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Interest Groups

NEW INTEREST GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

If you would like to coordinate a new remote group or shared experience, please let us know at interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com.

Our club has a corporate Zoom account should you wish to set up a virtual meeting, and it has no time restraints! Just contact Jim Adamson at president.portperryprobus@gmail.com to use it. We are here to help should you want to try a meeting virtually!

 

CURRENT INTEREST GROUPS

FEELING CREATIVE?

ART - PROBUS OPEN STUDIO

Margaret Adamson: 905-773-2878

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Our group is taking a summer break. To wrap up our sessions, we met on May 30th for a potluck lunch. Lots of food and chatter. The startup date will be Thursday, September 5th.

 

CREATE AND CHAT 

Joyce Bagley:  905-985-8064

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We have a new coordinator lined-up so we’ll be restarting the group in September! Hoping to get creative people together with a monthly meet-up sharing one's passion for arts and crafts while conversing/visiting. Please contact the Interest Group chair if you’re interested.

PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP

Kim Lendvay

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

On the inaugural June 4th meeting of the photography group, Jonathan van Bilson met with us and gave an overview of the concept of photography, why people do it and what they're trying to achieve by it. He then engaged the crowd to see what they individually wanted to get from this type of an encounter. He also gave some insights into the different types of cameras (past and present) that people use and some of the complexities and improvements to photographic equipment.

 

Members will be meeting for their second workshop on Tuesday July 4 at 1:30pm. We’ll also be doing some monthly projects to then get feedback on how we did. If you’d like to be added to this group, please email the Interest Groups Chair at the email above.

 

LET'S PLAY!

BID EUCHRE – AFTERNOON 

Ann Berube: 905-985-7102

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Bid Euchre is played on alternate Friday afternoons. Each group member takes a turn hosting, about twice a year. We usually have two or three tables and play 6-7 games,then share refreshments and socialize. We are looking for a couple of new players and would be happy to teach you if you are new to the game.

BOARD GAMES  

Bill Morrison: 905-985-2624

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For more information or to sign up, please contact Bill directly.

BRIDGE

Judy Spring: 905-447-4557

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Bridge games are now scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm. We welcome new members! Please email the Coordinator if you are interested in playing regularly or as a spare.

CRIBBAGE

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Please email if you are interested in participating in this group.

DARTS FOR FUN

John Leahy: 905-982-2695 and Ken Crossley

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Every Tuesday 2pm-4pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419 at 484 Bay St. in Port Perry. Legion membership is not required. This is not a league - we just play for fun. However the dart group at present time is FULL. Anyone interested in joining, please contact the coordinator to be put on our waitlist. Darts will break for the summer! Our last game was June 18; and we will resume play on September 10, 2024.

 

EUCHRE – AFTERNOON

Ann Berube: 905-985-7102 

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Regular euchre is played on alternate Friday afternoons, group members taking turns hosting in their homes. We play six or seven games and then adjourn for refreshments and socializing. This group is currently full. If you would like assistance starting a new group, please email or telephone.

 

EUCHRE – EVENING

Margaret Adamson: 905-773-2878

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

The evening is a mix of starting with card games as well as time to share fun conversations and refreshments. So far attendance usually fills three tables, which means our membership has had to cap. However, we fortunately have a good list of subs who readily help us with the numbers. Much appreciation to them.

Next date is Tuesday, June 25th (7:00 p.m.) This group meets once a month on the Tuesday following the week of the General PROBUS meeting.

 

JIGSAW PUZZLERS

Denise Throp

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

Some of us have jigsaw puzzles to donate, others just to share amongst group members. At our inaugural meeting on April 16th (at break time during our monthly PROBUS meeting) we exchanged loads of puzzles that some members had donated – thank you so very much - many puzzles were brand new!!

 

We’re hoping there might be a member who’s willing to keep a puzzle ‘on the go’ in their home for other members to come by & work on it sometimes – maybe have a coffee or wine while doing so?

