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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 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 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 17 – Oct 22
THE MUSIC OF THE BIG BANDS
Mon. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 17 – Nov 26 PLAY ON
Tues. 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m. Sept 18 & 25 POWERPOINT FOR DUMMIES
Tues. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sept 18 & 25 KEYNOTE TO POWERPOINT FOR MAC USERS
Wen. 10:00 am – 12 noon Sept 19 – Oct 17 ART @ LARGE
Wed. 11:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m  Sept 19 – Oct 17 PODCAST 101
Wen. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 19 – Nov 21 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Thur. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sept 20 – Nov 22 LEARN TO PLAY THE RECORDER
Fri. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept 21 – Nov 30 LET’S UKE IT UP, PART 2
Discussion Groups  Click for details
Mon. 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Sept 24 – Oct 29 THE LONDON MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Tues. 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Sept 18 – Oct 16 U.S.A. AND THE WORLD AHEAD Section 1
Tues. 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Oct 23 – Nov 27 U.S.A. AND THE WORLD AHEAD Section 2
Thur. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 20 – Oct 18 THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sept 21 – Nov 30
LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
Interest Groups  Click for details
2nd Sun. Matinee For 2018-2019 yr. FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND
Tues. 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. See Dates below JULIET
Wen. 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. See Dates below ROMEO
1st Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sept – June PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Thur. 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meets 1st & 2nd Thur THE LIVELY POETS’ SOCIETY
Every other Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Begins Sept 2018 RECORDER ENSEMBLE
Fri. 11:45 am – 1:00 pm For 2018-2019 yr. GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS
Tues. 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. For 2018-2019 yr. COMPUTER CLINIC
Social Events  Click for details
Wen. 12:00 Noon Sept 12
MEET AND GREET LUNCHEON
Thur. 10:00 – 12:00 Noon Sept 27
FALL NATURE HIKE
Thur. 9:30 a.m. Depart. Oct. 18
BUS TRIP TO COWBELL BREWERY
Wed. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Nov. 14
FIFTIES SOCK – HOP
Thur. 12:00 Noon Dec 6
FESTIVE BANQUET
Mark Your Calendars  Click for details
Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. May 31
FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thurs. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sept. 6 FALL OPEN HOUSE
Thur. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Sept. 13
PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Mon. Oct. 8 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (no classes)
 Frid. Oct 26 GROSVENOR LODGE HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER (no classes)
  Mid Nov
WINTER 2019 PROGRAM BROCHURE
Wed. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 28
WINTER 2019 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION

To obtain your own detailed listing, you may print this page or you may click on either of two document options:
Fall 2018 Activity Groups (pdf)
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FALL 2018 ACTIVITY GROUPS All locations at Grosvenor Lodge unless otherwise noted.
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THE MUSIC OF THE BIG BANDS with Jane Auger and Jeff Keenor
Monday a.m. 11:45 – 1:15
September 17 – October 22 (no class October 8, Thanksgiving) (5 sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 12 members
 

Do you love the music of the Swing Era when big bands were all the rage?  The 1940’s saw artists such as Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Harry James, Guy Lombardo and others form large dance bands whose music brightened the lives of a war-weary populace. Bring your Swing Era playlist and share it with the rest of the group. Simply sit back and enjoy the music.

PLAY ON with Mary Neill
Monday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 17 – November 26 (no class October 8, Thanksgiving) (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum: 12 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.

POWERPOINT FOR DUMMIES with Jeff Keenor
Tuesday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 18 & 25 (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.

KEYNOTE TO POWERPOINT FOR MAC USERS with Jean Surry
Tuesday p.m. 12:00 – 1:00
September 18 & 25 (2 sessions)
Fee: $15; Maximum 10 members

 A course for those with Apple computers wishing to supplement their oral presentations with slides. The first session covers basics: adding slides, titles, sub-titles; changing font size and colour; inserting images, using the Keynote software already on your computer. Saving into PowerPoint format for presentation will be demonstrated. The second session will answer questions arising from a presentation that you create at home.

