Activity Groups Fall 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.

FALL 2019 ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

SLR is pleased to offer the following activities, workshops, discussion and interest groups, as well as social events. Please note that the course location, number of sessions, registration fees, and additional charges for materials vary. All courses and interest groups are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Below is a newly updated list of the activities, workshops, discussion and interest groups, and the social event choices for the Fall 2019 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
Activities and Workshops  Click for details
Tues. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 17 – Oct 15
CANNABIS 101: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION
Wed. 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Sept 18 – Oct 23 CREATING MINI PRESENTATIONS
Wed. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Oct 30 – Nov 13 INTERMEDIATE POWERPOINT SKILLS
Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Sept 18 – Oct 23 ART @ LARGE
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 18 – Dec 4 UKE IT UP, PART 2
Thur. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 19 – Nov 28 BE A PLAYER
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 19 – Nov 28 CREATIVE WRITING LEVEL 2
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon. 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Sept 16 – Sep 30 ESTATE PLANNING
Tues. 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Sept 24 – Oct 22 CANADA VOTES: FEDERAL ELECTION 2019   SECTION 1
Wed. 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Sept 25 – Oct 23 CANADA VOTES: FEDERAL ELECTION 2019   SECTION 2
Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 20 – Nov 29
LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Interest Groups  Click for details
2nd Sun. Matinee For 2019-2020 year FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND
1st Tues. 11:45 – 1:15 p.m. For 2019-2020 year PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Tues. 12:00 noon- 2:00 p.m. See dates below LUNCH BUNCH GROUP
Tues. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. See dates below LET’S DO LUNCH
Thurs. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. For 2019-2010 year RECORDER ENSEMBLE
1st & 3rd Thurs. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sept 19 – Nov. 21 THE LIVELY POETS’ SOCIETY
Fri. 11:45 am – 1:00 pm For 2019-2020 year GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS
Fri. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For 2019-2020 year THE SLUGS (Ukulele Ensemble)
TBD TBD For 2019-2020 year COMPUTER CLINIC
Social Events  Click for details
Tues. 12:00 Noon June 18
STRAWBERRY SOCIAL
Wed. 12:00 Lunch; 2:00 Matinee July 10
SUMMER THEATER ADVENTURE AND OPTIONAL LUNCH 
Wed. 12:00 Noon Sept 11
MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON
Thur. 9:30 a.m. Depart. Oct. 24
BUS TRIP TO TORONTO RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM
Wed. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Nov. 13
THE BEATLES
Thurs. 12:00 Noon Dec 5
FESTIVE BANQUET
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. May 30
FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Mon. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon June 3 MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Thurs. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sept. 5 FALL OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thurs. 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Sept. 12
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP 101
Mon. No Classes Oct. 14 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 
  No Classes Oct 24 – Oct 30 GROSVENOR LODGE HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER 
   Week of Nov 18 WINTER 2020 PROGRAM BROCHURE
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 27
WINTER 2020 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Fall 2018 Activity Groups (pdf)
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FALL 2018 ACTIVITY GROUPS All locations at Grosvenor Lodge unless otherwise noted.
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CANNABIS 101: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION with Shari McNeill and Kim Waugh
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
September 17 – October 15 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 15 members 

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, it’s time to re-examine this plant and understand all that it offers. Why was cannabis illegal in the first place? Learn about THC, CBD, and medical cannabis, compare smoking to other methods, and understand what different plant strains can do. What are consumables and edibles, and what is safe usage? Learn how to decipher retail descriptions and buy with confidence. Armed with new knowledge, we’ll visit a local dispensary for our last class. 

CREATING MINI PRESENTATIONS with Richard Waring and Lydia Keras
Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Computer Lab, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 20 Granville Street)
September 18 – October 23 (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 Kinsmen’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, PowerPoint and file saving. Then, enhance your presentation skills by sharing your talk with class members. Thumb/flash drive required.

INTERMEDIATE POWERPOINT SKILLS with Herman Sahrmann
Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Computer Lab, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 20 Granville Street)
October 30 – November 13 (3 sessions)
Fee: $25   Maximum: 12 members

You have learned PowerPoint basics and now you want to learn how to make really fabulous PowerPoint presentations including manipulating pictures, adding videos and many other tricks. This course will provide “hands-on” learning in a computer lab. 

ART @ LARGE with Diana Coates and Pat Patterson
Wednesday a.m. 10:00 – 12:00 noon (off site)
September 18 – October 23 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 16)
Fee: $25; Maximum: 20 members

Discover the talented artists of London and region. Each week is a new adventure as the group tours a museum, gallery or studio, meeting those who will share their knowledge.

UKE IT UP, PART 2 with Noële Hall
Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
September 18 – December 4 (10 sessions; no classes Oct 30 or November 27)
Fee: $65; Maximum 12 members 

This course is intended as an extension of Let’s Uke It Up and for those with very basic knowledge of chords and strum patterns. We will work on more advanced chord forms and finger-picking styles while gaining a greater knowledge of the ukulele. We will continue to work from handouts and Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk.1 Audio Access Included.

BE A PLAYER with John Husband
Thursday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
September 19 – November 28 (10 sessions; no class on October 24)
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 to be presented in the last two classes. The classes help develop confidence and presentation skills and are great fun. 

CREATIVE WRITING LEVEL 2 with Deborah Roberts
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
September 19 – November 28 (10 sessions; no class on October 24)
Fee $65; Maximum 12 members

For those who have attended one or more creative writing workshops, level two is for you. We will be taking an in-depth look at the constructs of writing. Poetry, short stories, memoirs and monologues will be edited, and plot analysis, character and dialogue development discussed. This workshop will be a focused and fun way to improve your writing skills. Come join us.
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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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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
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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.

 

INTEREST GROUPS

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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.

RECORDER ENSEMBLE with John Morgan
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.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
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: slr.computer.clinic@gmail.com

 

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SOCIAL EVENTS

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STRAWBERRY SOCIAL
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.

SUMMER THEATRE ADVENTURE: DISNEY’S NEWSIES
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. 

MEET AND GREET LUNCH
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.

BUS TRIP TO TORONTO RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM
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. 

THE BEATLES
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.

FESTIVE BANQUET
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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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
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.

MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Monday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon 

FALL OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
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.

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
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!

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Monday, October 14

 GROSVENOR LODGE HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER (No classes)
Thursday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 30

 WINTER 2020 PROGRAM BROCHURE

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

WINTER 2020 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
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.