 

We generally seem to prefer 1000 pieces, although we will do 750 and 500, and prefer those that are not overly difficult (or overly easy!). If you are interested in joining this puzzle swap group, please contact the coordinator.

BOOK CLUB

BOOK CLUB - THE NEXT CHAPTER

Janet Border: 416-659-4491 

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We met a week early this month due to the Canada Day weekend coming up. We enjoyed a discussion of Michael Finkel's The Art Thief - a non-fiction book about the most prolific art thief in the world, Stéphane Breitwieser.

Next up is a trip to the ROM to see if we learned anything! (Just kidding!) We will take July off and meet in August to choose the books for the next season.

 

FOOD & DRINK

THURSDAY BREAKFAST CLUB

Bill Morrison         

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

The Thursday Breakfast group meet at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Please contact Bill for more information.

TUESDAY BREAKFAST CLUB

Jane Sweatman and Lee Baverstock

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The Tuesday breakfast group has restarted and are meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact one of the coordinators for more information.

COFFEE AND CHAT

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We meet every Monday at 10:00 am at Tim Hortons 15930 Old Simcoe Road (at the corner of Reach and Old Simcoe). Please contact Joyce if you would like to join us or if you have any questions. Please wear your PROBUS name tag!

DINNER – GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (GWCTD)

Kim Lendvay

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

Our May 25th GWCTD was at Foxbridge Golf & Country Club in Uxbridge. They have a new chef & all 9 of us enjoyed our meals over great conversation!

Our July 20th GWCTD will be at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge at 6:30 p.m. NOTE NEW TIME for summer months.

 

We meet on the third Saturday of each month (except December). Please contact the Coordinator via email if you’d like to join us.

 

DINNER OUT – THURSDAYS

Marg Miller

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We meet the 1st Thursday of the month. Please contact the Coordinator if you’d like to join us.

HAPPY HOUR ‘WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME’

Joyce Bagley:  905-985-8064

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If you’d like an afternoon libation – this is perfect! If you don’t indulge - no problem! This is simply an excuse to get together & chat. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 4 pm at the Old Flame Brewery. If you don't see us inside, please check the outdoor patio - on nice days we will try to be out there.

 

Upcoming dates include July 18th, August 15th & September 19th at 4pm. I will send out an email at the beginning of each month and a reminder the week of.

Please let Joyce know via email if you’re planning to join us – of course you can just show up too! Please wear your PROBUS nametag so we can spot each other!

LUNCH GROUP

Ruth Cain: 905-410-6030

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Another great turnout at Castle John’s last month and a senior’s day discount for those who qualified. The food was good and plentiful. This month’s lunch will be on Wednesday June 26th, 1pm at Slabtown Cider in Uxbridge where we can enjoy their lovely patio. Contact coordinator for details.

TRAVELLING FOODIES & FOODIES TOO

Co-ordinators Carol Kilmartin, Mona Mathews, Catherine Whittle

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The Travelling Foodies Groups meet in the new format of 2 groups: 1st Friday of the month and 2nd Thursday of the month. In June, the groups enjoyed lunch at Slabtown Cidery, Uxbridge.

In July, the groups will travel to Bollocks Pub & Kitchen on Taunton Road East in Whitby. This is an Inventive Gastropub with award winning wings, stacked burgers, fresh pasta, salads & desserts. Weekly specials too!

 

If you are interested in one of these groups, email Carol Kilmartin at the email above.

WINE TASTING I

Jim Adamson 905-773-2878 

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We are at long last finally able to schedule our next tasting with full attendance for the end of June. The hostess/host are keeping the theme a guarded secret as an added item to look forward to.

GRAPES OF PourT

Barb Langer: 416-805-9223  

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Our May get-together was held at Rolling Grape Vineyard in Bailieboro and the road trip was worth every sip and bite! The group enjoyed 4 reds and 2 whites from the winery's cellar but the Cabernet Franc was the favourite, along with their amazing pizzas! June's tasting dinner will be held on July 4, one week later than usual to accommodate everyone's busy schedules.

