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February 15, 2023
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PGOSA Table 

Now open only every second week.
See Upcoming Events and check the PGOSA Calendar.

February – Heart Month

Show some HEART this month!  Thank those volunteers who are organizing and coordinating your PGOSA activities.  Without them we wouldn’t have a strong organization and many different activities members can participate in for low or no cost. Dedicated and committed volunteers are not easy to get or keep so make sure the PGOSA managers and Board members you know get some appreciation!
February is the month the Heart and Stroke Foundation targets for fund raising – we all know someone who has benefited over the years from cardiac or stroke care.  However, prevention is far better than recuperation so take care of yourself through an active lifestyle and healthy eating – your HEART will thank you!
Upcoming events to note:
February 22: PGOSA Speaker Series "Frauds, Cons, Schemes & Scams"
February 22: Cards and Games
March 1: PGOSA Table
March 15: PGOSA Table


Thanks to the many of you who have renewed your membership for 2023. 

PLEASE NOTE – as membership needs slow down, the table at Oceanside Place Arena will only be open the first and third Wednesday mornings of the month.

Upcoming dates are: 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.
  • 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.  
  • Online registration
  • Mail in registration
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. Join us next games session and find out what Mahjong is all about and if it's for you.

Canasta is the latest up and coming game at the Bradley Centre - 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. 
  • February 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 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.
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. 
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