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Senior Centre

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Karen Gress
Seniors Centre Coordinator
Phone: (519) 268-7334 ext 708 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How To Join - Memberships and Renewals
Please note that members must be age 50 or over. The membership fee is $22.00 (includes GST) per person.  Membership renewal is every January. If you would like to become a member, please drop by anytime Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We look forward to meeting you.

The Lions Senior Centre is located at 2066 Dorchester Rd and is attached to the Community Centre and Arena Complex.

News & Views -
September & October 2017


Senior Centre News
Lions Senior Centre
Karen Gress

Fall/Christmas Bazaar - Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crafts, Handmade Jewelry, Baked Goods (including frozen pies & trays of goodies), Knitted & Crocheted Goods, Hand Sewn Items (including quilts), Books & Puzzles, Lunch Counter serving hot beef on a bun.  All proceeds go to the Senior Centre.  For more info call 519-268-2025.

This weather has been amazing! It’s our last taste of summer before the cooler weather descends. Take advantage of these lovely days by going to the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market on September 28. The bus departs Dorchester at 9 a.m. and from Thorndale at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy shopping at the market & at the outlet mall and then have some lunch with friends. The bus will depart from St. Jacobs at 3 p.m. and bring you back to your village. Call the Centre to sign up.

If you like to play card, why not come to the bid euchre tournament on September 29. The tourney begins at 10 a.m. but come by a little bit early to sample some Tim Bits and a cup of coffee. A delicious lunch is included in the price of admission. Cash prizes to be won! For more information call Eileen Tupholme at 519-425-2111.

Get your tickets for the Thanksgiving hot meal. It’ll be in the arena auditorium on October 4 at 12 noon. On the menu: roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, stuffing, cranberries, salad, dinner rolls, tea/coffee, juice and pie for dessert. Entertainment: Michael Kelly Cavan. It’s going to be a very festive occasion. Pop by the Centre to purchase your tickets or call/email to reserve tickets.

Take care of your tender toes on October 10 at the foot care clinic. To make an appointment, call nurse Nan at 519-686-0971.

Choir practices begin October 13 at 1 p.m. Our wonderful choir meets at the Centre every Friday to practice beautiful songs. It’s a great opportunity to sing your heart out. The choir goes to Senior Centres, retirement residences and nursing homes to perform throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the choir, come out on a Friday afternoon and give it a try.

Our Fall/Christmas bazaar will be on October 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the arena auditorium. Come out and do your Christmas shopping early. There will be decorations, jewelry, bake table (including: trays of goodies and frozen pies), crafts, knitted/crocheted items, quilts, treats (such as maple syrup & pickles), lunch counter serving hot beef on a bun, treasures, books, puzzles and much more. We need donations of baked goods. Thank you in advance for your time & generosity. Volunteers are also greatly appreciated.

Come out to the movies on October 25 at 2 p.m. The feature presentation will be “Maudie”. Movie Overview: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett. Popcorn, cold drinks, and treats will be served. See you at the picture show!

Programs at the Centre have been hopping. It’s not too late to sign up for an activity that you’ve always wanted to try. Call, email or drop by the Centre for more information & to register.

The introduction to the art program, sponsored by a New Horizons for Seniors Grant, went very well on September 15 and the studio was packed with enthusiastic, creative people who painted beautiful creations on their canvases with inspiration from their instructor Kathy Smith.

Thank you to everyone who made the apple fest a success. Volunteers rock!

The new cribbage program is going well. There has been a good turnout. If you’d like to play cribbage join the gang on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. It’s a fun afternoon out of the house. Cribbage scores for September 12 were as follows: Betty Mundy, Jim Hunter. On September 19 the winners were: Grant Cadotte, Jim Hunter.

In community bid euchre on September 14 the winner were as follows: Linda Merryman, Lynn H. On September 21 the winners were: Mary Anderson, Al Hodgins.

See you at the Centre!

Community Centre - Programs and Activities

Craft Group (Craft and Chat)

This class is held when scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Participants of this class will make decorations or party favours for the centre events i.e. Hot Meals, Socials etc.  Instructor: Karen Gress.  For Info: call (519) 268-2025.

Acrylic Painting Lessons

This New, Exciting Program will be instructed by artist Susan Graham.  These 6 classes will cover different techniques & ways of using acrylic paints with various subject matter.  Sometimes you’ll paint on paper, other times on canvas and you’ll also learn about pencil drawing/sketching.  Dates: September 9th & 23rd, October 21st, November 11th & 25th and December 9th.  For more information call (519) 268-2025

Hot Meals

Join the group for a delicious hot lunch the second Wednesday of every month (unless listed otherwise) at 12 noon in the Arena Auditorium.  It’s only $12.00 - $15.00 for a full course meal including dessert & tea/coffee and entertainment.  Call 519-268-2025 for more information.  Purchase tickets as soon as possible by dropping by the Centre or reserve your tickets by calling (519) 268-2025 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Special Event Luncheons

Luncheons are held on certain Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Dorchester Arena Auditorium and everyone enjoys an excellent meal, along with great fun.  The cost is $12.00 per person.  Please contact the Centre for more details.  Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

Pole Walking

Walk your way to fitness every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the arena walking track.  The cost is pay-as-you-go $2.00 for members & $4.00 for non-members.

What is Urban Poling? Urban Poling is a sport that combines the aerobic and strength building benefits of cross-country skiing with walking.  This class is held in the Dorchester arena auditorium (walking track) or outside weather permitting.  Urban Pole Walking is a full body, cardio-muscular exercise.  Benefits include: 20-40% higher caloric expenditure for weight loss, 25% increased cardiovascular workout, highly effective for core muscle strengthening, reduced impact on knee/hip joints and increased stability & balance.