Our group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6pm. Members take turns hosting. The host(s) decides on a theme, selects and buys the wine. All the participants share the cost of the wines and everyone brings a dish to the tasting, so we have a pot-luck style evening of appetizers or dinner. Please contact Barb Langer if you would like to join us!

 

GARDENING

BLOOMERS - GARDENING

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July 12

Lavender Festival at ViveLavender Farm, Sunderland. Cost of guided tour: $10 plus HST. As visits to the farm are by appointment only, let me know if you are interested in going as soon as you can. The farm also offers afternoon teas for $45 plus HST (at noon and 3:30 p.m.). Those interested in the afternoon tea will need to reserve their seat online.

 

June 30, July 28 & August 25

In the spring, we had decided to visit the Guild Park in early October. The Toronto Star listed the Guild Park as one of the five “must see” sites for Toronto’s 2024 Doors Open.

 

The Friends of Guild Park provide free tours on the last Sunday of each month in the summer. Each of these “Sunday Strolls” lasts about an hour and covers a particular theme about the site. Each Sunday Stroll starts at 2:00 p.m. from the Guild Park’s flagpole, near the park’s main gates. The upcoming free tours will be on Sunday, June 30, July 28 (during the Guild Alive Arts Festival) and on August 25. (Marg will be in Alaska for the August date)

 

The Friends of Guild Park also conduct custom tours for groups. These tours are based on the number of people and the tour duration. All tour proceeds go toward future Guild Park activities and improvement. They have done tours for Probus groups before. The cost would be $10/person with a maximum of 24 people. We could ask for an overview presentation on Guild Park.

 

What Marg needs to know from you is whether you prefer the free tours on a Sunday? or a private tour which we currently have scheduled for October 1st?

 

Please let Marg Miller know if you wish to participate in either of these events and she will be in touch with you to let you know about other upcoming events too!

 

 

LET'S GET PHYSICAL!

BOWLING FOR FUN

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Bowling for Fun has resumed playing at Neb's Fun World on the second Wednesdays of each month at 12:45 pm. Cost will be $15.00 for two games and includes shoe rental. If you are interested in signing up for Bowling for Fun, please contact the Interest Group Chair. Come and join in the fun!

GOLF

Kim Lendvay

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Although many of our members already play in various golf leagues – 14 of us have decided we’d like to play together too!

We’ve already selected some dates when we’ll be playing at a variety of courses in the area – sometimes 9 sometimes 18 holes – sometimes weekdays sometimes weekends –based on the availability of our members.

 

If you are interested in playing golf with other PROBUS members, please contact Kim (Interest Groups Chair) at the email above.

HIKING WITH BILL

Bill Morrison 

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

The group has hikes on the first and third Fridays of each month. Contact Bill for more information.

 

LAWN BOWLING

Lynn Tracey

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

Lawn bowling is in full swing, and everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves. On long weekends we have an in-house tournament, so we will celebrate Canada Day dressed in red and white! We will enjoy a couple of games of bowling topped off with a Pot Luck and BBQ.

 

We have room for some new members and are offering a discounted rate for anyone who would like to join now!

 

Lynn understands there are some PROBUS members who would like to enjoy an afternoon on the greens. Please feel free to contact her and she will arrange a date and time.

LATIN DANCE LESSONS

Anne-Marie Sacco

interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com
 

Latin Dance was a hit! We are now on break for the summer but might do a social event over the summer at a salsa club – stay tuned!

You do not need to be a couple to join, they pair us up at the lessons, as needed. Each member is required to pay the instructor $15/lesson.

 

This is a Joint Interest Group with the Uxbridge PROBUS Club. If you're interested in joining this group, please contact interestgroups.uxbridgeprobus@gmail.com. The coordinator is Anne-Marie Sacco.

