​Interest Groups 

Interest Groups - March 2020




Our clocks have ‘sprung’ forward. We are moving into the Spring season. Check out the options below for enjoying an activity with a great group of like minded PROBUS members. Our coordinators are the real heroes as they volunteer their time and talent to bring you all these options. Nice.

  • Tai Chi

  • Model Boats

  • Winetasting II 

Please find below our current interest groups; above are a few of the potential groups on offer! For those who are thinking about starting up an interest group, Gail can support you through the process. To get rolling, first confirm a group coordinator that will email your group reminders for when/where the next meeting is and any necessary reservations. Test Drive Option: if you want to try a group, contact that group coordinator to find out how the group operates, its schedule, and any other questions you may have. Taking a ‘test drive’ is a terrific way to meet some new folks and have fun.

If you would like to coordinate a new group, please let Gail know at interestgroups.portperryprobus@gmail.com. Count on Gail to have sign-up sheets at our monthly PROBUS membership meetings.


Gail Johnson Morris



Due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus, all club interest group activities are suspended until May 7th.  The club management committee will re-assess the situation in early May as to whether the suspension will have to be extended and will advise members of any change.  


March 17, 2020

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Interest Group Updates:

ACTING FOR FUN - Evelyn McKenzie at evsurfing@gmail.com or 905-985-2587

The Acting For Fun interest group is open to new members. We rehearse here in Port Perry on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month. We sure have lots of fun! If interested contact Evelyn.

ART - OPEN STUDIO – ART - Margaret Adamson at madamson905@gmail.com or 905-773-7828

The Open Studio group continues to meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The next cycle of three included February 24th, March 9th and 23rd. Our members work in different media - acrylic, water colour and oil paint, and mixed media/ printmaking/stamping/ etc. Anne Harland, since joining this group, has extended her knitted Teddy Bears project to include knitters from our PP Probus group, as well as from the Port Perry Seniors at the Latcham Centre.

BOARD GAMES - Jenny Yorgason at j.yorgason@xplornet.ca or 905-986-5441 and Bill Morrison at  billandmaryare@gmail.com or 905-439-0484.

The Board Games Group usually meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Scugog Library. The group typically has four to six members at each session; given the number of members waiting, we are considering starting up a new section. Among the games played so far have been Sequence and Mexican Train, and even players new to board games have found it quite fun learning the new games.

BOOK CLUB - Mary Arlt  at  arltmary21@gmail.com or 905-982-0159

Our book club is running smoothly and at the moment we will not be adding any readers to our group. However, from time to time there could be changes to our numbers and I will keep you informed. Here is a heads up on upcoming books for 2020: THE LOST LETTER BY JILLIAN CANTOR, BORN A CRIME BY TREVOR NOAH and THE SILENT PATIENT BY ALEX MICHAELIDES.

BOOKWORMS BOOK CLUB Brenda Manns at mannsx2@sympatico.ca and Agnes Shaw at theshaw@sympatico.ca or 905-982-1558

The Bookworms are currently reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for our March get together. Our meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 rotating between the members’ homes. If you’re interested in joining this group we can add you to our waiting list. Please contact Brenda if you have any questions.

BOWLING FOR FUN - Ann Skinner at skinntj@gmail.com and Pat McDougall at patmcdougall@yahoo.com or 905-982-8865


Bowling For Fun was cancelled for February due to weather and road conditions. Our next session is scheduled for March 26th. We bowl the last Thursday of every month. If you would like to join in the fun and enjoy social time contact please contact Ann by email.

BREAKFAST CLUBS - Mary-Anne Unwin c/o interestgroups.portperryprobus@gmail.com

Both the Tuesday Breakfast club (2nd Tuesday of the month) and the Thursday Breakfast club (2nd Thursday) are enjoying getting out to a variety of restaurants in the local area. While both groups are currently full, we will let you know when a spot opens up.

BRIDGE - BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE  - Judy Anderson at judykins999@yahoo.ca


This group continues to meet on a weekly basis on Tuesday afternoons. With the basics of bidding and play of the hand covered, we’ve moved to a shuffle and play format. This allows the group to feel comfortable with playing traditional kitchen bridge which incorporates scoring. Occasional discussions come up regarding bidding, but for the most part players have become independent. Although our group is currently full, we anticipate adding new members in the new year.

CREATE & CHAT – Lou Ellen Clement-Hobbs at chichi@persona.ca or 705 432 3229

Our March meeting took place on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. There is still room to join and take pleasure in good company and yummy treats. Please contact Lou at the above email address for more information.

CRIBBAGE Barb Rootham at brb.rootham@gmail.com or 905-985-9066

“The Fifteen For Two Crew” meets bi-weekly on Thursday afternoons at alternating members’ homes. Cribbage can be played with 2, 3, or 4 players, so there is never a challenge of not enough players to enjoy the afternoon games. We currently have 9 members, and new members are always welcome. Contact Barb for more information.

