July 27, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Race to rent: When a vacant suite in an apartment building in Berlin, Germany, went on the market, the response was an indication of the housing shortage in that city: almost 1,800 hopeful renters lined up at the building to view the flat. People were interested because of the reasonable price of the tworoom accommodation. Rolf Harms, the property manager, had to use a megaphone to dole out instructions, and then 20 to 30 people were allowed in at the same time. In that country, similar apartment shortages are common in other large cities, such as Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt.

Urban park: Xixi National Wetland Park is in Hangzhou, in China’s Zhejiang Province. The unique park combines farming, culture, and urban life and is an area of tranquility, with waterways to explore, as well as trails and boardwalks. Visitors can book a tour via the land route or the water route. Interesting sites in the park include plum trees and reed flowers, as well as the port of the Dragon Boat Festival. As the paths are unmarked and complex, visitors are advised to be careful not to get lost.

Rustic ramblings: Travelers to South America who want to go somewhere off the beaten track could try visiting Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. Located on the Atlantic coast and only a few hours from luxurious beach resorts, this isolated village attracts those who don’t care about the comforts of a modern home. There is no electricity or running water in the rustic cottages, and only a few people with generators have Wi-Fi. But the people who live there like it that way. Villagers use well or rainwater, and they cook by candlelight. The land is a designated national park and is a beloved destination of backpackers.

New friend: A man on a hike to raise money for men’s health found a new friend along the way. Max Adams was on a long trek in an area near High Prairie, Alberta, Canada. When on a side road, he could hear a loud meowing, which turned out to be a half-grown kitten sitting in the snowy branches of a tree. Adams took the desperate little feline with him because he couldn’t imagine leaving it such a long distance away from any homes. He tried to find the owner, to no avail. After the kitten was tended by a vet, Adams took it home as his own pet.

Quoteable Quotes

“Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.”

~ Homer

“He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.”

~ Hesiod

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 2 - NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE REOPENING, RENOVATION TOUR

The Niagara Pumphouse invites you to be among the first to see the newly-upgraded building. Enjoy a short tour to see the facility updates, view the art exhibitions; and, take a stroll or picnic at the grounds. Reserve time of visit at niagarapumphouse.ca

Aug. 5: Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region has launched a new program for care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to age 65). This will be a facilitated group intended to connect people who are caring for a person living with Young Onset Dementia. The intent of the program is to offer a place where care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia can access support and engage socially. 7-8:30pm Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 6 - ZOOM Practice Sessions

1:30-2:30pm

Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs.

Explore the features inside of Zoom including:
– Using the chatbox
– Renaming your display name
– Turning your video on and off
– Mute and un-mute
– Display options

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 12 - Options for Care

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:

– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long term care

– Learn the process around long term care application

– Explore options for discussing the long term care move

– Explore moving day strategies

– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Trivia

1. What is meant by curb weight in a vehicle?

Without cargo or occupants

2. What is a type of Japanese drama where actors wear masks?

Noh

3. Bubble wrap was invented in the 1940s or 1950s?

1950’s

4. Christian Dior rose to fame in what area of expertise?

Fashion

5. What is another name for the Northern Lights?

Aurora Borealis

 

Games

Did You Know?

Gone South: The first man to make it to the South Pole was Norwegian Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). A team of men, dogs, and dogsleds journeyed from their base camp in Antarctica, reaching the pole just under two months

Pick a pear: Anjou pears are mild-flavoured and soft, making them easy to eat. Abate pears are good to eat with cheese because they are fragrant and crisp

Skin bumps: Moles occur when skin cells called melanocytes grow. Babies can be born with moles that are called congenital nevi, while other moles develop over a person’s lifetime.

Expensive painting: A 1941 Pablo Picasso painting from his “Weeping Woman” series sold for $9.1 million (CDN) at an auction house in Toronto, Canada, in 2019. The painting of photographer Dora Maar is called Femme au chapeau.

Writer and pilot: Many people are aware of British author Roald Dahl’s many famous children’s books, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches. But they may not know that he was a fighter pilot in World War II.

On the Lighter Side

Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words “Wednesday,” “Friday,” or “Sunday”? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work? A stick.

Customer: “These melons are $1.50. Did you raise them yourself?”
Farmer: “Yes. Yesterday they were $1.25.”

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens weren’t around yet.

