you have a special skill you would like to share with Nanaimo
Harbour City Seniors Members?
Please fill out the form HERE and contact Michele at 250-755-7501.
The Accordion Band meets every Tuesday 1PM - 3:30PM for practice. Place...Harewood Activity Center (HAC)
For those who have an interest in playing and enjoying Accordion music. Some experience in playing an accordion would be beneficial.
Tuesdays 10:00am-12pm at Bowen Complex
Join us for a fun filled two hours of
ballroom dancing. Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Cha Cha, Jive,
Waltz, we do them all. Once you are a member of the Nanaimo Harbour
City Seniors there is no charge for the Tuesday dances. We also hold a
monthly Tea Dance usually on the fourth Sunday of the month. And we
play only strict tempo music.
As well as the dances we hold periodic workshops prior to the dances on ballroom line dances and sequence dances like the Emmerdale Waltz. Come and practice your best steps at these dances which have been ongoing for some 35 years.
Bowen Complex on Thursday in Games Room 1 from 9:30am-12:00pm
This is an on-going, year-round, play-and-learn opportunity with interactive coaching. It is not a set of structured bridge lessons. Many of our members have been playing here for some years so there is a wide range of ability and experience in the group.
We play Standard American 5 Card Majors, Contract Bridge, and use some 6 or so basic conventions. We require that everyone use the same basic set of parameters with regard to opening bids, responses, invoking conventions etc.
It is an ideal situation for people who haven't played for years and want to refresh their skills.
Beginners are welcomed and fitted into the flow of the group. They are provided with coaching while they play. The more experienced players are supportive of new learners and it makes for a great learning environment. It is mandatory that beginners have good card sense and have played other card games like whist or "kitchen bridge."
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This group is made up of brass and woodwind instruments, with a typical rhythm section. They play each Monday from 1:00 –2:30 p.m at Bowen Park in Activity Room 1 and at different seniors’ facilities - due to this there are limited openings for musicians.
Please call Bob Davies for more information 250-754-6097. or see this poster
The Bowen Senior Songsters is a happy mixed choir that for many years has visited and sung at Nanaimo retirement homes during the fall, winter and spring. Nearly all practices and performances take place on Friday afternoons, usually between 2 and 4 pm. The repertoire is light and breezy, focusing on popular melodies from the past and near present. If you like to sing for fun, enjoy the company of other happy choristers, enjoy community service, and can do without the rigours of a strict performance choir - you should give us a try. Contact Charles McCluskie at (250) 754-7061.
Please note: the songsters practice for 5 weeks in September and January and then perform in the community. Board meetings first Friday of every month from 2-3pm and are followed by a practice. Practices are from 3-4:30pm.
The Bowen Wanderers are a diverse group of seniors who meet to enjoy fresh air, exercise and congenial company each Thursday morning. Trails are scouted out ahead of time by our leader Mark and listed monthly in the NHCS Newsletter with the relevant meeting place. Locations are between Ladysmith and Qualicum. Car pooling is encouraged. We walk all year but weather sometimes necessitates a change of destination to avoid flooded trails, icy paths or poor road conditions. If you are not sure if you are a stroller or a walker then a "pub lunch" day often involves a shorter walk and is a good introduction to fellow Wanderers. Mark's philosophy is that "participants have the ability to talk and walk at the same time". With suitable footwear and dressed appropriately for the season you will have a pleasant day out exploring and making friends so don't be shy - come and join us.
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Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Bowen Complex Auditorium (check Program Schedule for times)
Join us for a social morning or afternoon of carpet bowling. It is a fairly easy game to learn, especially if you have been a Lawn Bowler. We have a number of experienced bowlers who are happy to help beginners to enjoy the game. Being an indoor game we are able to play year round without worrying about the weather. Assistance is given to those who may have mobility or sight challenges; if you want to try we will help you. Two games are played in teams of ("pairs" and "triples") with a short break in between for a cup of tea and cookies.
Our cribbage group is a social function as well as an afternoon of cards. We play eight games and players move from table to table after each game.
