General Interest


La Place des Arts                                                                                                       NEW!

La Place des Arts est un centre culturel qui sera construit en 2018-2019 au centre-ville de Sudbury, au coin des rues Larch et Elgin. En quelques mots, il s’agit de sept organismes culturels francophones bien connus dans la région du Grand Sudbury qui travaillent ensemble depuis 2010 pour créer un centre culturel au centre-ville de Sudbury. Grâce à l’appui des trois paliers de gouvernements, le projet de construction de 30 M$ est maintenant confirmé et les travaux de construction débuteront à l’été 2018. Le centre qui réunira plusieurs installations qui seront partagées par un grand nombre d’organismes, d’artistes et d’institutions du milieu de l’éducation du Grand Sudbury tel que des ateliers, des salles de spectacles, un studio jeunesse, une garderie, une galerie d’art, un bistro et des bureaux ouvrira ses portes à l’été 2020. Des représentants de la Place des Arts seront au ParkSide Centre pour vous présenter leur projet.

Construction will begin on the new Place des Arts facility in the Spring. Fanny Roy will be at the ParkSide to tell you all about this exciting new project.

18 janvier 2018
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 end of 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.
Participants must preregister for this class.

January 25, 2018
2:00 pm

Fraud Prevention

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.
Participants must preregister for this class.

April 5, 2018
1:00 pm

Public Transit Made Easy                                                                                        NEW!

The future holds many opportunities for change in our transit infrastructure and the Greater Sudbury Transit will be here on February 15, at 2:00 pm to teach you all you need to know to travel independently and with confidence on Greater Sudbury Transit. A representative from Sudbury Transit will show you:

  • How to plan your trip
  • How to board and exit the bus
  • How to use ramps and priority seating
  • How to find your way – and much more

Greater Sudbury Transit will be bringing a bus to The Parkside Centre, so preregistration is a must. This presentation is free, but you must register with the ParkSide Centre before February 1, 2018.
Participants must preregister for this class.

February 8, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 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 buzzwords 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.
Participants must preregister for this class.

February 15, 2018
2:30 pm

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 preregister for this class.

February 22, 2018
2:30 pm

Wills                                                                                                                            NEW!

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).
Participants must preregister for this class.

March 1, 2018
1:00 pm

Astronomy for Beginners                                                                                         NEW!     

People have been looking at the night sky for thousands of years. Have you ever wondered what the secrets of the sky are? Do you want to gain a little knowledge about the night sky without having to spend a lot of money?  Linda Pulliah from the Sudbury Astronomy Club will show you the basics. You do NOT have to own a telescope. She will explain how to use Skymaps and Planispheres; she will have a group exercise making a solar system and that is just the beginning. She will share a presentation about the Winter Constellations and talk about items that are easily seen with binoculars vs. telescopes. You can learn all of this in just 2 hours!
Participants must preregister for this class.

March 8, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free Admission!

Northern Ontario Railroad Museum                                                                                  NEW!

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (NORMHC) is an incorporated non-profit organization focused on the preservation of historical artifacts that pay tribute to the heritage of Northern Ontario and the history of the lumber, mining, and railroading industries. Sign up for this presentation and find out how the Railways helped develop Greater Sudbury.
Participants must preregister for this class.

March 15, 2018
1:00 pm

My Life as a Canadian Helicopter Pilot by Bob (Hoot) Gibson                             NEW!

Hoot Gibson spent the first 14 years of his career flying for Okanagan Helicopters, and then the next 20 years with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He speaks about his first year of flying, and also covers flying in the Arctic. He and his family also spent time living in a log cabin in Northern British Columbia, with the helicopter parked outside. Every good story is better when there are pictures and Hoot has plenty of photos to show as he leads us through his stories.

Please call The Parkside Centre to pre-register for this very interesting talk.

March 22, 2018
1:00 pm

Introduction to the Spanish Language                                                                    NEW!

Be prepared for your next trip to a country where Spanish is the language of the people. Ana Karen Rodriguez Saráchaga will teach this beginners course in the Spanish Language. Sign up for this 8 week course held at The ParkSide Centre.

