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To recap all of our activities and keep all of our members in the know, we share a monthly newsletter which is sent out to Walker House members via email. We also have quite the collection of photos!  Find both of these below.

If you would like to be added to the newsletter list, connect with Susan at walkerhouse@prescott.ca.

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There is so much going on here! Make sure you have signed up for all the good stuff. I have attached a few flyers, as well; our current regular schedule, and a rug-hooking open house. Read on for all the details and sign up by email:

Green Things Porch PotsMonday, November 14th at 1:30 at the Leo. $40 gets you into this fabulous workshop to create a masterpiece for your front door. Lush greenery, gorgeous ribbons and embellishments and the pot are all provided for you. Bring garden gloves and pruners if you have them. Membership is not required, just let Susan know you want in on the fun. All proceeds go to support Walker House which, you can imagine, is a cause near and dear to our hearts ;)

Trash and Treasure Shopping: Thursday, November 17thWe depart Walker House at 9am sharp (if you haven’t filled out your field trip form, please come by a bit early inside to fill it out) We have short half hour travel times between each stop and are planning one in Kemptville, the longest one at the Train Yards mid-day, and one in Barrhaven for Costco or Value Village so bring your membership card and a cooler bag if Costco is your plan. We’ll have a few banks of empty seats on the bus to stash extra parcels for anyone who over-shops.

Open House Hook-In: Saturday, November 19th 10am-3pm. Bring a craft of your own, meet the ladies, and participate in a hooking demonstration if you’d like to try. Coffee and tea will be brewing and you can bring your own lunch or order in from The Dragon Garden.

Upcoming Christmas crafts include a morning Cricut demonstration to make tags and cupcake gift boxes with Johann on the 22nd at 9:30. Bring some Christmas cardstock if you have it but all  supplies are here. Tuesday the 29th at 1pm our craft group will be making sand dollar tree ornaments with Sue.

Card Corner: Calling all Kitchen Bridge players: please drop in on Mondays at 1pm to meet up with some lovely people and play bridge.  Euchre is making a schedule change and moving to a once a month format on Friday afternoons. For the foreseeable future you will find euchre at 1pm on the first Friday of each month. This is great timing because it allows you to sign up for our world famous member’s lunches and then hang out for a bit to play. If you have been paying attention then you know that on Friday December 2nd we will be having our Christmas lunch – the menu is French onion soup, roast pork loin with homemade apple sauce, veggies and potatoes and Christmas cookies for dessert.

In my never ending attempt to make everyone feel better by goofing up regularly, I sent out my newsletter last week with the 16th of November for our shopping trip to Ottawa and the actual date is Thursday, the 17th of November. I hope that isn’t a problem for anyone wanting to come.

I have confirmed all the details for our Porch Pots workshop with Green Things and here they are:

  • When: 1:30pm, Monday, November 14th
  • Where: The Leo Boivin Community Centre (or just “The Leo” as all the cool kids say)
  • What you need to bring: gardening gloves and snips if you have them, wear an apron or work shirt if you like
  • What Donna will provide:  an outdoor container/pot, all kinds of gorgeous ribbons and greenery and everything you need to create a masterpiece. We’ve done these before with her and they lasted outside my door through the holiday season and beyond!
  • Cost: Just $40 pre-paid when you register please.
  • Who: You are welcome to bring a friend

Don’t forget our Pumpkin Parade on Tuesday, November 1st. We will be handing out fresh made popcorn and hot chocolate in River Walk Park at 6pm and I am looking for volunteers from Walker House to join me. If you have a Jack O’ Lantern who wants to be in  on the action, then have it out at the curb in the morning and public works will pick it up and then they go to the  compost site afterwards. The parade and market are on from 6-8 so we can take turns handing out treats and strolling through ourselves. All of the fun moves in to the Leo if the weather is rotten.

Also next week, we have our turkey pot pie lunch on the 4th at 11:30. $10 gets you homemade roasted tomato macaroni soup, salad, and lemon dessert to go with your pie. Our book club meets for lunch at the Bridgeview on the 2nd at noon to discuss The Handmaids Tale and I’m excited to hear from people who have watched the show, as well to get their take on it. Let me know if you need a lift.

Beginning next week, The South Grenville Beacon will be available to pick up here – the paper keeps getting better and better with new columnists coming on board all the time. I’ll have a few here with a cash box if you’d like to do one stop shopping and get your paper when you come to your activities. I also have a box for the Food Bank if you have donations and I am adding one for donations to the Prescott Legion who are collecting items to give care packages to the Mayfield and Wellington House. You can drop off puzzle books, candy, personal items, colouring books and other treats to me here before the 19th of December and I’ll take them down for their baskets or you can bring things directly to the Legion.  If you are active on FaceBook, I shared their post to our page and encourage you to follow the Walker House page (just search for us) to keep up to date on events that I think might be of interest to our members, calendar events for us, and photos of some of the fun times we have as well. Please feel free to share your group’s pictures to our page as well.

Hello!

I’ll be looking for a few witches on November 1st in the early evening as we will be handing out popcorn and hot chocolate for the town’s pumpkin parade! Please join us for this delightful experience and place your Jack O’ Lantern at your curb on the morning after Halloween so our fantastic Public Works staff can pick them up for a starring role. Beginning at 6pm stroll through Riverwalk Park and the marina and tour the best of the town’s Jack O’ Lanterns with live entertainment and refreshments (served by us). If it is a rainy day, the event will move indoors and you can explore Leo Boivin Community Centre by candle lit pumpkins; it sounds like a win either way!

Tuesday morning, the 25th we have our monthly board meeting and you are welcome to join us to observe one, call me about an item you would like to add to our agenda (we like ideas and welcome your concerns) and we will be having our AGM in January and are looking forward to having you take part. Our task is important, but not a burden, and your point of view is needed.

Our soapstone carving workshop next Tuesday afternoon is full but we will be starting Tuesday afternoons to have other special crafts as we prepare for stuffing stockings, so watch our bulletin board and our newsletter for details as they firm up.

If you’ve read The Handmaids Tale or even watched the show, as it would be an interesting perspective) join us on the 2nd of November at 12pm for lunch at the Bridge View Restaurant to discuss and share our thoughts. We can easily car-pool from Walker House if you’d like to share the ride.

Our next member’s lunch is November 4th and our menu is turkey pot pie, roasted tomato macaroni soup and salad for $10 (please sign up in advance). I will make sure we have extra soup for sale for $4 for our take-out containers. We tried filling yours from home last month and that proved to be a bit chaotic.  

We always looked forward to our pre-Christmas shopping trip to Ottawa, and I’m planning a fun one for November 16th. We’ll keep the cost to $15 (more money for shopping and lunch that way) by hiring a school bus from Howards and forgoing the coach. Our theme this year is “Trash and Treasure” and after our 9am departure, we will head for Kemptville for our first stop at The Salvation Army Store and its neighbour, To Be Continued consignment shop. From there, we travel to the Ottawa Train Yards. I’ve been hearing about this place for years but never been and it sounds fabulous with lots of restaurants and over 60 shops so we are sure to find treasure there. For a stop on our way home, we will nip into Barrhaven for more thrift-shopping at Value Village (or Costco if you prefer) then home. Dress in layers and comfortable shoes, my friends, this is going to be a fabulous day!

