Activity Groups Spring 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.

Spring 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 Spring 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
Tue. 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Apr 18 – Jun 13 Picture This
Tue. 1:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. Apr 19 – May 24 Playtime
Discussion Groups Click for details
Mon. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Apr 24 – May  15
Global Issues Section 1
Mon. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. May 29 – June 19 Global Issues Section 1
Mon. 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. Apr 24 – May 8 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Wed. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Apr 26 – Jun 14 Our Environmental Challenges
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 26 – May 24 A Child’s Garden of Verse
Thu. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 27 – May 11 Estate Planning
Interest Groups Click for details
1st Thur.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sept 2015 to Jun 16 Photography Club  FULL
Every other Thur. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sept 2015 to Jun 16
RECORDER ENSEMBLE
Meets Fri. 11:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Sept 2015 to Jun 16
SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED SINGERS
2nd Sun. Afternoon Matinee
Sept 2015 to Jun 16
Friends of the HIGHLAND
Social Events Click for details
Thur. 12 noon Apr 20 SPRING LUNCHEON AND 23nd A.G.M.
Sat. Departing 9:30 a.m. May 13 TORONTO BLUE JAYS BADDER-BUSS TRIP
Wed. 10:00am – 12:00 noon May 17 SPRING NATURE HIKE
Wed. 12 noon Jun 21 STRAWBERRIES IN JUNE
Thur.. 2:00 p.m. Jul 13
SUMMER THEATER ADVENTURE
Mark Your Calendars Click for details
Fri.
April 14 EASTER HOLIDAY (No Classes) 
Wed. 10:00  – 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Apr 5 SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thur. 12:00 noon Apr 20 SPRING LUNCHEON AND  A.G.M.
Thur.   Week of April 23th
SPRING TERM BEGINS
    First week of May FALL PROGRAM BROCHURE
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   May 18
FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
  May 22 VICTORIA DAY HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Sat.   May 13 TORONTO BLUE JAYS BADDER-BUS TRIP
Wed.  9:00 a. m. May 25 SPRING NATURE HIKE
Wed.  12:00 noon Jun 21 STRAWBERRIES IN JUNE
Thur.   Jul 13 SUMMER THEATER ADVENTURE

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Springa 2017 Activity Groups (pdf)                                                           Click Here for Registration Form
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Spring 2017 ACTIVITY GROUPS

All locations at Grosvener lodge unless otherwise noted

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PICTURE THIS with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
April 25 – May 16 (4 sessions; no class)
Fee: $25; Maximum 16 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.

PLAYTIME with Mary Neil
Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
April 11 – June 13 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65 (Maximum 15 members) 

Meditation helps make our minds peaceful.  Mindfulness helps us pay attention to what comprises that peaceful path in order to achieve a richer, more meaningful life, while accepting the hardships that inevitably go with it.  This course is an enlightening and practical guide to reducing stress and realizing the source of our happiness.

 

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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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GLOBAL ISSUES with Terry McSpadden
Monday p.m.  1:00 – 3:00
Section 1:  April 24 – May 15 (4 sessions)
OR
Section 2:  May 29 – June 19 (4 sessions)

Fee:  $30 (Maximum 16 members each session) 

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

SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET with Patricia Robinson (to be performed at Stratford 2017)
Monday a.m. 9:30 – 10:45
April 24 – May 8 (3 sessions)
Fee: $20 (Maximum 16)

Come and discuss Shakespeare’s famous tale of star-crossed lovers. Meet the feuding families of Verona, Juliet’s nurse and the sympathetic friar, and enjoy some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful lines. Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to do some preparation for our discussions. Free on-line text on the web and DVDs and copies of the play available in the London Public library.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES with George Cranton and Peter Andreae
Wednesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
April 26 – June 14 (8 sessions)
Fee:  $50 (Maximum 16 members) 

The list of environmental challenges facing our planet seems endless and insurmountable.  If we don’t act soon, Earth will face an environmental breakdown with a multitude of dire consequences.  Canada’s response is well behind its peers’, yet inside each of these huge challenges there must be some smaller steps we can take.  Join our discussion group and help us decide what needs to be done.

