July 30, 2021

Wow, that was fast. We were just saying Welcome to July and here we are almost in August!

There's some good news though - here's another sign Covid-19 is improving. Vaccine clinics at Joe Brant and Oakville Trafalgar Hospitals will close as of August 16th. If you or someone you know has a vaccine booked after this date don't worry, Halton Regional Health will be in touch to rebook to a different clinic.

If you've been reading a lot about breakthrough Covid infections after full vaccination, here's an article about what you need to know.

Masks will be with us for some time so it's a good idea to have a ready supply. Stephanie will be placing another order soon for CA-N95 Adult Black disposable masks, made in Canada. A package of 10 is $18. Please let her know at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you'd like to order a box or two.
In other news.....
Swimming Gives Your Brain A Boost! If you have access to a pool, lake or ocean, swimming can be better for your brain than regular aerobic exercise according to recent research. Check out the details here.

Gentlemen! Here's an article about Ways For Men To Adapt To Life on Their Own, from Next Avenue.

Wishing for a more restful sleep? Here are some tips from Lifemark Physiotherapy to help get your sleep back on track.

Are you an Olympics fan? Here's a great link from Team Canada to check out medal counts, when your favourite sports are on and more
Happy August Birthday Wishes
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Happy Birthday to:

Bonnie D - Aug 6th

Donna T - Aug 18th

Carole W -Aug 25th 
Volunteer Opportunities
Last week we had a presentation from Fran from Acclaim Health regarding some of the opportunities available there for volunteering. Here are a couple of links if you'd like more information.

The first is an outline of all of the volunteering positions available and the second is a link to the peer-to-peer bereavement support program. The peer-to-peer program will meet on Monday afternoons from 1-3:30pm (online). Pls contact Fran by mid-August if you'd like to be part of this program. Her email address is FSavelson@acclaimhealth.ca
Recipe of the Week!
Thanks to Penny for this great hot weather favourite
Heavenly Whipped Frozen Lemonade 

Ingredients
1 can lemonade frozen concentrate
1 cup milk, 2% or whole milk
1 7oz can of sweetened condensed milk, fat free or regular
2-3 cups of crushed ice
grated lemon zest (optional)
whipped cream optional

Instructions
1.   Combine lemonade concentrate, milk and crushed ice in a blender.
2.   Add sweetened condensed milk, start with about half a can and add more if you want a sweeter creamier drink.
3.   Pour into a chilled glass. Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with lemon zest.

Events!!
NEW!! Laugh & Learn!
Join us Tuesday August 3rd at 2pm when Karen Shinn of Downsizing Divas will join us for "It's Not Just Stuff, It's MY STUFF!"

She'll talk about our "stuff," the million dollar secret to downsizing, how simplifying your home simplifies your life and where to get rid of surplus stuff!

There will be lots of time for Q&A too. If you regularly join us on Tuesday you'll receive an automatic invitation. If you would like to join us, please email Penny at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com to let her know you'd like to come.
Friday the 13th!

Save the Date!!! Lianne returns Friday August 13th at 3:30 for Superstitions!!

We’ve all heard of witches and their black cats, unlucky number 13 and saying ‘bless you’ after a sneeze. These stories linger in movies, urban legends and novels too.

Take a spooky hour long journey with Lianne Harris as we look at the fascinating history of witches and superstitions, their origins, their importance and why these ideas persist today.
NEW! Intro to Wellness & Self Care
Ana Nunes Freitas, Acclaim Health's Wellness Care Manager will be presenting a special topic on Wellness and Self Care on Tuesday, August 24th at 2pm.. The presentation will include Q&A.

If you normally attend Tuesdays at 2pm you will automatically receive an invitation. If you would like to come and don't normally come to Tuesdays, please let Penny know at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com that you'd like an invitation.
Life After Loss

Dr. Flavia Ceschin returns for another session focusing on life after loss, loneliness and Covid Friday August 27th at 1pm. Pls note there is a minimum attendance of 6 people for this workshop.

