Come for the Programs... Stay for the People.


Make Plans to Enjoy the Christmas Season

Join your CLSA friends and their guests at our annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 16th at 11:45 am.  Enjoy the delicious food, seasonal entertainment, and the company of great people.  Get into the holiday spirit.  We hope to see you there!  Tickets are now available. For more information...


Robbie Burns Night - January 20th

Join us for a festive celebration of the "Bard of Ayrshire", the Scottish poet and lyricist, Robbie Burns. We will be serving a fabulous roast beef dinner (with Haggis!) - and attendees will be treated to performances by the RCMP Regimental Pipes & Drums Band, Strathcona School of Dance Highland Dancers - and the "Songs of Scotland" with Krista Mulbery.  This is always one of the most anticipated CLSA events.  Plan to join us!! For more information...


2017 WINTER Program Guides Are Here!

Our 2017 Winter Program Guide is filled with amazing offerings - and is now available on our website and at the Centre! Registration. Spots in popular sessions fill quickly, so please register early to avoid disappointment! If possible, please renew your CLSA membership ahead of time to "speed up" the registration process for you (and others).  Thank you. 

Register "in person" at the Centre (10:00 am to 2:00 pm), via 311 (telephone) or online at the City of Edmonton eReg site.


NEW!  "Open Studio" Art Club Formed

Are you interested in working on your art, but find it difficult to do so “on your own”?  Would you appreciate having the opportunity to interact and support other artists in their endeavours?  Join other like-interested members in our weekly “Open Studio” Art Club which meets on Friday afternoons. It is not an art class, and will not have a formal instructor.  No materials are provided. Club registration required.  Coordinator: Audrey (780-489-8842) 


NEW! Firefighters Alumni Band - It's Not Just Music

Do you love music, but don't have enough opportunities to play? Enjoy a wide variety of both old and new popular tunes, in the company of other enthusiastic musicians. Join this new club for the recreation, practice and camaraderie that comes with making great music together. This new club meets on Wednesday mornings, and is open to everyone. Auditions and club registration is required.  Coordinator: Garry  (780-416-0005)


Stained Glass - Do you have materials you could donate?

Our CLSA Stained Glass Club works to create beautiful projects throughout the year, and is always appreciative of any donations of materials.  Do you have pieces of colored glass in your basement or craft room that are no longer needed?  Please consider dropping them off at Central Lions - Attention: Stained Glass Club.  They will be gratefully accepted and shared among the members.  Thank you!


CLSA 50/50 

CLSA 50/50 tickets are available for purchase at the Centre! New ticket sales cycles will begin on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and will end with the draw on the 3rd Tuesday of the following month. Tickets will be available at the Front Office, the Fitness Centre desk or from the Greeters’ Desk at the Front Entrance.  Tickets are $5.00 each (cash only sales).   Thank you for supporting CLSA’s new fundraising initiative… and good luck!!


What are YOU doing today?

Our CLSA Program Guide is packed with exciting classes, presentations, clubs and activities.  Learn new things.  Meet new people. Be active and engaged.  

In-person registration at the Centre (10:00 - 2:00)... online @ www.edmonton.ca/eReg ... or phone 311


Calling Writers and Those Interested in Writing!

The Joy of Writing Club invites you to join them Tuesday mornings from 10am - 12pm to share memories, passions, poetry or fiction in a welcoming social atmosphere.  Work with other writing enthusiasts to develop your craft, and share your writing explorations and journey. The club's first meeting is Tuesday, September 13th, and will run weekly until December 06th. CLSA member fee: $13.  For more information, contact Lorraine at 780-497-1582. 


Create Something Beautiful:  Stained Glass Classes

Do the colours and sparkle of stained glass catch your eye?  Learn about the materials/techniques needed to create your own work of art.  Our experienced instructor will be offering three different classes this fall:  Foil Method - Beginner, Suncatcher - Foil Method, and Lead Came - Beginner.  Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced artist, there is a project waiting for you!  (Winter Program Guide: pg.17)


Don't Be Left on the Sidelines.  If You Hear Music... Dance!!  

Dance classes are perennial favourites at CLSA, and we are offering an amazing line-up this fall.  Classes vary from Advanced Ballroom and a new Viennese Waltz class... to the more casual Social Dance and West Coast Swing classes. Returning favourites include various levels of Hula and Tap dance.  We are also offering a new Dance Fitness class! Burn calories while you "burn up" the dance floor!  (Winter Program Guide: pages 18-20) 


Tai-Chi: Yang Style

Four levels of Tai Chi, ranging from Level 01 to the advanced Yang Style - Sabre, will be offered this fall.  Learn and refine your practice of this popular tai chi style. The progressive series of slow moving, gentle exercises stretch, tone and relax the muscles as well as improve focus and concentration.  CLSA practitioners are also welcome to attend the Friday "Drop-In" practice time. An innovative Tai Chi: Dance class is also offered. (Winter Program Guide:  page 30)


Music Brings People Together... Play On!

