Cordova Bay 55 Plus

Wanted! CB55+ Board Members!

What do you love about CB55+?  All those groups, Tuesday drop-in programs, special events, courses, and services happen because of the many dedicated volunteers who help out in so many ways, on the Board, on various committees, leading groups, serving coffee, setting up chairs, arranging programs and events, letting you know what’s going on, looking after your membership and course fees, entertaining you, teaching you, and stimulating you every day! CB55+ is fortunate to have lots of eager and caring members who make CB Place a vibrant, healthy environment for all! If you have interests, skills, and enthusiasm that you are willing to share, please consider joining the CB55+ Board or one of the many committees that help CB55+ to run smoothly and successfully. Talk to Louise Parton or Gwen MacPherson on the Nominating Committee, or any Board member, and take an active part in guiding this Association into the next decade!

REMINDER:  You must be a paid-up member to vote at our AGM on March 29, so don’t delay! Pay up today!  $40 is a small fee for all the activities offered at CB Place! The CB55+ office is open from 9 am to noon every weekday.

The President of the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs, Richard Alexander, will be speaking briefly at the next Tuesday Drop-In (Feb. 15) about what’s going on in the community.  There will also be a membership table set up after Drop-In, at 11:30, for people to join or renew their membership with the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs!

The next Blue Heron Newsletter will be distributed on Tuesday, March 1.  If you can receive it by email, that saves paper and printing, so please ensure that the CB55+ office has your up-to-date email address. There will be sufficient printed copies for those members without computers.

Happy February!

Bring your stories of romance and love next Tuesday, February 8, to CB Place, to share with others in celebration of Valentine’s Day!  Drop-In starts at 10 am.

Chinese New Year came in with a bang at CB Place, on Tuesday, February 1, with members finding the year of their birth and accompanying astrological animal, and had lots of fun and games, followed by a delicious lunch, provided by Halibut House, and served by several CB55+ volunteers! Thanks to Barb Waldner and all those who made this social gathering such a good time!

There’s lots going on at CB Place, with Men’s group off to the Maritime Museum and lunch at a pub next week, upcoming theatre and trips, games night in full swing, and new ideas and opportunities blooming! It must be spring! Come on down soon and sign up for something!

Just a reminder that the spring edition of the Blue Heron News will be available to members on March 1st, so make sure you renew your membership before then!

Chinese New Year Celebrations at CB Place

Chinese New Year will be celebrated next Tuesday, Feb. 1, at CB Place, with astrology fun followed by a Chinese luncheon, brought in from the Halibut House.  You must pay $8 for lunch at the CB55+ Office before Friday, Jan. 28.  Contact Pauline Cohen at 381-8120 for more information.  Come on down next Tuesday to see what your astrological sign predicts for you, and enjoy some camaraderie and good food!

Self-Management of Chronic Pain will be starting on Friday, Feb. 18 for six weeks, until March 25, for CB55+ members who have signed up.  It is now full, but if others want to sign up on a waitlist, they can do so.  This free course is offered through the Centre on Aging, and will run from 9:30 to noon every Friday. Topics to be covered will include:  myths about pain, differences between acute and chronic pain, pacing activity and rest, managing fatigue/sleep, physical activity and exercise, medication usage, communicating effectively with health care providers, etc.

Other courses from the Centre on Aging may be offered at CB Place in the future, if there is sufficient interest.  Stay posted for upcoming information.

Members have until the end of January (this Friday) to donate food or clothing items at CB Place, for delivery to Our Place.  Many thanks to Isabelle and Michael Phillips for collecting these needed items and delivering them!

Games Night at CB Place!

Friday night Games Night will be starting this Friday (January 21) at CB Place! Members can drop in from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, to play table tennis, cards, or board games, or chat and watch others play.  Irene Timms has volunteered to lead this new drop-in activity – thank you Irene!  If you have questions, you can contact her at 250-479-7182.  Another member is also trying to organize a night for volleyball in the school gym. More details about this will be forthcoming.

There is also some interest from members who want to watch movies at CB Place, which may be possible now that we have a brand new flat screen TV.  If anyone would like to organize this activity, please let any Board member know what you need to make this happen.

The sign-up list for the Self-Management of Pain course, run by the Centre on Aging, is full. Members can be put on a waitlist, if some people are not able to take this course. The start date is tentatively set for Friday, February 18, for 6 weeks, if an instructor is found. Classes will be held every Friday, from 9:30 until noon, with a 20 minute break. Brochures and information on this and other courses put on by the Centre on Aging are available at the Reception desk at CB Place.

The Valentine’s lunch has been cancelled for this year.  Instead, there will be a social gathering, with stories of romance and other fun activities at the regular Tuesday Drop-in on February 8th. Come and share your love story!

Winter Fun!

Groups are running again for the winter season, so drop in or call the group leader for more information, if you are interested in joining!

Courses at CB Place are well underway for all those members who signed up!  If other members would like to drop in to our exercise classes or computer training classes, please feel free to do so for a nominal fee.  The sign-up list for the proposed Self-Management of Chronic Pain course has met the maximum of 16 participants, but other names will be kept on a waitlist, in case some folks drop out.  Start date for this free course, offered by the Centre on Aging, will be sometime in February, once a facilitator has been found. The time at CB Place will likely be Friday mornings, 9:30 to noon in the Big Room. Stay posted for upcoming details! If this course is popular, we will offer other courses on self-management (i.e., diabetes, chronic disease conditions, balance).

Details on the Valentine’s Luncheon (less than a month away) will be available soon! The place will likely be the Fireside Grill, due to popular demand!

Cordova Bay 55+ Association

Help In Fundraising

Donations can be made by cheque and dropped off or mailed to:

Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association
#1-5238 Cordova Bay Road,
Victoria, BC, V8Y 2L2
Telephone: 250-658-5558
Contact by email