Activity Groups – Winter 2019

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.


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 2018 term at SLR. They are shown in the chart below. A detailed listing follows, beneath the chart.

Day Time Dates Titles
Activity Groups  Click for details
Mon 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Feb 25 – Apr 1
Tues 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Jan 22 – Mar 12 DRAWING: LEARNING NEW & IMPROVING EXISTING SKILLS
Tues 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 22 – Feb 12 PODCAST 101
Wed 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Jan 23 – Mar 27 DOCS AND SNACKS
Thu 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 25 – Apr 4  BE A PLAYER
Fri 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 25- Mar 29 UKE IT UP
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 21 – Feb 25 ENCOURAGING THE CONFIDENT TRAVELLER
Tues. 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Jan 22 – Mar 26 LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Tues 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 22 – Feb 19 THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Weds 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Jan 23 – Feb 20 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Session 1
Weds 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Feb 27 – Mar 27 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Session 2
Thur. 9:30 am – 11:15 a.m. Jan 24 – Feb 21 GOOD MAGAZINE READS
Interest Groups  Click for details
2nd Sun. Afternoon Matinee For 2018-2019 yr. FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND
Tues & Thurs 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Begins Jan 2019
1st Thurs 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
every other Thurs 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Begins Jan 2019
Meets Friday 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
Tues 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. For 2018-2019 yr. JULIET (FULL)
2nd Sun. 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
For 2018-2019 yr.
Social Events  Click for details
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 6
Thurs 12:00 Noon Feb 14
Wen. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mar 20 GAMES NIGHT AT GROSVENOR LODGE
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Mon. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Nov 26 MODERATORS/FACILITATOR TRAINING
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm Jan. 10
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 am Jan. 17
Week of Apr 22 Spring Term Begins
    SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for Details)
Thurs  12:00 noon Dec 6
Thurs 12:00 noon Feb 14 FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON
Wen. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mar 20

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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CREATING MINI-PRESENTATIONS with Richard Waring and Lydia Keras
Monday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30  (Computer Lab, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 20 Granville Street)
February 25 – April 1 (6 sessions)
Fee: $50; Maximum 12 members

Learn how to develop, research and prepare a short presentation on any topic you like.  Work individually or in a small group.  In Kinsman’s state of the art computing lab, you will receive instruction and practice in creating an effective 3-5 minute talk using the internet, Word, Power Point and file saving.  Then, enhance your presentation skills by sharing your talk with class members.  Thumb drive required.


with Sally Glanville
Tuesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30  (Coach House)
January 22 – March 12 (8 sessions)
Fee: $50; Maximum 10 members

Drawing ability largely rests upon developing one’s observation skills, combined with some use of diagrams and proven learning aids. This course will focus upon observation and some “tricks of the trade.” Basic principles such as tone, contour and line variation and composing a pleasing arrangement will be covered. Still life setups will provide examples for members to work from. A list of required supplies will be provided.   

 Suggested reading: “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards (available at London Public Library).  Upon completion of this course, participating members should feel better equipped to tackle any art project.

PODCAST 101 with Shari McNeill
Tuesday 1:30 – 2:45 (Coach House)
January  22 – February 12 (4 sessions)
Fee: $25; Maximum 10

Podcasts are free audio programs on the Internet. There are podcasts out there covering almost any topic that you can imagine. Together, we’ll explore this vast podcast universe.  Learn how to download them to your phone or tablet, including how to get them play on your car radio. 

DOCS AND SNACKS with Diana Lloyd and Jane Skinner
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 (Drake Room)
January 23 – March 27 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 19

With the increasing popularity of documentary film making, we will be offering a choice of docs each week to participants who are interested in this form of journalism, advocacy or personal experience.   We will be viewing stories that are compelling and provocative.  During the coffee break, snacks supplied by group members will add to the enjoyment as we discuss the weekly doc.

