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May 2023 Newsletter


Our May Newsletter will be bringing you up to date on what’s happening this month. The highlight of the month is our Spring Tea and to date we have sold just over half of our tickets. I know you won’t want to miss this special event with lovely little sandwiches to sample and great baking of delectable sweets to melt in your mouth. Our fabulous choir will be in melodious voice to entertain us. We will have special guests, the owners of the Nana and Papa’s Bakery, Shelley and Adrian, to thank them for their gift of yummy bread each week for the Centre. Their generosity to us does not go unnoticed and they are looking forward to coming and seeing our Centre. The Tea will be on Sunday May 28th, costs $15.00 and will be at 2:00 P.M. The Centre is looking for baking to serve, so please think of us and what you can bring for the Tea. Your baking can come to the Centre all this week---the 23rd to the 26th and can be frozen until assembled on the 28th.

It takes many hands and volunteers to keep our Centre humming along. Our events that are put on at the Centre help financially to keep the Centre going. The fund raising includes the lunches and especially our Friday hot lunch that Jerye so lovingly prepares and serves to us. There is no other place in Parksville that you can buy her lunches for $9.00 and share in the lively conversations that go on when people are eating. All I heard was yum and more yum. Jerye is a great cook and for me it felt like eating my mom’s cooking, everything home-made! All you have to do is phone the Centre by end of day Thursday and tell the volunteer on duty to put your name down for the Friday lunch, so Jerye knows how many she’s cooking for. We are having hot weather and who wants to cook!!! The Centre also has air conditioning which means you don’t have to stay in your hot home. Come to us and relax in comfort. The Centre is open from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. You don’t have to partake in any activities if you don’t want to, bring a book or your knitting or write a letter to a friend, or best of all share conversations with the other people who are there. The Centre belongs to all of us.

We, the Board, are always looking for ways to raise funds for the Centre’s upkeep. Cheryl Colborne has been doing some scouting for us and she has found an easy way for us to earn some money by donating our refunds from recycling to the Centre and here’s how you do it. Go to the Parksville Bottle and Recycling Centre at 611 Alberni Highway and bring your refundable items. Just sort your items prior to arriving at the cashier and then inform the cashier of our full organizations name BEFORE the items are entered into their system. If you do not inform the cashier of our organizations name BEFORE items are entered, cash will be paid out on site and the refund will not be added to our account. We hope you can do your part by helping us and the environment. A big thank you to all of you who will do this for the Centre. The full name you will need to give to the cashier is the Parksville Seniors Activity and Drop In Centre Bottle Return Donation Program. We appreciate any and all donations that you are able to provide us. This program is an open and ongoing account effective June 1, 2023.

Our winner this month of the Thrifty’s gift certificate is Jeanette Hawks, congratulations Jeanette.

May is a time for my rhubarb to be ready, and all my friends and family look forward to my Rhubarb Platz recipe so I’m including it this month. I will be making it today for my cousin Lisa’s birthday dinner tomorrow. The Platz recipe will melt in your mouth, and it will be a family favourite for your family too. Enjoy!!!

Have fun in the sunshine but remember to use your sunblock and drink lots of water.

Bev Swann,

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Last Updated on: 2023-05-23