Southeast Vancouver Seniors' Arts and Cultural Society

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Southeast Vancouver Seniors' Arts & Cultural Society is a group of dedicated individuals working to have a seniors' centre built in southeast Vancouver. The centre would house various arts and cultural activities for seniors, serving as a meeting and gathering place for older adults of all ethnic backgrounds. There is currently no seniors' centre in all of Southeast Van!

One of the ways we promote arts and culture for seniors is by holding events, such as the 2008 Gala of International Music & Dance.

Join us every month for our FREE Feature Movie!

SVSACS also promotes arts and culture for seniors by helping organize bus trips to local attractions and hosting monthly coffee houses featuring free movies.

On the 1st Wednesday of each month, join us for a free movie! Make new friends over an afternoon of film with coffee, tea, nibbles and — most importantly — Good Company! Bring your friends.


Cocoon (1985)
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley & Hume Cronyn
Wednesday, January 9, 1:15 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons…

Coming to America

Coming to America (1988)
Directed by: John Landis
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall & James Earl Jones
Wednesday, February 6, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Akeem Joffer, the prince and heir to the throne of a fictitious, wealthy African country called Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw comes when his parents present him with a bride-to-be, Imani Izzi, whom he has never met and who is trained to obey his every command. Seeing that Imani is too subservient and offers nothing for his intellect, Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find an independent-minded wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for himself, not his status. He and his friend and personal aide, Semmi arrive in Queens, a borough of New York City, because according to Akeem, "What better place to find a queen than the city of Queens?" They rent a run-down apartment in the neighborhood of Long Island City, pass themselves off as poor foreign students…

Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls (2003)
Directed by: Nigel Cole
Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters & Penelope Wilton
Wednesday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Based on a true story. Best friends, Chris Harper and Annie Clarke spend much of their time at their local Yorkshire County chapter of the Women's Institute (WI). Their chapter's motto is "enlightenment, fun and friendship" but Chris and Annie find much of what goes on there devoid of enlightenment and fun. this includes last year's fund-raising calendar which featured local bridges which raised a meagre £75.60. After Annie's husband John passes away from leukemia, Chris wants the WI to buy a new sofa for the family room at the hospital in his memory. The one Chris wants costs £999, which she proposes to raise by having the annual fund-raising calendar feature tasteful nude photos of the chapter's WI members…

A Passage to India

A Passage to India (1984)
Directed by: David Lean
Starring: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee & Peggy Ashcroft
Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Based on E. M. Forster's novel. Adela Quested, a young Englishwoman, travels to India in the late 1920s to visit her fiancÚ, a British magistrate posted in a small town; her traveling companion is his mother Mrs. Moore. They want to see something of the country and to meet everyday Indians, but are frustrated by the British community's insistence that relations with the locals are best experienced from a distance. Finally, a friend introduces them to a Muslim doctor whom Mrs. Moore had seen briefly on her visit to a mosque. He takes them on an outing to the nearby caverns (a local attraction), but what happens there threatens to destroy any civility between the British and Indian societies…

Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton

Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006)
Directed by: Jon Jones
Starring: John Albasiny, Philip Anthony & Maureen Bennett
Wednesday, May 1, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a publisher of books and magazines on a variety of subjects. Theirs was an extraordinary marriage — the meeting of two creative minds to the enhancement of both. Not someone to sit at home in the traditional role of a housewife, Mrs. Beeton started work in her husband's business, initially as an editor correcting English but then writing some of the columns herself. It as at this point that she developed an idea for a cookbook and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management was born. Her life was not an easy one however. The publishing business went bankrupt, she lost two children at a young age and had several miscarriages. She died at the age of 28…

Life of Pi

Life of Pi (2012)
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan & Adil Hussain
Wednesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Rickard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive…

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Directed by: John Madden
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes & Geoffrey Rush
Wednesday, September 4, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who has already sold his next play. Will is bereft of ideas, however, and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse when he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but only men can be actors. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in Shakespeare's next play. Shakespeare sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, but he is married and she has been promised to Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is…

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody & Jason Schwartzman
Wednesday, October 2, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

A year after the accidental death of their father, three brothers — each suffering from depression — meet for a train trip across India. Francis, the eldest, has organized it. The brothers argue, sulk, resent each other, and fight. The youngest, Jack, estranged from his girlfriend, is attracted to one of the train's attendants. Peter has left his pregnant wife at home, and he buys a venomous snake. After a few days, Francis discloses their surprising and disconcerting destination. Amid foreign surroundings, can the brothers sort out their differences? A funeral, a meditation, a hilltop ritual, and the Bengal Lancer figure in the reconciliation…

Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly (1969)
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau & Michael Crawford
Wednesday, November 6, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. Dolly Levi is a New York-based matchmaker (and widow) who takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder and falls in love. While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City. In New York, she fixes Vandergelder's clerks up with the woman Vandergelder had been courting, and her shop assistant. Eventually, of course, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person…

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1983)
Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon & Darren McGavin
Wednesday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
Champlain Heights Community Centre (Upstairs Lounge)

Set in 1940s Indiana, Ralphie, a young boy growing up, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB rifle. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out".When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him…

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Created: January 22, 2013
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