Mark your calendars for November 14th at 1:30. Donna White from Green Things will be leading one of her greenery workshops just for us to decorate our porches or front doors with for the holiday season. I have a couple of details to confirm, so I won’t say more today and risk getting them incorrect, but you’ll definitely want to keep the afternoon free if you’re interested in this.

Our fly fishing group will be taking it to the river on the morning of the 28th of September and meeting at Kelly’s Beach and we will be offering fly making workshops this winter when ice fishing is the only option.

Next week on the phone , Donna White is calling in to SCWW on the 26th at 10am. I’ll have a presentation that I can email out as you join in or email me in advance and I’ll send it to you as soon as I have it.

Donna will also be joining us in November for a porch pot workshop and I can’t wait to share the details with you next week!! We are booking the Leo so we will lots of room for participants to get creative!

This Monday will also be the final fitness session at 10:30 as we will be bumping them up to 11am starting in October. Remember that Leslie is leading a chair fitness class that incorporate elastic bands and small hand weights and I encourage everyone to come and try it. There are some standing moves, but most of the class is from your chair and it can be used for support during the standing and balance work. Leslie is excellent at offering alternatives to accommodate different injuries and fitness levels as the aim of the game is to increase fitness while staying safe! The YMCA is extending their Thursday morning classes anther 6 weeks with new start times of 10am and 11am.

I am excited also to be sharing with you a new initiative that Walker House is spearheading in our community: Links2Wellbeing: Social Prescribing For Older Adults. This program has a successful history in Britain and we are bringing it here so we can help isolated seniors connect socially and to local supports through working with physicians and other allied health professionals. If that sounds intriguing to you, I’d like to invite you to join me on the 26th over Zoom at noon for a Conversation Café with participants from around Canada for a chance to hear real stories of how this initiative is making a difference in other communities.

Lastly, we are beginning to roll out our Christmas craft workshops and Johanna is helping us use our Cricuts to good advantage making the cutest little paper handbags for cookies or gift cards and also some quick and easy gift tags. You will need to bring a Cricut of some variety and a tablet or laptop with the program installed or you can borrow Walker House’s and play along that way – it’s a great chance to “try before you buy” if you’ve been thinking of asking Santa to bring one for under your tree. This session is Tuesday the 27th at 9:30 and Johanna will return on October 18th with some other fun projects. She’s also excellent at helping out if you have a project of your own that you need some assistance with.

Walker House stays active with exercise, art, crafting, and playing cards, but we are also busy in the kitchen. As the weather cools, we will resume international potluck dinners and are beginning some group meal prep sessions but our main claim to fame is our member’s lunch. As with most events here, I couldn’t possibly do them without incredible volunteer help and our great kitchen crew that are with me from scrubbing the first potato to washing the last dish. We have shifted out lunches towards the beginning of the month, usually at 11:30 on Fridays. Because of the excellent volunteers I just mentioned, the cost for members is just $10. Registration is required so we can be sure we have enough for all. Coming up we have a Fall Favourites lunch on the 7th of October featuring homemade split pea soup with ham followed by meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables with caramel apple cake for our sweet ending. Our plan is to make gallons of soup so we can sell some to go as it freezes so well and is always great to have at home.

We have lots of room on our big coach on the 22nd going to the Plowing Match. All you have to pay is your admission and you can avoid all the hassle of driving and parking and arrive in style with us! Register at 613-925-5300 or sign up in person and then you just need to arrive here for 8:45. The coach departs at 9am and we will be meeting up with it at 2pm to return home. All friends are welcome to join us on this day trip.

Senior’s Centre Without Walls ends the month strong on the phone with Una delivering one of her special Monday Morning Mindfulness sessions on the 19th at 10am, Faith Lift with Reverend Tracey returning at 10:30 on the 22ndand 29th, Donna White from Green Things is joining us to discuss pruning and winterizing your plants on the 26th at 10 and on September 28th at 10am we have Fire Safety for Seniors

Prescott Hoops and Hooks now meets here every Wednesday morning and we’d like to thank Sandy Buck who launched our Indigenous art project sharing songs and teaching about Woodland Indigenous Art. Look us up on Facebook or our website for photos www.prescott.ca/walkerhouse 

Our board will be resuming regular meetings beginning with one on the 20th at 10am. You can be a part of steering our course by adding your voice to the board and you are invited to observe a meeting if you are considering coming on board (pun intended) in January.  We are all ears if you have an idea or request for future programming so please reach out.

What’s next for September?

Our rug hookers are launching a special project hooking rugs by Indigenous artists and Sandy Buck will be here on the morning of the 14th to discuss imagery, art, and artists. The pieces being hooked are just gorgeous and we welcome anyone from other groups within Walker House who are interested in listening to Sandy to attend the first session.

Johanna is returning with her Cricut workshops and will launch on the 13th at 9:30am with paper roses and then taking requests for future projects. Bring your Cricut and your tools and mat and we have lots of paper. It helps if you check your blade too as a sharp blade always works better! The next session will be on the 27th at 9:30am.

We still have room to hop on the coach for the International Ploughing Match on Thursday the 22nd of September. The ride is on us and you only have to pay for your ticket to enter the venue. We will leave here at 9am and the coach departs at 2pm to head home. If I have received your payment before the 21st I will pre-purchase and print your ticket along with a site map so you can just hop off the coach and walk right in when we arrive. There is lots of room on the coach so feel free to bring friends.

Seniors Centre Without Walls continues to go strong and on Monday September 12th you can dial in at 2pm to hear from Deborah Dunleavy reading from her collection of short stories. On Thursday Sept 15th our new librarian, Anne Gillard, is joining us at 10 to update us on programming at our fantastic library. On Monday the 19th Una returns for a Monday Morning Mindfulness session at 10:30. As always this is simple and very low-tech; just phone in to 1-866-279-1594 and enter the passcode 595056# when prompted by the operator. Sign up with Joan or me for September’s session with Donna White from Green Things and we will send you a written presentation to go along with her call about winterizing your plants and garden.

Day tripping is one of my favourite activities at Walker House, which says a lot because we do so many wonderful things here.

Sign up to go with us to Kemptville for the International Plowing Match on September 22nd. You will have to pay your entrance to the fair but the air conditioned coach is on us. If I have your name on the list by September 6th, I can pre-purchase tickets for $21; after that, they will be $26. Either way, I will do a bulk order so you can just here and get right to the fun when we are dropped off. The coach departs Walker House at 9am and will starts back at 2pm. Brockville pick ups can be pre-arranged.