ART @ LARGE with Diana Coates and Pat Patterson
Wednesday a.m. 10:00 – 12:00 noon (off site)
September 19 – October 17 (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.

PODCAST 101 with Shari McNeill and Bob Aggerholm
Wednesday a.m. 11:45 – 1:00
September 19 – October 17 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 10 members

 Podcasts are free audio programs on the Internet. There are podcasts covering almost any topic you can imagine. Together, we’ll explore this vast podcast universe.  Learn how to download them to your phone or tablet, including how to get them to play on your car radio.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with Deborah Roberts
Wednesday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 19 – November 21 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; maximum 12 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, 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.

LEARN TO PLAY THE RECORDER with John Morgan
Thursday a.m. 10:00 – 11:00 (Coach House)
September 20 – November 22 (10 Sessions)
Fee: $35; Maximum 8 members

This course is meant for people with no musical knowledge but will be adjusted as required to suit participants. Students will need to provide their own alto recorder. There are loaners of two available brands to try before buying. Students will need to purchase “The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book, Book One” from Long and McQuade prior to the first session.

UKE IT UP, PART 2 with Noële Hall
Friday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
September 21 – November 30 (10 sessions)
Fee: $65; Maximum 12 members

 Just like potato chips, it’s hard to stop at just one! This course 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 a greater knowledge of the Ukulele.  We will work from class handouts and the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1, audio access included.
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DISCUSSION GROUPS

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THE LONDON MUNICIPAL ELECTION with Jane Auger and Ray Jones
Monday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 24 – October 29 (no class October 8, Thanksgiving) (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; maximum 12 members

Find out what is important to Londoners and how each candidate plans to correct problems, encourage business, deal with infrastructure needs, and many other issues.  The group will cast a “straw” vote on the first day of class and compare the results with the real results following the election.  See if your predictions come true or if what you learned in class changed your voting plans.

U.S.A. AND THE WORLD AHEAD with Ron Coristine, Ed Jambor and Lynn Hamilton

Section 1
Tuseday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Sept 18 – Oct 16 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members each section

Section 2
Tuseday p.m. 1:30 – 3:30
Nov 6 – Dec 4 (5 sessions no class on Oct 30)
Fee: $30; Maximum 16 members each section

The U.S. has taken a different course internally and internationally since the 2016 election.  We will examine some of these changes and consider how they impact U.S. influence in the world, the future of democracy as a viable governance model in the U.S., and how we may be affected in Canada.  Join us with an open mind and you’re sure to learn something new.

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS with Barbara Dorrington and John Husband
Thursday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 20 – October 18 (5 sessions)
Fee: $30; Maximum 14 members

 What makes us happy? The general level of one’s happiness is affected by many factors, including personality, self-esteem, societal pressures, age and gender.  Is happiness based on health and wealth, knowledge (being smart enough), supportive friendships, or being of good moral character? Does money buy happiness? Let’s explore together how age, gender, and life’s challenges influence our understanding of happiness, especially in our wiser older years.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH AND DYING with Susan Booth and Jackie Dix
Friday a.m. 9:30 – 11:30
September 21 – November 30 (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 be posing vitally important questions, sharing experiences, and offering thoughtful observations that can profoundly change the way we live and die.

INTEREST GROUPS

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FRIENDS OF THE HYLAND with Mary Evans and Helen Bullas
September to June
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month for early matinee at the Hyland Theatre followed by lively discussion at a local restaurant.
Fee:  Cost of movie; discussion free for members

JULIET with Judi Emery, Lynn Hamilton, Lydia Keras and Diana Lloyd
Tuesday 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Section 1 with Diana Lloyd and Judy Emery
Section 2 with Lynn Hamilton and Lydia Keras

Register for only one section

September 18, October 16, November 13, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 16 (7 sessions)

Fee: None, pay for own meal; Maximum 12 each section

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 (Retired Old Men Eating Out) to compare and select a winning restaurant that has been rated by both the Romeo and Juliet groups using predetermined criteria.  This is an opportunity to socialize and have some fun. 

