June 2021 Newsletter

Due To COVID-19 we are closed until further notice.  Staff remain available to you by phone Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

140 Durham Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 3M7

JUNE 2021

Natalie Labbee
705-673-6227 Ext 231

Summer is on it’s way!

The month of June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and an urge to get out there and enjoy the sunshine. The weather is getting nicer, but we’d really enjoy having YOU join the ParkSide Centre Without Walls Program!

Whether it’s Telephone-Only based calls, or joining us virtually thru Zoom, there is hopefully a program that interests you!


Are you missing friends and playing cards?  Join us to learn how to play LIVE on ZOOM with us! Invite friends to join!  See page 14 for all the details!

Also New! Cooking in the Kitchen with Maria! Information on Page 21.

As you read this month’s articles, you will notice some Testimonials of members who are truly experiencing the benefits of participating in our many programs! I hope it will INSPIRE YOU to JOIN US!

Our programs are a great way to ease the feeling of being isolated and lonely.

We share Fun Facts, Recipes, Trivia and Live Entertainment, as well as a variety of Health & Wellness sessions to help you STAY CONNECTED with us! There is room to have YOU join us for FUN and engaging conversation and if you need some help with joining by phone or learning how to connect to Zoom, We are only just a phone call away! 



All program fees should be paid in advance. During the closure, we accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express by telephone. All cheques should be made payable to: The ParkSide Centre.

Cheques can be mailed to us at: 

140 Durham Street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 3M7

Refunds may be granted but approval of the Manager is required. A $10.00 administrative fee may be applied to refunds.

Programs may be cancelled when the minimum registration numbers are not met. Being a past participant in a class does not guarantee you a spot in a future session, so please always register in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please note that there are no refunds on Membership fees. Special event refunds will only be issued if your ticket can be sold to someone on a waiting list. There are no immediate refunds. 

Please allow time for a cheques to be processed.

Complimentary Trial for Programs

If you are interested in gaining more knowledge in regards to one of our registered programs or courses, please feel free to join us as a guest prior to committing with a registration.  Limit one trial per person per session. Space is limited so please speak to staff prior to participating.



If you are looking for something enjoyable and fun to do in your spare time, try our Line Dance classes where you will learn new and standard line dances in a comfortable, welcoming, fun-filled class. Since you dance on your own, line dancing is ideal for singles and for partners of non-dancers. It's also wonderful for people who want a social activity that doesn't involve dating, partnering or going to a bar to enjoy! People with two left feet are welcome!

Even though it is still called “Country-Western Line Dancing” opposed to “Traditional Line Dancing”, it is now modern, urban sophistication, swing syncopations, flowing waltz and nightclub rhythms, and dances with a Latin flavor. We are still dancing in lines but are enjoying a large variety of music. Line dancing has evolved to offer everyone fun and  enjoyment and will keep you coming back for more.

For more information on the program and what you need to bring, call Carol Larocque (Parkside member) at 705-525-0448, or visit the Dancin’ Feet in Motion website at www.dancinfeetinmotion.ca. 


Wednesdays - Improvers
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

High Beginners Line Dancing
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

**Previous line dance experience of at least 1 year is required to attend these classes.  If you are not sure about your level,  please call Carol at 705-525-0448.



June 20 is the summer solstice, which heralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight, so enjoy! The Southern Hemisphere, winter begins on this day.

June 20 is also Father’s Day this year. Find activity ideas and learn about the history of Father’s Day here.

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This holiday is meant to remind Canadians of the contributions of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

June 24 Midsummer Day, traditionally the heart of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting.


If you have ever wanted to try doing Yoga and have challenges (or not), physical or other, then this class is for you! This class is offered to those who have physical challenges, chronic pain, and other conditions or to those who wish to expand and deepen their yoga practice. Breathwork, visualization and meditation will be taught and in the latter portion of the program, the use of small hand weights will be introduced. 

