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INTEREST GROUPS

January 2023 – Interest Groups Report

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

            

 

 

Winter began with Hoar Frost – Photos by Camille Scarlett

And then it snowed.

On January 11, 2023 the next general meeting will at the Uxbridge Legion and wearing masks will be optional.  At our Club’s Indoor Interest Group events, wearing masks will be what the Coordinators and host households prefer.

There will always be Interest Group sign-up sheets at the back of the Legion meeting room.  If you are interested in joining any of the groups, add your name & contact information to the sign-up sheets!  Please print! 

As well you can contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

I’ll be at the back of the room with the sign-up sheets during our coffee break, hopefully able to answer any questions.  Coordinators all have Group name tags and may be sitting with me or somewhere in the room available to answer your questions.  Everyone joining an Interest Group must be a Club member!  If you are a new Club member, please indicate with NM beside your name on the sign-up sheets.

There usually isn’t a charge to join an Interest Group, but some may have a minimal fee to pay for using the venue.

POTENTIAL INTEREST GROUPS:

*CURRENT EVENTS

If you are interested in joining this potential group to chat about Current Events, please contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.  A Coordinator will be required to make this an active group.

*MUSIC GROUP

If you enjoy getting together with others to make music, we’ll have a new Music group!  If interested, please contact me Betty Bignell at interestgroups.@gmail.com.  A Coordinator is required to make this an active group.

*SKIING GROUP

 We have a new Club member who would love to ski with others.  If you are a skier, please contact me at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com and tell me if you prefer downhill or cross-country skiing.

*SMALL TOWN THEATRE GROUP - Interim Coordinator Steve Fryzuk

Anyone one interested in Live Theatre may want to join this new group beginning in the Spring. Currently proposed is to enjoy lunch together, then attend matinees in the Durham and York Regions. Group members may be interested in attending comedies, musicals, or plays. If you want to join this group, please contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

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Other potential groups you may want to join:

Animals (Horses & Dogs), Card & Board Games, Cooking, Fitness, History, Home Reno, Mahjong, Sports: (Pole Walking, Running, Biking, Skiing, Skating, Swimming), Photography, Sailing, Yoga and more.

* We need Coordinators to make the following groups active: Art Club, Current Events, Meditation, Music Group and Travel.

* If you have an idea of another potential new group or want to join one of the above suggested groups, please contact me at the General Meetings or send me a message at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

“There’s an Interest Group for that!” (Debra Revie Lippay)

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Current Interest Groups:

BANNED BOOK CLUB

The group will meet on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 1:30 pm to discuss “The Hate You Give”, by Angie Thomas.

 

In December the book discussed was “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini. This book has been challenged in various areas due to sexual violence and Islamophobia, and it as been said by critics that it could inspire terrorism. This generated some vigorous discussion in several areas. The group unanimously thought it was an excellent book. 

To allow opportunity for everyone to have a chance to express their thoughts on the books read, Camille and the group decided to limit the number of members. Currently the group has a spot for two new Club members. If interested in joining contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

The group will meet monthly on the third Tuesday at 1:30. 

Coordinator: Camille Scarlett

 

BOOK LOVERS A New Interest Group!

The Book Lovers group will be a relaxed book group for those who just love to read. It will be open to reading different genres, topics, styles. At the first meeting the group will discuss and plan what books they want to read at future meetings.  To allow for everyone to have a chance to comment about the book they’ve read, this will be a small group. 

You may be surprised by a book you never thought you would read, or you might learn something from a new book.  The Book Lovers Club is about being curious, so bring your ideas.  If interested in joining contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

Coordinator: Rhona Smith

BOOK CLUB

This group has currently reached the maximum number of members.

Coordinators Lyn May, Lenore Moore

I can put your name on a waiting list for a spot to open for the Book Club group and of course you may also join the Banned Books and/or Book Lovers groups as well!  Betty Bignell interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

CASINO VISITS

This group will be taking a break until the Spring.  If you are interested in joining the Casino Visits Group, please contact me at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

Coordinator: Jim Boyle

EUCHRE

The Euchre group meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at 10:00 am.

 

Coordinator:  Carolyn Hicken

 

GARDENING

The group will reconvene on Thursday February 2, 2023. The topic will be Dreaming and Planning for Spring.  Members are encouraged to share their ideas for Spring planting and when they will begin their dreams.

