News and Events for Seniors

Input on changes to bus routes
The City of Edmonton’s plan to redesign the bus network will impact seniors who rely on public transportation. The City of Edmonton has released draft route types and maps and is seeking feedback on the proposed bus network. Check the proposed routes to make sure you still have access to important locations like seniors centres and grocery stores. You can provide feedback in two ways:
Community Workshops
The City of Edmonton is hosting 24 community workshops to get input from Edmontonians. View the dates and locations of the workshops
Online survey
If you are unable to attend a community workshop, the City of Edmonton encourages you to provide feedback on the new bus network through an online survey. The survey will be open April 12 - June 30.
Nominations open for the 2018 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize exceptional volunteers for helping brighten the lives of seniors. There are three award categories:
-Alice Modin Award for long-term community service
Albertans are encouraged to nominate a person or organization for an award. The nomination deadline is April 23. Review the nomination package.
Why Canada Needs to Better Care for Its Working Caregivers
National Institute on Ageing
Many Canadian caregivers are balancing paid work and unpaid caregiving responsibilities, with 35% of the Canadian workforce providing care to others. The value of this unpaid care is significant. The Why Canada Needs to Better Care for Its Working Caregivers report makes evidence-informed recommendations to support policy and practice approaches governments and employers can implement to provide better support to current and future working caregivers.
Change of venue for Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society Activities
The church they are housed in will be undergoing major renovations from April – November 2018. They have arranged alternate locations for programming/luncheons.
-Creative Crafts: Starting April 3, Creative Crafts will be held in the Marshall Center, which is a small building to the west of Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave.
-Gentle Yoga: Starting April 4, Gentle Yoga will be held at Allendale Community League Hall at 6330 105A St.
-Thursday luncheons (except for the first Thursday of each month) will be held at Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave. beginning April 19.
Call 780-435-9515 before the end of April if you have questions. 
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members at the door
Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise!
-April 18 Sparkling Tones
-April 25 Chwill Brothers
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Declutter & Downsize in a Holistic Way
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
April 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Are you or a loved one planning to downsize to a smaller home? Do you want to be in control of the process now before it happens by default to you? It is not too early to start preparing this spring even if you don’t have a moving date yet. Learn the S.P.A.C.E. strategy, Top 11 Checklist and more ways to keep the items that bring you joy and find new homes for those that don’t. These self-care tools respect you and your special memories holistically so you can transition with less stress and more ease into an energy-giving and peaceful space. Sign up in advance at the WSAC front desk to secure your spot. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Popovich Music Dinner Theatre
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
April 13, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Join Richard and Deborah Popovich for a night of great music and comedy. Tickets on sale until April 6. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Rummage Sale
Mill Woods Seniors Association (201-2610 Hewes Way)
April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and April 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
This event is open to the public. There will be housewares, clothing, crafts and so much more at bargain prices. Donations will be accepted starting April 3. No furniture, helmets, or large appliances. MWSA is also looking for volunteers for the Rummage Sale. For more information call 780-496-2997.
Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival
April 15-30
April 15, 2 p.m.
McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street)
The gala will feature brass, choir, musical theatre, piano, speech arts, strings, voice and woodwind. There will be a reception after the gala. The gala is free to the public although a free-will donation is accepted.
April 16-30
MacEwan University Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive), McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street) and Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Blvd)
All festival events are free to the public. Review the Festival at a Glance for more information. Programs can be purchased beginning April 9.
A Babylon Experience–Lunch, Entertainment & More
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
April 16, 12:30–4:45 p.m.