This session is $10 and all proceeds go to Heartache to Hope. Pls email us at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you would like to attend. This session has limited attendance.
August Events!
Sun Aug 1st - Travel Day - Cruise Day. Send in your pictures and/or bring your stories about cruises you've taken or ones you'd like to take!!

Tuesday Aug 3 2:00pm - Laugh & Learn with Downsizing Diva (details above)

Wednesday Aug 4th 6:00 pm -Bring a glass of wine or cup of tea for a social with an entertainment/movie quiz or a quiz of your own if you would like to share!

Thursday Aug 5th-2:00pm Chat about Loss & Grief -Join us for a discussion of the grief journey and steps we can take to support one another.
Thursday Aug 5th 4:30 pm - Bingo! Join us for an hour of virtual bingo. Let us know if you would like us to email or mail bingo sheets to you and bring your own

Sunday August 8th -1:00pm Travel Day to Australia!

Tuesday August 10th - 2:00pm Let's get together and share some positive things

Wednesday August 11th - 1:00pm - Book Club!
Wednesday August 11th - 6:00 pm Bring a glass of wine or cup of tea
for a social with an entertainment/movie quiz or a quiz of your own if you would like to share!

Thursday Aug 12th-2:00pm Chat about Loss & Grief -Join us for a discussion of the grief journey and steps we can take to support one another.
Thursday Aug 12th 4:30 pm - Bingo! Join us for an hour of virtual bingo. Let us know if you would like us to email or mail bingo sheets to you and bring your own

Friday August 13th -3:30pm. Lianne returns with a chat about Superstitions (see the description above)

Sunday August 15th 1:00pm Travel Day to Australia!!

Tuesday August 17th - 2:00pm Let's get together and share some positive things

Wednesday August 18th - 6:00 pm Bring a glass of wine or cup of tea
for a social with an entertainment/movie quiz or a quiz of your own if you would like to share!

Thursday Aug 19th-2:00pm Chat about Loss & Grief -Join us for a discussion of the grief journey and steps we can take to support one another.
Thursday Aug 19th 4:30 pm - Bingo! Join us for an hour of virtual bingo. Let us know if you would like us to email or mail bingo sheets to you and bring your own.

Sunday August 22nd 1:00pm Travel Day

Tuesday August 24th - 2:00pm Let's get together and share some positive things

Wednesday August 25th - 6:00 pm Bring a glass of wine or cup of tea
for a social with an entertainment/movie quiz or a quiz of your own if you would like to share!

Thursday Aug 26th-2:00pm Chat about Loss & Grief -Join us for a discussion of the grief journey and steps we can take to support one another.
Thursday Aug 26th 4:30 pm - Bingo! Join us for an hour of virtual bingo. Let us know if you would like us to email or mail bingo sheets to you and bring your own.

Sunday August 29th - 1:00pm Travel Day

Tuesday August 31st - 2:00pm - Let's get together and share some positive stories

Please let Penny know at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you'd like to be added to the attendee list for any of these Zooms or if you have any questions! Penny sends out the link the day of the zoom, if you don't have it before noon, please contact her and she'll send the link to you.
BINGO!!
Congratulations to our monthly draw winner Leslie F!

Join us August 5th at 4:30pm for our next game! Please email us at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you'd like to join us. 

Winners from the July 29th game include:
Game 1: Sandra, Leslie F
Game 2: Leslie F, Leslie T(playing two cards!), Joanna
Game 3: JoAnn
Game 4: Leslie F
Game 5: Pauline
Game 6: Sandra
Game 7: Chet
Game 8: Leslie T

We are drawing a monthly prize from all the bingo game winners of the month's 4 sessions. Since a prize is offered, we ask members to use a dabber (or thick marker) for verification of each game. Widowed Friends has some dabbers available to give out during the lockdown. If you need a dabber or more bingo cards, please let us know at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com.