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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

This Week and Next:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Euchre-rama! An all-day card party, with lunch provided. Admission is just $10.00.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Jamboree! Old-Tyme music to listen and dance to. Come out and enjoy a good time with friends. Admission is $5.00, between 1 and 3:30 pm. Last one of the season!

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Bingo! Enjoy a special time with your friends. Play starts at 1 pm and runs until about 3:30 pm. Sponsored by the Seniors’ Centre.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Bid Euchre Tournament! An all-day card party, with lunch provided. Admission is just $10.00.

Friday, May 13, 2016 – Bingo! Enjoy a special time with your friends. Play starts at 1 pm and runs until about 3:30 pm. Sponsored by the Mount Brydges Lioness. 

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Activities

SOUP & SANDWICH

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Friday

A social time without the hustle and bustle of busy restaurants, the Centre welcomes members and non-members alike to a hearty lunch of soups and sandwiches. Of course, all this and more – salads, desserts and beverages are all served at reasonable prices!

BILLIARDS, SNOOKER, POOL

Monday through Saturday

Friends gather for a friendly game of their choice, an enjoyable social time for all participants. Players usually gather around 9 a.m.; although, play may occur at other times as well.

BINGO

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Friday

Bingo is a major fund-raiser for the Centre and other community and other community sponsors. There is a Bingo event every Friday in the Games Room.  It helps the Centre with its operational costs and offsets the cost of the programs the Centre runs. Even more importantly, it is FUN!

BRIDGE – Duplicate

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday and Friday

This twice-weekly bridge group is truly a fun way to meet new people for the experienced player of the game. Held in the homey atmosphere of the Centre’s RBC Lounge. Space is limited.

BRIDGE – BEGINNERS (Pending – ask and you may receive)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Only

Come and learn a great game, develop new skills and new friends. Classes may be split into two parts – one for true beginners and one for the more advanced player brushing up on their game. Leave your name and contact information at the Reception Desk if you are interested.

 EUCHRE-RAMA

First Wednesday of Month, January through December

Euchre-ramas is a full day of cards with lunch provided. Cost is $8.00 and is held in the Centre’s Games Room.

 BID EUCHRE-RAMA

January, March, May, July, September, November: Second Wednesday

Bid Euchre-ramas is a full day of cards with lunch and a chance for door prizes. Cost is $10.00 and is held in the Centre’s Games Room.

BID EUCHRE

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday except the weeks of Euchre-rama and bid Euchre-rama are scheduled.

EXERCISE CLASSES – VON SMART EXERCISE

High Mobility  

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Bi-Weekly – Monday & Wednesday

Take part in a bi-weekly exercise program with qualified VON instructors. Please drop in to one of the classes or call for more information at (519) 245-3170 or toll free 1-800-561-1222.

F.A.S.T (in conjunction with the Heart and Stroke Foundation) 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Bi-Weekly – Monday & Tuesday

Take part in a bi-weekly light exercise program with qualified VON instructors. Please drop in to one of the classes or call for more information at (519) 245-3170 or toll free 1-800-561-1222.

FLOOR SHUFFLEBOARD – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Thursday

A larger version of the old British pub game of shovelboard – shuffleboard caters to the enjoyment as players push pucks up and down the floor in the Games Room trying to best their opponents.

 FOOT CARE CLINIC – Second Monday

The clinic is usually held every second Monday of the month. Call  519-293-3003 for a schedule or to make an appointment.

JAMBOREES

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Fall & Winter Months

The Centre hosts an old-fashioned musical jamboree throughout the Fall and Winter months. Check the Centre’s Bulletin Board for a detailed schedule. Admission is $5.00 for an afternoon of fun, friends and music.

NEW HORIZONS’ CARD PARTY

1:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Monday

The Centre’s Monday afternoon mixed Euchre card party hosted by the Strathroy New Horizons’ group takes place in the RBC Lounge.

PROBUS CLUB OF STRATHROY AND AREA

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  2nd Tuesday of Month

Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired men and women who join together in autonomous clubs throughout the world. The basic purpose of a Probus club is to provide regular gatherings to those who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of similar levels of interest. PROBUS is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, although membership is not limited to these two groups.

STRATHROY & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (3rd Monday of Month)

Society meetings are open to the public every third Monday of the month except June, July and August. Meetings are held in the Centre’s RBC Lounge.

STRATHROY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

3rd Wednesday evening of the month

The society holds its general meetings in the Centre’s Games Room except for July, August and December. It’s open to the public. The society’s executive has its meeting in the Centre’s Boardroom.

STRATHROY SWINGING DUOS

Square Dancing – 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Monday Only

The Strathroy Swinging Duos is a modern square dance club offering fun, friendship and exercise set to music. A warm welcome is extended to everyone interested. Contact Pat and Gisele Lavigne at (519) 264-2283.

STRATHROY PIONEER TREADLERS

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Every Wednesday of month

The guild is dedicated to learning the textile skills used by our ancestors and educating others by passing these skills on to following generations.

It has been very active in demonstrating at fairs, visiting classrooms, holding workshops and encouraging others to get involved with the age-old skills of spinning, weaving, knitting, felt making and dyeing with natural and synthetic dyes – all with a great variety of natural fibres.

Spinning and weaving skills are put to the test when the guild stages a sheep-to-shawl event. A team of carders and spinners transforms a freshly shorn fleece into yarn to supply a weaver who creates, before your eyes, a lovely shawl.

