More or Less at the Sheep River Library

News Date: 
1 January 2019

Here we are at the beginning of another year; the time when we hear a lot about “more” or “less”: I will exercise more, I will eat less. I will read more and watch less TV. I will drink less coffee and more wine (OK, maybe not that last one -but you get the idea). To help you with any changes you wish to make in 2019, we have our usual slate of fantastic programs with both old favourites and some new ones to help you meet your learning goals. Edna Howdle is offering a Chi Gong class on Monday afternoons at 3 pm starting January 14. Thismoving meditation can help to balance and harness your Qi (also spelled chi), or "life energy".  The activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on visualization and your breathing.  This simple practice brings more peace, joy, and balance to your life as it dissolves pain, worries, depression, anxiety and fears. While all this is happening, you are healing your body, your mind and emotions, and connecting spiritually. There is no cost for this class, but donations will be accepted for a designated charity. We also offer other classes that focus on your physical health such as Brain and Body for Seniors and the Diamond Valley Fit Club. All of these will help you get more fit and provide opportunities to exercise more.

For those who are of a musical and/or poetic bent, Doc Mehl is starting the Diamond Valley Songwriters group which will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30. Whether you are a beginner, a dabbler or an old hat at writing songs there is an open door for you with this group. Bring your instrument with you -guitars and keyboards are welcome. We are hoping to see more concerts develop out of this group.

If you are concerned about the environment and would like to see less of your stuff ending up at the landfill, then the Repair Café on March 16 may be just what you’re looking for. There will be different stations with skilled volunteers to fix a variety of broken household items. Also, learn how to use a 3-D printer to make replacement parts so that less items end up being tossed away. The café will start at noon and go for the whole afternoon.

If you are a parent of young children, you will already know what a great resource and support other parents can be. High River Parent Link Centre will be facilitating a Parent Coffee & Chat on the second and fourth Thursdays at 10 am. All parents are welcome to come and chat over coffee, get parenting information and meet other parents, which will enable you to feel more supported and less overwhelmed. Supervised play will be offered for children.

Coming this session, we also have the Southern Alberta Law Talks. This series addresses a wide range of legal issues to help you be more informed and less confused.

For details about any or all of these programs and many more, please see the centre pull out pages of this edition of the High Country News. From all of us here at the library we hope you have a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon at the library; more or less. 
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'
Alfred Lord Tennyson