Socrates Café is a friendly gathering for informal discussion about the latest and most engaging news of the day. We choose a topic, by vote, and take turns offering our – often very differing – views. In summer, a BBQ lunch is added for a congenial get together. Expect a good time! Tuesday, July 20th, on Molly Russell’s lawn at 2:00 pm
33999-5 Maple Grove, Grand Bend
BYO Chair and please park below
Guests and non-members welcome!
Please observe all COVID 19 Stage 3 guidelines. (Stage 3 starts July 16th)
Contact Jean Weigand if you have any questions, 519-237-3418
Tuesday, August 17th, at Jackie and Jim Southcott’s, 12 noon – 2:00 pm
10121 Shoreline Drive, Grand Bend
Even though we are not able to meet in person, PIL wants to provide you with some food for thought over the next few months. The following topics will be presented via Zoom on the dates indicated. This program is free and everyone is welcome. If you are a member of Partners you will receive a link to the meeting prior to the event. If are are not a member, please contact our Technical Coordinator, Mike Ash, by email at email@example.com to get on the distribution list for the link.
All sessions are 1 1/2 hours max. and start at 1:30 PM on the second Monday of the month.
Presenter(s) and Topic
February 8, 2021
Dr. James Kennedy: Maintaining good brain performance during aging
March 8, 2021
Lee Arsenault & Marilyn Staig: Lee is a volunteer pilot with Hope Air, a national, non-profit organization that provides flights for folks from remote and northern communities to get to and from medical appointments and treatment. Find out about the important service Hope air provides to those who have no other travel alternative.
April 12, 2021
Memorial to Past PIL Members: It is over a year since we lost our exemplary moderator Don Santor. And, at the end of 2020, we lost an enthusiastic lifelong learner and friend, Rene Steiner. For many of us the memories of both these men are clear as if we saw them both yesterday. Before the memories begin to fade, let us share our most pleasurable recollections of these wonderful members. Please jot down your reminiscences of Don and Rene in preparation for April 12.
May 10, 2021
Huron Shores Area Transit Project: Marina Cajic, Transit Coordinator will outline this new transit service which launched in December. Get where you want to go with this new bus service designed to provide residents with affordable transportation options within the region, connecting our local towns, villages and hamlets to one another and to Sarnia and London. Operating with Covid-19 precautions and equipped with accessibility aids and accommodations.
We completed this special program from the spring by adopting our new, favourite(?) technology – Zoom. The contribution by our last two speakers is very well described in the article by Dan Rolph of the Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance.
Host: Jean Weigand Course Type: Guest Speakers and Discussion Registration Fee: no cost Times and Content:
Nov. 16, 1:30 PM – Pat Morden presents: The Importance of Trees Nov. 23, 1:30 PM – Daniella Kricper represents the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, and Mickey Gurbin gives the Psychological Effects of the Climate Crisis Location: a Zoom meeting Notes: Event Flyer Mike Ash (indabush at hay dot net) will send out the Zoom meeting link to members and friends 2 days before. If you are not sure you are on our contact list, let him know and you will be added.
This course is running in a similar way to Realizing Reconciliation last season. It is designed to appeal to members as well as to the general public. Climate change is worse than many of us expected. Our survival is threatened and we have to respond quickly and wisely for our grandchildren’s sake. How do we decide which issues should be priorities when so many seem urgent? Which activist groups should we support? How do we organize as a community to be effective? This series brings together speakers from government, the Indigenous community, activist groups, and others to share their views on a feasible path forward. If you want to worry less and find positive solutions, please join us.
Huron Shores United Church
Partners in Learning gratefully acknowledges the support of Huron Shores United Church and the Grand Bend Community Foundation for making this special program possible.
Moderators: Mike Ash Course Type: Peer Learning Registration Fee: The remaining 3 sessions are free to members Time & Content:
Monday, August 17, 1:00-2:00 PM The Magic of Kew Gardens with Karen Bowes-Sewell
Monday, August 24, 10:00-11:00 AM The Cuban Missile Crisis with Jean Weigand
Monday, August 31, 10:00-11:00 AM Pauline Johnson, poet & performer with Jackie and Jim Southcott
Location: Zooming it. A link will be sent to all members. Notes:
What historical event has captured your imagination? The significance of an event cannot be measured scientifically. Every historian, journalist or student could make
their own lists. This course is meant to draw attention to a number of events in history that left an indelible mark on peoples lives and an indisputable memory in the
minds of later generations. Pick something that interests you, and would interest the group and tell us about it. It can be an event over years or a point in time – a big
event or something small but significant. Any time period is fair game.
Beer by GoodLot, Finger Food
and the famed King Cake
Monday January 6th, 4 to 8 pm
Chez Winters – 10204 Pineview Crescent, Merrywood
Who to Contact
Nancy Winters, 519-238-5419
“Twelfth Night” is a reference to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany. It was originally a Catholic holiday and therefore, like other Christian feast days, an occasion for revelry. Servants often dressed up as their masters, men as women and so forth. Therefore, COME AS YOU AREN”T
Moderator: Molly Russell Fee: $5 at the door – per session Time: The 4th Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend Notes: No preparation required, but think about a discussion topic.
On the fourth Tuesday of the month, we gather for informal discussion and debate about the latest and most engaging news of the time. We choose, by vote, a pair of topics and each member offers an opinion on the first. The battle is joined. The sessions usually run from September through March and perhaps April depending in the timing of Easter. Special Socrates / Social events usually occur in July and August at local residences.