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Newsletter April 2023


Happy Spring Everyone,

The weather today is rainy, windy, sunny, hail, maybe a little snow somewhere on the Island, and the daffodils are bending their heads back and forth in my yard and waving at me. I love Spring and all the changes it brings to our landscape, it gives us hope for what lies ahead in summer, and it can rain all it likes because our beautiful forest will need all the water their roots can store now.

We have started our Scrabble and Cribbage playing on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. on but we need more players to make this a fun time for all. Please take advantage of our new programs as we offer them. We will take another look at Bag Baseball in September as we couldn’t get the numbers we needed to play this. If some of you are interested in an Art, painting drop-in session (no oils) with no instructor, we have Friday afternoon free for you to paint, or draw, or whatever. Set-up and clean-up will be up to those who attend. The natural lighting in the big room should make all artists happy. We have been asked by one of our new Directors if there would be any interest in a Creative writing course, if this sounds good to you please give the office a call and sign-up, and if you could instruct this course please, please, call.

Our wonderful technical person Brian, is at the Centre every second Monday to teach us how to enjoy the phones, iPad, computers and any other devices that we own. His service is free to us and he has unlimited patience. The sign-up sheet is on the Board where you hang up your coats, come in, and learn something new.

The Spring Tea is coming May 28th and here is some more information for you. The tickets will be going on sale Monday, the 15th of May, at $15.00 each. The tea will include little fancy sandwiches, with petite squares, cookies, and fruit on each plate. We will be looking for volunteer bakers, sandwich makers, and help with set-up, clean-up, and take down. If you can help us, please call the office and we’ll start a list. The choir will be entertaining us so keep in mind the donation box on the counter, we need to buy our new keyboard for Kirsteen, our Choir master, and John, her piano player.

We have to correct a date for our Christmas Craft Fair; it will be on Saturday, November 18th, 10:00 A.M.--2:00 P.M. Please call the Centre at 250-586-5999 to book your table. We look forward to hearing from you.

A helpful addition to your medicine chest: Leg cramps seem to come with the aging process, you know what I mean, you stretch in your sleep, and Bang! your calf muscle screams pain at you, and you leap (as best as you can) out of bed hoping the cold floor will stop the pain. This never worked for me and I would suffer for days after with really no relief. One day, I was complaining to a friend and she said, “I use something that will relieve this for you and the product is called Venaforce Gel, made by A.Vogel”. You can buy this product from our local Pharmasave Drug store. I’ve never found any other drug store that carried it, so make sure when you travel you take some in your travel bag. Venaforce gel was my life saver 15 years ago and still is now, all my friends have said thank you for the suggestion. It works! I’m sharing this information with all of you and I’ve phoned the Pharmasave to inform them I would be putting Venaforce gel in the Newsletter so they could be prepared. I hate pain. Venaforce gel helped me and I hope it will help you too.

Our winner of the Thrifty’s Gift certificate this month is Shelley Rae, congratulations Shelley.

Your recipe this month is Easy Peasy Lemon Chicken, and it is very flavourful. Enjoy.

I hope you will all have a happy and healthy month.

Bev Swann



We would like to thank all our donors who support our Centre, including the following: Susan Forrest, Royal LePage, Nana and Papa’s Bakery, Springford Farm, Save-On Foods, Island Cleaning Supplies, Parks West Business Products, Hidden Treasures Thrift Store, the Vancouver Island Regional Library (Parksville) and Thrifty’s Foods.

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Last Updated on: 2023-04-24