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Humour

A Little Bit of Humour – Cats and Dogs (Video)

Sorry for today’s late post. I had yesterday off to spend Canada Day with my family, so this post had to wait until I got back in the office and dealt with all the emails. The good news is that you get even more humour today because I found a compilation video of all kinds of cats and dogs doing all kinds of funny, quirky things that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Nature

The Wonders of Nature

Today’s Wonders of Nature features more images from Randy Parent of How I See Things. This set of images was taken at McLean’s Auto-wreckers, an abandoned auto wreck yard. While it is not our normal nature pictures, I love the way nature is reclaiming the area and the way Randy has captured that in his pictures is simply stunning.

Let me know in the comments which image is your favourite – mine is the last one.

Crafts

DIY Beach Towel Pillow Bag

Summer is nearly here, and with outdoor activities allowed again (hopefully for good!), people will be heading for the beach to cool down on those hot summer days. If you’re like me, you want to be able to relax and soak in the sun. But how do you do that while supporting your head? You can’t bring your actual pillow with you. That would look silly. And think of all the sand you would bring back with you! The solution? Add a built-in pillow to your beach blanket! Even better, add straps so you can easily roll the whole thing up and carry it back to the car with no hassles. Think of what a great gift these would make too! Happy tanning!

Video via Hallmark Channel

If you try your hand at making a Beach Towel Pillow Bag, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation! We would love to see it!

fitness, Uncategorized

Outdoor and Zoom Exercise Classes in July

UPDATE!!!!

We have not had enough participants register for the July sessions. Rather than cancel the classes, we will be pushing the classes back by 1 week to allow for an extension for registration. As such, the new registration deadline is now Friday, July 9th by 4pm.

All classes will now be pushed back 1 week and start the week of July 12 instead of the 5th. Jeannette will still not be available the week of the 19th.

The new dates are as follows:

Original Message:

Yes, you read that right! While we may not be able to have you back in the Centre yet, we are able to offer exercise classes outside and over Zoom!

We are so excited to be able to get our members participating in our exercise classes again! The WAAC will be offering four different outdoor classes; Urban Poling, Essentrics, Chair Yoga, and a Low Impact fitness class designed specifically for older adults! In the case of light rain, classes will be held under the concession pavilion. In the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, a make-up class will be scheduled.

We are also thrilled to be able to offer our first every ONLINE classes, with our new dance instructor, Karen Parent! These classes will take place on the Zoom platform and can easily be done from the comfort of your own home!

Contact Victoria either by phone at (519) 627-6224 or by email at srcentre@kent.net to register or for more information. Registration closes this Friday, July 2nd 9th. Please note that classes must have a minimum of 7 participants to be held.

Outdoor classes

Urban Poling with Fran Mondays, 10:30-11:30
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members

Poles can be signed out from the Centre. Call to reserve your set today!

Essentrics with Jeannette
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 20th
Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members

Please bring your yoga mat. It is also recommended that you bring a blanket to put between your mat and the ground.

Chair Yoga with Jeannette Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 21th Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members.

Please bring your own lawn chair.

Low Impact Senior Fitness with Jeannette
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 22nd Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members.

All outdoor classes will be at Glen Mickle Park from 10:30am to 11:30 am

Zoom classes


Zoom classes will include full instruction, videos of the steps (both to the music and to count) for you to practice between classes, and a full video of each class. The videos will only be accessible to those who have registered in the class via a private link.

Salsa Fitness with Karen
*New Class*
Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members No partner required!

Line Dancing with Karen Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members

The Centre has a very limited number of tablets available to loan if needed.

Meet Our New Instructor

Karen Parent is a retired high school teacher, mother of 5 and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.
Karen is the co-owner of Rhythm of the Night Dance Studio in Chatham. She and her husband, Randy, have been teaching ballroom dance for more than 15 years, first as assistant teachers for Opal Ballroom Dance before opening their own studio when their teachers retired. When Karen discovered there were a lot of women out there who wanted to dance, but couldn’t find willing partners, Karen added Salsa Fitness and Line Dancing to the studio’s class lineup.
Welcome to the WAAC, Karen!

fitness

Full Body with Weights Workout

In this exercise video Meredith is guiding you through a refreshing full body workout using weights that benefits from both sitting and standing positions. This is an intermediate level routine and incorporates all areas of the upper and lower body as well as core. Utilizing the body’s position in both a standing and seated position, Meredith uses light weights to add extra resistance to every move which helps give you a more beneficial workout.

