Partners in Learning Cooperative Forum II

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Course Type: Peer Learning
Registration Fee: $20
Time: September 16 to October 7, Noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:

Co-operation is an accepted and often preferred way to develop and complete projects This series builds on the success of last year’s Form and revisits the goal of providing members the option to create research topics in small groups rather than working alone. Anyone looking to gain confidence in making presentations will enjoy this group. small groupArtist and educator Richard Sewell shifts the focus away from the competitive model toward a collaborative team process. Participants take time to exchange ideas, create topics, and present a short talk with a partner. Expect to enjoy the atmosphere of a retreat.

Joyfully Navigating the Seasons of Life

Moderator: Henry Hildebrand
Course Type: Discussion Group
Registration Fee: $5, open to non-members
Time: October 21, Noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: 

It can be helpful and meaningful for each one of us to adjust our deck chair and reflect on the voyage of our life. Annually there are experiences that we are unable to control, like the four distinct weather seasons. Similarly, we live Seasons in our Life. Life’s seasons are more prolonged but have similarities to the seasons of each year. Spring produces learning, Summer represents the highly productive years, in Fall there is reaping and sometimes repositioning and then Winter allows freedom. But Wait – there can be a fifth season – the “Second Spring”. Come join in on the conversation.

Moving Younger

Moderator: Karen Bowes-Sewell
Course Type: Activity
Registration Fee: $25
Time: September 16 to October 21 (excl. Oct. 14), 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:

The way we move seems automatic, yet how we sit, stand, walk, turn and even breathe affects our health and quality of living. In response to the demands of life, we often develop movement habits that magnify the aches and pains of aging. We start to do less than before. This course uses the Feldenkrais Method of intelligent movement to provide simple exercises and awareness training to help us find more efficient and comfortable ways of moving. Expect to increase freedom of movement, and enjoy life more. Wear loose layered clothing. Info: kbsewell123@gmail.com

moving younger

My computer does what?

Moderator: Sid Huff and Mike Ash
Course Type: Discussion Group
Registration Fee: $25
Time: October 28 to November 25, Noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:

damn computer

We all struggle with our digital technology. (And what does “digital” mean, exactly?) How does our generation, which didn’t grow up with computers and probably didn’t learn about them in school get our head around the rapidly changing digital world? How does this stuff work? What do I need to know to avoid being a complete Luddite? How can I be sure to stay safe online? Join a couple of long-time IT wonks for an inside look at the digital world.

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Considering China

Moderators: Fredrieka Hunter and Jean Weigand
Course Type: Peer Learning
Registration Fee: $25
Time: October 28 to November 4, 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: 

modern chinaSession one of this series is a tourist’s impression of China introduced by Fredrieka Hunter who visited China in the spring of 2019. The next 3 sessions will be topics selected and presented by course participants. Possible topics could include innovations, ethnic diversity, the environment, Hong Kong, politics or global economic impact (e.g. One Belt, One Road initiative; economic imperialism?). The final session will look at Canada’s recent freeze in relations with China.

Potpourri: Spring Speaker Series

Mondays in April 2019

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.

Mondays in May 2019

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.


Watch the sunset with Molly at Maplewood on June 21. Bring a chair, and some munchies, and see the summer in.

Summer Socrates Café, 2019

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!

  • $5.00 per person at the door – BYO beverage
  • Guests and non-members welcome!
  • Contact Nancy Winters if you have any questions, 519-238-5419 or nancywinters@hay.net

Tuesday, July 16th, at Bob and Beverly Kennedy, 12 noon – 2:00 pm
10152 Merrywood Drive, Grand Bend

Tuesday, August 13th, at Jackie and Jim Southcott, 12 noon – 2:00 pm
10121 Shoreline Drive, Grand Bend

Unpacking Learning, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 4 + 1 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This course is a follow up to “Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum” in the fall.  The fall course is not a prerequisite.
This series emerged from a need to develop a new approach to researching and presenting material at PIL. With Richard Sewell as our guide, a group of enthusiasts worked together to identify issues, brain storm solutions, and experiment.
  1. Jan. 14 – Diverse Learning Spaces (Fredi, Jean, Sybil)
  2. Jan. 21 – Finding Your Own Learning Style (Mike, Jackie)
  3. Jan. 28 – Traveling Schools (Elaine, Karen)
  4. Feb. 4 – Wrap Up – discussion of our process and the pros and cons of working collaboratively vs alone and share some of the sometimes surprising outcomes of our experience.

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.

Realizing Reconciliation, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Bob Kennedy
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This is a course that no one will want to miss!  This a special course offering from Partners.  No preparation required.

Words are not enough …

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.

  1. Jan. 14 – The program will lead off with some words from Chief Jayson Henry, of the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, followed by Elizabeth Stevens who will talk about preserving indigenous languages.
  2. Jan. 21 – Bill Henderson and Bonnie Reynolds will discuss native spirituality.  Bill is an artist and has studied Native cultural and spiritual traditions for the past 40 years.  Bonnie is engaged in spiritual healing workshops for women and youth.
  3. Jan. 28 – Tom Patterson is a Deacon of St. James Anglican Church in Stratford and will describe his commitment to helping non-Indigenous people seek truth and reconciliation, and why it is important to build new relationships between our communities.
  4. Feb. 4 – Jeffrey George (a.k.a. Red Dog) a well known local artist will talk about his personal journey: Living through abuse and restoring ones self-worth as a native person, overcoming challenges, facing fears and following a dream with the wisdom of his elders.
  5. Feb. 11 – Jorden George is a Research Consultant, and a Member of the Kettle and Stony Point Community. He will speak about First Nations Treaties and Reconciliations, as well as Restorative Justice. He will also address the history of his People.

“Vintage” Partners Present … Feb. 25 to Mar. 25

Moderator: Each presenter for their own session
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Feb. 25
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A mixed bag of topics that we can discuss in our usual open and congenial manner.

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.