Activity, Discussion and Interest Groups

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 2020 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 1:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. Jan 27 – Mar 2
MAKING AND PRESERVING MEMORIES
Tue 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Jan 21 – Mar 10 BROADWAY MUSICALS
Tue 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mar 10 – Mar 31 GO FIGURE: THE FASCINATING WORLD OF NUMBERS
Wed 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 22 – Mar 25 UKE IT UP
Thu 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 23- Apr 2 PLAY ON
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Jan 20 – Feb 24 LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL POLITICS
Wed 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Mar 4 – Mar 25 TED TALKS ON SCIENCE
Thu 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Jan 23 – Feb 20 POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Fri 9:30 am – 11:15 a.m. Jan 24 – Mar 27 LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Interest Groups  Click for details
2nd Sun Afternoon Matinee For 2019-2020 yr. FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND
Tue & Thu TBD Begins Jan 2019
COMPUTER CLINIC
1st Tue 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB (Open to new members)
Tue 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Begins Jan 2019
LETS DO LUNCH FULL
Tue 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Begins Jan 2019
LUNCH BUNCH GROUP
Thu 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Begins Jan 2019
RECORDER ENSEMBLE
Meets Friday 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. For 2018-2019 yr. GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS(Open to a small number of new members)
Fri 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For 2018-2019 yr.
SLUGS UKULELE GROUP
Social Events  Click for details
Thu 12:00 Noon Dec 5
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thu 12:00 Noon Feb 13
FOUNDERS DAY LUNCH
Thu 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mar 12 TRIVIA GAMES NIGHT
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Wed 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m Nov 27 WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wed 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon Nov 28 MODERATORS/FACILITATOR TRAINING
Tue 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm Jan. 7
WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thu 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon Jan. 16
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Mon FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Week of Mar 23 SPRING 2019 PROGRAM BROCURE
Wed  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Apr 1 SPRING 2020 OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
    SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for Details)
Thu  12:00 noon Dec 5
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thu 12:00 noon Feb 13 FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON
Thu 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mar 12
GAMES NIGHT AT GROSVENOR LODGE

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on the Colour Brochure below:

Winter 2020 Colour Brochure (pdf)


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MAKING AND PRESERVING MEMORIES with Alison Greenhill and Susan Pepper
Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
January 27 – March 2 (5 sessions; no class February 17, Family Day)Fee: $30; Maximum: 12 members

 From photos to filigree and fobs, we all have memorabilia and memories of the past. We will examine the importance of these memories and discuss and share ways of preserving both old and new memories. How can we create new memories with our family, friends and grandchildren? Come with your projects and ideas and leave with plans for new activities.

BROADWAY MUSICALS with Jeff Keenor and Jane Auger
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
January 21 – March 10 (8 sessions)
Fee: $50; Maximum 14 members

 Memorable music, dancing, and glamour! The Broadway musical! Pick your favourite musical, share your knowledge of the composer and lyricist, and the story of the musical. Let’s hear some of the songs which have thrilled audiences over the years, so that we can reminisce, and learn, together.

Possible Topics: Oklahoma, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Hello Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Mama Mia!, The Producers, Hamilton, Come From Away.

GO FIGURE: THE FASCINATING WORLD OF NUMBERS with Riko Oka and Richard Waring
Tuesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
March 10 – March 31 (4 sessions)
Fee: $25; Maximum 14 members

 We live in a world of numbers – from election polls and interest charges to medical success rates – but deciphering their meaning can be confusing. Learning how to interpret everyday numerical information can be practical and enlightening. We will examine the cultural, linguistic, educational, and personal barriers that lead many to avoid mathematics and explore effective ways to build numeracy for everyone.

UKE IT UP with Noële Hall
Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
January 22 – March 25 (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).

PLAY ON with John Husband
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Dining Room)
January 23 – April 2 (10 sessions – no class February 13, Founders’ Day)
Fee: $65; Maximum 16 members

 It’s time to move forward in our evolution of this ongoing course. It’s time to prepare to take Mary Neill’s play Lasers to the next level – and to the world. If you have taken either Be a Player or Play On, then you are eligible to join. We need 16 players to do this wonderful play justice. We need you!

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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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 LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL POLITICS with George Cherian and Richard Waring
Monday 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
January 20 – February 24 (5 sessions; No class February 17, Family Day)
Fee: $30; Maximum 14 members

In 2018, Ontario voters elected new city councils and a new provincial government, ushering in a period of significant change. Let’s talk about how these changes, from environmental regulations to transportation, are affecting us. Which new issues are emerging as most significant for London and Ontario? Which are positive developments, and which are going astray? What lies ahead for our region?