Yoga can be learned and practiced at any age. Learning Yoga in one’s senior years can add longevity, vitality, endurance, flexibility, strength and balance to your life. Imagine all this as well as an increased sense of well-being! Yoga is said to be the perfect exercise because it unites not only the physical aspects of a person, but also the mental, spiritual and emotional parts of us and as Marilyn’s chair yoga teacher said “Chair  yoga is not for sissies! You can be challenged. ”Come enjoy, laugh, have fun and get strong."

Tuesday and Thursday
9:30 am – 10:30 am
May 4 to June 29, 2021
Minimum 6 participants required
Instructor: Marilyn Hurst



What better way to enjoy cooking, than by doing it with friends!  Join us LIVE on ZOOM as we chop, dice, stir, sauté and create some delicious meals together!  It is sure to be a fun time! 

All you need to do is have the ingredients on hand and we will make it together from the comfort of our own kitchen’s!  So excited to have you join us!

To Register, please contact Natalie at 705-673-6227 Ext 231  or Natalie.Labbee@greatersudbury.ca

Ingredients will be provided upon Registration. Don’t miss out on the fun!

June 9, 2021  BLT Pasta Salad
June 23, 2021  Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
12:00 pm


The Sudbury Rising Stars are a group of enthusiastic and talented older adults who perform whimsical vignettes around the community focused on healthy lifestyle topics, injury prevention and safety.

It’s been awhile since the group has been able to get together, but they will now reconnect on Zoom! If you are interested in learning more about the Rising Stars group, or would like to have them present in the future at an event, please contact Pat Park (705)524-0424.

June 21
, 2021
3:00 pm

Member Testimonials:

During COVID shutdowns, you have continued to offer programs which have been stimulating and interesting. Thank you! ~ Ann M.

I love our Seniors Centre namely The Parkside Centre for if it wasn’t for the Without Walls Programs and the hours spent putting these programs together and making them available to Seniors through COVID and making our quarantine and seclusion bearable....THANK YOU John, Peter, Natalie, Robert, and Sharon and all the volunteers! ~ Margaret D.


Open Studio with Judith

A relaxed creative environment where group members can pursue their own art interests, with support and guidance from the facilitator, Judith Duncan. Participants will bring their own materials for the work they wish to pursue, although the facilitator may occasionally introduce group members to different materials/media.

The group will essentially be unstructured for the most part, and will meet on Saturdays, facilitator allowing. These sessions are available via the Parkside Zoom account.

April 10 - June 19, 2021
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
$60.00 members $90.00 non-members

Do You Know the Signs of Stroke?

Join Karine Legace, Physiotherapist for a focus on rehabilitation after a stroke and improving your mobility.

June 17 ,2021



Join Denise from Kinnect to Wellness for a low-impact exercise program designed to benefit those diagnosed with Parkinson's. The program focuses on improving posture, range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, as well as  flexibility, relaxation, balance and coordination. This progressive program will greatly enhance one's quality of life while preventing the negative side effects of inactivity to help with the symptoms of this neurological disease. Participants must be able to ambulate on their own without supervision. 

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Member Testimonials:

Cardio Drumming
Looking through the Parkside newsletter, I noticed "Cardio Drumming" was advertised for twice a week. A different "FUN" way to exercise while having fun! Of course, I signed up and made myself some drum sticks and just happened to have one of those large exercise balls in the garage, called my friend, got her interested and she did the same. Well, I never had so much fun!

Music from our younger days, and we were ready to go for 45 minutes. Sitting or standing , it didn't matter. Exercising the arms, legs, waist and most important, enjoying fellowship with others of a like mind. I certainly will be back for the next session. Who knows?.... I might become the next Ringo Starr! ~ Delores H.

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.

–N. P.Willis (1807-67)

What is Coffee Talk?
Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 11:00 am

Simply put, it’s a group of people (who don’t even know each other) that gather on the telephone three times a week to just chat about all sorts of topics to help relieve the feelings that isolation and living alone can bring.  The best part?  It’s free and all you need is a telephone to participate!  We call you! Coffee Talk is for everyone! Each month, we have a variety of interesting topics to start from and there is no telling where the conversations are going to go from there!  One thing is for sure….you will 100% feel brighter about your day and share some laughs!  It’s a wonderful, supportive group of men and women. 

