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EBlast August 23, 2020

EBlast August 23, 2020

Contact Samantha at her OSA virtual office: Phone: 403-801-7254 or Email: Check out our website:


September 9 Mark the Date - Concert in the Garden with Paul Finkleman  Calgary songwriter and entertainer Paul Finkleman will kick off Fall for the whole Oakridge community. Register via the OSA website. Missing all the usual summer events? You can get your fix right here on September 9th.


Weaslehead Society's Annual Volunteer Picnic - September 7 10:30 a.m. You are cordially invited to attend the Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society's 23rd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Labour Day Monday, September 7th, 10:30 a.m. at the Snowy Owl Picnic Site and shelter in North Glenmore Park. This year's event is extra-special because we will be hosting a ceremony commemorating the 'Barry Erskine Bridge' (formerly known as the 'green bridge crossing the Elbow') at approximately 11 a.m. followed by a delicious Szechuan lunch shortly after noon, and yes, it's all free. This is our opportunity to thank anyone and everyone who has helped out with our organization in any way, no matter how big or small over the past few years. Individual plating and cutlery will be provided, but feel free to bring your own utensils. You may also bring your own lunch if that's your preference. Cold beverages will be provided and Covid guidelines will be followed.  You must RSVP to to attend, and when doing so, please indicate if you'll be bringing other volunteers with you, and also let us know if you prefer a beef, chicken, or vegetarian meal. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you there at 10:30 a.m. on Labour Day. On behalf of the WGPPS Board of Directors, Paul Finkleman


OSA Membership Growing If you haven't already done so, sign up for an OSA membership to make sure you don't miss out on any of the great things planned for us in Oakridge. Our membership fees have be waived for 2020, so sign up now! Pease click on the OSA Membership Sign Up / Log In at the top right hand side of the OSA website.


Volunteer Orientation Has Begun  Samantha ran her first Volunteer Orientation session last week, attended by the first four approved volunteers recruited through OSA and our lawn sign program. See a short clear description of each service and the role the volunteer plays on the website. Feel secure knowing that all our volunteers are vetted and have received Police Security checks. Look for details on our website on how to volunteer to help neighbours and also how to apply for help yourself.


Friendly Check-in Service - Let's stay connected!  The pandemic has been difficult for many of us. Now, more than ever, we are searching for ways to stay connected socially. Would you like to hear from a friendly and reassuring voice, someone to share stories with and have a laugh? Request a Friendly Check-In volunteer! Our Friendly Check-In volunteers want to chat with our members via telephone, to enhance the social connectivity of Oakridge. Our first two pairs of members have got started.To request a service click here. Want to return the favour? Become a Friendly Check-In volunteer! Submit a Volunteer Application on our website or contact Samantha by email at or by phone at 403-801-7254.


Full Service Listing on the OSA Website Now Take a look at the list of Services now available to members through OSA. Membership has its privileges! You must have registered as a member on the website to access this service. Call Samantha if you need help doing this.


Fall OSA Program Schedule  Our Fall programs are now listed on the website and will also be in the September Oakridge Echo magazine.  We will follow safe meeting protocols like many other senior organizations in Calgary.


Honouring Our History and Veterans  Saturday 15 August was the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day and end of hostilities in the Pacific Theatre. Member Bill Patridge and other pipers and band members, commemorated the day at dawn in South Glenmore park. A world-wide effort involving 1,000s of pipers, Bill was joined with some erly bird members.


Healthy Aging Core Alberta Newsletters Check out the many interesting programs on offer from United Way’s newsletters:

  • Caregiver Awards click here

  • Minister's Senior Services Awards click here

  • Aging with Pride supporting LGBTQ2S+ Seniors in Alberta Event click here

  • Discussion on Alternative Service Providers click here


Oakridge Community Garden Cookbook  OCG gardeners are excited about sharing recipes that use local produce harvested from our raised beds/plots. The purpose of this cookbook is to collect and present favourite recipes to further benefit the sense of community, and foster friendship among garden members. This cookbook will be kept as a live document, and added to each season while giving correct credit to the original recipe owners. Please provide detailed and appropriate references when contributing.   Please submit your favourite recipe, a story about the recipe (if there is one) and a photo (if you can)  to: Julie Kearns,  before August 30.


Who Else Needs Help Getting a Handle on Technology?  OSA is committed to bridging the digital divide for older adults. We can help you use the Internet, connect to social programs via Zoom, and more! If you don’t have a computer, tablet, or Internet connection, we can help with obtaining these. Please contact Samantha to register for this important program. Also if you can help train others in basic skills. We have distributed several TELUS tablets (with free data!) and 8 HP laptops to members who are now enjoying more connected activities on line. Our first two young Tech volunteers are on hand to help with this too. Thanks for stepping up Emily and Linden!


Oakridge Community Association Board Seeks Directors The OCA AGM is September 28.  OCA is seeking new board members who live in Oakridge and it would be great to have more seniors represented on the board.  Submit your expression of interest to before September 21. If you want more information contact Julie Kearns at as Julie is a director of both OSA and OCA.


The Secret to Living Well (Tibetan Proverb) Eat half - walk twice - laugh triple - love without measure Sheila Foster, OSA Marketing & Communications

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