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General News · 31st May 2020
NEW in June: CISS Picnics! – The picnic behind the Gorge Hall on Wednesday, May 27, was a success!
It felt good to be out again amongst other people in a safe setting. Everyone present voted to keep on having picnics.

The picnics will be weather dependent. Sometimes it might be a last-minute call, but since we all are bringing our own food, we can be flexible.

People who were missing the carpet bowling came up with the creative idea of playing bocce ball and croquet afterwards. So, whoever wants can stay and play! The locations are tentative and may change depending on the sun and wind (droplets may fly far). We will keep you posted by email. Everyone is welcome. You can come unannounced, but Carina will make coffee and tea for you if you let her know in advance that you are coming and what you are drinking.

In summary: bring your own lunch, bring your cup, something to sit on, hand sanitizer, sunhat, sunglasses,...

The CISS AGM is being postponed due to the coronavirus. We will plan to have an AGM this year when it is deemed safe to assemble in large groups.


Walking Group
Meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m., on the Mansons Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee in the Co-op Cafe outside seating. Respecting social distancing.

Selling Online with Irene Blueth
Join local artisan and experienced Etsy seller Irene Blueth for this two-hour workshop on setting up and running a successful online store. Details on Tideline.
• Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday Market and Manson's Hall
• Friday markets are back. Every Friday, noon to 2 p.m. Respecting social distancing.

Plant Sale and Swap
• Friday, May 29 and June 6, noon to 2 p.m., Manson's Hall parking lot.

CISS Group Picnics (NEW in June)
Picnics on the lawn starting at noon. Bring your lunch and a blanket. Everybody welcome. Please RSVP Carina (250-935-6793) with your choice of tea or coffee, bring your own cup and spoon. Respecting social distancing.
• Wednesdays–weather permitting, starting at noon, location TBA (CISS members you will be notified by email)

Folk U - every Friday
Folk University has taken Folk U Friday talks to Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM.


This interesting test was suggested by Nassau, a CISS member.
... We have only one enemy we really fear: the microbe. Read more here:

Mask: Do you have it?
Are you interested in getting a non-medical mask?
Please contact Carina.

We accept new members. You qualify if you are over fifty. The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person.
The Membership Form is included in the attachment.

Seniors Helping Seniors
Carina Verhoeve is the coordinator for Seniors Helping Seniors. She may be contacted Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 250-935-6793. Please respect Carina's days and hours when calling, unless it is an emergency. Contact Carina about Literary Afternoons, seniors' lunches, and more.

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