Car Wash

Time to get your car sparkling again! The 2nd annual Grannies Car Wash fundraiser is taking place Saturday October 3 at the 29th Street Autoplex from 10-2.

Sponsored and assisted by Watkin Motors. the grannies, wearing their Covid masks to protect those nearby, will be working up a lather on dirty cars. All proceeds go directly to South African ‘Gogos’ (Zulu for ‘Grandmothers’) who are caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

These energetic women will carefully hand wash the vehicles at two separate stations for $15/car. A table of Grannies’ handicrafts, baking and preserves will be set up for customers to peruse while their cars are being cleaned. They ask that browsers wear masks while looking at the tables. Calling all dirty cars to Come Clean in support of disadvantaged African gogos!

Now Available – Jigsaw Puzzles

We’ve very happy to introduce our new product – jigsaw puzzles! These are created from high quality photos of African animals and British Columbia Birds and, all but one, taken by members of Grannies à Gogo. Choose from over 25 different images.

This is the perfect activity for puzzlers from small children to teens, adults and grandparents!

With the current COVID-19 crisis, the Gogos in South Africa are facing increasing issues with food, health and finances. We hope that you will help us to help them in this very unusual time.

Small 4″x6″ 24 pieces
Large 8″x10″ 48 pieces

You can see the selection here and, then, ORDER or email your order to using the numbers (small puzzles) or letters (large puzzles) and descriptive names.

Travelogues 2020

Our next series of travelogues are packed and ready to go!

Here’s the schedule – you can find more details here:

January 10 – Everest and Nepal
January 17 – Norway’s Coast to Iceland
January 24 – Japan the Deep North
January 31 – Beijing to St. Petersburg by Train

At the Schubert Centre 10 – 11 am. $5 admission.

Fabric Sale Extravaganza

Grannies à Gogo is presenting a Fabric Sale Extravaganza. Up for grabs will be a hundreds of meters of fabrics and yarns, as well as notions.

The visual feast includes satins, silks, synthetics, cottons, laces, wools, rayons, denims, knits, flannels and much more. All are pre-measured and labelled. There is every colour and pattern conceivable – imagine a hundred times Joseph’s infamous multi-coloured coat. Anyone who is keen on sewing, quilting, costume making, or crafting will be up to their eyeballs in delight.

And the kicker… it is ALL spectacularly inexpensive, regardless of fabric type. There are also heaps of rolled off-cuts of less than a metre for sale at $5 per grocery bag.  Also available are quantities of doll making supplies.

The Fabric Extravaganza will be held Saturday, April 6th, from 10 – 4 pm at The People Place, 3402- 27th Avenue, Rm. 006. Please bring your own bag. Cash or cheques only.

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2019 Travelogues

This very popular series continues with four presentations:

Jan. 11Three Rivers: Budapest to Amsterdam by Wayne Emde
Jan. 18China, Vietnam, Cambodia: Teaching & Touring by Sandee Carson
Jan. 25The Rock: Nfld’s Vikings, Icebergs and Birds by Marnie & Ted Melnyk
Feb. 1India by the Five Senses by Suzy Sims

All presentations are scheduled for 10 am at the Schubert Centre 3505 30 Ave, in The Emerald Room. Admission $5


Icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland.

2018 Travelogues

The Grannies à Gogo series of four winter Travelogues have proven so popular that they will now be hosted in a new venue, the much more spacious Emerald Room at the Schubert Centre, 3505 – 30 Ave, Vernon. Take note! The impressive 2018 season of four new destinations is the eighth season of these remarkable Travelogues. The first in the winter series focuses on the Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba on Friday, Jan. 12. The next looks at Myanmar/Burma on Friday, Jan. 19. The third travelogue explores the spectacle of Iceland on Friday, Jan. 26, and winding up the winter series we travel to Portugal on Friday, Feb.2.  All the slide-show presentations are scheduled for 10:00 am at the Schubert Centre.

