Jean Burgess takes a break from doing clean-up and restoration at Murray Falls with the New Horizons for Seniors program.

Comings and Goings-on in Spences Bridge

The New Horizons for Seniors program in Spences Bridge has lots on the go, and much more to come.

Anyone miss me? I missed submitting an article for the past two months; please accept my apologies, but I’ve been busy!

We are well into summer now, although you’d never know by the weather, and while some things are on hold, others are ramping up. Bingo has taken a break for the summer and will resume in the fall. Thanks to everyone for their support. Also breaking for the summer is the weekly soup day each Wednesday, which will resume in September.

Our New Horizons for Seniors program (NHSP) is up and running and doing amazing things! The first project took place at Murray Creek falls. The old outhouses there were scrubbed and painted, and got new seats! The trail was worked on, scrub was hauled away, and (thanks to Paul Miller) a nice little bridge was put in. This was a project that saw a group of seniors gather with purpose, getting exercise while enjoying creating a better place for all. The crew had a picnic lunch while they rested and admired their work. An ongoing project is town beautification, and a dedicated group of seniors has embarked on a mural on a resident’s fence to cheer up the town. I can’t wait to see the final product.

Coming up next is Christmas in July! The NHSP is hosting a ham and turkey dinner with all the fixings on July 27, complete with Christmas gifts! The day starts at 10 a.m. with a painting party, and breaks for the feast at noon. There will then be a presentation on what the program is planning, and then it will be back to painting. Anyone over 55 is welcome to just come for the meal, but is encouraged to spend at least a little time wielding a paint brush!

September will see the introduction of Zumba classes taught by Karen Savage, with the classes free for anyone over 55. Karen will offer instruction for those with mobility issues, or any aches and pains, on how to use the class for health benefits without hurting themselves. This class is aimed at seniors, but yours truly can tell you that Karen will show you how to pump it up to get a workout that suits your level. The classes start in September and will be held Fridays at 10 a.m.

NHSP is also hosting Geoff Bannoff, who will offer two workshops on meditation. These will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 24 starting at 10 a.m., and are free for anyone over age 55. There is also the NHSP Elders’ Vision Council, which meets every Wednesday at Clemes Hall at 12:45 p.m. New members are always welcome, and lunch is provided at noon.

This year’s Desert Daze Festival is falling into place nicely. We are so fortunate to have such great musicians coming to our little festival. The Boom Booms, The Magic Rooster Blues band, Paisley Groove, Sean Ashby, Rio Samaya, and Folky Strum Strum are coming, just to name a few, and of course there are our talented locals like Flat Busted, Nadine Davenport, and Jennifer Ferguson. Workshops include a guitar session with Sean Ashby, yoga with Maya Chang, and a drumming jam session circle with Andrea Bona, as well as the usual canning/pickling workshops; and they’re all free!

Mark August 12–13 in your calendar, and be sure to attend! If you’d like to attend for free, go to www.desertdaze.ca and sign up to volunteer! We are still looking for vendors, and you can apply online as well.

Our Farmers’ Flea Market continues every Sunday at Clemes Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s local produce, baking, locally roasted coffee, preserves, secondhand goods, art, and lots more. To book a table please call Terri at 458-2513. If there are any groups wishing to use our concession as a fundraiser, we’d love to hear from you! Call Terri for details.

September 14 is our AGM, at which time elections for directors are held. Please consider putting your name forward to take a role in all the amazing things that the Spences Bridge Community Club does for our community. Fresh faces and new ideas are always welcome! See you at 7 p.m. at Clemes Hall.

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