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In November, the Chalk River and Area Lions Club donated $500 to the Seniors Friendship Club.
Seen here presenting, on behalf of the Chalk River and Area Lions Club, are Becky Daynard and Vandaline Lance. Accepting, on behalf of the Seniors Friendship Club, is club president Rolland Kelly.
Thank you very much to the Chalk River and Area Lions Club for this thoughtful and generous donation.


March 14, 2023



SFC Bowling & Dinner are back for Round Three on Tuesday, April 11th!

This time we will be offering 2 back to back times for bowling, in order to accommodate more people.  

  • The 1st group will bowl from 1:30 until 3:15. 
  • The 2nd group will bowl from 3:30 until 5:15.  
  • Optional dinner at Santa Fe at 5:30 will be open to everyone, at their own expense.
  • This bowling excursion will be open for registration to SFC Members Only from March 8 until March 23.  
  • If there is still room available, registration will then be open to Non-Members from March 24 until April 3rd
  • Cost will be $5 per SFC Member and $10 for Non-Member (BOWLING ONLY) - which must be received in advance, no later than Thursday, April 3rd.  Dinner will be at your own expense. Payment can be made by etransfer to or using the drop-off box at the Deep River Town Hall.
  • 40 people (20 people PER GROUP) are needed for this event to take place.  We can accommodate a maximum of 24 people PER GROUP (4 people on a team /per lane).
  • If you would like to join us, please email no later than Thursday, April 3rd, specifying:
  1.  at which time you would prefer to bowl (we will try to accommodate your preference)
  2.  if you will be joining us afterwards for dinner at Santa Fe).  
As always, we will start a cancellation list if this event fills up fast.


  March 8, 2023


Saturday, April 1st 

SFC Excursion to the

Mapleside Sugarbush 

with lunch at Irving Big Stop

in Pembroke


The Plan:
We will meet at the Christian Education Center (CEC) beside the Community Church at 11:15 on April 1st. At 11:30 we will carpool to Irving Big Stop in Pembroke for lunch at 12:15.

We will leave the Big Stop at 1:15 and arrive at Mapleside Sugar bush at 1:30 for our tour which will last approxmately one hour. We will be back at the CEC by 3:30.

People can drive separately if they wish, and meet up with the group either at the Pembroke Irving's Truck Stop or at the Mapleside Sugarbush.

We must have 2 drivers and at least 8 people to make this trip work.
(Because of insurance concerns, the Seniors Friendship Club cannot compensate drivers for their expenses.)

Participants must dress accordingly as we will be outside and the yard might be muddy.

As there are no washrooms at Mapleside, we have allowed washroom breaks at the CEC and Irving Big Stop.

More information about the Mapleside Sugarbush is available at


March 2, 2023

Sharing 'what's happening' at the Deep River Library. See below:

The Silent Community: A case study in lost Algonquin heritage. Join Professor Steffanie Adams for an update on her research. THURSDAY, MARCH 2nd at 6:30pm.  TONIGHT

Coffee & Crafts THURSDAY, MARCH 2nd from 7-9pm. This month we’re making crochet bookmarks! Supplies provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own crochet hooks and yarn. Free! TONIGHT


Knit-a-Long Group. Every second Wednesday from 1-3pm. Beginners welcome! We’ll have a pattern and can help if needed. BYOY (bring your own yarn). Contact for details.

Scrabble Club. First and third Wednesdays at 1pm in the program room. A free, drop-in program where all Scabblers are welcome!

Creative workshop series: Monica Mulvihill learn to plarn! Tuesdays, March 21, 28, and April 4th from 10-12. Learn how to make plastic yarn and crochet a tote. Suggested donation of $10 to help with supplies. Registration required.

“Not Born from a Virgin Forest” activities, funded by New Horizons for Seniors Program:

Memoir Writing Workshop Tuesday, March 7th from 1-3pm. Join author and memoirist, Margaret Macpherson, for the fundamentals of writing from memory with exercises, readings, and discussions. Registration required.

Drumming for the Soul with Trevor Pierce, Circle of the Turtle Lodge. Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8pm. Registration required.

