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.

ParkSide Centre Without Walls: Introduction

This seminar 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.

September 5, 2019
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.

September 18 - November 6, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Book Club

Do you enjoy reading & discussing interesting, multi-layered books? Then the Parkside Book Club may be for you! For our first book, we will be tackling Dune by Frank Herbert (1965), considered by many as the greatest science fiction novel of all time. We will be discussing Dune for 6 to 8 weeks. Don’t be put off by the ”sci-fi” genre because Dune uses the “soft” sciences (philosophy, psychology, politics, ecology, sociology) as a tool for telling a supremely engaging story of two warring families caught in a complex web of intrigue dominated by political control, environmental crises, and religion. The sociological ideas put forth by the author provide fertile ground for lively discussion, especially given society’s current socio-political environment. Come join us for a great read!

*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.

September 16, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Members Only

Tarot Reading Course

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!

September 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$50.00 member’s $80.00 non-members

Travelogue: Living the Dream by Aubrey Millard

Aubrey and Judy Millard have been living and sailing on their Ontario 32 sailboat for 19 years after retiring in 1998. They recently moved ashore to Elliot Lake where they plan on living for the summers and return to their boat, currently in El Salvador on the Pacific coast, for the winters. They enjoy sharing their lifestyle with others and will be presenting The Baja and Sea of Cortez in Mexico a series in the last three years of their odyssey.

September 19, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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! You must pre-register for this class!

September 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Introductory Spanish for Travelers

Research has shown that learning a second language improves our cognitive functions. Sign up for this Spanish course where you will learn useful expressions to make your visit to a Spanish speaking country more meaningful and enjoyable. ParkSide Centre member and former Laurentian University Spanish Professor and High School teacher, Cheryl Hill-Wisniewski will be teaching this course.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
October 1 - October 29, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 member’s $50.00 non-members
Minimum of 8 people required to hold the course.

Living in your Home

This seminar will include a variety of speakers who will be discussing the next steps in deciding to stay in your home. Mark from Edward Jones will be discussing the decision to live in your home, Mary Katherine Howe from Paquette and Paquette will go over Wills, Terry Ames from Remax will discuss downsizing and Jennifer Turgeon from Bayshore will be talking about homecare. 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. You must pre-register for this class.

October 3, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Estate Planning: Power of Attorney and Wills

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. Participants must pre-register for this class.

October 10, 2019
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.

October 17, 2019
1:00 pm
Participants must preregister for this class.

Your Care, Your Way

Learn how to take control of your future care needs and live with dignity. This seminar helps you to understand the different choices available when you are no longer able to live independently and take care of yourself. Attend this educational seminar and learn how to protect yourself against the current long term health care crisis that affects us all. Participants must preregister for this class.

October 31, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 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.

November 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Travelogue by Richard Mende

In June of this year, our rambling photographer, Richard Mende, visited Newfoundland for the first time. He will be pleased to share some highlights of his trip with his fellow Parksiders. Expect to see ice bergs, landscapes, seascapes, wildflowers and historical sites. Richard also spent a few days on both Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island along the way. There will be some important travel tips, as well as photographs.

November 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 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 for the Canadian Men’s Sheds Association and please call the ParkSide Centre for more information about our own Men’s Sheds.

Floral Workshop

This year the ParkSide is hosting the Floral Design Workshop for members and Sudbury Horticultural members. This is the fifth time this workshop has been put on. The workshops “hands on” approach, delightful sight and scent of freshly cut flowers puts everyone in the mood for the Christmas season.

The purpose of the workshop is to teach the basic skills of floral design, to give ideas to the experienced designers, encourage participants to enter flower shows and to attract new members to both the Parkside and to the Sudbury Horticultural Society. The full day workshop includes refreshments; all the supplies to create two beautiful Christmas arrangements and additional presentations and door prizes are included.

December 7, 2019
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tea Sommelier 

Calling all tea lovers! Do you have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge concerning all things tea? Crystal McCollom Certified TAC Tea Sommelier is elated to have the opportunity to ignite your passion for tea as you comprehend and appreciate the extraordinary, vast, and wonderful world that is tea. In this course, you will learn how to differentiate the types of tea as well as the tea grading standards used in the industry. Some tips will be shared on the best ways to get the most from your cup of tea. We will finish with a tea cupping event which will help you to further distinguish the differences between the different categories of tea by taste. You must pre-register for this class.

December 12, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 desire and need for intimate kinship, support and loyalty.” The Parkside Centre will be starting a Men’s Discussion Group. This group, for male members 50 and over, will allow you to share (at your own pace) your frustrations with various issues such as work, politics, personal issues, 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.

September 3, 2019
3:00 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 call Luc at 249-879-1007.

September 5, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pay Instructor

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.

September 3, 2019
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.

September 3, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free Admission!