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.

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 for the Canadian Men’s Sheds Association and please call the ParkSide Centre for more information about our own Men’s Shed.

As our first attempt to organize a Men’s Sheds group, we have partnered with a local group to build and donate bird houses that will be installed in Rotary Park when the weather allows. All wood, glue, paint and nails will be supplied for you, and you can choose what to make.

April 20, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Income Tax Clinics

The ParkSide Centre, in partnership with the Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Collins Barrow, is pleased to announce that we will be offering Income Tax Clinics for people with low income. You will receive free tax return preparation if your household income is less than $20,000 without dependents, or less than $30,000 with dependents. For more information on dates and times, please call the ParkSide Centre at (705) 673-6227 to book your appointment!

March 27, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Cooking Lessons with Tammy

Mother’s Day Meal

Learn how to create a Mother’s Day meal in time to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12th this year. Tammy will teach you how to create the savoury part of the meal and you can take that new knowledge home with you and enjoy the day.

May 8, 2019
5:00 pm
$20.00 members         $40.00 non-members

Cream Puffs                                                                                                              
A cream puff is a filled French choux pastry ball with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, or ice cream. Tammy will teach you how to make these incredibly tasty treats! ParkSide Centre management and staff have graciously volunteered to provide quality control for this class.

June 12, 2019
5:00 pm
$20.00 members        $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people maximum 10

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 

For many people, rhubarb is a weed that grows in the back corner of their yard. For Tammy, ParkSide’s Kitchen Coordinator, it provides a key ingredient for a delicious dessert - the strawberry rhubarb pie. Sweet, tangy and rich, this pie will turn any rhubarb naysayer into a rhubarb cultivator.

July 10, 2019
5:00 pm
$20.00 members         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people maximum 10

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, basics, INCO Triangle Digital Archive, Books.... and much more!

April 4, 2019
1:00 pm

Personal Safety  

What can I do to protect myself out of doors, in my home and while driving? Join Lise Perreault of the Greater Sudbury Police Service to learn how to be safer in a multitude of situations. 

April 11, 2019
1:00 pm

Knees and Osteoarthritis Workshop   

This session will answer all questions related to osteoarthritis of the knee. We will look at the entire joint, common areas of arthritis and how to decrease both risk and pain. We will demonstrate stretching and strengthening exercises for the knee. Finally we will look at prevention, footwear, braces and orthotics that can help keep you moving pain free. This workshop is presented by Kyla Rouleau of BioPed will be leading this seminar.

April 18, 2019
1:00 pm

Climate Friendly Agriculture

Climate-friendly gardening is gardening in ways which reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from gardens and encourage the absorption of carbon dioxide by soils and plants in order to aid the reduction of global warming. To be a climate-friendly gardener means considering both what happens in a garden and the materials brought into it and the impact they have on land use and climate. Stuart McCall, owner of McGrow’s and member of the Eat Local Sudbury and Sudbury Horticultural Society Board of Directors, will be at the ParkSide Centre to discuss this important topic.

April 25, 2019
1:00 pm

Cathedrals: Symbols of Religion, Power and Art    

A spiritual journey through a millennium of these magnificent and monumental masterpieces created all over the world. Join ParkSide member Wolfgang Suppan, B.A., Historian and Artist as he teaches you about these beautiful buildings. 

May 2, 2019
1:00 pm

Kayaking Information Session

Come to this Kayak Lesson Information session to learn about the upcoming Kayak lessons offered by the Sudbury Canoe Club exclusively for ParkSide Centre members. Norm Lafleur will provide all the details of what you can expect in both the Dry Land and On the Water Lessons. 

May 9, 2019
1:00 pm

Active Living and Healthy Feet Workshop 

We will look at the mechanics of the foot through various activities and teach prevention of foot, ankle and knee problems as well as discuss appropriate footwear for everything from walking to standing. This workshop is presented by Kyla Rouleau of BioPed will be leading this seminar. 

May 16, 2019
1:00 pm

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease

Public Relations and Educational Supervisor Jessica Bertuzzi-Gallo from the Alzheimer Society will be giving a seminar that provides basic but important knowledge and awareness of what Alzheimer’s disease is and how it’s related to dementia. Participants will learn about the common signs and symptoms of the disease as well as communication strategies. 

May 23, 2019                                                                         
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Managing Stress

In partnership with Health Sciences North Living Healthy Northeast Program - join us for an introductory and interactive session on how to manage stress while caring for a family member or friend living with a chronic illness and/or memory loss.

During this 90-minute workshop, you will learn how to:

1) Identify signs and sources of stress

2) Taking Action - stress reducers

3) Make an action plan

4) Participate in a relaxation technique.

This workshop is based upon the 6-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, a self-care education program for family caregivers. Powerful Tools for Caregivers 6-week workshops will be available this spring.

May 30, 2019
June 20, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Estate Planning 1: 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! This seminar was previously included with Will's. However, 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. Participants must pre-register for this class.

June 6, 2019
1:00 pm

Estate Planning 2: Wills and Probate                              

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.

June 13, 2019
1:00 pm

Estate Planning 3: 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.

June 20, 2019
1:00 pm

Introduction to Upholstery Course

Luc Desormeaux will teach you basic upholstery skills including webbing and re-stuffing. Bring along your own small upholstery project (small chair, stool, etc.) and create something beautiful for your home. In this program you will:
- Will learn how to strip furniture
- Gain knowledge on restructuring and reframing.
- Composition of fabrics
- Such as colour coordinating
- learn how to sew
- Use of proper threads
- Enjoy and co-ordinate your work.
Everyone is welcome to attend this course. To register, please Luc at 249-879-1007.

April 4 - June 6, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm
$30.00 members - $60.00 non-members
Minimum 10 participants required

Men's Discussion Group                                                       
According to Clyde Henry’s Men’s Group Manual, “A men’s group is a special form of community. It is a community that meets a man’s need for friendship, support and loyalty.”  The Parkside Centre offers a Men’s Discussion Group. The members are male over the age of 50 discuss and share (at your own pace) your frustrations with various issues such as work, separation, marriage, divorce, loss of loved one, depression etc. There will be numerous topics. Everyone is welcome.
“In this group you will find understanding, compassion, laughter, wisdom, support and growth,” said Luc Desormeaux, group participant and moderator. “The door is wide open; all you need to do is step in.” For more information on this program please call Luc at (249) 879-1007

April 2, 2019
3:00 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.

Meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
April 2 – June 27, 2019
2:30 – 4:00 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.

April 2 – June 18, 2019
1:00 pm
Free Admission!