General Interest

General Interest

There is a wide variety of general interest programming that the ParkSide Centre offers to its members. There is everything from discussions on Powers of Attorney to presentations on how to find your family with help from the Public Library.

My View From the Blackened Rocks

Cathy has a power point slide show depicting historical events about the strike in 1979/79 detailing the struggles between the Steelworkers and Inco. She will also speak about how the wives organized and mobilized, and will discuss other events that happened before and after the strike.   

Her book is about what it was like being one of the first women to work at Inco in what was known then as a nontraditional job in 1974. She was 19 years old. 

Cathy will read passages from her book, and there will be a question and answer period. Her book will be on sale for 25.00 and she will sign them. 

Thursday
January 23, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Learn to Speak French

If you have ever thought that you would like to learn French, this is your chance. Join Luc Desormeaux to explore the beauty of the French Language. The focus of the class will be correct pronunciation, so join your classmates in an opportunity to carry on conversations in a new language.

Mondays
January 6 – March 9, 2020
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
$40.00 members           $50.00 non-members

ParkSide Centre Without Walls: Introduction

This program has received a great amount of media coverage over the last few months. What’s all the fuss about? Come to this seminar that is designed to introduce and provide instruction on the ParkSide Centre Without Walls program. If you know anyone who is alone or those who have family living away from Sudbury, this program is for them. We offer several social programs throughout the week and there is no charge to participate in these calls. All you need is a telephone. 

Thursday
January 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Newcomers to the ParkSide Centre 

This group is for those who want to explore activities offered at the Parkside Older Adult Centre. This program will also focus on changes you are experiencing by discussing how to cope with changes, such as loss of a loved one and/or medical issues, physical limitations, work status, language barriers and/or moving to a new community. Experiencing changes in our lives can create uncertainty in knowing what resources or activities are suited to our needs.

We will focus on how we can establish a balance in our life, by exploring activities available at the Parkside Centre by reflecting on our potential to maintain an active lifestyle. If interested, please call 705-673-6227 to register. Cathy or Anne Marie will set up an appointment to discuss your needs or what we have to offer and provide other resources as needed. 

Wednesday
January 15 – March 25, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Parkside Book Club

For our second book, we will be reading The Shack, by Wm Paul Young. Mack Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives at the shack and walks back into his darkest nightmare. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets are certainly a topic worthy of exploring in a book club setting.

*Note:  It is not necessary to have read any portion of the novel prior to the initial meeting of the Book Club.  Your first reading sections will be assigned at that time.
             
Mondays 
January 6 – February 10, 2020 (No Classes on February 17 for Family Day) 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
ParkSide Members Only
The Book is available at Chapters ($17, maybe less online or at www.amazon.ca)

Introduction to Cartomancy - Lenormand

Parkside’s new Cartomancy Series is an introduction to the practice of card reading. Originally, normal playing cards were used for divination purposes. From those origins, three major approaches to cartomancy are now practiced in modern times. These approaches are the Tarot cards, the Lenormand cards and the Oracle cards. In this course, we will be focusing on the Lenormand cards, which are easier for beginners to understand & read as compared to Tarot cards. In fact, the approach is so accessible that you will be able to lay down cards and read them from the very first lesson!! Whether you use the Lenormand as your “go to” card system, or choose to broaden your cartomancy skills to include Tarot cards, or even for the simple joy of participating in a new hobby, come join us as we explore the fascinating world of the Lenormand!! 

Mondays
January 6 – March 2, 2020 (No Classes on February 17 for Family Day)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
$40.00 members         $50.00 non-members

Introduction to Cartomancy – Tarot (Part 1)

Have you ever been curious or interested in Tarot cards? Why not find out what the Tarot can do for you! The Tarot is a tool for self-understanding that uses imagery from a deck of cards, allowing us to introspect and possibly discover additional information about our situation that we hadn’t understood, known about or overlooked.  The focus of this course is on learning the cards, the relationship between the suits, and a few basic spreads.  As you progress, this knowledge will allow you to use the Tarot for its main purpose, self-understanding.  Whether using the Tarot as a tool for self-examination, for alternate ways of looking at a life situation, or for the simple joy of participating in a new hobby, come join us as we explore the fascinating world of the Tarot!! 

