Welcome to December.  There are a lot of activities planned and taking place at the 50+.  We have just had our floors stripped and polished.  The fireplace switch has been replaced and is working again.   The decorations are up and the hall looks beautiful.   Several groups are having their Christmas parties here.  Our Christmas Potluck is scheduled for December 14th.  The bar opens at 5:15 and dinner is served at 6:15.  The Board of Directors supply the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.  All you have to do is bring either a vegetable or dessert and your own dishes and cutlery.  Entertainment is provided by Melita Ree with Glenn Mageau on keyboard.  Make sure you have your dancing shoes on.

Please make sure that you check dates for your activities as most will be taking a break until early January;

November is starting out as a busy month.  We have the Passion 4 Art show, Nov. 3rd and 4th followed by our annual Flu Clinic on November 14th.  Christmas Activities are starting this month with a Guitar Show and Swap as part of the Christmas Market which will be taking place at multiple venues on November 24 and 25.

Our Potluck this month is going to feature two artists who are part of the West Kelowna Opry.  Janice Schlief and Rona Nadeau will be our featured singers on November 23rd.  We expect a full house.  Please join us for a lovely evening.  Membership for the balance of the year is $15.00 and will be $20.00 for the 2019 year and is due in January.

October is upon us with our full compliment of activities.  We have a new Meditation class being held on Wednesdays at 11:45 am.  Come and try it and see how peaceful it can be.  The Friendly Bean group is back on Wednesdays as well.  You must be a member of the Friendship Club and of the 50 + to take part.  It is a wonderful way to meet new people and sit and chat over coffee on Wednesday mornings at 10:30.  Thanks giving is early this year so please check with your activity leaders to see if your class will be held on Monday the 8th..  There are also a number of rentals this month which means we have had to cancel Woodcarving on the 15th of the month as well as Clogging on the 10th.  This is an early reminder that we will once again be hosting a Flu Clinic on the 14th of November from 12:00 noon.

 

We will be kicking September off with another one of our anticipated Pancake Breakfasts.  Doors open at 8 am and we serve our breakfasts until 11:30 am.  Adults $5.00, children 6 - 12 $3.00 and 5 and under are free.  Start your day off right!  Happy Labour Day weekend to all.

After our summer of super hot and smoky days it is lovely to have the cooler, fresh days and nights return.  Check out the September schedule for your favorite activities and see when they start again. Maybe you will want to try Bingo on Thursday nights.  It is a lot of fun and you may even go home with some winnings.  The hot dogs and hamburgers are pretty good as well.




July started off with our now famous Pancake Breakfast and what a breakfast it was.  We surpassed all expectations and had such a wonderful turnout.  We hope that you all have a safe and happy summer and that we will see you in September when all the regular programs will be back in full swing.

JUNE ACTIVITES

June was a very busy month for us at the 50+ Activity Centre.  Many of our programs end for the summer so please check the schedule carefully or ask your activity leader if you are not sure.    On June 8th we had our annual luncheon and tea for our members 80 years of age and older.  It is our way of thanking them for being leaders and such strong supporters of our centre.  On June 15th we had our bus trip which sold out in no time this year.  We were off to Fintry Manor in Fintry Provincial Park, lunch in Armstrong and then a visit to the Village Cheese Factory where we learned how they make all those wonderful cheeses.  To end the month of special activities we had our Bar B Q where the hamburgers, hotdogs and condiments are supplied by the Board of Directors.  All you had to bring was your appetite, dishes, cutlery a salad or dessert.  Potlucks will be taking a break after the Bar B Q until September.

APRIL ACTIVITIES

As you can see from our Activity List above,  we currently offer yoga on three mornings.  Each instructor has their own preference on the type of yoga that is being offered.  It is best to speak to the instructor personally and she will answer any of your questions regarding the content of the program.  You can phone the office between 9:30 and 11:30 am, Monday through Friday and be directed to the activity leader. 

We also have a new program starting April 3, Tuesday at 7pm.  Line dancing and it will be $4 drop in.  There's a lot of interest so get your boots on.

March has been a very busy month for us.  We have had a concert, a number of rentals and a three day painting bee.  The first day we had 20 volunteer members show up with enthusiasm.  Together, we prepped, we primed and did an overall great job.  The second day we put the final coat of paint on and then did some of the initial cleanup.  Sunday, saw us replace everything and now we wait for the comments.  All those who did the work think that it looks fabulous.  So clean and bright.