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July 20, 2020

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Mommy’s boy: Some people will go to great lengths to help their parents in a time of need. In Brazil, a man named Heitor Schiave took it one step too far: he dressed up as his mother so he could take her driver’s test on her behalf. His mother hadn’t had much luck herself, having failed three times. So Schiave put on women’s clothing and a wig, wore lots of makeup, and tried to talk in his mother’s voice. However, the disguise did not fool Aline Mendonca, the examiner, who realized that the woman taking the test did not look like the woman pictured on her identification. Schiave was arrested for fraud.

New wave furniture: Gavin Munro is a maker of furniture, but he doesn’t use carpentry tools to do it. Instead, he trains the trees on his farm to grow into the form of chairs, tables, and other pieces. The result is very artistic. Located near Derby, England, his farm has oak, willow, ash, and sycamore trees. When the trees are just saplings, he uses moulds to make them grow a certain way. To attain his final product, he also prunes and grafts the trees’ branches. It takes a long time for a piece of furniture to be made in this fashion – between four and eight years.

Stolen goods: A woman in St. Paul, Minnesota (U.S.), was miffed when she discovered that a package she ordered had been stolen from her porch. Hilary Smith received a text saying that the package, which contained a phone charger, had been delivered, so she expected to find it upon arriving home from work. In its place was a handwritten note thanking her for leaving the package on her porch so it could be stolen. The thief signed the note, “The new owner of your package.” Police in the area are warning residents to have parcels delivered when someone is home to receive them.

Beautiful harvest: Some farmers in Bangladesh work in an environment of great beauty—at least during the time of harvest. These farmers collect water lily blossoms in the Canal of Water Lilies in the country’s Barisal district. They paddle their long wooden boats through a sea of green leaves and deep pink water lily flowers, collecting the blossoms as they go. Collection is done carefully and by hand. These blossoms are a popular item at local markets, where the farmers go to sell their floral gems.

Quoteable Quotes

“Things are always at their best in the beginning.”

~ Blaise Pascal

“Life can only be kept by giving it away. But then
it will bloom.”

~ Anne Rivers Siddons

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 2 - NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE REOPENING, RENOVATION TOUR

The Niagara Pumphouse invites you to be among the first to see the newly-upgraded building. Enjoy a short tour to see the facility updates, view the art exhibitions; and, take a stroll or picnic at the grounds. Reserve time of visit at niagarapumphouse.ca

Aug. 5: Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region has launched a new program for care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to age 65). This will be a facilitated group intended to connect people who are caring for a person living with Young Onset Dementia. The intent of the program is to offer a place where care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia can access support and engage socially. 7-8:30pm Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 6 - ZOOM Practice Sessions

1:30-2:30pm

Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs.

Explore the features inside of Zoom including:
– Using the chatbox
– Renaming your display name
– Turning your video on and off
– Mute and un-mute
– Display options

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 12 - Options for Care

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:

– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long term care

– Learn the process around long term care application

– Explore options for discussing the long term care move

– Explore moving day strategies

– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Trivia

1. The fastest land animal is the cheetah, the leopard, or the lion?

Cheetah

2. Are cashews nuts or seeds?

Seeds

3.Which Muppet of The Muppets fame is known for being ticklish?

Elmo

4. Root and tuber vegetables grow above or below the ground?

Below

5. Who wrote The Cat in the Hat?

Dr. Seuss

 

Games

Did You Know?

Gone South: The first man to make it to the South Pole was Norwegian Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). A team of men, dogs, and dogsleds journeyed from their base camp in Antarctica, reaching the pole just under two months

Pick a pear: Anjou pears are mild-flavoured and soft, making them easy to eat. Abate pears are good to eat with cheese because they are fragrant and crisp

Skin bumps: Moles occur when skin cells called melanocytes grow. Babies can be born with moles that are called congenital nevi, while other moles develop over a person’s lifetime.

Expensive painting: A 1941 Pablo Picasso painting from his “Weeping Woman” series sold for $9.1 million (CDN) at an auction house in Toronto, Canada, in 2019. The painting of photographer Dora Maar is called Femme au chapeau.

Writer and pilot: Many people are aware of British author Roald Dahl’s many famous children’s books, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches. But they may not know that he was a fighter pilot in World War II.

On the Lighter Side

Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words “Wednesday,” “Friday,” or “Sunday”? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work? A stick.

