December is here, and along with it are some great holiday-themed programs and events from around the Seniors’ Centre!

 

 

 

Registration dates

 

Save the date: registration for programs starting in January opens on Wednesday, December 15.

 

 

 

 

 

Intergenerational Holiday Market

 

Stock up on unique holiday gifts hand-crafted by intergeneration artisans. Items include hand-carved bows, paintings, and candles to one-of-a-kind masks, candles, soaps, and much more!

 

This first of its kind market features a unique
collaboration between members of the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre and West Vancouver Youth Services. Our senior and youth volunteers will be preparing and selling these unique market items, all in an
effort to raise funds for our Feed the Need initiative.

 

Friday, December 10
5–7:30 p.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre

 

Saturday, December 11
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Seniors' Activity Centre

 

Proof of vaccination is required.

 

 

 

 

Shortbread & Sherry

 

Join the Seniors' Centre Advisory Board for a warm welcome to the holiday season. Enjoy coffee, tea, light refreshments, sherry, shortbread, and minced tarts. This event is free to all members, but please register.

Friday, December 10

2–4 p.m.
Seniors’ Activity Centre Garden Side Café

 

Register here

 

Proof of vaccination is required. Masks must be worn until you are seated.

 

 

 

 

10 Days of Christmas is coming to the Seniors' Activity Centre

 

Get into the holiday spirit with us!

 

We have a festive roster of exciting daily activities planned from December 20 to 24 and December 27 to 31, including a jingle bell walk, cookie decorating, and more! Register here starting on December 15.

Stop by for a specialty coffee at the Fireside Coffee Bar & Lounge from December 20 to 31. Try our deluxe coffees prepared using our brand-new coffee maker, and served by our friendly barista.

 

 

 

 

Volunteer appreciation gifts

 

Volunteers are invited to stop by and pick up a special gift on Tuesday, December 21 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, December 29 from 2:15 to 3 p.m., in the Senior’s Activity Centre Marine Room. Please keep an eye out for your invitation and details.

 

 

 

 

Shuttle bus

 

Please send us any feedback you have related to our shuttle bus service, as we are reviewing the service and will be changing the bus route in the new year.

Email cbrandson@westvancouver.ca if you have any suggestions.

 

 

 

 

Bird Walks

 

Hop on our bus and visit a variety of locations on the North Shore to watch birds.

 

Be prepared to walk on any terrain, in most weather conditions. In the event of extremely poor weather, we will stay inside and review the latest books, technology, and information on birds.

 

Tuesday, November 16–December 14

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$25

Register here.

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness Meditation

 

In these unprecedented times of uncertainty and fear, many of us are feeling isolated and struggling with loneliness, lack of sleep, stress, depression, and anxiety. Join our friendly class and learn some simple meditation and mindfulness techniques to improve your sleep, ability to focus, happiness, peace, and sense of belonging.

 

Monday, November 1–December 13
12:30–1:30 p.m.
$17.50

Register here.

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer's Café

 

Back by popular demand, we will be holding a get-together for those living with dementia and their family members and caregivers. Pre-registration is required for this free event.

 

Tuesday, December 7
2–4 p.m.
Seniors' Activity Centre AV Room

Register here.

 

 

 

 

Holiday fitness classes

 

Join us for some free holiday fitness classes at the West Vancouver Community
Centre!

Entrance to the classes is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Pre-registration is required.

 

Stop by the Mistletoe Mingle in the Lily Lee Spirit Room after your class for some holiday cheer with classmates and instructors.

Cardio Pump and Stretch


Join us for a hi/lo impact class with muscle conditioning and a nice stretch to follow. May include intervals or choreography.

Wednesday, December 8

9:10–10:05 a.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre
Sports Gym

Register here.

 

Festively Fit


Enjoy festive music while you warm up, followed by an easy-to-follow cardiovascular and muscular strength and conditioning workout for your whole body. Finish the class with a stretch.

 

Wednesday, December 8
9–10 a.m.
West Vancouver Community Centre
Music Hall
Register here

 

 

 

 

Standing Strength & Balance

 

Enjoy a full-body fitness class that does not involve floor exercises. Start with a gentle warm-up and some cardio to get your heart rate up, then move on to balance work and resistance training using body weight and exercise bands. Finish off with a standing or sitting stretch.

