Spring Potpourri 2022

After two lost years our spring Potpourri Series is back. We will be hosting 5 sessions with interesting topics from April 18 to May 16. The April 25th topic has yet to be determined, and will be updated here when available.

The sessions will be at the Huron Shores United Church at 1:30, except for the last event which is a short field trip.

Please join us.

Winter Program 2022

We started off the Winter Program with a Speaker Series via Zoom. That series is complete and we are now back in-person at the Huron Shores United Church.

The next sessions are a 5 week course titled “The Dirt on Farming” moderated by Nancy winters. See the details below.

Socrates Café for 2022

Moderator: Jean Weigand and/or Fredi Hunter
Fee: $5 at the door – per session
Time: The 3rd Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
Dates:
Feb 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: No preparation required, but think about a discussion topic.


On the third 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.

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.

Open up this post to view the program flyer.

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.

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

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.

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.