I have some shuffling going on the coach on Oct 19th to the Thousand Islands Playhouse to see Jersey Boys ($67 for the theatre/$30 for casino option) so reach out if you are interested in joining us for the day.

We have our souvlaki lunch here on Sept 2nd at 11:30.  $10 will get you chicken or pork souvlaki, rice, Greek salad and potatoes, and a frosty dessert. Our book club meets after the lunch at 1pm to discuss our Jeffrey Archer book and make plans for the fall.

Seniors Centre Without Walls has a strong calendar for September. Frank Taker is here on the 6th to read two of his short stories, PC David Holmes had to take a call last week so he will be trying again on the 8th to deliver his presentation on (appropriately enough) telephone scams. Coming later in the month we have author Deborah Dunleavy, Prescott’s new librarian, Anne Gillard, and Donna White from Green Things will join us to discuss pruning and winterizing your plants. Returning favourites include Rev Tracey phoning in from the Rock, and Una brings us her effervescent Monday Morning Mindfulness. As always, there is no fee, and no computer or internet needed – phone in to 1-866-279-1594 a few minutes before the start time of your session and enter 595056# when asked for the passcode.

The pool is wrapping up after a fantastic season but aqua fit in the river will take place daily at 10am (except for Tuesdays) as long as the water stays warm. By then Tim will bring our intrepid fly fishers down to the river to test their new skills!

It may be the dog days of summer, but we are staying active at Walker House with activities taking place out under the shady trees on the riverside or inside with the A/C.  Review our schedule at www.prescott.ca/walkerhouse or call Susan at 613-925-5300 if you’d like more information about any of our regular activities. We have euchre and bridge, bunka, Swedish weaving, crafts, and wood carving all taking place weekly.

Fitness classes continue Mondays at 10:30 at the Leo Boivin CC with Fitness for Women over 50 with Leslie. Hot off the presses, the YMCA will be offering two sessions on Thursdays and I’ve included their details and the registration forms to this note. My favourite Aqua-Fit takes place in the river Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am (just bring a pool noodle and join the fun)  or in the heated pool Mon, Wed, and Fri at 12:15. The Y instructors are great, but they don’t get to jump the waves on windy days like we do in the river ;)

Tuesday the 16th at 1pm for our craft group, I’ll share some Heritage Skills D.I.Y. kits from the Brockville Museum. Never fear if you can’t make it that day, I will leave some out on the sideboard as well so anyone can take one home for a rainy day activity. Some of them are repeats of the boxes we did during Covid, but there are some new decades as well and they have been very interesting kits.

Speaking of rainy days, don’t forget to check in to Seniors Centre Without Walls for Una’s fabulous guided meditation on the 8th @ 10am. Dial 1-866-279-1594 with passcode 595056# for the most fun and uplifting hour of your week.  I’m attaching the August schedule so you can access sessions on Scams, one with CPHC, and our weekly Faith Lift with Rev Tracey calling in all the way from St. Johns!

We are planning a trip to the Plowing Match in Kemptville by coach on Thursday the 22nd . Members will just pay me for their entrance fee and the coach is our treat. The theme is “Journey of Vintage Treasures and Memories” so this is a “must-do” for fans of antique farming equipment.

Beginner Fly Fishing lessons are here with Tim on Mondays at the Leo at 1pm. There is no cost for members to try their hand at this sport. Spots are limited, so reserve yours beginning on the 8th and running through the month. You’ll learn everything you need about the equipment and how to use it and how to read the environment to identify where your cast should be directed. This workshop may lead to future fly making workshops and a field trip to a nearby river to test your skills.

So the good news is that you are going to be burning calories running all over town, but the bad news is that we have another new schedule for our aqua fit lovers. Wait a minute though, doesn’t this all just improve our flexibility? So it’s all good…

Here is our final schedule (for now anyway) for our water babies:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the group will be attending aqua-fit with the Y in the Prescott Pool at 12:15.

Tuesdays are still a day off (although there is adult swim at the pool at 12:15) and then

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10am there will be aqua-fit in the river. That means you have 6 opportunities each week to get fit while floating with some of the best gals I know. Come and give it a try if you can keep track of it all ;)

We have a venue change for strength training for women over 50 for this week only and class will be at the Ruth Evanson room on the second floor of our municipal building. Enter through the main doors and instead of going left to the library go up the elevator to the second floor for 10:30. Bring your exercise band and your water bottle.

Our Bunka Babes have set up a beautiful silent auction in our main room for a couple of weeks with bidding closing on the 21st at 10am. There are framed bunka pieces, lovely shawls, Swedish weaving projects and even some craft supplies if all of these gorgeous pieces inspire you to get working on something yourself. The money raised will go to support Kingston 4 Paws in their work training and placing service animals with people in need.

We have seen a lot of groups choosing to use our new lawn chairs and meet under the shade trees for their events. I keep a key for the chairs in the house so you can easily access them and don’t need to bring your own chair and can make the call as you arrive based on the breeze and the rain.

Here’s our column that will be in the next South Grenville Beacon:

Its summertime, but we won’t taking it easy around here because all of our regular activities continue through to the fall. If you don’t have a schedule, then please call Susan at 613-925-5300 or email walkerhouse@prescott.ca to get on our email list and stay up to date with special events.

Yoga is signing up a new semester after the last day of our current session with Maggie Jordan. Rates will continue at $30 for six sessions for members or a drop in fee of $10($6 for members). Strength Training for Women over 50 will continue on Mondays at 10:30 at the Leo with Lesley taking over as instructor after Mary’s last day on the 13th. It continues to be free for Walker House members, but other women are welcome to drop in for $5. As with most of our activities, we have equipment for you to use if you don’t have your own.

We have a variety of Welcome Signs to paint on the 28th of June and our book club is planning to meet at 1:30 on the 29th at Katarina’s to discuss “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton over a late lunch or a sweet treat, and I have copies here to borrow. I wonder if we will be even more clever than usual with a book in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other?

First off, we postponed our book club meeting this week to Wednesday the 8th at 3pm. We’re meeting to discuss, “A Gentleman in Moscow” and pick up our next book and all who have read it are welcome to bring their two cents. Our Cricut 101 workshop with Johanna is taking place on Tuesday the 7th and 14th at 10am. Please bring your Cricut machine, mats, accessories, and the tablet or laptop that you plan to install the program on.

The woodcarvers have had fun painting porch leaners and I have a few leftover if members would like to come and paint on Tuesday the 28th of June. We have two smaller welcome sign kits as well (one with a truck motif and one is a wee gnome) they both have seasonal items to swap out through the year.

I have a sign-up sheet on our bulletin board and ask that you pay in advance as these may prove to be quite popular. There will be a $10 fee which includes all the pieces, paints, gesso and varnish. We have some brushes, but please bring your own if you have them.

I have 8 of each of the kits and 5 sets of cut-outs for the porch leaners that you can choose from.

Our trip to Jersey Boys is booked up for now, but I can reach out for more tickets from the playhouse if there is interest. Don’t forget we have room on the coach if you just want a seat for $30 to go and spend the day at the casino too.

