A fun, busy win­ter at the Cana­dian Ca­noe Mu­seum

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude yoga, sign-mak­ing, ca­noe trip plan­ning and more

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - JOANNE CULLEY [email protected]­pa­tico.ca

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.

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