General Interest


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, community Garden network comity member and Sudbury Horticultural Society Board of Directors, will be at the ParkSide Centre to discuss this important topic.

November 29, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame                                                                      NEW!

The Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame will be discussing their history during this new exciting presentation here at the ParkSide Centre. This seminar will focus on the importance of having a hall of fame for the community and how anyone who displays remarkable athletic ability can be nominated into the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame through the communities support. ParkSide member and Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame representative Chris Sheridan, alongside special guest inductees from the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame will be here to answer any questions you may have about sports or the hall of fame itself.

December 6, 2018
1:00 pm

Book Club                                                                                                      NEW!

Looking for a way to connect with others who share a passion for good literature? This year the ParkSide Centre will be joining up with the Sudbury Public Library to bring you the most captivating novels of all time. Meet on the last Monday of every month for an in depth discussion about the monthly book. Choose from a number of different titles and genres, from the newest authors to hit the market - to the classics.

September 24, 2018 (First Meeting)
Participants must register by September 7, 2018 with the ParkSide Centre to enable time to get copies of the first book.

Pumpkin Pies with Tammy!                                                                         NEW!

Did you know that pumpkin pies are not only the perfect dessert to serve at thanksgiving dinner, but are also a great source of vitamin A and C! This year ParkSide Centre’s cook Tammy will be sharing her pie making skills in this new and exciting culinary class. Tammy will teach you to make homemade pumpkin pies from scratch, and you’ll even get to take them home. You must pre-register for this class with the ParkSide Centre.

October 3, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 member’s         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people, Maximum 10 people.

Perogies with Tammy!                                                                                  NEW!

This year the ParkSide Centre is offering seasonal culinary lessons. There is definitely no better way to prepare for the holidays then to make some homemade perogies! Learn to make these delicious Eastern European dumplings from scratch and reap the rewards. Join ParkSide Centre’s cook Tammy as she teaches you the art of perogie making. You must pre-register for this class with the ParkSide Centre.

November 7, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 member’s         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people, Maximum 10 people.

Christmas Baking with Tammy!                                                                 NEW!

Join in on the holiday festivities, this year the ParkSide Centre is offering culinary lessons with our very own cook Tammy! Bring in a Christmas tin and fill it up with Christmas cookies and other holiday goodies. Learn some baking tips and take home a lot more than just great recipes! You must pre-register for this class with the ParkSide Centre.

November 21, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 member’s         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people, Maximum 10 people.

Personal Safety with the GSPS                                                                    NEW!

Lise Perrault of the Greater Sudbury Police Services will be making a presentation on personal safety. This talk will cover issues such as door-to-door sales, electronic spam messages, and identity theft. This talk will explore ways that seniors can protect themselves from becoming a victim.

October 25, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 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 2 - October 25, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 member’s         $50.00 non-members
Minimum of 8 people required to hold the course.

Guided Photo-Taking Walk            
Ever wondered how photographers get running water to look “milky”, one flower in focus and the background fuzzy, a moving object sharp with a blurred background or just how to find and capture beautiful images? This photo walk will help the beginner and may refresh the advanced photographer to make those images. Bring your camera, phone, lenses, tripod, (if you have one), the cord to connect your camera/phone to the computer (if you don’t have one, we’ll have a card reader for cameras.) Bring your manual (if you have one). We’ll learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses, sensor size and more. After brief instruction, we’ll head out for a walk to capture images and look at them when we return. Please dress for the weather.

September 24, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Led by Bill Tanos and Harriet Kideckel.                                                                       

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. Guest Speaker: Chris Clapperton (Estate Lawyer). Participants must pre-register for this class.

September 13, 2018
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. Guest Speaker: Chris Clapperton (Estate Lawyer).

September 20, 2018
1:00 pm
Participants must preregister for this class.

Estate Planning 3: Investments and your Estate Plan                                           NEW!

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.

September 27, 2018
1:00 pm
Participants must preregister for this class.

Creighton Mine by Erna de Burger Fex                                                                 NEW!

Although the physical town of Creighton Mine has been gone since 1986, the Spirit of Creighton lives on. Creightonites gather on the third Sunday of September every year to reminisce, reconnect and keep the memories alive. As long as there are people who remember the town and the warmth of its people, Creighton will live on. Join ParkSide member Erna de Burger Fex in this seminar which will focus around the history of Creighton Mine.

Thursday                                                                                                                                                           October 4, 2018                                                                                                                                                    1:00 pm -2:00pm

Real Estate for Those 50+

Are you thinking of buying or selling your home or your cottage? Wondering if it is the right time? Are you looking to condo or not to condo? When do you need to have an appraisal?
Ready to downsize but don't know where to start? What about probate and estates? Want to know if there are tax implications or capital gains?

You've heard the commercials about reverse mortgages, but do you know if they are right for you? Overwhelmed by all the paperwork?

How can a financial advisor help you with your decision making? The ParkSide Centre will host a very informative workshop this fall in partnership with:

  • Gwen Price, Sales Representative with Keystone Real Estate Inc.