We have two more strength training sessions with Mary on Monday at 10:30 and if the weather cooperates on the 13th, we would like to take a walk after class down to the marina for a treat and to bid Mary farewell as she heads off on her cycling adventure. Our last yoga class of this semester is on Friday the 10th at 10am and details of Maggie’s next semester will be available then.

June approaches with a few special events.

First off, “thank you” s all around to the wonderful volunteers who came to help get our kitchen garden planted. We will have our usual selection of herbs to enjoy and also Brussels sprouts, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, pole beans, and rhubarb. I’ve left a few cabbage, sweet pea, and tomato plants in the gazebo for anyone who has a free space in their garden and would like them.

Thank you also to Joe who painted us a very welcoming porch leaner – it’s going to be so fun to change it up through the seasons. Watch next week for some sign up sheets to paint this and some other similar projects later in June. Also on our sign up board in the main room there is still room for lunch on the 17th.  We’ve had lots of offers to help on kitchen duties which makes me so very happy. Our menu is baked ham with a buffet of delicious homemade salads and a strawberry cheesecake dessert and we will set up inside and out, weather permitting

A new sign-up sheet is posted for Finding Your Creative Joy with Cricut This beginner, 2 part workshop with Johanna will get your Cricut off the shelf and working its magic, so if you are like me and have one sitting safely in it’s box because it overwhelms you, then this is for you!

By the end of the workshop, you will confident enough to make your own Father's Day card and wine bottle gift bag. Class takes place on Tuesday the 7th and 14th of June from 10-12. Bring your Cricut machine, a small extension chord if you have one, cutting mats, scissors, weeding tool and a scraper. A laptop, or tablet that you can download their software to, and let’s get these things working for us. I have paper and glue and all the other things we will need. We are keeping the class size very small so there is only room for 5.

I’d like to ask that you pay to secure your spot on our October trip to the Thousand Islands Playhouse for Jersey Boys if you haven’t done so already.  Remember that book club is on the 1st at 3pm, and our rug punch workshop with Vicki is in the morning on the 1st at 9:30.

Our kitchen is open for business again!!

 

The health Inspector gave me the seal of approval this week so we can schedule our first member’s lunch since February of 2020! If the weather cooperates, I will have indoor and outdoor seating at all our lunches this summer so you can choose which you prefer.

Our first lunch will take place on Friday June 17th at 11:30. The menu is baked glazed ham with a buffet of homemade salads (pasta, potato, cabbage, and broccoli salads) and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. All of this for only $10.

Our vegetables are ready in the town greenhouse for planting, so I will look at the forecast next Tuesday and we can plan a morning session to get them into the kitchen garden. I’d be happy to have help if you enjoy playing in the dirt. We are also filling in our watering calendar for the summer and have a few days open. I’ll hang one on the bulletin board in the hallway and you can adopt a week or two or lay claim to one day a week as some of our regular volunteers do. We are always thankful for the help. Currently there is someone covering Sundays and Tuesdays and I always fill in on the last remaining day of the week so that only leaves 4 days to cover. If you are new to Walker House, we have a kitchen sharing garden that we plant each year and all members are welcome to pick some veggies and herbs to take home and we use some of our spoils in our lunches, as well.

Our craft group has agreed to share our space on Tuesday so we are going to go forward with our presentation of Rethinking Aging on the big screen from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. The workshops continue from May 24 - June 28, 2022. We will share the space on the 24th with our new chairs set up outside for the crafters who don’t wish to be a part of the workshop and then decide over tea if this arrangement works for all of us going forward for the balance of the workshops. There is an option to participate on Thursdays as well from  your home computer and I will happily share the link again if you missed it last week.

Our wood carvers made great headway on our porch leaners this week and plan to continue on the 26th with much thanks to the crew (especially Gail) who planed and sanded our boards.

Last but not least; I’d like to hear from anyone interested in playing euchre or bid-euchre (sometimes called pepper) we have been struggling to hit our mark with the Friday afternoon event, so I’d really like to hear from all interested parties. Can you tell me please which games you would like to play, how often you would like to play, and in what time slot you would like to play. At present, we have most evenings available, we have Friday afternoons available, and we could add a Saturday event as well. There is also the possibility to take a summer hiatus and resume in the fall. I look forward to your feedback and will plan accordingly.

There will be no fitness on Monday as we celebrate the long weekend, but yoga at 10am on Friday is on. I was able to participate in my first class with Maggie this morning and it was wonderful! She offers a challenging class with modifications for every fitness level and I enjoyed it immensely.

First off, I’d like to include a link attached to my email for a free Zoom event on Monday called, “From Paris with Love” You just need to register in advance of Monday afternoon and let them know you are with Walker House to enjoy the tour.

We are going to have one more fitness class with Mary on Monday the 25th at 10:30 and then the next two Mondays will be on hiatus before she begins again on the 16th of May. You will also have a chance on the 25th to meet our new yoga teacher, Maggie. Her yoga classes begin on Friday, May 6th at 10am at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Maggie comes highly recommended for her safe and gentle approach and I am excited to begin. I hope to see you on Monday to meet her and get the details of her spring semester.

Prices are set for our trip to the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque to see Jersey Boys, or just visit the casino. The coach bus from Howard’s will be at Walker House at 9am (or request a pick up in Brockville at Food Basics for 9:15) and we’ll spend the morning in Gananoque to stroll, shop, and lunch before the show for $67 or pay  just $30 if you skip the play and go to the casino instead. We take EFTs now to our regular email address or cash or cheque to Walker House if you want to drop by. 

We have scheduled a tea in Ivy Doran’s memory to be held at St Paul’s United Church on Saturday, May 14th. All the kitchen gals here will be gathering to prepare sandwiches and treats and I know that the ladies of St. Paul’s will be too. Everyone who wants to share this day with us is invited to come. It’s so fitting that we celebrate Ivy by preparing and sharing food together as she was always with us in the kitchen. I will have more details but for now, I wanted you to know that we will be hosting all of Ivy’s friends in the hall from 12:30-2:30 and you are welcome.

If you follow us on FaceBook then this is not news, but if you haven’t heard – tomorrow is our annual community cleanup day from 9am-2pm. Stop in at the east entrance to Centennial Park behind Walker House to pick up your cleanup day kit and have a drink (sometimes an extra cup of coffee provides just the boost you need!) It’s a good idea to stop and report in if you have already been cleaning up in a park so that you can let staff know that the area has been covered. Thank you so much for taking part!

Friday afternoons are coming to life again with both euchre and bid euchre at 1pm. It was great to welcome some returning regulars today and many thanks to Sharon for convening and to Lise and Suzanne who are teaching bid euchre to newcomers.

Well, I’ve got our March Calendar prepared and hold on to your hats – it’s going to be a busy one!

I have tried to colour code it to make it a bit easier to follow what events are taking place in person at various locations, what will be over the phone and what is over Zoom and I hope that helps.

