Activity Groups – Winter 2017

Our activity groups emphasize learning by doing. Participants meet to pursue a common interest and develop/improve their skills in a hands-on, less formal manner. All activity groups are led by a volunteer member of SLR who has some expertise in the subject.

WINTER 2017 ACTIVITY GROUPS

SLR is pleased to offer the following Activity Groups. Please note that the Activity Group location, number of sessions, registration fees, and additional charges for materials vary. Activity Groups are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Below is a newly updated list of the activity group choices for the Winter 2017 term at SLR. They are shown in the chart below. A detailed listing follows, beneath the chart.
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Day Time Dates Titles
Activity Groups  Click for details
Tues 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Jan 24 – Feb 7
PHOTO EDITING FOR QUALITY AND FUN
Tues 11:45 am – 1:00 p.m. Jan 24 – Feb 21 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA Section #1
Tues 11:45 am – 1:00 p.m. Feb 28 – Mar 28 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA Section #2
Tues 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Jan 24 – Feb 21 RETIRED – NOW WHAT?
Weds 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Feb 1, 15 – Mar 1, 15,29 ORCHESTRAL MUSIC – ENJOYING IT TOGETHER
Fri 12:30 pm – 2:30 p.m. Jan 27 – Mar 17
MUNCH AND MOVIE IN THE DRAKE
Fri 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 27 – Mar 31 LET’S UKE IT UP
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Sept 19 – Oct 24 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section # 1
Mon 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m Sept 19 – Oct 24 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section # 2 
Weds 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Jan 25 – Feb 22 CRUISING
Weds 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jan 25 – Mar 15 SCIENCE AND US
Thur. 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Jan 26 – Feb 23 MOVING ON
Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oct. 12 -Nov. 9
FINANCIAL PLANNING DURING RETIREMENT Section # 1 
Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oct. 17 – Nov 14
FINANCIAL PLANNING DURING RETIREMENT Section # 2
Interest Groups  Click for details
Mon. 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
CRAFT ‘N CHAT 
1st Thurs 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Begins Sept 2015
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WAITING LIST ONLY
2nd & 4th Thurs 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sept. 22 – Dec. 8 COMPUTER CLINIC
Every other Thurs 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Begins Sept 2015
RECORDER ENSEMBLE 
Meets Friday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. For 2016-2017 yr. SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED
2nd Sun. Afternoon Matinee
For 2016-2017 yr.
Friends of the HIGHLAND
Social Events  Click for details
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 1
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thurs 12:00 Noon Feb 16
FOUNDERS DAY LUNCH
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 23 WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 1
FESTIVE BANQUET (See Social Events)
Tues 10:00 am. – 12:00  Jan. 10
MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Thurs 10:00 – 12:00 noon and  1:00 – 3:00 Jan 12
WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 am Jan 19
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Thurs 12:00 Noon
Feb 16
FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON (See Social Events)
Mon   Feb 20
FAMILY DAY (no classes)
  Late Apr
SPRING PROGRAM BROCHURE
 Wen. 10:00 – 12:00 noon and  1:00 – 3:00  Mid Nov SPRING OPEN HOUSE
Thurs 12:00 Noon
Apr. 20
SPRING LUNCHEON & 23RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Winter 2017 Activity Groups (pdf) (ACTIVITY GROUPS ONLY)
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WINTER 2017 ACTIVITY GROUPS

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PHOTO EDITING FOR QUALITY AND FUN with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
January 24 – February 7 (3 sessions)
Fee: $25; Maximum 12 members

This workshop will be a hands-on practical learning experience for those who wish to explore enhancing their digital pictures through the use of free editing software.  Editing techniques will include cropping and sharpening pictures, fixing blemishes, enhancing colours and special effects.

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA with Jeff Keenor and Shari McNeill
Tuesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Section 1  January 24 – February 21 (5 sessions)
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Section 2  February 28 – March 28 (5 sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 18 members

Want to keep up with the grand-kids?  Then come watch live demonstrations of a wide variety of social media applications; e.g., Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and more.  Ten or more popular programs will be presented.  See how they work and discover why they’re popular.

