Activities for Retirees

These resources are in the Greater Fredericton area. Please email the Newsletter and Web site editor on the Contact Us page with any additional information - for example, new resources, discontinued activities or other changes.

City of Fredericton - Programs for Seniors

Call (506) 460-2230 for further information & the most current listing

Centres

Stepping Stone Senior Centre
Located at 15 Saunders St,  this very active Centre is open to people age 50 and over. Line dancing, crafts, drama, Tai Chi, travel, exercise and art classes, walking club, belly dancing, creative writing, singing, harmonica, bridge instruction, and a weekly information forum are just some of the many activities taking place. For more information please call the Centre 450-7849 Mon to Fri, 9:00am to 4:00pm and a friendly volunteer will be happy to provide assistance.

Fredericton Senior Centre
Located at 112 Johnston Ave. Large meeting room seating 80-100 people for meetings, classes, parties, and other activities. Smaller meeting rooms seating 15-20 and 4-6. Fully equipped kitchen. Cost to rent ranges fro $8.00 to $17.25 per hour depending on the nature of the event. All users must fill out an application form in order to rent the facility. Regular users must fill out an application form on a yearly basis. Forms are available at the Community Services Department at 335 Queen St.

Fredericton Seniors Workshop - open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 114 Johnson Ave.
Activities: Woodworking
Contact: Duty Officer of the day.
Phone: (506) 460-2261 

Clubs

Kinsmen Southside Senior Citizens Club
Meets at the Kinsmen Center, Waggoner's Lane on the first Tuesday of each month @ 2 p.m.
Activities: Exercise and craft group . Mondays at 10:30am; Bridge Club . Wednesdays at 1:30pm and Card Party on the last Saturday of each month at 1:30pm.

Fredericton War Brides Club
Meets at the Senior Center, Johnson Ave. every 3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00p.m.
Activities: Social
Contact: Hilda Jarvis, 151 Queen St. Apt. 115, Fredericton, NB, E3B 7J2.  Phone: (506) 455-4362

Nashwaaksis 55 Plus Club
Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, Johnson Ave.
Activities: Social, Cards, 50-50 draws, Bring & Buy Sales, Business meetings
Contact: Christine McCaffrey 454-8280.  Phone: (506) 459-3968

Barker's Point Half Century Club - Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lion's Club, Carmen Ave.
Activities: Bingo, Cards, Lunches, Short Meetings
Contact: Mrs. Lily Ann Atyeo, 64 Burpee St., E3A 7A2

Marysville Senior Citizen Club - meets every Wednesday at 1:30 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15, Marysville
Activities: Bridge, Auction 45. s, Bingo, Pot Lucks
Contact: Nora Dorcas, 65 Ashfield Street, E3A 3G1

Nashwaaksis Senior's Bowling Club - Bowls every Friday at 1 p.m. at Nashwaaksis Bowl-A-Drome, Main St.
Activities: Bowling, tournaments, and banquets
Contact: Muriel Phillips, 270 Woodbridge St.

Silver Dolphins Swim Club - The Silver Dolphins Swim Club offers swimming 3 times/week at the Sir Max Aitken Pool, UNB Campus. Membership is open to people age 50 and older. Swims take place Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the cost is $75.00 per year (Sept. to mid-June) plus an additional cost of $30.00 for parking in University parking areas. Register in the lobby of the gym building on any swim day.

UNB Happy Hearts Fitness Classes and Resistance Training
Fitness delivered Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Dance Studio in the Lady Beaverbrook Gym at UNB, Resistance Training delivered Tue. & Thurs. - time varies
Activities: Fitness Class - aerobic activities, strength, and flexibility. Resistance training - individual weight training programs
Contact: Lauren Rogers, Faculty of Kinesiology, UNB, E3B 5A3.  Phone: (506) 447-3104

Beaus'n Belles Carpet Bowlers
Meet every Monday and Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, Johnson Ave.
Activities: Indoor Carpet Bowling - all equipment supplied
Contact: Peggy Moir, 30 Hachey Ave., Unit 11, E3A 3X6
Phone: (506) 472-3374

Cross County Ski Lesson for Seniors
Cross-country ski lessons are offered beginning in January or February (depending on snow conditions). Classes are given Tuesdays beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Odell Park Lodge and take place on the park's trails. The group visits other cross-country ski trails as well. Absolute beginners or people who want to refresh their skills are welcome to participate. The fee is $20.00. Register at the Community Services Department, 335 Queen St. Or call 460-2230 in early January for start date.

