Social Sunday
Movie Monday
Teaching Tuesday
Wellness Wednesday
Together Thursday
Feel-good Friday

Sun, Nov 29 at 2pm
Playing Cards Online ♠ ♥ ♣ ♦

Join host Glenn Crawford on Zoom to play a variety of online card games through your computer or laptop, on the ‘cardgames.io’ Web site. Depending on players’ preferences, we could break up into small groups of 2-4 to play popular games like Hearts, Euchre or Cribbage. Come join and invite your regular card comrades! We’ll decide on whether we meet up bi-weekly or monthly. It’s a fun way to spend a safe, stress free day among friends old and new.

Join us a few minutes before at on Zoom here. Zoom meeting room passcode: 868304

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Mon, Nov 30 at 7pm
‘High Art’

Mon, Dec 07 at 7pm
‘Mamma Mia 2’

Join us online at Kast for our special screenings each Monday evening. Use this link to enter our exclusive movie screening room 5-10 minutes before screening time.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

As of Oct 2020, Kast has unfortunately made all previously public screening rooms private. This means that you MUST request to become a member of the room before you are able to enter. It is recommended that you do this at least 1/2 hour BEFORE a movie starts, to ensure you won’t be locked out. If you experience any issues, please contact us at ospn.programming@gmail.com and we’ll make sure to sort you out for any future screenings.

Tue, Dec 01 at 7:30pm
Workshop: How to Start a Book Club

Moderator Glenn Crawford discusses the successful steps to starting a book club with four amazing panelists, each with years of experience running and participating in book clubs. Lorna Cunningham-Rushton, Gabriella Goliger (herself an acclaimed published author), Peter Hunter (host of Gay Zone’s book club) and OSPN’s Bill Staubi will offer their tips on topics like how to choose books for the club, sources of ideas for selections, advantages and disadvantages of directed discussion vs. free-flowing conversation, and more. There will be time for a moderated Q&A period at the end of the talk.
Please join the room here a few minutes before we start, using the room passcode 515587 if asked. This workshop will be recorded, so if you prefer not to be filmed, we recommend you turn your webcams off during the workshop. Microphones for guests will be muted during the discussion, but opened up for the Q&A.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Wed, Dec 02 and Wed, Dec 09 at 1:30pm
Gentle Movement and Mindfulness

Gentle Movement & Mindfulness offers sustenance and support. Bringing friendly attention to moving, breathing, and simply being as we are cultivates ease, stability, and vitality. Join Susan McEwen for an hour of guided chair-based practice, with options for standing and lying on the floor. We will explore postures and movement inspired by yoga, expressive movement, and the motion of everyday life. Suggested set up for the class is a chair that allows you to sit up tall with feet on the floor, along with a folded blanket and a pillow. A yoga mat under your chair will help to ensure that it does not slide. Please wear comfortable clothing that gives you freedom to move.

Susan’s practice is rooted in mindful body awareness as the foundation of all movement. Curious about movement as a practice in self-compassion and discovery, Susan finds that exploratory, interesting, slow, gentle, mindful, and non-painful movements have tremendous capacity to help us develop nuanced whole body communication. This translates to more fluidity, steadiness, and pleasure in the movements of daily life. To learn more about Susan, visit https://www.radicleelements.ca/about.html

Join us in our Zoom room here (passcode: 636097) a few minutes before we begin.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Wed, Dec 16 at 6pm
Jolly Holiday Feast and Fete

Join OSPN for a festive holiday celebration to stay connected for the season with friends and loved ones. Bring your own feast, log into our special Zoom room and be entertained while you eat with a number of pre-recorded performances that will help put you in the holiday spirit.
Performers include:
• Martha E. Chaves
• Richard Ryder
• Tone Cluster
• Isabelle Adoue-Shirey and Jacques Olivier
• Queertet
• D’Lo Vtton
• more artists to be announced
Join us in our Zoom room here (passcode: 167141) a few minutes before we begin.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Thu, Dec 03 at 7pm
Workshop: Self-defence with Lyle Borden

Host Lyle Borden will instruct you through a basic self defence presentation designed for 2SLGBTQ+ seniors. The objective is to give you some skills in self defence that will at the same time help to build up your self-confidence in day-to-day living. We are always stronger than we think.
This will be the first of a series of two events, focusing on self defence theory and practices, with actual techniques covered in a second event. Be sure to have some paper and a pen(cil) on hand to take notes as there will be many great tips shared and you will want to remember them all.
Please join the room here a few minutes before we start, using the room passcode 337732 if asked. This workshop will be recorded, so if you prefer not to be filmed, we recommend you turn your webcams off during the workshop. Microphones for guests will be muted during the discussion, but opened up for the Q&A.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Thu, Dec 10 at 7pm
Baby Zoomers Coffee Club

We’re back! Take a break with hosts George Hartsgrove and Lyse Cloutier and have a sip of coffee (or tea) with your 2SLGBTQ+ friends to chat about topics of interest to you and learn more about resources near you and other on-line programs offered by OSPN. We are meeting online bi-weekly for the summer months and hope to see you take part. All 50+ queer seniors welcome! Enter the Zoom chat room here 5-10 minutes before we start. (Meeting password: 710912)

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.

Fri, Dec 04 and Fri, Dec 11 at 10am
Meditation with Samten Chödrön

We are excited to announce that our popular meditation series is back for another 3-week interval. Join instructor Thubten Samten Chödrön on Fridays at 10am starting December 04.
Join us on Zoom in our special meditation room (Meeting password: 468563) a few minutes before 10am.
Each week, Samten will provide instruction in sitting, standing or reclining meditation and you will be invited to let go of expectation and effort, and rest deeply in your own wisdom/compassion essence. Each session will include guidance as well as time to relax into the moment, just as it is, just as you are. During the last 15 minutes, there will be time for questions and reflections before concluding the hour.
When we let go of everything we see that the space we wanted to create is already there. In the same way, inner contentment is already there and that is true happiness. There is no enlightenment other than that. —Anam Thubten (2009) No Self No Problem.
Your instructor: Thubten Samten Chödrön (Nyingje Gloria Norgang, PhD). Samten learned to meditate as a teenager and it was so powerful for her that she wanted everyone to experience its benefits. She introduced it to young children with whom she worked, then with women in prison and has continued to share it in every work situation she has entered. She has been teaching meditation in various forms for more than 40 years now and looks forward to meditating with you.

Thanks to the City of Ottawa, New Horizons and United Way for funding that makes our online programming events possible.