August 23, 2018
Seniors Sector News

RECREATION AND WELLNESS DIRECTORY

The new Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults is hot off the presses!

The directory features arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. The 2018-2019 directory includes more than 1400 group programs, clubs, courses and events offered by 51 organizations.

This year we have enhanced the online version of the directory. Our new platform makes it easy to search and filter results, and the large print and full screen layout make it easy to read. You can find the online directory at www.seniorscouncil.net. We encourage you to give it a try!

Deliveries of print copies are currently underway to organizations that placed advance orders. Seniors and organizations are welcome to pick up free copies of the directory at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre).
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Professional Development
PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIONS: PLANNING FOR ACCESSIBILITY AND VEHICLE INTERACTIONS
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
September 4, 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar addresses the changing landscape of accessible pedestrian planning from traditional local-level programs that encourage the involvement of older adults and people with disabilities in the walkability audit process to assessing the role of automated and connected vehicle technology related to accessible pedestrian movement.

Attendees will learn about current and future considerations for maintaining safe, accessible walking environments and will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to apply these considerations to their own communities.
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HARASSMENT INVESTIGATIONS
Charity Village
September 6, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

What if your organization is faced with a workplace harassment complaint? Having a solid harassment investigation process is vital - or you and your organization run the risk of being sued. This webinar will outline everything you need to know to ensure your harassment investigation process meets current requirements.
PLANNING AN EVALUATION OF SYSTEMS CHANGE
Tamarack Institute
September 11, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

This webinar will explore the ideas and steps required to properly evaluate 'system changes' that emerge when tackling complex issues. This includes:
  • systems concepts (such as boundaries, perspectives, interrelationships, and dynamics) 
  • systems leverage points
  • developmental evaluation approaches to support systems change
  • useful questions and tools for scoping out an intervention's theory of change, implementation process, and desired changes/outcomes at multiple levels (program, organization, system, policy, and population)
BOARD TO BOARD NETWORKING: ALBERTA, POLITICS, NONPROFITS, AND THINKING DIFFERENTLY FOR LARGE SCALE
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
September 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Fantasyland Hotel
$20-30

Join other Edmonton board members to explore the current and future political landscapes in Alberta. A lot has changed politically for Alberta in the last 10 years, and with the upcoming 2019 provincial election Alberta could be seeing even more change going forward. 

Paul McLoughlin of Word of Mouth Communications offers his view of what non-profit board members need to know as they work to make an impact in our community going forward. Following Paul's talk, participate in a guided discussion facilitated by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations about how non-profits can future prepare for Alberta's future.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
News and Events for Seniors
GROW A ROW DONATIONS  

If you're a gardener who tends to produce more bounty than you consume, consider donating your extra produce to the Edmonton Meals on Wheels Grow a Row program. Grow a Row donations will be incorporated into the menu, meaning clients are able to enjoy fresh, local products in their daily meals. Produce donations are being accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office (11111 103 Avenue).
CUPPA CORNER
Central Lions Seniors Association (11113 113 Street)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cuppa Corner socials continue every Tuesday. One Tuesday a month there is special programming in addition to the complimentary coffee and cookies. Keep an eye out on the CLSA website for details about the special Cuppa Corner event. Call 780-496-7369 for more information.
START A NEW ADVENTURE AT THE WSAC OPEN HOUSE
Westend Seniors Activity Centre (9629 176 Street)
August 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free

Drop by WSAC for a day of fun-filled free activities including pickleball, card games, exercise programs, crafting demonstrations, and a volunteer fair. If there is something that WSAC offers that you have always wanted to learn, today is the day! Enjoy free coffee and Sonic 102.9 will be at the centre with their Weenie Wagon providing free hot dogs for lunch. Call 780-483-1209 for more information.
SEESA OPEN HOUSE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST
South East Edmonton Seniors Association (9350 82 Street)
September 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Enjoy a wonderful pancake breakfast which includes sausage, fruit, juice, coffee/tea for $7. Then check out the displays of senior friendly services, clubs and classes. You can register for Fall classes and purchase your membership. If you've never been a member before now's the time to join with the rest of this year and all of next year for only $35. Call 780-468-1985 for more information.
SLEEP, PAIN, AND NON-DRUG WAYS TO BREAK THE CYCYLE
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
September 6, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$2

