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Everything blooming at South Surrey Rec Centre

Regardless of the colder weather so far this spring, our Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden is in bloom with a rainbow of colours.

The preschool children have been out weeding and cutting their flowers to enjoy them inside their classroom.

They are anxious to go to the next stage of planting with sweet peas, green peas and some mystery seeds to attract the butterflies and dragonflies.

The adult planters are also in bloom with more than 300 bulbs adding an array of colour and reminding us that spring is here and we should enjoy our outside spaces.

Plans to move some of the planter boxes, raise the perimeter beds for drainage and design the ‘sharing circle’ for the children are just some of busy items discussed at the first spring committee meeting on April 19.

The garden received a generous donation from the Rotary Club to be used for our Intergenerational Sharing Circle. Money will be utilized to build seating for the children, as well as an adult seat for the storyteller.

If you have an interest in helping us develop a garden with a therapeutic atmosphere for all ages, please contact the recreation centre.

Once again the 55+ Badminton Tournament was a great success.

Thanks to Steve Silverton for his amazing dedication to the sport of badminton and to his badminton community, this year was not only fun but exciting for all.

Everyone was a winner and all went home tired, well fed and with a special gift.

Thanks to all who donated gifts and time to this annual event.

Do you feel like an adventure?

Why not sign up for the Steam Train Winery Tour with Enjoy Bus tour and travel?

Travel to Port Alberni to visit one of the only wineries in North America serviced by a steam train that stops right at the vineyard. Enjoy a scenic ride through Alberni Valley and mountains to the Chase & Warren Estate Winery. You will be guided through the vineyards, with generous red and white wine tastings, accompanied by gourmet appetizers.

This tour includes a three-course lunch at Port Alberni’s popular Swale Rock Café and you will sightsee Cameron Lake and MacMillan Provincial Park’s Cathedral Grove.

This is an early pickup at 6:15 a.m., but well worth the effort to experience a grand day on Tuesday, May 31.

Only $130 for non-members or $125 for members, so don’t miss this opportunity.

Contact the centre at 604-592-6970, with course #4242293.

Looking for information on how to speak to your doctor?

Then join us on May 13 for an information session on “Talking with your Doctor and other Health Care Professionals.”

This workshop will be presented by Patient Voices Network, a division of Health Care Communication. It includes a demonstration video, a participant discussion and a free booklet, Communicating with Your Doctor. Pre-registration is required at the recreation centre, under course #4255163.

Get out into the sunny weather whenever possible and take a walk to the South Surrey Recreation Centre and check out our activities.

Stay happy through fitness!

Terri Focker, a community service assistant for the City of Surrey, writes monthly on seniors activities.