General Interest


Cancer Screening                                                                                                   NEW!
Screening tests for certain types of cancer are available and can save lives. The goal of screening is to find early changes in people who do not have any symptoms of the disease. No screening test is 100% accurate, and there is no “one test” for every cancer. But when cancer screening is done, particularly through an organized screening program, it has great potential to reduce incidence rates of some cancers, and through early detection, reduce mortality rates of other cancers. In Ontario, we currently have three types of organized screening programs, join Nicole Gauthier from the Preventive Oncology Department at Health Sciences North will be at the ParkSide Centre to educate you on the various screening methods, who should get screened and how to go about it.

September 14, 2017
1:00 pm

Estate Planning                                                                                         
Your family and friends hold a special place in your heart. That is why it is important to develop your estate plan to help shape the future and ensure that your wishes remain intact. Estate Plans go beyond a Will and Power of Attorney (POA) and isn't only for the "Rich." Wills and POA's should be reviewed every 3 to 5 years even if your situation hasn't changed because Laws change! Join Marc Lelievre of Edward Jones and Chris Clapperton (Tax and Estate Lawyer) to hear a fresh perspective on strategies to consider for preserving everything you've worked hard to build. At this free Estate Planning – Building Your Legacy seminar, you will learn:
●    The value of having an estate plan – beyond a simple will
●  What an Estate Plan is and how you can get the best advice!
●  What to consider when creating or updating your estate plan
“I found Marc's and Chris' presentation interesting and very informative. They answered my questions clearly and easily understood. They even answered questions I wasn't able to get answered by my own lawyer. They gave me insight into several issues around estate and financial planning. I even made an appointment with Marc to learn more about finances and with Chris to clarify my will and power of attorney concerns.” Harriet K., a participant in the last session.

We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call John Richer at 705-673-6227 by Wednesday September 21st, 2017. Don't leave your future to chance. Guest Speakers: Chris Clapperton (Estate Lawyer) and Stephane Aubé (Simple Wishes of the North).

September 21, 2017
2:30 pm

Mutual Funds- Most people have them.... But what are they?                             
Understanding how mutual funds work begins with reserving your seat. When it comes to investing, there's no better place to start than with the basics. That's why Marc Lelievre of Edward Jones is hosting the free seminar “A Smart Start to Mutual Funds”. Join us to learn how and why mutual funds work, as well as why they may be important to helping you meet your goals. Mutual funds are not all created equal, in this seminar we will learn how they can or are working for you!

This seminar is aimed to add a basic knowledge of the mutual fund world as well as discuss some of the buzz words such as Load fees, Management Expense Ratios (MER's) that you may have heard. It is also aimed at educating you on the different types of mutual funds and varying degrees of risk.

Who is this seminar for?
- Anyone who currently holds mutual funds or is afraid of holding mutual funds
- Anyone who has heard mostly negative feedback about mutual funds.
- Anyone who has a desire to learn.

September 28, 2017
2:30 pm

Fraud Prevention                                                                                                   NEW!
Anyone can be a target of fraud and incidences of senior fraud and identity theft are on the rise and 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 to 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.

October 5, 2017
1:00 pm

Succession Planting and Seed Selection                                                         NEW!
According to, putting the principles of succession planting into practice helps take some of the guesswork out of planning, and brings a steady supply of produce — ready for harvest over the longest possible period - within reach. Succession planting gives you the ability to:
·         Maximize space
·         Extend the harvest window
·         Maintain a continuous supply
·         Optimize quality and yield

This is one strategy that will improve your gardening and Stuart McCall, owner of McGrow's and member of the Eat Local Sudbury and Sudbury Horticultural Society Boards, will be at the ParkSide Centre to educate you on this as well as to discuss dates to start seeds for transplanting later, field planting dates for direct seeding, the best seed selections for our growing season and climate and saving seeds that are naturalized to our growing conditions.

October 19, 2017
1:00 pm

Disability Tax Credit                                                                                              NEW!

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. An individual may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the endof the year.
The purpose of the DTC is to provide for greater tax equity by allowing some relief for disability costs, since these are unavoidable additional expenses that other taxpayers don't have to face. Representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency will be at the ParkSide Centre to discuss who is eligible for this credit and how to apply.
October 19, 2017
2:00 pm

Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Arthritis       NEW!
Do you have arthritis? Have you ever wondered if medical cannabis might help control your arthritis symptoms? Join The Arthritis Society and Bodystream on October 26, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm for a free workshop entitled: "Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Arthritis". This workshop will present research on cannabis, how it is used for arthritis, the process for obtaining cannabis for medical use and its potential risks and benefits. A "Question and Answer" period will be held from 3:30pm-4:00pm. For more information or to register, please leave a message on our registration voicemail at (705) 673-4641 ext. 1407
or call Debbie Philippe at (705) 673-4641 ext. 1401.