First let’s tackle Senior Centre without Walls:

Our Weekly Faith Lift with Rev Tracey is holding strong and will continue on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Both Monday Morning Mindfulness and Use Your Noodle are moving to bi-weekly. I will stop running the program in April until winter returns again so dial in to your favourites to enjoy the session and to thank our fantastic convenors who have been with us through these trying times and helped make our days brighter.

Zoom continues to be an option on any stormy day but we have Drawing lessons with Sharon Stein continuing on Zoom on alternate Wednesdays and Maria and Jackie will be opening up on the other Wednesday afternoons for in-person Art Studio Time at Walker House.

Zoom is also bringing us Angie with chair yoga on Mondays at 1pm. The response for gentle yoga (floor yoga, as I call it) was not as strong, so her last session will be at 2 on Monday, the 28th of February. I would encourage everyone to try her chair yoga at 1 each Monday in March as it’s a great workout too.

Art Studio Link is:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86987691047?pwd=NzVrU0dNSEdKaUlvWHhSZEF3d29nUT09

Meeting ID: 869 8769 1047

Passcode: 872759

And Angie’s yoga is:

Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81296761904?pwd=a2Jja2NpZzM4d2psUXk4aVpGUzJqdz09

Meeting ID: 812 9676 1904Passcode: Walker

Most of the other regular activities are back inside Walker House again but you’ll notice that Euchre is now on Friday afternoons with Sharon as the convenor and the wood carvers have come downstairs on Thursday afternoons with Joe and Jim convening.

Our Book Club is settling into a mid-month routine so I will be able to have the next month’s book for us at our meetings and streamline things. This month we will meet on the 16th at 3pm and one of our group has promised cookies to go with our tea! There are still two copies of our book in the main room here and you are welcome to sign one out using the booklet on the side table.

We will be slowly easing our protocols and coffee and tea service will resume but for now please wear a mask unless you are stationary, distanced, and eating or drinking, and we will continue to require new visitors and returning members to provide proof of vaccination. If you returned before Christmas you don’t need to show it to me again.

Lastly – did you see all the special events on our calendar?!? I will not be in the office for a bit, so if you are here in person, please sign up with the date on our bulletin board and I will be able to register people by the date they are received whether by phone, email or in-person. Members will be given priority for the day trips as they are sure to be popular especially since they are free.

The band concert on the 10th is at Merc Hall in Maitland. There is no charge and no need to register – just come and enjoy your favourites from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Please register for the Pickle Ball demonstration on the 11th to give us an idea of how many we are expecting, but feel free to drop in. This is the largest growing adult sport for good reason so bring your tennis shoes and find out what all the fuss is about.

On the 24th, we are having Y-Dance which is a fun, dance based exercise program (think Zumba for seniors).

Our curlers are coming together for some social competition and a dinner at the curling club on the 18th.

Our Friday information sessions will be in the Ruth Evanson Room at Town Hall with Stephane Pigeon from RBC presenting about wills and Powers of Attorney on the 4th and Mary Campbell covering lifestyle tips for vibrant, healthy aging.  (don’t forget to zoom in on February 25th for Liz Givenrod-Wood for more great discussion)

Now, the day trips…On the 14th we will be boarding a coach from Walker House at 9am and heading to the Cove in Westport where we will be spending a day together to rejuvenate and refresh after the longest two years in history! We have lunch and snacks included and special guests and activities planned and then will return in time for dinner. Dress to be outside for a fun and tasty afternoon break and otherwise just dress comfortably and be ready for anything ;) Call this a “retreat” if you like, call it a “wellness day”, we can’t decide…. we just know we are going to have a great time together!

Our last trip of our winter season is to Wheeler’s Sugar Bush on the 29th. We have the whole place to ourselves so come dressed to walk the paths, visit their maple syrup museum and learn how it’s made, and most importantly – eat a delicious pancake lunch. Since our coach is taking us all the way to McDonald’s Corners, we are planning a stop in Perth to explore, do a bit of shopping, hit up a coffee shop, or maybe pick up some fabulous take-out to bring home for dinner.

Thanks for sticking with me this long. If you don’t want to print out the attached calendar, just pick up the next edition of the South Grenville Beacon for a clip-out copy.

Happy Family Day!

Things are buzzing around here as I prepare to open the doors again to in-person programming at Walker House. I’m hoping everyone is so happy to be back that they don’t notice that the Christmas tree is still up in the main activity room! I’ve just been too busy with our virtual calendar to get to it.

After our hiatus last year, we will be collecting memberships again for 2022 and I have some spiffy key tags for everyone with our new logo on them. We do accept e-transfers if that is your thing, or I will catch up with you in person when you return. If you have already shown your proof of vaccination, then we will only need a minute to renew your membership, and if you’ve not been back in person yet; please remember to bring your vaccine info when you come back. Membership fees remain $15 for locals with an additional $25 user fee to the town for non-residents.

What’s new and exciting for the rest of this month? Our trip to see the movie “Spencer” at the Brockville Arts Centre is full, but we have a great afternoon planned at the Prescott Curling Club at 1:30 on February 18th.  Senior’s curling uses an adaptive stick that allows people to enjoy all the fun of curling long after their hips resist the low slide.  Members of the club will be taking part to demonstrate and teach the modified curling and you’ll have lots of time to test it out. This is perfect for people who loved curling in their younger days and have given it up, and also perfect for absolute beginners so please register by the 16th and give it a watch or a try. We are planning a friendly match and dinner on the 18th of March so don’t miss this chance to learn from the best and get in some practise. Strength Training for Women over 50 resumes at the Leo Boivin Community Centre on the 14th and Indoor walking takes place on Friday mornings at 9:30.

All of our winter virtual activities continue through the month with our special Prudence Heward paint-along with Peggy on the 24th at 2pm and Mary brings us healthy lifestyle tips on Zoom on the 25th at 1pm. (all events are paused for Family Day on the 21st) Please reach out to Susan at 613-925-5300 or go to our Facebook page for all the Zoom links and joining instructions for our phone based programs. You can also email walkerhouse@prescott.ca to get on our newsletter list and stay in the know about all special events including our upcoming trips to the sugar bush and a retreat at the Cove all happening in March. Until then, stay active (Zoom yoga and chair yoga), stay crafty (knitting, painting, drawing, and crafts on Zoom) stay calm (Monday Morning Mindfulness over the phone), stay hungry (Zoom and in-person cooking classes), stay curious (cards and carving in person) and stay healthy and happy. Spring is just around the corner: Wiarton Willy said so and he never lies!

