I find it interesting the way people move around in life. For instance, after many years of living “away” both my siblings have decided to come home for their retirement years. I might try to convince myself that it’s my irresistible charm that drew them back, but in reality, I think it was the lure of old friends and well-loved neighbors, not to mention two remarkable parents who still have a lot of knowledge and advice to pass on (whether it’s asked for or not!). On the other hand, I have another friend who retired, pulled up stakes after 60-plus years and headed from the Valley to the east coast to be closer to her relatives. I think the common denominator is “family” and those of us lucky enough to like our families naturally want to be together as much as possible.
Of course, I realize that many folks don’t live near their families, or maybe they do and just don’t enjoy being around them. That’s where places like the Pembroke 50+ Active Living Center shine – you can join and create your own “family” of like-minded people. There is such an interesting diversity and quantity of programming available that you are bound to find something to catch your interest. A complete calendar of daily events is available for viewing in the monthly newsletter on the website (pembrokeactivelivingcentre.com) or pick up a paper copy in person.
An important upcoming date is Wednesday, June 22nd. This is the Centre’s annual meeting which will feature a review of the past year’s business, updates on the transitioning process to comply with the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and of course an election to vote on a new board. Any member in good standing is invited to attend in person or by Zoom (contact the office for the link). This is an important meeting and you are encouraged to make your views and suggestions known. The time is 11 am
Good used household items have begun accumulating at the Center as donations to the garage sale, to be held on Friday, Aug. 26, 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 am – noon. If you are downsizing or minimizing your possessions, please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.
Tai chi has ended for the summer for both the beginner and experienced students. In its place, members are invited to attend sessions on Wednesday mornings at 9 am at the Waterfront, near the sundial.
Our dedicated yoga teacher Lynn is offering a summer special: $2 per class for both the Easy Does It sessions on Tuesdays from 3 – 4 pm, and the Experienced Beginners Kripalu Yoga sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30-6 pm this great deal!
I admired the ceramic tiles that were on display last year, and am delighted that Olga is returning to offer this again. You will learn alcohol painting on four ceramic tiles depicting the color scheme of the four seasons. Please pre-register for this session to be held on Tuesday, July 12 from 9:30 am to 2 pm All supplies will be included at a cost of roughly $30.
Just a reminder that the Center will move to summer hours effective July 1, with doors open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9 am – 4 pm) but closed every Monday and Friday.
Speaking of families, I heard about a fellow who was convinced that he was related to Albert Einstein. However, despite all his research into his family tree, he just couldn’t prove his theory of relativity. Stay smart and stay safe everyone!