Activity Groups Fall 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.

FALL 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 Fall 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
Mon. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 a.m. Sept 18 – Oct 30
ALL THAT JAZZ
Mon. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 18 – Dec 4 BE A PLAYER
Tues. 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Sept 19 – Oct 10 PICTURE THIS – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Tues. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 a.m. Sept 19 – Oct 17 HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THE INTERNET FOR RESEARCH
Tues. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 19 – Nov 28 PLAYTIME, PART 2
Wed. 10:00 am – 12 noon Sept 20 – Oct 18 ART @ LARGE
Fri. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 22 – Dec 1 LET’S UKE IT UP
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon. 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Sept 18 – Oct 30 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section 1
Mon. 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Nov 6 – Dec 4 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section 2
Wed. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sept. 20 – Nov 15 SCIENCE AND CHALLENGE
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 21 – Oct 5 FINANCIAL PLANNING DURING RETIREMENT
Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 22 – Dec 1
LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Interest Groups  Click for details
Mon.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept – June
EXPLORING CRAFTY TRIVIA
1st Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sept – June
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct 12, 19, Nov 9, 23, 30  THE LIVELY POETS’ SOCIETY
Every other Thur. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Begins Sept 2017
RECORDER ENSEMBLE
Thur. 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. For 2017-2018 yr. COMPUTER CLINIC
Fri. 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. For 2017-2018 yr. COMPUTER CLINIC
Fri. 11:45 am – 12:45 pm For 2017-2018 yr. SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED SINGERS
2nd Sun. Matinee For 2017-2018 yr.
FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND
Social Events  Click for details
Tues. 12:00 Noon Sept 12
MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON
Tues. 10:00 – 12:00 Noon Sept 26
FALL NATURE HIKE
Tues. 9:30 a.m. Depart. Oct. 24
BUS TRIP TO ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Wed. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Oct. 25
HOOTENANNY
Thur. 12:00 Noon Dec 7
FESTIVE BANQUET
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. May 18
FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Mon. May 22
VICTORIA DAY (no classes)
Wed. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Sept. 6
MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Thurs. 10:00-12:00; 1:00-3:00 Sept. 7
FALL OPEN HOUSE
 Thurs. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Sept. 14
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
 Mon. Oct. 9 THANKSGIVING (no classes)
  Mid Nov
WINTER 2018 PROGRAM BROCHURE
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 29
WINTER 2018 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm May 17 SPRING NATURE WALK  (Social Events)
 Wed. 12:00 noon Jun. 21
STRAWBERRIES IN JUNE (Social Events)
Thur. 2:00 p.m.
July. 13
SUMMER THEATRE ADVENTURE (Social Events)
Tues. 12:00 Noon Sept. 12
MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON (See Social Events)
Tues. 10:00 – 12:00 Noon Sept 26
FALL NATURE HIKE (See Social Events)
 Tues. 9:30 a.m. Departure  Oct 24 BUS TRIP TO ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS (See Social Events)
Wed. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Oct. 25
HOOTENANNY (See Social Events)
Thur. 12:00 Noon
Dec 7
FESTIVE BANQUET (See Social Events)

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

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ALL THAT JAZZ with Jeff Keenor and Gail Morrow
Monday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Sept 18 – Oct 30 (5 sessions; no class Oct 9 or Oct 23)
Fee: $35; Maximum 12 members

Let’s welcome Fall by sharing with other folks your choices in Jazz music. Bring along your playlist – vocals or instrumentals.  Get comfy, (even brown bag it if you like) and enjoy the melodies, rhythms, and moods of the jazz greats.

BE A PLAYER with Mary Neill
Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 18 – Dec 4 (10 sessions; no class Oct 9 or Oct 23)
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.

PICTURE THIS – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
Sept 19 – Oct 10 (4 sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 13 members

 Are you disappointed with the photographs that you take?  Do you only shoot on Auto?  Wonder what those funny icons on the camera mean?  In four sessions you will improve your understanding of the controls on your digital camera, develop composition skills, and learn basic image editing on your computer.

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THE INTERNET FOR RESEARCH with Shari McNeill,
John Husband and Bob Aggerholme
Tuesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Sept 19 – Oct 17 (5 sessions)
Fee:  $35; Maximum 16 members

Still relying mostly on library books for your presentation?  Upgrade your internet research skills in this five-week course.  Go beyond basic Google searches and learn about other internet resources to round out your presentation content.  Learn how to gather your digital information in one place, and how to avoid “fake news.”  Take your presentation game to a whole new level.

PLAYTIME, PART 2, with Mary Neill
Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 19 – Nov 28 (10 sessions; no class Oct 24)
Fee: $65; Maximum 16 members

A continuation course for Spring 2017 participants in “Playtime.”

ART @ LARGE with Diana Coates and Pat Patterson
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (off site)
Sept 20 – Oct 18 (5 sessions)
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.

 LET’S UKE IT UP with Noele Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 22 – Dec 1 (10 sessions, no class Oct 27)
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, audio access version from Long and McQuade, $15.95.
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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES with  George Cherian

Section 1
Monday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
Sept 18 – Oct 30 (5 sessions; no class Oct 9, 23)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

Section 2
Monday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
Nov 6 – Dec 4 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

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

 

SCIENCE AND CHALLENGE with Peter Andreae and George Cranton
Wednesday  11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Sept 20 – Nov 15 (8 sessions; no class Oct 25)
Fee: $50; Maximum 16 members

 What science has done to improve our lives is astounding.  Yet our society is presented with huge challenges resulting from the fruits of this scientific endeavour.  At the same time, much of what is presented to us as science is wrong and misleading.  We can recognize and deal with these issues. Join us and we’ll solve the problems together.