Video via Senior Fitness With Meredith

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

food, recipes

Strawberry and Chocolate Dessert Nachos

It’s strawberry season again in Chatham-Kent, so what is better than a dessert featuring that sweet fruit? Homemade crunchy cinnamon chips, strawberries, a drizzle of chocolate and as much or as little whipped cream as you want? Yes please! And if you are reading this recipe later on, just grab a bag of frozen strawberries, let them thaw and enjoy a great summer treat any time of the year. This dish is sure to be the hit of the party (once we can have them again)!

Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 4-6 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 2 tbsp (keep separate)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 pound strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  
  2. Make cinnamon sugar by mixing 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon together (you may need more or less of this depending on your preference.
  3. Lightly brush one side of each tortilla with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Cut tortillas into wedges.
  5. Place tortilla wedges on ungreased baking sheet, sugar side up.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Place chopped strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with remaining sugar.  Stir and set aside for about 10 minutes so the sugar dissolves into a light syrup.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave, in 1 minute increments,  stopping to stir each time, until melted.
  8. Arrange cinnamon sugar chips on platter or plate, top with strawberries and drizzle with melted chocolate. Garnish with whipped cream.  
  9. Enjoy!!

Recipe via Tidy Mom

As always, if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share, email us at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com

Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour – Ruins of Pompeii Part 3

As promised, we are back with Part 3 of our virtual tour of Pompeii, Italy. You can find Part 1 of the virtual tour here and Part 2 here.

As I said in the introduction for Part 1, I have always been fascinated by the story of Pompeii, about the residents who ignored the warning signs that nearby Mount Vesuvius was going to erupt, about the city buried under ash when the volcano blew, about the archeological discoveries made there and what it tells us about what life was like 2000 years ago. I was even fortunate enough to be able to visit the Royal Ontario Museum several years ago during their ROMpeii exhibit and see many of the artifacts recovered and preserved in person.

Walking the ruins is on my bucket list. Until then, I have to be satisfied with living vicariously through virtual tours like this. Come with me as we explore the Forum Baths, see some of the body plaster casts of some of the victims, the Herculaneum Gate, and several houses.

Video via Prowalk Tours

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!

Humour

A Little Bit of Humour – Canada, Eh?

Canada Day is less than a week away. The office will naturally be closed to celebrate the holiday, even if my family can’t go to Erieau to enjoy the fireworks like we normally do. Fingers crossed that next year we will be able to congregate in crowds to celebrate the birth of our beautiful nation. While our nation is beautiful and her people are wonderful, kind, smart and compassionate, we are also pretty darn funny! Check out the memes below to see what I mean!

Thinking Thursdays

Thinking Thursdays – Movie Titles

Today we are going back to the movies again! Just like last time, I have posted posters from famous movies. But they have had their titles removed! Can you guess the movie from the poster? If you are a movie buff, you should do pretty well with today’s trivia challenge. If not, that’s ok. You should still manage to do pretty good. All movies are/were very popular, both at the time of release and today. As an added bonus, I also included the year the movie was released to help you out. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

  1. From 1996

2. From 1985

3. From 1940

4. From 1942

5. From 1986

6. From 1994

7. From 1973

8. From 1963

9. From 1965

10. From 1987

11. From 1968

12. From 1977

13. From 2001

14. From 1951

15. From 1956

16. From 2000

Careful you don’t scroll any further! That was the last one!

The Answers

  1. Twister
  2. Back to the Future
  3. Fantasia
  4. Casablanca
  5. Top Gun
  6. The Shawshank Redemption
  7. American Graffiti
  8. Cleopatra
  9. The Sound of Music
  10. Spaceballs
  11. Rosemary’s Baby
  12. Smokey and the Bandit
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  14. A Streetcar Named Desire
  15. The King and I
  16. Cast Away

How well did you do? Make sure you tell us in the comments!

Nature

The Wonders of Nature

Today is Part 2 of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Last time we featured 13 stunning images from top nature and wildlife photographers. Now we are bringing you more wonderful pictures, this time in slide format. For full credits to the photographers, please visit the Natural History Museum website.

