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 2018 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
Tues 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Jan 16 – Mar 20
LEARN TO PLAY THE ALTO RECORDER, PART 2  (Cancelled)
Tues 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Jan 23 – Feb 6 PHOTO EDITING FOR QUALITY AND FUN
Tues 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Feb 13 & 20 POWERPOINT FOR DUMMIES
Tues 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Jan 23 – Jun 12 (meets 1x/month) ROMEO (Waiting List Only)
Tues 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Jan 23 – Jun 12
(meets 1x/month)
JULIET (Waiting List Only)
Wed 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 24 – Feb 21
PLAYLIST: BEATLES TO BEE GEES
Thu 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 25 – Apr 5
PLAY ON
Fri  9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Jan 26 – Apr 6
DOCUMENTARIES AND DESERT
Fri 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan 26 – Apr 6 LET’S UKE IT UP, PART 2  (Waiting List Only)
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jan 22 – Feb 26 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section  1  (Waiting List Only)
Mon 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m Mar 5  – Apr 2 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES Section 2 (Waiting List Only)
Mon 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Jan 22 – Feb 12 GIVING BACK: VOLUNTEERING IN OUR COMMUNITY (Waiting List Only)
Weds 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Jan 24 – Feb 21 WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE FOR YOU LATELY
Fri 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Jan 26 – Apr 6 LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Interest Groups  Click for details
Every other Mon – Starts Jan 15  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
EXPLORING TEXTILES 
1st Thurs 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ongoing
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB (Waiting List Only)
Every other Thurs 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ongoing RECORDER ENSEMBLE 
Thurs
Fri
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ongoing
COMPUTER CLINIC
Meets Friday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ongoing SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED
2nd Sun. Afternoon Matinee
Ongoing
FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLAND
Social Events  Click for details
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 7
FESTIVE BANQUET
Thurs 12:00 Noon Feb 15
FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Wed. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nov 22 MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 29 WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thurs 12:00 Noon Dec 7
FESTIVE LUNCH (See Social Events)
Thurs 12:00 Noon – 3:00 pm Jan. 11
WINTER OPEN HOUSE
Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 am Jan 18
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Week of Jan 22 WINTER TERM BEGINS
Thurs 12:00 Noon
Feb 15
FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON (See Social Events)
Mon   Feb 19
FAMILY DAY (No Classes)
 Fri   Mar 30
GOOD FRIDAY (No Classes)
  Late March
SPRING PROGRAM BROCHURE
 Wed 12:00 Noon  – 3:00 p.m.  Apr 11 SPRING OPEN HOUSE and Registration
Thurs 12:00 Noon
Apr. 19
SPRING LUNCHEON & 24th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Winter 2018 Activity Groups (pdf) (ACTIVITY GROUPS ONLY)
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WINTER 2017 ACTIVITY GROUPS

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LEARN TO PLAY THE ALTO RECORDER, PART 2 with John Morgan
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30  (Coach House)
January 16 – March 20 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 8 members

Do you want to improve your skills on the alto recorder?  Bring your own alto recorder, music stand and “Basic Recorder Technique, Vol. 2,” by Hugh Orr (approx. $21).  You should be able to read simple music and play a one-octave F scale. This is a progression of the course offered previously.  Students may be able to advance to the SLR Recorder Ensemble.

PHOTO EDITING FOR QUALITY AND FUN with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
January 23 – February 6 (3 sessions)
Fee: $25, Maximum 12 members

 This workshop will be a hands-on practical learning experience for those who wish to explore enhancing their digital pictures through the use of free editing software.  Editing techniques will include cropping, sharpening pictures, fixing blemishes, enhancing colours and special effects.

POWERPOINT FOR DUMMIES with Jeff Keenor}
Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30
February 13 and 20 (2 sessions)
Fee: $15; Maximum 10 members

 This course is for those who wish to supplement their oral presentation with slides. The first session will cover the basics of adding slides, titles and sub-titles, changing font size and colour, and inserting images. The second session will be coaching and answering questions arising from a presentation that you will create at home. You will need Microsoft Office on your home computer.

ROMEO with John Husband
Tuesday 11:45  a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12 (6 sessions)
Fee: Membership and pay for own meal; Maximum 13

 All bon vivant gentlemen with discerning tastes and erudite minds are invited to join Retired Old Men Eating Out. Once a month, we will try a new restaurant and at the end of the meal we will evaluate and rate the experience.  At the end of the sixth session, we will choose a favourite and invite the JULIET group to join us for a meal.  Rise up men and join the ranks of the liberated gastronomically satisfied.

JULIET with Diana Lloyd and Judi Emery WAITING LIST ONLY
Tuesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12 (6 sessions)
Fee: Membership and pay for own meal; Maximum 13

 The JULIET Experience – This is an opportunity to join Just Us Ladies Indulgently Eating Together monthly at a favourite restaurant. After several gastronomic experiences, we will join the ROMEO Group to compare and select a winning restaurant which has been rated by both the Romeo and Juliet groups using predetermined criteria.  This is an opportunity to socialise and have some fun.

PLAYLIST:  BEATLES TO BEE GEES with John Husband and Pam Christie
Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
January 24 – February 21 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 12 members

Calling all lovers of the era of rock music from the British Invasion to disco. Let’s get together to enjoy this great music and compare notes on how we spent our time during this period of protest.  Do your own thing and dance to the music.  Please join us for a romp down memory lane.