$65 for members and non-members
Enjoy contemporary and traditional cuisine. Celebrate Arabic cultural sword dancing. Learn about and experience hands-on Arabic Calligraphy. Registration deadline is April 9. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Edmonton’s Newest Landmark: the “New” Walterdale Bridge
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
April 17, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
The new Walterdale Bridge is one of the most technically challenging and architecturally significant projects built in Edmonton over the last quarter century. The new construction clearly demonstrates that Edmonton is not afraid to build the kind of iconic architecture typical of a world-class city. Join Ryan Teplitsky, construction project manager with the city of Edmonton, for more information about the past, the present and the future of the Walterdale Bridge Project. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
Haiku Cuppa Corner
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
April 17, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
CLSA is celebrating International Haiku Day with entertainment from Edmonton Japanese Cultural Association, a haiku poetry contest, Japanese calligraphy demonstrations, singers, dancers and a costumed doll display. $9 Japanese lunch specials will be offered at Ela Euro Cafe. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$8 NESA members / $11 non-members at the door
Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise!
-April 18 Sparkling Tones
-April 25 Chwill Brothers
Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Speechreading Course – Level One
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Edmonton Branch
Wednesdays, April 18 – June 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Lions Village (10916 102 Avenue)
Are you hard of hearing and would like to learn some better communication and coping skills? In this level one class you will learn basic speechreading (lip reading) and strategies to communicate better, as well as gain information on hearing aids, technology, tinnitus, and many other subjects of interest to the hard of hearing. You'll also meet others who share your challenges and are determined to do something about them. You can register through the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association at 780-496-6969 or email
Films & Lunch
Bonnie Doon Community League Hall (9240 93 Street)
Film at 10:30 a.m. / lunch at 11:45 a.m.
At Films & Lunch, National Film Board documentaries are paired with short animated films which provide opportunities for lively discussions over lunch.
On Thursday, April 19 the feature film is Dashan - Ambassador to China's Funny Bone (1996, 50 minutes).  Dashan is the stage name of Canadian comedian Mark Henry Roswell who was born in 1965 in Ottawa. He is a well-known celebrity in China. This look at his early career in China was filmed in 1996. It is matched with the short animation The Dingles (1988, 8 minutes), created by director Les Drew. Everyone will enjoy grandmotherly Doris Dingle as she gets through another busy day.
Bonnie Doon Hall is wheelchair accessible. All seniors are welcome. Phone 780-469-1179 for more information.
Thursday Luncheons with Entertainment
Southwest Seniors’ Outreach Society
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and tickets can be purchased until noon
Location: Pleasantview Community League Hall at 10860 57 Ave. (except for the first Thursday of each month)
$10/member or $12/non-member
Come enjoy a hot meal followed by entertainment:
-April 19: Chwyll Brothers
-April 26: Brian Riehl
-May 10: Marvin Kneller
Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
Bruce Hotel Trip
Edmonton Seniors Centre
April 20, bus leaves at 3:30 p.m.
Join this bus trip to the Bruce Hotel to have a steak or chicken dinner. Transportation, meal, non-alcoholic drink and tax is included in the cost. Register and pay no later than April 13. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
Spring Rummage and Bake Sale
SEESA (9350 82nd St.)
April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and April 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Find some treasures while supporting seniors in your community. Check out the great bargains and while you’re here enjoy a hot lunch. For more information call 780-468-1985.
Vintage: An Evening of Works by Well-Aged Poets
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
April 24, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
$5 in advance or $7 at the door
This wine and cheese event features readings by local seniors plus special guest reader Giselle Lemire and is part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. A cash bar is available for members and invited guests (by reading this you are invited). Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
EFT – Tapping for Emotional Freedom
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
April 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn this powerful “tapping” tool for clearing trapped emotions and negative energy to find peace and balance. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture. It is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Register in advance at the WSAC front desk to secure your spot. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Hear Music Play Art
The Paint Spot (10032 81 Avenue)
April 25, 5:30 – 6 p.m. meet the artists; 6 – 9 p.m. listen and create
Watch Nancy Corrigan, a joyously spontaneous artist, respond to the music of the cellists, Diana Nuttall and Kasia Saturna, and then, when you want, start to paint, too, responding to the music in your own way. You can come at this class from any angle: painter, musician, audience member. The important thing is to feel the music and respond to it. You may want to do several small, swift paintings, moving your hand to the music, or larger, more layered works – the choice is yours.
