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Karen Gress
Seniors Centre Coordinator
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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
January / February



Senior Centre News
Lions Senior Centre
Karen Gress

Happy New Year folks! It’s been such a mild winter so far but we’re getting a bit of snow now for those who enjoy winter activities. The Centre has been busy with all of the programs starting back up and people popping in to pay their membership. Make sure to sign up for all of your favourite activities and bus trips.

The Robbie Burns luncheon is on January 16th at 12 noon in the arena auditorium. On the menu: Scottish meat pies, gravy, mashed potatoes, haggis, turnip, mushy peas, scones, shortbread, fruit, tea/coffee & juice. The Haggis will be piped in by Colin Finlay and Bob Finlay will do the address to the haggis and say the Selkirk Grace. Musical Entertainment: Bob Finlay will entertain you with fun, traditional Scottish songs and lots of humour). Feicfidh mé ann thú! (See you there!).

We’ll be moving our shuffleboard program over to the Dorchester Terrace for the day on January 17. The fun will begin at 2:00 p.m. Join us for a fun game and meet new people.

Winter programs have just begun. Join in now! Here is a list of activities to choose from: yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, DrumFit, line dancing, Step N Out, clogging, euchre/bid euchre, cribbage, square dancing, carpet bowling, shuffleboard, Kurling, quilting, knitting/crocheting, acrylic/multi-media painting, pole walking, choir practice, computer lessons, Pickleball, indoor kite flying, drum circle and much more….

Artist Susan Hewitt Graham’s water colours classes are in full swing. The students are painting beautiful pictures. The first class of the session was on January 11 and the last two workshops will be on January 18 & 25. Susan is taking a holiday in February and then she’ll be back in March to teach another series of acrylic painting classes on the 8, 22 & 29. If you are interested in registering, please call or email me at the Centre.

Artist Kathy Smith is busy teaching a series of Folk Art workshops: Canadian decorative and folk artists create artwork that is utilitarian, decorative and high quality, including jewelry, woven art, carved figures, recycled metal art, portraits in paint and sculpture as well as unique handmade artifacts of various materials. The regional uniqueness is the essence of the folk artwork and very collectible. New groups of practicing folk artists are keeping the local folk art and craft alive and springing up all across the country. Thursday Classes in January: 1 - 3:30pm Kathy Smith will be presenting a new series of workshops on Thursdays in January 2019 from 1pm to 3:30pm. We study our own regional artists, try techniques and explore Contemporary Folk Art Fusion. No previous art/painting experience necessary. You will work on your creative pieces at home and in the studio. Jan 3rd Project Preparations, Jan 10th Painted Floorcloth, Jan 17th Papier Mache, Jan 24th Mosaic and Ceramic Table Top, Jan 31st Seasonal Scene on Distressed Wood. If you would like to join in the fun, please call or email the Centre.

The next movie afternoon is on January 23 at 2:00 p.m. Popcorn, candy & beverage will be served. The feature presentation: “Patriots Day”. Movie Overview: The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons. See you at the movies!

Pamper your toes and come to the next foot care clinic which will be held on February 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Contact Nan at 519-686-0971 to book a time.

Our annual Valentine’s hot meal will be on February 13 at 12 noon in the arena auditorium. On the menu: lightly breaded chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, dessert, tea/coffee & juice. Musical Entertainment: Gary Boyle – Country Music Singer/Guitarist. Get your tickets as soon as possible…they’ll go like hot cakes!

In Dorchester Senior Bowling: 500+Triples (highest singles) November 26: Jerry Crawford 531(197), Dianne Swick 509(180), Wayne Handley 532(191). On December 3: Peter Ferwerda. On December 10: Wayne Coatsworth 550(246), Jerry Crawford 575(216), Gail Brooks 514(189), Bill Laidlaw 529(217).

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.  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 $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 .

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.

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.


Learn the skills and rules of the game.  Meet in the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon.  For members only.  There is a $2.00 daily fee.  Paddles and balls are provided during the lessons.

Stitch and Chatter Club

Join this lively, social group for a fun afternoon of crafts from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. You are welcome to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch etc. Bring your favourite craft to work on. If you’d like to learn to quilt, there are lots of helpers here to give you a hand. You don’t have to be a pro crafter, just come out to have fun, stitch away and have a chat with the gang. (except the 1st Monday of the month when the group Sews for Cancer). The cost is $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members per class. The session begins May 14th. Marlene McKnight is the organizer of this class. Join “The Ragged Edge Quilters” Guild.


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.

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.  If you register to participate twice a week, the cost will be $90.00 for members, $110.00 for non-members. Instructor: Laura Lea Devine.  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 $50.00 for members & $60.00 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.

Recorder Lessons
Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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. 

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.

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 Tom Charlton and runs once a month 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.


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