Cen­tre ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first shiv­ers of win­ter

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - RON MATTEY

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.

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