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The Ryder for March 2015

March 2nd, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Gravenhurst LogoRyde Co-op Receives Terence Haight Grant

We are happy to announce that our request for funding from the Town of Gravenhurst’s Terrence Haight fund has been approved. The generous gift of $1500.00 will be used to purchase age-friendly upgrades for the Co-op, including a portable ramp for the front door, grab bars for the washrooms and comfortable chairs. A big thank you goes out to the Town of Gravenhurst for helping us to better serve our community.


District of Muskoka LogoNEW ..Seniors Community Advisors!

Muskoka Community Services would like to welcome Joan Clifford and Susan Ward into their role of Seniors Community Advisor for the Ryde community. In this role, Joan and Sue will be working with the Seniors Programs and Services team: Lindsay Lima (Seniors Wellness Outreach Coordinator) and Lydia Arnold (Program Information Coordinator) to help unite the community through the promotion of volunteerism, engaging seniors in mentoring, and supporting social participation and inclusion.  Please join us, in welcoming them into their new volunteer role!

Sussustainablesustainability Workshops – Sundays in March and April

The Ryde Co-op is pleased to be continuing our Sustainable Living Workshops in partnership with the District of Muskoka. Please register in advance by calling Judy at 705-687-2406. Note: All Workshops: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

  1. March 8th ~ Cook Once, Eat for a Week

Chef Larry will be demonstrating how to stretch your grocery budget over several meals by choosing ingredients that can be put together in different ways to create many meals. Taste samples of the meals will be provided. By spending one day preparing and cooking, you can have food ready in your freezer for future meals. If there is sufficient interest, another workshop will be offered where participants will make meals to take home.

  1. March 22nd ~ Straw Bale Construction

It may be cold and blustery outside but those cozy inside a well-built straw bale home are keeping warm and well this winter! Interested in learning more about building with straw and other natural materials? Members of the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op (green and natural construction) will talk about straw bale construction and natural plasters and show photos of homes built and renovated to be energy efficient, healthy and beautiful.  They will also discuss some tips to make your own home more energy efficient and bring samples of some healthier materials.

  1. April 12th ~ Blending Teas and Tinctures

Noted herbalist Penelope Beaudrow will introduce us to the wonderful world of herbal teas and tinctures. Learn to create your own inexpensive blends, and the medicinal uses of teas. Penelope will teach us to extract essential plant properties through various methods; teas, tinctures, vinegars and oils. There will be samples to enjoy and take home.

  1. April 26th~ Making More Soap

Welcome back Jonathan Bullock who will be teaching us how to make our own soap! There is a $20 materials fee but you will be taking home the soap that you make. Bring rubber gloves, & safety glasses, as we will be using lye. Also bring something disposable made of silicone, glass or plastic to use as a mold for your soap.

SoupSunday Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Chef Larry invites you to join him at the Co-op after church on Sunday, March 8th for a soup and sandwich lunch for only $5. These small lunches are going to be offered once per month over the winter as a way to extend your after church socializing opportunity for an hour or so. See you at 12:15 for lunch!

Free Transportation to Free Infant & Preschooler Programs

Are you a parent or caregiver who looking for excellent, free programming for your infant or preschooler? Are you without a car? You can call Ginny, Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30 to arrange a ride. 705-645-3027 X202. These programs are offered through: Muskoka Family Focus

Roast TurkeyTurkey Dinner February 28th

It may be the shortest month, but Chef Larry is treating us right! With events like this to get us through the winter, we don’t want to be snowbirds! Roast Turkey with all the trimmings! Don’t walk – run to the Summerland General Store to pick up your tickets. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door. Members: $10, non-members: $15.

Internet CafeInternet Café

Join us every other Monday from 10:30 – 1:30 pm, for Internet Café . This an opportunity to get some assistance with your various devices. Now that the Co-op has free WiFi access we can connect with all your wireless devices. Bring your laptops, smart phones, tablets and eReaders and we will work together to get you going on them. Specific classes can be arranged once the needs are determined. Fee: $2. Contact Jennie for information at 705-687-5234 or email

stewStew for You! Saturday, March 21 at 5:30

This month’s community dinner celebrates the Irish with tummy-warming stew, prepared by Chef Larry O’Peck! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome the first full day of Spring! Get your tickets early at the Summerland Store. Members $10 Non-members $15


Food BasketMarch Fresh Food Baskets

If you would like to participate in this popular program, the fee is $20 cash per basket. There is at least a $30 value in these boxes. Please pay at the Summerland General Store before Tuesday, March 3, with the pick up on Thursday, March 12. Thanks to everybody who supports this program, but especially Ron and Carrie! Get your downloadable schedule here:

ChicksThe Donkey Shack & Feed Store Presents

Chicken Workshop Saturday Mar. 14th from 2-4 pm

Come out and have some fun with chickens and turkeys. Learn about bedding, feeding and handling of the birds. How do you know that your bird is sick or moulting? How many hens do you need for 1 rooster? What type of housing is required for 12 birds?

Pre-register 705-687-1563 $10/person

We also sell Freys Birds, baby chicks and ready-to-lays.

Upcoming Events

  • Bid Euchre – Every Wednesday at the RCC from 1 pm.
  • VON SMART Exercise program – Every Monday & Wednesday starting at 9:30 am.
  • WISE Seniors’ Clubhouse – Every second & fourth Friday from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. $3/person
  • Tai Chi and Qigong – Every Thursday – 10:30 – 11:30 am – $2
  • Internet Café Biweekly – Mar. 9th & 23rd – 10:30 – 1:30 pm – $2
  • Roast Turkey Dinner – Feb 28th – 5:30 pm – $10 Members Tickets will be available at Summerland at the beginning of February.
  • Soup and Sandwich Lunch – Mar. 8th – 12:15 – 1:15 pm. $5 at the door.
  • Sustainability Workshop “Cook Once, Eat for a Week” with Chef Larry – Mar. 8th 1 to 3 pm. Advance registration required – 705-687-2406
  • Stew Dinner – Mar 21st – 5:30 pm – $10 members. Tickets are available at Summerland
  • Sustainability Workshop “Straw Bale Construction” – Mar. 22nd 1 to 3 pm.
  • Sustainability Workshop “Blending Teas & Tinctures” – Apr. 12th 1 to 3 pm. Advance registration required – 705-687-2406

    The Ryder was brought to you this month by:

    Steer North

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