Century House reaches across the generations

What's happening at Century House

Century House is complementing its regular offerings with an eclectic lineup of events and programs in March.

Located at 620 Eighth St. in Moody Park, Century House is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. You can get information and register for programs at 604-519-1066.

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Century House invites community members to attend its Paying It Forward: Across Generations event on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., when people will have a chance to learn from and share skills with each other. Paying it Forward aims to bring together youth and seniors to encourage acts of kindness that build relationships across generations.

At  Paying it Forward: Across Generations folks will be able to get tech help for your new electronic devices, learn to make friendship bracelets, draw, paint or write about kindness and share simple knitted or crocheted scarf or hat patterns and connect with Chase the Chill New West.

If you’ve always wanted to try out a new instrument, here’s your chance. A beginner level ukulele lesson is at 10 a.m. and a guitar lesson is at 11 a.m. All instruments will be provided.

“Bring a memento, photo or memory of a kindness that made a difference to you,” said a write-up about the event. “Share your story or just join the circle to listen.”

Starting at noon, visitors are invited to bring their favourite music to share with all ages on Ipods, CDs or phones. People can register at Century House or just drop in, or call 604-519-1066 or email payitforwardnewwest@gmail.com for more information.

Other upcoming events at Century House include:

* March 6: Century House is holding a new members tour at 1:30 p.m. to give new members an overview of the programs and activities offered at the seniors’ centre, and a chance to ask questions and to tour the facility. Members should let the centre know if they’re planning to attend.

* March 8: Luau Variety Night features games, dancing, entertainment and refreshments. Seniors are encouraged to put on their flowered shirts, muumuus and leis for this event that’s on Friday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

* March 9: Naturally Fun Adventurers – Backyard Birds and Mini Beasts, a learn-and-build workshop where guest speakers will talk about local flora and fauna and ways people can protect their habitat. Attendees will build chickadee nest boxes to take home or to donate to the community, and will create gardens.  The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes lunch, snacks and refreshments.  Preregistration is required (code 21586).

* March 14: Scavenger Hunt will have teams of three or four people working together to complete five different activities, with the winning group getting passes to the Vancouver Aquarium. It’s on Thursday, March 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants can register at the front desk as a group or join with other individuals on the day of this event.

* March 16/23: The Family Caregiver Series, a two-session series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia, will provide information about dementia, coping strategies, communication and behaviour, health-care services and supports, and planning for the future. Limited space is available for the workshops taking place on Saturdays, March 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register through the Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 604-298-0780 or info.northfraser@alzheimerbc.org.

* March 20: Night in Ireland incudes happy hour (5 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m.) features Irish stew. Irish dancing and music are also part of this fun event that’s on Wednesday, March 20. It’s $22 for members and $26.50 for non-members.

* March 25: Learn about pressing plants and creating items such as natural bookmarks or cards at this workshop on Monday, March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. Register at the front desk.

* March 27: Psychologist Barry Schwartz discusses The Paradox of Choice in a presentation about freedom of choice. It’s on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m.

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