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Fall bazaar set for Rainycrest

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The weather outside may be frightful but residents of Rainycrest are warm and busy during this cold November.

The Remembrance Day Tea was a special event. Hallett Hall was beautifully decorated with white tablecloths while each table centerpiece was a white cross with bright red poppies.

Mira Donaldson shared her talent with visitors and residents, playing old favourites on the piano.

Director of Activation Heather Hudson honoured the veterans on hand by thanking them for their efforts during war times and presented each of them with a red rose.

This week, Christmas decorating begins, helping to boost spirits in preparation for the holiday festivities.

It culminates with the Christmas tree decorating on Nov. 22 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the biggest event at Rainycrest all year is the auxiliary's annual fall bazaar, which is coming up this Saturday (Nov. 25) from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

You will find great gift ideas, a delectable table of baking (why do your own), Christmas tree draws, a “Lucky Lotto” table, and a gently-used area.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Tea/coffee and dainties are provided, and with your free-will offering, you will receive a one-of-a-kind, handmade Christmas angel to bless your home this holiday season.

Come join in the fun . . . see you there!

If you find yourself unoccupied on a second or fourth Tuesday morning of the month, come to the visiting area and join the voices of the regular “Singing With Friends Group," which meets around the piano to remember the "oldies but goodies” of hymn sing and seasonal music.

The group, led by Marcia Mihichuk and friends, with MayAnn Kahler at the piano, welcomes drop-in volunteers who enjoy singing.

This is a very popular event that the residents look forward to, and a big thank you to this talented and devoted group.

A reminder that Sunday church services are held at 1:30 p.m., with varying local churches leading. And every second Sunday at 10 a.m., people are invited to participate in an elders' pipe ceremony.

Sing-a-longs are performed by the volunteer “Christian Singers” every Thursday at 11 a.m.—another favourite for residents.

On the second, third, and fourth Fridays of the month, the “Stratton Singers" or the "Mine Centre Singers” perform at 7 p.m.

Local residents are encouraged to come out and lift your spirits by mingling your voices, quietly or at the top of your lungs, in praise and song with any one of these talented groups!

The Rainycrest staff and residents place a high value on volunteers. There is always something going on that could use some extra help, like the Lions' TV Bingo every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Special thanks to Ruth Caldwell, who regularly shares her time to read stories for all who will listen to “Ruth's Reading Act” at 10:30 a.m. on most Saturdays.

There always are people needed for the individual visits. The residents have lonely times, some with no families close by, and they all have a story to tell.

We all know how important reminiscing is, especially as you grow older (“Remember the time. . . .”)

Residents love to reminisce but they need someone to sit and listen. Just listen, and smile, and comment on occasion. What a gift this would be to people who, at this stage of their lives, need little else.

If you want to know what to give, consider giving a little bit of your time—it won't cost a thing!

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