GICCA’s goal of enriching and connecting our island community seems even more important during this time when we are unable to gather socially in large groups due to COVID restrictions. Experts have expressed concern that during fall and winter, isolation and depression can be serious issues for many who are being COVID-careful.
GICCA, along with leaders from the Church, GIVE, Guemes Connects, and Groundfloor Guemes, has gathered ideas for COVID-safe activities that will help us all stay connected as well as mentally and physically healthy. We anticipate these ideas and activities to evolve over time. We plan to share these new developments on this page and in the GICCA monthly newsletters. Stay tuned!
Looking for ways to connect? Check out "What's Happening?" for COVID-safe ideas and activities relating to Food, Friendship, Education, and more.
With walking as one of the easiest and most beneficial forms of exercise, and with Guemes Island being surrounded by natural beauty that beckons us, GICCA has put together a series of walks designed to bring friends together safely in the great outdoors. Most walks are easy-to-moderate loops with opportunities to challenge yourself by walking faster or further. Whether you end up walking solo, with a partner, or in small groups (of 5 or fewer, please), you’re sure to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul! So, put on your walking shoes and your mask... and let’s meet at the trailhead. Well-mannered, leashed dogs are welcome.
The island's favorite activity, The Gathering Lunch, was forced to shut down in April due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. Guemes Connects and the Gathering Lunch crew will begin "Soup To Go," a curbside pickup of soup, roll & cookie on Thursdays in front of the Church from 11:30 to 12:15 or until they run out. A $4 donation is suggested. Please stay in your car and wear a mask and a masked server will bring the soup to your car. All COVID requirements will be followed.
Print the November Connections Calendar and post on your frig to make sure you don't miss out on any of these COVID-safe activities.
Pick a podcast from our list of recommended Ted Talks or choose a link to a virtual learning topic. Ted Talks are short powerful, influential videos/podcasts from expert speakers with topics from education, science, environment, business, art, politics, and more.
Choose one of the learning links to travel destinations, humor, music, and more.
Guemes Island virtual lecture series could begin in January. There are several interesting speakers lined up, but we are still are looking for a few volunteers to help with the technical part of this project on coordinating and managing large presentations on Zoom.
Offer your personal suggestions by emailing 4Gicca@gmail.com
Check out the link above for ideas on how you can connect with others and share your interests or talents.