  • Melissa Fischer, Appraiser with Charles Bell Real Estate Appraisals Ltd.
  • Nicole Blais, Transition and Relocation Specialist with Goshenite Seniors Services


  • Ashwini Kashikar, lawyer with Conroy Scott
  • Ryan Minor, accountant with Ryan Minor Professional Corporation


  • Roxanne Pickering, a mortgage broker with O.M.A.C Mortgage
  • Joy Wirta, advisor for those who have lost a loved one with Dragonfly Advisory Services


  • Steve Dombek, Certified Financial Planner and Rosina Falvo, Financial Consultant with Investors Group Financial Services

October 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Limited seating. To reserve a spot, please contact Gwen Price at 705-561-2335 or [email protected].

Haida Gwaii and the Inside Passage by Richard Mende                                      NEW!
Early in the summer season of 2018, Richard Mende, our long-time photography instructor, enjoyed a one-month road trip that included Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands). Beautiful as it is, Haida Gwaii is difficult to access.  Richard chose to take the ferry from Prince Rupert. In order to get to Prince Rupert, he took the famous Inside Passage ferry from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.

Richard’s presentation will include seascapes, landscapes, wildflowers and native artifacts. He also hopes to provide you with useful travel information, should you choose to visit this exotic rainforest area.

Richard will also have copies of his local photo book, Mornings in Bell Park, available for you to see and purchase, if you wish.

November 15, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Guitar Lessons - Beginner                                                                                                                                                               
If you have always wanted to play guitar, this is the class for you! In this 10 week course, all beginners are welcome as no guitar experience is required. You will be learning the five basic beginner chords, simple strumming patterns and a few popular songs.

October 18 - December 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$30.00 member’s         $45.00 non-members
Minimum of 6 people required.

Guitar Lessons - Intermediate                                                                                                                                                        
If you have started playing the guitar and would like to progress your abilities, then you may want to consider a more advanced group. In this 10-week course, our instructor will help you to develop your abilities so that you can learn songs from start to finish, develop your ear training and follow a little theory that you can put to good use.

Prerequisite: Beginners Guitar Courses (at ParkSide) OR knowledge of all basic chords and strumming patterns.

September 13 - November 15, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50.00 member’s         $70.00 non-members

Introduction to Upholstery Course

Luc Desormeaux will be at the Parkside Centre to 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. Parkside Centre members receive free admission while non-members pay only $20.00. To register, please call Luc at 705-822-0339.

September 13 - December 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 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 and new faces each week.
“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 (705) 822-0339

September 11, 2018
3:00 pm

Creative Writing Enhancement Group                                                     

During our time together, we read our fiction and non-fiction stories to the group and ask for feedback so we can enhance our writing skills. We will be teachers to each other by taking turns giving mini-workshops on different aspects of the writing process. We could bring in guest speakers or published authors to give a talk on their works if this is an area of interest. As we progress, we may decide to create a collection of our stories in book form, and make it available to the public.

September 4, 2018
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 4, 2018
1:00 pm

The Parkside Gang

The Parkside Gang is a group of individuals who share a common interest in playing a musical instrument.  They get together weekly to practice and learn from each other.  They perform monthly at the Parkview Eatery during the International Luncheons. 

1:00 pm

Soup, Sandwich and Song 
The Parkside Centre is proud to host the very popular Soup, Sandwich and Song.  We have a great list of entertainers (below) for your listening pleasure, so come down and enjoy the show while having one of the Parkview Eatery’s Friday specials.

September 7, 2018                                          Brad Rose as Elvis
Monday, September 10, 2018                         Grandparents Day with Armoni 
September 14, 2018                                        Tremonics
September 28, 2018                                        Leo Rainville
October 5, 2018                                              Giselle Small                                
Thursday, October 11, 2018                                       Duncan & Friends
October 19, 2018                                            Oktoberfest with Victor John  
October 26, 2018                                            Country Classic
November 2, 2018                                          No Name Band                                                                                                                                                                        November 9, 2018                                          Remembrance Day with Junior Williams                                                                                                                            November 16, 2018                                        Salisbury Road                                                                                                                                                                               November 23, 2018                                        Tasha & Friends
December 7, 2018                                           The Boomers 
December 14, 2018                                         Old Time Christmas Sing Along with The ParkSide Gang

11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Note:   List of entertainers is tentative and may change without notice.

Themed Luncheons

Each month, the dedicated people in the kitchen prepare a menu with an International flair. Examples of past dishes include Hungarian goulash, Bigos (Poland) and Salt Cod (Portugal). The countries that will be featured this spring and summer are as follows:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018       11:30 am - 1:00 pm                 Elvis & Friends
Wednesday, October 31, 2018           11:30 am - 1:00 pm                 Halloween Costume Party
Wednesday, November 28, 2018       11:30 am - 1:00 pm                 Western Dance Party

Entertainment will be provided by our always entertaining house band, The Parkside Gang unless otherwise noted.