Mondays
January 6 – March 16, 2020 (No Classes on February 17 for Family Day) 
6:00 – 7:00 pm
$50.00 members              $65.00 non-members

Course Materials:                                
-Any “Rider-Waite-Smith” based Tarot deck (deck with pictures as opposed to numbered “pip” cards-ask the clerk for help if unsure)
-Many decks available at Chapters & Coles

Introduction to Cartomancy – Tarot (Part 2)

For those who have taken the Tarot Course – Part 1 (or for those that already know the card meanings of the Tarot), this is a continuation series that focuses on how to interpret the cards in relation to each other and read Tarot Spreads. Other topics covered while learning new spreads are techniques relating to elemental associations, card reversals, numerological implications, etc. Now that you have a beginner’s understanding of the cards, let’s have fun reading them!!

Monday
January 6 – March 16, 2020 (No Classes on February 17 for Family Day) 
7:00 – 8:00 pm
$50.00 members           $65.00 non-members

Course Materials:                                
-Any “Rider-Waite-Smith” based Tarot deck (deck with pictures as opposed to numbered “pip” cards-ask the clerk for help if unsure)
-Many decks available at Chapters & Coles

Genealogy: Find Your Family at the Library                                       

Are you researching your family history or new to genealogy? Find out how the library can help! 

Join Kristen Bertrand, Local History Librarian, for an information session exploring the wide variety of resources that the Library can provide. Through examples of print and online resources, this introductory session will be especially beneficial to anyone wondering what the library has to offer, and for those working on creating their family tree. Resources being featured include: Newspapers on microfilm, City Directories, Ancestry.com basics, INCO Triangle Digital Archive, Books.... and much more! 

Thursday
April 2, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Living in your Home

Individuals often reach a point where the tasks of living in their own home becomes tedious or seemingly impossible. This seminar will include a variety of speakers who will be discussing the next steps in deciding whether or not to stay in your home. Jennifer Turgeon from Bayshore will be discussing the services they provide to help take the burden off of you, Terry Ames from Remax will be discussing options people have such as downsizing or renting and Marc from Edward Jones will be discussing how he helps people determine which options will make the most financial sense. This seminar is sure to provide you with all the information and necessary steps to take in order to live comfortably and safely in your own home.

Thursday 
April 23, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Estate Planning: Power of Attorney                                            

Did you know that the Power of Attorney is one of the most important documents to have while you are still alive? Did you know that everyone should have 2 Powers of Attorneys? Have you reviewed your Powers of Attorney within the past 5 years? If the answer to any of these questions is NO then this seminar is for you! 

Most people can say that they have a Will. However they have not been reviewed or updated in quite some time. Even though most of your wishes are the same as they were when the Will was drafted tax laws and regulations have changed and could cost your loved ones thousands. Join us at this seminar to get a better idea on whether you need to have your documents reviewed! 

We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. 

Thursdays
February 6, 2020
1:00 pm

Estate Planning: Wills

Most people can say that they have a Will. However they have not been reviewed or updated in quite some time. Even though most of your wishes are the same as they were when the Will was drafted tax laws and regulations have changed and could cost your loved ones thousands. Join us at this seminar to get a better idea on whether you need to have your documents reviewed! This seminar was previously included with Powers of Attorney. Because of recommendations we have split the seminar into two parts!

We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. 

Thursday
February 13, 2020
1:00 pm

Estate Planning: Investments and your Estate Plan                          

Although Powers of Attorney and Wills are the things people think of the most when considering an Estate Plan, the structure of your investments and the investments you hold can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if not structured properly. The biggest mistake people make is that they assume everything is fine. During this presentation we will discuss the items that you should look at and consider. 

