Please note: most of our Drop-In Activities have a small drop in fee

There is always something to do at Westend Seniors Activity Centre. Our most popular activities are offered on an ongoing basis. All you have to do is show up. No commitment or advanced registration is required.  We offer a variety of regularly scheduled drop-in activities, including:

THE ARTS – DROP-IN ARTS & CRAFTS 

– CREATIVITY NEVER GROWS OLD! 

Picasso’s in motion, chatter alive & well! These sessions are for anyone and everyone looking to enjoy their hobby, whether its acrylic, stencil or watercolour, to name a few. Bring your project and work alongside peers and enjoy a visit too! All levels welcome.

Bring a craft or share an idea! Calling all crafters to join in the fun! Enjoy open space to learn something new, inspire creativity and share ideas among peers.

Fold a little paper & chat a lot! Paitence and perfection – this group is all about having fun! Some call it origami; we call it skillful and fun. Fondly referred to as the, “Quirky Quillers”, this group welcomes new members. View the quilling projects throughout the center for a preview of the great projects that you can create!

Open space for creative hands at play!  Join in the fun and enjoy the talent at play. A friendly and committed group, carving their way to a wide collection of treasures. Note: A minimum of 2 individuals are required when using the shop, for safety reasons.  Please ensure someone is in the shop with you when operating machinery.

No workshop at home, no problem! Join ours… Our well-equipped workshop is an ideal spot to work on your individual projects. Bring your “to do list” or start a new hobby. Bring your own supplies to the shop and use our machinery to get the job done. Note: A minimum of 2 individuals are required when using the shop, for safety reasons. Please ensure someone is in the shop with you when operating machinery.

MUSIC! – DROP-IN ARTS & CRAFTS 

Music fills the soul! Slam ‘n’ Jam with the best of ‘em! You don’t have to be an expert musician, just a love of music required! Drop in with your guitar, banjo or any instrument you fancy. New members are welcome!

The group is comprised of committed musicians who like to play, sing and share new material with band members. They perform from time to time at WSAC and various other seniors’ centres. If you have mastered the basics on your instrument, enjoy singing and are willing to share new material with others, you might find this session of interest.

Strum along and make sweet music! Back by popular demand, this favoured pastime has made a serious comeback! Please bring your own ukulele to the group. New members are always welcome. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.

LIFE LONG LEARNING – DROP-IN ACTIVITIES

– LEARNING NEVER GROWS OLD! 

Each week our centre features our popular “Toonie Talks”.  Hosted by our Friends of WSAC partners, these talks are about topics that seniors need to know about!  Click here to see our Toonie Talk schedule.

All bookworms welcome! From fantasy to romance and non-fiction, this group covers it all. This is a social gathering with a reader’s appeal. They start a new book every two weeks! New members welcome. No long term commitment necessary.

The Golden Age was made possible by a coincidence of politics, patronage and great minds when Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars Lived and studied side by side. Dating from approximately 750 to the sack of Baghdad in 1256, it was an essential intellectual bridge between the ancient empires of Greece and Rome and the later European Renaissance.  Note: The lectures offered in this series are supplementary in nature to the lectures presented from March 29 to May 31. As such, this session is structured as a drop-in program, where you can choose to attend as many sessions as you wish, for a low drop-in fee per day. As well, the entire series will continue during the Fall 2019 session, as a registered program.

Let’s pool our resources and help each other untangle the challenges of researching our Family Histories. This drop-in session will be suitable for everyone from those just starting to build a Family Tree, to folks who have been working on their Family History since Adam and Eve were kids. Come prepared, bring your questions, laptops, tablets, pencils and paper – whatever suits you best. Don’t forget to bring your enthusiasm along, too!

Steady, smile and say cheese, or share your photos with the group please! Join in the fun, share pictures with the group, ask questions of any kind and explore, before meeting again.

Come join this interactive and fun group to practice your Spanish skills! This group is open to all levels and all individuals trying to learn their Spanish. They work together and speak in Spanish to continue learning! The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom and language learning takes practice so come join this group and “Practica Conmiga”!

Join local writers as we share stories based on our life’s experiences. Some of us are writing to leave a written legacy of memoirs for our families, while others are writing to get published. As we write, we relive all the wonderful experiences of days gone by, so we are writing for ourselves too! At our meetings, reading is voluntary. Sometimes, we just want to listen and provide feedback to the author. Participation is always optional. We always get inspired as we enjoy a social afternoon of shared memories!

FITNESS – DROP-IN ACTIVITIES

– BEING ACTIVE NEVER GROWS OLD! 