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments which image is your favourite!

Crafts

Bob Ross – Secluded Bridge

We post a painting video once a month here on our webpage. But it’s been a while since we’ve featured a video from the iconic Bob Ross. I grew up watching him paint and always marveled at the way he could make a plain canvas come to life in half an hour. He never made mistakes, just happy accidents that became part of the painting. Today’s video walks us through painting a pretty little bridge over a beautiful forest stream, complete with lots of happy trees. Follow Bob as he really does show us the Joy of Painting.

Video via Bob Ross
fitness

Seated Tai Chi Exercises

Today’s exercise video comes to us via David-Dorian Ross and walks us through a 15 minute Tai Chi exercise specifically designed to be done from a seated position. This allows those with mobility issues to participate in this relaxing, meditative martial art. It isn’t limited to those with mobility issues. Anyone can do this Tai Chi video. I have, and I love it!

Video via David-Dorian Ross

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

food, recipes

30-MINUTE MONGOLIAN BEEF

This 30-Minute Mongolian Beef from Taste and See is savory and sweet and so delicious!!  With thinly cut steak, soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh garlic and ginger – all prepped and ready to eat in just 30 minutes! You can serve it with jasmine rice, steamed brown rice, rice noodles, or in lettuce wraps with crispy cellophane noodles. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and just predict that this Mongolian Beef recipe will become one of your new go-to dinner recipes!

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1½ pound 1-inch thick sirloin steak (you can also use flank or strip steaks)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • Red pepper flakes or chili oil
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium tamari sauce (for gluten-free), or soy sauce if you prefer
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 8 stalks scallions, green parts only, cut into 2 inch pieces

Directions

  1. Slice the steak in ¼-inch slices. Lay the slices flat, cover with plastic wrap and use a meat pounder to flatten the meat. Put the meat in a ziploc bag and add the cornstarch. Massage the steak and cornstarch together to make sure each piece is fully coated.
  2. Pour the canola oil into a large frying pan, and heat on medium high heat.
  3. Add the steak to the pan in a single layer and cook for 30 seconds per side (1 minute total). Cook the steak in batches rather than over-crowding the pan. Remove the steak from the pan as it finishes cooking, set it aside on a plate, then sprinkle with salt.
  4. Next, add the ginger, garlic, and chili oil or red pepper flakes (if desired for more spice) to the pan and sauté for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Stir in tamari (or soy sauce), water and brown sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Fold the steak back in and let the sauce thicken for 20-30 seconds. (The cornstarch used on the steak should thicken the sauce.)
  7. Turn off the heat, add the green onions, and stir to combine.
  8. Serve over rice, rice noodles or in lettuce wraps.
Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour – Tower of London

Today’s virtual tour takes us to merry, old England, where we are going on a tour of the Tower of London. Until just a few years ago, I had thought that the Tower of London was just that – a medieval tower, used as a jail to house criminals and enemies of the state until their release. Or their execution. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I found out that the Tower was much more. It is an entire complex that served not only as a jail for highborn troublemakers, but it was also the royal palace for more than 500 years. The grounds housed a menagerie of exotic animals and the public could pay an admission fee to tour the zoo. Built to celebrate the Norman conquest of Britain, the Tower of London began construction in 1066 and today is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London.

Video via Renata Pereira

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!

Uncategorized

Thinking Thursdays – Riddles and Brainteasers

It’s time again for our Riddles and Brainteasers post for the month. Last month’s post really got your brain working out. Hopefully, today’s questions have you testing your mental agility again! As usual, we will post the 10 riddles below, then the answers, with a graphic separating the two, so hopefully you will notice if you start to scroll too far (but I won’t tell anyone if you cheat and peek at the answers!)

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

The Questions

  1. When John was six years old, he hammered a nail into his favorite tree to mark his height. Ten years later at age sixteen, John returned to see how much higher the nail was. If the tree grew by five centimeters each year, how much higher would the nail be?
  2. I am four times as old as my daughter. In 20 years time I shall be twice as old as her. How old are we now?
  3. There is a lily pad in a small pond. The lily pad doubles in size each day. On the 20th day, it covers the whole pond. On what day was the lily pad  half the size of the pond?
  4. Which word is the odd one out?
    Seventy Brawl
    Clover Proper
    Carrot Swing
    Change Travel
    Sacred Stone
  5. You want to boil a two-minute egg. If you only have a three-minute timer (hourglass), a four-minute timer and a five-minute timer, how can you boil the egg for exactly two minutes?
  6. What has five wheels, though most people think of it as having only four. You cannot use it without that one wheel more, you can put things in it, you can strap things on top, You can’t find it in the market, but you can still go shop. What is it?
  7. If you were to spell out every whole number (in English), how high would you have to count before you would use the letter A?
  8. There is a certain club which is for men only. There are 600 men who belong to this club and 5% of these men wear one earring. Of the other 95% membership, half wear two earrings and the other half wear none. How many earrings are being worn in this club?
  9. A 300 ft. train is traveling 300 ft. per minute must travel through a 300 ft. long tunnel.  How long will it take the train to travel through the tunnel?
  10. You are standing in front of a room with one lightbulb inside of it. You cannot see if it is on or off. Outside the room, there are 3 switches in the off positions. You are allowed to flip whatever switches you want but can only enter the room once. How can you determine which switch controls the lightbulb?


The Answers

  1. The nail would be at the same height since trees grow at their tops.
  2. I am 40 and my daughter is 10. (In twenty years, I will be 60 and she will be 30)
  3. Day 19.  Most will say day 10, but that is incorrect because on day 20 the lily pad will have  doubled from day 19, so 19 must be half the size of the pond.
  4. Carrot. When the first and last letters are removed from the other words, they still spell another word.
    Seventy -> Event Brawl -> Raw
    Clover -> Love Proper -> Rope
    Swing -> Win Change -> Hang
    Travel -> Rave Sacred -> Acre
    Stone -> Ton
  5. Once the water is boiling, turn the three-minute timer and five-minute timer over. When the three-minute timer runs out, put the egg in the boiling water. When the five-minute timer runs out, two minutes have elapsed, and it is time take the egg out of the water. You don’t need the four-minute timer for this riddle.
  6. A car
  7. One thousand
  8. Six hundred. We know that 5%, or 30 of the men are wearing one earring. Of the other 95%, or 570, we know that half are wearing two earrings and the other half none. This is the same as if they all wore one.
  9. 2 minutes. The front of the train will make it through the tunnel in one minute, but the back of the train will just be entering the tunnel. It takes another minute for the back of the train to exit the tunnel.
  10. You turn 2 switches “on” and leave 1 switch “off” and wait about a minute. Just before you enter the room, turn one switch from “on” to “off”. Once in the room, if the lightbulb is on, it is obviously the switch that is still “on”. If the lightbulb is cold, then it was the switch that you never touched. If the lightbulb is off, but warm to the touch, it must be the last switch you turned off right before you entered the room.

How well did you do with our riddles today? Make sure you let us know in the comments!

Crafts

DIY Upgrading an Interior Door

Is your home looking old and tired? Does it need an upgrade? One of the biggest impacts you can make in a house (after paint and flooring) is your doors. But they can be expensive to replace. So why not upgrade them instead? Evan and Katelyn show you how they took their plain slab door and turned it into a custom piece that looks very high end on a very reasonable budget. The price of lumber is higher now than when they made the video, but it is still much more cost effective than replacing your doors.

Video via EvanAndKatelyn

If you try your hand at upgrading your doors, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation! We would love to see it!

fitness

Seated Knee-Strengthening Workout

Steve Bottrill of the VON is back again with another great chair workout. This one is targeted to strengthening your knees – and who doesn’t need that? Follow along as Steve warms up your muscles and then leads you through exercises specifically designed to work on your knees, allowing you to regain or maintain knee health.

Video via Steve Bottrill

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

food

Blackberry, Avocado and Arugula Salad

This summery salad makes the most of fresh produce with an arugula base, fresh blackberries, blueberries, cucumber, avocado, hazelnuts, feta and a lime mint vinaigrette. 

Ingredients

Serves 4

Salad:

  • 5 cups arugula 
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 ½ cups cucumber, sliced thinly
  • ⅓ cup feta
  • ⅓ cup toasted hazelnuts

Vinaigrette:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. 
  2. Assemble salad ingredients and toss in vinaigrette.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Crowded Kitchen

As always, if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share, email us at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com