News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Let's Retire Loneliness: Video about seniors isolation
The City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Urban Isolation and Mental Health has created a powerful video as part of the Hello How are you? campaign. The video focuses on isolation and loneliness among Edmonton’s older population and issues a call to action that we can retire loneliness by starting with a simple Hello, how are you?
Legal Resources
Alberta Legal Information Society
LegalAve.ca is a free website that brings together legal resources from different organizations in Alberta to help people dealing with family law issues. This includes information for seniors such as Powers of Attorney, personal directives, wills, estates, elder abuse, and grandparents’ rights.
LegalAve has in-depth information about the law in Alberta, the legal process to follow (such as court forms and court hearings), and common questions and myths about family law issues. LegalAve also has general information about navigating the legal system, including how to stay out of court, working with a lawyer, community legal resources, and getting legal aid.
The “Guided Pathway” feature allows users to answer a series of questions about their legal issue and be directed only to the information that applies to them. This feature is available in Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, English, French, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
December
MWSA Cares: Card Making
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 7, 10 a.m.-noon and December 8, 6-8 p.m.
MWSA will be making Christmas cards for seniors and other people who may be socially isolated. Join in and brighten someone’s Christmas. Some supplies will be provided and feel free to bring your own supplies. Donations of card-making supplies are welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Relationships with Your Adult Children
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Starting December 9 at 1 p.m.
Free
Pat Powers from City of Edmonton is presenting this educational based program series. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-433-5807 for more information and to register.
Christmas Dinner
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 9, doors open at 4:30 and dinner at 5 p.m.
$20 members; $30 non-members
Enjoy turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Entertainment to follow by the Drama Club. Advance tickets only to be purchased before December 2. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Christmas Social
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 9, doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.
$25
Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings, entertainment and silent auction. Purchase tickets by December 5. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Traditional Rutherford House Christmas
Rutherford House (11153 Saskatchewan Drive)
December 11, 12 – 4 p.m.
Regular admission rates
Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty treats from the historic kitchen. Call 780-427-3995 for more information.
Dishing It Out: Participating in the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Alberta
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 11, 7 p.m.
$20
This year marks the centenary of women’s suffrage (with the exception of First Nations) in Alberta. Sarah Amato, co-creator with Monique McFarlane of “Dishing it Out: Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Alberta”, will give an interactive talk about their suffrage photo project, discussing the history of suffrage in Alberta and Canada, the apocryphal story that inspired their project, and the undertaking of the project itself. RSVP by December 5 by calling 780-488-4241.
Seniors Benefits Presentation
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 12, 10 a.m.
$3
Find out more about Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) in this presentation by Jennifer Clarke from Service Canada. RSVP by calling 780-488-4241.
Edmonton Valley Zoo Zoominescence Light Festival
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 13, 5:30-9 p.m.
$20 members/$25 non-members
During this special event, there will be a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations at the zoo, along with music, skating rink, and more. Cost is for bus transportation (school bus) and admission. Bus will leave MWSA at 5:30 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Pay and re-register by Saturday, December 9. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Christmas Sing-in
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
December 13, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$5 member; $7 non-member
Summon your Christmas spirit as SWESA attempts to fill the hall with familiar festive classics. Experienced and non-experienced singers welcomed. Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and join in. Holiday snacks and refreshments will be available. Registration is requested. Call 587-987-3200 for information.
Christmas Concert
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
December 13, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
North Edmonton Seniors Association presents their annual Christmas Concert. Silver collection at the door with all proceeds going to the "Seniors in Need" fund. Call 780-496-6969 for information.
Lunch and Learn: Israel
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
December 13, 12 p.m.
Enjoy an Israeli lunch and presentation about Israel. Lunch is $12 for non-members and the presentation is free. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Mavie’s Mitten Tree
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 14, 11:30 a.m.
$10 members; $12 non-members
This fine tradition at Westend Seniors sees the knitting group, led by cherished member Mavie, gift mittens to a local elementary class. Join this intergenerational celebration which includes a warm luncheon accompanied by the sweet sounds of Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and the children picking mittens from the tree. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Christmas Light Tour
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 14, 6-9 p.m.
Cost:
$5 gratuity for driver
Join this social bus tour of the beautiful Christmas lights of Edmonton.  Visit the centre or call 780-451-1925 to register by December 7.
Christmas Dinner & Art Exhibition
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 14, 5 p.m.
$15
Enjoy dinner and entertainment by the Senior Shumka dancers. There is a vegetarian option for supper. Pick up your tickets at the centre. Call 780-433-5807 for more details. Everyone is welcome.
Tea & Concert
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
December 14, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Free
A group from MWSA will be heading over to Dan Knott School for a special tea and concert planned for the seniors. Transportation will be provided: the bus leaves MWSA at 10:15 a.m. Please register in advance. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Increasing Body Awareness: Foundations for Yoga and Other Physical Activities
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
December 14, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
$14
Whether you are walking, stretching, cycling, dancing, golfing or doing yoga to enhance your health and well-being, the most important thing is body awareness. In a culture with a strong focus on living in your head, increasing your body awareness will help you get the most out of all your physical activities. In this workshop have some fun with different practices to awaken body awareness. Registering in advance is appreciated. Call 780-483-1209 for information.
Monthly Dinner featuring SEESA’s Melody Singers
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
December 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m.
$15/person
Enjoy a festive meal with all the trimmings and afterwards carols sung by a choir (we’ll leave nose-nipping Jack Frost outside for the evening). Tickets go on sale December 1 until December 13 at noon if not sold out before. Call 780-468-1985 for information.
Christmas Sing Along
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
December 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. MP Linda Duncan will be joining in the celebration. Call 780-433-5807 for information.
Alberta Ballet & the Documentation of Performance
Provincial Archives of Alberta (8555 Roper Road)
September 1 to December 17, Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 p.m.
Free exhibit
Alberta Ballet donated its extensive archives to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012, where the records were appraised, arranged, rehoused, described and made available to the public. The Provincial Archives of Alberta presents this retrospective survey of the company’s first fifty years in celebration of Alberta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary.
New Year’s Lunch and Dance
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
December 30, doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and dance at 1:30 p.m.
$20
Entertainment by The Jammers. Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon. Purchase tickets by December 23. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
 
 
 
January
Outing to Mayfield Dinner Theatre Only In Vegas
Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
January 25, bus departs Sage at 9:45 a.m.
$89 with school bus (or taxi) to and from performance
Only In Vegas features the great music, comedy and theatrics of “Sin City” – from its early (sketchy) beginnings, to the boom years of the 60s and 70s, to present day theatre spectaculars. The deadline is December 19 to guarantee a seat. Tickets may still be available after that date. Call 780-423-5510 ext. 301 for more information.
Pickleball Tournament
Edmonton Pickleball Club
January 6, 7 and 8
Location: St. Francis Xavier Sport Centre (9240 163 Street)
The Edmonton Pickleball Club is hosting its 2nd annual indoor tournament, the Lexus South Pointe Winter Classic, January 6, 7 and 8. The tournament has tripled in size over last year and the club is welcoming players from across Alberta, and as far afield as Cold Lake and Lethbridge. Players age 35 to 85 will compete in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles categories at all skill levels, from “beginner” to “advanced”.
New this year are much improved spectator facilities at the new venue and lunch time introductory Pickleball sessions (as space allows) on January 7 and 8. Come learn about this fast-growing sport that’s suitable for players 8 to 80.
There is no charge for spectators, and interested parties can confirm hours of play after December 31 on the club’s website or on Facebook. For more information, call Michel Lamoureux at 780-433-8329.
 
 
 
 
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