A fun, busy winter at the Canadian Canoe Museum
Activities include yoga, sign-making, canoe trip planning and more
There are lots of activities taking place this winter at the Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd. Float and Flow Yoga continues every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with admission by donation and proceeds going to the museum. Certified instructor Melissa Nagy leads the class beside the waterfall, focusing on traditional postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and water.
Drop-in activities continue the last Saturday of every month, free with admission or Family Membership. On Saturday, January 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. participants will make snowy owls to take home.
Adult workshops coming up include Make a Rustic Sign on February 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a cost of $40. Participants choose a design, trace it onto wood, then paint it. Canoe Trip Menu Planning 101 takes place on March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a cost of $80. Join Amanda Harrison for an interactive workshop dedicated to menu preparation for canoe trips, including roasted eggplant baba ghanouj, couscous stuffed bell peppers and more.
For more information, please call 705-748-9153 or visit www.canoemuseum.ca.
Mapleridge Recreation Centre
Mapleridge Recreation Centre, 1085 Brealey Dr., offers activities for adults 50 years and over such as exercises, Zumba, line dancing, tai chi, and yoga, as well as games including cards, mah jongg and dominoes. Recreational programs include shuffleboard, darts, billiards, table tennis and pickleball.
The centre is a good place to go all through the year, but especially during the winter months, according to Heather McGinn, General Manager.
“It is so important for seniors to stay active in the winter,” says McGinn. “With dark days and cold weather there is the tendency to stay indoors and hibernate, which can lead to a loss of energy and motivation. Socializing with others is a great way to lift your spirits and inspires you to engage in other aspects of your life. Some of our members are new to the city and find the centre to be a good place to make new friends.”
The centre’s over 1,000 members take part in activities, special events and meals, including Saturday Night Dances, at a cost of $10 per person from 7 p.m. to midnight. Both members and non-members are welcome.
McGinn says that joining a club or recreation centre gives seniors the opportunity to enjoy activities indoors rather than outside where the risk of falls increases during winter.
“Seniors need to stay motivated in the winter to remain happy and healthy all year round,” she continues.
Homemade meals prepared by their Red Sealed Chef are open to both members and non- members on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for $7 and Friday Night Supper at 4:30 p.m. for $8. Take-out meals are also available. Menus are updated weekly on their website and on Facebook, or call the centre for the weekly menu.
Membership in the centre is $20 per year. For more information, please call 705-742-1481 or visit www.mapleridgerecreationcentre.com.
Community Art Making Project
A new session of the Community Art Making Project begins tomorrow, on January 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the Heritage Room at The Mount Community Centre, 1545 Monaghan Rd. The sessions are drop-in, with no registration required and run until March 19, at a cost of $5 per session, or pay what you can, sponsored by the Pocket Art Collective and The Mount Community Centre. All are welcome. The series ran successfully last fall, according to organizer Brian Nichols.
“Three artists each week facilitate the exploration of art materials in a variety of art media,” says Nichols. “
There will be up to 20 different artists over the 10 weeks of the project and every level of art making is welcome.”
For more information, please call Mary Lou at 705-740-0078, or email bni[email protected]geco.ca. Enter through the main door at the north end of the building.
The Make a Rustic Sign workshop on Feb. 7 is just one of the many activities going on at the Canadian Canoe Museum this winter.