CURRENT EVENTS - Linda Schell at lindaschellconsulting@gmail.com or 905-242-8877

Join us if you are interested in delving into the news of the day. We explore global, national, and community topics at each meeting. The Current Events group meets at Port Perry Villa, Terrace Room - 1:30 to 3pm on the 4th Thursday of each month. Please contact Linda if you are interested in joining our discussions about news and views.

FUN DARTS - John Leahy at jleahy6@gmail.com or 905-982-2695 and and Ken Crossley at magentis@checkmail.ca or 705-786-1707


Fun Darts meets every Tuesday 2:15-4:30p.m. at The Canadian Legion Branch 419 at 484 Bay St. (basement) corner of Bay and Old Simcoe St, in Port Perry. A Legion Membership is not required. Ladies are welcome. Don't worry about your skill level this is not a league, it’s just for fun only. We also have a 50/50 draw. P.S. Please remove your hat when entering the Legion out of respect for the fallen. For information please contact John or Ken.


DINNER - GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (GWCTD) - Carole Matthews at dandcm43@yahoo.ca or 905-982-2702

This group is open and meets once a month on a Saturday evening. We send an email to the group with details of our next meeting. We expect a lot of members to attend our dinners throughout the spring and summer, and many restaurants in the area only have a limited amount of room, so when you get the notice of the dinner, please RSVP early. If we get more interest than the number of seats available, we do keep a wait list in the event of cancellations. New members are always welcome! Please contact Carole for questions.

DINNER - THE MUNCHKINS – Marg Miller at margandrodmiller@gmail.com or 226-229-9073 and Marilyn Hanna at jf.hanna@powergate.ca, or


The Munchkins Dinner Group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Our next dinner is at Pickles and Olives in Port Perry. Please RSVP to Marg or Marilyn to ensure your seat at the table each month.

EUCHRE – AFTERNOON - Ann Berube at ann.sundowner@gmail.com or 905-985-7102


This Group continues to meet on alternate Friday afternoons, the recent norm being for a few members to be absent from time to time due to escaping our lovely winter for a few weeks and adventuring south. This doesn’t stop those left behind enjoying the games, socializing and great refreshments. The group is currently full, but if you would like to be a Spare, don’t hesitate to contact Ann at the email above.

BID EUCHRE – AFTERNOON  - Jayne Rees at rees.jayne@gmail.com or  905-852-4997 and Ann Berube at ann.sundowner@gmail.com or



The Bid Euchre Group plays on alternate Fridays and usually has good attendance and a lot of fun. We have lots of regular players, but we are looking for a couple of spares. If you know the game, or would like to learn it, please give either Jayne or Ann a quick call.

EUCHRE THE TABLE TAKERS - AFTERNOON - Barb Rootham at brb.rootham@gmail.com or 905-985-9066 and Susan Merriman at susan.j.merriman@gmail.com or 416-892- 2127

The Bid Euchre Group plays on alternate Fridays and usually has good attendance and a lot of fun. We have lots of regular players and spares for now, but we may be looking for new players in the future!

EUCHRE – EVENING - Margaret Adamsonat madamson905@gmail.com or 905-773-2878

These monthly evening euchre games are played at 7:00 p.m. on the Tuesday evening of our Probus General Meeting. We have started a waiting list for spares. A rotating schedule for the members to host in their homes has been set up for 2020.


FOODIES! – Melodie Scott at bmgscott101@gmail.com or 905-767-150

Spring will soon be upon us. We are looking forward to our “Pasta Discovery” luncheon on March 28th. If our January meeting was any indication, we will all be looking forward to some fine food! We are looking into some possible outings as we move into nicer weather.  Some options are cooking classes or heading to Toronto or perhaps Niagara or the Picton area to enjoy some fine food with perhaps some wine/beer pairings. Until next time. Bon Appetit!


GARDENING - BLOOMERS! - Heather Hill Gibson at hhillgibson17@gmail.com or 905-985-9108

The ‘Bloomers!’have planned a trip out to Century Home and Greenhouses for our April meeting.


GENEALOGY – Heather Hill-Gibson at hhillgibson17@gmail.com or 905-985-9108

Our Genealogy group’s first meeting will be held at the Scugog Library meeting room on Wednesday March 25th, at 10:30 am. Please bring a laptop or iPad if you have one. We will be partnered up with a peer. Please let Heather know you plan to attend.

GOLF - Dave Matthews at dandcm43@yahoo.ca  or 905-982-2702

The golf group has wound down for the season – all that is left is a settling of bets and sharing of tall tales. Watch this space for notice of the Spring game start-up.


HIKING - Bill Morrison at billandmaryare@gmail.com  or (h) 905-439-0484 (m) 905-439-0484

Typically the hiking group meets twice monthly, on the first and third Fridays. Hikes usually start at 9:25 am; particulars for each hike are emailed to group members a few days before the planned hike date. To join the group, or for any questions, please contact Bill.


