Join us at THEMUSEUM for our 55 & Better Programming for a weekly program at 1:30 pm. For the month of October to celebrate the beginning of our 55 & Better Programming THEMUSEUM will offer free admission to individuals 55+ each Thursday (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31). Programming is included with admission, and we will have a pop-up café provided by Chartwell Retirement Residences each week.
DialoguesThe Underground Studio MakerSpace Drop-In
The Underground Studio MakerSpace Drop-In
Thursday, October 3rd from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, October 31st from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 7th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Underground Studio MakerSpace is finally available to a more mature audience. Visitors who are 55+ will get the chance to participate in a drop-in activity and explore woodworking.
When the Dead Talk: What Can We Learn From Cemeteries?
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Cemeteries: We pass them every day without a second thought and yet, cemeteries are more than just a final resting place for the dearly departed. For researchers, cemeteries hold the keys to the forgotten past in a way that written records may not. Here lie secrets awaiting discovery. Names, dates or even a poem—dedicated to the forgotten, beloved or infamous dead—some of whom may even be related to us!
Waterloo Region’s cemeteries are full of stories—some well-known and others not. Some graves are well visited, sensationalized through tourism or ghost walks while others, like silent sentinels, await the curious traveller in search of genealogical truth. Some graves have been moved as development encroached upon their quiet repose while others have disappeared completely. Join us to learn more about the region’s cemetery oddities, secrets and histories as the dead really do tell tales.
Presented by: Joanna Rickert-Hall
OBIT Film Screening
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm
THEMUSEUM invites you for a screening of OBIT, a highly acclaimed documentary about The New York Times team of gifted obituary writers. Get an inside look at the care that goes into telling someone’s story after they have passed.
Seated Fitness Class
Thursday, October 24th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday November 28th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Getting moving and being active can get harder in your later years. Chartwell Retirement Residences is here to offer an alternative to help you live a healthier lifestyle. As a part of 55 or Better, join in on a seated fitness session allowing you to move around without risking serious injury. Follow an instructed gentle exercise that is made to be completed start to finish while being seated.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Do you know you need to have “that” conversation – about what matters to you most in life and in death – but just aren’t sure how to start it or what to say? Come out and play Exit Matters, a new board game that gently sparks the conversation in a comfortable, guided and informative way. Suitable for anyone who is enjoying their life but recognizes that deepening our thinking and talking about death actually gives us the opportunity to love life even more. And to prepare for what is to come with grace and authentic choices.
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Berlin Undertakers from 1862
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm
Local historian and author Marion Roes will lead an illustrated presentation about the early undertakers who worked – and lived – within a few blocks of THEMUSEUM. This informative presentation will cover licensing, schools, and when embalming was first practiced in this area. Marion Roes is currently researching for a book about all of the Waterloo Region undertakers and funeral businesses.
55 & Better Thursdays are sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences and funded by the Government of Canada.