LINE DANCING
Kim Lendvay
interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We meet weekly at the Port Perry Legion (484 Bay Street) and it costs $3 per person.

Join us Monday 1pm (sort of Beginners but closer to Intermediate) OR Friday 6pm (BEGINNERS ONLY) a great way to learn the basics! Some of us attend both days! No experience required.

 

Contact Kim (Interest Groups Chair) to be added to the group’s email list. Try to let Kim or the others know you’re planning to attend so we can watch for you (of course you can just show up too)!

Please wear your PROBUS nametag so we can spot each other!

PICKLEBALL GROUP

Joanne Nixon and Melba Tenthoray   

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Am I Too Old for Pickleball? Pickleball is easier on the body than tennis and squash. Many people play it well into their 80s. But would it work for me?
 

If you want to give it a try (but don’t want to commit to anything) please email Joanne and we’ll show you how to play, provide you with paddles and introduce you to the funnest game there is! To set up a one-time experience, email Joanne.

WALK-ABOUT TOWN

Dianne Draper

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We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Scugog St. Tim Hortons. If you’re interested in joining the Walk-About Town group, please contact Dianne and let’s walk together!

 

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

MOVIE GROUP

Denise Throp 

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

If you’re looking for someone to go to a movie with sometime, please contact the coordinator.

 

OTHER NIFTY INTEREST GROUPS

CLIMATE CHANGE

Ginny Colling

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Last year, we watched in horror as every province in Canada, and the NWT, saw forest fires burning and heat and wildfire records broken. And not just in Canada. It seemed the whole world was burning! The good news is that we don't have to sit back and watch, we can take action. Climate Conversations is a coffee-shop forum for talking about what we are doing or could be doing to reduce climate impacts and get us to net-zero. Contact the co-ordinator if you're interested in learning more about being part of the solution.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS (Formerly GENEALOGY)

Neil Kilmartin

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We meet the first Wednesday of each month from 10am to noon in the Scugog Library's Board Room. We don't currently meet over the summer. If anyone is interested in joining us, please contact Neil directly via email. We welcome people with any degree of genealogical experience, right from the newbie to the seasoned family historian. Our focus tends to be on "sharing our individual experiences".

 

Guidance and help in researching is always available.

 

GIRLS (AND GUYS) JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (formerly known as the Group of Ones and the Singles Group)

Denise and Cathy  

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Although this group is currently comprised of women, men are also welcome. The group is comprised of individuals, not couples - it provides an opportunity for both attached and unattached individuals to get together to share a fun activity. Are you interested in an activity, but don't want to go alone, or don't mind going alone but want to find out if someone else would like to share your activity - then the group of Girls (and Guys) Just Wanna Have Fun is for you!

 

Denise and Cathy maintain the group member list which is shared amongst all group members. Any member may suggest an activity and invite other members of the group to join them. The member proposing the activity would be responsible for coordinating with those who expressed an interest in joining them.

TRAVEL

Tim Casey

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The Travel Interest Group met on June 3rd and Kim Lendvay facilitated the group through an informative & very interactive discussion about Unique Tours to Take While on Vacation. Everyone shared an incredible amount of information and experiences!

We break for the summer. Our next meeting will be on Monday September 9th and will feature a presentation on an exciting trip to the South Pacific that a couple of our members took earlier this year! Everyone is welcome – see you in September at Col. Mustard's Pub in Port Perry at 11:10 am.

Christmas Show
circles on the pond
Phil and Peter
bowling for fun
Sunrise on Scugog
Euchre group party
cribbage fun
book club
Happy Hour at Old Flame Dec 21
Grapes of PourT
Nest Naturally Durham
Wine Tasting Group - October pick Relax
Grape Vineyard
GWCTD February, 2024
Grapes of Pour T  (May)
Hiking group
GWCTD May 2023
Group of Ones

Port Perry PROBUS Has Talent! Click on the photo below

Margaret Adamson Columbine Flower 24x36
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