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ACTIVITIES AND COURSES


 

 

What’s the Difference?

Activities are endeavours organized and carried out by the participants themselves. Often a group will have a volunteer leader who has expertise in the activity. Blue activity tickets apply. Activity tickets are sold in packets of 10 for $30.00 per packet. They may be purchased individually for $3.50 each.

Courses are run by instructors who make their living from the fees. Course fees  are therefore higher than activity fees and vary in price by course. Yellow tickets apply. They are sold in packets of 10 for up to $60.00 per packet.

One ticket is required for each activity or course session. Tickets may be purchased from the front desk. See also Fees

Create Your Own

Goward House is always looking for new ideas on what to offer. If you would like to see something offered that we presently do not, please talk to our administrator. Warning: you might be asked to help organize it or even teach it!

Where’s the Schedule?

The schedule of when and where activities and courses occur at Goward House can be found in our monthly newsletter, The Gazette.

PLEASE NOTE: ACTIVITIES AND COURSES OCCUR BETWEEN SET DATES.  DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  PLEASE CONSULT THE LATEST NEWSLETTER AND EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.

Activity and Course Descriptions

Art


ACTIVITY: Both Elizabeth and Owen Goward were accomplished artists and art is a popular activity at Goward House. Many of our artists started painting after retirement. We have three art activities:

Portrait Painters (One 3 hour session per week)
Drop-In Art (Two sessions of 3 hours per week)
Chinese Brush Painters (One 3 hour session per week)

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Billiards


ACTIVITY: Members play pool, snooker and billiards. New players are welcome to come and join in. Table time may be reserved. Availability varies so please check with the front desk, 250-477-4401.

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Book Club


ACTIVITY: NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
This group meets once each month in the Goward House Theatre (lower hall).  Join anytime!

Bridge


ACTIVITY: Bridge is the most popular activitiy by far at Goward House. In addition to the groups listed below, there are several groups of friends who play regularly. Whether Bridge is your passion or you have never played before, there is a place for you in one or more of our groups. Please inquire at the front desk. There are four bridge groups which are open to all members:

Lady’s Bridge
Duplicate Bridge
Mixed Sun Room Bridge
Drop-In Bridge

There are also private tables for two and four persons.  As a member you may prefer to set up your own table or tables.  A quiet spot can almost always be found for you to play.  Your friends may come once as guests, after which they must become members to continue playing.

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Craft and Knitting Group


Members of this group meet weekly to share patterns and ideas, and enjoy each other’s company. The group meets in Sequoia Room on the main floor.

 

Fitness Classes


Fitness classes are COURSES: There are several exercise classes for you to choose from. All exercises may be done while sitting. These classes promote full functional fitness, including balance, strength, flexibility, and core muscles, in a relaxed and fun environment. Good for all! Exercise Classes are led by fitness experts who make their living from the Course fees. The fees, therefore, are higher than Activity fees. Yellow tickets apply. Three kinds of fitness classes are offered:

Strength and Balance ( one and a half hours twice per week)

COURSE: This class consists of stretching, exercising with balls and hand weights (supplied) and repetitive moves to sharpen the mind. Much of this is done while seated and is followed by a brief relaxing session of quiet meditation. Members of all age groups find these fitness classes invigorating and fun. Strength and Balance offers a variety of benefits including strength and flexibility. Re-discover your fluidity of motion and a more relaxed and expressive body, using bands, hand weights and balls.

Body Shapes

COURSE: This program offers a variety of benefits including strength and flexibility. Rediscover fluidity of motion and a more relaxed, expressive body using bands, hand weights and balls.

Gentle Yoga

COURSE: This class accommodates all levels of ability. You will leave the class feeling stretched, centred and re-energized. This yoga class is for everyone.

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French


ACTIVITY: Among our members we have two French language interest groups. Self-organized and self-directed, each group meets weekly at Goward House to study, read and converse in French, at an intermediate and advanced level. S

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Goward House Singers


ACTIVITY: About 25 people meet weekly to sing songs that appeal to Seniors. They like to sing in harmony and perform throughout the year at Seniors’ Residences and Nursing Homes. New members are always welcome.

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iPad Club


ACTIVITY: An experienced iPad instructor walks you through all the functions of the iPad with plenty of time to practice on your own with help right there as you need it. Goward House has one iPad available to borrow (in-house).

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Line Dancing


ACTIVITY: Come and touch, tap, hook, scuff and stomp your way to fitness in 2016. Line dancing is a fun way to exercise as well as meet others who share the enjoyment of moving to music. First-timer? No problem. Come and give it a try. First class is free. Once weekly sessions.

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Mah Jong Club


ACTIVITY: The Mah Jong group has been active for over 10 years and currently has about a dozen members. New members are welcome to give Mah Jong a try. If you can play gin rummy, you can play mah jong – and leave the counting to experienced players. You don’t play with partners, so no recriminations. We have tea at half-time and lively conversations. Half the time we don’t add up the score – – it’s the joy of playing that counts! Once weekly sessions.

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Money Matters


ACTIVITY: This activity is an informal gathering to share ideas about the economy, investing and taxation along with coffee and lots of fun. Financial Advisor Pam Katunar hosts the group which is open to the public and free of charge. Once monthly sessions.

Typical topics:

Tax Free Savings Account RRIF Payments
 Estate Planning Tax Minimization
 What is a Bond?  Why Own Stock?
 Current Market Update Tier One Capital
 Ethical Investing  Charitable Giving

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Paper Quilling


ACTIVITY: Discover the deep satisfaction of quilling. Create quilled cards for friends and family that will undoubtedly be framed and cherished by the recipients. Learn the art and craft of creating your own designs with curled strips of coloured paper. But BEWARE: quilling can be addictive! Once weekly sessions.

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Spanish


ACTIVITY: Learn to speak Spanish in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Emphasis will be on using the language in practical situations. Tapes of native speakers will be used to supplement the classroom instruction. This course can be very helpful for travelers. Three Spanish classes are offered. Each class occurs once per week:

Level 1 (beginners)
Level 2 (intermediate)
Conversation

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Write On!


ACTIVITY: Are you looking at writing your memoirs, travel journals or magazine articles? If so, this might be the group for you. Write On! participants meet regularly on the 3rd Monday of each month. The facilitator Mary Brackenbury is a published writer and retired teacher.

Sessions occur weekly and include the following:

1:00pm – 2:00pm    Learning and practicing techniques designed to enhance our writing skills
2:00pm – 2:15pm    Coffee break
2:15pm – 3:30pm     Members will have an opportunity to share anything they have written and be open to feedback from the group.

Space is limited to 10 writers in order to facilitate participation by all. Join us on Monday, September 21. Register with the front desk at 250-477-4401.


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