PLAY ON with Mary Neill
Thursday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
January 25 – April 5 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 16 members

 “Play On” is a dramatic monologue study and presentation course (rehearsed reading; memorization not required). Registrants must have completed the “Be a Player” prerequisite. Participants will prepare and present (a) one monologue from a published play which will be assigned in the first class; (b) develop and present an original monologue; and (c) prepare and present a group reading.

DOCUMENTARIES AND DESSERT with Diana Lloyd and Shashi Uniyal
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:15
January 26 – April 6 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 19 members

 End your week in a welcoming and hospitable environment with old friends and new.  Tuck into dessert which will be provided by participants taking turns.  Afterward, a short documentary chosen by member input will be shown.  Each session will end with armchair critics discussing the film.

UKE IT UP, PART 2 with Noële Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
January 26 – April 6 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 12 members

 Just like potato chips, it’s hard to stop at one!  This 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 while gaining greater knowledge of the ukulele.  We will work from handouts and the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 2, audio access included.

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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES, SECTION 1 with Pat Gilpin
Monday p.m. 1:00 – 3:00
January 22 – February 26 (5 sessions; no class Family Day, February 19)

Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

 TALKING GLOBAL ISSUES, SECTION 2 with Roslyn Moorhead
Monday p.m. 1:00 – 3:00
March 5 – April 2 (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 policies; terrorism; “fake” news designed to sway elections; threats of war; refugees; and environmental damage. Each week we will discuss a topic chosen by the group.

GIVING BACK:  VOLUNTEERING IN OUR COMMUNITY with Don Efron
Monday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
January 22 – February 12 (4 sessions)
Fee: $25; Maximum 16

 This discussion group will allow those who currently volunteer and those who would like to volunteer to share experiences.  Members will be encouraged to discuss reasons for volunteering, the positives and negatives of volunteering, and some of the highlights of volunteer work.  At a deeper level, members will discuss the gaps they see in service in London.  Are people doing all they can? What is the role of government?  Come and share your viewpoint. (viewpoint all one word)

WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE FOR YOU LATELY? with Peter Andreae and George Cranton
Wednesday 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
January 24 – February 21 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members

The technologies created through scientific discoveries have shaped our modern world.  But where does science need to go from here? From plastics to fossil fuels to nuclear power, science has created many challenges and opportunities for new directions.  Where should science head next? What hasn’t science done yet? What needs to be explored? Join us. Tell us what you think.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Jackie Dix
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
January 26 – April 6 (10 Sessions; no class Good Friday, March 30)
Fee: $65; Maximum 16 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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Facilitators will confirm the date of the first meeting unless  otherwise shown.  Note:  Many interest groups are off-site.

 

EXPLORING TEXTILES with Patricia Lewis and Pat McCabe
Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 (Coach House)
Start date Jan 15; Fee: $15

 This interest group will meet every other Monday to explore current trends in the textile arts and revisit old, well-loved needle crafts.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
Meets 1st Thursday of each month; 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $15 for September 2017 – May 2018; Maximum 14 members

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

RECORDER ENSEMBLE with John Morgan
Meets every other Thursday p.m. 2:00 – 3:30 (Coach House)
Fee: $15 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.

COMPUTER CLINIC WITH WESTERN STUDENTS
Thursday p.m. 3:00 – 4:00 (no clinic Founders’ Day, February 15)
Friday p.m. 1:00 – 2:00 (no clinic Good Friday, March 30)
January 25 – April 6
Fee: Free with SLR membership; advanced sign-up required

Here’s a great opportunity to expand your IT skills.  Western student volunteers come to Grosvenor Lodge to provide one-on-one assistance to SLR members with computer related questions.  Bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone or digital camera.

SERIOUSLY LITTLE REHEARSED SINGERS with Gina Barber
Meets every Friday, 11:45 – 1:15
Fee: $15 (for the 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
Sept – June
Fee: Free to SLR members

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


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SOCIAL EVENTS

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FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday, December 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.

 

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCH
Thursday, February 15, 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (just west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

In the cold winter months, the celebration of the annual Founders’ Day Lunch is a tradition we all look forward to as we enjoy a delicious meal and a chance to socialize with SLR friends.  We will have the opportunity to listen to Narlon Cassio Boa Sorte Silva, Phd. student in the school of Kinesiology who will be doing a presentation on Motor Ability and Memory.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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MODERATORS’ WORKSHOP
Wednesday, November 22, 1:00 – 3:00

WINTER PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 – 3:30 (doors open 1:00;
presentations start at 1:30 sharp)
Siloam United Church, 1230 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!

 FESTIVE LUNCH (see Social Events)
Thursday, December 7, 12:00 noon

 WINTER OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, January 11, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

This is your last chance to register for the Study, Activity, Discussion and Interest Groups of your choice and talk with the moderators and facilitators.  A short information session 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.

PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, January 18, 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!

 WINTER TERM BEGINS
Week of January 22

FOUNDERS’ DAY LUNCHEON (see Social Events)
Thursday, February 15, 12:00 noon

 FAMILY DAY (no classes)
Monday, February 19

 GOOD FRIDAY (no classes)
Friday, March 30

 SPRING PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Spring 2018 selections will be available mid-March.  The Spring term begins late April.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

This is your chance to register for the Spring Study, Activity, Discussion and Interest Groups of your choice and talk with the moderators and facilitators.  A short information session 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 24TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday, April 19, 12:00 noon
Location:  TBA

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