Supplies: Bring the brushes, paper, watercolour, pastels, markers of your choice. If you don’t have art supplies, you can use supplies provided by The Paint Spot for a fee of $20 cash at the door. Registration info.
Spring Fling Raffle, Silent Auction and Luncheon
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Throughout April raffle tickets are for sale and silent auction bids are open. The draw and wrap-up luncheon takes place on April 27 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon tickets are $12. Call 780-433-5807 for raffle ticket prices as they vary.
Zen Trilotherapy: Inner Peace, Self-Love & Life Purpose
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Fridays, April 27 – June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join this empowering, highly interactive, and deeply healing experience. Zen Trilotherapy is a revolutionary way for experiencing an awakening, strengthening your centre and becoming the leader of your mind and emotions.
-Balance your head and your heart and awaken "centre"
-Reduce your suffering and experience more inner peace than you ever imagined possible
-Uncover your programming from childhood and learn how to dismantle these belief systems and finally free yourself
-Awaken to the truth of who you really are and learn powerful tools to heal and transform your life and help others do the same.
Sign up in advance at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Hope, Health & Healing Symposium: This thing called grief
April 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Stony Plain Golf Course (18 Fairway Drive)
Healing for the past, health for the present, hope for the future. This interactive and engaging symposium will feature sessions on self-care and secondary trauma. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jody Carrington who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma and loss. Jody will speak about anticipatory grief, grief and healing, children’s grief and helping someone who is grieving.
Tickets are available until April 20 at Stony Plain FCSS, Spruce Grove FCSS and Parkland County Office. For more information contact Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583 or Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618.
If You Go Down in the Woods Today: Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction
S.C.O.N.A. Seniors Center (10440 84 Avenue)
April 28, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street)
Enjoy entertainment, special guests and dance to the Variety Pak Dance Band. Cash bar. Attire is casual. Get your ticket by calling 780-433-5377. 
Edmonton Lifelong Learners Spring Session
April 30 to May 18, 2018 
Registration begins on March 13
Participate in expert-led continuing education courses for adults 50 plus who want to keep learning and stay connected. Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA), in partnership with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, have scheduled over 50 expert-led courses in the humanities, sciences, world affairs, art, music and wellness, plus a wide variety of noon hour presentations during 2018 Spring Session 2018 at the University of Alberta.
There are no prerequisites, homework or marks and everyone is welcome. You can participate in the learning and fun for the low cost of $250.  Bursaries are available to participants who need financial assistance (see the website for more information).
Explore the programs at or call 780-492-5055 for more information. 
Jazz Appreciation
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
Tuesdays, May 1-22, 1:30 – 3:20 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
Jazz music is part of the rich tapestry of our daily lives and culture. Jazz is the supreme combination of freedom within structure, but just how that works remains a mystery to the average listener. This series of fun-filled, “foot-tapping” interactive sessions will help you gain a deeper appreciation of jazz. You will learn how to distinguish the difference between the blues and the standard popular song form, and discover how they are used in various jazz styles from 1920s Dixieland, Big Band Swing of the 1930s and 1940s, Bebop in the 1950s, and the advent of electric instruments in Fusion from the 1960s and beyond. For more information, email or call 780-497-5082.
60s Music Dance Night
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 4, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.
$10 each in advance, $12 at door
Dance to the music of the Reaction Variety Band. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
MWSA goes to the Waste Management Centre
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
May 4, bus leaves MWSA at noon and returns at 3:30 p.m.
$10 for MWSA members and $15 for non-members
Join this tour of the facility where our garbage and recycling ends up. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch. Cost includes transportation and tour. Register in person at Mill Woods Seniors Association. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
The ‘Genius of Marian’ Documentary Film Screening
Canterbury Foundation
May 6, Reception & Welcome at 1 p.m. | Screening at 2 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
You are invited to join the Canterbury Foundation as they screen the award-winning documentary, ‘Genius of Marian’ at the iconic Art Gallery of Alberta on May 6. The film features “The Heartbreak of Alzheimer’s, The Power of Art, and The Meaning of Family”. This screening is free of charge, but you’re asked to reserve your spot by visiting the event page or contacting Katie Schneider at 780-930-5581 or Learn more about Canterbury Foundation.
