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Centre & Council Activities

Activities are things to do that are available to you on an on-going basis, usually daily, weekly, and/or monthly . Centre membership is required for most of these activities as noted. Memberships are available at the Centre’s Front Desk for $26.25/year.

The activities are listed alphabetically. Clicking on the “+” sign or title will expand the listing to give you more information about that particular activity.

Events: Be sure to check the Calendar page (click here) for this month’s and upcoming events.

Billiards (Centre membership required)

When: Any time but reservations necessary.

Information: Enjoy snooker, 9-ball and 8-ball. Try it, you’ll like it!

For reservation information, contact the front desk at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre.

Book Club (Centre membership required)

When: 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 pm. Next meeting: Sept 12

This Month’s Book: “Brother” by David Chariandy

Information: The Book Club has monthly meetings. Members read a book every month in preparation to discuss at the meeting. We also have a bimonthly option to allow members to read every second month and join in bimonthly along with the monthly members – great for expanding our discussions.

Books are chosen by the members to allow variety of content, genre and challenge the reader to try something different. If you enjoy reading and are looking for the opportunity to discuss books with fellow readers, this it the club for you!

Please register with the front desk.

Bridge (Centre membership required)

When: Mondays 12:45PM

Information: Do you like to play bridge and want to meet new people? Join us on Mondays for contract bridge, still challenging but fun. No partner required.

 

Camera Club (Centre membership required)

When: 1st Friday of the month at 9:15 am.

Information: The Kanata Senior’s Centre Digital Camera Club offers you the opportunity to learn more about how to use your digital camera to the best advantage as well as how to use computer software to enhance your images.

Both beginner and intermediate level photographers attend these meetings, however beginners need not feel intimidated. Our team of Mentors are always willing to provide one-on-one help with basic concerns about photography and software, even in the comfort of your home. No questions are too basic – we recognize the need to be able to walk before you can run with your new recreation hobby.

We share our photos, go for shoot-outs and generally enjoy a good time associated with photography. When we can, we are proud to offer presentations by professional photographers to encourage and inspire our members in their photographic endeavours. We want to make this a learning experience and will show videos on various techniques ranging from photo composition to software to enhance photo images, and we encourage members to continually take photos to improve their skills.

Click here for more information on the KSC Camera Club and their activities.

Canasta (Centre membership required)

When: Tuesdays at 12:30 pm.

Information: Join us every Tuesday for this family favourite card game. Rules are easy and our volunteer convenor will be happy to teach anyone the game.

Bring a friend!

Please sign up at the front desk.

Carpet Bowling (Centre membership required)

When: Tuesday or Friday afternoons at 1:00 pm. We usually play until 3:00pm.

Note: The Winter season begins Tuesday January 8th, and Friday Jauary 11th.

Information: If you’re looking for some mild exercise, a bit of friendly competition and the company of some sociable seniors, you are invited to join us on

Carpet Bowling is really an indoor, scaled-down version of Lawn Bowling. It has some similarity to Curling, (but it’s nothing like “Alley” bowling with pins).

We can show you the basics in a few minutes, and you’ll be playing on a team your first time out. There are no fixed teams – they are drawn by chance every week.

Come and give it a try. There is no cost, no equipment to buy or special clothing needed. Your Centre membership covers everything.

For more information contact the front desk.

Computer Training

When: By prior arrangement

Information: Learn about your computer, tablet, phone or eReader from our experienced Instructors in one-on-one tutoring session.

Using the Kanata Senior Council’s computers, or your own laptop or device, we can help you get the most out of your device.

Click here for more information.

Check with the Centre’s front desk to arrange for private lessons.

Council Café

When: Open daily except Sunday.
Hours: 

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Wed: 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

  • Sat: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

  • Closed Sundays

Information: The primary purpose of the Council Café is for seniors to have a place to socialize while enjoying nutritious meals and snacks at reasonable prices. A portion of the profit goes toward supporting Seniors’ Centre programs.

