General Interest


Barbershop Chorale Group                                                                        NEW!

This is a new offering for the ParkSide Centre! Brenda Rantala-Sykes and Deborah Kosiw will lead the new Barbershop Chorale Group. It will be Acapella and Four-Part Harmony, is open to both men and women, and is of course, Barbershop Style. You don’t have to read music, but it certainly helps. There will be a free introductory session on May 2, 2018 so come see what we are up to.

May 9 to July 18 (May be extended if there is interest)
Free members              $5.00 non-members

Introduction to the Spanish Language       
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.

March 22 – May 10, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$30.00 members          $50.00 non-members

Greater Sudbury Museums

The Greater Sudbury Museums will be here on Thursday, May 24 to make a presentation on the histories of the four Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums. Sign up for this free presentation and learn more about the history of these community treasures.

Thursday, May 24

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.

April 12, 2018
1:00 pm

Canadian Blood Services                                                                              NEW!

Canadian Blood Services is a national not-for-profit, charitable organization that manages a safe, secure and accessible supply of blood and blood products for all Canadians. Sudbury needs 200 NEW donors every month to keep up with hospital demand.

April 12, 2018
1:00 pm
Free Admission

Sudbury Regional Hearing Services                                                            NEW!

Our interactive presentations cover many topics including how to keep hearing aids clean, what happens when the hearing aids are sent for repairs, What is hearing loss and how to purchase the right aid, as well as how to understand your audiogram and your hearing aids.

We will offer practical help on-site in troubleshooting hearing aids, cleaning and minor repairs, ALL FOR FREE.

April 26, 2018
1:00 pm

Guided Photo-Taking Walk                                                                         NEW!

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. Lead by Bill Tanos and Harriet Kideckel. Pre-Registration is necessary.

May 9, 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Real Estate For Those 50+                                                                           NEW!

Are you thinking of buying or selling your home or your cottage? Wondering if it is the right time? Want to know if there are tax implications or capital gains? Ready to downsize but don't know where to start? You've heard the commercials about reverse mortgages, but do you know if they are right for you? Overwhelmed by all the paperwork? The ParkSide Centre will host a very informative workshop this Spring in partnership with:

  • Gwen Price, Sales Representative with Keystone Real Estate Inc.
  • Jaime and Fran Pauze, transition specialists with Seniors North
  • Ashwini Kashikar, lawyer with Conroy Scott
  • Ryan Minor, accountant with Ryan Minor Professional Corporation
  • Sina Kicz, Home Financing Advisor with Scotiabank
  • Joy Wirta, with Dragonfly Advisory Services, advisor for those who have lost a loved one
  • Leslie McDermid, social media specialist with The Social Launch will be the moderator


May 10, 2018
1:00 pm

Make Your Own Walleye Rigs                                                                    NEW!

This program will teach you new techniques to improve your success. The topics that will be covered include knot tying, making your own Walleye rigs and how to use slip floats and drop shots. You will also have the opportunity to share your secrets for success and learn some new methods to improve your fishing trips. The presenter is avid angler Dick Stewart, member of the Parkside Centre and Sudbury Game and Fish Protective Association. Bring a coffee & come & enjoy yourself by getting a jump on the opening of walleye season in the Sudbury area. Looking forward to seeing you.

May 12, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$20.00 members of Parkside Centre and Sudbury Fish and Game           Non-members $30.00

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.

May17, 2018
1:00 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.

May 24, 2018
1:00 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 work 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.


May 31, 2018
1:00 pm

Astronomy Star Parties with The Sudbury Astronomy Club and Science North

Star Parties are events where amateur astronomers bring their telescopes and binoculars and share the view of the sky with the general public. These Star Parties are free, they are located close to home, and they usually revolve around a particular event in the night sky. Here is a list of star parties in Sudbury, with their dates. It is best to call the hotline at (705) 522-3701 ext.243 1 hour before sunset for cancellations due to weather conditions.

May 18, June 22 and July 20 at Science North Bell Grove Site
August 12 (Perseid Meteor Shower), October 20 at Dynamic Earth
You do not need to register and you don’t need a telescope to enjoy the night sky!

Sudbury Regreening

Attention Local Citizens: Are you interested in learning more about the science and history of the City of Greater Sudbury's World Renowned Regreening Program? Then please join us for a presentation and what does it look like today?
This presentation was organized by VETAC, City Council’s Advisory Panel on the Regreening Program, as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations. Presentations are being delivered locally to increase awareness about Greater Sudbury’s Regreening Program, particularly with our youth. To that aim this adaptable presentation has already been featured in dozens of classrooms at a variety of grade levels in schools throughout Greater Sudbury. 
Infamous for our "moonscape" the City of Greater Sudbury was once one of the single greatest point sources of sulfur and ‘acid rain’ on the globe. Now Greater Sudbury is a leading global example of how scientists and the broader community can work together to restore damaged landscapes.
Please join us for an exploration of this spectacular and inspirational story.
The presentation will be hosted by Cassieanna Krane, Regreening Education Intern with VETAC.

June 7, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Guitar Lessons - Beginner (tentative)                                                                                                                                                                     
Starting with a few basic chords, a little music theory and our own guitars, we aim to develop musical awareness, ability and understanding through learning familiar songs. By the end of the class you should be able to read, sing and play a number of popular songs with chord changes, developing musical skills such as listening, playing, singing and reading.

May 3 - June 7, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
$30.00 members          $45.00 non-members
Minimum of six 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. 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 you can put to good use.

April 5 - May 24, 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.

April 5 - May 24, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm New to the Ukulele
12:00 - 1:00 pm More experienced players
$20.00 members          $40.00 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 Luc at 705-822-0339.

April 5 - May 31, 2018
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

Tuesday’s starting
April 3, 2018
7:00 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
April 3, 2018
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.

April 3, 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.

April 6, 2018                                       Leo Rainville
April 13, 2018                                     Kountry Kats
April 20, 2018                                     Giselle Small
April 27, 2018                                     Claude Lecuyer
May 4, 2018                                        Les-Compangnons
May 11, 2018                                      Early Mothers Day Luncheon with The Tremonics
May 18, 2018                                      Victor John
May 25, 2018                                      Country Classic
June 1, 2018                                        Junior Williams
June 8, 2018                                        The Boomers
June 15, 2018                                      Fathers Day Luncheon with The Tremonics

11:00 am - 1:30 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 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, April 25, 2018                11:00 am - 1:30 pm                 Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday, May 30, 2018                 11:00 am - 1:30 pm                 High Tea (Queen’s Birthday)
Wednesday, June 27, 2018                 11:00 am - 1:30 pm                 Canada Day (Tasha and Friends)

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