Special Events

Special Events

The ParkSide Centre welcomes everyone to various special events that are held throughout the year. From our weekly live entertainment to special holiday celebrations and several general interest events, there is always something entertaining happening.

Merv Gribbons Memorial Invitational Snooker Tournament

Merv Gribbons was a former Board member and Chair of the Parkside Board of Directors. He first joined the Parkside Centre in October of 2001 and almost immediately formed a vision for what is now our Games Room. Knowing the popularity of snooker in the City, he actively raised funds to purchase, transport, install and refurbish three snooker tables which are extremely active and still growing in popularity. Merv passed away on April 17, 2013 as the result of a stroke suffered while he was playing snooker.

The Xstrata Nickel Games Room will again be the site of this fabulous snooker tournament. Some of the finest players in Northern Ontario will be on hand to compete. Spectators are welcome!

Qualifier January 18, 2020
Tournament January 25 and 26, 2020
9:00 am
$5.00 per spectator

Robbie Burns Day with The Parkside Gang

Robert “Robbie” Burns was born on January 25, 1759 into the family of a peasant farmer in southwest Scotland. Burns himself took up farming at a young age and, having no success, he began writing poems for local circulation. Soon, he had them published in a book in the small town of Kilmarnock. Copies of the Kilmarnock edition reached Edinburgh and the intellectuals there were impressed right away. Most of Burn’s poems were short, lyrical pieces but they became an instant hit.

Burns is the best known of all of the Scottish poets. He is most admired for having recorded or written the manner of the common person and for his native lyrical understanding. His poems celebrate the natural love between a man and woman, the enjoyment of sociable drinking and the pride of the self-reliant man and woman.

In Scotland, they celebrate the birthday of their national poet, Robbie Burns Day! The Parkside Centre will be celebrating this day with all of the standard fare, including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and the ParkSide Gang will be here to perform. Stewart Gagan will be here to pipe in the haggis and Don Marr will address it. Tickets are limited so get yours early.

January 24, 2020
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

General Membership Meeting

Are you interested in finding out how your Centre is doing? Do you have questions that you would like to present to your Board of Directors? If so, then the General Membership Meeting is your opportunity. Reports will be heard from the Chair and Treasurer who will provide information on the direction of the Parkside Centre.

February 7, 2020 (tentative)
10:30 – 11:30 am
Members only

St. Valentine’s Day with Salisbury Road

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for people to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It is celebrated on February 14th every year. The Parkside Centre is encouraging people to stretch the celebration out for one more day and come to our Friday entertainment and lunch. The always fantastic band “Salisbury Road” will be here to entertain you.

February 14, 2020
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

St. Patrick’s Day with Victor John

The Parkside Centre will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day again this year with the Wild Irishman, Pat Geraghty and his sons. We will have a traditional Irish feast complete with door prizes.

March 13, 2020
11:00 am