News and Events for Seniors

Alberta Budget 2018 Consultation
Albertans are invited to provide feedback to help shape and inform the provincial budget which will be released in the spring of 2018. Share your thoughts by February 2 via:
-Online survey
-Written submissions to
-Two telephone town halls which will be held in late January (no details have been announced yet). Visit the budget consultation web page to learn more.
Placing a call to the Seniors Information Phone Line
The Seniors Information Phone Line is a free, confidential phone service that seniors, their family members or caregivers can call anytime, 24/7, to find out about supports for seniors. Calls are answered by an Information and Referral Specialist (I&R Specialist) at 211 Edmonton who can refer to a wide range of community, social, health and government services.
We asked 211 Edmonton to outline what happens when someone calls the Seniors Information Phone Line to increase people’s understanding of this valuable service.
The Five Stages of a Call
Stage One: Establish Rapport
Stage Two: Assessment (Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment)
Stage Three: Information and Referral
Stage Four: Advocacy
Stage Five: Follow-Up
Read a detailed description of the five stages.
You can reach the Seniors Information Phone Line from any landline or mobile phone within the service area by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2.
Sage Awards
Do you know an outstanding senior in your community? Nominate a senior for a Sage Award in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Building, Education, Health & Wellness, Public & Non-Profit, Science & Technology, Social Justice & Peace, and Truth & Reconciliation (new).
Nominations are open now and close Feb 1. Download the 2018 Sage Awards Nomination Package. Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 12th Annual Sage Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2018. For more information, call 780-701-9017 or email
January 2018
Men’s Shed
Beacon Heights Community League (12037 43 Street)
Wednesdays, 7 – 9 p.m.
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 neighbourly connections. The program aims to create a healthy environment for men to build new relationships and decrease social isolation and depression. 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.)
The Men’s Shed is encouraging new members to join and is looking for interested people to help host additional Sheds throughout Edmonton. For more information, please call 780-446-4179.
The Men’s Shed is organized by community partners including the City of Edmonton, Beacon Heights Community League and Sage Seniors Association.
Swing ‘n’ Skate
Edmonton Arts Council
Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. from January 7 to February 25
City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Every week bands will fill the City Room with swing, jazz and big band music, and the Sugar Swing Dance Club will be on site to help put the boogie-woogie in your step. Internationally acclaimed dance band, The Emeralds, are kicking off this year’s Swing ‘n’ Skate on January 7. Other performers for this season include The Rhythm Gunners of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Swing Manouche, The Seven Deadly Syncopators, and Them Hot Olives. If you’d rather be outdoors, the music will be broadcast directly outside for the enjoyment of ice skaters on City Hall Plaza (call 311 for weather conditions and ice updates). Free skate rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Happiness Basics
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
Jan. 11, 18, and 25, and Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
This program presented by the Primary Care Network is based on positive psychology that teaches participants new skills to influence their present and future choices and empower them to live a happier life. This is a drop-in program and everyone is welcome to attend. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Armchair Traveller: The Franklin Expedition
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
January 18, 1-3 p.m.
An experienced traveller and teacher, Ann Manson, will talk about her trip to Discover Franklin and Find the North West Passage. This year Ann embarked on a journey which took her 580 miles north of the Arctic Circle to see where Sir John Franklin and others searched for a northwest passage from Europe to China. Ann visited Franklin sites as well as Dorset and Thule archaeological sites, and bird sanctuaries. One of Ann’s fellow passengers was comedian, travel writer, broadcaster, Michael Palin. Call 780-488-4241 for information.
Thursday Luncheons with Entertainment
Southwest Senior’s Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
$10/member or $12/non-member
Come enjoy a hot meal followed by entertainment. Don Oberst is the entertainer for Jan. 18 and the Old Smoothies perform Jan. 25. Other dates are to be announced. Doors open as early as 10:30 a.m. but you can purchase your ticket up until noon.  Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
YMCA Community Health Challenge Workshops
Don Wheaton Family YMCA (10211 102 Ave.)
As part of the YMCA’s Community Health Challenge, they are offering four workshops open to the public:
-January 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Getting Started – How to start your journey to better health: Every journey begins with a single step. Learn how to get started. A special group fitness class will be available after the workshop.
-January 31, 6 – 7 p.m. The Physiology and Psychology of Stress with Dr. Lynne Honey: Much of our experience of stress is physical, and all aspects of health and wellbeing are affected by the stress we experience.  From minor annoyances to extreme trauma, the same processes are involved.  In this session, you will learn how your brain and other organs work together in an attempt to keep you safe.  Understanding how various events and experiences can affect your stress levels can help you to make good choices, and manage all the stressors that you can’t avoid.
-February 21, 6 – 7 p.m. Physical Limitations to Healthy Living: Learn how to modify your workouts when you face physical challenges and about modified activities to keep you active.
-March 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Nutrition – presented by WeightWatchers: Learn how to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle.
Participants can enjoy complimentary access to the YMCA after the workshop, complimentary 3-hour underground heated parking, and complimentary childminding. Call 780-969-8944 to register for childminding.
River Cree Bus Trip
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
January 22, bus leaves at 10:45 a.m.