Churchill Polar Bear

            Marnie & Ted Melnyk kick off this series with Churchill in Polar Bear Season, a week-long “learning vacation” at the Northern Studies Science Centre at Churchill, Manitoba. Throughout that time they had a scientist guide who gave daily informative talks about their wildlife research. They joined an international group of about twenty people who could interact with the research and, for example, helped with a seal count. While spending two days on giant tundra buggies they successfully sought out and found polar bears and other wildlife, capturing them with their cameras.  Another highlight included a helicopter ride over the Hudson’s Bay coast, viewing the tundra and polar bears with cubs. They will complete the presentation with a look at Inuit art, the culture, the history, and the community spirit.


In the second travelogue Sue Harnett presents Myanmar/Burma and shares the complexity of this country’s past, present, and future which is currently so much in the news. Sue shares her observations and experiences while touring this changing country, noting the underlying political climate where powerful and corrupt ‘generals’ are in control and people are reticent to talk. Yet there is also a real feeling of optimism, since the first “free election” and the lifting of sanctions, and of economic progress. She perceives bustling modern cities, lovely landscapes, opulent temples and Buddhist beliefs and traditions which are respected.

Hengifoss Waterfall

The season’s third travelogue has us Warming Up to Iceland with Connie & Dudley deLeenheer. As the much quoted saying goes, “Nobody goes to Iceland for the weather”, and they quickly found out why it is so popular as a tourist destination. Iceland presents the opportunity to experience pure, unspoiled nature with very little in the way of human interference. They were fascinated by the gems of nature and the dramatically varied landscapes, some of which were very moonscape-like, where movies such as ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Interstellar’ have been filmed. Beautiful fjords and spectacular waterfalls provide diversity. Connie has a connection to Iceland since her great-grandparents were born there. She was impressed by the challenging life of people who lived in sod houses back in the day, yet they were resourceful and managed to get through their hardships with their daily phrase: “Everything will be all right.” Iceland is a very old and awe-inspiring country and was home to the world’s first organized parliament.

Queen Leonor Spa

Rounding out the Winter Morning Travelogue series is Portugal – Where Old World Meets the New, seen through the photos and comments of Juve & Isabel Furtado. Beginning in Isabel’s native city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, they focus on sites of historical importance such as the impressive 1502 Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower, both renowned for their magnificent architecture and interesting histories. Also catching attention are the irresistible Portuguese “pasteis de nata” or custard tarts like no other. They travel to the City of Porto, famous for its port wine, and to the coast of Algarve with its beautiful beaches and picturesque old towns.

Join us as we armchair travel to these four captivating destinations! All presentations will be held at the Schubert Centre, 3505 – 30 Ave, Vernon at 10:00 am. Admission is $5 at the door. All proceeds directly support bereaved African grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Schubert Centre will have coffee/tea and cookies available by donation to the Schubert Centre.

Grease – Movie Sing-Along!

Time to get out those poodle skirts and blue suede shoes for a fun-filled evening with Sandy and Danny.

Grannies à Gogo presents the original Grease movie with all your favourite lyrics to sing along to.

Friday, November 3 at 7 pm


Presented on the big screen at OK College Campus in Vernon – Room D-310. Doors open at 6:30 (rush seating).

Tickets – $15 available from Grannies à Gogo members or from the Bean Scene (2923 30th Ave, Vernon)

Hosted by Rick and Coreen Smith – refreshments available – room for dancing!


We are going to have a great calendar!  Thank you to everyone who entered photos in the contest and took part in the People’s Choice event.
Thanks to our fantastic judge Ian Bull – very patient, informative and fun.  He was impressed by the quality and variety of the photos entered.
And the winners are:
January – Barb Melanson
February – Wayne Emde
March – Anne Clarke
April – Gabe Stebbins (first prize)
May – Mary Stebbins (the mom of the first prize winner!)
June – Carol Schroeder
July – Carol Schroeder
August – Barb Melanson
September – Barbara Dirk (third prize)
October – Sarah Hanson
November – Anne Clarke
December – Sue Harnett (2nd prize)
January ‘19 – Mary Stebbins
Winning Photo: Adventure Calls
People’s Choice Winners:
Winter – Sue Harnett
Spring – Anne Clarke
Summer – Eileen Kaul
Fall – Anne Clarke
Calendars will be ready for purchase soon – watch for an announcement as these sell quickly!!