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No Chronicle January 1st so some of us can have a break. 😀 🎆🎆
The next issue of The Chronicle will be January 15th!

Season’s Greeting and Merry Christmas!

To all our PGOSA members, current and newsletter receivers, we wish you the very best for this holiday season! May you have a Merry Christmas and bring in the New Year full of joy -- enjoy the festive times with family, friends, bring another year to closure , and start fresh in January. 

Make it your New Year’s resolution to get involved with PGOSA – participating in activities and helping organizers where you are able.

For PGOSA it has been very busy year – membership since the two COVID years has rebounded and we have offered some new activities which hopefully stimulated you physically and mentally. With the recent social survey and tabulated results we will be in a better position to plan and organize social events appealing to members.

For now take the time to rejuvenate, rest up, and we will see you in the New Year!

Social Survey

Our survey will remain open for another week, closing December 22nd. If you haven’t responded yet, please take the few minutes to let us know how you are feeling regarding PGOSA social events. We do want your feedback so the newly formed Social Committee can plan accordingly. A summary of the results will be in the Chronicle for the end of January’s edition. Thanks for your feedback!

A Soccer Update from Activity Manager Rob Jonas

The PGOSA Board of Directors has approved Indoor Soccer as a new activity commencing January 6th 2023.   

Not only does this offer an opportunity for local soccer groups and interested PGOSAns to play in a controlled environment through the winter, sharing the facility on Tuesdays with the Walking Soccer group would cut both player groups' out of pocket fees to rent the Arena.

All participants MUST be paid-up members of PGOSA (PGOSA Membership info)

There has been good interest from local existing groups and if you are interested in either Walking Soccer or regular Soccer at the Arbutus Meadows Arena starting in January 2023, please contact me directly at


2023 Memberships Available Now

One can always join PGOSA using one of three methods – in person, by mail or online. See below!
PLEASE NOTE – Memberships must be renewed before you commence any PGOSA activities or attend PGOSA events come January 1st.

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 Wednesday mornings – 9:30 to 11:00 am. Read on to see exceptions. There may be periodic cancellations due to other events at the Arena. Check the PGOSA calendar.  

Registration for 2023 Memberships
In person membership registration will resume January 3rd as the Oceanside Place Lobby is closed to us until after New Years. Winter Wonderland skating and hockey tournaments take over the building during the holiday season. 
For those wanting to renew their membership before January 3rd, the on-line and mail-in versions are open any time – follow the directions listed below for these two methods.

For members starting activities early in January please note you do need a current (2023) membership, so use the two methods mentioned if you can’t wait until January 3rd to register in person 9:30 to 11:00 at Oceanside Place.

Online membership application now available here and is always open. Your PGOSA membership card will be emailed to you for you to print and keep in your wallet or save and display on your smartphone. Or have it mailed to you. You can order your PGOSA name badge at the same time.

Mail-in. Download the membership form from our website, fill it in, print it off, sign it, and mail it to us with payment and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Mail to PGOSA, P.O. Box 957, Parksville, V9P 2G9. 
Your membership card will be mailed to you in the envelope you provide.

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 - via ZOOM

Online workshop - Fire Safety

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 10AM - 11AM

Safety topics to be covered include:
   - Importance of cleaning
   - What to do in case of chimney fire
Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors
Fire safety plans at home
Kitchen fires
Fire extinguishers 
    - How and when to use
    - Different types of extinguishers

Register here to join this Zoom presentation.

PGOSA Indoor Pickleball

Winter Session begins again January 4th and runs to March 15th.
New Memberships for 2023 are a must to attend.
Sorry NO DROP IN’s – Registration Only via Sign Up Genius (Email Velma for instructions)
At present, these sessions are intended for Experienced / Intermediate and Above players only.
Location: Oceanside Elementary School
Day: Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Fee: $5 / session
Games will be mixed doubles play; nets and balls provided.
Organizer: Velma Sproul Email

PGOSA Curling Winter Season

A “winter season” of PGOSA curling will start Thursday, January 5th for eight weeks, continuing to the end of February. 
Teams are rejigged and spaces for curlers will become available as some participants head south for the winter. 

If you would like to be part of this COED recreational curling league please contact Jim Powell ( ASAP. 

As a recreational league we strive to make balanced teams so all can enjoy the sport. All levels of curlers welcome as those with tons of experience help others who are just starting this sport! Our format makes for a fun, slightly competitive league, where all can enjoy social contact and the sport of curling with other likeminded seniors.
Contact Jim Powell (

If you would like to join us, but can’t curl every Thursday you can add your name to the spares list. Spares are always needed so contact Jim if you would like to spare.

Technology Training in Person

Thursday, December 15, 3:30-5:00 - Using the Photos App for Mac and iPad / iPhone.

We've saved the best for last, Using the Photos App for Mac and IOS. Our final class of the year goes Thursday Dec 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the McMillan Arts Centre's School For Digital Literacy. We're taking a deep dive into the Photos App, creating albums, editing photos, exporting and sharing your family photos. Contact the MAC 250-248-8185 or email for registration.

Upcoming Technology Training for Senior Adults - via ZOOM

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

Friday, December 16 – Tour of Google Docs and Google Suite If you have a Google account then you have access to the free Google Docs Editors suite, consisting of the Docs word processor, Sheets spreadsheet, and Slides presentation builder. Join us as we look at the main features of these applications, including how to access the apps on PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS, how to open, save and share files, basic editing functions, and how the files you create can work with other (free) Google apps. Time permitting, we will also review (but not investigate) some of the alternatives to these Google apps, both free and paid, that you may want to investigate on your own.

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

Cards and other Games

Join us for Wednesday afternoon Games Day. Popular games are Cribbage and Mexican Train (a dominos type game). 

We now have three ping pong tables so it would be great to get some table tennis players out – lots of space to enjoy the game!      
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.

Come on out and enjoy a couple of hours of stimulating, mental activity – exercise your brain!!
Questions, or for more information, contact Jim.

Line Dancing

Line Dancing is starting up again the first week of January.
Instructor Carol Ross will have PGOSA and Bradley membership forms and member’s cards available for those who need to renew their memberships. 

Join instructor Carol Ross for a fun time of line dancing this winter. All sessions are 12 weeks long.

Location: The Bradley Centre
Fee: $5 Bradley Centre membership + activity fee of $24 or drop-in fee of $2 for every class you attend.
     Dates: Starting Tuesday, January 3
     Time: 10:30 - noon
Experienced Dancers:
     Dates: Starting Thursday, January 5
     Time: 10:30 - noon
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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