General Interest

General Interest

There is a wide variety of general interest programming that the ParkSide Centre offers to its members. There is everything from discussions on Powers of Attorney to presentations on how to find your family with help from the Public Library.

Coffee Talk 

Every Monday morning at 10:00 am, call in to our Coffee Talk using just your phone. This is a 1-hour program with others in our community who just want to engage in a general conversation about a variety of topics. Participate in the conversation or just sit and listen – the choice is yours. 

TOPICS for December 

December 2 - Book Chat – Have you read any good books lately? Share some of your favorites with us. 

December 7 - How did we ever live without…Think about appliances, gadgets and everyday items we have now that we didn’t have years ago. Let’s talk about how things have changed over the years and how we have had to adapt. 

December 9 - All things Pets! Let’s share some funny or loving stories about our Pets. 

December 14 - Fun Facts! Come equipped with some Fun Facts about the month of December and Christmas Traditions! 

December 16 - Travelogues! Where is your favorite place to go? 

December 21 - Tell Me something Good! 

December 23 - ‘Twas the Night before Christmas 

December 28 - Christmas Recap - Let’s share some special moments we had over the Holidays! 

December 30 - Happy New Year! (ALMOST!)Let’s share our Best Wishes and Goals for 2021. 

TOPICS for January 

January 4 - Happy New Year & Welcome Back! It’s NATIONAL TRIVIA DAY! 

January 6 - Fun Facts! Come equipped with some Fun Facts about the month of January! 

January 11 - All things Pets! Let’s share some funny or loving stories about our Pets. 

January 13 - Book Chat – Have you read any good books lately? 

January 18 - Travelogues! Where is your favorite place to go?  

January 20 - Tell Me something Good! 

January 25 - ‘Tis the Season – We will share some of our favorite recipes using the In Season veggies such as Cauliflower, Cabbage, Scallions and Peas! Yum! 

January 27 - In the News & Word Games. 

Call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227 to register for any of the above programs. 

Mondays and Wednesdays 
10:00 – 11:00 am 
FREE Program  

Conversation café 

Rejoigner ce groupe de discussion hebdomadaire pour vous tenir au courant et partager vos opinions. Chaque semaine, nous discuterons d'actualités ou d'autres sujets spéciaux et nous explorerons des moyens de résoudre tous les problèmes du monde. 

Les lundis 
10:00 – 11:00 am  

Sports Talk 

Call in to discuss your favourite sport. Who won, who lost, what trades are being considered and how is your team doing? If your team is struggling, let's talk about what can be done to fix it. This will be offered on Zoom for telephone only. 

Wednesdays 
1:00 pm 
FREE! 

Gratitude Circle 

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. 

Thursdays 
11:00 am 
FREE!  

Flu Vaccine Presentation 

Public Health is encouraging everyone to get their flu shot during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even more important this year, members of the public are being reminded that the flu shot helps keep us healthy and helps keep our health care system from being overwhelmed by people who may be ill with serious respiratory illness. They will be offering a presentation on the flu shot, why it is so important this year, the added concern of twinning and where you can get your vaccination. 

Monday 
December 7, 2020 
11:00 am 

Organize Your Space 

Join Cori-Lyn Lemaitre as she presents this seminar containing ideas and strategies to help you organize your space or downsize your home. 

Thursday 
January 14, 2021 
1:00 pm 
FREE! 

Strategies to help maintain your Physical and Mental Health 

Join Tracy Leung, Occupational Therapist in a useful and interactive discussion around every day tools, equipment, and strategies to help maintain your physical and mental health, so that you can keep doing the things that you love doing at home and when you are out and about. If you have any specific questions about improving your ability to participate in activities inside or outside of your home, bring them along! 

Thursday 
January 21, 2021 
1:00 pm 

Indigenous 101 

The Anishinaabek of the northern woodlands are diverse and key to our shared history in Canada. Their unique cultural traditions linked to the land and sky are a few key concepts and practices that make these two seminars so rewarding. The sessions will introduce you to a wide range of historical details and cultural traditions that will give you a starting point in understanding the Indigenous people and our shared history on this land. Will Morin will lead both sessions and you can join both or only one – you are sure to learn something that you didn't learn in school, about our Indigenous neighbours. 

Will Morin is an educator, artist and cultural consultant. He is of Ojibway / Scottish / French Canadian ancestry, a citizen of the Michipicoten Anishinaabek First Nation. Will lives and works in Northern Ontario with his Anishinaabe-Kwe ndikwemi / life partner, Robin, and their 4 children. 