 

Members from the Handicraft Interest Group are invited to join in as well.

 

There will be a very small initial charge and weekly charge for members of this group. For more information or to join the group, please contact me, Betty Bignell at interest.groups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com .

 

Coordinator:  Sally Kotsopoulos

 

GENEALOGY  

The group will meet on January 19, 2023.  This is a very laid-back group with no pressing agenda.  Members discuss how they began creating their family trees and will share successes or frustrations.  Maybe other members will be able to give advice!

A focus of the group is to get started on creating a family tree and may be a way to spend the long months of winter!  If interested in joining this group, contact Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

The group will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3:30.

 

Coordinator: Bernie Beales

 

HANDICRAFT

The group will meet on Friday, January 20 from 1-3 pm.  Members are encouraged to bring the projects they are working on or starting anew in the upcoming months. This is a busy group with lots of crafty and artistic ideas to learn from each other. 

There will be a small initial charge and weekly charge for members of this group. For more information or to join the group, please contact me, Betty Bignell at interest.groups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

Coordinator:  Sally Kotsopoulos

 

HIKING

Our Goodwood/Uxbridge area has a wonderful series of trails through a variety of forests and meadows, some quite flat, some with gentle hills. The group explores these forest trails near Uxbridge in the Durham and York Regions for 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Join them for lively discussions, interesting views and leisurely treks!

January 2023 hikes are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am Thursday, January 5 and January 19.  Hike details are emailed to group members for Pre-registration.

The Hiking Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:30 am. 

If you are interested in joining this Interest Group, send your request to Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hiking Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 9:30. The hikes are scheduled for Hike details are emailed to our members for pre-registration.

December hikes are scheduled for December 1 and December 15.

If you are interested in joining this Interest Group, send your request to Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

Coordinators:  Carol Fraser, John Wilcock

KITCHEN BRIDGE A Group for Both Women and Men!

Kitchen Bridge will be playing on January 5, 2023, at 7:00 pm.  New members are always welcome, if interested contact Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

Kitchen Bridge meets on the first Thursday of each month.

Coordinators:  Margaret & Rene Blanchet

 

LADIES BRIDGE CLUB

The Ladies Bridge group will be getting together on Wednesday January 18.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Online bridge continues every Monday at 1:00.

Coordinators:  Carol Chillman, Caren Narvet

 

LET’S EAT OUT

This group has enjoyed dining in a great variety of restaurants meeting monthly to enjoy dinner with other Club members.  If you would like to join them, please contact me at interestgroups.uxbridgeptobus@gmail.com.

Coordinators: Gail & Chuck Heroux

LUNCH GROUP

The Lunch Group will meet on January 30 at 12:00.  Group members are contacted monthly with the name of the restaurant where they will meet for lunch.  If interested in joining this group, contact me, Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

The Lunch Group meets monthly on the last Monday of the month at 12:00. 

 

Coordinators:  Betty Bignell & Joy Freemantle

 

MOVIES

The group periodically enjoys watching movies together.  If you would like to be a member of this group, please contact me at  interestgroupsuxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

 

Coordinators: Gail & Chuck Heroux

 

PICKLEBALL

The Pickleball group is currently on hold until the Spring.  Group members may be playing independently at indoor locations. If interested in joining this group, please contact Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

Coordinators: Gerry Bignell, Barry Scarlett

 

SCRABBLE 

Group members look forward to meeting again at 1:00 on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The group has room for new players!  The goal is to have fun and enjoy the afternoon together.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Betty Bignell at interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

The group plans to meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm.

 

Coordinator: Judy Fink

 

URBAN WALKING

Beginning in Spring 2023, the group will meet monthly on the third Wednesday at 10:00 am.  A social group, they walk at a moderate pace for about an hour. After the walk, if near a coffee shop members rest and chat with a coffee. 

New members will always be welcome!  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Betty Bignell  interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com.

 

Coordinator:  June O’Donnell

 

WINE CLUB  This group has currently reached the maximum number of members.

The Wine group will meet on January 11, at 7 pm at a group member's home.

 

Coordinators:  Margaret & Rene Blanchet, Sherrill Burns

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Betty Bignell

Interest Group Chair

interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com

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