Primary students poised to pose
Hailee Masse was one of several St. Boniface students who enjoyed learning about Yoga. (Submitted photos)
Cynthia Forler, of Bayfield, lead the primary students in learning some breathing techniques.
Rebecca Regier did her best in a balancing pose.
Throughout December, Mrs. Hern's Grade 1/2 and Mrs. Gilbert's Grade 2/3 students at St. Boniface School in Zurich enjoyed four one-hour sessions of yoga instructed by Cynthia Forler from Bayfield. The students learned belly breathing, stretches, twists, and balancing poses.
Their teachers’ feel that it was an excellent experience for students to challenge themselves with an ancient discipline that was new to many of them.
Ava Overholt and Daylen Elder both succeeded in doing a stretching pose.
Take Time Program returns
January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.
The fifth year of the “Take Time in 2013” programs will run from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.
The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event. The cost will be $3 per session.
Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.
“Volunteering in Peru” will be the topic of the opening session to be held at Trinity Anglican Church on Jan. 7. Jeff Wilson will be the presenter. Helen Latimer is the coordinator for this session and she can be contacted at 519 565-2792.
Constable Jamie Stanley of the Goderich OPP will be the guest presenter at the session on Jan. 14. The topic will be “Street Smarts for Seniors”. The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church. Carol Penhale is the session coordinator and she can be reached at 519 565-2272.
The following week, Jan. 21, the Take Time in 2013 programs will take a break to encourage everyone to go to the Bayfield Historical Society Dinner meeting to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon. For more details and also for tickets people are invited to call Pat or Bud Langley at 519 565-2894.
A presenter from the Gateway Health Research Institute will lead the session on Jan. 28. This informative session will be held at the Bayfield Lions Community Building, home to the Church on the Way. It will enlighten participants on “Unique Health Initiatives in Huron County”. Ann Laviolette, session coordinator, may be contacted at 519 565-2454 for more information.
Knox Presbyterian Church will host the final session on Feb. 4 at the Bayfield Town Hall. Darren Erb, sommelier and innkeeper at the Little Inn of Bayfield, will share his knowledge in a presentation entitled, “Ontario Wines VQA Appreciation” and there will be wine for sampling. Barb Harkins is the session coordinator and she can be contacted at 519 565-2098.
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE EXPLORED AT MEETING
The first meeting of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) in 2013 will feature a subject that its members are keen to know more about: Black and White Photography.
“Black and White (B&W) Photography was recently voted by our members as one of the top subjects that they were interested in learning more about” said Gary Lloyd-Rees, PCoB co-founder/co-president. “We are pleased that we have managed to secure George Zoethout, of Goderich, as a guest presenter, who will outline techniques and tips on B&W photography including how to visualize a potential image in B&W and how and when best to shoot/process in B&W.”
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Jan. 6.
Zoethout’s photography started in the 80’s while taking an Audio-Visual course at Fanshawe College. It was B&W photography that he was first introduced to at Fanshawe. Then in the darkroom he found the love and thrill of manipulating photographic images by hand and other unconventional treatments such as making his own emulsion from scratch. Now that the digital age is here, he has a very nice electronic darkroom and digital camera. When he takes his camera out he is always looking at his surroundings and wonders how one would shoot or record a scene that catches his eye.
He was a darkroom camera technician for twenty-one years at Signal-Star Publishing and then went back to Fanshawe to take Multi Media Design. This is where the electronic darkroom came into play. Zoethout worked at Carmen’s Cameras in Goderich from 2007 until the 2011 tornado. He now owns and operates Huron Image Factory in Goderich. Huron Image Factory provides photography and video services as well as photography workshops and private lessons in his studio.
Club members are reminded to submit photographs to the PCoB Flickr Group Pool in time for the Jan. 3 meeting. This month’s challenge is “Peace”. Membership fees for 2013 of $40 can also be paid at the meeting. New members of all abilities are welcome.
Zoethout has also been working with the PCoB to offer workshops for photography enthusiasts.
Two of these workshops were held in the fall and both were sellouts. A third one has been organized for Jan. 12 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
“Understand your Digital Camera and Take Better Photos” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $10 for members of the PCoB and $20 for non-members. To reserve a spot please call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VILLAGE BOOKSHOP ON THE MOVE
The Village Bookshop is moving to 24 Main Street (the former King's Bakery building) in January. Their last day of business in their current location on Catherine Street will be Jan. 6. They will be closed until Jan. 21, when they will reopen in the new location.
According to The Village Bookshop owner, Mary Brown, “The Bayfield community has shown tremendous interest in helping us move. So to give everyone a chance to get involved, we're planning a "Book Brigade" event for Jan. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. We hope to have enough volunteers to stretch across Main Street, and move our books by hand to their new home.”
Brown noted that everyone is welcome to come out for the fun and all ages welcome.
“I think this would be a great extended family event,” Brown concluded.
For more information Brown can be contacted at 519 565-5600 or feel free to visit the bookshop.
LOCAL HOCKEY TALENT TO TAKE ON THE BULL TRYHARDS
The members of the Bayfield Optimist Club would like to know, “Has the NHL lockout got you down?” The club is planning a fun evening out that could help put that “hockey smile” back on fans’ faces.
They will be hosting, “Hockey Night in Bayfield – What Lockout?” on Jan. 26 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
“94.5 The Bull – Tryhards” are coming to the village for an extra special night of hockey. They will be lacing up their skates to take on some of the area’s own amazing local talent. The club members are planning for a fun filled game the whole family can enjoy.