Melody Singers’ Spring Performance
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
May 6, 2 p.m.
SEESA’s performance choir is please to present “Weather Forecast: Songs of Spring”. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SEESA front desk or at the door if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Spanish Lunch with Flamenco Performers
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
May 6, 12 p.m.
Join JSCC us for a Spanish lunch ($13 for non-members) and enjoy a complimentary performance of the Las Palomas Spanish Flamenco Dancers. Please RSVP. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Gardening in Containers: Food Production in Small Spaces
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
May 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$20 members & non-members
Growing food in containers is a great solution for small spaces, balconies and decks. Learn what's needed to produce a harvest of healthy, fresh veggies and herbs. Register online, by calling 311, or in person at the front desk of Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Monday to Friday) or at any City of Edmonton Recreation Centre. Use barcode: 628209 for this class. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Sage Awards
The 12th annual Sage Awards, presented by Servus Credit Union, celebrate the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of people after reaching the age of 60. Through celebration, the awards showcase the invaluable contributions of seniors and highlight how they truly enrich our communities and lives. Learn more event details.
The Sage Awards luncheon celebration will be held on May 8 at the Chateau Lacombe hotel. Tickets are $65 and are on sale until May 1. Click here for a seat reservation form or contact JoLynn Parenteau at 780-701-9017 or
Beyond Honey: Urban Beekeeping at MacEwan
Minerva Senior Studies Institute
May 9, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive)
Unfortunately, the population of honey bees worldwide is declining at an alarming rate due to environmental challenges including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. However, urban beehives in gardens, on roofs and in other places ensure pollinators are available to pollinate fruits and vegetables, and also produce a delicious side effect – honey! Even if we don’t want to become beekeepers ourselves, there are things we can all do to protect these pollinators, which are so important to our survival. Learn about MacEwan University’s rooftop hives, the truth about common bee myths, and what steps we can take to improve food production locally. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators and how organizations around the world are tackling this issue.
For more information about this course, email or call 780-497-5082. 
Yoga for Healthy Backs
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
May 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Allendale Community League Hall (6330 105A Street)
Register for this yoga workshop by phoning 780-435-9515. A minimum of eight students is required to run this class.
Mother’s Day Tea
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
May 11, 1 p.m.
Enjoy afternoon tea and fresh baking. Entertainment will be provided by the Creative Writing Group. Call 780-433-5807 to reserve a seat.
Mother’s Day Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 11, 2-4 p.m.
Come and celebrate the amazing mothers in our lives. Tickets on sale until May 4. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Mother’s Day Tea
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
May 11, doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Entertainment for the event will be a Marilyn Monroe performer. Purchase tickets by May 4. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Fort Edmonton Park High Tea
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
May 23, meet at centre at 2 p.m.
$62 member / $72 non-member
Step back in time to a unique tea experience. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and desserts made exclusively for the occasion by the Fort Edmonton Park culinary team and then indulge in a wide selection of high-quality teas. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up, enjoy yourselves and socialize. Cost includes bus transportation, high tea, and admission to Fort Edmonton Park for an hour. Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase your ticket by May 2. Tickets can be purchased at the WSAC front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
First and third Monday of every month
Free. ESC membership is not required.
This group is for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Two-spirit, or anyone who would like to learn more about family and friends. The purpose of the group is to engage in safe and confidential discussions about experiences, concerns, stories and/or other suggested topics. Register by calling 780-425 8625. A registration name is not mandatory.
Men’s Sheds
There is a new place in Edmonton for men to learn skills, meet people, drink coffee, share stories, and hit things with hammers! A Men’s Shed is a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive place that provides the opportunity for men to build projects, form positive relationships, and increase neighborly connections.