Bike Riding Group

Join the gang on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. for an hour of cruising around town.  This is activity is weather permitting and runs from approximately mid April until mid October.  We take different routes each week, gradually adding hills.  This is a fun, scenic way to get exercise and lots of fresh air.  Free for members.  A bike helmet is reccommended and it's a good idea to wear comfortable, brightly coloured clothing and make sure to bring a water bottle.  Call 519-268-2025.

Computer Lessons

Beginner and intermediate computer lessons are available for Windows 10 & MacBook.  These classes include instruction on general use of the computer, internet, email etc.  Also available are iPad classes.  Lessons are held Tuesdays - Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  The cost is $60.00 for members & $70.00 for non-members for a 6 week session (1 hours per class).  Call 519-268-2025 for more information.

Digital Camera Lessons

Learn how to operate your digital camera, download your pictures, crop your photos, etc.  Please bring your digital camera, a blank memory card & your USB cord to class with you. The cost is $60.00 for members & $70.00 for non-members for a 6 week session.  You should have some computer knowledge before taking the camera course.  Please call 519-268-2025 for details.

Thorndale Seniors Group

The Thorndale seniors meet the third Wednesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. at the Thorndale Library. These "Wonderful Wednesdays" feature a guest speaker or entertainment and delicious light refreshments. For more information call 519-461-1150.

Senior Choir

New voices are always welcome in this choir.  If you enjoy singing come and join this fun group every Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with Mary Kaiser as the leader/pianist.


Join sing-a-long leader Deb Cordi to sing some old time favourites including 50's, 60's, 70's tunes like Walkin' After Midnight, Memories Are Made of This, I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water, Darlin; Bye Bye Love, Come a Little Bit Closer.  Lyrics will be handed out.  Two Tuesdays every month.  Free for members.

Pickleball Lessons

Learn the skills and rules of the game.  Meet in the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon.  Free for members.  There is a fee for non-members.  Paddles and balls are provided during the lessons.


This fun and creative group meets every Monday from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  It’s only $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.  Go on exciting outings i.e. Shop & Hop.  The first Monday of every month the group will be sewing bed pads for cancer patients.  Join "The Ragged Edge Quilters" Guild.  Call (519) 268-2025 for more information.


Come out for a morning of fun and friendship every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  It’s $2.00 for members & $4.00 for non-members.

Knitting & Crocheting Lessons

This talented group get together to create beautiful items. If you need any direction the group will help you.  This class is every Monday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  It’s $2.00 for members & $4.00 for non-members.

Bid Euchre

Join us every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a fun evening of bid euchre.  There is a lunch served and the evening will only cost you $3.00.


This class runs for 8 weeks on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The cost is $50.00 for members and $60.00 for non-members.  Pay-as-you-go is $8.00.  Instructor: Krista Dolbear.  Pilates is a method of exercise endorsed by physicians for almost a century.  It has become one of today’s most sought after workouts that helps strengthen and condition muscles, reduce and eliminate back ache, dramatically improves posture, flexibility and balance as well as getting you on your way to long, lean, toned muscles and a flat stomach.  Call (519) 268-2025 for more information.

This is a fast-paced, non-competitive fitness program that combines music, movement and drumming.  We only have one rule: YOU MUST HAVE FUN!  It is guaranteed to leave you smiling, inspired and wanting more!  This program runs for 8 weeks at a cost of $40.00 for members & $50.00 for non-members.  Drum sticks, balls and bases are all provided.  Certified DrumFit instructor: Diana Dietrich.  We encourage participants to sign up for the entire 8 week session.

Gentle Yoga

Join certified instructor, June Ross, on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. as she leads you through a gentle, invigorating class that will increase your flexibility, build strength and create balance, while reducing stress.  The class will end with a guided relaxation.  This 8 week course is $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members or $4.00/$5.25 pay-as-you-go.

Tai Chi

This class takes place every Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with June Ross.  Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise using slow, rhythmic movements to help improve balance, breathing and help maintain a better range of motion.  This 8 week course is $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members or $4.00/$5.25 pay-as-you-go.  This class is also offered in Thorndale at the Library on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


Diana Dietrich will teach you the steps to some fun dances every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  The cost $40.00 for members & $50.00 for non-members for an 8 week session.

Step N Out Aerobics Class

This exercise program emphasizes: Balance, Breathing, Memory skills, Muscle coordination, Improved Circulation and Awareness of the mind, body, and spirit connection.  It combines Dance, Tai Chi, Core strengthening and Low Impact Aerobics, in a way that gradually gets your body moving, the way it used to.  Join instructor Bev Dukes every Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Arena Auditoirum.  Pay-as-you-go $4.00 for members and $5.25 for non-members.

Boot Camp for Boomers

This is a dynamic program for seniors designed to maintain bone density, cardiovascular health, balance, coordination and weight management.  Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  The cost is $40.00 members/$50.00 non-members for an 8 week session.  Instructor: Shannon O'Halloran.  Please register in advance for this course.

Line dancing

Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. to learn fun, upbeat line dances.  Beginners are welcome to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for some extra instruction on the steps.  The cost is $15.00 members/$25.00 non-members for an 8 week session or pay-as-you-go $3.00 members/$5.00 non-members.  It’s great exercise.

Square dancing

This Instructional Community Dance Program is lead by caller Art Ferris and runs every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The cost is $3.00 per person, pay as you go.

Carpet Bowling

Come out and learn this enjoyable sport. This game is similar to lawn bowling but it’s indoors.  Join the group every Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  It’s $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members. 

433 Euchre

Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Join the group every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the arena.  It's $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.  It's lots of fun!  For more information call (519) 268-2025.

Bus Trips

We run exciting monthly bus trips! Click the link below or call 519-268-2025 for more information.



Bus Trips for March-July 2017