Members work as a group in strong support of the Women’s Rural Resource Centre in Strathroy providing handmade items as needed by the residents.

The Pioneer Treadlers, as a whole, meet the third Wednesday of each month.

Its study group meet as follows:

Spinning – meets 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. All spinners are welcome. Classes for new spinners are available. Contact Jane van Arnhem at (519) 652-3978.

Weaving – meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. exploring different weave structures. Contact Helga von der Recke (519) 245-4316.

Knitting – meets 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. exploring knitting in all its aspects. Beginners are welcome. Contact Joan Gentleman at (519) 245-4037.

TAI CHI – Ongoing

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Tuesday

This is an ongoing program for men and women with some experience with the art of Tai Chi. Weekly class fee is $6.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members of the Centre.

TOASTMASTERS

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Tuesday

The club meets every Tuesday evening in the Centre’s RBC Lounge starting at 7:00 p.m. Toastmasters International is a leader in communication and leadership development worldwide. The membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking leadership skills by attending one of 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations. A Toastmasters’ meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which members hone their skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmaster’s meeting, instead members evaluate one another’s presentation. Feedback is a key part of the program’s success.

 

FOREST WRITERS’ GROUP – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Last Tuesday of Month

This group meets the last Tuesday of every month except December.  Meetings are held in the Board Room.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

The Centre’s Game Room is available to rent. Many people consider it a good fit for parties, family events, wedding receptions and banquets. For more information please call Dave Brock at (519) 245-6161.

The Centre is closed for most regular activities on the weekend. Special arrangements can be made to permit some activities to take place.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There are many other activities to do at the Centre other than those that are already listed. Why not take advantage of the facility and try one of them?

There is a large screen television with a Wii game system available for hook-up. The television set up in the RBC Lounge may be used for your viewing pleasure.

The Centre also plays host to the numerous other community-based organizations. The Strathroy Turkey Festival Committee meets regularly in the Centre’s Board Room.

People First holds its meetings the third Wednesday of the month in the RBC Lounge.

A Discussion Group holds its get-togethers in the RBC Lounge on the last Wednesday of each month.

Programs listed in this brochure are not just for seniors or SASCC members but are also open and available to all members of the public. They are also subject to last minute changes of time, location or availability.

 

 STRATHROY & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMECE

 The Chamber of Commerce has its business office within the Centre. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days a week – Monday through Friday.

The Chamber represents and promotes the area economy and encourages business and industrial development.

The united voice of the Strathroy & District Chamber of Commerce has often proven effective where a single voice can go unheard.

Contact the Chamber office at (519) 245-7620 for more information. Visit the website at www.sdcc.on.ca or stop by the office at 137 Frank Street, Strathroy.

 

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Rental

The Strathroy & Area Seniors Centre offers a fully functional kitchen and large auditorium available for evening and weekend rental. Evening fee: $125 + HST. Weekend daily fee: $250 + HST. Please contact Dave Brock at the Seniors’ Centre (519)245-8950, between 8 – 9:15 am weekdays; or, at (519) 245-6161 during daytime hours for availability.

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Contact Us

137 Frank Street, Strathroy, ON N7G 2R8

Phone: (519) 245-8950

Fax: (519) 245-0525

Hours of Operation: Monday through Tuesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; and, Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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History

The Strathroy and Area Seniors’ Centre was the brainchild of Strathroy Council prior to amalgamation in 2000 AD.

Renovation work on the former Public Utilities building was started in 1999 and finished in time for the official opening in June 2000. Cost of the renovation was slightly less that $1 million.

It brought six elements into one. The oldest portion of the Centre was constructed as a water pumping station in 1891, with various garages built in the ensuing years. The largest expansion occurred in 1975 when a larger 5-bay garage was constructed.

 

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Helpful Websites

Government Resources

Federal

Canadian Census (2011)

Government of Canada: Funding – New Horizons for Seniors Program

Government of Canada: Health Canada

Government of Canada: Information for Seniors

Government of Canada: National Seniors Council

Government of Canada: Public Health Agency – Aging & Seniors

Government of Canada: Recalls & Safety Alerts

Government of Canada: Veterans Affairs

Provincial

Cancer Care Ontario

Local Health Integration Networks

Ontario Laws

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: Power of Attorneys and Living Wills

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Wait Times

Service Ontario

Trillium Gift of Life Network: Organ & Tissue Donation

Advocacy, Knowledge Exchange & Research

Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange Resource Centre

Alzheimer Research in Canada

Canadian Association on Gerontology

Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Ontario Gerontology Association

Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Toronto)

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society

Chronic Diseases & Palliative Care

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Liver Foundation

Canadian Stroke Network

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

Kidney Foundation of Canada

Speak Up: Start the Conversation about End-of-Life Care

Caregivers

Canadian Caregiver Coalition

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Membership

Annual Membership Fee: $55.00 (includes HST)

Half-Year Membership Fee: $40.00 (includes HST)

Annual Household Membership Fee: $75.00 (includes HST)*

Daily Drop In Fee: $2.00

Includes full access to the Strathroy & Area Seniors Centre. This does NOT include program specific user fees, i.e. Tai-Chi.

* for two people living in the same household and wanting to participate together in the activities of the Centre.

 

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Board of Directors

The Strathroy & Area Seniors Centre Council:

Dave Brock, Chair

Steve Pelkman, Vice-Chair

Bonnie Seeley, Secretary

Gary Burton, Director

Garry Hickson, Director

Fred Butcher, Director

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