November 21, 2019
Resources
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NONPROFITS: WHEN PICTURES SPEAK A THOUSAND DOLLARS
Bloomerang

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. With the right tools and knowledge, this webinar will show you how to use your photography skills to change those words into dollars. Impress your funders by capturing great photos with easy, quick, and free techniques.
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
THIS IS HOW OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL CLIENTS FILL THEIR EVENTS
Wild Apricot
December 5, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Have you found that it's getting harder or taking longer to fill up your events? Are you sick of waiting for cheques in the mail? Exhausted from processing registration forms? This webinar will show you how to fill events fast while cutting your workload in half and avoiding event-related cash flow problems.
USEFUL, FREE, AND LOW-COST TOOLS, SOFTWARE, AND SERVICES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT
Idealware
December 10, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

What software tools and services are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are worth using? How do you judge when a tool really is low cost, as opposed to one that will end up costing you time and effort? This webinar will show you the latest free and low-cost tools, software, and services that are worth knowing about.
DRIVE ENGAGEMENT USING ANCIENT MYTH, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND USER GENERATED VIDEO
Bloomerang
December 12, 2-3 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Influential myths from around the world and throughout history follow a narrative arc called "The Hero's Journey". Today, The Hero's Journey is the formula behind all your favorite movies and books, and has become a key to modern marketing. In a modern technological world, this ancient framework can guide effective fundraising and communications. This webinar will show you how to use The Hero's Journey to weave narratives that inspire action.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
WISEMEN AND WONDERWOMEN
Strathcona Place Society  (10831 University Avenue)
December 4 and 18; 9 a.m. (Wisemen) and 1:30 p.m. (Wonderwomen)
Free

Are you a lifelong learner? Join other curious conversationalists for this fun, discussion-based social group and learn about a new and interesting topic each week. These discussions are ongoing and run every second Wednesday. Free coffee and cookies are available to keep energies high and conversations flowing. Call 780-433-5807 for additional details.
HOLIDAY CRAFT CLASSES
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)

Some folks head over to the big box stores for holiday decorations. You could do that, but isn't it more fun to make your own? Craft your own thoughtfully-designed homemade treasures to give as a gift, or keep all for yourself. We won't judge. Call 780-496-7369 for more information and to register.
 
Pressed Flowers in Sun Glass: Christmas Theme
December 3, 1-4 p.m.
$25 members; $61 non-members
 
Pressed Flowers in Jewellery: Christmas Theme
December 10, 1-4 p.m.
$25 members; $61 non-members
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH CHOIR AND HANDBELLS  
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 6, 1 p.m.
$2 for birthday folks; $3 members; $5 non-members

Join your friends from NWESS in celebrating December birthdays with festive choir and handbell performances. While you listen to the tranquil ringing of solstice bells, enjoy catching up with friends over a delicious slice of birthday cake. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
JAM SESSIONS
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) (9350 82 Street)
December 6 and 20, 7 p.m.
$3

Are you a violin virtuoso? Guitar genius? Or maybe you just love tinkering with the triangle. No matter your instrumental preference or skill level, you are among friends at SEESA's Jam Sessions. Bring along your own instrument and join in the circle, or just come and listen. Your admission includes coffee and a cookie. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS AT THE JOHN WALTER MUSEUM
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
December 14, 2-4 p.m.
Location: John Walter Museum (9180 Walterdale Hill)
$42

Take part in a holiday tradition at Edmonton's John Walter Museum. Spend an afternoon enjoying folk music in quaint 19th century homes perched atop the banks of the North Saskatchewan. Seasonal snacks will be available in the interpretive centre to sate your sweet tooth. This is a self-drive event and registration is required. Call 587-987-3200 for more information and to register.
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 17, 1-3 p.m.
$10

Get in the holiday spirit, gather up some friends, and head over to this festive Christmas special featuring music by Kildare school students. Tickets must be purchased by December 13. Call 780-496-6969 to purchase tickets.
CHRISTMAS DINNER
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
December 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$14

Enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with all the fixings, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, dessert, and coffee and tea. Listen to live holiday music while you feast with friends. Purchase your tickets in the Sage Cafe by December 12. Please note that tickets cannot be purchased day of event. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
Volunteer/Work Opportunities for Seniors
SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH A HANDMADE CARD
Edmonton Meals on Wheels (11111 103 Avenue)

If you have an abundance of Christmas spirit, brighten someone's day with a handmade card. Seventy-seven per cent of Edmonton Meals on Wheels' clients live alone, and many of them deal with social isolation. Making a handmade holiday card is a great way to show folks you're thinking about them. Cards can be donated during regular office hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.), or slipped through the mail slot on the northeast side of the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office. For more information, email emow@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org or call 780-429-2020.
RESEARCH STUDY: SURVEY ON ACCESSIBILITY IN CANADA
KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Attention caregivers and adults aged 65+! Lend your expertise to an accessibility study, which seeks to understand the main barriers to accessibility encountered by Canadians, how these barriers affect quality of life, and if these barriers are being addressed by existing Canadian legislation. Participants can complete the survey online, by telephone, or by mail. Paper forms are available in both 12 pt. and 16 pt. font for improved accessibility. For more information, contact KITE Research Associate, Sin-Tung Lau, at 416-597-3422 ext. 7878 or by email at sin-tung.lau@uhn.ca.
(links to the Volunteer and Work Opportunities web page)
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