News and Events for Seniors

 
NEWS
Buddy Benches
The City of Edmonton has installed buddy benches in 13 locations around the city to help reduce social isolation. People who are lonely are invited to sit on the specially-painted blue benches. If someone notices a person sitting on a buddy bench, they are encouraged to sit with them and start up a conversation. Find your nearest buddy bench and connect with someone new!
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
July
Wednesday Night Dances
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
7-10 p.m.
$7 NESA members; $10 non-members
Dance to a live band and enjoy an evening of socializing and exercise. Music you can look forward to over the next couple of weeks: July 12 (Ghost Riders) and July 19 (Chwill Brothers).
Jam Sessions
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
July 20 and Aug 16, 7–10 p.m.
$3 admission includes refreshments
Bring an instrument or just come to listen. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Klondike Day Pancake Breakfast
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
July 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$8
Pancake breakfast available for purchase in the café. Come dressed in your favorite K-Days outfit and enjoy the food and fun. First come, first served. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
K-Days & Rodeo Bus Trip
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 21, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
$25 per person, includes gate pass, rodeo ticket & transportation
Attend K-Days without the hassle of parking or organizing transportation, by taking a bus from the Calder community. For the first time ever, there will be a rodeo during K-Days, so don’t miss out and join NWESS in the fun. Limited tickets are available for purchase at NWESS. Call 780-451-1925for more information.
K-Days Pancake Breakfast
Edmonton Seniors Centre
July 21, 9–11 a.m.
$4 in advance and $5 at the door
Come join us in the centre for pancakes, eggs, and sausages with live entertainment by Klondike Kate. Call 780-342-8625 for more information.
K-Days Pancake Breakfast
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
July 21, 10 a.m.
$7
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with all the fixins. Call 780-433-5807 or come to the centre to reserve your ticket for a root’n toot’n start to your day.
Drive Happiness in K-Days Parade
July 21, parade starts at 10 a.m.
Every year the parade sets K-Days in motion with a sea of beautiful floats, giant balloons, amazing performers, loveable mascots and real life animals. This year’s route starts on 97 Street heading west down Jasper Avenue and finishes at 108 Street. Make sure you come out to cheer on Drive Happiness.
Monday Funday
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
July 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Free
Join in an afternoon of fun activities: games, crafting, snacks, pampering, and more! RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
Health & Wellness Presentation
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
July 25, 10 a.m.
Free
-Hydration and Smoothies: A dietician will talk about the importance of hydration, especially during the summer. She will bring two recipes and samples of some easy-to-make smoothies (dairy and non-dairy) that you can make at home.
-Ear Care Follow up: Learn about the different types of hearing loss and what you need to know about tinnitus.
Everyone is welcome. Call 780-451-1925 or visit the centre to sign up.
Bob Layton’s Life in Broadcasting
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
July 27, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
$2 MWSA members/$3 non-members
Local media personality Bob Layton will be sharing tales from his new book about people on the air that would make you laugh, shake your head, and cry. The book is available for $20 each and Bob will sign them. All proceeds will be donated to Santas Anonymous, Global TV's Give Me Shelter, and The EPS Foundation. Please RSVP by calling 780-496-2997.
K-Days Pancake Breakfast
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
July 28, 9–10:30 a.m.
$5
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with entertainment by Klondike Kate Sue Whalen (circa ’86). Prizes for best costume. Tickets on sale until July 21. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Book Sale
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
Visit this huge book sale and browse through tables and tables of all kinds of books. You’ll find a great selection of great priced finds new and old. The book sale starts June 22 and runs all summer, Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Pole Walking Group
Sage Seniors Association
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Free
If you are looking for a regular opportunity to get out and get moving, this is the group for you. The group goes rain or shine. Guidance and trial poles are available. The group is offered on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is recommended to be contacted about changes. Everyone is welcome.
True Colours Support Group
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
This group is for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning, or anyone who would like to learn more about family and friends. Participate in safe and confidential discussions about experiences, concerns, stories and/or other suggested topics. Sessions run from 1:30 to 2:30 on the first and third Mondays of the month. Register by calling 780-342-8625.
Tech Savvy Seniors
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
The Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre has partnered with the Edmonton Public Library for a Tech Savvy Seniors Program. Participants will learn all about Facebook, email, online resources and services, word processing and much more. This program runs two sessions per month until March of 2018.  EAS has a snazzy new computer lab and welcomes people with all skill levels. Maybe you’d like to be a volunteer who can teach other seniors. If you would like to participate in this new program call 780-476-6595 to find out the dates and times or become a member and you will get a monthly newsletter.
 
 
 
August
Pet Therapy Society Presentation
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
August 3, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta was created to provide the benefits of the human-animal bond that is well documented in medical, psychological and social literature. At all stages throughout our lives, animal companionship can stimulate sensitivity and learning. Interaction with companion animals can involve values, morals, modes of behaviour, attitudes, self-examination, and even the establishment of new or improved skills. Join SWESA to meet with a volunteer handler and a new furry friend.
Seniors’ Rest Tent at Heritage Festival
August 5-7
William Hawrelak Park
The Servus Heritage Festival celebrates Edmonton’s many multicultural communities and showcases food and entertainment from more than 100 countries and cultures.
Make your visit to this year’s Servus Heritage Festival more enjoyable by visiting the Seniors’ Rest Tent. The tent will be filled with plenty of tables and chairs, so you can rest in the shade for a while and take a break from the hustle and bustle.
The Seniors’ Rest Tent is conveniently located in the centre of the park near bathrooms and the first aid tent. Seniors will be able to hitch a ride on a golf cart to and from the tent from various points on the festival grounds.
The Seniors’ Rest Tent is brought to you by Connecting Edmonton Seniors, an initiative of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS).
Badminton Fun Day Invitational
SEESA (9350 82 Street)
August 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$3 in advance or $5 on the day
Come out and join the SEESA Badminton Club for this fun day of playing your favourite sport while meeting other players from other senior centres across the city. No prior experience is required. Family and friends aged 55+ are invited to join in the activities. Games start at 9 a.m. and tear down is at 11 a.m. You can purchase lunch in the cafeteria at 11:45 a.m. (optional: not included in the price of the fun day). Call 780-468-1985bor visit the SEESA Front Desk prior to August 11 to register for this fun invitational.
 
 
 
September
Second Wind Conference
September 7
Location: Chateau Louis Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway Avenue)
Early bird registration $70 (ends July 15); regular registration $85 (July 16 to Sept. 7)
This wellness conference is open to all retirees in the greater Edmonton community. The keynote speaker is Peter Brown who is currently a writer and producer of The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio. Sessions include wine tasting, downsizing, reverse mortgages, cardio salsa, technology workshops, photo archives and travel destinations. Learn more at secondwindconference.ca or by calling 780-418-8032.
 
 
 
 
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