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.

“Twelfth Night” Party

Event Details
Item Description
What? Twelfth Night

Beer by GoodLot, Finger Food
and the famed King Cake

When? Monday January 6th, 4 to 8 pm
Where? Chez Winters – 10204 Pineview Crescent, Merrywood
Who to Contact Nancy Winters, 519-238-5419
Additional Notes “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

Socrates Café for 2020

Moderator: Molly Russell
Fee: $5 at the door – per session
Time: The 4th Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
2020 Dates:
Jan 28
Feb 25
March 24
April 28
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.

 

PIL Forum & Discovery Talks 2

Moderators: Various
Course Type: Presentations and Discussion
Registration Fee: $25 for all sessions, or $15 for PIL Forum and $5 per session for Discovery Talks
Time: Mondays at noon to 2:30 PM on January 13 to February 10, 2020
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: 

PIL Forum

PresentationDiverging from the pressure of the lecture hall, members took time to uncover topics especially meaningful to them, and worked in groups to find lively formats to engage members. Of special interest is the use of questions and interactive participation to stimulate discussion. Join us for a refreshing experience!

Jan 13: Textiles
Karen Bowes-Sewell, Nancy Winters
Jan 20:  News, Fake News, and Spin
Nancy Winters, Jean Weigand, Jackie Soutcott
Jan 27:  Considering Death
Molly Russell, Sybil Tinker, Peter Kybol–Syrovy and Mary Feret

Discovery Talks

Feb 3:  tbd
Details to be announced.
Feb 10:  Home Alone
Week five of Forum is available for a second Discovery Talk. Of interest to a great many of our members is how to manage “home alone”. Persons who have lost spouses, divorced, or who are otherwise facing aging alone will find this an illuminating subject, full of good advice and helpful coping strategies.

Shakespeare As You Like It!

Moderators: Nancy Winters
Course Type: Lecture,
video, discussion, participation, but no advance preparation
Registration Fee: $25
Time: Mondays at 2:30 on January 13 to February 10, 2020
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: 

How come Shakespeare is a billion dollar world-wide industry four hundred years after he wrote the plays, while other playwrights of his time and later are utterly unheard
of? Because Shakespeare’s plays still work on the modern stage. Educators regularly spoil them by slogging the through texts. ShakespeareThis course aims to undo some of the damage done in classrooms by making a case for their genius. Week by week, we will talk about what we already know, the men (heroic and villainous), the women (good and bad), the plot lines, and then, “what you will”.

Kick-off Open House

Event Details
Item Description
What? Wine and Cheese social to start the new season and hear what’s on the program for 2019-20
When? Monday September 9th, 2 to 4 pm
Where? Huron Shores United Church
Who to Contact Any executive member
Additional Notes Sid Huff will speak briefly about our favourite subject: Life-Long Learning.  Plan to rejoin PIL and sign up for our great courses.