The Seniors on the Bow has bounced back from the pandemic and now boasts a membership of 264 and growing stronger every week.
Located upstairs in the SLS Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC), it's a vibrant hub for those 50 and over who enjoy a full calendar of activities five days a week. Plus, there's been a return of special events, like the spring fashion show on Saturday, May 14.
Chair Nancy Gibbie says they've experienced a 156 per cent growth in membership, and about 40 per cent of them are people new to the community.
She says they've brought back many of the regular programs from before the pandemic and added several new ones.
You can find regular updates on SOTB activities here.
Currently, SOTB is in the final stages of launching the construction of a labyrinth/gazebo behind the SLSFSC that will be close to both the Bow River and Bow RiversEdge Campground. Approval has been given for the 60' wide labyrinth project and the final go-ahead may be given at their board meeting later this month. It's hoped to be completed by mid-July.
Labyrinths are used worldwide as a way to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection, and stress reduction.
A 10' wide gazebo will be at the centre with six benches, where those walking the labyrinth can rest and reflect.
The pathways are going to be four feet across to allow for walkers and wheelchairs. The areas separating the path will be filled with painted rocks, and between them will be ground creeping plants, such as thyme, known to be rabbit and deer resistant, that will attract butterflies and bees.
SOTB will be reaching out to the public to help paint the rocks, and already the Seniors for Kids have stepped forward to assist. The rocks are being donated by Greenspot.
The Engaging Men's group that meets weekly at SOTB will be constructing the gazebo.
Cut off for fashion show tickets is Wednesday
Those wanting to enjoy the fashion show have until Wednesday, May 11 to sign up.
Gibbie says it will feature six models, each wearing three different outfits representing the latest fashions of Northern Reflections. Pre-orders will be accepted after the show.
Tickets are $10 for club members and $15 for non-members. Dessert and tea/coffee are included in the price and wine will be available.
To book a spot, contact the club at (403) 932-6002 or drop by the centre.