Enjoy the company of others who share your interest in music.  Learn to play a new instrument and have some fun!  Would you like to join an ensemble or band?  Check out our music classes and clubs. Opportunities range from learning/playing campfire guitar or ukulele... to singing with the Oasis (Homegrown Harmonies) group... to joining one of four different bands. Make beautiful music! (Winter Program Guide: Clubs pg. 48-51... Classes pg. 43-44)


"To practice any art...is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."  - Kurt Vonnegut  

Join our talented art instructors to explore various mediums: acrylic painting, pencil drawing, mixed media and watercolour - to develop your technique and skills.  Try our new Creative Calligraphy  and Caricature & Cartooning classes. There are courses available for both the novice as well as experienced artist. Surprise yourself, as you are guided through the art making process to complete beautiful works!  (Winter Program Guide: pages 45-47)  *NEW - Open Studio Art Club (p.49)


Fitness is a Gift You Give Yourself

Our tagline, Active and Ageless, expresses our belief that mental and physical health is the key to aging well - whatever your age!  We offer over 20 different fitness programs ranging from high energy Zumba, Cardio Salsa, CoEd Keep Fit and Muscle Up classes ...to Pilates and Yoga ...to Gentle Move & Groove and restorative classes designed to work on balance, strengthening and flexibility.  Browse through our courses (pages 21-33 in our Winter Program Guide) and find a class that meets your fitness needs.  Work with well qualified instructors and supportive class participants to "find your fit"...and have fun!!


Legacy in Action Magazine Profiles CLSA Member

Edmonton Community Foundation's most recent publication describes how an endowment grant supporting fitness for seniors in centres such as Central Lions, can make a difference. "Ron Rowswell’s generosity serendipitously found its way into Wallie Wilson’s life. A year before hiking the West Coast Trail, she embarked on a fitness program that included two classes and regular exercise in Central Lions Recreation Centre. She also met other travel enthusiasts her age who offered inspiration, including a woman who had hiked through Ireland with friends. Last May, emboldened by her past adventures, Wilson hiked the 800-kilometre Camino Trail in Spain for more than a month."  Read the article Paving a Pathway to Fitness.


CLSA Conversation Circle - Fridays* @ 10:30 

Meet with others who are keen to informally explore and discuss topics of interest. Share and consider different perspectives. It is a great way to be introduced to other lively minded people!  The group meets every 2nd Friday* @10:30 (see notices in Atrium area)... in the Atrium's library/fireplace area. Bring a cup of coffee - and engage! 


Pickleball for Fun: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!

Meet new people, have fun and be active while playing a great game!  Are you looking for a non-competitive friendly environment?  Try "Pickleball for Fun" on Tuesdays and Thursdays ($2 drop-in 12:45 to 3:00 pm). Beginners are welcome. Information and equipment are available at the Fitness Centre.

*Looking to advance your game? Please check our Program Guide (under "Clubs") for registration information regarding our Pickleball Club.


Scrabble:  How Many Letter Points for "F-U-N"?

Start the new year by having some fun!! Drop by the Centre at 1:15 on Fridays to play Scrabble.  Meet new people and put your brain to work by participating in this enjoyable, social game! Everyone is welcome. $1/visit... Good company and lots of laughter is free!

 


Play Pool! Bring a Friend! Have FUN! 

The pool table located in our beautiful Observation Area is available for use by our members and their guests.  Table bookings can be made at the Fitness Centre desk... or drop in if the table is open. Please see volunteers at the Fitness Centre for more information. (Remember! Free Cuppa' Corner coffee and treats on Tuesdays in the Atrium 10:00 - 2:00.)


Do We Have Your EMAIL Address?

78% of respondents in our recent CLSA Member Survey indicated that they prefer to receive communications from us via email.  In order to send email to you, we require your permission.  If you have not already done so, please provide consent so we can keep you "up-to-date" on all of the great things happening at the Centre!! 


Questions about seniors programs and services?

Call the Seniors Information Phone Line by dialing 2-1-1, and the Information and Referral Specialists at 211 will connect you to programs, services and resources in the Edmonton area.  

The updated Seniors Resource List (Nov. 2016) is available here.