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ARTA Wellness Challenge 2018

Time of Your Life

Recognizing that ARTA members are involved in a variety of activities, the Wellness Committee is promoting a focus on personal wellness by having members record time spent on any activity that improves their quality of life.

Whether you are passionate about walking, Tai Chi, swimming, yoga, dancing, curling, weight lifting, skiing, biking, golfing or other enjoyable activities requiring movement—be it leisurely or energetic—consider participating in this year’s Wellness Challenge.

Participants can use one of the thirty digital watch heart monitors provided by ARTA, or a device of their own, to track time spent and record the data. Recording sheets and instructions will be given to those who register. Monitors will be distributed on a first-come basis.

Awards are given to the branch with the highest ratio of member participation, the individual with the most time spent on personal wellness and the branch with the most time logged.

To register contact Veronica Hellweg by way of email at, telephone her at 780.456.7640 or sign up at the spring luncheon.

Why put off feeling good? Find something that you enjoy and START NOW!

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Second Wind Conference

Building on past successes, the seventh Second Wind Conference is scheduled for September 6, 2018. Being offered are a variety of entertaining and uplifting presentations in a supportive and accessible setting.

This year's conference is fortunate to have Mark and Alyson Connolly as the keynote speakers. Mark spent twenty-two years as a sportscaster with CBC Radio and Television before becoming a news anchor for “CBC News Edmonton” from 2010 to 2013 and now hosts “Edmonton AM.”

Mark recently covered the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Alyson started out as a child actor in the first musical ever produced by CTV, The Magic Trumpet. As founder of Dramatic Learning in 2004, Alyson used drama in her work with stroke and brain-injured patients at the Glen-rose Rehabilitation Hospital.

Following the keynote address, attendees are encouraged to explore new ideas, expand their knowledge base, and connect with friends and colleagues by attending a variety of interactive sessions offered by speakers from Edmonton and surrounding area. The breakout sessions will include the following presentations: Cannabis—Medicinal Properties, Senior Nutrition—Cooking for One, The Lonely Senior, Personal Directives, Dentistry and the Heart, Family Archives Using a Computer, Pain Control for Those With Arthritis, Computer and Internet Safety and Scams, and iPad, iPhone and Android Technologies. Back by popular demand are the revamped sessions on decluttering, gardening tips, ARTA benefit plan updates and golf.

A craft show and sale, featuring local artisans, will run concurrently with the conference and a ‘wine down,’ with a draw, will conclude the day.

The early bird fee of $85.00 is in effect until July 1. Fees include a light breakfast, buffet lunch, coffee breaks and the ‘wine down.’ No refunds will be issued after July 30, 2018.

Registration forms, with payment, must be sent via Canada Post to: The Registrar, 204-2588 Anderson Way, Edmonton, Alberta  T6W 0R2.

Visit for complete program and registration information or telephone Lynn Arnold at 780.919.5848.

Technology Workshops

Many seniors have been blessed with a device that is supposed to make their life easier or ‘open up the world’ through Internet connectivity. The field of technology, however, comes with a steep learning curve for the novice such that they often abandon the effort. Some people have a working knowledge of their devices but are using only a small portion of the capabilities inherent in these powerful tools.

Lessons are often expensive, but such is not the case for those wishing to register in one of three technology workshops organized for members by Shirley Strembitsky and Ray Roy. With a grant from the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) and some assistance from ERTA, a fee of only $10.00 is needed to provide five hours of instruction on either Android phones, iPhones or Windows 10. Participants are responsible for their own lunch costs.

Android Phones

This session involves two mornings—on April 12 and April 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a total of five hours of instruction. The two-part session allows time for practice of the concepts learned between the two classes.


This session spans two afternoons—on April 12 and April 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a total of five instructional hours. Allowing practice time between each afternoon session will maximize learning.

Both of the iPhone workshops are limited to an enrollment of twelve people, which is the capacity of the Board Room at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre located at 11113 113 Street in Edmonton. Participants are asked to bring their own hand-held devices.

Windows 10

Learn about Internet safety, computer files, and making folders and build on computer basics by registering for a full-day class on either April 12 or April 19, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Class size is limited to ten people and will be held in the Computer Lab at Central Lions. There are eight desktop computers available for student use along with room for another two participants who bring their own laptops.

Small classes and experienced facilitators from Windsong Training should make for a rewarding and enjoyable day of learning.

The Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre, with an on-site cafeteria and ample free parking, is an ideal location for these workshops.

Sign up at the spring luncheon where the $10.00 fee can be paid or telephone Shirley Strembitsky at 780.988.9195 to register for the workshop of your choice. Forward a cheque (payable to the Edmonton Retired Teachers’ Association) to her at 409-160 Magrath Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6R 3T9.

Increased proficiency makes technology both fun and functional!