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1. What’s Coming to Grand Bend?
April 8 at 2 p.m. at Huron Shores United Church.
Doug Miller will come to explain the Health Care expansion and the creation of a community hub. Mayor Bill Weber will speak to upcoming Lambton Shores plans for the improvement of services and infrastructure in our town. Is there a traffic plan, too?
2. Paint Ontario with Josy Britton
April 15 at 2 p.m. at Lambton Shores Museum
Grand Bend’s preeminent art stars are its magnificent spring art show at the Lambton Shores Museum and its much-honoured local artist, Josy Britton. Partners is bringing them together for a tour around the exhibit and a presentation by Josy about how she has put this community firmly on the cultural map by bringing her stunning sensibilities to our own lovely surroundings.
3. Genetics and Medication
April 29, at 2 p.m., at Huron Shores United Church
Dr. James Kennedy of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, speaks to his research on how the DNA blueprint of each person’s genes is now able to help doctors personalize prescriptions to minimize side effects. A good look at what is new and exciting in medical research.
4. Petrolia Discovery
May 6, 9:30 a.m. at Pet Valu parking lot.
Our first field trip will follow the amazing story of the Lambton pioneer oil men, who traveled the world to discover most of its major oil fields. We will visit the Petrolia Discovery Museum, and stop for lunch (optional) at a local eatery. Drivers and advance registration required. $5 donation for the tour …
5. Lambton Shores Nature Trails
May 13, 10 a.m. at Port Franks Community Center
Join Klauss Keunecke and Marilyn-Keunecke Smith for a history and future of Lambton Shores trails. At 10:30 until noon, we will follow a guided trail walk on the White Trail (4.5 km). At 12:15 we will meet at the Ipperwash Beach Club for lunch.
Participants should wear good hiking footwear and bring water and snacks. Preregistration is mandatory if you plan on staying for lunch.
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 16th, at Bob and Beverly Kennedy, 12 noon – 2:00 pm
10152 Merrywood Drive, Grand Bend
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 was started about 13 years ago by some transplants – Bill Metcalfe and John Merkies – from the London Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR). On the theme of “Unpacking Learning”, join Jeff Keenor and Susan Booth from SLR in our 5th session on February 11 as they share their experiences in successfully engaging retirees in the process of life-long learning.
There is a deep hope for Canada that there can be reconciliation. We would like to believe that every Canadian could imagine a Canada in which every person will live with dignity, value, and a shared purpose. But to do that, there must be a reflection of our shared history and the harmful events that continue to haunt us.
Come and explore the progress, or lack of progress that we are making in our current undertakings with this important issue.
Join 5 different moderators with 5 totally different topics that will generate lots of discussion. Over the years many in our group have been very involved in Partners and acquired skills with moderating and presenting. Let Bob, Jim, Nancy, Mike and Molly pique your interest, give you something to think about and dispel those March blahs!
1. Feb. 25, Life Choices – Molly Russell
The various restrictions associated with Assisted Dying will be explored as well as the subject itself.
2. Mar. 4, My Ghost Town – Mike Ash
Early settlers created literally hundreds of small communities that did not survive. Let’s examine the process with a local example – Kastnerville.
3. Mar. 11, A Second Look at Bridges – Jim Southcott
Every bridge has a story. Let’s examine historical and contemporary examples in this follow up to Jim’s popular course from 2011.
4. Mar. 18, The Shakespeare Mystery Redux – Nancy Winters.
The authorship debate does not abate. And Nancy has a theory that she just can’t shake.
5. Mar. 25, Factfulness – Arthur Lake
Our world, for all its imperfections, may be in a better state than we think. If we worry about imaginary ideas, we lose focus on things that really do threaten us. This presentation will concentrate on embracing fact and losing our irrational fears.
Balance problems are the strongest predictor of falls, and one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. Because balance is a process, not a destination, we constantly adjust to the pull of gravity to stay upright. We use input from our eyes, sensations, and inner ear, and when balance is good, we ignore it, but when it’s off, we are in trouble. We love our exercise, but we can also slow down and examine how we move. This course is about each person’s experience, not about doing well. Using safe, relaxing movement, you will monitor yourself better, improve comfort, move more freely, and prevent falls. Welcome!
Please wear warm, loose clothing.
Karen is a movement specialist and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® of intelligent movement. She performed with the National Ballet of Canada and is a Senior Scholar (Dance) at York University. Karen assists those with movement difficulties arising from neurological conditions, chronic pain, injury, surgery, and theatre performance.
Partners In Learning, a non-profit group in Grand Bend, opened its doors in 2005 to answer the need for stimulating, casual-learning courses for mature adults. There is good evidence to show that life-long learning not only increases one’s knowledge but also the ability to use that knowledge in meaningful ways. Doing so in the friendly social setting of Partners In Learning, makes for a very enjoyable activity. We aim to provide peer learning in a relaxed setting, diversity in interests and learning styles, meaningful topics, discussion and practice courses, forums for current events, weekly meetings, and field trips. All this is on offer as we begin our fourteenth season in a brand new location. We now meet at Huron Shores United Church, a stunning, fully equipped, and newly renovated space on Main St. in Grand Bend. It is an inspiring environment and we look forward to working with the Huron Shores community as we begin fall courses.
In addition to traditional listening/discussion courses, Partners In Learning launches two new initiatives this year. First, we know not everyone is comfortable with the “work alone” format normally used in planning and presenting a talk. And yet, all of us have wonderful stories to tell, topics we’d love to know more about, and friends who yearn to hear them! Our answer to this dilemma is the new PIL Co-operative Forum where members work in small groups with a friendly guide to find their preferred way of gathering information, putting together a talk, and sharing it. As well, we have another practical course, Finding Better Balance, coming up in the new year. It provides a relaxing movement experience especially designed for retirees who wish to prevent falls and move more comfortably overall.
Partners In Learning Open House is on September 10th from 12noon – 2:00pm at Huron Shores United Church. Moderators for courses will be on hand to talk about their courses and registration begins. Light lunch is provided. Fall courses start September 17th and include PIL Co-operative, The Many Faces of Religion, Accomplished Canadian Women and It Was Better When. Socrates Café, a forum for discussion of current events, is on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Please join us for many exciting new adventures!
Facebook: partners in learning@thecoffeeishot