DIAL IN or We Can Call You!
1-866-279-1594 Code 183584. When Prompted, Say your Name & Press #

June 2                     Fun Facts about June
June 7                     Music & Movie Trivia Fun!
June 9                     Tribute to Dad’s—Happy Father’s Day
June 14                    The Rhyming Game!
June 16                    Fact or Fiction Fun
June 21                    First Day of Summer: 5 Second Game!
June 23                    If it makes you Happy! What made you happy this week?
June 28                    Finish the Line!
June 30                    Tell Me Something Good!

Join us ~ Let’s connect and have fun together! Contact Natalie at 705.673.6227 Ext 231 to register or click the link below!


Gratitude Circle - Every Thursday at 11am

Life sure has its ups and downs, and in these uncertain times, it feels good to share what we are Grateful for!  Sometimes we take things for granted in life or it may be difficult to find the sunshine in a day when we are isolated at home, or live with chronic pain. 

Join us to share some inspiration! We are all in this Together.


Learn to draw and paint through the use of different approaches and media. This relaxed, welcoming environment encourages observational and imaginative art, all well developing skills with regards to the use of tone, line, and a range of techniques.

Helen is a multi-media artist working in graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, collage and most recently oil. Her educational background in the visual arts is a two year foundational course and a three year advanced diploma in fine arts with a major in graphic design from Cambrian College. She has also designed and created two online courses in the foundation of drawing and acrylic painting. You can find Helen on Facebook @Helen Townend Visual artist and Instagram @helentownendart.

April 14, 2021—June 16, 2021
9:00am to 12:00 pm



Each week features a solo, duo or group LIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT LIVE & INTERACTIVE with the Entertainers! Phone in option is also available!

Every Wednesday 2:30pm

25 Minutes of activity geared to Older Adults

A fun, low impact, group virtual Walking program which incorporates simple, everyday practical movements. 

Tuesdays & Fridays
11:00 am

Do you have ideas for Programming?  Workshops?  Topics of Interest?

Programs with the ParkSide Centre Without Walls program are geared with ALL OF YOU in mind! What is important to consider when planning activities? Time of Day?  Day of the week?  Cost? Do you WANT TO PARTICIPATE in Zoom programs, but you lack the comfort in using the technology? WE CAN HELP!

SEND US YOUR IDEAS or Give us a Call Today!

Natalie.Labbee@greatersudbury.ca or 705-673-6227 Ext 231


ParkSide Centre Memberships

As the Covid-19 vaccinations continue in our community, the possibility of reopening the ParkSide Centre grows stronger.  When the Centre was forced to close at the onset of the pandemic, many of our members were unable to use their memberships.The Board of Directors of the ParkSide Centre has discussed this issue and have come up with three alternatives:

  1. Refund the unused membership fees;
  2. Extend the memberships for the term that was left on them;
  3. Treat the unused portion of the memberships as a donation and provide income tax receipts to those people who choose this option. Receipts will not be given to anyone who is owed less than $20.00.

If a response is not received by one month after reopening, an income tax receipt will be automatically sent to those individuals who qualify.

Thank you to those who have continued active memberships and to those who have made donations to the ParkSide Centre this year. It is truly appreciated.


I really enjoy it. I find after a month of doing this exercise, I am able to do more than I did at the beginning. The Mother and Daughter duo are quite entertaining and I enjoy them both. The exercises are good and doable. You do them at your own pace. ~ Maria R.

I would like to Thank - John, Natalie and Peter for setting up all the programs during the past months of isolation during Lockdowns. It has helped a lot of Seniors deal with loneliness, stress issues, boredom, etc. that all of us are experiencing as a result of the COVID season we are in.

We appreciate their willingness to give variety and information. Hopefully we will be able to meet again face to face in the Fall. I am sending in my membership fee because we get a lot for less than a dollar a week. Thanks so much! ~ Delores H. , Proud ParkSide Member



Learn about the online game, how to log in and play LIVE with friends ONLINE!

June 9, 2021
1:30 pm


SHOUT OUT to the following Members who have been racking up the hours participating in our various Zoom Programs!

