Plenty going on at ECRA this month

The line dancing group at the Elder Citizens Recreation Centre, 1692 Tenth Ave. will be holding their giant annual garage, crafts, books and bake sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all proceeds going to centre operations.

Hot food and snacks will be available at the concession stand. Donations to the garage sale will be gratefully accepted on Friday. If you have any questions, phone Lisa at 250-561-9381.

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ECRA's annual spring luncheon and strawberry tea is being hosted once again by the canasta card players with all proceeds going directly to centre operations. The event will be held Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1692 Tenth Ave. Come out and enjoy a generous slice of angel food cake covered with strawberries and topped off with freshly made whipped cream. This delicious dessert includes your choice of coffee or tea for just $5. The menu includes soup and a bun or there will be sandwiches available if you prefer. The strawberry tea is being held in conjunction with the ECRA annual plant sale held on the same day; customers can shop for their garden needs and then go inside for a relaxing meal or a treat of strawberry shortcake.

Come early and shop at the ECRA annual plant sale being held in the parking lot also on Saturday, May 25 from 10 am to 1 p.m. The plant sale is being hosted by the ECRA tai chi group. The plant sale includes herb pots, a variety of micro dwarf tomatoes, a great variety of locally grown annuals, perennials, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, small fruits and always a few surprises. The plant sale will have almost everything from A to Z when it comes to plants. That means things like arugula and alyssum to zinnias and zucchini and lots in between.Donations from your garden or greenhouse will graciously be accepted from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the sale at 1692 Tenth Ave.

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Tai chi classes at ECRA are held back to back each Tuesday and Friday at 9:45 a.m. and then again at 11 a.m. under the direction of the ever-popular tai chi instructor Tom Hynd. Hand-and-foot canasta is played each Monday at 1 p.m. under the direction of Willa Osis. Willa welcomes new players. There are many variations to the game of canasta; the group will cheerfully teach newcomers the method that they use.

If you have any questions about the Elder Citizens Recreation Centre, tai chi, canasta, the garage sale, the plant sale or the strawberry tea just call the office at 250-561-9381 and ask for Lisa.

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May birthdays that I know about: Lino Nadalin, Roz Thorn, Silvia Spoletini, Dawn Wigmore, Betty Broderick, Sharon Hurd, Irene Switzer, Sandra DaSilva, Kenneth Toombs, John Scott, Rita Wiebe, Alannah Shandler, Joe Anderson, Jean Shiels, Dan Watt, Willa Osis, Sally Roe, Evelyn O'Sullivan, Isabel Fleck, Larry Young, Margaret Humphreys, Olga Boudreau, Paul Richter, Margaret Gauthier, Neal Cook, John Hiebert, Susan Chin, Germaine Bachand, Shelby Cooke, Gail Lindley, Luanne Koocher, Richard Mintenko, Clyde Smaaslet, Steve Sintich, Sanna Denicola, Heather Mohr, Ruth Orydzuk, Irene Sitoski, Jack Little, Aileen St. Germain, Susan Adair, Gladys Cormack, Jeannie Knox, Colleen McLachlan, Keith McLachlan, Kevin Blood, Stewart Law, Shirley Smith, Ann Dekker (93), Vern Goglin, Laurent Plouffe, Ruth Reid, Marion Idiens, Jo-Anne Stainton, Bud Burbee, Jim Liness, Elizabeth Eakin, Judy Griffith, Tom Whyte, Cornelius (Corny) Hughes, Ellen Norman, Herbert Maxwell (94), Sandra Goodkey, Roy Goodkey, Diane Ellis, Traixie Bartlett, Havy Brantnall, Ellen Bracey, Bill Burt, Raymond Cosh, Henry Deslaurie, Patricia Horning, Lorraine Prouse, Katie Prevost, Brenda Beaulieu, Ernie Gregorash, Debra Pfefferle, Jim Weisbrodt, John Hiebert, Richard Giroday, Bruce Gibson and Dr. Alan Olson, who now lives in Lumby.

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May Anniversaries that I know about: 72 years for Delbert and Dorothy Wood, 71 years for Les and Dorothy Always, 64 years for John and Mary Row, 58 years for Bill and Sharon Baxter, 57 years for Supi and Lil Peter, 56 years for Kenneth and Hedwig Toombs, 51 years for Bob and Fran Dods, 50 years for Garry and Pat Watson and 50 years for Terry and Heather Carter.

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