The game with the birdie in the air! Calling all badminton players who like fun and challenge! This group enjoys fun exercise for everyone. All levels welcomed and new members encouraged.

Lace up, hop on…let’s go for a ride! Dust off your bike and join this independent group as they explore our beautiful city and all it has to offer. Helmets encouraged. Weather permitting.

Steady as a rock, only with a ball, wins the game! A fun time to throw a weighted ball and hope you are closer than them all. This group enjoys friendly competition and encourages a fun and supportive atmosphere. All levels welcomed and new members encouraged.

Drop in for a chat or advice regarding fitness. Meet with Janet at the WSAC Fitness Room for an informal meeting to discuss your fitness endeavours and goals. Ideal for those new to Westend Seniors Activity Centre and unsure of our fitness, yoga and movement class offerings or for those current members looking to enhance their current routine.

It’s not tennis or table top; it’s Pickleball without the pickle! Tighten up your sneakers and ready, steady your paddle.

  • Mondays from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesdays from March 19 to June 4: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays from June 11 to August 20: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays from August 27 to September 9: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursdays from 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Fridays from 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm (Beginners – for more information, see page 30.)
  • Fridays from 2:20 pm – 4:00 pm (Experienced players)

If you are new to the sport of Pickleball and would like to learn from experienced players, we encourage you to drop in with other beginners on Fridays between 12:30 pm and 2:15 pm. Come to learn what the sport is all about, including game rules and the process for playing at WSAC. Once you have learned the basics, join in the regular timeslots to keep active all week long!

Heave ho and even in the snow, this group walks! This group takes their hikes into the river valley and beyond, enjoying social time afterwards. All levels welcomed and new members encouraged.

Do you love to play golf? Perhaps you love the game of, “hit it, try to find it, hit it again”? Either way, join your peers from WSAC as they head to the tee boxes at Deer Meadows Golf Course!

This no-pressure group’s primary commitment is to have fun, socialize and exercise in the great outdoors. The group meets at the course on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am and you decide how often you want to go! Fees are payable each day that you participate at the golf course.

CARDS AND GAMES – DROP-IN ACTIVITIES

– SOCIALIZING WITH OTHERS NEVER GROWS OLD!

Enjoy our newly-refurbished billiard tables and join this crew for good conversation and relaxed play. All levels welcomed and new members encouraged. Drop in any time during the time slots listed to play.

  • Mondays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

An active mind is a sharp mind!  Bridge enthusiasts encouraged to join this group. *No partner necessary.

15-2, 15-4… and the rest don’t score! Check out this fun group and see if you have the right combinations to make it all the way! All levels welcomed and new members encouraged to join the fun!

A friendly group of fun and play! This social card game is simple in concept but high in subtlety! All levels welcomed and new members encouraged to join the fun!

To some it is Table Tennis & others Ping Pong. Whatever it is to you, come join in the fun! This is a new drop-in activity on our Tuesday evenings. All levels are welcome and encouraged to play.

When you don’t use it, you lose it…so why not practice! Join this group to sharpen your skills and play one of the most popular card games worldwide. Gaining momentum since the 1920’s, it’s never too late to join the masses. No partner needed.

Come and dabble, and play a little scrabble! A tile word game of wit and fun! No partner needed. All levels welcomed and new players encouraged.

A$2 drop-in fee is payable to the coordinator & a $3 club fee payable to the coordinator. A game of intelligence, strategy and wit! Registered bridge playing group that accumulates and tracks points online. No partner needed.

A simple yet skillful game, if you don’t know the rules you will in seconds! A card game ancestral to Bridge where the last card indicates trump! Join this social experience, encouraging all levels at play. New members encouraged to join the fun!

SUPPORT GROUPS – DROP-IN ACTIVITIES

– SOCIALIZING WITH OTHERS NEVER GROWS OLD!

This welcoming and friendly peer support group is a great place to listen and share your stories in a supportive atmosphere. People attending this group find strong friendships have developed, and their support and contact circles have increased. Everyone is offered the opportunity to speak and share as little or as much as you like. Your stories are kept confidential. Each week could be different, so try this group a couple times and then decide!

This warm and welcoming group is facilitated by a member of our Community Outreach staff. People who attend this group find it a great connection to stronger friendships and a consistent support structure, as well as gaining insight into topics we all think about such as how money affects our lives, what will happen with our home as our circumstances change, and thinking about all the items we’ve accumulated over time. Everything is confidential. New attendees are always welcome!

Most drop-in programs involve a modest fee.