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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.

March & April 2017 News & Views


Senior Centre News
Lions Senior Centre
Karen Gress

Many of you are happy February 15 has arrived and with it the much anticipated Hula Hooping fitness classes with Diana Schiedel. The fun begins at 12:15 p.m. Diana will also be resuming her clogging classes at 9:30 a.m. and her super popular DrumFit classes at 11 a.m. Wednesday is a very active, upbeat morning.

After all of that activity you might need a rest. Come to the movie afternoon on February 15 and relax while enjoying popcorn, treats and cold drinks. The feature presentation is “The Light Between Oceans”. About the movie: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. See you at the movies!

The Centre will be closed on February 20 for Family Day. Enjoy your time with family & friends.

The next “Snacks & Facts” will be held at the Centre on February 21 at 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. “Heads Up for Healthier Brains”. This program by the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex provides an overview of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and their impact on the brain and behaviour. Also learn how certain lifestyle choices can help to reduce risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Free of charge at the Senior Centre. RSVP with VON Thames Centre office at 519-268-7028.

“Go For It” A memoir by: Alastair Henry and Candas Whitlock. About the Book: “GO FOR IT” is a memoir about two retired Boomers who wanted to help make a difference in the world. They met by chance one day, fell in love, and with a shared passion to improve the lives of others, set off on a new path of volunteering and travel. If you enjoy reading transformational and adventurous stories, travel blogs, humourous anecdotes, inspirational and thought provoking narratives, join us to share our escapades down “roads less travelled”. This seminar will be on March 1, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Senior Centre. There are lots of beautiful pictures accompanied with some great songs. Invite a friend or family member to join you to enjoy an afternoon of lively entertainment. Register for this free seminar by calling the Centre.

Get your tickets for the St. Patrick’s luncheon on March 8 at 12 noon. On the menu: corned beef on a bun (sauerkraut optional), potato salad, tossed salad, tea/coffee, juice and dessert. Entertainment: Gordon Bell (singer). Purchase or reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Please see contact information at the end of this article.

Deal the cards! The next bid euchre tournament will be held on March 31 at 10 a.m. Arrive early to enjoy Tim bits & coffee. Lunch is included with the price of admission. Cash prizes to be won! Call Eileen Tupholme at 519-425-2111 for more information.

Check out all of the upcoming bus trips: “Canada Blooms & National Home Show” on March 15. Depart Thorndale: 8:00 a.m. Depart Dorchester: 8:15 a.m. Canada Blooms is an annual world-class festival that connects people to the joys and benefits of nature through experiences with gardens and flowers, by promoting, educating, inspiring and celebrating all aspects of horticulture....Speakers/Topics: “What’s New at Canada Blooms with Celia Roberts & Denis Flanagan, TBA with Marjorie Mason, “Vertical Vegetables” with Ken Brown, “Floral Superstars” with Canada Blooms Professional Florists.

“Waterloo Region Craft Brewery Tour” on April 20. Depart Thorndale: 9:15 a.m. Depart Dorchester: 9:30 a.m. Includes two hours at St. Jacobs Farmers Market, a tasting & tour of Block Three Brewing Company and Murphy’s Law Distillery and a plated dinner will be served in the Tom Thomson Room at Borealis Grille & Bar where you’ll order off of a three course menu upon arrival.

“French Connection Tour” The new creation from the very successful Rum Runners tour company on May 17. The tour starts at the Ontario Tourist Information Centre in Windsor. Costumed characters will tell you the story of the French Connection and take you to visit French Connection sites in the area. Lunch includes Pea Soup, Tortiere and other French-Canadian cuisine.

“The Full Mounty” Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover June 28.   A fun day including free time in Port Dover to have lunch and maybe do a little shopping and your ticket to see this hilarious show.

“Niagara Belle Luncheon Cruise on July 19. Depart Thorndale: 8:15 a.m. Depart Dorchester: 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a luncheon cruise along the scenic Niagara River and then you’ll have free time in the prettiest town in Ontario.

The Grand Theatre program has been a great hit! All of the trips to the theatre are now sold out. Thank you for your interest.

It was a sweet time at the Valentine hot meal on February 8. Thank you to all of the volunteers & guests who made the day a success.  

Bowling scores for January 30: 500 + Triples: Keith Kaiser 521 (192), Wayne Handley 581 (223), Lyn Storey 508 (211), Paul Paviglianiti 501 (233), John Manders 594 (200). Scores for February 6: Deb Weller 563, Russell Paul 506 (196), Norman Stewart 544 (201), Lyn Storey 505 (196).

In community bid euchre on February 2 the winners were as follows: Audrey De Gaust & Brian Dale. On February 9 the winners were Barb Bryant & Art Bogue.

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