Two dollars is collected from each player for the afternoon and after play is finished, this money is given out in prizes for scores achieved. We break after the fourth game, for coffee. If you would enjoy an afternoon of fun and pleasant social interaction, please come and join us.
A basic knowledge of the game will be helpful.
Meets Friday at Bowen Complex in Activity Room #3 from 12pm-1:45pm
This is a fun, informal, social group. Beginners are welcome, even if you have never thrown a dart before.
You will not be judged on your aim. There are a couple of sets of darts available for new-comers to use to try out the sport.
If you decide to stay with the group, you will require your own set of darts.
We play by general Dart League rules, play in assigned teams which change every week, depending on the turnout of members. The agility/mobility requirements are minimal; however you must be able to throw your darts a distance of 7' to 9-1/4'', and a height of 5'8" with enough force to make them penetrate the dart board from that distance.
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Bowen, Thursday 12-4pm
This is an informal stitching group with varying degrees of activity that does needlework of all kinds. For example Brazilian stitching, Three dimensional stitching, cross stitch, or any other type of stitching.
Instruction is available for those who are beginners.
Mondays from 9 to 11.30 am, with André Letain
There are actually two French classes running consecutively, with students usually attending both.
From 9:00 am to 10:05 am is Introductory French – vocabulary, grammar, etc. Then a coffee break till around 10:25 am and then from 10:25 am till 11:30 a.m. is French conversation – the class may also read about current events in French in this second part of the morning.
The level of both courses depends on what is best for the majority of those attending.
Both classes are somewhat informal and André tries to satisfy everyone as far as possible.
The “Crafty Workers” are meeting again at Bowen Park Centre and are looking for new members. We are inviting anyone who likes to do crafts in a social setting - knitting, beading, or any other. We have some very competent knitters that are willing to teach and help out with your projects. Drop in and check us out on Wednesdays from 1PM – 3 PM and there are some good pics of the group's work on this site's photo page.
The Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Crafty Workers (Bowen Seniors Crafty Workers) have consistently interacted and partnered with community groups such as Vancouver Island University , and the University’s Horticultural Department, to organize very successful Plant Sales. Other individual members and groups from the Seniors also helped in this particular endeavor, and with bazaars and raffles, to raise funds for donation to various community organizations. As a result of these combined efforts, donations of over $3000 have been made to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation; the Nanaimo Telephone Visiting Society, and to the Masonic Community Charity Fund /Volunteer Drivers for Cancer. Isn’t it amazing what can be accomplished?
Friday Crochet Group
The Friday Crochet Group was formed in 1992, led by Shirley Strong and 5 enthusiastic ladies who loved to crochet and were members of the Bowen Park Seniors. By the fall of that year, their final home became Games Room #1 and they have enjoyed meeting there ever since. Today 16 members of the newly named Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors enjoy the company of each other while they create wonderful items using their crocheting talents. Several of the original group have continued over the years.
They are a very friendly, happy, chatty group that would welcome any new members into their fold on Friday afternoons. The group founder’s husband named them the “happy hookers” much to the delight of 94 year old Chris Cook, and others whose lives benefited from being with their friends and participating in a craft they loved until illness kept them away. This ‘pet’ name no longer is used but the happy group continues to crochet beautiful baby sets, mittens, socks, slippers and many other lovely pieces, enjoying others with similar interests. Newcomers are welcomed and some have even been taught to crochet by many of the crochet group.
Whenever there is a birthday during the month, Anita’s granddaughter bakes a special cake for all to celebrate. They have a windup party each Christmas as well as a party to mark the end of their season each May. It seems though that there are goodies every week along with coffee and tea. Games Room #1 Fridays at Bowen Park is a great room to peek in on and you will leave with a smile on your face and a piece of cake in your hand.
Each year there is a craft bazaar held in November and as the date approaches, all are busy making sale items from Afghans to doilies, Christmas decorations and a variety of other items. Proceeds from the sale are donated each year to two charities that have included Loaves & Fishes, the 7 to 10 Club, the Hospital Foundation, Hospice and Haven House and others. Unsold items from the Bazaar have been donated to the thrift stores.
