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.

WINTER 2019 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 2018 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
Mon 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Feb 25 – Apr 1
CREATING MINI-PRESENTATIONS
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
COMPUTER CLINIC
1st Thurs 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB (FULL)
every other Thurs 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Begins Jan 2019
RECORDER ENSEMBLE (FULL)
Meets Friday 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS (FULL)
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.
ROMEO (FULL)
Social Events  Click for details
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 6
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thurs 12:00 Noon Feb 14
FOUNDERS DAY LUNCH
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
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 28 WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm Jan. 10
WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 am Jan. 17
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Late Mar SPRING 2019 PROGRAM BROCURE
Week of Apr 22 Spring Term Begins
 
    SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for Details)
Thurs  12:00 noon Dec 6
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thurs 12:00 noon Feb 14 FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON
Wen. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mar 20
GAMES NIGHT AT GROSVENOR LODGE

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)



.WINTER 2017 ACTIVITY GROUPS


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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.

DRAWING: LEARNING NEW SKILLS & IMPROVING EXISTING SKILLS

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)...

DISCUSSION GROUPS

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ENCOURAGING THE CONFIDENT TRAVELLER with Phyllis Simner and Ann Walker
Monday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30  (Dining Room)
January 21 – February 25 (no classes on February 18, Family Day) (5 sessions)
Fee $30; maximum 12 members

Share your travel knowledge and experience or learn from more seasoned travelers as we explore the whys, wheres, and hows of travel by seniors. The pros and cons of building your own adventure vs. organized tours or cruises.   Finding great travel deals.  Strategies and resources for solo travelers or those with health or mobility challenges. Top destinations for general travelers and those with specialized interests from birding to lost civilizations.

 LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Jane Auger
Tuesday a.m. 9:30-11:30 (Dining Room)
January 22 – March 26; 10 sessions
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 although 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.

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS with Barb Dorrington and Susan Booth
Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
January 22 – February 19; 5 sessions
Fee: $30; Maximum 14 members

What makes us happy? The general level of one’s happiness is affected by many factors, including personality, self-esteem, societal pressures, age and gender.  Is happiness based on health and wealth, knowledge (being smart enough), supportive friendships, or being of good moral character? Does money buy happiness? Let’s explore together how age, gender, and life’s challenges influence our understanding of happiness, especially in our wiser, older years.

TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES with George Cranton
Wednesday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30  (Dining Room)
Session 1:  January 23 – February 20  OR
Session 2:  February 27 – March 27
Fee $30; maximum 14 members

There are many issues of concern in the world today that cross national boundaries and affect the global community. Examples include trafficking in drugs, weapons or human beings, foreign aid, international trade policy, refugees, terrorism, environmental damage and advances in science and technology. Each week we will explore topics chosen by the group.

GOOD MAGAZINE READS with Ros Moorhead and Denise Ritchie
Thursday a.m.  9:30 -11:30 (Dining Room)
January 24 – February 21 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 14 members

Each group member brings an article from a recent magazine of their choice to tell the group             about, followed by discussion.  Topics may vary widely as articles could be chosen from different sources, including online magazines such as Wired and traditional print magazines like Walrus, National Geographic, Maclean’s, or The Economist.  Here’s an opportunity to share and discuss the magazine articles that provoked your interest.

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INTEREST GROUPS

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FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND with Mary Evans and Helen Bullas
Continued from Fall Term to June 2019
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month for early matinee at Hyland Theatre, followed by lively discussion at a local restaurant.

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students and Jean Surry
Tuesdays, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 22 – March 28 (no clinics February 19 or 21)

 Here’s a great 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:  slr.computer.clinic@gmail.com 

The following interest groups begin in the Fall Term and continue on to June 2019.  The groups are currently full, but if interested, please check with the SLR office to see whether there have been any withdrawals.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
Continued from Fall Term to June 2019 (FULL)
1st Thursday of month, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

 

RECORDER ENSEMBLE with John Morgan
Continued from Fall Term to June 2019 (FULL)
Meets every other Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS with Susan Jones and Mike Zadorsky
Continued from Fall Term to June 2019 (FULL)
Friday a.m. 11:45 – 1:00

 

JULIET with Judi Emery, Lynn Hamilton, Lydia Keras and Diana Lloyd
Tuesday p.m. 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (FULL)
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12 (4 lunches remaining)

 

ROMEO with John Husband
Wednesday p.m. 12:00 – 2:00 (FULL)
January 16, February 13, March 13, April 17 (4 lunches remaining)

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SOCIAL EVENTS

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FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday, December 6, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (just west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

This is a not-to-be-missed annual SLR tradition as we dine in style during the festive season.  Share stories and camaraderie with friends while we enjoy a three-course meal and are entertained by the SLR Gina Barber singers and Brenda’s famous jokes.

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH
Thursday, February 14, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (just west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

We return to one of our favourite venues to celebrate our 24th anniversary. Spectacular views of the city from the dining room and a delicious three-course lunch make this the ideal choice for the Founders’ Day event. Our guest speaker will be Brian Salt, of Salthaven, who will do a presentation on this unique wildlife haven providing rehabilitation to sick, injured or orphaned animals and birds.

GAMES NIGHT AT GROSVENOR LODGE
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge
Cost:  $10

 Celebrate the end of winter by joining fellow SLR members in a games night where you can participate in a social gathering where games will be set up to provide entertainment and a springboard for conversation.  Have fun testing your skills as you nibble on snacks and make new friends while learning new games in this the first SLR evening at the Lodge.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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MODERATOR/FACILITATOR TRAINING

Monday, Nov 26, 10:00 – 12:00 noon

 

WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, Nov 28, 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 then 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.

 WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, January 10, 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 the moderators and facilitators. It’s also a time when current members can co-register (see policy under Registration Information). A short information session 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.

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, January 17, 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!

SPRING 2019 PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Spring 2019 selections will be available late March.  The Spring term begins the week of April 22nd.

SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for details)

  • FESTIVE BANQUET, Thursday, December 6, 12:00 noon

  • FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH, Thursday, February 14, 12:00 noon

  • GAMES NIGHT AT GROSVENOR LODGE, Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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