For additional information and this month’s menu, visit the Kanata Seniors Council’s Café page here.

 

Craft Group (Centre membership required)

When: Tuesday at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Information: This wonderful group of ladies are dedicated to producing items for sale with proceeds going to the needs of our Centre.

They use donated material and knit, crochet, and sew items to be sold or donated to the community.  All funds raised go to support the KSC or community initiatives. 

You can find them quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting and rug hooking items for all ages, all while having some good laughs. The group has forged friendships and enjoy social activities outside of their craft time. Donations are always welcome, and we are so fortunate to have materials donated by members and the community, allowing the ladies to add hard work and love producing these items.

They hold an Annual Craft and Bake Sale each fall at Hazeldean Mall, and often bring their wares to our special events. Over the years the proceeds from their hard work have purchased a variety of amenities for our Centre.

For more information contact the front desk.

Cribbage (Centre membership required)

When: Thursdays at 12:30 pm.

Information: Everyone welcome! Come out and join an enthusiastic group of cribbage players every Thursday afternoon. It’s a fun and interesting game.

For more information contact the front desk.

Diners’ Club (Organized by the West Ottawa Community Resource Centre – WOCRC)

When: Wednesdays at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Information: The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC), along with community volunteers, host a nutritional lunch, entertainment, and/or educational program for seniors and adults with disabilities living in our community. Diners’ Club is a great way to socialize, learn and have some fun at the same time!

This Month’s entertainment/educational program:

  • Sept 11 –  “Kay Denison”

  • Sept 18 – “Freddie Pitz”

  • Sept 25 – “Larry and the Wayback Machine”

See flyer on the Centre’s bulletin board for updated information.

 

Location: Kanata Seniors’ Centre, John Mlacak Centre Hall C & D, 2500 Campeau Drive.

Please register at least seven days in advance. For further Information, registration, cancellation, or to arrange transportation, please contact: Brad Hammond at the WOCRC at: 613-591-3686 ext 316.

Cost: Lunch – $10.00 (Clients are invoiced by WOCRC)

Transportation can be arranged upon request by contacting the WOCRC at the number above.

Dominoes (Centre membership required)

When: Fridays at 9:30 am.

Information: Come and have some fun every Friday morning in the Lounge playing Dominoes. A great game to enjoy and an opportunity meet new members.

For more information contact the front desk.

Discussion Group (Centre membership required)

When: Wednesdays 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

Information: Do you have an opinion on taxes, the situation in Iraq, renewable energy or seniors’ driving license renewals? Well, these are just some of the topics recently discussed in the Seniors Discussion Group.

The group has no structure but meets every Wednesday morning at the Seniors Centre from 9:30 to 11. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss issues, hear the other side and most of all learn from the experience of others.

Recent topics have included: energy, federal politics, bilingualism, the Pope, the environment, pesticides, provincial politics, travel, LRT, local utilities, Iraq, city politics, taxation, democracy and many more.

If you want to get out of the house, meet new friends, share a point of view or just sit back and listen, then drop in and join us Wednesday mornings. The group provides an opportunity to discuss issues large and small, local and international, controversial or not.

For more information contact the front desk.

Duplicate Bridge (Centre membership required)

When: Wednesdays (for the summer months) at 12:30 pm.

Information: Duplicate Bridge is an interesting version of bridge where players test their skills on the same bridge hand, duplicated to the next table.

Come and bring your favourite partner.

You must be a member of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre to participate.

Register at the front desk if you plan to play.

Euchre (Centre membership required)

When: Monday from 12:30 pm.

Information: Come out and enjoy Monday afternoons playing Euchre. If you don’t know how to play, don’t worry, the rules are simple and you’ll catch on quickly.

For more information contact the front desk.

Geriatric Jazz Band (Centre membership required)

When: Thursdays (for the summer months) at 1 pm.

