Activity Groups Spring 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 Spring 2019 term at SLR. They are shown in the chart below. A detailed listing follows, beneath the chart.

Day Time Dates Titles
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Tue. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Apr 23 – May 14 Picture This
Thur. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Apr 18 – May 16 Container Gardens
Thru. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 23 – Jun 30 Creative Writing
Thru. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 25 – Jun 20 Play On
Fri. 1:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. Apr 26 – Jun 14 Yes UKE Can
Discussion Groups Click for details
Tue. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 23 – May 19
Scamming the Unsuspecting
Tue. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Apr 23 – May  7 Financial Planning During Retirement
Fri. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Apr 26 – Jun 21 The Non-Fiction Book Club

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Springa 2018 Activity Groups (pdf)                                                           Click Here for Registration Form


All locations at Grosvener lodge unless otherwise noted

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PICTURE THIS with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
April 23 – May 14 (4 sessions)
Fee: $25; 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.

CONTAINER GARDENS with Karin Foster and Diana Lloyd
Thursday a.m.  9:30 – 11:30 (Coach House)
April 18 – May 16 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum: 15 members

 Are you inspired by exploring plant combinations and design?  What’s not to love about a container overflowing with colour and happiness?  Sun or shade, we will discuss the importance of Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers.  A stunning container can even include edibles. During the last session we will create real life examples in the containers located in the gardens at Grosvenor Lodge.

CREATIVE WRITING with Deborah Roberts
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Drake Room)
April 23 – June 20 (8 sessions, no class April 30)
Fee:  $50; Maximum 13 members

Creative writing is a form of artistic expression, drawing on imagination and open minded thinking — the craft of making things up. Anyone can be a creative writer. In an encouraging and fun environment we’ll engage in varied writing exercises to stretch our mental muscles. From various forms — poetry , short stories, songs, plays, and stream-of-consciousness – we’ll construct and share our compositions. Join us for an enjoyable experience.

PLAY ON with John Husband
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
April 25 – June 20 (8 sessions; no class April 30)
Fee: $50; Maximum 16 members 

A continuation course for those who have previously taken one session of “Be a Player,” with an emphasis on character study and performance in rehearsed readings of monologues and one-act plays. ‘Rehearsed reading’ means a prepared presentation without requiring memorization.


YES UKE CAN with Noele Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
April 26 – June 14 (8 sessions)
Fee: $20; Maximum 20 members

 Join this fun and relaxed group where beginners, along with more advanced players, are welcome to jam together.  A short chord refresher will begin each class, but the emphasis will be on playing.  (To participate in the group, you should be comfortable playing basic chords – C, F, G, G7, Am, D).  



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Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
April 23 – May 19 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 15 members

 How do you know when you are being scammed? What should you do when an unknown email or screen appears on your computer?  Is there somewhere you can report them? Come, share and discuss the various kinds of scams and what to do about them.

Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Drake Room)
April 23 – May 7 (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.



THE NON-FICTION BOOK CLUB with Barbara Decker Pierce
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
April 26 – June 21; 5 sessions (every other week)
Fee $30; Maximum 9 members

Are you a keen reader?  Do you like to discuss the many intriguing and thought-provoking ideas presented in the realm of non-fiction?  Then the Non-Fiction Book Club is for you.  Before the first session, four titles (reasonably priced paperbacks) will be circulated.  The group will discuss one of these books at each meeting, led by two members who have identified interesting questions derived from the text.  Where the discussion goes . . .  anyone’s guess.