Regent Mall Walking Club
Walk anytime between 8 a.m. and closing
Activities: Walking, socializing with other members, information on health; $10+tax. For every 100 kms walked, members get a ballot that goes into a draw for a chance to win a Regent Mall Gift Card.

Contact: Christine MacDonald, Guest Services Supervisor, Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., E3C 1A2.  Phone: (506) 462-0350

Fredericton Senior Shuffleboard Club
Meets every Tue. and Thurs. at 1:30pm at the Monsignor Boyd Family Center, Regent St.
Activities: Tournaments, pot luck luncheons, business meetings, Christmas Party
Contact: Shirley Marr 472-6469.  Phone: (506) 455-5180

Fabulous, Fifty and Firm Exercise Class
Classes every Tue. & Thurs. at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center, Johnson Ave.
Activities: Fitness and Fun
Contact: Recreation Office, 15 Saunders St. Phone: (506) 460-2230

Dusty Sneakers -
Meet every Tue, Thurs. & Fri. from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and in the pool, Tue. & Thurs. 11:15 am to 12 noon at the YMCA, 28 Saunders St.
Activities: Low impact exercise class
Contact: Del Roulston, YMCA Fredericton, 28 Saunders St., E3B 1N1.  Phone: (506) 462-3000

Better Bones Exercise Program
The Better Bones program was designed for and is targeted to persons with Osteoporosis. The optimal goal of the program is to reduce the rate of bone loss by providing a safe, effective, sensible and supervised program of bone loading exercises for persons who have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. By its very nature the program is a basic, entry-level fitness program and therefore may be suitable for many individuals who for a variety of reasons need a gentle, easy program.
Types of exercises include: Walking; Gentle range of motion exercises; Work with light hand weights (1-5lbs per hand); Working against light resistance (with resistance tubing / small balls / bands); Postural & balance exercises (for fall prevention).
The program is offered twice per week September to June and is instruction by fully certified NBCFAL instructors. For more information call 460-2230.

Folks on Spokes
A bicycle group for people age 50 years and over. The group meets every Tuesday at 10am at the Trail Building on Station St. (junction of the Gibson and Nashwaak Trails). Rides alternate weekly between the southside and northside trails. The ride schedule appears weekly in Tuesday's Daily Gleaner column Activities for Seniors 50 Plus. Equipment required: a mechanically sound bicycle equipped with a bell, a biking helmet, and drinking water. All are welcome. Just arrive at the Trail Building a few minutes before 10am for a morning of healthy exercise on the beautiful Fredericton and New Brunswick Trail Systems.

Fredericton Lawn Bowling Club
Wilmot Park, 15 Saunders St., 454-6808
Open to all ages. Lessons available throughout the season (May to Sept.). Bowls and other equipment are available. Flat-soled footwear is a must. Men's, ladies, and mixed league competitive play as well as recreational. Fun nights, barbecues and other social events to be enjoyed. Travel to jamborees at other New Brunswick greens. NCCP Certified Coaching for provincial and national competitions is available. Call the clubhouse or drop in and talk to the Duty Director who is on-site Mon.-Fri.
Contact:  Pat Beggs    Phone: (506) 454-6875

Fredericton Masters Softball Club - plays every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at McAdam Avenue Field from late May to September.
Activities: Recreational Softball for members age 50 and over
Contact: Bob Morton (506) 472-7814 or Joseph Ryan, 50 Orchard Dr., E3C lK5.  Phone: (506) 450-9134

Wilmot Seniors - meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, October to May, at the Wilmot Church, 473 King St.
Activities: Programs and Recreation
Contact: Wilmot United Church, 473 King St., E3B lE5

Handy Craft Quilters
Meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, Johnson Ave.
Activities: Quilting
Contact: Jenet Ottem, 103 Cedar Ave., E3A 2C4

Senior Art Classes
Watercolour, Acrylic, and Oil Paining classes are given in a 10-week session from Feb. to April. Classes take place Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Fredericton Senior Centre, 112 Johnston Ave. Betty Nicholson teaches Oil Painting on Tuesday and Watercolour and Acrylics on Thursday. Geneva Murphy teaches Watercolour on Wednesday. Participants must supply their own materials. The cost per session is $90.00. Call 460-2230 in January to register and confirm start date.