Anita Jones is the current Crochet group coordinator and would love to have you join them every Friday afternoon at Bowen Park in Games Room #1. For further information call (250)755-7501.
Held on Friday evenings at Oliver Woods Community Centre. The doors open at 6:30pm and games start at 6:45pm.
This is Contract Bridge, usually
known simply as Bridge - not
The Friday night Bridge group is an enthusiastic and extremely sociable group who welcome all NHCS members, no matter what their particular playing level may be.
The cost for the evening is just $2.00. Monetary prizes are awarded each evening at the end of play and include prizes for the top scores, middle and bottom scores.
Please note that no tea, coffee or treats are provided by the volunteers.
Wednesdays from 2:00- 4:00pm at Rotary Field House at 850 Third St.
There are currently over 40 singers, men and women who enjoy each other’s company singing a wide variety of music from international folksongs, Broadway musicals, spirituals and jazz standards to popular, seasonal and classical songs.
Everyone is welcome – no previous
choral experience is required- this community choir is open to anyone
who loves to have fun singing in harmony with others.
If you are interested in joining this group please contact the choir director, Lionel Tanod at 250 722 0232 or by email at lioneltanod @gmail.com
Thursdays 9 am - 12:30 pm, Bowen Room 6. Members no charge
If you would like to work with a group on the same project or work on your own, this is the class for you. Whether you paint with acrylics, oil, water or chalk you will immerse yourself in the wonderful company. Minimal instruction is available. Participants must have completed Beginners 1 or have approval of instructor based on equivalent training. Bring your own supplies.
Meets Tuesdays from noon to 3 at BowenThis group's purpose is to bring women together to share in enjoyment of creating something beautiful as well as useful while maintaining the tradition of hand-quilting. Quilts are machine pieced and hand-quilted on traditional "Quilting Bee" frames.
All skill levels are welcome as there is always someone to help a new member or a beginner whether you choose to become an advanced quilter or prefer to sit at a quilt, stitch and enjoy the conversation.
(Submitted by Gary Brownhill)
Place: Bowen Park Activity Room #4
Time: Monday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-9:00pm
Saturday, Sunday 8:30am-3:00pm
Our Seniors Snooker group presently has twenty members, with room for more. There are both male and female members.
Cost is $53.76 for a one year membership or a drop-in fee of $8.00 per day for members and $11.00 per day for non-members. This cost is in addition to the membership fee for Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors. This fee enables us to re-felt tables at a cost of $1,200 and we provide tournament quality balls and the best equipment available.
We are all willing to help new members learn the game and if you are interested, please join us.
Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am - runs September to April
Learn to create stained glass items. This class is for beginners and people with experience. Those who wish to learn the art of stained glass can learn to make a clear glass dove for $10.00 and supplied materials. Others with experience are welcome to join us and share ideas at no cost for members.
New participants are asked to call Vera 250-756-1601 to discuss starting in this class.
Table Tennis is not only fun but improves physical conditioning, mental alertness and improves reaction time. All skill levels welcome.
(Submitted by Wally Lawrence) Table-Tennis has been played as early the 1900s although many changes to the game have taken place such as tables, balls, playing area, etc.
have been playing
since I was 15 yrs. young and really the
game doesn’t get the recognition in North America that it does in
Lately the game (ping-pong as some people call it) has been mentioned by Dr. Oz and he calls it “the Brain sport”. A good article was in the Senior Living Magazine in September.
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays we play in the Departure Bay Hall. Also thru the year there are tournaments in which I and other seniors compete. There is a web site www.vitta.ca
my fellow Seniors
members, it’s a Great game and YES I am
plugging this Sport.
Your N.H.C.S. member, Wally Lawrence
Monday 1-2pm at Bowen Complex
This program is for those who have experience with the Taoist Tai Chi 108 move set. No instruction is provided so those who wish to participate should know the 108 move set.
We, at the Mid Island Carving Club, are a group of seniors who enjoy and appreciate the fine art of carving as much as we enjoy each other's company.
We all realize that as we age, we must pass this talent along to those younger than us.
If you have a desire to learn the art of woodcarving then call 250-758-6898.
New Members Welcome.
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