Customer: “These melons are $1.50. Did you raise them yourself?”
Farmer: “Yes. Yesterday they were $1.25.”

Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens weren’t around yet.

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July 13, 2020

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Farmyard inspiration: A young woman who grew up on a farm in Northern  Ireland is enjoying newfound celebrity for her fashion design. To create her clothing, Rachel Irwin uses material that most people would throw out. For example, old mats, holiday wreaths, and bird feathers wind up in her designs.  She’s even used fertilizer bags and the fluff from a  cow’s tail, all of which are cleaned and sterilized by her mom.  She named one of her designs “Farmyard  Fashion.” Irwin has won prizes for her work and is looking forward to a career in the fashion industry.

Protective dog: A stray dog named Serenity has become a celebrity in the town of Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The pooch was found by a passerby, who stopped to see why she was sitting in a ditch in the cold. Serenity turned out to be protecting five tiny kittens. The passerby called a pet shelter, and the dog and kittens were taken in. Serenity continued to care for the kittens until they were placed in a foster home. Shelter staff intend to place Serenity for adoption, and many families expressed interest after they heard the heartwarming story of Serenity and her parental instincts. 

High design: A city high in the mountains of Bolivia is getting a facelift. El Alto,  close to the administrative city of La Paz, is enjoying attention because of the building designs of architect Freddy Mamani. He calls his style New Andean architecture. His modern buildings, called cholets, are usually several stories high with shops at street level, party and gallery space in the next levels, and living space on the top floor. The designs combine vibrant colours and geometric shapes reminiscent of indigenous textile patterns. For Mamani, the architecture of his buildings is a way of promoting his culture’s pre-Columbian roots.

Tree tuggers: A group of friends who like to run took part in the Cape Town,  South Africa, marathon, but they were doing more than just running. The group ran the race with tree saplings tied to their backs. Their purpose was to raise awareness about the country’s problem with invasive species, which are taking over indigenous plants. One of the runners, Siyabulela Sokomani, ran with a wild olive sapling, and he sports tattoos of his favourite trees. He and his fellow runners support the nationwide effort to plant trees and rid the country of the damaging species.

Quoteable Quotes

“Ascend above the restrictions and conventions of the world, but not so high  as to lose sight of them.”

~Richard Garnett

“Nothing is so inexorable as a promise to your pride.”
~Beryl Markham

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

July 18-19: 36th ANNUAL Grand North American Old Time FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP

WATCH on Facebook LIVE on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 – Start Time: 11:00 am MDT each day.

Facebook: https:www.facebook.comgroups311518953189067refshare

-or- Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers

website: www.wildrosefiddlers.org —–Join in!

Aug. 2 - NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE REOPENING, RENOVATION TOUR

The Niagara Pumphouse invites you to be among the first to see the newly-upgraded building. Enjoy a short tour to see the facility updates, view the art exhibitions; and, take a stroll or picnic at the grounds. Reserve time of visit at niagarapumphouse.ca

Everybody’s Talking

1. The Cliffs of Moher are located in Ireland, Scotland, or Wales?

Ireland

2. The colourful part of the human eye is the iris—T/F?

True

3. Is the Tropic of Cancer the most northern or most southern latitude where the sun can be directly overhead at noon?

Northlern

4. Switzerland is divided into counties or cantons?

Cantons

5. Actresses Eva and Zsa Zsa were known as what?

The Gabor Sisters

Games

Did You Know?

Major award: The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British award given to people who have contributed in a major way and over a long period of time to the arts, science,  medicine, or government. Recipients include Stephen Hawking and Desmond Tutu.

Allergic reaction: Most people who come into contact with poison ivy will get an itchy rash called “allergic contact dermatitis” because they’re allergic to the plant’s oil. A small number of people aren’t allergic to the oil and don’t get a rash.

Sleeping horse: If a horse wants to take a quick nap, it will doze while standing up. If it wants to get good sleep, it lies down. Horses need about two or three hours of deep sleep per day, usually taken at different intervals.

Famous park: Yellowstone National Park is located in the U.S. states of  Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. In 1872, it became the first national park in the country.

More than orange: Not all pumpkin varieties are orange. The decorative jarrahdale has skin with a blue-green hue, while peanut pumpkins have lumpy,  light orange skin and sweet flesh.

On the Lighter Side

There are three apples on a table, and you take away two of them. How many apples do you have now? Two, of course!

