EBlast February 7, 2021


Contact the OSA virtual office: Phone: 403-801-7254 or Email: info@oakridgeseniors.ca Check out our website: www.oakridgeseniors.ca


We follow COVID-19 safe meeting protocols. Please note that all OSA Events and Programs must be registered for in advance via our website. Thank you.

Valentine's Extravaganza Sunday February 14, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom Don’t miss this new OSA event. If you love chocolate (even if you don’t!) you are invited to a Chocolate Dessert Fondue Evening. Details on the website. You don’t need a fondue pot to participate, just a love of chocolate and doing fun things with others. Put your “I Love OSA” sign (click here to download) in your window for February 14th! We have a fabulous Godiva chocolate gift basket and other fun prizes to win in brain-teasing questions. So sign up to join in the fun. Recipe for Chocolate Fondue:

  • To 8 oz Chocolate add 3 - 4 TBS cream or milk

  • Follow melting instructions on the package

Dip strawberries, banana, apple, pineapple, orange or cut-up pound cake into the chocolate and enjoy!



Events and Programs The Program Planning committee has been busy identifying possible programs and finding presenters for future Zoom sessions. Ask us how YOU can join Zoom sessions by phone without the Zoom app on your device. OSA programs will generally run from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Check back regularly for new additions. Here are some new entries so sign up by visiting our website or click here to get going. Programs - You can join at anytime:

  • Walkers at 1:00 p.m. - Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Catch the warmest part of the day

  • TechTalk at 10:00 a.m. - Every Monday for February and March. Join members on Zoom to bring us your tech problems, and hear how to solve them from various sources

  • Ladies Movie/Chat group - Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Continuing Programs:

  • Spanish - Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. until March 3

Events: (Can be expanded to multiple sessions if popular)

  • February 16, 10:00 a.m. Genealogy/Shared Heritage with Julie Kearns and Susan Quinn

  • February 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Grief and Loss – ‘Companioning the bereaved’ with Terri Wexler

  • February 19, 10:00 a.m. Let’s Grow – Gardening tips and chat with Julie Kearns and guests

  • February 19, 2:00 p.m. TaiChi Benefits - Instructor Jane Sponiar outlines the benefits of TaiChi for newcomers

  • February 26, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mosaic Village Housing in Bowness – John Mungham

Neighbourhood Safety There have been increasing safety issues in our neighbourhood, despite one of the lowest city crime rates. Be sure to report suspicious activity right away. Trent Taylor, our neighborhood CPS contact, reports: “If something is in progress, citizens should call 911. If it is just to report suspicious behaviour, call the non-emergency number 403-266-1234. Every two weeks we sit down with our district admin team and analyst here, and discuss areas of high crime and what to do about it.” Shout Outs

  • Thanks to Karen Lee for organizing an OSA neighborhood safety group

  • Thanks also to Shearer Johnson and Sheila Broadbent for heading a senior housing group

Look for future ideas and speakers on these topics and ways to get involved. Vitamin 'F' - That's Friends! "Real Age" doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends or Family) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well-being. Research also shows people with strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. Seniors' Resources - See more on the OSA Website Age-Friendly Calgary is a collaboration between the City of Calgary, senior-serving organizations and community-minded Calgarians. They encourage the city to consider needs of older adults when making decisions. Learn more about AFC, its history and future plans at Calgary.ca/agefriendly. Vaccine Scams targeting seniors: Alberta Health Services (AHS) has warned of a vaccination scam affecting Alberta's seniors. Reports have been received of a phone scam targeting seniors informing them to schedule their vaccinations for a fee. "AHS will never ask for payment for the COVID-19 immunization. Hang up immediately and report to the non-emergency line for local law enforcement" - AHS Check our website regularly to find out what is happening with the Weaselhead Society and their events. Also the useful help you can get from Cyber Seniors. STAY WELL! STAY HOME! BE KIND! Sheila Foster, OSA Marketing & Communications

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