Wu's Tai Chi Chu'an Academy
Practicing this series of slow, circular movements can improve your balance, co-ordination, circulation and flexibility. Beginners classes for seniors are offered on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 11am-12noon. Call today for your FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS! Contact: Martin Kennedy, Chief Instructor, 328 King St. (above Victory Meat). Phone: (506) 450-8889 Website: http://www.wustyle.com/

Kingswood Park Bowling for Seniors
Kingswood Park offers an "Over 50" Lunch Club. These are "fun leagues" consisting of bowling and lunch. Website: http://www.kingswoodpark.ca/entertainment/leagues/seniors_league

Volunteer Opportunities

Meals on Wheels
Established in 1967, Meals on Wheels of Fredericton is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals and social support for members of our community who have difficulty preparing meals for themselves. Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals from The DECRH and York Care Center, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Delivery begins at 10:45 am and goes until 12:45 at the latest. Other Activities: Wheels to Meals Seniors Dine-out Luncheon Program runs every Tuesday at 11am on the North side. Volunteers are needed drive clients to and from the hall, or help serve meals at lunch time. For more information:  Email: info@frederictonmealsonwheels.ca  Website: www.frederictonmealsonwheels.ca

Diabetes Canada
Diabetes Canada is looking for individuals that want to make a difference in their community and improve the health of New Brunswickers! We are right around the corner from Diabetes Awareness Month and our annual door-to-door campaign! This means we are currently recruiting canvassers to canvass their street or area during November.

Want to know more? Contact the NB Diabetes Canada Office at nbinfo@diabetes.ca or 506-451-1639.

With 90,000 New Brunswickers currently living with diabetes, and an estimated 121,000 by 2027; we need to work together to end diabetes.

Additional Information

Activities for Senior Column
Activities for 50+ Column appears every Tuesday in the Daily Gleaner. Provides information about upcoming meetings, classes, new programs, lectures, activities at the Stepping Stone Senior Centre, and services for seniors. If you have a message you would like placed in the column please call the Daily Gleaner at 452-6671, fax your message to 452-7405, or E-mail, 10 days prior to the Tuesday you would like the message to appear.

 

Education and Mental Stimulation

Third Age Center, St. Thomas University

Established in 1991, the Third Age Centre is a Registered Charity housed at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Directed by a volunteer Board, it operates on the principle of seniors helping seniors.  The Centre’s goal is to support seniors’ efforts to maintain an active healthy lifestyle, develop themselves, and serve their communities. TAC promotes life-long learning, informed public discussion, and inter-generational exchange between seniors and younger people.

Third Age Centre activities include: developing and delivering educational presentations on a variety of topics identified by their membership; partnering with community organizations delivering senior-oriented programs; supporting and participating in research projects pertinent to issues of aging; publishing a newsletter (3 per year); and offering an awards program recognizing superior service to seniors.

Among its areas of interest are lifelong learning, how aging is reflected in popular culture, creativity in later life, home care/long term care, financial & legal concerns of aging, transportation, housing options for seniors, healthy lifestyle choices, and retirement transitions.
 
For further information:
Mail: Third Age Centre, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB E3B 5G3
Phone: (506) 452-0526
Email: 3rdage@stu.ca
Website: www.stu.ca/research/3rdage

York-Sunbury Historical Society and Museum - members meet once a month for programs and guest speakers at Museum on Queen St.
Activities: Special and permanent exhibits, newsletters, monthly programs and workshops. Yearly membership fee.
Contact: Kate Mossman, P.O. Box 1312, E3B 5C8

Talking Book Service - Fredericton Public Library, 4 Carleton St. Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Deirdre Sorensen, 460-2808
Activities: Service provides books recorded on cassette tape for loan (both fiction and non-fiction available).

Senior Games

Epsilon Golden Games
Mon., June 4th to Fri., June 8th ENTER NOW - Open to people age 50 plus. Five days of festivities & games for $5.00 (additional fees are charged for golf, minigolf, bowling, & the banquet). Activities are: BBQ, Horseshoes, Predicted Walk, Washer Toss, Table Shuffleboard, Auction 45's, Bridge, Cribbage, Live & Learn Fair, Carpet Bowls, Variety Show, Darts, Scrabble, Awards Banquet and Medal Ceremony. Enter as many events as you want! Don't miss the fun! Pick up an entry form at the Stepping Stone Seniors Center, Community Services Dept. Office or from the Service Desk at City Hall.