Teacher: “Mira went to the library at 5:15 and left at 6:45. How long was Mira at the library?”

Student: “Not long.”

I went to buy some camouflage clothing, but I couldn’t find it.

How many pessimists does it take to change a lightbulb? Never mind. Nobody would get the joke anyway.

Why did the lollipop cross the road? It was stuck to the chicken.

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July 6, 2020

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Ice queen: It’s not all that unusual for young teenagers to drift away from their parents. After all, that is the time of life when young people want to start doing their own thing. But mother Rhian Hughes of Clayton-le-Moors,  Lancashire, England, found a way to stay close to her son Harry. She secretly took up figure skating, something Harry loves to do. While training with an instructor was gruelling, Rhian soon was able to perform a routine, which she tricked Harry into seeing. He was very impressed, and now Harry, Rhian, and the rest of the family go skating together regularly, cementing the parent-child bond.

Say “Yes” to the dress: A woman from Adelaide, Australia, is tired of consumerism. After visiting India, Tammy Hall came home and decided to stop buying new clothes and to be happy with what she had for at least a year. She didn’t have any trouble doing that, but she did have trouble with the thought of spending a large sum of money for her wedding dress, which she would wear for only a day. To avoid this wasteful practice, she started wearing the dress everywhere after her wedding day. That includes hiking trails, basketball courts, the gym, and even the voting station. She plans to continue saying  “Yes” to the dress! 

Garden solution: If you want to get rid of a nest of bugs in your backyard,  don’t use gasoline and a match. That’s what  Cesar Schmitz discovered. His wife didn’t want the bugs to eat her lovely garden on their property in Enéas  Marques, in southern Brazil. So, with an audience of two pet dogs, Schmitz poured gas into the bug nest and tried unsuccessfully to light it with a match. Finally, on the third try, the gas ignited. Sod flew everywhere and the dogs took off on a run. Luckily, Schmitz was in a safe place, but he had to replant the garden!

Nose For Golf Balls: The elderly Barry Gell of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, loves playing golf, and he never has to buy golf balls. That’s because he trained his collie, Jess, to sniff out lost balls on the golf courses in the area. Over a 12-year  period, Jess has found more than 50,000 balls, some even buried in mud. The smart pooch never nabs one that’s in play, only lost ones. Gell uses some of the balls and gives some away, but he still has so many that he doesn’t know what to do with them all. Jess has even discovered antique golf balls lost decades ago by golfers.

Quoteable Quotes

“And we find at the end of a perfect day, the soul of a friend we’ve made.”
~Carrie Jacobs Bond~

“Becoming a father is easy enough, But being one can be rough.”
~Wilhelm Busch~

Trivia

1. What are the top universities in the U.S. called?

Ivy League

2. Which fruit has more Vitamin C, an orange or a kiwi?

Kiwi

3. In the world of basketball, who was known as “Houdini of the Hardwood”?

Bob Cousy

4. Bats are categorized as mammals—T/F?

True

5. What are geodes?

Crystal-filled Rocks

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Did You Know?

Good mood: Studies have linked low levels of the B vitamin folate to depression. Asparagus is a good source of folate, so eating it could help put  you in a better mood.

Magical places: A coral reef is a marine biome that exists in warm, shallow  water. Often located near the equator, they can be found around the world.  Examples are the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Devil’s Reef in Jamaica.

Big lizard: Komodo dragons of Indonesia are predators that eat large prey,  such as deer, water buffalo, and smaller lizards. They can run quickly for short  periods, reaching speeds of about 20 kilometres per hour (13 mph).

Hot air: Dust devils are swirling columns of air that move across the ground.  They pick up debris and dust, which makes them visible. They form when one  area of ground, such as asphalt, heats up faster than a nearby area, such as  grass.

Spectacular range: The Italian Alps have a mountain range called the  Dolomites. They are beautiful, geologically diverse, and offer world-class ski  resorts and hiking. The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On the Lighter Side

Pat: “I’m sure I’ve seen your face somewhere else.”
Matt: “No, it’s always been right here in front of my head.”

What goes up when the rain comes down? An umbrella.

Q: A girl fell off a 30-foot ladder, but she didn’t get hurt at all. How is this possible?
A. She fell off the bottom step!

Sign outside a middle school: “You are unique—just like everyone else.”

What do you break before you use it? An egg!

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