General Interest


Men’s Sheds at the ParkSide                                                                                  NEW!

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.

Doug Mackie founded the first Canadian shed  in 2011 in Winnipeg. He recognized that many men in his community had both time on their hands and a tendency to suffer from isolation, loneliness and depression. This was especially true after they retired. Men can come together, stay productive and contribute to the community – all of which are keys to good overall health.

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

Cooking Lessons with Tammy

Cream Puffs                                                                                                              NEW!

Tammy will teach you how to make these incredibly tasty French treats! Choose a daytime class or a nighttime class and learn a brand new skill.

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm
$20.00 members         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people maximum 10

Chocolate Cake                                                                                                         NEW!

Everybody’s favourite dessert! Let Tammy show you how to make this delicious treat in time for Valentine’s Day! Choose a daytime or nighttime class.

Monday, February 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm
$20.00 members         $40.00 non-members
Minimum 6 people maximum 10

Genealogy: Find Your Family at the Library                                                         NEW!

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!

January 17, 2019
1:00 pm

Greeting Card Making with Andrea                                                                       NEW!

This class offers the participant a chance to make two, possibly three greeting cards in an afternoon. The first card will be a Birthday Card using the die cut technique. The second card will be an Valentine’s Day Card using the embossing folder technique. The third card will be a surprise. You must pre-register for this class!

January 31, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members         $30.00 non-members
Maximum 6 people

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory                                                                              NEW!

How to study the universe from deep underground?

SNOLAB is Canada’s deep underground science laboratory specializing in dark matter and neutrino physics. The lab is located 2km underground in Vale’s Creighton Mine in Lively and is an expansion of the facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). It is the deepest cleanest facility in the world providing 5,000 m2 of clean space underground for experiments and supporting infrastructure.


Scientists from around the globe come to work on large scale experiments in the lab to learn more about the most basic building blocks of matter. This research can help improve our understanding of how the earth, stars, and the universe functions.

SNOLAB’s unique location makes it an ideal site for other science as well including research in the fields of seismology and subsurface biology. Join us to learn about this world-class science facility in our community
You must pre-register for this class!

February 7, 2019
1:00 pm

Fraud Prevention

Anyone can be a target of fraud and incidences of senior fraud and identity theft are on the rise. People over the age of 50 are often targeted by scammers. Given the growing number of people in the City of Greater Sudbury in this demographic, this is a problem that is only going to increase if preventative actions are not taken. Community Safety Personnel, Lise Perreault, a civilian member of the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be attending to speak to you about various frauds and scams so that you have a better understanding of what to do to not be a victim. Participants must preregister for this class.

February 14, 2019
1:00 pm

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. You must pre-register for this class!

Thursday                                                                                                                                                           February 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00pm

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Managing Stress                                                            NEW!

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.

February 28, 2019
1:00 - 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. Guest Speaker: Chris Clapperton (Estate Lawyer). Participants must pre-register for this class.

March 21, 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 properl. 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.
Who is this seminar for?. Participants must preregister for this class.

March 28, 2019
1:00 pm

Cathedrals: Symbols of Religion, Power and Art                                                NEW!

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. You must pre-register for this class!

April 4, 2019
1:00 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 reserve your spot. Call the ParkSide Centre for available dates and times.
You must pre-register for this class!

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 Luc at 705-879-1007.

January 10 - March 14, 2019
6:00 - 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

January 8, 2019
7:00 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
January 8 – 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.

January 8, 2019
1:00 pm
Free Admission!