INVESTMENT - PORT INVESTMENT GROUP - Ann Skinner at skinntj@gmail.com or 905-982-8865


The Port Investment Group is currently on our winter break. We will resume our monthly meetings in April. Our group is full but a waiting list is held for prospective members. Contact Ann to be added to our list.


JAZZ -  Coordinator Needed!


We seek a new coordinator for the Jazz interest group. If you have an interest in Jazz and have a few minutes each month to coordinate the group, please contact Gail Johnson Morris at interestgroups.portperryprobus@gmail.com.

LAWN BOWLING - Dennis Bayley at dennis.bayley@icloud.com or 289-989-0178

Thirteen PROBUS members are enjoying lawn bowling at the Port Perry Lawn Bowling Club. The club is located on Old Simcoe Rd. just north of Reach Rd. Wear flat soled shoes or sneakers. Please contact Dennis for the latest information on this group.


LUNCH MEETUP - Gail Johnson Morris at interestgroups.portperryprobus@gmail.com

After each of our monthly member meetings, we reconvene for a social and lively lunch. Gail asks for a show of hands so we have an estimate for how many are joining the monthly get together at Colonel Mustard’s Bar and Grill on Water St. in Port Perry. See you there!

LUNCH - THE LUNCH BUNCH – Susan Barber at susan_barber_4@live.com or 905-854-5771

This Lunch Group is full again! We meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 12:00 Noon. Our group is a great way to really get to know some members! Please contact Susan for information about the upcoming restaurant for our next meeting.


MODEL BOATS - Coordinator Needed!

We have several members interested in building model boats. We just need a coordinator to get the group going. If you’re interested in Model Boats and possibly to join the interest group, please sign up at the next member’s meeting.


MOVIE GROUP – Denise Throp at deniset1954@gmail.com

Get on the distribution list to hear about all the movies on offer that PROBUS friends are likely to attend. Bargain Alert!: Join to get early notice of the excellent $2.00 movies held at the Port Perry Library 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings!


PHOTOGRAPHY – Jim Wakeford at jrwakeford@yahoo.ca or 905-985-2030‬

Our session planned for February 27th was cancelled by the blast of snow we received that day. Next session will occur mid-March. Anyone interested in sharing your passion for photography is welcome to join in.


SINGLETONS - Denise Throp at deniset1954@gmail.com and Cathy Jeffrey at cjef@bell.net

We traveled to the Landmark in the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope to see the musical Chicago on February 23rd.


THEATRE TOWN HALL - Judy L. Anderson at ukeladyjudy@gmail.com or 905-985-4257

Welcome to events in Port Perry at Town Hall 1873 Centre For the Performing Arts, now branded as Town Hall Theatre. Four performances are given by our local community theatre groups, known collectively as the Port Perry Town Hall Players. Other entertainers also provide excellent dramatic and musical experiences.

Borelians Community Theatre and Scugog Choral Society (SCSMusicals) offer Season Tickets for all four of their shows. Come to the Town Hall Theatre Interest Group table at the next membership meeting to find out what events are coming up at Town Hall Theatre here in Port Perry.

  • Join us for several tribute shows this Winter with incredibly talented artists performing the music we love, the way we remember it. Watch for 'No Sugar Tonight' in April and 'The Rod Stewart Story' in May.

  • SCSMusicals presents Disney’s, 'The Little Mermaid', from March 27 to April 11, with a local doctor playing the role of the prince and a Probus member in the chorus. It opens with a Gala on Friday March 27th at 7:30 for 3 weekends. Dates and times are: Mar. 27, 28, Apr. 3, Apr. 4, Apr. 9 and Apr. 10. at 7:30 pm and Mar. 28, 29, Apr. 4, Apr. 5 and Apr. 11 at 2:00 pm

Meet Judy at the Town Hall Theatre Interest table. Let's choose a date and take a Probus group to our Town Hall!. The box office is now open at www.townhall1873.ca for all productions. Come early. Park nearby. Enjoy dinner and walk to the theatre. Group tickets can be arranged - please email Judy if you are interested in a group ticket. She will try to get ten or more people to attend the same show and pay just $21.00 each. If you would like to volunteer at any Town Hall 1873 shows, please speak to Judy about how you can help your community theatre.

TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL - Judy Spring at judith.spring@outlook.com or 905-447-4557

Our March meeting was held on Thursday, March 12th at Colonel Mustard’s. Judy provided us all with a wonderful Travelogue on the cruise to South America.

WINE TASTING I – Jim Adamson at jim.adamson07@aol.com or 905-773-2878

The group continues in pause mode while awaiting the return of enough snowbirds to constitute a quorum at the very least. In the meantime those of us who remain here continue to enjoy the warmth of some selected vintages.

Friendship and Fun - Retired and Loving It!

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