The 2019 Northwest Senior Games are only a month away, and registration will take place in two weeks. If you are 55 or older and would enjoy a little friendly competition in any of 16 different events, you won't want to miss this opportunity. You can register Monday, May 13, to Friday, May 17, at either Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre (9 am - 4 pm) or West Arthur Community Centre (8:30 - 12 noon and 2 - 4 pm). The Games are scheduled from June 2 to June 7, and applicable fees are payable at the time of registration.
Rural 60 Plus News
Rural 60 Plus will be closed Good Friday, April 19, but will reopen for regular activities on Monday, the 22nd. Happy Easter, everyone!
Here are 3 sure signs of spring: the Canada geese are back, the Rural 60 yard sale is coming up, and we have a date for our annual spring cleanup at the Centre!
The Rural 60 yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can rent a table for $10 or you can donate your gently-used items to Rural 60 to sell at their table. To arrange a rental, call Diane Buchan at 577-4844 or contact Rural 60 either by phone or by email.
Saturday, June 1, will be cleanup day at Rural 60, when members gather to "spring clean" in and around the Centre. Work will begin at 9:30, followed by a pot luck lunch. A sign-up sheet will be posted in May for volunteers willing to spend a few hours to help keep our Centre looking great.
And finally, a big "thank you" to the two gentlemen who provided our recent training: to firefighter Shane Zimmer for teaching the CPR/defibrillator course, and to Gatean Ayotte for teaching the Craft Room safety course.
Here's an opportunity that qualified seniors will want to act on quickly. The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) is providing funding to low or moderate income seniors, among others, in the form of forgivable loans for home upgrades. This "Ontario Renovates" Program will help you make repairs or modifications to your home to accommodate family members with disabilities. For more information, visit the TBDSSAB web site or call their office at 807-766-2111.
We have another information session to add to the list, this one coming up in mid-April. In addition to the Safety Course in the Craft Room on Saturday, March 30, and the Service Canada presentation on Tuesday, April 2, we are also hosting a presentation by the staff of Smith Family Chiropractic. They will visit the Centre on Friday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. to provide information on and demonstrations of strengthening exercises for seniors for osteoporosis, prevention of falls, etc. Hope to see you there!
We've had a lot of interest in the upcoming CPR/defibrillator course and it's now full. We still have space in the free Craft Room safety course on Saturday, March 30, though. If you use any of the equipment in the Craft Room, you won't want to miss that one. And for the artists among us, watercolour classes will resume on Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m.
The Centre has purchased a 30" snow blower to help keep walkways and parking areas clear. If you are interested in learning how to operate it, please contact Lloyd Hanton.
If you would like to try on sample clothing with the Rural 60 logo, an assortment of sizes, colours and styles will be displayed at the Centre for 2 weeks. You can place your order and pre-pay it during normal open hours.
Finally, a reminder that tickets for the AGM must be purchased by the end of April. A roast beef dinner will be served at the Kakabeka Legion at 5 p.m. on May 17, followed by the meeting shortly after 6, so if you aren't able to attend the supper, you are still able to take part in the meeting. Elections for 5 board members will be an important part of the meeting, so come on out and make your vote count.
There is a change of venue for the upcoming CPR/defibrillator course. This training will now be held at the Kakabeka Falls Fire Hall. All other details remain the same--Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m. If you haven't already signed up, the registration sheet is on the counter in the front lobby at the Rural 60 Plus Centre.
We have two training opportunities on the calendar in March.
The first is a CPR/Defibrillator course on Friday, March 15, at 1:00 pm. Ideally one member from each activity (disking, quilting, carving, etc.) will take the training to ensure that help is available when needed. There is a $10 fee for the manual and a certificate will be issued to each participant on successful completion of the training. There are 15 seats available and the sign up sheet is on the counter in the front lobby.
A free Craft Room safety course will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 pm. We encourage all who use the Craft Room equipment to participate.
Congratulations to Angela Woodhouse-Wild, who won our silent auction for the band saw!
We have a few upcoming events to mark on your calendar. During the week of March 4, anyone interested in purchasing clothing with the Rural 60 Plus logo can try on jackets at the Centre. You can order and pay for the clothing at that time, and you'll be notified when it comes in.
Also, on Tuesday, April 2, at 1:00 pm, there will be a presentation by 2 Service Canada representatives regarding changes to CPP, OAS, Retirement, Survivor, Death Benefit, and Disability programs.
And finally, the AGM will be held on Friday, May 17, at the Kakabeka Legion. Tickets will be available soon at a cost of $15 and must be purchased by the end of April. The AGM will include elections for the Board of Directors. There are 5 current board members whose 2-year term is up. If you are willing to run for office or if you would like to nominate someone, please submit the name and phone number of the candidate to the Centre by April 26.
New LED lighting has been installed in most of the Centre now, including motion sensor LED lights in the foyer. We hope to replace the remaining lights in the near future.
We want to welcome the 19 new members who are coming to the Centre and remind existing members that their annual renewals are due at a cost of $15.
And now, some thanks. First, a huge thank-you to Shirley Robillard for her years of producing the Rural 60 Plus newsletter, and to Monique Duval-Lavallee for taking on that challenge. Thanks are also due to everyone who worked on the "bat house" project, pre-fabbing them for students to assemble. Thank you Bob McCluskey, Charlie Mintenko, Doug Hari, Hank VanVeller, Gary Jessiman, Oscar Mattas, Lorne Blaikie, Eldon Kangas, Shirley Robillard, Maureen Vaclav, Lloyd Hanton, Dave Chaykowski, Bob MacMaster, Carol Nesbitt, Diane Buchan.
And finally, a reminder that the Centre will be closed on Monday, February 18, for the Family Day holiday.