The Village by the Arboretum is
an energetic community with a wide range of activities underway throughout the year. All activities are initiated,
organized and run by Village residents. Some of these are seasonal however there are enough activities through
the year to provide residents with all kinds of options. The following is a brief description of the just some
of our activities..
CRAFT groups are popular
in the Village. The traditional Quilting club is a self-help group sharing knowledge,
talent, and techniques. Classes are provided as required and trips are made to nearby quilt shops and shows.
We have a Broidery group who use needle and thread to create wonderful
patterns on various materials.
The Tied Quilting group makes quilts for charity, from drapery fabric sample tops, donated sheets and purchased
There is a Traditional
Rug Hooking group who
make rugs, cushion covers, placemats and the like.
Another group practices Bunka, a form of Japanese embroidery, sometimes
described as painting with threads.
The Needle Crafts group meets to knit, crochet and do other handicrafts. The group meets weekly
to share ideas and create crafts such as quilts, shawls, mittens, scarfs, slippers, blankets which are donated
to the General Hospital, Sister Christine's Drop-in Centre, the Police Department and other organizations in the
community of Guelph.
The Watercolour Art group is a social painting get-together for
beginners and advanced artists. Instruction is provided.
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HOBBY groups are well developed in the VBA.
Formed in the fall
of 2001, the Wood Carving group brings together Village residents interested in the
craft of wood carving. Members' experience ranges from none to extensive. The VBA Wood Carving emphasizes caricature
carving. Villagers have the good fortune in having one of North America's foremost caricature carving artists,
who is also a renowned instructor, living in our village.
Formed in late 2012 is the Stained Glass Activity Group. This group meets twice weekly and a 2 - 3 week orientation programe is available for newcomers.
Village Model Railroaders meet to promote model railroad building. They encourage each
other by offering help to those who want to start model railroading or who need help in expanding their existing
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Many EXERCISE activities are available to Village residents.
The Stretch Exercise group provides a regular opportunity for Village residents
to engage in light exercise. Sessions are relatively short. They are designed to get people moving, but not in
a strenuous way.
In addition, there are Keep Fit classes (a little more vigorous).
And, recently introduced are the free VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) classes lead by certified fitness instructiors delivering safe physical activities for healthy aging.
Villagers can also participate in Tai Chi, Yoga, and Poles Plus. These activities are non-competitive with participants working at their own pace and within the limitations of their
Aqua Fit classes are held in the
Village Centre pool three times per week. Both High Impact and Low Impact classes are available.
CARD GROUPS meet regularly in the Village Centre.
Duplicate Bridge is played two ways; where partners are allocated to a table by random number, and where
players bring a partner and play with them all evening.
Bridge is played where players are
assigned to a table with three other players.
Stress Bridge is available for players
who wish to socialize and play fun bridge.
The Euchre Club was one of the first clubs formed in the VBA, and it is still
very popular offering regular and no stress versions of the game.
The Poker Group is made up of VBA poker enthusiasts with experience ranging
from near-beginners to more advanced players.
Village residents have access to a wide range of
SPORTS and GAMES.
Indoor court activities include doubles and singles Badminton which is played on the courts in the Village Hall and the new game, Pickleball. Once a week Shuffleboard enthusiasts take over the Village Hall.
The Table Tennis club is a group
of people who enjoy playing table tennis (ping pong).
Village has a very active Tennis Club. The club organizes fun days and round robin competition,
social Barbecues, and pot luck dinners.
activities include Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, a very active Putting Club, and an excellent BOCCE court
Golf - Golf-around is a group of VBA men and women who golf
at various 18-hole championship (regulation-size) courses within a 40 minute drive of the VBA. And there is a men's "Over-the-Hill" Tuesday Golf Group for some weekly golf fun.
Billiards, for both Men's and Women's
is proving a popular year-round activity.