I’m attaching the Zoom links again for you here:

Mondays:

YOGA (1pm chair yoga and 2 pm floor yoga)

 

Topic: Walker House YogaJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81296761904?pwd=a2Jja2NpZzM4d2psUXk4aVpGUzJqdz09Meeting ID: 812 9676 1904Passcode: Walker

 

Tuesdays:

Crafts and Chat (1pm) this is also the link I use when I host a special event

 

Topic: Craft and Coffee Group Chat 

Time: Tuesday afternoons at 1pm; fill your mug and bring your current craft project to the computer ;)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86832709110?pwd=d3ZSS2xXNkllSExTVVpVK3QrNzJ1Zz09

Meeting ID: 868 3270 9110

Passcode: 072410

 

Wednesdays:

Topic: Prescott Hoops and Hooks

Time: Wednesday mornings at 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87174444219?pwd=OVo0QmxRVEdUQ3RnUWpoWmFRRUI3dz09

Meeting ID: 871 7444 4219

Passcode: 336499.

Topic: Art Studio Meet and some lessons

Time: Every Wednesday at 1pm. Join Sharon as she teaches on the first and third Wednesday of the month or just work on your own piece and enjoy the company

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86987691047?pwd=NzVrU0dNSEdKaUlvWHhSZEF3d29nUT09

Meeting ID: 869 8769 1047

Passcode: 872759

 

Fridays:

Topic: Knitters and Crochet

Time: Fridays at 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85424504470?pwd=Ky9kWUlaM0E1VUxCSkZGSzhYNm5XUT09

Meeting ID: 854 2450 4470

Passcode: 817826

 

 Hang in there! Don’t forget our phone programs are happening now too, three days a week.

 

Monday Morning Mindfulness Mondays at 10:30 alternating between Winhara and Una as facilitators

Tuesdays at 10:30 Mary with Use Your Noodle

Thursdays at 10:30 is our Weekly Faith Lift with Rev. Tracey Smith. Please reach out to your friends who do not Zoom and invite them call in to 1-866-279-1594 and enter passcode 595056 # if they would enjoy some company over the phone. These sessions are free and open for any one 55+ in the area.

I have a lot to pack into our newsletter this week as we hit the ground running with our expanded virtual programs that start on Monday the 10th. I already covered the Zoom links for our regular programs in my newsletter before Christmas and those programs all continue with the following additions:

Like an old friend coming for a visit, we have our favourites resuming on Seniors Centre Without Walls (henceforth known as SCWW because that’s a mouthful!) with Monday Morning Mindfulness at 10:30 with Winhara facilitating on the 10th and 24th and Una on the 17th and 31st. Life right now is full of noise and stress and this hour of relaxation is both the perfect antidote and the perfect way to start your week.

Monday afternoons we will be introducing a new certified yoga instructor, Angie Morton-Locke who is offering two classes over Zoom each Monday afternoon:

Chair Yoga Mondays at 1pm

Chair yoga allows individuals to complete poses while using a chair for support and stability.  It is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. The poses are often adaptations of ordinary yoga asanas.
Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages and abilities, for students who are new to yoga, confined to a desk at work, or unable to participate in a traditional yoga class because of aging, injury, or disability.  
Chair Yoga is for anyone wanting to increase mobility, deepen flexibility, increase range of motion, and strengthen personal body awareness.

*For this class you will need a chair with no arms that you can sit on with feet resting on the floor.

Beginner's Yoga Mondays at 2pm

Do you have a little experience with yoga or would like more in depth explanations of the poses?  This is the class for you.  A gentle yoga class with instructions to keep you safe in each pose.  Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose.  This class is taught in the Iyengar style of yoga with a focus on the structural alignment of the physical body through the practice of asanas.  

Props: yoga mat (or towel), strap/tie (optional), blocks (optional), bolster/pillow (optional)

Tuesdays on SCWW we welcome back Mary Campbell with Use Your Noodle at 10:30.  Dial in for fun trivia, puzzles, and games to keep your funny bone tickled and your brain sharp. You never know what to expect, but you are sure to learn something new and have a laugh or two!

Thursdays at 10:30 is our Weekly Faith Lift with Rev. Tracey Smith Another favourite that has been missed for sure. Tracey’s warmth reaches right through the phone is this welcoming, non-denominational, Christian service.

SCWW Instructions: We will be adding special events later in the month as well, but are hitting the ground running with these. I’d like to remind everyone that this program is open to anyone 55+ who would enjoy participating. All you need to belong to SCWW is a quiet area in your house with a telephone; there is nothing technical about it. A minute or two before your desired program, simply dial 1-866-279-1594 and when prompted, enter the passcode 595056 then #.  The operator will ask for your name followed by # and then you will be on hold until I open the session.

But Wait….There’s More….

We weren’t able to meet for our discussion of Michele Obama’s “Becoming” so we are having a book club meet over Zoom at 1pm on the 13th using the craft and chat link for anyone who read the book and wants to chat about it. I am still waiting for two of her books to be returned as well, so if you could reach out to me to make arrangements then I can return the kit back to the library and pick up our next one which is “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” by Rita Leganski. This is her debut novel and revues detail a great read with beautiful, liquid prose, a wonderful ending, and the descriptor most often used is “magical”. It sounds like this is exactly the book we want to be reading right now as we begin 2022. Get in touch to arrange for pick-up or delivery and we will meet most likely over Zoom in February. 

We had a number of in person seminars planned for our A-Ha! Winter program (Active, Healthy Aging ; A-HA, get it?) and we have shifted them to a virtual, Zoom format. Our first will be on the 14th of January at 1:30. Our guest is Gerry Shaver, a safety consultant, who will be discussing Seniors Scams with us and have tips for discerning legitimate offers from scams.

For now, The Brockville Arts Centre has the movie Spencer rescheduled for Friday February 11th at 2pm and I still have our 25 tickets and will book a school bus just as we had planned for this week.  Seats are being assigned at the BAC, so I have asked for groups of 2 and Mary and I will take registrations later in the month so if you had signed up to go and would like to try again for the 11th, please let me know and I’ll get you registered.

Stay tuned and informed by following our page on Facebook and by checking out our column in the South Grenville Beacon. This newsletter also gets posted to our good old website so you can share info with friends who may be interested in joining in. This is now over 1000 words, so I am going to sign off and will likely be back sometime next week with more updates as they get firmed up. Just to tease you, we plan for Tai Chi, Swimming with Sharks, some armchair travel, author visits, and more. We may be inside a lot in the coming weeks, but we won’t be bored!

Hello friends,

We are in a rapidly evolving situation again as we deal with changing  Covid protocols and prepare for the coming holiday. Most of our groups have already decided that they will be taking the two weeks over Christmas off and given the close quarters inside Walker House, I think that we are wise to extend that further into January.  I’ve been in close contact with other centres in our region and many are pausing in-person programming for part or all of January and it seems prudent that we also take some time to assess, allow time for members to get their boosters and see what the province calls for next.

I have a few special events planned that I will postpone until later in January and February, and I’ll bolster our virtual programs with a return of some phone offerings over Seniors Centre Without Walls, so keep an eye open for those.

Because of its large space, programming at the Leo Boivin Community Centre still falls within the provincial parameters and is scheduled to run as follows:

Mondays 10:30am: Strength Training for Women over 50. Takes place on Monday the 20th with a planned break and resumption on January 10th.