          Diane Trolope                      Pegi Dahm

          Delores Higgins                  Paula Jobin

          Maria Rocca                          Susan Martin

          Brenda Renwick                 Elin Maki Flora                   

Every month, we will be adding participants names into a Draw to WIN A PRIZE that will be drawn at our 45th Anniversary Celebration later this year.  All you have to do is REGISTER & PARTICIPATE to qualify!  There are SO MANY programs to choose from! 

JOIN US for the fun!


The Parkside Centre has teamed up again with the Timberwolf Golf Academy to provide Parkside members with golf lessons at a discounted rate. This is the most cost efficient method to get professional coaching regardless of skill level and it is a fantastic opportunity to meet other golfers in a non-intimidating setting.

There will be a maximum of eight participants to allow for plenty of personal attention from the instructor. Coaching topics include equipment, fundamentals, full swing, short game, rules and etiquette. There will also be an on-course lesson to ease the transition from the driving range to the course and to improve your course management skills.will run for 4 weeks, Every Tuesday at 1:30

**Register with The Parkside Centre by calling 705-673-6227

June 8 - June 29, 2021
1:30 - 2:30 pm
$113.00 includes HST


June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month   

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. It happens to men and women alike. The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as, "Single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person." Learn the signs of Elder abuse and how to protect yourself and others.

June 3, 2021
1:00 pm
Presented by Lise Perreault from the Greater Sudbury Police Services


Learn about the Disability Tax Credit, Eligibility,  how to apply for the T2201, claiming the credit, what happens after you apply, Canada Caregiver Credit, Medical Expense Tax Credit, and more!

June 17, 2021
2:00 pm

Cooking in the Kitchen with Maria

Learn how to make authentic homemade meatballs from one of the BEST around!  We will laugh & have a great time! Upon registration you will receive the list of ingredients.

June 7, 2021
10:00 am



Emergencies happen when you least expect them!  Join us as we discuss the Helpline  Medical Alarm system.  The Helpline At Home system is ideal for seniors or at risk individuals who are looking for security when at home when connected to a home phone line. Ask questions from the Experts. 

June 15, 2021
2:30 pm

BICYCLE  FUN in Sudbury!
Bike Sudbury :  A fun and healthy way to get around the city this summer!

Meet Rachelle and Ursula, members of the "Cycling Grannies"....they will tell you how they do it, why they love it and how YOU can join in the fun!

June 7, 2021
10:00 am

Did YOU receive a letter in the mail from Revenue Canada regarding GIS and GAINS?

Some seniors may be affected by overpayments of their income tested benefits (GIS, Allowance, and Allowance for the Survivor).   If you haven't received a letter, this  presentation will be relevant as it will explain various programs for Seniors under SERVICE CANADA.  A local Citizen Services Specialist will be hosting this presentation.  You will be able to ask questions. 

June 7, 2021
2:00 pm

Click on this link to donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/41005


The Parkside Centre was created in 1976 to serve people 50 years of age and older and to act as a resource center for the other seniors clubs throughout the City of Greater Sudbury. Our mission is “to enable, provide and advocate opportunities for older adults to explore their potential and to maintain an active, independent life style”.

The ParkSide Centre offers a wide variety of programs to seniors on a quarterly basis, over 100 per quarter. These are in the areas of fitness and wellness, arts and crafts, computer classes, games, music lessons (instrumental and vocal), general interest seminars and ParkSide Centre Without Walls. Our services include a Helping You At Home program,     telephone assurance and subsidized transportation to and from the Centre.

These programs and services are currently meeting the needs of our nearly 1000 members and many other non-members. As the demographics in the community continue to shift, the demand for our services will grow correspondingly. Your support will allow us to meet these demands.


The full report on the survey results can be read at:


The report will also be posted in the Walk Safe Sudbury – Greater Sudbury Safer Sidewalks Facebook group.


Seniors’ Month in Ontario is an opportunity to recognize and honour the seniors in our community and across the province. This year’s theme of Seniors’ Month is more important than ever:

Stay Safe, Stay in Touch.

The ParkSide Older Adult Centre acknowledges our vibrant and diverse community of seniors. ParkSide remains committed to building inclusive communities and helping seniors stay active, healthy, and connected – not just during the pandemic, but always.