As a multi-disciplined academic with 3 bachelor’s degrees, an Interdisciplinary M.A, presently working on an Inter-disciplinary Human Studies PhD, Will has taught for over 20 years from elementary to post-secondary, currently Indigenous Studies for over two decades at the University of Sudbury / Laurentian University. Trained as a Medical Assistant, Will served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the first Gulf War. Will is an accomplished and award-winning multi-disciplined visual artist exhibiting nationally. Community minded Will Morin continues to work in the arts and inspire Indigenous and local youth though various disciplines. 

Thursday 
January 28 and March 10, 2021 
1:00 pm 
FREE! 

Sudbury Horticultural Society presents “Wild about Bees” by Lorraine Johnson 

Wild about Bees, by native plant author and expert Lorraine Johnson, celebrates the important role of pollinators to food security and ecosystem health. Along with exploring the differences between honeybees and native bees, and the threats that pollinators face, this presentation offers plenty of practical information on creating pollinator gardens: how to get started, useful plants to choose for beauty and low-maintenance in a broad range of conditions, and tips on maintaining your pollinator garden. 

Saturday 
January 30, 2021 
3:00 pm 

Estate Planning 1: Power of Attorney  

Did you know that the Power of Attorney is one of the most important documents to have while you are still alive? Did you know that everyone should have 2 Powers of Attorneys? Have you reviewed your Powers of Attorney within the past 5 years? If the answer to any of these questions is NO then this seminar is for you! 

Most people can say that they have a Will. However they have not been reviewed or updated in quite some time. Even though most of your wishes are the same as they were when the Will was drafted tax laws and regulations have changed and could cost your loved ones thousands. Join us at this seminar to get a better idea on whether you need to have your documents reviewed! We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. Participants must pre-register for this class. 

Thursday 
February 4, 2021 
1:00 pm 

Estate Planning 2: Wills and Probate

Most people can say that they have a Will. However they have not been reviewed or updated in quite some time. Even though most of your wishes are the same as they were when the Will was drafted tax laws and regulations have changed and could cost your loved ones thousands. Join us at this seminar to get a better idea on whether you need to have your documents reviewed! This seminar was previously included with Powers of Attorney. Because of recommendations we have split the seminar into two parts! 

We hope you and a guest will join us. To register, please call the ParkSide Centre at 705-673-6227. Don’t leave your future to chance. Participants must pre-register for this class. 

Thursday 
February 11, 2021 
1:00 pm 

Estate Planning 3: Investments and your Estate Plan

Although Powers of Attorney and Wills are the things people think of the most when considering an Estate Plan, the structure of your investments and the investments you hold can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if not structured properly. The biggest mistake people make is that they assume everything is fine. During this presentation we will discuss the items that you should look at and consider. 

Thursday 
February 18, 2021 
1:00 pm 

Genealogy 101                                       

Are you researching your family history or new to genealogy? 

Find out how the library can help! Join Kristen Bertrand, Local History Librarian, for an information session exploring the wide variety of resources that the Library can provide. Through examples of print and online resources, this introductory session will be especially beneficial to anyone wondering what the library has to offer, and for those working on creating their family tree. Resources being featured include: Newspapers on microfilm, City Directories, Ancestry.com basics, INCO Triangle Digital Archive, Books.... and much more! 

Thursday 
March 25, 2021 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Understanding Ontario’s Personal Income Tax, Credits and Benefits Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic 

How well do you understand Ontario’s personal income tax, credits and benefit   programs? How does it all work in a period disrupted by a pandemic? Are there new relief measures you can access? Was your income for 2020 significantly impacted, changing what you normally qualify for? 

The Ontario Ministry of Finance invites you to attend a free, one-hour webinar designed to help you understand personal income tax, credits and benefits, and how they are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Regardless of your age, income level, or time of year it is, your time will be well spent. 

Date and Time to be finalized. 

Understanding Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax 

Are you estate planning? Or has someone asked you to be their estate representative? Would you like to better understand how Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax (EAT) works? 

The Ontario Ministry of Finance invites you to attend a free, one-hour webinar that will teach you: 

- What EAT is and when it is applicable 
- What assets are included in the tax calculation? 
- How to determine the value of an asset 
- How to calculate the tax 
- How to file the tax return and pay the tax 
- Recent legislative changes to the tax 

Date and time to be confirmed.