Dr. Cary Brown does research in the areas of sleep deficiency, knowledge translation, and chronic pain, and provides sleep education workshops. Dr. Brown will explain the biology of the relationship between sleep and pain. Then, based on that information, the session will explore non-drug methods to improve sleep and reduce pain. Call 587-987-3200 for more information.
GRANDPARENTS DAY LUNCHEON
Strathcona Place 55+ Centre (10831 University Avenue)
September 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Stop by the Silver Thymes Café at Strathcona Place 55+ Centre for their Grandparent's Day Luncheon. Check their website for the menu and cost or call 780-433-5807. Everyone is welcome.
MWSA OPEN HOUSE
Mill Woods Seniors Association (2610 Hewes Way, 2nd Floor)
September 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join MWSA for program demonstrations and displays, community fair, pancake breakfast, door prizes, and more. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-496-2997 for more information.
GENTLE DANCE MOVES
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society
Wednesdays starting September 12, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Allendale Community League Hall (6330 - 105A St.)
Drop-in cost is $6/class with membership

You don't need a partner to sign up for this new class. Call 780-435-9515 for more information.
BUS TRIP: GIANT PANDAS AT THE CALGARY ZOO
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
September 13, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Bus departs from Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$95

For decades, giant pandas were on the endangered species list, but recently their fortunes have changed for the better thanks to extensive recovery efforts. Er Shun, Da Mao and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue are on loan to the Calgary Zoo from China. Take in all the sights at the zoo and meet the new additions. Optional sessions offered may include tiger and lemur feeding and a talk about gorilla care. 

Lunch is not included in the cost. You may pack your own bagged lunch or choose to dine at any one of the on-site venues. Stops in Red Deer (both ways) are planned for snacks at your own cost. Registration is required by September 4. To register call 587-987-3200 or email programs@swedmontonseniors.ca.
FUN ART NIGHT
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
September 13, doors open at 6 p.m.
$30 includes all supplies

Come out, enjoy a drink with friends, and learn how to create a beautiful painting. No experience is necessary. Tickets sell very fast so call 780-451-1925 to secure yours today. This event is for ages 18+.
SOUTH CLAREVIEW SENIORS HUB
South Clareview Community League (3250 132A Avenue)

The South Clareview Seniors Hub provides all-inclusive, fun activities for seniors 55+. Seniors from all over Edmonton are welcome. Activities include:
  • Drop in for coffee on the first and third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Walking club, bicycle riders group, bocce ball players, card and board game participants, and a book exchange.
  • Beginners Tai Chi provided by FLK Taoist Tai Chi on Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Darts or Ping Pong anyone? Our group has a take-out style dinner at 6 p.m. on the 15th of each month. RSVP for our participation count. The meal is paid for by donations - what you can afford.
The Seniors Hub is open to hearing suggestions for activities. if you are interested in sharing, participating in, or teaching any activity, they would love to hear from you. Contact 780-473-3593 or email seniors@southclareview.ca. Learn more at www.southclareview.ca or on Facebook.
ADVENTURES IN AGING SENIORS CONFERENCE
Stony Plain and Spruce Grove FCSS
October 4, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall, 200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove
$25 includes lunch

The conference features guest speaker Bob Layton, Connecting With Your Community Sessions and entertainment. For more information, call Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 27. Tickets are available at:
  • Stony Plain FCSS (#107, 4613 52 Avenue)
  • Spruce Grove FCSS (505 Queen Street)
  • Parkland County Office (53109A HWY 779)
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
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