$5 includes lunch (not beverages) and $5 to start. Only 24 seats are available so book early. Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
Laughter Yoga
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
Tuesdays, Jan. 23 – Feb. 20, 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Laughter Yoga is a new wellness activity that combines theatre arts, stretching, yoga breathing and laughter exercises. Continuous laughter over a minute stimulates natural healing systems and provides a range of health benefits. It produces a combination of stimulation and relaxation. Pre-register in advance in person or via online registration on Call 780-483-1209 for more 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.
On January 23, celebrate Robbie Burns at Cuppa Corner. Coffee, tea and Scottish treats will be available (silver collection). Ela Euro Catering will be serving a Scottish lunch special. CLSA staff member Rhiannon will be showcasing Highland Dance at 11:30 a.m. and a pick-a-prize raffle draw will be held at 12:30 p.m. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
Hawaiian Lunch
Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre (10052 117 Street)
January 23, 12 p.m.
$15 (includes lunch and entertainment)
Join JSCC for a warmilicious Hawaiian lunch. Entertainment will be provided by ukulele player Grant Peuramaki. Wear your finest Hawaiian floral shirt, beautiful sun dress and sun hats. Come prepared to relax and have fun. Aloha! Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
Card Making Workshop
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 23
It’s time to get crafty! Learn ways to make an assortment of greeting cards for any occasion using your personal touch. Please bring your own pair of scissors. The rest of the supplies are included in the price. Register in advance at the front desk. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
First Nations Veterans Celebration
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
This event is a part of MWSA’s Truth & Reconciliation series. The ceremony will honour the 7000 Canadian First Nations war veterans who served in World I and II and Korean wars. Please RSVP. Call 780-496-2997 for information.
Cash Bingo
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
January 24, 1 – 4 p.m.
$1 per card with a 6-card minimum. Full-card Bonanza $1 for a 3 strip. Tea and coffee are free. $1 for pop, water and chips. $2 for sandwiches. Call 587-525-8969 for more information.
Philosophers’ Café: When the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It!
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 25, 1:30-3 p.m.
So many people hold to political positions anchored to either the right or the left. It is increasingly rare to find individuals capable of recognizing any value in the position held by those they oppose. Each holds to their own rightness and serious political conversation dissolves. Are there ways of engaging with those we disagree with that may be more fruitful?
CLSA’s Philosophers’ Cafe provides an opportunity to share, discuss and try to understand big issue topics. Some topics may be sensitive in nature. We may not always agree on the issues but the opportunity is always there to help us open our minds towards understanding our world. Join David J. Goa, Founding Director (retired) and International Fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life for insightful discussion on the issues of our day.
Register online at, in-person from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday to Friday or by calling 311. Use barcode 614277. Call 780-496-7369 for more information. 
Ukrainian Dinner
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
January 25, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Ukrainian meal, entertainment, cash bar and 50/50 raffle. Tickets on sale until January 23 at noon if not sold out. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Seniors Got Talent
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
January 26, 5–10 p.m.
$15 which includes dinner and show
Join MWSA for this talent show and competition showcasing seniors 55+ and their special talents (e.g. dancers, singers, comedians, etc.). Doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
Winter Wonderland Dance & 40th Anniversary Launch
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
January 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Not only is it a new year but it is also a chance to kick off WSAC’s 40th anniversary year. Join them for cake, a special ribbon cutting ceremony, and an afternoon dance and social. The live band is known as the Nighthawks and they play electric drums, fiddle, bass guitar, saxophone. RSVP by picking up your ticket at the front desk in advance. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
Fascinating People: A Journalist with Seven Lives
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
January 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Presenter Abdulrhaman Al Rasheed has many stories to tell - born in Iraq, a survivor of polio, left for dead, assassination attempt on his life as a journalist, and arrested and imprisoned in Abu Ghraib detention centre with ISIS prisoners. Abdul is proud and grateful to live here in Edmonton. He has three lives left if the adage 'a cat has nine lives’ is true. Come hear his story and his passion. Register online at, in-person from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday to Friday or by calling 311. Use barcode 614274. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
February 2018
Intergenerational Board Games and Literary Night
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
February 2, 5 – 9 p.m.
Everyone is welcome and there are lots of board games or card games to choose from. Read a piece of your own work or read an excerpt from a favourite author. Snacks are available and prices vary. Call 780-433-5807 for more information.
Valentine’s Day Tea
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Ave)
February 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tickets on sale until February 2. No tickets are available at the door. Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Valentine Dinner & Dance
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
February 10
Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. with dance featuring The Romantics to follow. Tickets are available in advance only and must be purchased by noon on Feb. 6. Cash bar. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
Hank Williams “Live” 1952
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)
February 20, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in Leduc
$100 member; $120 non-member (cost includes busing, dinner and show)
Hank William’s marriage had ended, his contract with the Grand Ole Opry had been terminated, and his health was in serious decline. In September of ’52, things changed. You will be treated to all of Hank Williams’ hits sung by Joe Matheson, who has been dubbed “the quintessential voice of Hank Williams”.
Dinner will be at Kosmo’s restaurant in Leduc where you will enjoy a choice of salad, entrée and dessert before heading to the show. Registration is required by January 31. Call 587-987-3200 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.