Cordova Bay 55 Plus

Membership! Membership! Membership!

The spring edition of the Blue Heron News will be available to members only on March 1st, so make sure you renew your membership before then.  The newsletter is full of information.  For example the grand opening of the Courtyard Garden, calendar of all the group activities planned for the next three months, future plans for our association, and much more.

Remember you must be a paid-up member to vote at our AGM on March 29, so don’t delay!  Pay today!  $40 is a small fee for all the activities offered at CB Place.  You may renew your membership at the CB 55 office which is open from 9 am to noon every weekday.  This would be a good time to drop by the centre with a friend, enjoy a cup of coffee (donation please), use the computers, browse through the library and enjoy the friendship of other members.

Spring Dinner and Show The 7th annual Spring Dinner and Show is planned for Saturday evening May 14, 2011 at the Greek Orthodox Church Hall (beside Commonwealth Place) – wheelchair accessible.  Bring a friend – they don’t need to be a member.  This is a fundraiser for needed shelving throughout the centre.  For your $50 ticket you will receive a lovely buffet dinner, great entertainment and lots of camaraderie,  There will also be a prize raffle. Please let Rich McMorran know or reply to cb55 <> as soon as possible.

Self-Management of Chronic Pain This participatory course will give people (and/or their spouses) tools to manage chronic pain and live a healthy life.  It is put on by the Centre on Aging, and offered across BC to anyone experiencing chronic pain from any source (eg.,  fibromyalgia, whiplash injury, multiple sclerosis, etc.)  Printed information is available on the reception desk at CB Place.

The classes are free to CB 55+ members (another reason to keep your membership active).  You have the option to attend the first class to see if you would like to continue with the course.  There is no need to join until the second session.   Classes are on Fridays, Feb 18 to March 25, 9:30 – 12:00 pm in the Courtyard Room.  The minimum number of participants is 8 and maximum 16.  If interested members must register at the CB55+ office prior to the second class (Feb.25).

Cordova Bay Association The President of the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs, Richard Alexander, spoke to us at our Tuesday Drop-In on Feb.15 about the value of supporting your local community by becoming a member of CBA.  Membership is only $5 per year/person. For more information about the association and becoming a member go to their website <>.

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!

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
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