Fridays: Indoor Walking at 9:30 is planned to continue through the holiday after the break this past Friday for Spirit of Giving set-up.

Indoors at Walker House, we are moving to our Zoom meeting format after New Years for the first week of January and will pause our in-person events from December 21st  until the 10th of January.  I will include Zoom links for our regular activities that you are welcome to use immediately to keep in touch throughout the holiday.

I’ll be in touch before the 10th to let you know how we proceed from there and with details of our special events and SCWW schedule.

The Brockville Arts Centre will be adjusting their protocols to keep in line with the government guidelines and to ensure that participants feel comfortable and safe. As of this moment, our plan to attend the movie “Spencer” is still a go. Mary or I will be in contact with you as we learn more. Please reach out to me if you have an idea or would like to hold a virtual event with your group that is not represented below.

I wish you a joyful holiday and look forward to sharing time together in 2022.

Warmest regards,

Susan Vallom

I have some wonderful news to share! We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Seniors Community Grant to hold a number of activities over the winter. The project is entitled, A-HA! (which stands for Active, Healthy Aging) and it incorporates a number of fitness and social events  including these two FREE bus trips!

First up, we have 40 tickets for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at the Upper Canada Playhouse on Thursday, December 16th . We also have tickets and a bus to the Brockville Arts Centre on Friday, January 7th for the matinee screening of “Spencer” the story of Princess Di.

You must register for both by phone (613-925-5300) or email walkerhouse@prescott.ca. I will keep a waiting list and ask that you let me know if you are unable to come so that someone else can enjoy the event.

Covid Protocols for both venues:

You must bring and show a government photo ID and have your proof of vaccination with you to enter the buildings. The canteens are closed, but you are allowed to bring a bottle of water with you. Everyone in the buildings must be fully masked at all times with no exceptions. The playhouse in Morrisburg has assigned seating at 50% capacity and the Brockville Arts Centre will have no assigned seating in the new year, so everyone can chose their own seats.

Transportation Details:

We have rented school busses from Howard Bus Lines.

Upper Canada Playhouse trip – the bus will pick up at Food Basic in Brockville at 12:30 on December 16th and at Walker House at 12:45. The show starts at 2pm and we return home immediately following.

Brockville Arts Centre trip: - the bus picks us up at Walker House at 1pm on January 7th and heads directly to the Arts Centre for drop off. The movie starts at 2 and we return home immediately following the show.

Our first Christmas lights walk will meet at the south end of the parking lot of O’Reilly’s on the 7th at 4:30 to walk through Fischl.

Don’t forget our Zoom workshop taking place at 10:30 that morning here at Walker House. We have room for a few more.

I hope to see you at the tree lighting on Saturday – we will be serving hot chocolate starting at 5:30 J

November 30 -- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I’m sorry; I know you will have that song stuck in your head now, but I couldn’t resist. It seems that the holidays are busting out everywhere I turn these days. I’m thrilled to see the markets and parades are back and the laughter and chatter at Walker House brightens the most overcast day. This Saturday is booming in Prescott and we will be taking part and serving hot chocolate at the tree lighting. Please let me know if you’d like to help out or pop by the clock tower at 5:30.

Our Book Club really enjoyed “The Last Hermit” and now for something completely different we have Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”. Books are available to pick-up on the counter in the main room and we meet to discuss at 10am on December 21st. I have to give this one a vote for being the most attractive cover I’ve seen in a while; it is going to look beautiful on my coffee table and hopefully the contents are a winner too.

Our Walking Group is wrapping up our outdoor season and transitioning to indoor walking at the Leo Boivin Community Centre on Fridays at 9:30 beginning on the 10th of December. Please send me your thoughts about the most colourful neighbourhoods as we will walk outside at 4:30 on the 7th and 16th to enjoy the Christmas lights and possibly meet for a hot drink afterwards. Based on your feedback, I will announce the meeting place the week before.

Bridge is trying out their old Monday afternoon time slot and experienced players are invited to come. I will be set up to register any new or first time returning players at 12:30 on the 29th of November so that play can begin at 1. Our ukulele group will meet immediately following at 3:30.

Sharon has offered to be convenor for Euchre and we are going to try Friday afternoons at 1 to see how that works for everyone. There is definitely interest in playing and we are also hoping to fit in a table of Pepper (A.K.A. bid euchre) Please come by on the 3rd of December if you’d like to play either form.

I’m taking registrations for our in-person Zoom workshop with TechTutors on the 7th at 10:30. Everyone bring your own device and William will guide us through some of the bells and whistles that help it function. Please pre-register for this one via walkerhouse@prescott.ca and either send an e-transfer or bring $8 to help cover the cost. Don’t forget that we have a small library of iPads for members to borrow, as well.

Next week our crafters will be making a cute felted sweater owl ornament on Tuesday the 7th at 1pm. I have threads, buttons, and sweaters but if you can, bring sharp fabric scissors and an embroidery needle. These will add a fun tag to any gift and work up easily.

There are lots of exciting programs lined up for winter 2022. Details are finalizing for a visit with Catherine Schmuck, the Ship to Shore Chef, and we are adding many new events to our calendar including a choir, curling, yoga, a wellness retreat and yes: the return of day tripping! Things are definitely getting back to normal, when we can plan a trip together again.

Hello,

We have a few changes this week to cover as we transition into winter and  our regular activities get settled back inside at Walker House so I’ll tackle them one at a time:

First things first; I will be off for the week of the 22nd – 26th. I monitor emails easily from home, so reach out if you need assistance with keys/opening or locking up. I normally would have given you all a week’s notice, but it caught me by surprise that we are already the last week of November! It’s not just me, is it? I mean, Santa is going to be coming soon and I am not at all prepared for this!

Bridge requested  to return to their Monday afternoon time (1-4) and it looks like the ukulele gang is flexible so I am proposing that we stick to Monday the 22nd at 1 for ukulele and when we are finished playing, we can decide on a new time that works for all of us. Bridge will continue on Saturdays until the 29th of November when they resume on Mondays. Since there may be a few members returning on that date, I will be in attendance with my laptop at 12:30 and ask that you come early with your vaccine info to register with me and I will review our safety protocols and welcome you back.

I will be here for ukulele lessons on Monday afternoon and also dropping in for our Book Club on Tuesday the 23rd at 10am. We can meet in the main room at that time so no stairs are required. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but have heard from quite a few that they enjoyed this month’s selection so I’m looking forward to a good discussion over coffee. I hope to have December’s title available for pick up then.

We will make our seasonal switch to Walking Club at the beginning of December. Until then, we will continue to meet at 9:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays which then pauses until spring and instead we will meet for a couple of early evening walks to enjoy the Christmas lights. On Tuesday the 7th and Thursday the 16th of December we will meet at 4:30 for a stroll (and maybe dinner out?) and I am asking for your feedback to determine where. Let me know which blocks have the prettiest lights and we can decide from there.  I know some of you have been looking forward to it’s return so I’m happy to report that indoor walking at the Leo Boivin Community Centre starts again on December 10th at 9:30.