Note: No Geriatric Jazz Band on Sept 13 due to EXPO 55.

Information: Treat yourself to a lively afternoon of swinging music that will get your feet tapping and give your spirits a lift.

Everyone is welcome. Bring along your best singing voice and join in belting out many familiar songs – or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

For more information contact the front desk.

Instructional Bridge (The Grant Standards) (Centre membership required)

When: Tuesdays at 9:00 am.

Information: Learn how to play this popular card game with our friendly volunteer instructors every Tuesday at 9 am.

New participants are asked to see the front desk staff before entering to play so that the convenor has an opportunity to meet with you and assign you to a table that is at your skill level.

You must be a member of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre to participate.

Register at the front desk if you plan to play.

Investment Clubs (Centre membership required)

When: 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Information: There are two investment clubs which meet monthly to learn about stocks and investments. Come and learn how to management your financial future.

The Odyssey Investment Club
Meets on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m.

The Phoenix Investment Club
Meets on the second Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m.

For more information contact the front desk.

Learning Series (Centre membership required)

When: Usually the 4th Thursday of the month.

Next meeting: Sept 26, 1 to 2:30 PM

Information: On the 4th Thursday of each month we have informative and dynamic speakers drop in and discuss a wide range of topics from history to health.

As seating is limited, please sign up at the Front Desk.

Next topic:
“Driving in the Third Age:
Challenges and Opportunities”

One of the goals of a research program called CanDrive is to easily identify those, over 70 years old, who should no longer be driving and keep safe older drivers on the road longer. That could include driving restrictions for some. Each driver’s car is equipped with GPS and other gear that monitors driving behaviour and kilometres travelled. The multi-year project’s aim is to come up with a clinical tool that doctors can use to determine which older drivers are safe and which require further assessment or should be taken off the road.
The issue is one that concerns medical professionals who, in most Canadian provinces, are required to report to authorities when they think their elderly patients should no longer be driving. It is sometimes necessary, but without evidence-based and standard tools to measure whether an older driver is safe, there is a risk that people will lose their licenses unnecessarily.

SPEAKER: Frank Knoefel is a physician at the Bruyère Memory Program, Bruyère Continuing Care and Senior Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. He is also a scientist with the AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence network. He holds appointments as Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa and is an Adjunct Research Professor with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University. His clinical expertise includes the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive decline. Much of his clinical work is assessing the impact of cognitive decline on driving ability. His current research focus is on the use of technology in caring for older adults, with particular focus on monitoring and supporting cognitive decline. For the last several years he has been working with colleagues on developing the concept of a driving signature for older adults and identifying driving changes over time in the CanDrive database of Ottawa drivers.

Mah Jong (Centre membership required)

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 9 am.

Information: The ancient game of Mah Jong is a rummy-like game with tiles of wind, flowers, seasons, and dragons adding to the fun and the challenge. Instructions are given each week.

Come and learn and enjoy a new experience.

For more information contact the front desk.

Mall Walking (Centre membership required)

When: Monday to Friday. 7:30 to 10:30 am.

Location: Hazeldean Mall

Information: Join the “In-Club” and come out and be a Mall Walker. Get in on the fun. It’s a great way to exercise and socialize at the same time.

To register, contact the coordinator, Nisha Mapara at 613-591-1294 or by email at nikaim@rogers.com.

For more information, contact the front desk at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre.

Probus Club 

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month except July and August, at 10:00 am.

Information: The Probus Club of Western Ottawa is part of the international organization of Probus Clubs designed to serve the retired and semi-retired community.

The morning begins with coffee and a time of socialization followed by a speaker. Topics are varied, interesting and stimulating. Special social events occur throughout the year.

Location: Kanata United Church, 33 Leacock Drive.

Visitors are welcome!

Website: www.probuswesternottawa.ca

email: probuswesternottawa@gmail.com

Saturday at the Movies
(Centre membership required)

When: Usually the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm. Free admission.