Genealogy Workshop with Tracey Kasaboski and Kristen Den Hartog. Friday, March 17th at 6:30pm. Co-Authors of the Cowkeeper’s Daughter will be sharing how they brought social history to life through genealogical research.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise with the Mashkiwizee Manido Foundation. Saturday, March 18th from 1-3:30pm. Open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants, this experiential workshop explores Nation to Nation relationships and helps build understanding as to how colonization impacts everyone. Hosted with the Community Foundation.



February 16, 2023

Thank you to the Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF).

The Seniors Friendship Club would like to acknowledge the wonderful and generous grants which the Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) provide to our area. Without this grant funding many events and projects would not be possible.
For example, because of a recent DRDCF grant, the Deep River Community Church collaborated with the Seniors Friendship Club to make it possible for Elaine Bisson to instruct a 3-session Introduction to Watercolour course in January. The course filled up immediately to a 16 person capacity, and was a real hit! But, again, it would not have been possible for this to happen without the generosity of the DRDCF. This is only one grant award; if you want to see more, simply go to the DRDCF website at to see the complete list of all of the 2022 Fall Grants which were awarded!

Thank you again, to the DRDCF, for making it possible for 16 people to try their hand at watercolour painting.











February 6, 2023


Computer Fraud and Scams

          On Wednesday, February 22 at 1 pm, the National Association of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Valley Branch and the Seniors Friendship Club will be hosting a presentation on Computer Fraud and Scams by Alex Stephens.  This presentation will take place in the Program Room of the Deep River Library.  Unfortunately, fraud and scams are all too common these days and the people who are committing these crimes are incredibly sophisticated and prey on caring, trusting people.

Alex grew up in Deep River, has lived in England and has recently moved back to be close to his parents.  He will talk to us on how to become “scammer aware”.  Alex is looking forward to providing approaches to help reduce the stresses of dealing with frauds and scams that take place too frequently in our lives. 

There will be NO Woodsy Wednesday Walk on February 22 in order for members to attend this very important talk.  More information, along with how to register for this presentation, will be emailed to members soon. 


 February 3, 2023

Yesterday's SFC Bowling & Dinner at Santa Fe was a hit! We all had lots of fun and laughs!
Let's just say.....bowling is not as easy as it looks!
Thank you to Yvonne for supplying the coolers of nice & cold bottled water; it came in very handy!
Delicious meal and great service at Santa Fe!

Stay tuned for pics/video!




January 27, 2023

Mad River Paddle Co talk and demo with kicksleds and e/fat-bikes

Thank you very much to Sherry and Kevin from the Mad River Paddle Co for their informative talk as well as their demo afterwards which allowed SFC members to 'test drive' kicksleds and e/fat-bikes.  Now we need to plan an excursion out to the Mad River Paddle Co in Calabogie!  Stay tuned for details coming in the future.










January 26, 2023

Thank you very much to Deep River Police Services Sergeant Anne Pitrie for her very informative and timely talk about Winter Driving at this morning's weekly Coffee and Chat in the program room of the Deep River Library.

Just a reminder that a person can be fined for not properly cleaning the snow from their vehicle; clean it all off.

Also, if you need to park your vehicle on the side of the street or road while you are cleaning your driveway, and you have your 4-way flashers (hazard) lights on, make sure that they are properly cleaned off as well. They won't do you much good, if they are covered in snow and are not visible to approaching traffic.  














January 25, 2023

This is short notice but if you are interested in hearing from the Deep River Police about Winter Driving, join us at tomorrow morning's Coffee & Chat at 10a.m. in the program room at the Deep River Library.

Winter driving; how to prepare for winter roads, ways to keep safe prior to leaving the house if there is a snow storm. The importance of winter tires, how to deal with plows, and how to safely navigate through snow.



December sure has been busy!
Not only is the SFC active with weekly exercise classes, walking goup, line dancing, and coffee mornings, but we also enjoyed a few other socials this month;
- a wonderful evening of live music and refreshments (Nov. 25),







- a delicious Bear's Den turkey luncheon with all of the trimmings, while enjoying the musical talents of Peter Boczar,







- an evening listening to the beautiful voices of the Military Wives Choir.






Thanks to our photographers Bev and Gordon!