Men’s Sheds originate in Australia, and are a grassroots, bottom-up movement driven by the members it serves. The men share their skills and learn new skills from other shedders by participating in a variety of activities of their own choosing (e.g., woodworking, painting, and cooking activities etc.). It is an opportunity for people to be both teachers and learners while sharing stories, venting, or simply having a coffee and working away at projects.
There are two Men’s Sheds in Edmonton open to men of all ages:
-Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square) Meets Fridays in Classroom A from 1–4 p.m.
-Beacon Heights Community League (12037 43 Street) Meets Wednesdays from 7–9 p.m.
New members are encouraged to join and to help host additional Sheds throughout Edmonton. For more information on the Men’s Sheds, call 780-446-4179.
Ice Skating
If you’re looking for places to skate this winter, consider:
City of Edmonton outdoor rinks and IceWays
It’s free to skate at the outdoor rinks and skate rentals are available at William Hawrelak Park Pavilion if you don’t have your own skates.
Community Leagues
To find a rink near you, go to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues’ find a Facility/League web page. Under Facility Amenities, select Rink. You will need a community league membership to use most rinks.
Minerva – Learning in Retirement
MacEwan University
Registration is now open for the winter and spring courses. Some very interesting courses geared to mature learners are offered in the areas of:
-Travel, History and Culture
-Wellness and Healthy Living
-Creative Writing
-Music Appreciation
View the program flyer or online course listing.
Saturday Afternoon Cribbage
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to drop in and play crib. Call 780-451-1925 for information.
Cuppa Corner
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Need a place to hang out, read, or visit with others? Drop in to Cuppa Corner on Tuesdays. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
On-line learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
University of Alberta
Starts monthly
Location: At home and at community spaces
Learn about paleontology, Indigenous history and mountains in the comfort of your home.  The University of Alberta provides three courses on a monthly basis to engage your curiosity and encourage life-long learning. The U of A offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), each 10 to 12 modules in length and free of charge. (When registering choose “No certificate” to pursue the course free of charge. You can also earn a certificate upon completion for a minor fee.)
Sign up to learn about the history of Canada from an indigenous perspective in Indigenous Canada, or learn about mountains, climate change, ecosystems and glaciers in Mountains 101, or learn about the dinosaurs that roamed the earth in Dino 101. Join the University of Alberta to start your online learning journey. Visit for more information and registrations.
Different faculties oversee the MOOCs; however, for overall questions about the MOOC’s contents, how registration works, and similar questions, contact Anastasia Lim in Community Relations at or 780-248-1383. 
Seniors Program
Catholic Social Services - Immigration Services
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Location: 8212 118 Avenue
At this drop-in program, seniors can enjoy activities, games, art, crafts and knitting and practice English in a fun and interactive way. The flyer has more details. Contact Ockhee Kang at 780-391-3279 or by email at for more information.
Meditation and Chi Gong
SCONA (10440 84 Avenue)
Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street)
Stay for lunch if you like ($5) and an afternoon of fun. Call 780-433-5377 for more information.
Computer class
SCONA (10831 University Avenue)
Sundays, 1 p.m. (except long weekends)
Learn what you need through individual instruction. Call Dellah at 780-430-0738 if you are interested.
Open Jam
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
All are welcome to join in this open jam lead by an EASC member, so bring your guitar, your singing voice or your requests out every Thursday. There will be coffee and tea and crib and cards set-out for attendees. Call 587-525-8969 for more details.
South Clareview Seniors Hub
South Clareview Community League (3250 132A Avenue)
The South Clareview Seniors Hub is a new initiative aimed at providing all inclusive fun activities for seniors.
All are welcome to join the South Clareview Seniors Hub Coffee Club. Drop in for a coffee on the first and third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Coffee Club has spawned a walking club, a bicycle riders group, bocce ball players, cards and board game participants and a book exchange so far.
Organizers are open to suggestions on new activities. if you are interested in sharing, participating in, or teaching any activity, they would love to hear from you. Contact them at 780-473-3593 or email Learn more at or on Facebook.