News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Support for Fort McMurray seniors
Edmonton seniors organizations are responding to the needs of seniors who have been displaced by the fires in the Fort McMurray area. ESCC has compiled a list of seniors organizations offering supports and services to Fort McMurray seniors currently staying in Edmonton.
100 In 1 Day
CITYlab and Make Something Edmonton
What if hundreds of people united, each taking one small action to improve their city, all on the same day?
100 in 1 Day provides a chance for Edmontonians to share their love for their city and participate in small projects that spark conversation and create inviting places. Projects can be practical, like planting trees or pop-up street furniture. They can be social, like hosting a block party. They can be artistic, like flash mobs or yarn bombing. They can challenge us or fix a problem. They can be as big or small as you want. All projects must be safe, legal and inclusive.
The goal is to get at least 100 projects across the city and organizers encourage seniors to participate. Groups and individuals are invited to join the festival by registering their project. 100 In 1 Day will take place on June 4 and you must submit your idea before June 1 at midnight.
Nominations for Grandparents Award of Distinction
The Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation invites grandchildren to nominate their grandparent(s) for the Grandparents Award of Distinction.Nominations are due June 30, 2016. Nomination letters can be emailed to bnsscf5@yahoo.ca. Contact Bernadette or Tanika at 780-761-0881 for more information. All grandparents nominated will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the awards celebration on September 10.
Spread the word - Nominate your grandparent and be part of this exciting and inspiring celebration of the importance of grandparents’ role in the intergenerational relationships to family and community.
 
 
 
EVENTS
Alberta Seniors' Week Events
Alberta Seniors’ Week, June 6–12, is an opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions seniors have made to the community and continue to make every day. Join in one of the many events celebrating seniors during Seniors’ Week: arts workshops and exhibits, a learning and living symposium, teas, concerts, a health and wellness fair, informative workshops, open houses, barbecues and much more!
Make the most of your summer with day trips
As summer nears, many people start to think about taking vacations and short trips. Day trips offered by seniors centres are a no-hassle way to make the most of your summer. Enjoy the great outdoors, learn something new, visit historic sites and have fun. Browse the list of day trips and contact the centres to learn more about their outings.
 
 
 
Spring
Healthy Aging Phone Chats
Age Friendly Edmonton
May – July
You can participate in free interactive, small group educational sessions via telephone from the comfort of your own home. This is an innovative pilot project that connects socially isolated or homebound seniors and their caregivers to health and wellness information from knowledgeable professionals.
Eight different topics ranging from brain games, decluttering, financial education, personal wellness and reducing caregiver stress are designed to promote healthy living and provide a unique opportunity to strengthen social connections. Check the list for more details including dates and times.
The Healthy Aging Phone Chats have ongoing registration. To register for one or more sessions, call Dauna Thomson at 780-735-3061 or email dauna.thomson@ahs.ca.
Moccasin Making
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107-134 Ave)
Every Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free with EASC membership (50+ $5/year, Under 50 $10/year, 80+ free)
The EASC Sewing & Crafts group is starting a Moccasin Making project and everyone is welcome to join. Registration is required to ensure they have enough material. Contact Carmen at 780-476-6595 Ext. 2 to register or email resources@easc.ca.
Drop-In Badminton
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–11:30 a.m. 
Drop-in fee is $2 for members and $3 for non-members
Equipment provided. All levels welcome. Call780-496-2997 for information.
Walking Group
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107-134 Avenue)
Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. (except May 17)
Free with EASC membership (Age 50+ $5/year, under 50 $10/year, 80+ free)
Meet at the EASC for the van ride to a walking trail, park, etc. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact Carmen by email at resources@easc.ca or by phone at 780-476-6595 Ext. 2.
Conversational Cree Group
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
Free
This weekly gathering is an informal opportunity to learn and share one of Canada’s original languages. Cree is the aboriginal language with the highest number of speakers in Canada. Learning something new is great exercise for the brain, too! Group leader is Andre L’Hirondelle (780-421-7915). Pre-register. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Mahjong Drop-In Group
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Free (no membership required)
Sage has a Mahjong table and English set for play. Drop in, meet friends and enjoy the world’s most popular tile game. Majhong is very similar to gin rummy. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for information.
Family Caregiver Workshops
Home Instead Senior Care
April to June
Location: Family Education Training Centre, 13B Fairway Drive (in Westbrook mall near 119 St. & 37 Ave)
Free
Home Instead Senior Care is offering a number of workshops in April, May and June on topics such as:
-Community Infection Prevention and Control
-Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Training
-Caregiver Stress & Avoiding Burnout
-Cooking Under Pressure
-Safe Feeding
-Hospice & Palliative Care
-Protecting Seniors from Fraud
This convenient list provides the dates and times of upcoming workshops and the calendar of events will be updated with workshop descriptions. All workshops are open to the public, seniors and family caregivers as well as health care professionals and caregivers. Pre-register by calling 780-439-9990 (Home Instead West Edmonton) or 780-465-5373 (Home Instead East Edmonton).
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
7-10 pm
$7 NESA members / $10 Non-members
Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise!
Oil Painting Drop-in Classes
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Supply costs only (approximately $8/canvas and $10 for paint and brushes as needed)
Classes will focus on creating small oil paintings. Topics such as use of colour, composition, and contrast will be taught. Drawing experience is not necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Instruction will be planned to meet the needs of the group. Call 780-701-9016 for more details.
Jam Session and Community Dance
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St.)
Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
$2 for members and $5 for non-members
Dance the afternoon away listening to a variety of talented musicians. There is an intermission at 2 p.m. and you can purchase coffee and sweet treats. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Computer Literacy Classes
SCONA (10440 - 84 Ave)
Sunday afternoons, 1 p.m.
Free
Get help with all your technological questions from U of A students who have the answers! Call 780-433-5377 to register.
Weekly Soup & Bannock Lunch
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107-134 Ave)
Wednesdays at noon
Free with EASC membership and/or by donation
Two different soups, bannock, dessert, coffee and tea are available at the weekly soup and bannock lunch. Activities such as bingo, entertainment, or information presenters are held immediately after. There is also a 50/50 draw each week. Registration is not required, but come early because it draws a big crowd. Call 780-476-6595 for information.
 