Ten Pin Bowling is enjoyed by Villagers
through the Fall and Winter months.
group takes regular weekly rides on trails through Guelph and the nearby countyside.
Opportunities for EDUCATION abound
in the Village.
A well stocked Library, located in the Village Centre, consists of books donated by residents,
and newly purchased. Also there is a large collection DVD's for residents' use.
There is also a Book Club
that meets monthly for discussions on various editions.
Residents can borrow books, spend time reading in the quietness
of the Reading Room or use the Internet connected computers..
A Peer Study Group, formed by Villagers, meets regularly to discuss and debate
topics of common interest. Participants prepare a relatively short presentation related to the main theme.
Villagers have also formed a group named SENSA - Supporters of Environmental and Societal Activities. SENSA
members arrange speakers and discussion opportunities to provide a forum for the support of specific projects both
environmental and societal. SENSA membership also provides opportunities to support environmental and societal
activities as volunteers.
SOCIAL activities are popular with VBA residents.
A Card Party, held monthly, provides residents with an opportunity to play
cards and to socialize with neighbours and friends.
Similarly on Games Night,
residents can play Scrabble, Shanghai Rummy, and Rummy Cube, or any other game they choose to bring.
Coffee Hour, held on the second Wednesday of each month, is an informal
gathering which provides an opportunity for Villagers to meet neighbours and get information on upcoming events
and activities. And there is a very popular monthly Happy Hour at the Village Centre
Luncheons are arranged for most months and are held in restaurants in Guelph and in the surrounding
area. Periodically the luncheon is combined with another event such as a visit to a special attraction or to a
The Village boasts a Red Hat Society
Club whose members frequently take trips to various attractions in southern Ontario.
All residents are welcome to join any of the
dance activities available in the Village. Residents can have fun and exercise learning how to Line Dance. Beginners are encouraged and participants find Line Dancing an excellent
opportunity to socialize with friends and meet new neighbours.
The Social Dance Group invites all Village residents to dance
on the finest (sprung) dance floor in Guelph. The group is arranging for dance lessons and is planning for weekly
dance practices. They are also planning to continue a Village tradition of the Big Dance Parties.
Residents can participate in Square Dancing which is good physical and mental exercise and is also very sociable.
Tap Dancing classes
available to Village residents cover basic tap steps leading into easy and more intricate routines. No tap dancing
experience is required to join the group. Classes are fun, educational, and provide good exercise.
The Theatre Group
has been very active in the Village from the early days of the Village Centre. The Group encourages Village residents
to participate in theatrical events, both on stage and back stage, for the entertainment of residents and their
guests. They present a variety of performances which include: plays, the popular Cabaret Nights and the "Sunday
at 3" concerts.
Members include Villagers with an interest in acting, dancing and singing, as well as those who provide lighting,
sound, make-up and other stagecraft services. Any resident may join the Theatre Group.
The Village Singers, an enthusiastic group of choristers, love
to sing for their own enjoyment and have entertained inside and outside the Village ever since they began. They
have a two semester season with a fall session from September to December and a spring session from March to mid
June. Concerts are presented at the end of each session with one for the Village residents and several for the
community, which have included appearances at River Run with other local choirs, as well as performances at various
churches in and around Guelph. Their repertoire includes show tunes, traditional and folk songs, along with Christmas
Carols at yuletide. New members are welcome at the start of either session.
The Hymn Sing group gathers in Reid Hall for an hour of singing followed
by a time of fellowship and refreshments.
The Village Band
is made up of residents who have some knowledge of a particular instrument and are interested in making music! As well there are the Backstage Boys village group, a Dixieland Group and some "jammers" who make up the Village Baffled Jammers group.
There is a harp group, the Harpeggios and the Village Strummers, for dulcimer players.
We have a Film Society
whose members get together twice monthly in our Recreation Centre to watch current and older movies.
The Opera Study Group meets monthly to watch operas on DVD and then join in a general discussion.
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