RETIRED – NOW WHAT?  with Alvin Shapiro and Harry Garner
Tuesday p.m. 1:00 – 2:30
January 24 – February 21 (6 sessions)
Fee: $35; maximum 10 members

After financial, housing and other matters are settled, you are retired.  What will you do with your time?  We have all changed over the years, and so have our roles. So who is this new you? What will bring purpose and meaning at this stage? Join us for a voyage to explore your interests and possibilities through a series of individual and group activities.

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC – ENJOYING IT TOGETHER  with Kay Hohner and Gail Morrow
Alternate Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
February 1 and 15; March 1, 15 and 29 (5 Sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 12 members

Explore with us some inspiring performances by great orchestras. Do you have a favourite instrumentalist or vocalist who solos with an orchestra?  What orchestral composition thrills you every time you hear it?  Is it the lush strings?  Boisterous brass? The sweet, melodious winds?  How important is the conductor in your choices?  Should orchestras continue to exist?  Join us as we enjoy listening to your selections.

MUNCH AND MOVIE IN THE DRAKE with Doug Bell and Diana Lloyd
Friday p.m. 12:30 – 2:30
January 27 – March 17 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 24 members

End your week in a welcoming and hospitable environment with old friends and new in Restaurant Drake at Grosvenor Lodge. Tuck into a light lunch where participants will take turns providing a favourite dish.  After lunch, a short movie or documentary chosen by member input will be shown in Theatre Drake.  Each session will end with armchair critics discussing the film.

LET’S UKE IT UP with Noële Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
January 27 – March 31 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 12 members

Learn to play the versatile, little four-stringed ukulele. Together we will learn a little strumming, a little finger picking, and even a few cool solos!  Absolutely no musical background or ability to read music is required. Bring a ukulele, music stand, and the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method, Book 1 with audio access from Long and McQuade, $15.50
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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES with George Cherian

Section 1
Monday p.m. 1:00 – 3:00
January 23 – February 27 (5 sessions) No class February 13
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

Section 2
Monday p.m. 1:00 – 3:00
March 6 – April 3 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

There are many issues of concern in the world today which cross national boundaries and affect the global community.  Examples include foreign aid, international trade policy, refugees, terrorism, pandemics, environmental damage and the trafficking of humans, drugs and weapons.  Each week we will discuss a topic chosen by the group.

CRUISING with Jean Surry and John Husband
Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
January 25 – February 22 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 12 members

Discover the world travelling by water!  Do you dream of glamorous ocean cruises, or hitching rides on freighters to exotic locations?  How about feeling the wind in your hair while sailing on the bounding main on a tall ship?  Have you explored great rivers or canals in luxury or by barge?  Come to share your experiences and memories, or to learn about the joys of cruising.

 MOVING ON with Terry McSpaden and Lynn Hamilton
Thursday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
January 26 – February 23 (5 sessions)
Fee:  $30.00; Maximum 12 members

 So the time has come . . . time to get away from the challenge of constant maintenance and the echo of unused rooms.  But what comes next?  Sell?  Downsize?  Rent?  Head for snowbird country?  What about all the treasured things you have collected over the years?   Join us to discuss options that will help you find your pathway to “moving on.” 

 FINANCIAL PLANNING DURING RETIREMENT with Don  Pollock

Section 1
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
January 26 – Feb 9 (3 sessions
Fee:  $20; Maximum 16 member 

Section 2
Monday 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
February 23 – March 9 (3 sessions)
Fee:  $20; Maximum 16 members

There are many financial planning opportunities and traps for individuals during retirement. Over three weeks, we shall explore a variety of topics such as investing, estate planning, taxes and reverse mortgages. It is never too late to improve your financial position during retirement.
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INTEREST GROUPS

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Facilitators will confirm the date of the first meeting unless  otherwise shown.  Note:  Many interest groups are off-site.

CRAFT ‘N CHAT with Judi Emery
Monday p.m. 12:00 Noon -3:00

 This group has a returning enrollment, and space is not available at present.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor WAITING LIST ONLY
Meets 1st Thursday of each month 11:45 – 1:00
Fee:  $15.00 for 2016-2017 year; Maximum 14 members

 Open to anyone with a digital camera, any skill level. Share photographs, tips and techniques, so that all increase their enjoyment of photography.