A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSE with Jacqui Griffin and Lynn Hamilton
Wednesday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
April 26 – May 24 (5 sessions)
Fee:  $35 (Maximum 12 members)

 Poetry for children reflects a world that is fresh and new, a world full of wonder, a world where everything is possible.  Come and share favourite poems from your childhood, and those you share with your children and grandchildren.  Each week we’ll read poems chosen by the group and discuss them in terms of content, lessons learned, humour and differences.

ESTATE PLANNING with Don Pollock
Thursday p.m.  1:30 – 3:30
Section 1:  April 27 – May 11 (3 sessions)
Fee:  $20 (Maximum 16 members)

There are many financial planning opportunities and traps 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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PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor    FULL
Meets 1st Thursday a.m. of each month 11:45 – 1:00
Fee:  $15 for September 2015 to June 2016
Maximum 19 members

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

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 plus expenses

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 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Fee: $15 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
September 2016 – June
Fee: Free with SLR membership

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

SOCIAL EVENTS

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ICECULTURE IN HENSALL
Thursday, March 31
Depart London:  9:00 a.m.; Badder Bus Transportation
Cost:  $60 (includes bus, Iceculture tour, and Black Dog Lunch in Bayfield)

Join fellow SLR members in travelling to Hensall in early spring for an ice sculpting adventure.  Iceculture, a family-owned business with a staff of 40, has earned its place as one of the major ice-carving industries in the world.  Plan on enjoying a lunch at the Black Dog restaurant in Bayfield following the Hensall tour.  

SPRING LUNCHEON AND 22ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, April 14, 12:00 noon
West Haven Golf & Country Club
7083 Egremont Drive
Cost:  $25 (includes gratuity) 

Celebrate the end of SLR’s 22nd year at the leisurely Spring Luncheon and brief AGM in the lovely surroundings of the West Haven Golf & Country Club.  There may even be daffodils in bloom!  We will also begin distributing the Fall Brochure at this event.

SPRING NATURE WALK
Thursday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Optional lunch to follow in a residential back yard
Cost:  No charge 

Warbler Woods, one of London’s Environmentally Significant Areas, is a hidden gem waiting to be enjoyed. Join us in this favourite destination located in western Byron, which for more than a century has been explored by naturalists who revel in its wonderful array of plants and wild life.   Thickets and wetlands harbour many species of birds, most notably warblers. 

BUS TRIP TO THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM
Wednesday, May 25
8:00 a.m. Depart London on Badder Bus to Toronto
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. E.T.A. back to London
Cost: $70 for bus, tours of the Museum and lunch  

This vibrant, educational institution, which opened in 2015, offers visitors a window into the artistic and intellectual heritage of Muslim civilizations. Join us in a day-long trip to this new and exciting addition to Toronto’s cultural attractions, one that has been linked to the Musee du Louvre in Paris and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

STRAWBERRIES IN JUNE
Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 noon
Grosvenor Lodge
Cost: $15

Enjoy this annual Spring tradition by joining us for a buffet lunch catered by Youth Opportunities Unlimited.  The Lodge will be looking its best as the gardens take on their early summer glory.  The drawing card is always the strawberry dessert, which entices people to sample our Ontario berries when they are at their prime. 

SUMMER THEATRE ADVENTURE
Wednesday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.
Matinee performance of “Birds of a Feather”
Port Stanley Theatre
Optional lunch at the Port Stanley Tapas and Grill
Cost:   $32 for the theatre; $20 for lunch 

The Bachman Warbler is extinct . . . or is it?  Competitive bird watchers converge on a quest for the rarest of birds, as archrivals clash in a battle of wits, technology and high stakes.  Lessons learned, loves revealed and a laugh-filled search for one of life’s surprises . . . be careful what you wish for!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 3:00
Grosvenor Lodge 

This is your 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. 

SPRING LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (See Social Events)
Thursday, April 20, 12:00 noon
For AGM only:  Arrive by 1:30 

SPRING TERM BEGINS
Week of April 23rd 

FALL PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Fall 2017 selections will be available first week of May.  The Fall term begins the week of September 17th.

FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, May 18, 1:30 – 3:30 (door 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 

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.

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. 

Note:  For additional details on all our groups, please visit our website at         http://www.slrlondon.ca

 

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