Wednesday, December 22 & 29

10:30–11:25 a.m.
Ocean Room
$9

Register here.

 

Friday, December 24 & 31

11:35 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lily Lee Spirit Room
$9

Register here.

 

 

 

 

Podiatry foot clinic

 

Do you have foot issues? We are proud to start our first in a series of ongoing wellness clinics for low income seniors. A registered nurse will be onsite to help those who need help with simple foot care.

First session starts December 10. Call Stephanie or Helen at 604-925-7211 to sign up.

 

 

 

 

Screen Time for Seniors

 

Screen Time for Seniors is back! Bring your device and troubleshoot any problems you are having with volunteer students from Collingwood School.

 

This program is ongoing—please check the Scene Magazine for details.

 

 

 

 

Volunteer with us!

 

Make new friends and enrich the lives of community members today by volunteering at the Seniors' Activity Centre! Volunteers are urgently needed to support the Seniors' Activity Centre with regular shifts and as substitutes:

 

Vaccination checkers at the
east welcome desk

Monday through Friday

  • 8:30–11:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

SACS on 21st
Monday through Saturday

  • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • 12:30–3 p.m.

Join the Garden Side Café team!

 

Do you have food industry experience or enjoy cooking at home? Help us prepare, serve, and deliver fresh and healthy meals to our community:


Mornings

  • Café opener
    (Monday to Friday, 8–11 a.m.
  • Baker's support
    (Monday to Friday, 8–11 a.m.)
  • Food packers
    (Monday to Friday, 8:30–10:30 a.m., and Saturdays 9–11 a.m.)
  • Chef helper
    (Sundays 10 a.m.–12 p.m.)**
  • Delivery team
    (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Mid-Day and Afternoon

  • Dishwasher assistants
    (Monday to Friday, 12–2:30 p.m.)
  • Closers
    (Monday to Friday, 1:30–3:30 p.m.)
  • Chef's helper
    (Wednesday & Friday, 3–5 p.m.)**
  • Connector take-out delivery team (Monday to Friday 11 a.m.–1 p.m., except Wednesday is 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)*

*Must have Class 5 licence and send in driver’s licence and abstract.

**Requires previous experience with knives. Foodsafe Level 1 preferred.

 

If you wish to volunteer or find out more information about the roles available, email us with your interest and availability at scvolunteers@westvancouver.ca or call 604-925-7288.

 

 

 

 

New Keeping Connected programs starting in January

 

Keep an eye out for our new Keeping Connected programs starting in January!

Whether you're looking to reestablish social connections that have been compromised during the pandemic or to get your body moving again, we invite you to join us.

 

Check out Pick up the Pace, Easy, Fit, and Fun, Gratitude Circle, and our lunch break gatherings called Shared Spaces.

 

Keeping Connected is excited to announce the return of Minds in Motion in January, a program for those who are living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Join us for mild exercises followed by some social time. Thank you to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC for their partnership and participation in this program.

For program dates, times, and more information, please visit westvancouverrec.ca/
keepingconnected
or check The Scene magazine for details.

 

 

 

 

 

West Vancouver Memorial Library

 

Whether you have a question, need a recommendation, or want help using your device, we are here to provide assistance seven days a week. Contact us.

 


 

Virtual events

 

Join us for these upcoming virtual events (and more!) at the West Vancouver Memorial Library.


Souvankham Thammavongsa in Conversation with Margaret Gallagher [virtual]


Join CBC journalist Margaret Gallagher for an exciting literary conversation with Souvankham Thammavongsa, award-winning author of the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife.


Saturday, December 4
2–3:30 p.m.
Free

Register

 

LIVE in Your Living Room: Triology with guest Marcus Mosely [virtual]


This soulful live performance captures the mood and spirit of the season with a diverse collection of gospel, jazz, and holiday favourites.

 

Friday, December 10
7:30–8:45 p.m.

Free

Register

 

Book Club Social: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi [virtual]


Explore your passion for books while discussing interesting titles with new friends at our Book Club Social.

 

Tuesday, December 14

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Free

Register

 




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