EBlast July 30, 2020

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


Fun Outdoor Event - Oakridge Community Garden - Open Garden  August 1 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities: Guided tours, Q&As, gardening talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., demonstration stations and kids’ fun zones Where: OCA complex, 9504 Oakfield Dr. S.W. behind the outdoor rink or south from Oakchurch Cres. S.W.


Service Program Launched New on the website, is a description of our Services and other neat new ideas to keep members connected with one another and the neighbourhood. Check it out under the Services tab. Note: Anyone can view the Services offered, however you must be an OSA member to request a Service. Listed now are Tech Mentor, Essential Dropoff, Essential Transportation, Practical Kindness, Friendly Check-in, Project Birthday, Care Post and (coming soon) Preferred Service Providers. Here’s an opportunity not just for seniors but other community residents to get on board with our great new programs, all aimed at creating a true village atmosphere in Oakridge.


Introducing Project Birthday Program We want to celebrate YOU on your birthday! Our membership form now has the option to submit your birth month and day. This is in preparation to launch Project Birthday. The program matches OSA members with OSA volunteers, who deliver cupcakes and good cheer on birthdays. This service is intended to promote small gestures of kindness and to brighten our members’ birthdays.  If you are already an OSA Member, please submit your birth month and day (year is not necessary!) to Samantha to sign up for Project Birthday.  Want to return the favour? Become a Project Birthday volunteer! Submit a Volunteer Application on our website or contact Samantha.


Fall OSA Program Schedule  Watch for the Fall programs soon on the website. Your board has been busy creating a comprehensive program schedule despite the limitations of the Covid-19 situation. Programs have been divided into several categories: Active Living, Social, Creative Expression, Wellbeing, and Lifelong Learning.  We are consulting with other like-minded organizations in Calgary to find best practices to operate these programs. Stay tuned for an exciting roll-out on the website.


September 9 - Mark the Date - Concert in the Garden with Paul Finkleman  Calgary songwriter and entertainer Paul Finkleman will kick off Fall for the whole Oakridge community. Watch for details on the website. Missing all the usual summer events? You can get your fix right here on September 9th.


Oakridge Community Garden Cookbook  OCG gardeners are excited about sharing recipes that use local produce harvested from our raised beds/plots. The purpose of this cookbook is to collect and present favourite recipes to further benefit the sense of community, and foster friendship among garden members. This cookbook will be kept as a live document, and added to each season while giving correct credit to the original recipe owners. Please provide detailed and appropriate references when contributing.   Please submit your favourite recipe, a story about the recipe (if there is one) and a photo (if you can)  to: Julie Kearns, kearns.julie@gmail.com  before August 30.


Oakridge Community Association  The OCA AGM is September 28.  OCA is seeking new board members who live in Oakridge and it would be great to have more seniors represented on the board.  Submit your expression of interest to bpedlr@telus.net before Sept. 21. If you want more information contact Julie Kearns at kearns.julie@gmail.com as Julie is a director of both OSA and OCA.


OSA Membership Growing To become an OSA member, please click on the OSA Membership Sign Up / Log In at the top right hand side of the OSA website, so we can keep YOU in touch with all we have to offer. Membership is required to participate in our programs.  You need to register as a member online even if you paid your 2020 membership, and to participate in our programs. 


Who Else Needs Help Getting a Handle on Technology? OSA is committed to bridging the digital divide for older adults. We can help you use the Internet, connect to social programs via Zoom, and more! If you don’t have a computer, tablet, or Internet connection, we can help with obtaining these. Please contact Samantha to register for this important program. Also we like to hear from you if you can help train others in basic skills.


The Secret to Living Well (Tibetan Proverb) Eat half - walk twice - laugh triple - love without measure Sheila Foster, OSA Marketing & Communications


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