One-Offs & Limited Engagements …
Note that all West End Seniors’ Network (WEN) events, unless otherwise indicated, are for current WESN members. Passes for non-members are available at Barclay Manor reception. Annual membership is $10, a one-week pass is $5, and a day pass is $2.
PIES AND POLITICS WITH SPENCER
Thursday, May 23
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Free / Register at 604.669.5051
Join West End - Coal Harbour MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert for tasty treats and conversation about your concerns and issues. Spencer will provide an update recent activities and work.
Once A Month, Every Month …
TEA WITH ANTHONY
Monday, May 13
2 to 3 p.m
Register at 604.669.5051
An opportunity to enjoy tea and conversation with West End Seniors' Network executive director Anthony Kupferschmidt. Discuss the issues impacting the organization and your life as a senior in the West End. Bring your questions, suggestions, and viewpoints -- they provide the tea and snacks.
SENIORS FIRST LAW CLINIC
Fourth Tuesday of Each Month (May 28)
Kay’s Place (Denman Mall)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free / By Appointment
Call 604-336-5653 to Register
Seniors First BC offers a monthly free elder law clinic in cooperation with the West End Seniors’ Network at Kay’s Place in Denman Place Mall. A lawyer from Seniors First BC will be there to answer questions on elder law issues such as: wills and estates (including will variation claims); drafting of representation agreements, powers of attorney, and advance directives; small claims court issues; complaints against professionals, service providers, and government agencies; elder abuse, including financial exploitation (unpaid family loans, misuse of power of attorney, joint accounts, etc.).
Seniors First BC lawyers are unable to advise with respect to real estate conveyancing, family law or criminal law matters. Please call Seniors First BC at 604-336-5653 to book an appointment.
WEST END SENIORS’ COMMUNITY PLANNING TABLE
Last Friday of each month (May 31)
10 a.m. to 12 noon
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1018 Nelson)
The monthly Seniors’ Community Planning Table is an opportunity for West End seniors, community organizations, and service providers to connect and share information and views on issues important to seniors in our community. Each month’s agenda includes updates on West End programs for seniors, a keynote speaker, and discussion on a topic of interest to West Enders.
For information on this or upcoming month’s topics and speakers, contact Sharon Isaak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.880.2743.
A PARTY FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY
Monday, May 27
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)
2 to 3 p.m.
Reservations at 604.669.5051 or email@example.com
Are you a member of the West End Seniors’ Network ... and if you're a senior and aren't a member, why not? During the month of your birthday, you and a guest are invited to celebrate your special day with others whose birthday fall in the same month.
Join the party for tea, birthday cake and live music.
THE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DECADENT CAKE SOCIETY
A Conversation About Alzheimer’s and The Choice for MAiD.
Thursday, May 30
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House
Qualicum Beach author Jule Briese reads from The Hot Chocolate And Decadent Cake Society: Alzheimer’s And A Choice For MAiD, a memoir in poetry and prose. The author provides snapshots of the first year following her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. She supports his right to choose MAiD when quality of life, as he defines it, becomes painfully compromised. Briese advocates for Advance Requests for MAiD for those with dementia who have clearly expressed this choice, and she emphasizes the need for emotional and spiritual nurturing.
ENGAGEMENT QUESTION OF THE MONTH
The West End Seniors Network (WESN) has a question for you. In fact, they have a new question every month, designed to stimulate conversations, ignite ideas, and bring the community together. Your answers will also help WESN in planning their programs, activities, and services in the future.
May’s question is “What is a significant tradition or holiday celebrated in your culture?” and you can answer by writing your response on a sheet of paper located in the Fireside Room at Barclay Manor, or online here.
Once A Week, Every Week …
SENIORS’ LOUNGE … Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gordon Neighbourhood House. An informal gathering where you can catch up with old friends, make new ones, and get to know the neighbours. There will be coffee, cookies, and conversations. Bring a joke and share a smile! Free.
AT THE MOVIES … The first Monday, and every Tuesday, and Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Barclay Manor (Piano Room) West End Seniors’ Network hosts three movie series, with a screening at least one Monday featuring a foreign film each month, and every Tuesday, and Friday. Here’s the May screening schedule.: Monday, May 6, Amy (2015), a documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse who became an international sensation with her unforgettable voice and whose troubled relationships and addiction led her into a cycle of self-destruction. (1 hr 30 min). Tuesdays / Cinema Classics: May 7, Crazy Girl (1943) with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney (1 hr 39 min.; May 14, The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) with Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt (2 hr 6 min.; May 21, Bringing Up Baby (1938) with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant (1 hr 45 min); and May 28, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross (1 hr 50 min). Friday Movie Club: May 3, La La Land (2016) with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Joh Legend (2hr 8 min); May 10, Carol (2015) with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson (1hr 58 min); May 17, The Age of Adaline (2015) with Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, and Harrison Ford (1 hr 53 min); May 24, The Shawshank Redemption (1984) with Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton (2 hr 22 min); and May 31, Loving Vincent (2017), an animated biopic in the style of the beloved Dutch master (1 hr 34 min). Free admission, with popcorn included!
TED TALKS & DISCUSSION
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Barclay Manor / Piano Room
Hear three engaging talks and then discuss what you’ve heard with your peers. The schedule for May includes the following talks:
May 2: Facebook’s role in Brexit and the threat to democracy, by Carole Cadwalladr; How Twitter needs to change, with Jack Dorsey, and Where in the world is it easiest to get rich? by Harald Eia.
May 9: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace, by Zak Ebrahim; The history of human emotions, by Tiffany Watt Smith; and Half a million secrets, by Frank Warren.
May 16: The revolutionary power of diverse thought, by Elif Shafak; Inside the black hole image that made history, by Sheperd Doeleman, and Reinventing the encyclopedia game, by Rives.
May 23: Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? by Chuck Murry; A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity, by Tim Harford; and How healthy living nearly killed me, by AJ Jacobs.
May 30: Questions no one knows the answers to by Chris Anderson; How does income affect childhood brain development? by Kimberly Noble; and Hack the banana, make a keyboard! by Jay Silver.