Thursday
February 20, 2020
1:00 pm

Carelink Advantage Information Session

Jennifer Piche from Carelink Advantage will inform participants about “Personal Emergency Response Systems” and how these systems work. She will be bringing some of the equipment that is used by the company and will explain how the system works. She will also be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Thursday
March 12, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Ontario Caregiver Organization
Attention Caregivers!

Come join us, and learn from Brigitte Labby, regional facilitator here in Sudbury.

The Ontario Caregiver Organization has been created to help make it easier for family caregivers. Our focus will be on raising awareness of the caregiving role, connecting caregivers to information and supports and helping to bridge the services available so all caregivers, regardless of age, condition or where they live have access to the same resources.  

Caregivers have told us that while they find their role fulfilling, being a caregiver is having a negative impact on their own physical and mental health. Caregivers are tired, frustrated and overwhelmed. The NEW Ontario Caregiver Helpline directly addresses this need and can help caregivers access information like finding respite, financial supports, power of attorney, and information related to system navigation.  

Thursday, January 9, 2020
1:00 pm

Tea for the Health of It!

Drinking the beverage tea has been considered a health-promoting habit since ancient times. The modern medicinal research is providing a scientific basis for this belief. The evidence supporting the health benefits of tea drinking grows stronger with each new study that is published in the scientific literature. Crystal McCollom Certified THAC Tea Sommelier will describe the evidences from clinical and epidemiological studies in the prevention of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases and general health promotion associated with tea consumption. A taste testing of various teas will follow the presentation. 

Thursday 
February 27, 2020
1:00 pm

Let’s Go Down Memory Lane!
Sudbury and Northern Ontario the Last 100 years 

Brigitte Labby is a passionate historian who will lead you through a slide show that will bring back memories. Come and enjoy this hour-long journey into the past.

Thursday
March 5, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Maison McCulloch Hospice

Kassandra the VHS (Visiting Hospice Service) Navigator at Maison McCulloch hospice will be here to provide a brief in-service talk about palliative care volunteers and other Hospice services that are available to you in the community. This presentation is geared to everyone interested.

Thursday 
March 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Men's Discussion Group

Group Manual, “A men’s group is a special form of community. It is a community that meets a man’s desire and need for intimate kinship, support and loyalty.”Join in the dynamics of mental fitness—philosophy, psychology and plain old BS

For more information on this program please call Luc at 249-879-1007.

Tuesdays
January 7, 2020
3:00 pm

Men’s Sheds at the ParkSide

The ParkSide Centre has recognized a need to have programs specifically for men in our community and after some research have decided to sponsor the beginnings of a Men’s Shed here in Sudbury. 

Men’s Sheds are welcoming, supportive places for friendship and fun. They provide opportunities for men to socialize, take part in activities, and learn something new. They are places where members can be themselves.

Men’s Sheds can be located in a variety of places; they may be made up of a few men or a large group and they may focus on one or more activities.

While locations, activities and membership can vary from shed to shed, the core vision of the Men’s Sheds movement is equality and inclusion for all members – regardless of age, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation and income or employment status.

Men’s Sheds is a grass-roots, bottom up movement where the members decide what to do. Some Men’s Sheds also support projects aimed at giving back to their community – by participating in community events or volunteering. However, involvement in Men’s Sheds is always casual and attendance is optional rather than required.

Sheds are what we make them.

Go to www.menssheds.ca for the Canadian Men’s Sheds Association and please call the ParkSide Centre for more information about our own Men’s Sheds.

Thursday
April 16, 2020
1:00 pm

ParkSide Creative Writing

Do you want to improve your writing skills? This group offers: workshops; peer exchange; knowledge sharing and presentations by published authors. Join us. You will become a better writer.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the Month
January 14, 2020
2:30 pm
Free Admission!

Memoir Writing Club

Pursue Memoir Writing, offer support and encouragement to each other, share writings orally with the group. This group is a non-judgmental way to write your memoirs.

Tuesdays
January 7, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free Admission!