Côte Saint-Luc Creative Social Centre prepares vernissage, exhibition and sale

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc wishes to salute the Creative Social Centre and its vernissage, exhibition and sale from October 9 to 11, 2006.
“This is a wonderful group that showcases the multiple talents and boundless energy of our seniors,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for the seniors portfolio.
Located on the second floor of the Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron (5237 Clanranald Avenue), the Creative Social Centre is formally affiliated with Côte Saint-Luc’s programming for senior citizens. Many of the group’s members reside in Côte Saint-Luc. The Creative Social Centre was founded by Helen Knight on November 28, 1982. She remains at the helm of the organization and looks forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary in the fall of 2007.
Recently, Ms. Knight met with Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen. One of his portfolios is communications and he has agreed to assist the group in its new promotion plan leading up to anniversary planning.
The vernissage, featuring paintings and sculptures created by more than 70 of the Centre’s members, will take place on Monday, October 9 from 3pm to 8pm at the synagogue. It will be followed by an exhibition and sale during the following two days from 1pm to 5pm.
Shirley Katz will present “Art – One Woman’s Perspective” on October 10. Ruth Dranov will speak on “Wellness” on October 11. Refreshments will be served.
This program is being sponsored by Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron and the cities of Montreal and Côte Saint-Luc.
Ms. Knight says the Creative Social Centre was modeled on Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as participation in the various activities serves to enhance and encourage motivation and self-esteem.
“The camaraderie of the Centre fulfills the need to belong and potential for personal growth is ultimately achieved,” Ms. Knight said. “Our annual vernissage, where paintings and sculptures are exhibited and sold, confirms the creativity and enthusiasm of the membership. Our journey begins with the need to belong. Therefore all classes are small. Many activities are held in groups, where seniors have the opportunity to socialize, to get to know one another and greet one another by name and often with a hug.”
Open Mondays through Thursdays, year-round, the Centre is a bee hive of activity. In addition to art, there is a choir, creative writing, a playwright group, folk dancing, recorder lessons, tai chi and yoga instruction and a rabbi’s talk. Day trips are organized regularly for concerts, ballets, theatres and museums. There is an annual five-day bus trip to Stratford, Ontario or Niagara-on-the Lake. Every Wednesday, a delicious lunch is served for a nominal price in the Centre’s attractive eating area. They also publish a monthly bulletin.
Membership is only $25 per year. Different fees exist for the various courses and activities.
“We are grateful for all of the support we receive,” Ms. Knight said. “The synagogue is our lifeline. They provide us with wonderful space in a location which is very convenient for seniors.”
The most “senior” member of the Centre is Eva Chait, who turns 102 on October 2. She is full of energy and an inspiration to all.
For more information about the Creative Social Centre please call 514-488-0907.


Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
Tel: 514-485-8905
Email: dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

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