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General News · 31st October 2023
In this newsletter: Christmas Dinner / Our Calendar for November / Bingo! / Person of the Month – Lynne Jordan - Part Two / Tips for cooking winter squash / Need firewood? / and more ...

You are invited to join the Cortes Island Seniors Society (CISS) if you are 50+. The Society manages the current Seniors Village, pays for renting of Manson's Hall to allow for certain seniors' activities and meetings, sends out a monthly newsletter with news relating to Cortes seniors, organizes island-wide events, works with Better at Home and other seniors’ programs providers, and more. To find more information about our programs and activities, check this Tideline post or our Facebook page.

Membership in the Society is very important as it shows your support for the organization and its programming.


Saturday, December 16, Manson’s Hall. Doors open 5:30. Dinner 6:30.

This will be a traditional turkey dinner. Bring your own wine or beer, and a wrapped gift (new or old, silly or serious) if you want to take part in the gift exchange/swap. Dinner form, with membership renewal, is attached to this newsletter.


In addition to our usual CISS program, New Horizons for Seniors Cortes offers a series of workshops. Your participation is important. See below the workshops offered, included here also separately in the attachment, so you can download the whole program.

Carpet Bowling
• Call De0305 for more information.

• Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 a.m. Contact Ruth6478 or Victoria6594 if you are interested in coming, Manson’s Hall.

DeathCaring Collective

• Tuesday, November 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room. Kathleen Monahan will introduce us to Nav-CARE. See for more information. All are welcome.

Walking Group
The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for a 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee. Coffee location TBA.

Cortes Island Museum and Wild Cortes
• Museum, 957 Beasley Road, Fri/Sat, noon to 4 p.m.
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road, Fri/Sat, noon to 4 p.m.

• First and third Saturday of a month. Manson's Hall, Pioneer Room, 1 to 3 pm.
The CISS will be hosting BINGO on the first and third Saturdays of the month starting September 2, in the Pioneer Room, from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. If there is enough interest we will continue into the winter, and if we need more space, we will use the main hall.

• No scheduled lunches in August but meet on Wednesdays in Julie's Cafe (Community Cafe in the Pioneer Room) for a lunch served by Julie and Sandy! Invite your friends and be there at 12:30 p.m.


• Chair Yoga with Kelly

Thursdays, October 26, Nov 2, 9 & 16
11:30 – 12:30
Om Studio Mansons Hall

Free classes, come once, twice or every week.
Registration required as space is limited.

Please email or call Kelly to register for a class or any/all of the 4 sessions.

• Yoga with Kelly at the Gorge Hall

Tuesdays or Wednesdays 2 pm – 3 pm
Starting soon, dates/times tba this week

• Movement Wellness Series with Namchi

Somatic Movements for graceful aging, Golden Pilates for range of motion and resistance training, Yamuna Body Rolling to release sore muscles, foot exercises to improve balance and easeful walking.

Monday, November 6, 1 – 3 pm
Monday, November 20, 11 am – 1 pm
Monday, November 27, 11 am – 1 pm
Main Hall Mansons Hall

Preregistration required. Free class, space is limited.
Email to reserve your spot. Bring a friend too!

• Introductory Fiction & Nonfiction Writing Workshop
with Author/Historian Jeanette Taylor

Saturdays, January 13, 20 & 27
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
3 weeks intensive – homework in between
$180 – Scholarships available
Limited space available

You have a story to tell, a passion for writing, and curiosity about the creative process. Get your project launched in a workshop with writer/historian Jeanette Taylor, Saturdays, January 13, 20 and 27 at Cortes Island’s Manson’s Hall. This introductory workshop applies to fiction and nonfiction, including memoir and family history.

Taylor uses a combination of instruction, assigned readings, writing exercises and interactive discussion, including small break-out groups to share draft writing. Bring a notebook and (if applicable) your laptop for in-class writing.

Workshop topics include planning options to flesh out and structure a story idea; ways to hone memories and research to engage readers; inject life into characters and events portrayed; and test the revisions process. In-class and homework assignments are designed to help advance your project.

An email address is required, to receive readings and share writing.
Email Ester at to request a registration form and/or to inquire about scholarships.


Island United has a lot of firewood for sale (for 2024 - not dry).
The contact is Trevor, and his email is

PERSON OF THE MONTH – Lynne Jordan - part two – Radar Rescued Me

To read Lynne's story, see our email newsletter or the pdf file attached below.


If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the newsletter every first day of the month. If you cannot find it in your email box – check your spam or junk folder and mark "NOT SPAM"; if it is not there, inform Gina250-935-0080.

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