Centre experiencing first shivers of winter
Greetings to all our active Pembroke seniors’ drop-in Centre members, and those still making their way towards us. Thanksgiving and remembrance day are now behind us, and we are feeling the first shivers of winter. but think positive. spring is a mere six months away. you can keep busy during the short, dreary days at the centre, and the next thing you know, it will be income tax time! but in the mean time, you can try all manner of activities that will enhance existing skills or even broaden your skill set. Perhaps we can even put on a course in calligraphy so that your protest signs at the Canadian revenue agency will be classy, even if ineffective.
before we get too deep into winter there are still events to take in. victoria’s Christmas Tea is on sunday, nov. 19 at 2 p.m. victoria has invited the st. John’s bell Choir to entertain her guests for this annual event. doors open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are still available at the centre’s office. i know pinkie fingers have been rehearsed for it. Then there is the diner’s delight outing to Finnigans next week on the 22nd. if you are going, it’s an ‘order off the menu’ evening, but we are still restricted to 25 seats, so i hope you put your names in early. although not related to eating although chewing the ends of pencils may work your mandibles, even earlier, is our venture into memoir writing on the 17th. i ran a similar program a couple of years back at the centre which i believe was somewhat successful, and i am happy to see that sher brisebois has offered to revive interest in this activity. For us older adults this is not just a personal endeavour. in my opinion, it’s our obligation to the generations that succeed us. your great-grandchildren may only have what you leave behind, to know you and how you lived. but most importantly, in my mind, is the wisdom that you have acquired over your lifetime that might help them not to repeat into perpetuity, the errors to which everyone is prone. a wise man, George santayana, once said, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” so, think of your journey into your memories as their glimpse into the past, your observations about life as you know it, their guide to their future.
november is still Fall Prevention month and i hope that we have all succeeded in remaining erect thus far. This is important, because the centre’s annual dinner and dance is now only a month away, and we are hoping that your efforts to remain upright will carry through into december. Tickets are available from the centre’s office $25 for centre members; guests $30. at the time of purchase please indicate your choice of entrée – roast turkey or roast beef. dancing in wheelchairs is possible, but not recommended, so be careful both indoors and out.
meanwhile, next week on nov. 22 adriana saba will be demonstrating how to draw cartoon figures at out Chat Café group meeting. you just need a pencil and eraser for this event, we will supply the scrap paper on which you may practice. Pre- register please.
Two days later on the 24th, Pam will be leading the Creativity Plus group in creating a ‘Christmas reindeer.’ not a real reindeer, but an artistic interpretation of a reindeer head. This is all part of their embrace of the Christmas spirit, and other creations are in store for december, so be sure that you are among them to ready yourself for the Holidays.
There will not be much joy and merrymaking for former employees of sears Canada this year, and unfortunately, there are always among us those that need a helping hand from time to time. sally ann, food banks, toy drives, and winter clothing donations could all use our help. be generous if you are able to do so, or be thankful for the kindness of strangers, if you are among those they help. We are all in this life together.
That will have to do for now, but we can be reached at 613-7351226, or at our website www.seniordropin.com. Until next week, TTFn.