January 11 - March 1, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $50.00 non-members

What to Plant, When to Plant and How to Plant                                                   NEW!

It is getting close to gardening season and Stuart McCall from McGrows Farms and Gardens will be here to take the mystery away. Whether you are starting from seeds or transplanting into your garden when the warm weather arrives, Stuart will help you with your planning. This class will happen before the Seedy Saturday event scheduled for March 3, 2018 so that you can have a plan when that day arrives.
Participants must preregister for this class.

February 22, 2018
1:00 pm

Greater Sudbury Memories                                                 NEW!
The Great Sudbury Public Library, in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Heritage Museum, is creating a storehouse for Greater Sudbury's memories, an online project designed to bring the memories of Sudbury together, to share and preserve for generations to come.

Together, the Library and Museums are building a map of the Sudbury area populated with audio and video interviews that reflect times past, allowing the public to interact with real stories of life in our community. Kristen Bertrand will be sharing stories that have been compiled and will inform new participants who are willing to share their personal stories how to do so.

March 29, 2018
1:00 pm

Introduction to Upholstery Course

Luc Desormeaux will be at the Parkside Centre to teach you about 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 contact the Parkside Centre at 705-673-6227.

January 11, 2018
7:00 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 or the Parkside Centre at (705) 673-6227.

January 10, 2018
7:00 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.

Guitar Lessons - Beginner
If you have ever been interested in playing the guitar, then this class is perfect for you. Our instructor 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.

January 18 - March 8, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am
$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. Our instructor will help you to advance your abilities so that you can learn songs from start to finish, develop your ear training and follow a little theory you can put to good use.

January 18 - March 8, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$40.00 members          $60.00 non-members

Beginners Ukulele Lessons                                                                                      

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.

If you are new to the Ukulele, Marc will be here at 11:30 am to get you up to speed. You will need to bring your own ukulele.

January 18 - March 29, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm New to the Ukelele
12:00 - 1:00 pm
$20.00 members          $40.00 non-members

Learn How to Start Writing your Memoirs with Vicki Gilhula                            NEW!

If you have ever thought about writing your own memoirs but don't know where to start, this is the class for you.
Vicki Gilhula will lead this 8 week course that will enable you to begin writing your personal memoirs and will start you in the habit of writing regularly. Some stories are cathartic, some stories are funny. Don't let your stories be lost. Vicki Gilhula is the ‎Associate Publisher. Editor, Sudbury Living Magazine Group.

January 11 - March 1, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 pm
$40.00 members          $60.00 non-members

Memoir Writing Club

Pursue Memoir Writing, offer support and encouragement to each other, share writings orally with the group. This Memoir writing group has been meeting on Tuesday afternoons for several years. New members are always welcome.

January 9, 2018
1:00 pm

Creative Writing Enhancement Group                                                      

During our time together, we read our fiction and nonfiction 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.

3:00 pm
January 9, 2018

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.

January 5, 2018                                                           Junior Williams
January 12, 2018                                                         Norman and Friends
January 19, 2018                                                         Leo Rainville
January 26, 2018                                                         Victor John
February 2, 2018                                                         Hillbilly Ramblers      
February 9, 2018                                                         Kountry Kats
Wednesday, February 14, 2018                                   Sweet Heart Luncheon - Doug Chase
February 23, 2018                                                       Claude Lecuyer
March 2, 2018                                                             No Name Band          
March 9, 2018                                                            Tasha and Friends
March 23, 2018                                                           Eugene Dubreuil
Thursday, March 29, 2018                                          Rick Janiski
11:00 - 2:00 pm                                  

Note:   List of entertainers is tentative and may change without notice.

International Cuisine

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

January 31, 2018                     11:00 am - 1:30 pm                             Disco by Doug Chase
February 28, 2018                   11:00 am - 1:30 pm                             Mardi Gras
March 28, 2018                       11:00 am - 1:30 pm                             The Roaring 20’s

Entertainment, unless otherwise noted, 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 our monthly themed luncheons. 

1:00 pm