BE A PLAYER with John Husband
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
January 25 – April 4 (no class February 14, Founders’ Lunch) (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 16 members

This is a “learn by doing” improv acting class. Skills developed in the workshop will be applied in rehearsed readings of duologues or short plays to be presented in the last two classes. The classes help develop confidence and presentation skills and are great fun.

UKE IT UP with Noële Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
January 25 – March 29 (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 Book1, Audio Access version.  (Purchase at Long and McQuade, $15.95)...


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ESTATE PLANNING with Don Pollock
Monday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Drake Room)
September 16 – September 30 (3 sessions)
Fee: $20; Maximum 16 members 

Benjamin Franklin stated that nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. Join us for a discussion on current topics in estate planning. Advantages and disadvantages of various estate planning strategies will be discussed with a focus on avoiding costly mistakes that have impacted many families.

 CANADA VOTES: FEDERAL ELECTION 2019 with Rod Whitwham, Sandy Morton, Jim Easton and Jane Auger
Section 1: Tuesday 11:30 – 1:00 (Dining Room)
September 24 – October 22; 5 sessions
Section 2: Wednesday 11:30 – 1:00 (Dining Room)
September 25 – October 23; 5 sessions
Fee: $30 Maximum: 16 members each section

The next Canadian Federal Election is scheduled for October 21, 2019. Come and discuss such topics as the main issues facing the country, party leaders and platforms, campaigns, candidate debates and election results. We will meet 4 times before the election and once after.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Phyllis Brady
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Coach House)
September 20 – November 29; (10 sessions; no class on October 25)
Fee: $65; Maximum 14 members

Death is the one great certainty in life and a personal journey each of us approaches in our own way. Let’s consider our own unique path with death, dying and grieving by exploring this important though uncomfortable topic. Together we will be posing vitally important questions, sharing experiences, and offering thoughtful observations that can profoundly change the way we live and die.



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FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND with Mary Evans and Helen Bullas
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month from September to June for early matinee at the Hyland Theatre followed by lively discussion at a local restaurant.
Fee: Cost of movie; discussion free for members. 

LUNCH BUNCH GROUP with Terry McSpadden
Tuesday 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
October 1, November 5, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7 (6 sessions)
Fee: none, pay for own meal; Maximum 8 men (members)

Enjoy fellowship with inquisitive men willing to share ideas, knowledge and opinions in a harmonious setting. We’ll meet monthly for food and conversation at a London restaurant, as we discover new “favourite” dining establishments.  We may not solve the world’s problems, but we’ll have fun trying. 

LET’S DO LUNCH with Dolly Testa and Ann Vandenbosch
Tuesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
October 1, November 5, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7 (6 sessions)
Fee: none, pay for own meal
Maximum: 12 – 24 women (members); two sections if demand warrants 

All ladies who enjoy good food and great conversation – this is your opportunity to join the SLR “ladies who lunch” monthly at a London area restaurant. Explore new-to-you restaurants and old favourites. Try a new gastronomic delight, cuisine or indulge in a decadent dessert (we’ll never tell!). Join us for fun, food and fabulous company.

Meets Thursdays 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (Coach House; no class October 30 or November 27)
Fee: $50 for 2019 – 2020 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.

Meets 1st Tuesday of each month (Coach House)
11:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 for 2019 – 2020 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.

THE LIVELY POETS’ SOCIETY with Denise Ritchie and Ros Moorhead
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday
September 19 – November 21 (Coach House)
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fee: $10; Maximum 12 

Members meet twice monthly to share and discuss poetry and poets – dead poets, live poets, ancient poetry, new poetry – let’s explore together.

GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS with Susan Jones and Mike Zadorsky (FULL)
Meets Fridays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Drake Room)
Fee: $15.00 for 2019 – 2020 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.

THE SLUGS (Ukulele Ensemble) with Noële Hall (FULL)
Meets Friday afternoons in the Coach House at 1:30 p.m.
September to June (no class October 25)
Fee: $15

This is a continuing group for members who have taken Uke It Up and have some facility on the ukulele.