ROMEO with John Husband
Wednesday p.m. 12:00 noon – 2:00
September 19, October 17, November 14, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 17 (7 sessions)
Fee: None, pay for own meal; Maximum 12

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 for the seventh session.  Rise up, men, and join the ranks of the liberated gastronomically satisfied.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB with Jeff Keenor
Meets 1st Thursday a.m. of each month in the Coach House 11:45 – 1:00
Fee: $15.00 for 2018 – 2019 Year; 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 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; first class September 20
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 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 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Coach House) starting September 13
Fee: $50 for 2018 – 2019 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.

GINA BARBER SLR SINGERS with Susan Jones and Mike Zadorsky
Meets Fridays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Drake Room)
Fee: $15.00 for 2018 – 2019 Year; Maximum 24 members

 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.

COMPUTER CLINIC with Western Students and Jean Surry
Tuesdays, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.; Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
October 9 – November 15 (no clinic Oct 30 or Dec 1)
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

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SOCIAL EVENTS

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MEET AND GREET LUNCH
Wednesday, September 12 at 12 noon
Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
101 Windermere Road West
Cost: $15

Step back in time to the elegant living of an early 20th century estate surrounded by 68 acres of beautiful parkland. Enjoy a finger food lunch catered by The Steel Grill as you catch up with old friends and new to start the Fall season.  A shuttle car service will be offered to guests who have difficulty walking from the parking area to the estate.

FALL NATURE HIKE
Thursday, September 27 from 10:00 – 12 noon
Medway Valley
Cost: No charge

Medway Valley Heritage Forest E.S.A. in north London is publicly-owned land covering 129 hectares, including floodplains, forests, marshes and valleys.  Medway Creek winds between steep 25-metre-high banks.  Hikers and walkers, join us on a walk through the valley as Fall approaches in all its colourful splendour.

BUS TRIP TO COWBELL BREWERY
Thursday, October 18, departing London at 9:30 a.m.
Blyth, Ontario
Cost: $40

This bus trip to the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth promises to be a unique SLR adventure.  As guests of the brewery we will experience state-of-the-art brewing techniques and listen to a Chief Storyteller during a VIP Guided Tour.  A delicious lunch will be served in the farm-to-table restaurant, the Cowbell Kitchen, located in a 19th century-inspired Grand Old Barn building.

FIFTIES SOCK-HOP
Wednesday, November 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
West Haven Golf and Country Club
Fanshawe Park Road West
Cost: $20

This is your chance to don your poodle skirts and saddle shoes as we enjoy an evening of fun at West Haven.  The SLUGS ukulele group and Gina Barber singers will provide some entertainment as well as a chance to join fellow SLR members doing The Twist on the dance floor.  A Fifties inspired finger-food supper will be served for your enjoyment.

FESTIVE BANQUET
Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 noon
Highland Golf and Country Club
1922 Highland Heights (west of Ridout on Commissioners Road)
Cost: $25

This is a not-to-be missed annual SLR tradition as we dine in style during the festive season.  Share stories and camaraderie with friends as we enjoy a three-course meal and are entertained by the SLR Gina Barber singers and Brenda’s famous jokes.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FALL PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, May 31, 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.

 FALL OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION
Thursday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge

This is your last chance to register for the Study, Activity, Discussion and Interest Group(s) 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, September 13, 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!

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (No Classes)
Monday, October 8

GROSVENOR LODGE HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER (No classes)
Friday, October 26 – Thursday, November 1

 WINTER 2019 PROGRAM BROCHURE

Our brochure with the Winter 2019 selections will be available mid-November.  The Winter term begins late January.

 WINTER 2019 PROGRAM PREVIEW AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, Nov 28, 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.

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