 
 
May
Help shape the future of Edmonton's parks and open space
May 24, 25, 26 and 30 and June 1, 6-8:30 p.m.
Multiple locations around the city
Edmonton’s open spaces make up a network of parks and plazas, greenways, natural areas, trails and pathways, sports fields, boulevards, wildlife passages and urban amenities. BREATHE: Edmonton's Green Network Strategy is a transformative strategy to make sure that Edmonton will be supported by an accessible network of green space as the city grows over the next 30 years. You're invited to share your thoughts at an upcoming interactive drop-in session. No registration required.
Pioneer High Tea
Fort Edmonton Park
Wednesdays from May 25 to August 31, 3 and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson’s Café, Hotel Selkirk Seniors
(65+) $34.25 + GST and Adults $36.05 + GST
Step back in time to a unique pioneer high tea experience. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and desserts made exclusively for the occasion by the culinary team, then indulge in a wide selection of high-quality teas. The perfect spot to catch up with friends and family. Admission to the Park is included with all Pioneer High Tea bookings.View the menu and reserve your spot.
Crafts Workshops
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
Reuse Centre
May 25
Free
Learn to reuse everyday items and turn them into creative colorful crafts while learning about the City of Edmonton Reuse Centre.
Scrap-booking/Card-making Workshop
May 27
$3 - all supplies included
Create simple, colorful, fun designs and learn card making techniques, tips and tricks. You’ll be pro in no time.
Call 780-433-5807 for more information on these workshops.
Spring Rummage Sale
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Ave.)
May 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tombola prizes, freshly knitted items and popcorn! Contact Jane at 780-342-8625 to book a table.
Golden Girls Fashion Show
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 St.)
May 29, 1 p.m.
The event features clothing and attire from Tan Jay and a trade show with a wide variety of products and services for women enjoying their Golden Age. Tickets on sale in advance $15 each or bring-a-buddy deal of 2 for $20. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Managing your Move: Downsizing Tips
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 St.)
May 31, 10-11 a.m.
Free
Everyone is welcome to attend this health and wellness presentation. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
Civil Law Series: Will and Estates
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Milner Downtown Library
These presentations are open to the public and no registration is required.
Jam Sessions
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
Tuesdays bi-weekly May 3 through August 30, noon to 2 p.m.
Location: 10710 19 Ave (Yellowbird East Community Centre)
$32 member/$72 non-member for 10 sessions or $2 member/$4 non-member drop-in
Shake the dust off your guitar or ukulele and join fellow SWESA members in practicing common chords, classic songs, and different styles. Led by Mike Foote, skilled musicians are welcomed to bring other instruments and join the group.
 