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students
Dates: TBD (watch for update notices)
October and November; Twice weekly
Fee: Free with SLR membership; advanced registration required  

Here’s a good opportunity to expand your IT skills. Western student volunteers are matched with SLR members to provide one-on-one assistance at Grosvenor Lodge. Bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone and your questions.  Weekly registration:



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Tuesday, June 18
12:00 noon at Grosvenor Lodge
Cost: $15

June is the start of the strawberry season in Ontario and we celebrate this delightful time of the year with our Strawberry Social. Enjoy a delicious finger-food lunch at the Lodge catered by Steel Grill, topped off with a strawberry dessert. This is an opportunity to chat with SLR friends and to share highlights of the courses you have enjoyed through the year.

Wednesday, July 10
Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend
12:00 noon optional lunch at School House restaurant
2:00 p.m. Matinee performance at the theatre.
Cost: $45 for the show
         $20 for optional lunch

This is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of a band of teenage newsboys in New York City at the turn of the century. It is a Broadway musical packed with spectacular dancing and a sensational score with a timeless message that inspires everyone to fight for what is right and to seize the day. 

Wednesday September 11 at 12:00 noon
Grosvenor Lodge
Cost: $15

This annual tradition marks the beginning of the Fall term with the opportunity to share summer stories with friends old and new and to anticipate the exciting new SLR courses. Enjoy a finger food lunch in the reception rooms at the Lodge as well as on the lovely verandahs, weather permitting, as you take in the lovely September gardens.

Thursday October 24 departing London at 9:30 a.m.
Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto
Cost: $40

Visitors to Ripleys, travelling on the moving glide path, will have the opportunity to enter the ocean realm, coming face to face with the most fascinating fish – everything from barracuda, rays, jelly fish, moray eels and giant sharks, not to mention the enormous turtles. Enjoy a pre-ordered finger food lunch before embarking on the approximately two-hour self-guided tour. 

Wednesday, November 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
West Haven Golf and Country Club
Fanshawe Park Road West
Cost: $20

Come join us for our third annual music night. This year we feature Beatles music and dance. Ringo and Paul were already booked but we do have the fabulous SLUGS, Liz, not The Queen but the line-dancing queen, and the “Love Us Do” Gina Barber Singers. Fill up your plate with food and lots of it and join in the fun.

Thursday December 5 at 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (west of Ridout Street on Commissioners)
Cost: $25

We look forward to this seasonal event as we celebrate the end of the Fall term and the festive season. This traditional three course meal is always a hit as we share stories about courses we have enjoyed at SLR. We anticipate having a good laugh at Brenda’s jokes and listening to the Gina Barber Singers and Noele Hall’s ukulele SLUGS.



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Thursday, May 30, 1:30 – 3:30 (Doors open 1:00; Presentations begin 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 his/her course is the right one for you. A chance to socialize and enjoy free coffee and cookies.

Monday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon 

Thursday, September 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This is your last chance to register for the Study, Activity, Discussion and Interest Group(s) of your choice and talk with representatives about program content, possible topics, etc. Short information sessions will be presented at 10:15 and 11:30 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.

Thursday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. – 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. All this at no cost!

Monday, October 14

Thursday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 30


Our brochure with the Winter 2019 selections will be available the week of November 18. The Winter term begins late January.

Wednesday, Nov 27, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Doors open 1:00; Presentations begin 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 his/her course is the right one for you. A chance to socialize and enjoy free coffee and cookies.

SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for details)

  • STRAWBERRY SOCIAL, Tuesday,June 18, 12:00 Noon
  • SUMMER THEATRE ADVENTURE: Disney’s Newsies, Wednesday, July 10, 12:00 Noon (optional lunch); 2:00 Matinee Performance
  • MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON, Sept 11, 12:00 Noon
  • BUS TRIP TO TORONTO RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM, Thursday October 24 departing London at 9:30 a.m.
  • THE BEATLES, Wednesday, November 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., West Haven
  • FESTIVE BANQUET, Thurs, December 5, 12:00 noon