Socrates Cafe Fall 2021

What: Partners in Learning Socrates Cafe.

>          When: Tuesday, September 21st @ 2:00 pm

                        Tuesday, October 19th @ 2:00 pm

                        Tuesday, November 16th @ 2:00 pm

>         Where: Huron Shores United Church (upstairs)

HSUC’s re-gathering procedures requires vaccination verification of second dose on entry (only needed once for records) as well as wearing a mask and social distancing. Please enter the building using the Queen’s Avenue entrance (east) and exit via the Main Street (south) doors.

Fall 2021 Program

Partners in Learning is pleased to get back in business this fall. We have changed our format to single sessions running every two weeks. The first session kicks thing off with a field trip, and the fall ends with our annual AGM / pot luck / Christmas gathering with presentations. Welcome.

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Summer Socrates Café, 2021

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

  • No charge
  • 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

Monday, August 16th, at Jackie and Jim Southcott’s, 12 noon – 2:30 pm
10121 Shoreline Drive, Grand Bend

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been postponed.  If it is rescheduled a communication will be sent to PIL members and friends, and posted here.

  • BBQ lunch, no charge
  • Guests and non-members welcome!
  • Please contact the Southcott’s at jsouthcott@hay.net if you plan to attend.
  • There is no parking on the street; tickets have been issued in the past.  Please car pool if you can. Both of Southcott’s lane-ways can be used – the main entrance and one immediately to the south.
  • Please observe all COVID-19 Stage 3 guidelines.

Annual Summer Solstice Event

Molly’s celebration of the summer solstice at Maple Grove is a tradition. Gather with friends, watch the sunset and perhaps have a round of Socrates Cafe.

Date:Sunday, June 20, 2021
7:00 PM, of there about
Location:Molly Russell
33999-5 Maple Grove, Grand Bend
Requirements:BYOC (a chair to sit on)
BYOB (your beverage of choice)
BYOF (snacks for yourself)
COVID Notes:Social distancing will be observed on Molly’s large lawn.

Winter / Spring Zoom Discussions

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 indabush@hay.net 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.

DatePresenter(s) and TopicModerator
February 8, 2021Dr. James Kennedy:
Maintaining good brain performance during aging
Jean Weigand
March 8, 2021Lee 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.
Mike Ash
April 12, 2021Memorial 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.
Nancy Winters
May 10, 2021Huron 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.
Jim Southcott

Partners concludes Climate Crisis Unpacked – better late than never

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.

Partners in Learning holds back-to-back climate talks

Stay turned for programs and events in the new year.

Climate Crisis Unpacked

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.

HSUC

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.

GBCF

My Favourite Moment in History

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: 

HistoryWhat 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.

“Coffee” Social – Our first Zoom get-together

… or you may want to have a cooler beverage during the meeting since it is hot and you don’t need to drive anywhere!
Event Details
Item Description
What? A Zoom meeting to reconnect PIL members
When? Monday, August 17, 10:00 to 11:00 am
Where? In the comfort of you own home
Hosts? Mike and Richard
Additional Notes An email will be sent to all members with a link to join the event.