FINANCIAL PLANNING DURING RETIREMENT with Don Pollock
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 21 – Oct 5 (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.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Jackie Dix
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
Sept 22 – Dec 1 (No class Oct 27)
Fee:  $65; Maximum 12 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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INTEREST GROUPS

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EXPLORING CRAFTY TRIVIA with Patricia Lewis and Pat McCabe
Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept – June
Fee $15

Do you collect embroidery floss? Do you never pass a yarn shop? Do you have an ever increasing stash of fabric? If you answered yes to any of these questions, try this new interest group.  In an informal setting share ideas and techniques both old and cutting edge with others who enjoy the same things.  Field trips could be on the agenda. The direction we take will be determined by the members.

 PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
Meets 1st Thursday a.m. of each month 11:45 – 1:00
Fee: $15 (for 2017-2018); 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 Pat Patterson
Meets Thursdays, Sept 28, Oct 12, 19, Nov 9, 23, 30
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.

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 for 2017-2018 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.

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students
Thursday p.m. 3:00 – 3:50 (no class Oct 26)
Friday p.m. 1:00 – 1:50 (no class Oct 27)
Fee:  Free to SLR members; advance sign-up required (Contact Gina Barber)

Western student volunteers come to Grosvenor Lodge to provide one-on-one assistance to members with computer related questions. Bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone or digital camera.

SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED SINGERS with Gina Barber
Fridays 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Sept – June
Fee: $15 for 2017-2018 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 lively discussion at a local restaurant.

Sept – June
Fee:  Free to SLR members
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SOCIAL EVENTS

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MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Sept 12, 12:00 noon
Grosvenor Lodge
Cost: $15

This annual Fall event is an opportunity to meet friends and newcomers to SLR at the beginning of another stimulating year.  Enjoy a light finger-food lunch, catered by Youth Opportunities Unlimited, in the elegant reception rooms at the lodge. Dining alfresco on the verandahs will be an option, weather permitting, where the gardens can be enjoyed in their late summer glory.

FALL NATURE WALK
Tuesday, Sept 26, 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Westminster Ponds
Cost: No charge

 Explore one of the largest Natural Areas in London with six major ponds scattered throughout the area and a rich variety of natural habitats.  The red maple leaves and yellow tamarack needles will be beautifully reflected in the ponds.  Charlie Aberhart, long-time member of SLR and life-long member of the Thames Valley Trail Association, will be our leader.

BUS TRIP TO ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Tuesday, Oct 24
9:30 a.m. Depart London on Badder Bus to Burlington
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. E.T.A. back to London
Cost: $60

 Whether you are a gardening expert or simply appreciate nature’s beauty, a trip to the Gardens is an unparalleled sensory experience and a dream come true.  Join us for an indoor two-hour guided tour of the Mediterranean Garden and enjoy a café lunch in these beautiful surroundings.

HOOTENANNY

Wednesday, Oct 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Westhaven Golf & Country Club
7083 Egremont Drive (off Fanshawe Park Road West)
Cost:  $20

Definition:  A party that is chock full of Hoot and a little bit of Nanny.  The SLR Hootenanny is an opportunity to enjoy an evening social gathering where our own Seriously Little Rehearsed singers will lead us in a sing-a-long of traditional folk songs.  Noele’s ukulele performers will add to the musical entertainment.  Finger foods will be served and a cash bar available. 

FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday, Dec 7, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (just west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

This banquet is an annual SLR tradition, closing out the Fall term as we dine in style.  Share stories and camaraderie with fellow members while relishing a seasonal three-course lunch in this idyllic setting.  Entertainment is an added attraction as we enjoy the SLR recorder group and the Seriously Little Rehearsed singers..

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS BADDER-BUS TRIP (see Social Events)
Saturday, May 13

SPRING NATURE HIKE (see Social Events)
Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.

FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, May 18, 1:30 – 3:30 (doors open 1:00; 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. Bring your friends!

VICTORIA DAY (no classes)
May 22

STRAWBERRIES IN JUNE (see Social Events)
Wednesday, June 21, 12:00 noon

SUMMER THEATRE ADVENTURE (see Social Events)
Thursday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.

MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sept 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

FALL OPEN HOUSE}
Thursday, Sept 7, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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.  As usual, refreshments are free.  Everyone is welcome, and don’t hesitate to bring your friends.

MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON  (see Social Events)
Tuesday, Sept 12, 12:00 noon

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sept 14, 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.  As well, you will be treated to a presentation by one of our members.  All this at no cost!

FALL NATURE WALK (see Social Events)
Tuesday, September 26, 10:00 – 12:00 noon

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Monday, October 9

BUS TRIP TO ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS (see Social Events)
Tuesday, October 24

HOOTENANNY (see Social Events)
Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WINTER 2018 PROGRAM BROCHURE
Our brochure with the Winter 2018 selections will be available mid-November.  The Winter term begins late January.

WINTER 2018 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, Nov 29, 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 moderators 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.

FESTIVE BANQUET (see Social Events)
Thursday, Dec 7, 12:00 noon

 

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