Many of our programs encourage active living and social connections for seniors. By staying in touch with one another and doing the things they love, whether it is painting, line dancing, cooking classes or exercising, we know seniors will continue to thrive.

It has been especially important to keep these programs going during long periods of self-isolation throughout the pandemic. With all of these programs going online during the pandemic, it’s important to ensure seniors are comfortable using their devices. That is why we offer offering help and one-on-one coaching over the phone.


This year’s theme, Stay Safe, Stay in Touch focusses on keeping our older adults safe, connected and engaged at home. Let us make this month extra special for our seniors by showing them as much support and love as possible.

If you have a friend or neighbor who is an older adult or a person with a disability, please take some time to reach out to them to ensure they have what they need during this difficult period. Give them a call just to chat or offer to pick up some groceries or a prescription.

There are plenty of things you can do to stay in touch with seniors, you can give them a call over the phone or through FaceTime or Zoom, or you could safely see them through a window while visiting. Anything that you do to help or connect with a senior will increase their level of happiness.

Physical activity can be a powerful tool for us as we cope with COVID fatigue. We know many people have found it challenging to keep active with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its impact on our mental health. National Health and Fitness Day is a time to celebrate the benefits of activity and share the ways we can move, feel good and share the joy of the great outdoors!

Join with our amazing partners and get up, get out and get moving.

Canada is facing an inactivity crisis. physical activity is on the decline and preventable illness is on the rise. 's time to get up, get out, and get active!Health and Fitness Day (NHFD) is an initiative to challenge Canada to becomeFittest Nation on Earth, starting with making one day, the first Saturday in June, the day when Canadians get out and get active in any way they wish.‌

With the passage of the National Health and Fitness Day Act in 2014, Canada gained a Day to celebrate!


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup packed shredded zucchini


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cups of a standard muffin tin with paper liners, or mist with nonstick cooking.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, salt, and nutmeg. Stir in nuts and raisins.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs; then beat in milk and oil. Add to flour mixture, then add zucchini and stir until just blended. Fill muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the tops are golden.


Join local Historian and collector, Brigitte Labby on an interactive virtual historical tour of Sudbury and area thru the decades!

June 21, 2021
6:30 pm


I have been enjoying the Walk 25 Program for the last several months, twice a week. I have noticed an improvement in my mobility and flexibility.  Last weekend, my daughter moved to a new house and I was asked to go there to help them with the unpacking and cleaning.  I don’t think I would have had the stamina to do what I accomplished if I hadn’t been active with the Walk 25 program.  It’s amazing to think that activity a few times a week can really make a difference, but it surely does! ~ Paula J.


If you love to dance, and wish to take up an activity to keep you moving and grooving, then this is the class for you. “Brand new” means that this class will start right back at the basic teaching/learning level. The most difficult part is to learn the terminology of the steps, but with repetition each and every week, it won’t take long to become adjusted.

Consistent attendance (life does get in the way from time to time, and is totally understandable) and repetition will help you remember the names of the steps and the dances.  Cost of each lesson will be $1. The $1 collected each week is donated to Parkside Centre at the end of each month.

Just because you read “line dance”, does not mean that the dancing is done to all country music. Carol uses a wide variety of music (R&B, celtic, rock and roll, country, latin, etc. and teaches different types of rhythms (waltz, cha cha, rhumba, tango, rolling 8, etc).

If you don’t care for one genre of music, then you will be satisfied with the other genres. Eventually you will enjoy all genres, as the line dancing grabs you!!! Each and every week becomes easier to do, and in no time at all, you will be wanting more.

For further information, and to sign up, please contact Carol at dancinfeetinmotion@gmail.com or call at 705-525-0448. You will be glad you did!! As well, visit her website atwww.dancinfeetinmotion.ca.

*** Look for the New Beginner-Monday-Daytime tab, and have a look. There are documents there for you to read if you wish: Basic Line Dance Steps and Terminology, and the Beginner Instruction sheet, which is most important. Enjoy the journey!

Beginning May 31, 2021
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm