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February 1, 2023
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Some of our PGOSA Activity Leaders and participants take photos of the many places they go, including members enjoying themselves. A few of these pictures get circulated to participants, and may end up on our website, the PGSOA Chronicle, or a blog that members can log into.

If you do not want photos of yourself publicized, please advise your Activity Leader and the membership team. We will do our best, but the submitted photos often do not include member names.
We will never publish member's identifying information such as names or contact information without permission.

Heart Month

February is Heart Month, a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health, and what all can do to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.

Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

We can all reduce our risk of heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices, including quitting smoking, eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Something we all can do is get active – whether it is water exercises or swimming at the pool, walking in our neighborhood, cycling, or participating in more active sports or recreational opportunities, there are opportunities through PGOSA or the local recreation department (RDN) to get moving. Your body, brain, and especially your heart will thank you and you will reduce the effects a sedentary lifestyle has on your cardio system. 

As the PGOSA saying goes – “Get Active & Get Involved!”


Now open only every second week.
See Upcoming Events below and check the PGOSA Calendar.
Upcoming events to note:
February 1:
February 4: Seedy Saturday
February 8: Cards and Games
February 15: PGOSA Table
February 15: Tech help at the PGOSA Table
February 22: PGOSA Speaker Series "Frauds, Cons, Schemes & Scams"
February 22: Cards and Games

Be aware of gender differences in symptoms:


Thanks to the many of you who have renewed your membership for 2023. We are now approaching 600 members which is well over half of last year’s final number and well on our way to reaching our annual goal of 1000 members. Not bad for the first month of the year!

We now slowly gain numbers over the course of the year as different activities start up and community members hear about PGOSA, get interested, and get involved. From sitting at the membership table, I would say “word of mouth” by existing members is our best public relations method. When participants talk highly to friends and neighbors about the good times they are having participating in PGOSA activities “word” spreads.

PLEASE NOTE – as membership needs slow down the table at Oceanside Place (arenas) will only be open twice a month on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am – the first and third Wednesday mornings of the next three months:

Dates are: February 1st and 15th; March 1st and 15th; April 5th and 19th.

Mail in and online registration is open at all times so don’t despair – you can renew or new members can join anytime; one doesn’t have to wait for a Wednesday for the PGOSA table to be open.

2023 Memberships Available Now

All memberships expire on December 31 of the current year.
One can always join PGOSA using one of three methods – in person, by mail or online. See below!
PLEASE NOTE – Memberships must be renewed for 2023 before you commence any PGOSA activities or attend PGOSA events.

Wednesday, February 15: Special Guest: Brian Collicott from the OBLT computer centre will be at the PGOSA desk from 9:30 to 11:00am to offer help with computer or cell phone issues that PGOSA members may have. 
Brian is the person who offers the Friday technology sessions on many different topics. See upcoming sessions below.

In Person. Registration for PGOSA membership is now at Oceanside Place Arena in the front lobby, just beside the entrance door. We are now there every second Wednesday morning – 9:30 to 11:00 am. There may be periodic cancellations due to other events at the Arena. Check the PGOSA calendar.  
Membership Fee
• Ages 55 - 79, the annual fee is $15
• For those reaching the age of 80, the annual fee is $10
• And upon reaching the age of 90, membership is complimentary
All memberships expire on December 31 of the membership year. Check your card to see your membership year.

Use your Membership…..Get involved! Hopefully you didn’t join PGOSA to be a bystander!

PGOSA Speaker Series - in person 

"Frauds, Cons, Schemes & Scams"
A part of the "Ageless Wisdom" series specifically oriented towards avoiding being a victim.
Our focus will be "How to recognize and prevent cons and frauds" and "How to report cons and frauds".
We will have local case files from the Parksville Qualicum area. 

Who: Michael Garland, RCMP E Division (BC)
Where: The Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs
When: 10am until Noon, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 
*** As this event will be held in person, we need to know how many people intend on attending. RSVP here. ***

Cards and other Games

Games Activity Expanding!
The games session held every two weeks at the Bradley Center is expanding- second and fourth Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 pm is offering MORE in hopes of growing the numbers who attend.
We now have the use of three table tennis tables so those who like to play ping pong can play at their own level – hopefully you can find a partner who hits and bounces that little ball to your liking.  We can now accommodate 6 singles players or 12 who would play doubles.  Come on out and give it a try!
Also, after a few requests we have found a Mahjong player who teaches this game to others.  All she asks is that you don’t quit after the first lesson as the game appears complicated, does involve “memory” and “stick-to-itiveness” to learn the moves.  If interested, join us next games session and find out what Mahjong is all about and if it's for you.

We are going to start a new card game this month – Canasta - so come on out and give it a go!  We have a member who will teach us the basics and get a group started.  New participants always welcome!
Usual games played are cards, mostly crib and Mexican Train.  Other games are welcome if you will teach others how to play!
Location: The Studio at the Bradley Center
Days: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. 
  • January 11th and 25th
  • February 8th and 22nd
  • March 8th and 22nd
  • April 12th and 26th.
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Fee: $2.00 drop in fee and membership at Bradley Center - $5.00 per year for an annual membership
No advance registration required.
Coffee and treats are served!
Questions, or for more information, contact Jim.

Upcoming Technology Training for Senior Adults - via ZOOM

FREE Online Technology Workshops via Zoom Fridays at 9:30AM

Friday, February 3 – Popular free programs for 2023
Learn about some of the most popular open source computer program s in 202 3 . We will detail a list of free computer programs that can be safely down loaded and installed on Windows and Mac OS computer for free .
Friday, February 10 – Creating and managing Zoom sessions
Zoom is a great tool for communicating with family and friends from your computer , smart phone, or tablet .
If you want to learn about how to set up and manage your own zoom sessions and invite other people to join you then this workshop is for you! If you re not an experienced Zoom user, get your feet wet in this session.
Friday, February 17 – Password management in 2023
Do you get stressed out when a web site asks you to create a safe and secure password? Maybe you have just given up and reuse the same password for many or all sites? Join Robbin as he introduces attendees to safe and effective password management techniques and tools that will simplify and vastly improve your security when browsing the web.
Friday, February 24 – Introduction to Word Processing
Introduction to Word Processing. Create and format documents. Type text and then cut, copy, paste, change the font color and size, insert a picture or page number. Have questions beyond these basics bring them and we will answer them.

View and register for workshops online at or phone 250-947-8258 and leave your contact information.

Seamanship & Trip Planning Course

Adventuress Sea Kayaking is offering, at a discounted price for PGOSA members, the Seamanship & Trip Planning Course for Paddlers in March 2023. 

It is taught by Jan Kretz, PGOSA member, owner of Adventuress based in Nanoose, a Paddle Canada instructor, and a certified sea kayak guide.  If you have ever wanted to learn more about weather, navigation, tide & currents, chart reading, and trip planning, this is the course for you!  Especially geared for kayakers, this 15 hour course, taught over 5 weeks, will enable you to assess weather conditions, understand a marine radio broadcast, read your chart, calculate tides and currents, use a compass, take a bearing, and plan a paddling trip.    It is an in-depth and great foundation course for those wanting to learn more, be better and safer kayakers, plan a trip, enjoy themselves and meet other paddlers. This course brings the paddling world into focus and all the many decisions you need to make to ensure you stay safe and see new places. As well, your confidence level in your abilities begin to increase and you can plan an exciting trip on your own, and join others with your new found knowledge. 

It is being held in Nanaimo at the Oliver Woods Recreation Centre on 5 Wednesday evenings... March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 2023 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Adventuress is offering a substantial discount to the PGOSA members.  The regular price is $199, but for PGOSA members, it is only $139 plus gst.  Email Jan to reserve and for the registration information package.  

Trip Planning 101 for Paddlers

Friend of PGOSA Adventuress Sea Kayaking has a great course that she is offering online to PGOSAns at a discount. Online courses - the 2023 way of doing things!

If you would like to take an overnight canoe or kayak trip, but don't know how to start planning one, this course is for you!  

This course is especially geared for new paddlers or for those who want a refresher.  You will learn the many things to consider when planning a day or an overnight trip.  Come join fellow kayakers online to learn, share and discuss planning a local overnight or day trip.  Get ready now so you can take that trip this summer!
By the end of the course you will learn: Pre-trip planning, introduction to weather, charts, tides & currents and navigation; how to plan a paddling route and camping destination, how to pack and outfit your boat for safety and comfort, what gear to bring, how to be a green camper, safety and emergency protocols, local areas where you can camp and enjoy beginner overnight and day trips. You also have the option of planning a day or overnight trip to be discussed in class.

Dates:   2 Saturdays, April 1 & 8th, 2023
Time:    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:  On Zoom, an online teleconferencing easy-to-use software (can be downloaded for free)
Cost:     $79.00 but for PGOSA members only $59.00 (plus gst).  Includes resource and checklist hand-out.
Additional supplies may be required.  To register and for more information and a course outline, contact Jan Kretz at or call 250.755.6702.

19th Annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday (2023)

Theme: “Seeding the Future”
When: Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. *Seedy Saturday Events, Activities*
Where: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach, BC
Seed Swap: Booth Room
Other Activities: Seed Vendors, Plant Vendors & other Participants, Seed Swap, Master Gardeners, Seedy Cafe, Door Prizes & Two 50/50 Draws
50/50 Draws: (BC Gaming License # 138058) Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5
There will be two 50/50 draws: at 12:00 noon & 3:00 pm.
Please Note: Ticket holders MUST be present to win — so if you can't stay for the draw(s), give your ticket to someone you trust so that they can collect your prize money for you if you win.
Cost: Admission by Donation
Other: Town of Qualicum Beach truck in parking lot to collect pesticides/herbicides for safe disposal
Contact: Murray Chantler, Publicity Coordinator Email  Website
The list of Friends of PGOSA is growing!
They include restaurants, car maintenance and repair service, computer training, banking, veterinary services, and bicycles (and bike gear). 

Remember to show your card. Most offers may not be combined with other coupons or discounts. Check the PGOSA Friends page for terms and conditions. 
Animal Care
Cars, Trucks and Bicycles
Computers and Media
Financial and Legal Services
Health, Fitness and Sports
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