This Christmas, a Grand Bend committee has initiated a series of efforts to encourage Grand Bend to “Light Up”. Also this year, Partners in Learning is honouring the season by providing judges and prizes for the most beautiful, imaginative, and spirited outdoor lighting. On Wednesday, December 17, the Partners Executive presented the winners of the Grand Illumination Contest. They are as follows:
- For the Best of Business lighting, Robin and Richard Cooke’s AKsence on Main Street wins first prize for its colourful storefront. There were countless runners up.
Lauren presents to Gary Harbin
For providing a display of lighting and sound to appeal to everyone, but perhaps most of all to children, the Children’s Choice Award goes to Gary Harbin at 8812 Timberwood Trail.
- For Elegant Design, the committee of judges were tied, and so we have co-winners of this award. They are Mark Relouw residence at 9923 Parkview in Vandongen, and the
Gary Eisler residence, Wee Lake
Gary Eisler residence at 10135 Jennison Crescent, Wee Lake. These houses represent what magic can be created by simple white incandescent lighting as well as by the dancing lights of LED technology.
- In recognition of the great losses in trees and landscaping borne by so many, this year’s Spirit of Christmas Award goes to The Charlie Brown tree of Huron Woods, owned and cherished by Jacqui Krech at 9933 Pinetree Court .
- Because of the very high degree of participation and clear enthusiasm for the project, Merrywood Meadows wins the prize for Dazzling Neighbourhood Award. The award is accepted by Joan and Bill Hoffman, whose house at 10200 Pineview Crescent, Merrywood, was on almost every judge’s short list.
Partners in Learning congratulates everyone who brought a wintertime sparkle to Grand Bend. Please go out and witness Grand Bend alight. Please admire the symphony of colour at the Crawford’s famous Wee Lake residence. On your way by, salute the Greens’ stalwart tree trunks in Merrywood. Find a friend to let you into the Cove and slowly drive its brilliant streets. Grand Bend is ablaze with Christmas spirit.
Webmaster Note: A special thanks to Nancy Winters for leading the PIL executive through this process.
“… let me invite all members and their guest to our Annual General Meeting and Christmas Potluck Luncheon of Partners In Learning at the Southcott Pines Clubhouse, 10246 Lakeview Ave., Grand Bend on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm.”
Read more in the letter here: AGM – Potluck Invitation Letter
Our own, indomitable Molly Russell will be hosting a celebration on the start of summer. In her own words …
“I will be hosting the annual Summer Solstice gathering on Saturday, June 21st at Maple Grove for members of Partners and their partners, family, whatever, at 7:00 PM. Folks are asked to bring a chair, some munchies for later and a beverage if they wish. I’ll supply a non alcoholic punch. Don Santor will bring the song sheets and please bring drums, musical instruments and your voices. Could you please park in the playing field on the left side of the driveway before ascending the hill, crossing the bridge and arriving at my place, #5.
We will hopefully bring in a warm and beautiful summer which is long overdue.”
Lakeshore Advance, September 11, 2013
September 9th saw an enthusiastic group gathered for the annual Open House that announces the beginning of another year for Partners in Learning. Attendees learned about the Fall courses on offer and experienced an animated, and at times amusing, mini Socrates Café where the topic of discussion was “Will Prince George ever be King of Canada?” White boards were available for comments and suggestions and the Blackboard Project sponsored by the Art Centre was enjoyed by all.
“What is Partners in Learning?” you may ask We are a group of ‘mature’ people who would like to know more about all kinds of things. Our sessions of discovery are easygoing, round the table gatherings. We share our knowledge on a great variety of subjects about which most of us begin by knowing nothing. A little bit of computer browsing, book reading and questioning soon fixes that! Each member is asked to work up 20 minutes of facts and stories about their chosen subject, presenting it to the group and initiating a discussion that runs the gamut from argument to hilarity. We also plan field trips to local places of interest.
We all know how important physical exercise is for well being and a healthy life, brain exercise is just as important for sound mental health. We are not ‘intellectuals; just a group of people who have become friends through a journey of discovery and learning.
Fall topics are: ‘Megaliths and Monoliths; ‘The Entertainers; ‘The Roaring Twenties’ and ‘Socrates Cafe Five week sessions are held Mondays at Pine Dale beginning Sept. 16 from 10 to noon and 2-4 pm. If you can’t be at the Open House call 519 238-1114 or look at www.partnersinlearning.ca for information.
The David Smith Marionette Productions
“Puppets and their People”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
69 Main Street East, Grand Bend
Drawing on many years of experience in puppetry, music and teaching, David and Muriel Smith present a creative blend of entertainment and education.
Join us for a fascinating look into the history and cultural importance of the multi-layered craft of puppetry.
Visit their website at
“The Last Stand;
a Journey through the Ancient Cliff-Face Forest of the Niagara Escarpment”
with Peter Kelly
Thursday September 8, 2011, 7 PM
Grand Bend Community Health Centre