October 26, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Free of charge

Copper Cliff At War                                    NEW!
The area that became the Town of Copper Cliff was a swampy, rocky, forbidding mess when prospectors arrived with John A. Macdonald's railway in the late 19th century. Soon they discovered copper and nickel ores and started mining. While the exploitation of the area's rich mineral resources slowly brought in the capital that drove the development of the area, it did the landscape no favours at all; Copper Cliff was now stark and barren in addition to rocky and forbidding. This was the unforgiving setting that in turn shaped the people who came to inhabit it.

Early citizens of Copper Cliff came from all over the world: the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, the Ukraine, Austria, France, and numerous other countries. There were many differences between these people - cultural, social and economic differences exacerbated by the policies of the Canadian Copper Company, the mining giant that literally owned the town for the better part of a century.

What the residents of Copper Cliff had in common despite all that divided them, was a powerful strength of spirit that allowed them to survive and, later, to thrive as individuals and as a community. During the First and Second World Wars a number of the Cliff's citizens went forth to defend the ideals of democracy and freedom, while many more stayed, to provide support on the home front by working underground in the mines, by raising funds, by collecting salvageable materials, or by knitting desperately-needed socks.

This presentation tells of Copper Cliff's early development and of the town's involvement in the First and Second World Wars through photographs, objects, and the stories of those individuals whose strength of spirit led them to give so much of themselves.

November 9, 2017
1:00 pm

Climate Friendly Agriculture                                                      NEW!
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.

November 23, 2017
1:00 pm

Seniors Specific CRA presentation                                                        NEW!
When you turn 65 there are a number of changes that will occur with your income tax. The types of income will change to include Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan and Retirement Savings Plan Income, etc. As well, there are a number of new tax credits, deductions, and benefits that seniors are eligible for. The Canada Revenue Agency wants to insure that you have all of the knowledge you need and will be at the ParkSide Centre to provide you with this information

November 30, 2017
1:00 pm

Power of Attorney                                                                                      NEW!
Plan ahead and be confident that your wishes will be carried out. Pitfalls and issues surrounding naming a Power of Attorney for Personal Care will be discussed as will Power of Attorney for Property. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. A limited supply of POA booklets available free of charge. Peter Shuparski from For Seniors Only will be at the ParkSide Centre to discuss this important topic.

December 7, 2017
1:00 pm

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 co-ordinating
- 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. For more information, please contact Luc at 705.822-0339

September 7, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm

In House 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. For more information please contact Luc at (705) 822-0339. The door is wide open, all you need to do is step in.

September 6, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Introductory Spanish for Travellers                                        
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 instructor and high school teacher, Cheryl Hill-Wisniewski will be teaching this course. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays
October 3 - October 26, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$20.00 members      $30.00 non-members
Minimum of 8 people required to hold the course.

Guitar Lessons - Beginner                                                                                  
If you have ever been interested in playing the guitar, then this class is perfect for you. Marilyn Hurst will be teaching people with little or no experience, how to use a few basic chords, some new songs and how to play by sound.

October 26 - November 30, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$40.00 members      $60.00 non-members

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. A new instructor will be here to further your talents so that you can learn songs from start to finish, develop your ear training and learn a little theory you can put to use.

October 5 - November 23, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
$40.00 members      $60.00 non-members

Beginners Ukulele Lessons                                                                     NEW!
The ukulele started to become popular in Canada in the 1960s when educator J. Chalmers Doane introduced the instrument to school music programs across the country. It was ideal for this purpose as it was an inexpensive and practical teaching instrument to foster musical literacy in the classroom. 50,000 schoolchildren and adults learned ukulele through the Doane program at its peak. ParkSide member Marc Noiseux will try to emulate this success at the ParkSide Centre. A retired teacher, he has received a great deal of high quality instruction with this instrument and would like to pass on his knowledge to others. You will need to bring your own ukulele.

September 28 - November 16, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
$20.00 members      $40.00 non-members

All That Glitters                                                                                          NEW!
The Sudbury Horticultural Society is presenting a Floral Design Workshop at the ParkSide Centre on Saturday, December 9, 2017. There will be step by step instructions on how to create beautiful arrangements. All supplies are included in the $40.00 fee and you will take home the arrangements you make. The workshop will run from 9 am to 3 pm and refreshments and treats will be provided at registration and coffee breaks. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.

To register: Contact Christine Osmond at [email protected] or (705) 855-5377.

Memoir Writing Club
Our Memoir Writing Group offers support and encouragement to each other, and share writings orally with the group. In addition, we will use a small amount of time each week or two to discuss ways to improve our writing. This should only take about 15 minutes per meeting.

These topics and others may be discussed: publishing your memoirs, sentence structure, building a bibliography, spelling and maybe a bit about grammar and punctuation.

September 5, 2017
1:00 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.

2:30 pm
September 5, 2017
Free Admission!

Special Luncheons
Each month, our dedicated kitchen team will be working hard to prepare special menus based on a variety of themes. Accompanying these luncheons will be their popular bake sales. The themes that will be featured this fall are as follows:

September 27, 2017                     Elvis and Friends               
October 25, 2017                         50's and 60's           
November 29, 2017                     Western Luncheon             
December 13, 2017                      Canadian Christmas  
11:00 am - 1:30 pm         

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

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