July 9 2021
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Well, at last an almost normal summer!

Hot temperatures, sunshine, beautiful flowers and gardens are everywhere. If you have a garden you probably also have rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks eating your lovely garden too!

We aren't quite out of the Covid woods yet though.
If you haven't had a vaccination or are looking for your second shot,
check out vaccinehunters.ca to book one near you.

If you know of anyone who had their vaccinations outside of Ontario, here is Halton's site for registering out of province or out of country vaccinations on the Halton site.
In other news.....

If you're worrying about fitting into your pre-Covid clothes again, here's the perfect line of clothes for all of us who've added a pound or two (or more). Clothing designer Petit Pil has developed a line that grows with the wearer.
Check them out here!
We all know there are 1001 uses for duct tape but how about this duct tape prom dress created by an Ottawa teenager? Check out the dress and then if you like it, help this enterprising teenager win a scholarship from Duck Brand duct tape by voting for her dress (link at the bottom of the article) Good luck Erika!
Have You Joined Us on Facebook?
Widowed Friends has a lively Facebook site! If you haven't checked the site out yet, just go to Widowed Friends and request membership.

We'll receive a notification that you want to join and we'll give you access.

This is a private site but has members from all over the world and has some lively conversation. Let us know if you have any questions about joining the site at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com
July Birthdays!
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Happiest of July birthdays to:

Lori F - July 15

Heather C - July 19th

Jacqueline F - July 26

Sandra T - July 26
Recipe of the Week!
Thanks to Diana for this Broccoli Salad!
Ingredients
4 cups chopped raw broccoli (1 bunch)
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sunflower seeds (can toast, prefer salted seeds)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 cup Miracle Whip

Mix all ingredients together. Marinate in the fridge 5-6 hrs. Keeps 2-3 days.

Serves 4-6

Alternate Dressing!
Diana provided this second dressing for the salad if you aren't a fan of miracle whip used in the first recipe!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 medium clove of garlic, chopped or minced.

Put the dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Enjoy!
Events!!
Royal Scandals Today at 3:30pm!
Gossip, intrigue, love affairs, clandestine meetings, mystery children . . . secrets shared and confidences broken—it’s all in a day’s work for the royals!

Some royal scandals were just juicy tittle-tattling or passing fancies–but some were real ‘game changers’ and altered the course of history.

Tiptoe around the European courts for an hour with Lianne Harris and uncover the true scandals that really did change history.

If you haven't attended one of Lianne's presentation before, pls let Penny know you'd like to attend at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com. If you've attended previous presentations, you'll automatically receive a zoom invite.

Save the Date!!! Lianne returns Friday August 13th for Superstitions!!

Dr. Flavia Ceschin returns for another session focusing on life after loss, loneliness and Covid Friday July 16th at 1pm. 

Cost is $10 and all proceeds go to Dr. Ceschin's charity, Heartache to Hope.

If you would like to attend, pls think about one or two 2 questions you'd like discussed at the session. Of course this is optional, and you are welcome to attend whether you submit questions or not, it just helps to guide the discussion to have your areas of concern submitted prior to the session. Pls email us at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you would like to attend and with a question or two if you would like to send them in.

Depending on the variety and number of topics, Dr. Ceschin will do her best to address as many as possible during the hour and may defer some to later sessions if we can't cover them all off next Friday.

Note: Dr Ceschin will return for another session on August 27th at 1pm. If you'd like to attend, please let us know asap. This session is $10 and all proceeds go to Heartache to Hope. 
NEW!! Travel!!!
If you've been longing to travel and are wondering about what the Widowed Friends Travel Club has planned, here's a hint.

Laila Lavaee from Travel Design will be here Sunday July 18th at 1pm for a presentation about great places to visit in Ontario.

Starting out with some small adventures might be a good way to get back into travelling and finding out how to navigate the post Covid world. Join us as Laila reveals new and unexpected treasures right here in our own province!

If you'd like to attend this special travel session, please let Penny know at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com. If you already receive the Sunday Zoom invite you will automatically receive the invitation.
NEW!! Acclaim Health
Join us on Tuesday July 27th at 2pm for a 15 minute presentation on Acclaim Health's Peer-to-Peer support program.

If you're looking for a great volunteer mission, come and listen to Fran S from Acclaim Health discuss opportunities available. It will be a short presentation followed by a brief Q&A .
July Events!

Friday July 9th 3:30pm Join us for Lianne Harris and Royal Scandals today!

Sunday July 11th 1:00 pm Travel Sunday - we're off to England!! Bring your stories about trips to England and your favourite places to visit!

Tuesday July 13th 2pm Social and Who Am I Quiz

Wednesday July 14th 1pm - Book Club
Wednesday July 14th 6pm 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 July 15th 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 July 15th 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 dabbers or markers.

Friday July 16th -1:00 pm Dr. Ceschin workshop on loss. See details above. 

Sunday July 18th 1:00 pm Travel Sunday with a guest presentation - see details above!

Tuesday July 20th - 2:00pm Social and Who Am I Quiz

Wednesday July 21st - 6:00pm 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 July 22nd 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 July 22nd 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 dabbers or markers.

Sunday July 25th 1:00pm. - Travel Sunday

Tuesday July 27th 2:00pm - Social and short presentation from Acclaim Health

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. All games are just for fun, no pressure!
BINGO!!
Join us July 15th at 4:30pm for a our next game! Please email us at widowedfriendsltd@gmail.com if you'd like to join us. 

Winners from the July 8th game include:
Game 1: Leslie T
Game 2: Leslie T, Toni
Game 3: Sandra
Game 4: Chet
Game 5: Toni
Game 6: Sushma
Game 7: Toni
Game 8: Leslie T
Game 9: Joanna

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.