HAPPY NEW YEAR

2018 Membership dues are now due.  $20 a year buys a lot of activity and friendship.


Come on by and check out our new decor, our couches and chairs by the fireplace have been replaced.  They do look wonderful..That Carol has a good eye.  Thank you too to the Needle Art and Quilting Group for the Christmas decorations

I hope you have December 10, 15 and 25 marked on your calendars.

On Sunday, December 10 the Variety Singers are presenting their concert "A Canadian Christmas".  This is a must attend for Peachlanders, so come early to get a seat.  Admission is by donation.  Phyllis and her singers do an amazing job and then follow the concert with a Christmas carol sing-a-long and goodies.

The annual Christmas Potluck Friday is planned for December 15.  This is another must attend for everyone.  You do not have to be a member to attend.  Families are welcome.   Turkey, ham, stuffing and potatoes are supplied.  You need to bring a favourite festive salad or dessert to share along with your own dishes.  It has been a pretty tasty meal in the past.  Entertainment starts at 7 pm for an hour.  The Blu Crew sang for us in September and have been invited back by popular demand.  We are really looking forward to their performance.

December 25, The Peachland Wellness Centre is hosting their Community Christmas dinner at the 50 + Activity Centre.  Tickets are required and are free from the Wellness Centre.  100 are available for this years dinner.  The doors open at 12 noon and dinner is served at 2 pm.

At our November Potluck Friday we changed things up a bit and invited two guest speakers.  Mike Sutherland and Jean Saul spoke about the new Vantage One Credit Union in Peachland.  Their main office is in Vernon and they have quite a few branches in smaller communities so are ready to meet our needs.  They invited us all to drop in just for a conversation.  They are anxious to engage with and support our community.

Dennis Craig, our local fire chief shared some concerning fire statistics as introduction for Kim Evans from iGuardStove.  In the U.S.A. 47% of home fires start in the kitchen and in Peachland from 2014 to 2016 25% of structure fires originated from unattended cooking.  Have you had something on the stove and been distracted by someone at the door on on the telephone?  I know I have.  The iGuardStove company actually originates from Kelowna.  Your stove plugs into this device which is plugged into your regular stove outlet and will shut off the stove automatically if no movement is detected in the kitchen after a preset number of minutes.  The intelligent version can also be connected to wifi and will send text messages to you if you are away on vacation and it detects movement in your kitchen, if there has been no activity in the kitchen of a loved one by a preset time every day or if the stove hasn't been used for a few days.  It can be used on gas and cook top stoves as well.  The stove was originally designed to allow those with brain injuries to live more independently and now many others of all ages are having them installed.  Wow, technology at its best.

Well my pony tail is gone and safely delivered to the local Cancer Society to be used toward a wig.  Members donated money to the Cancer Society at our November Potluck.  $1.00 per ticket for the chance to be the one to make the cut.   The "winning" ticket belonged to Bill Van Noortwyk.  He threatened to cut it with the kitchen cleaver but relented and used the special scissors kindly lent for the occasion by Lynne from #4 Hair Salon.  We raised $138 and I survived the experience.  Thank you to everyone who donated.

All of our programs will be taking a break over the Christmas season.  Please check with your group leader.  Most will end Dec. 15 week although Wednesday 50 + Fitness will carry on until Dec. 20 and Iron a and Silk until Dec. 21.  Please note the 50 + Fitness on Fridays will be ending December 1.  It looks like everything will be starting up after January 4 with Bingo restarting January 4.  A very lucky lady won the Looney Pot last week in the amount of $700

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you at the Peachland 50 + Activity Centre in the New Year. 


 

Say good bye to the scarecrows for this year.  The festival was a huge success and will be bigger and better next year.


Have you thought of checking out some of these activities?  Pictured above we have 50 + Fitness, Art and Carpet bowling.



BINGO ALERT:  Our hot dogs are a best seller in our concession for $2.50 for all you hungry players. 



Our hall was also the sight of an Asian wedding on Friday, July 1, 2016. The decorations and the cultural traditions were beautiful.




Gwen, our bingo manager is always looking for people to volunteer on Thursday night at bingo.  If you would like to help in some capacity please call her at 250 - 767 - 2774.  As the saying goes:  many hands make light work.


Thank you for checking out our website.  

We wish to thank the District of Peachland for their ongoing support of the 50 Plus Centre.  Without them we would not exist.  If you wish further information on Peachland please visit their website at: www.peachland.ca




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