Last, but not least by any stretch, I’m pleased to announce that William will be joining us for a Tech Workshop on Tuesday the 7th of December at 10:30. We’ve discovered during some recent events that there is a need for us to learn how to use Zoom better. It has features that make it a more enjoyable experience for seasoned users and this is also a good time for a refresher if you are a beginner or have never used it. There is an $8 fee to help cover the cost and I have limited seats available so please pre-register with me. Did you know that Walker House can accept E-transfers? It’s safe and easy and I am happy to show you how. On the day, bring whatever device(s) you typically use to access Zoom as the home screens look different on each one, bring a notebook and pen for notes (there will be handouts, as well) and I have 3 of our Walker House iPads available that can be reserved for the workshop and also loaned out to any member to take home.

We had our first board meeting yesterday and have some exciting plans to share very soon and we would be thrilled to welcome you “on board” to be part of the leadership team. 

Its been a whirlwind this week and there is so much to be thankful for especially the  kind, generous, lovely, good looking, funny, and talented volunteers who’ve been helping me unpack boxes and organize all of our stuff of which there is an abundance!

The house would not be where it is today without their help. I didn’t share photos after the flood when the ceilings came down and the walls were back to the studs because it was too depressing but now that it is in our rear view mirror I have printed a few and posted them on the bulletin board so you can see how far it’s come. I am thrilled to be welcoming people back into a fresh new house.

All of our regular groups will be returned inside with bridge returning on Saturday afternoon and the Bunka Babes next Thursday so I will include our current schedule below. You will notice that there are still time slots available during the week and I’d like to remind you that we can also meet here in the evenings. Why am I pointing this out, you ask? It’s an invitation to fill them with your favourite activity. Euchre has not yet returned to the schedule and I have a volunteer willing to convene the group so please let me know if you are interested in playing and we will get you set up. We also have cribbage, dominoes, and scrabble in multiples available in our games cupboard.

Our new kitchen will be inspected soon and open for business but all of above-mentioned activities and our Covid safety protocols have been approved by the health unit. Together we will reopen at a pace that works to keep us safe and comfortable. I’ve made the process as streamlined as possible and have our vaccine passport, Covid screening, and contact tracing all built into our membership tags so that a quick stop at the touchscreen to enter the building is all that is required after your first visit. If you have concerns about returning, I am happy to share our procedures with you in more depth to ease your mind, but here is a quick reminder for everyone:

1)      Upon your first visit indoors please see me to show your proof of vaccination and receive a new membership tag. There is no fee for the remainder of 2021 so you can leave your wallet at home ;)

2)      It is important that everyone sign in at every visit. You will find your activities on the screen, and also a “just visiting” option.

3)      Please wear a mask that covers your nose and chin and be mindful of other’s space. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle or mug from home and to remove your mask when seated and actively eating or drinking but keep it on otherwise and especially when moving around.

4)      We have regular cleaning and sanitizing in place, but it is important for all of us to keep our hands clean and wipe the contact surfaces as you leave the washroom. I doubt you can walk 6 steps in any direction without finding sanitizers and wipes, honestly, so it’s a quick and easy task.

5)      Occupancy limits have been lifted in Ontario but we are finding that the main room is comfortably spaced if we keep our group size to a dozen or so.

The pool room and library are open for business and I am hopeful that the remaining boxes and clutter will be all tucked away before another week has passed. I’ll let you know when our kitchen has been inspected and we can get back to making coffee and tea and member’s lunches. Oh….and pot lucks, and movie nights, remember those? And how fun were our Supper Clubs? Believe it or not; those days will return, but just having the sounds of laughter and chatter as friends are coming together again inside these walls is enough for now. I’ve missed you!

For now though, here is our schedule:

MONDAYS:

Strength Training for Women over 50: (Leo Boivin Community Centre) at 10:30

Spinners at 10am

Ukulele at 1pm

SGGOFA: 3rd Monday each month at 6:30

TUESDAYS:

Walking from Walker House at 9:30

possibly quilting 10am

Arts and crafts 1pm

WEDNESDAYS:

Hoops and Hooks traditional rug hooking 9:30am

Art Studio and lessons 1pm  with Zoom lessons 1st Wednesday of the month

THURSDAYS:

Bunka, Swedish Weaving and Hardanger 9am

Wood Carving 1pm

Book Club possibly 10am in the library last Thursday of the month

FRIDAYS:

Walking from Amphitheatre at 9:30

Knitting and crochet 10am

Possibly euchre and scrabble alternating weeks at 1pm

SATURDAYS:

Bridge 1pm

Pool and shuffleboard are available and there is also work space in the library suitable for a small group to meet.

Hello,

It has been an exciting week as groups begin to return indoors at Walker House. I know we are expecting an announcement from the province today which may impact things going forward, but I wanted to update you all on our current schedule.

Protocols for returning home to Walker House

Our protocols and procedures are all designed to meet the minimum requirements of the health unit of Lanark Leeds Grenville and ensure the comfort of our members. Please know that I welcome and appreciate your questions, suggestions, and feedback as we navigate this together.

For now here are the important steps to be aware of:

1)      Upon your return indoors, it will be necessary to bring your proof of double vaccination status on your first visit only. I will be issuing a new membership tag to everyone when I have verified that, and I ask that everyone sign in using our attendance software every time they are in the building. This will work for contact tracing requirements and you will be answering the standard Covid questionnaire at the same time. I will be monitoring that everyone has signed in for the first while until we get used to it as this is a very important piece for us being allowed to open our doors again.

2)      Masks will need to stay on unless actively drinking or eating.

3)      Current occupancy limits and physical distancing requirements will need to be adhered to.

4)      Please bring your own drinks as we are not allowed to set up coffee in the kitchen yet.

5)      Daily cleaning and sanitizing are happening, but it is also important that we wipe the contact surfaces in the washroom after use and practise safe hand hygiene.

This week we began with knitting, crafts, rug hooking, and strength training indoors.

In addition to those activities, on Monday I will welcome back the ukulele players at 1pm (I have some Christmas chord charts for us!),  the second cohort of rug hookers on Wednesday at 9:30, the Art Studio that afternoon at 1pm, and the wood carvers on Thursday at 1pm.

The bridge players are scheduled for Saturday the 30th at 1pm and the Bunka Babes are returning on Thursday the 4th of November at 9am.

I know that we are all coming back from different situations and with different comfort levels and I appreciate how patient and respectful everyone has been. We all see on the news that this is not a seamless process everywhere and I do not take it for granted. Our community is a caring, compassionate one and it shows. Thank you.

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The woodworking group received a donation of duck and loon blanks from the late John Spence of Athens. They were all very pleased to accept them and had great fun pulling surprises from the boxes.
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