 
 
June
Healthy Aging: Mental Fitness… Mind, Body, & Spirit
Crestwood Community League and Age Friendly Edmonton
June 1, 1 – 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Crestwood Community League Hall (14325 96 Avenue)
Free
We all experience aging differently and at our own rate, which may evoke a range of emotions including excitement, happiness, depression, anxiety, and stress. Although these are normal emotions, when might depression, anxiety and stress become problematic?
Since we cannot stop getting older, what steps might we take to be healthier? What are the best ways we can ward off the negative effects of aging to protect our physical and mental health? Come and learn about mindful aging and discuss what factors may protect or hinder mindful aging in your life. Presenter: Laurie Young, Prevention and Health Promotion, Alberta Health Services
Advance registration is appreciated to determine set-up and catering needs. Register online, via email at agefriendly@seniorscouncil.net or by phone at 780-423-5635 ext. 4.
Fraud Presentation
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
June 1, 10-11 a.m.
$2 for members, $3 non-members
Learn tips and advice to protect yourself from scams, identity fraud and more from Edmonton Police Service Detective Bill Allen. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Seniors Housing Info Event
Forest Terrace Heights Community League
June 1, 1 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Fulton Place Community League (6115 Fulton Road)
Free
Are you or a loved one thinking of downsizing but not sure about the different options? Guest speakers at this event will help you understand types of housing options. Registration isn’t required, but will help with planning.  For more information or to register, contact Connie at connie@forestterrace.org or 780-462-1442.
John W. Bilsland Literary Award Gala
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
June 4, 5 p.m.
Tickets are $55 and a tax receipt will be issued for $30
The John W. Bilsland Literary Award Gala honours senior writers in Alberta with awards in three categories: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Call 780-433-5807 for information on this popular event.
Spring Festival
Edmonton Korean Seniors College Society
June 4, 7 p.m.
Location: River Community Church (11520 Ellerslie Road)
Free
Festival performances include the Evergreen Choir Senior College Choir, Edmonton Men’s Mission Choir, Saxophone performance by Soomgyul, Korock Drum People, Fan dance by Korean Canadian Women’s Association, Jeon’s Taekwondo, Youth band and two violins. Large groups are welcome to attend the festival. Contact 780-990-4645 or 780-430-7244 for more information.
Portuguese Culture Day
Jewish Seniors Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 St.)
June 5
$8 members; $12 non-members
Enjoy the presentations, lunch and entertainment of Portugal. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
iPad: Digital Storytelling Program
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 - 120 St.)
Mondays, June 6 – July 11, 2–3 p.m.
Free
EPL will run this small-group program. Participants must commit to all sessions. Call 780-451-1925 to register.
City of Edmonton Voter Consultation
June 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
City of Edmonton Elections and Census Office (16304 114 Ave)
You are invited to participate in a community session focused on improving municipal voter experiences in future elections. You will learn about the voting process, identify any barriers to voting within the existing process and share your ideas on how to mitigate or remove these barriers for future elections. Call 780-496-8008 for information.
Summer Storms, Power Outages, Floods & Fires-Be Prepared!
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 7, 10:30 a.m.
Free
Find out what you need in case of emergency so you can be prepared. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Creative Age Events
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524-139 Ave)
June 8 and 9
Visual Art Show & Sale
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Paintings (oil, watercolour, acrylic, coloured pencil, washi chigiri-e), jewelry, stained glass, fibre arts and so much more.
Workshops in theatre, music, writing and visual arts 
-Art: Introduction to Pen and Ink (June 8, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.) $20
-A Taste of Musical Theatre (June 8 and 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.) $30
-Writing: 7 Point Plotting (June 8, 12:30–3:30 p.m.) $20
-Skit Wits! (June 8 and 9, 1:30–4:30 p.m.) $30 
-Art: Coloured Pencils. It’s all about technique (June 9, 9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.) $20
-Writing: World Building (June 9, 12:30–3:30 p.m.) $20
Register in advance for the workshops in-person at Northgate Lions Seniors Centre (7524 139 Ave). Review the brochure or call 780-496-6969 for information.
Trip to Rosebud Theatre
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 St.)
June 9, bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns approximately 8 p.m.
$115 per person (includes transportation by luxury coach, buffet lunch and matinee)
Join this trip to Rosebud Theatre to see a matinee performance of romantic comedy Outside Mullingar by J. P. Shanley. Call 780-488-4241 or email jdic@shaw.ca by May 19 to reserve your spot.
Google It!
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
June 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 members; $15 non-members
Former President of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society, John Althouse, returns to SWESA for this presentation examining the power of the Google search engine as a source of family history information. You will gain tips on how to maximize your chances of finding the information you want while deciphering nonessential information. Registration is required. Call 587-987-3200.
Health & Aging – Dare to Age Well
University of Alberta, Department of Medicine
June 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA), 9350 82 Street
Free
