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


Fall Registration Begins Tuesday, August 02nd  (10:00 am to 2:00pm)

Our Fall Program Guide is packed with exciting classes, presentations, clubs and activities.  What are YOU doing this fall?  

 


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!  (Fall Program Guide: pg.15)


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, West Coast Swing, and cued Dancing for Fun 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!  (Fall Program Guide: pages 16-18) 


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. (Fall Program Guide:  page 28)


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 Homegrown Harmonies group... to joining one of four different bands. Make beautiful music! (Fall Program Guide: Clubs pg. 50-51... Classes pg. 41-43)


"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.  There are courses available for both the novice as well as experienced artist. Two Zentangle classes are also offered this fall. Surprise yourself, as you are guided through the art making process to complete beautiful works!  (Fall Program Guide: pages 44-47)


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 21-31 in our Fall 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!!


Try Something New This Fall...  Fencing!!

Advance ... Parry ... Riposte ... Lunge! Sound like fun? Fencing is great for physical conditioning, mental strength, flexibility, endurance and self-esteem. Under the direction of an internationally experienced fencing coach, learn the essential elements of the attack and defensive actions, equipment used, and general rules of bouts. Discipline and fun all wrapped up in one!  (Fall Program Guide: page 24)


Annual Fall "Welcome Back" Pancake Breakfast

Update your calendar! Plan to join your CLSA friends on Wednesday, September 07th from 9:00 to 11:00 am for our annual Fall Pancake Breakfast!  This event, sponsored by the Host Lions' Club, has become a happily anticipated fall tradition. For more information...

 


HIRING:  Part-time CLSA Office Assistant

Working under the supervision of CLSA's Office Administrator, the Assistant will perform day-to-day administrative duties necessary to the operations of the Association. These duties will include but are not limited to normal office clerical and administrative duties, supervision and relief of Front Desk Volunteers, answering phones and assisting members with queries, and taking minutes at meetings as required. For more information...


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.


Fall Program Registration 

The 2016 Fall Program Guide is available on our website... and will soon be available in booklet form at the Centre. Plan to participate in an exciting season of outstanding classes, presentations, clubs/activities and events!  Registration spots in popular sessions fill quickly, so please register early to avoid disappointment!  We are looking forward to seeing you.

Registration begins August 02nd... "in person" at the Centre (10:00 am to 2:00 pm), via 311 (telephone) or online at the City of Edmonton eReg site.


Pickleball @ CLSA Featured in Telus Optik Local Video!

Telus Optik Local provides support to filmmakers so they can tell "positive, inspiring and entertaining local stories about neighbourhoods and their people". The most recent addition to their video collection, is a short feature highlighting the increasingly popular sport of pickleball in Edmonton.  This great little video was shot at Central Lions, and features members of our CLSA Pickleball Club. We hope you will take a moment to enjoy it!  Watch it here.


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: Now available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!

Meet new people, have fun and get 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 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 (May 2015) is available here.  The 2-1-1 website link is available here.