The Bayfield Arena doors will open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremonies to held at 7 p.m. and the game to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now for $10, 11 years and up; $2, 5-10 years and free for children under five. Tickets can be purchased in the village at Brandon’s Hardware or the Nip 'N Tuck. With every ticket purchased, people will have a chance to win to participate in a "Shoot-to-Score" puck-shooting competition.
The evening will also include: door prizes, “Chuck-A-Puck”, 50/50 draw and a silent auction, with items that even Don Cherry wishes he had! “The Bull” radio station host J. STEVENS will be on hand to MC and auction off items.
Fun swag will be for sale and there will be food too, such as, hot dogs, pizza slices, Slushies, treat bags and hot chocolate. “The Bull” radio station will be donating prizes and giveaways.
In fact, the one-of-a-kind “Hockey Night in Bayfield” t-shirt can also be purchased prior to the event for $15 and is available now for Christmas local delivery. Please call Optimist Joan Schilbe to order yours, 519 565-2952.
This will be a licensed event with an Age of Majority dance to follow all the hockey fun.
Also there may be some guest appearances…after all everyone knows who isn’t working right now and may be available!
All proceeds from the event will go toward the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s “Making-A-Splash” Campaign.
In view of the success of the first introductory class in September, Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering its second Taoist Tai Chi™ introductory class on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., starting Jan. 10 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
The Taoist tradition teaches that a person's health depends on the harmony of body and mind. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person.
Participants can immediately experience the benefits of these arts through the gentle yet powerful movement of Taoist Tai Chi. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.
An Open House for Taoist Tai Chi will be held on Jan. 3 at the Bayfield Town Hall from 10-11 a.m. For more information call Doug at 519 565-5187.
About 27 years ago, Rita Paakkunainen took three courses in Calligraphy. She hasn’t set down the pen since. In fact she has inspired several others to pick one up by becoming an instructor herself.
She is now hoping to share her knowledge and love for the art with area residents. She is offering a Calligraphy course for both beginner and advanced skill levels. The course will be offered for 10 weeks, from Jan. 8 to March 12, at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
During the 10-week period, students will learn about three styles of writing, rounded, condensed and gothic. She can support both beginners and the more advance Calligraphers in her class as she offers them individual support.
Illuminating, the decorative edges of the work, is also explored in the classes. Participants can create their own free hand art or adapt pieces from tracings depending on their skill levels. Card making and stamping is also touched on in the class.
The 10-week course is $120. She encourages participants to purchase a starter kit from her for $15 so that everyone is working with the same materials and has the correct ones.
Please contact Paakkunainen at 519 565-2343 to learn more about the course or to register prior to Jan. 7.
Empties for ALZHEIMERS
Two Bayfield women would like to remind everyone preparing for holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.
Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney will be participating in the 2012 Walk for Memories on Jan. 26 at the Goderich YMCA from 10 a.m. to noon and are now collecting donations for the cause.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimers, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.
Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677 or 519 565-2545. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names.
The Bayfield Optimist Club’s “Making a Splash” Campaign is now ongoing in the community.
Club members and “Friends of Optimists” will be going door-to-door to talk to people about the Splash Pad project and provide them with a letter explaining how they can contribute. The Municipality of Bluewater will provide tax receipts for donations over $25.
This letter will offer details on how people can purchase an engraved brick or park bench to aid in the fundraising.
Canvassers will be wearing “name tags” identifying themselves as being part of the campaign.
People who wish to purchase a brick or a bench but don’t live in the village can now access the order form online through the recently launched website: www. bayfieldsplashpad.com. A PDF of the same form being distributed door-to-door is available on the site, just fill it out, print it off and mail it in.
Can’t wait for a person to come to the door? Forms are also available at Brandon’s Hardware.
Brick walkways similar in design to the existing Bayfield Town Hall and the Clan Gregor Square walkways will be installed around the Splash Pad giving the project a timeless and cohesive look.
If all goes according to plan, the club hopes to have the sprinklers spraying in the park by Canada Day 2013.
BAYFIELD CONCERT SERIES
Meades Bros. Productions will be bringing to the village multiple, Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, on Feb. 15 as part of the ongoing Bayfield Concert Series.
London Life will sponsor the Slean show. Tickets are $40 per person.
Both shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from ticketscene.ca. They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.
NEW YOGA CLASS
Local Yoga Teacher, Jennifer Reaburn, is looking forward to having people join her in a little pre-dinner yoga.
She will be starting a new class in January at the Bayfield Town Hall every Wednesday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Classes are open to all levels and ages.
The first class is set for Jan. 2. It will be offered free to all who wish to come and meet Reaburn and try her class. Some mats are available for those who do not have their own.
Those people anticipating that their New Year's resolutions will be to become a little more fit can get started planning with the aid of the village’s One Care sponsored activities. Please call 519 565-2202 to receive a monthly online schedule of some of the fitness opportunities available in Bayfield.
Badminton continues at the Stanley Complex in Varna. The games begin at 7 p.m. No equipment or experience needed.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Walks depart from 6 Main Street, after walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.
“Guys on the Go” meet at 6 Main Street on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. What’s on the agenda? Anything goes – biking, hiking, maybe even snowshoeing.
For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Want to improve your Bridge score? Intermediate Bridge lessons will be offered starting Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The first lesson will be on the Transfer Response to an “One No Trump Opening” and the second lesson will be on “Takeout, Negative and Responsive Doubles”. The cost is $2 a lesson to cover rent and material costs. Please call 519 565-2881 if you are interested in attending.
Mah Jongg is played on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gayle at 519 565-2468.
The Bayfield Euchre Club meets on alternate Wednesdays (from Oct. 3 onwards) at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building at 7 p.m. The cost is $1.50 and everyone is welcome. For more information call Lee at 519 565-2765.