Possible Topics: Education, Cannabis, Renewable Energy, BRT, Environmental Protection vs. Economic Development, Rural/Urban Divide, Social Safety Net, Housing Costs, Income Disparity, Health Care, Supervised Injection Sites

TED TALKS ON SCIENCE with Bob Aggerholm and George Cranton
Wednesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Drake Room)
March 4 – March 25; 4 sessions
Fee: $25; Maximum 19 members

The TED Talk organization provides internet access to short presentations on hundreds of interesting and timely topics. This discussion group will meet weekly to screen and discuss from 2 to 3 TED talks addressing aspects of science and science-related issues. Learn something new or challenge your old thinking. Something for everyone.

 Possible TED Talks: The fascinating science of bubbles–from soap to champagne; the ants that run the world; the mysterious science of pain; a crash course in organic chemistry; why you should love gross science; how centuries of sci-fi sparked space flight; the biology of gender; can seaweed help curb global warming?

POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE with Margaret Cowan and Ron Coristine
Thursday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30 (Dining Room)
January 23 – February 20 (5 sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 14 members

 Climate change is the most persistent political issue we face as a society.  Many individuals have made meaningful choices to try to help.  Some corporations have adopted green strategies.  But the lack of government action is a huge barrier to effective intervention. Share with us what you believe are major impediments to political action and how we can make a difference.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Phyllis Brady
Friday a.m. 9:30-11:30 (Dining Room)
January 25 – March 27 (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 though uncomfortable topic. Together we will pose vitally important questions, share experiences, and offer thoughtful observations that can profoundly change the way we live and die.

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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. 

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students
Dates: TBD (watch for update notices)
January – March, 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

 PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
Continued from September 2019
Meets first Tuesday of the month
11:45 – 1:00 (Coach House)
Fee: $15 for 2019-2020 Year
Open to new members

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

LET’S DO LUNCH with Ann Vandenbosch, Biserka Mrzljak, Marilyn Papple and Linda Munn
Continued from September 2019 (FULL)
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7 (4 lunches remaining)

LUNCH BUNCH GROUP with Terry McSpadden
Continued from September 2019
Tuesday, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
January 7, February 4, March 3 and April 7, 2020 (4 lunches remaining)
Fee: None, pay for own lunch
Maximum: 8 men (members)

 RECORDER ENSEMBLE with John Morgan
Continued from September 2019
Meets Thursdays 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS with Susan Jones and Mike Zadorsky
Continued from September 2019
Meets Fridays 11:45 – 1:00 (Drake Room)
A small number of spaces currently available

 SLUGS UKULELE GROUP with Noële Hall
Continued from September 2019
Meets Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)

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SOCIAL EVENTS

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FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday December 5, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (west of Ridout Street on Commissioners)
Cost: $25

This annual SLR tradition closes out the Fall term as we wine and dine in style in this idyllic setting.  Entertainment will be provided by the SLUGS ukulele group, the SLR Gina Barber Singers and by Brenda’s famous jokes.  There is the option of participating in the gift exchange at the end of the event.

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH
Thursday, February 13, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (west of Ridout on Commissioners Road) Cost: $25

Join us in celebrating SLR’s 26th anniversary, a significant event in our history.  Enjoy a three-course lunch in the dining room with beautiful views of the often snow-covered golf course.  Our guest speaker this year will be Dr. Glen Belfry from the School of Kinesiology at Western University.  His topic will be “Selected Research on Exercise, Health and Aging.”

TRIVIA GAMES NIGHT
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Golf and Country Club (west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $20

Are you a trivia junkie? Do you thrive on fun and interesting facts? Are you competitive and a team player? Then a Trivia Games Night is for you.  Fill your stomachs with delicious hors d’oeuvres and your brains with random facts as you participate in our second annual games night. Laugh, learn, and maybe even win a trivial prize as we end the winter term.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, November 27, 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.

MODERATOR/FACILITATOR TRAINING
Wednesday, December 4, 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon

WINTER OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

This is your last chance to register for the Study, Discussion, Activity and/or 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 an overview of SLR to 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 16, 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!

FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Monday, February 17 

SPRING 2020 PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Spring 2020 selections will be available the week of March 23. The Spring term begins the last week of April.

SPRING 2020 OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

SOCIAL EVENTS (See Social Events for details)
FESTIVE BANQUET, Thursday December 5, 12:00 noon
FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH, Thursday, February 13, 12:00 noon
TRIVIA GAMES NIGHT, Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.