A Message for Art Students

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Bonnie doing a demo for the Toronto Watercolour Society

“Hi everyone.  Just checking in to say Hi and hope that you are well….I really really miss you and hope that you are doing okay.  I have received some wonderful emails, and just want to say THANK YOU FROM MY HEART!  Also, keep sending me your paintings to critique and to direct you.  I am inspired but what you do and can do and what you will do.  The key is to keep engaged.  I can’t wait until we go back!  Be patient, and please please keep up your painting!  I am also going to send new references for you to paint and hope that they inspire you!  I will be here to help.  Send photos also that you may want to use and share or stories that also inspire you.

I will be in touch and I am sending a virtual hug.  Stay well and safe……Bonnie”

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“Black Rock” by Bonnie Steinberg

Learn more about Bonnie in a Toronto Watercolour Society feature article: Page1   Page 2

 

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Get Up and Grow!

Get_Therapy-SunflowersSpring is here and many of us are itching to get growing.

The good news is, starting today garden centres will be open for curb-side pickup.  Plants and seeds are also available at select grocery stores, WalMart and through on-line retailers.

The Toronto Master Gardeners website offers a wealth of resources including a guide on Balcony & Container Gardening.

Many gardening videos can be found on YouTube including 8 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Re grow Again and Again Inside your House or Garden.

Here are some suggested garden tools to make everything easier.

Read some interesting articles published in Psychology Today including Why Gardening is so Good for our Mental Health and 10 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening.

Happy Growing!

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Mental Health and COVID-19

Understandably, many people may be feeling anxious, unsure and even scared at this time.  These are normal and healthy responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Disruption to regular daily routines and distancing from family and friends is hard and many are struggling as a result.  In times like these, it’s ok to not feel ok.

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Tips

  • Take deep breaths. Simple breathing exercises can help ease stress.  Try breathing in deeply, counting to three, hold for a count of three, and then slowly breathe out, counting to three.
  • Have a routine.  Structure your day and maintain positive habits, including healthy eating.
  • Let in the sun.  Open windows.  Sunlight can improve your mood.
  • Exercise, dance and have fun.  Blow off steam and boost endorphins.  Try something new.
  • Call or virtually connect with loved ones.  Lean on each other for support.  ‘Social distancing’ is a Misnomer (Globe & Mail article)
  • Stay informed.  Check credible sources of information for updates but take breaks when needed.  Taking in the news all day can be draining.  Unplug for a bit and recharge – listen to music, meditate, journal, read or listen to a podcast instead.
  • Look for the positives.  Share inspirational stories of people helping one another.
  • Engage your brain.  Do a word search, Sudoku, jigsaw or crossword puzzle.
  • Help others.  Volunteer to pick up groceries or walk the dog for a neighbour who is self-isolating.  Helping someone else can make you feel good.
  • Remember, this is only a temporary situation.
  • Seek help.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out.  Community help is available.

THE CANADIAN COALITION FOR SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH offers some great suggestions on “Activities to do while Physical Distancing”  Give one a try today! 🙂

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Wellness at TSC

Do you miss your regular TSC Wellness class or would you like to try something new from home?  Click on the images below for YouTube videos previously recorded by the popular Wellness group.  Many more can be found here.

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What we’ve been up to

If you have a photo to share, please send it to cpetrowtsc@gmail.com
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Cindy & Z find an unexpected burst of colour along the trail

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Message from Don Tai, Vice-President of TSC
“To all our Members, my hope is that you and your families are all well, and staying abreast of all the latest news on the virus to be able to plan a schedule that is safe for you and your loved ones. Don’t forget to include some physical activity in your routine.
To the badminton players, this is a good time if you have space, to practice shuttle / racquet control by hitting on the wall, or go outside and practice keeping the shuttle in air with your racquet.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and be well …
Don
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Ontario Creates Partnership with Volunteer Hub to Help Seniors

The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak.

SPARK Ontario is the province’s first volunteer hub designed to direct volunteers to where they are needed most.  Groups across the province are looking for volunteers to help deliver food or medicines, run errands or check-up on seniors and the most vulnerable by phone or email while they self-isolate.

Ontarians interested in volunteering are encouraged to check the website www.sparkontario.ca for opportunities to make a difference where they live.

Seniors, people with disabilities, and others in need of assistance can also be connected to essential services in their community at any time by visiting www.211ontario.ca or by dialing 211 or 1-877-330-3212 (toll free).

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Send Your Pics!

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Peter keeping fit on his hour long hike

Thank you to everyone who shared photos for our “What we’ve been up to” slideshow.

I’ve heard from our Members who’ve said that it’s so nice to see familiar faces again as well as inspiring them to stay busy, healthy and positive.

So don’t be shy!  Send your pics with a brief caption to cpetrowtsc@gmail.com to be included in the next post.

We can’t wait to see you again! 🙂

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Cybercrime

Cyber-CrimeThe number of online crimes continues to grow.

The Ontario Provincial Police Cybercrime Investigation Team assists in investigations of conventional crimes that have an online component such as fraud, cyber-stalking/bullying and identity theft.  They recommend the following websites to provide useful information and tips related to these crimes and best practices for cyber security:

Knowledge is power.  Stay safe everyone.

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Yard Waste

yardPlease see the latest update from the City regarding Recycling & Garbage.

Yard Waste pickup will resume next week.

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What we’ve been up to…

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