday, I have no bridge scores to report, but they’ll be back next week.
August 27 - Fall classes are coming out of hibernation
Sign up for our lunch on the 30th at 11:30. For $8 we are going to have homemade soup with a baked caramelized ham and cheese bun and pumpkin pie for dessert. Enough with the salads already; let’s eat something hearty!!!! A few of our classes that routinely take a summer hiatus are coming back on to our regular schedule:
Yoga Classes resume Thurs. Sept. 19th, until the end of November for an 11 - week session.
Prescott: St. Paul's United Church, *for Walker House members only - Thurs. 9:30-10:30 am. $55 paid
in advance or $6 drop-in fee (*this class is partially subsidized by Walker House).
Prescott: Chair Yoga - open to all! Town Hall, Thurs. 11:00 am-noon. $55 paid in advance or $6 drop-in fee for non-residents of Prescott. $2 for residents of Prescott (*this class is partially subsidized by the Town of Prescott). Sue also hosts special workshops in the region and this fall brings two:
Yoga Retreat at Limerick Forest: Fri. Oct. 25th, 9 am - 4 pm. (with guest host Katie Weststrate) Early bird rate: $90 by Thurs. Oct. 3. Regular rate thereafter: $115 until the deadline, Oct. 18th. Multiple yoga classes, hiking on the trails. Vegetarian lunch, snacks, and refreshments included.
Yoga Tune-up Workshop - Shoulder Salvation! Sat. Nov. 16th, 9:30-noon, Spencerville Town Hall. Early bird rate: $45 by Oct. 26th and $55 thereafter. Join guest instructor Elizabeth Whissell using Yoga Therapy Tune Up balls (provided for the workshop), learn self-massage techniques and corrective exercises to erase pain and tension in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Registration includes a 2.5-hour practice, 10% off the purchase of Yoga Tune Up balls on the day of the workshop, and a sequence printout for your home practice. Spaces are limited and sell out quickly! *Payment is required with pre-registration to hold your spot at these 2 events. Find more details and register .
Our popular Weight Lifting for Women over 50 class resumes with Cathy Reid at the health centre on Wednesday the 1st from 2-3pm. It’s a 6 week session for $30 for anyone in the area who fits the profile and Walker House members are subsidized so they pay Cathy only $20.
This month’s Wellness Walk is a yoga walk with Martina taking place from the lighthouse at 4pm. Toss a twoonie in your pocket and tie on your walking shoes and join us for a nice walk with a side of stretching and yoga.
Bridge will not be happening this Saturday but although I will be out of the office on Labour Day Monday, there will be Bridge as usual. Euchre will also resume on Thursdays at 1:30 with the exception on the 12th for a small reception that we will be hosting. I’ll have firm details next week if we can have euchre with a slightly later start time.
And now on to our bridge results:
Monday the 26th, 1st-Mary Typhair, 2nd- Doris Mossman, 3rd- John Walsh.
Monday the 19th: 1st- Brian Milne, 2nd- Joan Salmon, 3rd- Karen Burningham.
August 20 - We’ve got one more coach going to Hudson!
When you’re hot, you’re hot and it looks like our trip to Hudson on Saturday, September 7th is smoking, so I have added a second coach and opening the trip up to any community members who would like to join us for a fun fall day trip. The cost is just $37 and we travel by Howards coach to the unique British suburb of Montreal that is Hudson, Quebec. Our morning will be spent at the legendary Finnegan’s Flea Market and then we pop over to Hudson to spend the afternoon in the village or take the ferry across to Oka for their wonderful cheese. The coaches have lots of room underneath for purchases and one will do a Brockville pick up at Food Basics at 8am and then both will stop at Walker House for an 8:30 departure. We should have a few hours at each of our destinations and be home in time for a late supper. My plan is to have a small cooler with me to pick up bread and cheese for the aforementioned supper. Finnegan’s has lots of antiques but also many food vendors and no one does food like Montreal!
I’ve been advertising our various classes on our Facebook page so check it out if you haven’t yet seen our Amigurimi teddy bears, lighthouse finger painting, or beginner soapstone carving workshops that are coming up in the next few weeks. Our first finger painting class is taking place on Wednesday August 21st at 1pm (all your supplies are included, but you must sign up first to ensure that Jacki has time for all her students). If you come in to see the teddy bears, they are all labelled with the yarn weight and have the correct size hook tucked into their scarves so you will know what to pick up. All the trim is provided here and the size of your bear is completely determined by the yarn weight you pick. I am offering an evening class in September so that non-members who are still working will have a chance to join their friends in this course.
I will be off next week but I’ll pop in to get everyone settled on the bus for the boat cruise and lunch with Mary and the Alzheimers Lanark Leeds Grenville lunch bunch. If you have signed up with me and anything changes, or if you want to drive and meet the group at the Gananoque Inn and need to reserve a place, please contact Mary directly at 613-345-7392 X103 or email@example.com.
I saw the coach off to the Twist Fibre Festival last Friday but took one for the team and stayed behind to catch up on some office work that has been piling up. I had texts from some of the group telling me how beautiful it was in Montebello and how enormous the festival was but I will have to wait to see what they all purchased until after my holiday. I must thank Marnie who came out of retirement briefly to escort the trip and allowed me the day here at my desk that I so needed.
One last bit of news is that our Alzheimer’s Support Group is meeting on Monday August 26th here at 10am and is open to anyone looking for support as a caregiver, or more information about Alzheimer’s. Mary Campbell is here to see individuals as well if you would like to have some one-on-one time with her. She will also be presenting a program called First Link: a learning series for those interested in knowing more about dementia. This is being hosted at Walker House and is open to all in our community who are interested. Please register by calling Mary at 1-866-576-8556 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. They take place on the main floor here on Mondays from 10-11:30 and refreshments will be provided. Mon September 16 is called, “What is Dementia?” Mon, Sept 30th is “Adapting to Brain Changes”, October 7th is “Planning Ahead” and Oct 21st is “Building a Circle of Support”
I’m out of the office this week but I’ll update our card results when I return to work next week – have a great one!
Here is the chair from our chair workshop, with members Rosemary and Steven enjoying their creations.
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