SENIORS UPDATE Activities in full swing for seniors

I’ve had a mental road block when it came to getting down to writing this column but my conscience keeps nagging me to write a few lines.

I’ve had a mental road block when it came to getting down to writing this column but my conscience keeps nagging me to write a few lines.

Speaking of lines, on a quick trip to Kamloops I got thinking about the importance of lines in our lives – particularly to guide us through very dense fog. Real life savers.

Thoughts strayed to other lines we depend on – life lines, drag lines, zip lines, fish lines, tow lines, sailing ship’s lines; lines for power and communication, the longitude and latitude network criss crossing the world, an actor’s lines, center line in body work, per line in timber framing, ridge line, chalk line, blue lines, yard lines.

Our vision may take us along the shore line, to the water line and see outlines of objects; and consider the lines we develop over the years – laugh lines or frown lines.

Then there are editorial dead lines. I know you can think of many more in various occupations.

Activities are in full swing at both seniors centres.

The Old Age Pensioners Association’s Golden Centre at 401 Front Street has drop-in floor curling, cribbage, carpet bowling, canasta, whist, pool and pot luck lunch the third Friday of the month. Check them out at 250-991-0090.

The Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre at 461 Carson Avenue invites seniors to participate in whist, crib, bridge, canasta, Tai Chi, Red Hats, carpet bowling, pool, hand bell ringing, singing and line dancing.

Their popular pot luck suppers are held the last Sunday of the month.

Those who hold meetings at the Seniors’ Centre include Visually Impaired, Ostomy Support, Vintage Car Club, Spinners and Weavers.

For information, phone 250-992-3991.

And if these don’t peak your interest refer to the Quesnel and District Recreation and Arts directory, or your own particular winter project.

Concerts, special events, bowling, outdoor winter sports, curling, hockey games, ice fishing and just getting together with good friends and loved ones all help chase winter blues when we are not shovelling snow.

Seeing all this snow, I recall hearing that when we had a considerable dump of snow in November a senior couple who live in North Quesnel, both with real physical problems, agonized about clearing a pathway from snow.

Then before they knew it, a neighbour, who is visually impaired but has a strong back, showed up with a shovel and got the job done in short order.

That’s one of

the many benefits

of living in a small city.

Ruth Scoullar is a seniors’ advocate and regular Observer contributor.