Come for the Programs... Stay for the People.
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)
CLSA 50/50 Winners!
Congratulations to D. Thomas who won $100 in the September draw - and to M. Labonte who took home $222.50 in our recent October draw!
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!!
Invitational Pickleball Tournament a Success!
Forty athletes from Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Strathcona competed in two medal divisions, during our recent CLSA Invitational Pickleball Tournament. Congratulations to the CLSA Pickleball Club volunteers and organizers of this successful event. What a positive way to introduce the pickleball community of the Greater Edmonton area, to CLSA! More information and pictures...
2017 CLSA Membership Renewals - Available Oct. 03rd
To assist our many "Snowbird" members who will soon be heading south, 2017 CLSA membership renewals are now available (Front Desk - between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm). Travellers will then have a current 2017 membership, which will enable them to register online for CLSA courses, clubs and activities to enjoy upon their return to Edmonton. Don't be disappointed. It pays to plan ahead!
Fitness Centre Promotion for New and Renewing Members
When you purchase your new CLSA membership, or renew for 2017 (before Dec.16), you will be offered a coupon for one free use of our Fitness Centre. It is one way for us to say, "Welcome to Central Lions"! Be sure to drop by to "check things out" and to meet our supportive and enthusiastic Fitness Centre Monitors and Volunteers. We are confident that you will want to return again and again. When you redeem your coupon, enter it into the prize draw! ...And to the 164 individuals who became new 2017 CLSA members before the coupons were available, please drop by the Front Desk to get one. Welcome!
Fall Registration Now in Progress!
Our Fall Program Guide is packed with exciting classes, presentations, clubs and activities. What are YOU doing this fall?
In-person (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! (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)
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 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.
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.
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.