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students
Wednesday and Thursday p.m. 3:00-3:50
Start date: TBA (check SLR Website calendar for dates)
Fee: Free to SLR members; advance sign-up required

 Here’s a great opportunity to expand your IT skills. Western student volunteers come to Grosvenor Lodge to provide one-on-one assistance to SLR members with computer-related questions. Bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone or digital camera.

 RECORDER ENSEMBLE with John Morgan
Meets every other Thursday p.m. 2:00 – 3:30
Location: Church of St. Jude, Fanshawe and Adelaide
Fee $50.00 for 2016-2017 year

 This is a continuing group – new members welcome. It is expected that all members will play a C or F instrument and be in the process of learning the second instrument.

SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED SINGERS with Gina Barber
Meets Fridays, 11:45 – 1:15
Fee: $15.00 for 2016-2017 year

Does singing make you happy?  Can you carry a tune? If you can say yes to one of these, you are eligible to become a member of Seriously Little Rehearsed, the singing group that loves to laugh and sing. Sometimes we perform for our members. That’s fun, too.

 FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND with Mary Evans and Helen Bullas

Meets 2nd Sunday of the month for early matinee at the Hyland Theatre followed by a trip to a local restaurant for lively discussion of the film.

Fee:  Free with SLR membership
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SOCIAL EVENTS

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FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday, Dec 1, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (just west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

 Celebrate the festive season in style as we close off the Fall term.  Share stories and camaraderie with fellow SLR members as we enjoy a three-course lunch in these elegant surroundings.  Pay for tickets through the locked mail drop box in the rear foyer at Grosvenor Lodge by November 25.

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON
Thursday, February 16, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
Cost: $25

Celebrate our 23rd anniversary as we welcome back Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude, neuroscientist, professor of psychology at Western University and holder of the Canadian Research Chair in Neuroscience.  Her topic will be “Did you say choir practice or chiropractor?  What every day mis-hearings tell us about how the brain perceives speech.”  Dr. Johnsrude will also touch on the $66 million grant awarded to neuroscientific research at the University.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, Nov 23, 1:30 – 3:30 (presentations start at 1:30 sharp)
Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East

Listen to the moderators and facilitators describe their courses and activity groups, and be among the first to sign up.  Our program previews are lively and fun, with each moderator or facilitator trying to convince you that their course is the right one for you.  Another chance to socialize and enjoy free refreshments.

FESTIVE BANQUET (see Social Events)
Thursday, Dec 1, 12:00 noon

MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Jan 10, 10:00 – 12:00 noon

 WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, Jan 12, 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 3:00
Grosvenor Lodge

This is another chance to register for the Study, Activity, Discussion and Interest Groups of your choice and talk with the moderators and facilitators.  Short information sessions will be presented for prospective and current members who would like to get an overview of SLR and discover all we have to offer.  It’s an opportune time to reconnect after the summer holiday.  As usual, refreshments are free.  Everyone is welcome, and don’t hesitate to bring your friends.

 

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Jan 19
10:00 – 12:00 noon

This workshop is designed to take all the worry out of making a presentation.  All are welcome – newcomers and current members – who want to improve their presentation skills, including PowerPoint.  You will receive advice on researching, preparing and presenting your topic.  As well, you will be treated to a presentation by one of our members.  All this at no cost!

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON (see Social Events)
Thursday, Feb 16, 12:00 noon

 FAMILY DAY (no classes)
Monday, Feb 20

SPRING PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Spring 2017 selections will be available mid-March.  The Spring term begins late April.

 

SPRING OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, April 5
10:00 – 12:00 noon; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

This is another chance to register for the Study, Activity and Discussion Groups of your choice and talk with the moderators and facilitators.  Short information sessions will be presented for prospective and current members who would like to get an overview of SLR and discover all we have to offer.  As usual, refreshments are free.  Everyone is welcome, and don’t hesitate to bring your friends.

SPRING LUNCHEON & 23rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, April 20, 12:00 noon
Location: TBA