Information: Enjoy a free movie from past years. Some Oscars winners, (some losers!), and some just plain fun. We feature a different movie on the third Saturday of the month at 1pm. Come for an afternoon of light entertainment. Movies are subject to availability and are shown in Closed Caption (CC).

Next movie, Sept 21: “Wine Country”

For more information contact the front desk.

Saturday Lunch and a Movie (Centre membership required)

When: 1st Saturday of the month, 11:45am – 3pm. A small fee applies (see below).

Information: Enjoy a delicious hot meal with great company and then enjoy a new release movie in the comfort of our lounge.  Movies are subject to availability and are shown in Closed Caption (CC).

Next movie:  “Murder Mystery”

Tickets: $11 Members, $13 Non-members

Limited seating: Register at the front desk.

Scrabble (Centre membership required)

When: Wednesdays 9:30 am.

Information: Interested in keeping those brain cells young and vital? If so, join us any Wednesday and exercise your mind by creating words to fit the board.

Our informal group varies in abilities and word usage, but we all have fun and enjoy the challenge to obtain high points, while not making it easy for our opponents!

Come along and join us. As they say, “Try it, you’ll like it” . . . and we KNOW it’s good for you too!

Sounds of Music (Centre membership required)

When: Mondays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

Information: Come and join our growing singing group!

The motto of Barbershoppers is “if you are too busy to sing, you are too busy.” The same has proven true for members of the “Sounds of Music,” the choral group at the Centre. We started off with 8 members back in 2001 and gradually grew to over 35 although our numbers vary with vacations and, sad to say, doctor appointments.

Some of our members read music but most learn by rote and have an extensive number of songs tucked away in their memory banks. Originally we started as a means of relaxation and enjoyment for the singers themselves but we grew bolder after the first year and ventured out to sing at a senior residence. Much to our surprise the seniors liked it and we all had a ball.

Our toughest test came when we sang in front of our friend at the Centre for Christmas and earlier this year for the volunteers. There is nothing like entertaining in front of friends and waiting for their comments. The Gods have been kind and we have expanded our itineraries beyond the city of Kanata.

We have now invaded Stittsville, Nepean and even ventured out to Smith Falls. Our list of senior residences has grown to 13 and we are still going strong.

Our practices are held every Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 in the Centre and the only thing you have to bring along is a love of singing and a sense of humour. We welcome newcomers who would like to join us.

For more information contact the front desk.

NOTE: We are still in need of a chorus director. Please contact Janet at the front desk if you are interested.

Travel (Free Council membership required)

When: For the latest planned travel adventures, see the Kanata Seniors Council’s Travel page here.

Information: All are welcome on any of our trips. However you need to become a member of the Kanata Seniors Council to be part of the trip.

Please Note: Travel Team will be selling trip tickets on:

  • Tuesdays starting at 11:30 am until 1:00 pm

  • Wednesdays starting at 11:00 am until 1:10 pm

It should be noted that when you are booking a trip you must come into the Centre on the  on the days and times listed above.  We can not take reservations over the phone.

For more information, visit the Council’s travel page here, or contact the Centre’s front desk.

Wednesday Movies (Centre membership required)

When: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm. Free admission.

Information: Relax and enjoy a movie every Wednesday afternoon at 1:15pm in the Lounge. Please note that the movies are subject to availability, and are shown in Closed Caption (CC).

This month’s movies:

  • Sept 4: “Life Itself” (Drama, romance)

  • Sept 11: “Autumn Dreams” (Comedy, romance)

  • Sept 18: “Secret Obsession” (Thriller, drama)

  • Sept 25: “Running for Grace” (Adventure, romance)

Check the Centre’s bulletin board for additional information on the movies.

For more information contact the front desk.

Looking for even more things to do?

Then, click here to check out the City of Ottawa Activities website. There is no reason not to be active.