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EBlast September 25, 2020

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

We follow COVID-19 safe meeting protocols. Please note that all OSA Events and Programs must be registered for in advance via our website.

Thank you.


Special Events Coming Soon

  • October 3, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle in the Garden: Re-vitalize, relax and reconnect with our community. We invite everyone in Oakridge to a drum circle in the new community garden. Everyone can drum! Drums and percussion provided. Bring your own chair. Cost: $10 individuals, $20 family. In collaboration with Oakridge Community Garden and Oakridge Community Association. Alternate rain date October 17. Join those already registered and come out and have some fun with us and the local kids too!

  • October 7, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Chat with MLA Whitney Issik - Via Zoom: An open discussion on how to better serve Oakridge community, not just seniors. How the two associations (Oakridge Seniors and Oakridge Community) can form enhanced relationships to deliver programs to a wider audience.

Other Dates to Note

  • September 28,  7 p.m. Oakridge Community Association AGM – (OCA members only): OCA seeks new board members. It would be great to have more seniors represented there. Submit expressions of interest to before September 21.OCA has been running for 50 years this year! Let’s celebrate! For more information contact current OCA board member Julie Kearns at

  • October 31 TBA Halloween in the Garden: Mark your diary for a fun outdoor event


Program Highlights

Fall OSA Program Schedule

Check out the new Fall Events and Programs descriptions and schedule on the OSA website and in the September Oakridge Echo magazine. Programs categories are: Active Living, Social, Creative Expression, Wellbeing and Lifelong Learning.

Recently Added

  • Wednesday Walkers at 10:00 a.m. 14 keen walkers registered and 9 came out for the first session, thanks to Debra Sharpe for hosting. We took two separate paths, one for rougher walking, one on tarmac, through the lovely colors of South Glenmore Park. We will continue to do this as long as possible. Meet at OSA sign at Weaselhead Parking lot at the end of 90th Ave. If Wednesday isn’t your day of choice and you’d like to walk, why not volunteer to host another day or time and we will put it on the schedule. Tuesday/Thursday Trotters, Friday Fities, Saturday Striders anyone?

  • Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Hosted by a board member. It's time to Cheers the week and kick back for the weekend! Join us on Zoom with a drink of your choice. Happy Hour is an opportunity to connect socially and also an opportunity to bring ideas and questions to Board members.


Thursday Men's Coffee. September 24 was perfect weather for a garden gathering, soaking up the sun surrounded by plants and trees turning golden.

Talked about hiking trips in Jasper and Banff, visit to Tyrrell Museum and surrounding area, memorable experiences at Rosebud and its theatre, various train trips from Stettler with western hold up and Via rail through Rockies with many delays, Canadian federal politics  . So much fun! Join us next Thursday.


Taza Development on our Doorstep - Together Tsuut'ina On September 23, 40 OSA members and neighbours registered to hear Bryce Starlight, VP from Tsuut’ina, outline their plans for the development west of Oakridge. An ambitious plan has been envisaged for multi-family appeal and the store already opened there has set records for Costco in Canada!   

Watch for the taped Zoom session on our website soon if you missed it.  Thanks to Bryce for an excellent presentation and the time and care he took to answer the many questions from our group. One member commented “I now feel much more optimistic that the Taza development will take into consideration the right concepts and themes after that presentation.”  

We plan this as the first of Taza updates and indeed, of Zoom sessions to learn about other initiatives in the Oakridge area. And as we progress offering online sessions, small technical glitches will be a thing of the past!


Practical Kindness Service - And Volunteers Wanted!  The cooler weather reminds us that Fall is here and Winter is coming (sorry!). Get your name in now to request a Practical Kindness Volunteer to help with tasks, like racking the leaves and snow removal. Our volunteers want to make your Fall and Winter as pleasant as possible! We will also accept any other request on a case-by-case basis. To request a Practical Kindness volunteer, visit: Want to return the favour? Become a Practical Kindness Volunteer! Submit a Volunteer Application on our website or contact Samantha by email at or by phone at 403-801-7254.


Weaselhead Society (WS) Survey re Interests and Topics for OSA Members 

At the concert in the Garden, OSA member Gary Haerle and his WS volunteers outlined their hope that OSA members can take advantage of their programs.

Weaselhead Society offers nature program activities, various levels of walk experiences, field trips, volunteering, educational hands-on workshops, online Zoom sessions - all in the name of stewardship of this glorious area on our west side. Check out Weaselhead Society Information at

Please consider giving Gary and his team your input on the survey by clicking here.Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to indicate activities that interest you. 


TELUS COVID-19 Alert App 

Mobile service providers are supporting federal and provincial governments in raising awareness and adoption of the COVID-19 app. The goal is to help break the cycle of infection with early warning of possible COVID-19 contacts. Obtain more information by clicking here.

Beware of telephone and email scams purporting to do the same thing! 


Be kind!

Sheila Foster, OSA Marketing & Communications

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