Doctors from the University of Alberta will present on the topics of Plugging the Pipes, Physician Assisted Death and Mindfulness for Health. They will also participate in an Ask the Experts session where seniors can ask questions about healthy aging. For further information and to RSVP contact Fujiao Liu at 780-248-1969 or email sneha@ualberta.ca.
Dances at SEESA
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
June 10, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7 – 10 p.m.
This dance features The Romantics. $10 per person at the door. Refreshments included. Cash bar available.
June 12, 1- 4 p.m.
SEESA’s Music Makers will be playing at the Sunday Afternoon Social Dance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA Front Desk or at the door if not sold out. $5/person. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
CLSA's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113-113 St.)
June 11
Open House and Family Fun Day
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring the kids, bring the grand kids, everyone is welcome! Visit CLSA club and class demonstrations and participate in the giant treasure hunt and dig to win great family prizes. Many activities are planned including bocce, lawn bowling, a kids zone with free arts and crafts, balloon animals and many City of Edmonton family attractions including the Valley Zoo, Muttart Conservatory and River Valley Day Programs. Edmonton Host Lion’s Club will run a pancake breakfast and BBQ alongside a beer garden sponsored by Prince Rupert and Queen Mary Park Community Leagues. Enjoy music and dance performances and participate in the 50th Anniversary raffle and 50/50 draws for a chance to win cash and other great prizes. CLSA will also be collecting your non-perishable food items in support of The Edmonton Food Bank.
Gala and Fundraiser
5:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
During the evening CLSA will host a special 50th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser featuring The Emeralds. Dinner will be an elegant buffet by ELA EURO Catering with fine wines from BIN 104 Fine Wines and Spirits. Tickets are or $65 per person for the dinner/dance or $25 per person for the dance only. Limited availability so purchase your tickets early by calling 311 (quote codes 570211 for the dinner/dance or 570212 for the dance only) or registering online.
For more information on the 50th Anniversary, visit the CLSA 50th Anniversary web page or call the CLSA office at 780-496-7369.
Non-fiction Writing
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
June 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 10710 – 19 Ave (Yellowbird East Community Centre)
$25 member/$35 non-member
Have you ever wanted to write non-fiction? Bring your thoughts to this writing workshop led by Audrey Seehagen, an award-winning and published poetry, short story, and children’s writer who has been active in the Alberta writing community for more than 25 years. Participants will discuss research and development, start writing, and do some on-site reviewing. Register by calling 587-987-3200.
Legal Documents You Should Have
Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
June 14, 10 a.m.
Free
A lawyer will present information on essential planning documents such as personal directives, power of attorney and wills. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301.
Charity Golf Tournament
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton Branch
June 15, 2 p.m.
Location: The Links at Spruce Grove
$150 for individuals, $550 team of four, $45 additional dinner tickets
Open to all interested golfers who want a little exercise with an afternoon of fun followed by a delicious dinner and presentations. Celebrity Marshalls are Edmonton Eskimos Alumni Hector Pothier and Jed Roberts. All funds raised will go to CHHA-Ed programs including Your Third Ear Workshops and Hearing Aid Assistance Fund. Registrations are now being accepted online or by email at chha-ed@shaw.ca. For more information phone 780-428-6622.
IMAX Telus World of Science: Sherlock Holmes Day Trip
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre
June 15
$30.95 +GST (50% non-refundable deposit is required)
Includes science centre admission, science program and demonstrations, IMAX theatre films, Margaret Ziedler Star Theatre planetarium shows and special events. Bring your own lunch or order from the café. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
GeriActors Summer School
Thursdays, June 16 – July 14, 1- 3 p.m.
Location: Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
$20
The GeriActors have been turning stories into plays for the last fifteen years. Join them for their first ever summer session Introduction to storytelling, acting, and improv to learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others. The program will finish with a final performance for family and friends on July 14. This is stress free acting – no lines to be learnt and lots of laughs to be had! No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. Pre-register by calling 780-423-5510 ext. 301 or in person at Sage.
Father Lacombe Chapel & St. Albert Botanical Park
CLSA and SEESA
June 29
$50 includes lunch, guided tours and transportation
Central Lions Seniors Association and South East Edmonton Seniors Association are joining forces for this day trip. The bus departs at 8:45 a.m. and returns approximately 3:15 p.m. Register by May 30.
 
 
 
September
Bazaar Call Out
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Ave)
The annual fundraising bazaar hosted by Strathcona Place 55+ Centre is now a two-day event so they are getting the word out early that they are seeking volunteers and donations of items. The bazaar takes place September 9 and 10, 2016.
Volunteers: Call 780-433-5807 to have your name and activity preference added to the bazaar’s volunteer registry.
Donations: The centre is happy to accept books (except textbooks), toys, games, records, CDs, DVDs, Christmas decorations, purses, totes, jewellery, small appliances, candles and holders, and office supplies. Providing your donations well in advance of the event makes it easier for the volunteers to do all the work they need to do for this event. Call 780-433-5807 to make arrangements for dropping off items.
 
 
 
 
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