Twenty minute information sessions were also available upstairs at the Community Centre which started at 3:00 p.m. and ended at 6:40 p.m. The various topics included the following: Alternative Health Care Options – The Basics of Naturopathic Medicine; Exploring Options and Questions with Senior’s Housing; Falls Preventions and the Use of Assistance Devices; Dealing with Alzheimer’s Early Warning Signs and Symptoms and Using Mindfulness for Pain Management and Depression. Wells speculated that this year the crowd could be anywhere from 300 to 350 similar to that a year ago.
AJ will be scouring both the venders and the spectator’s feedback to gleam how the fair can be run next year or if an annual event should even occur. It takes a lot of volunteers to organize such an event. For instance, students from the Rehoboth Christian School were Ambassadors for the day, manning the front tables, handing out goodie bags and a home economics class baked cookies and cakes. The students also served tea and coffee.
Barbara Wright is a Representative from DASO (Domestic Abuse Services Oxford Formerly the Women's Emergency Centre). Despite their recent name change, this year DASO celebrated 40 years providing domestic abuse services and programs in Oxford County. Barbara Wright reported that “all events have had an anniversary spin; [SoupStock] will be one of the last events for the anniversary which is a fun and fantastic event.” SoupStock consist of four local restaurants and catering servers in Oxford County who will all make their signature soup that will be judged. Tickets are only $10.00 to support this great cause.
John and Jeanette Kuipers are distributors and certified pole walking instructors who had their Nordixx booth displaying walking poles. Nordic Pole Walking is regular walking using specifically designed hand-held Nordic Walking Poles. The benefits of Nordic Pole Walking strengthen upper body, reduce stress on joints and burns more calories.
Walking poles could prove to be useful at the Walking Club held at the Norwich Community Centre. For an annual membership of $6.00 the facility is open all year round from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to walk. You no longer have to worry that inclement weather will keep you indoors.