City of Belleville, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON K8N 4V8 Tel: 613-966-4632 TTY: 613-771-9781 Fax: 613-967-3207 rccsgeneral@belleville.ca

Belleville’s 50+ Centre

Notice: COVID-19 Update


The City of Belleville invites all older adults to visit our 50+ Centre to socialize, learn new skills, play games, visit our computer lab or just sit and have a coffee with new friends.

Your membership is only $5.00 per year (valid for 12 months from date of purchase) and includes all scheduled activities on the 50+ Centre calendar. Some programs, such as Crokinole and our Monthly Luncheons have an additional fee as noted on the calendar.

Open Monday through Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

City of Belleville’s Older Adult (50+) Information Fair: Unfortunately the Older Adult Information Fair originally scheduled for June 4, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Fair will take place in 2021.

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50+ Centre – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a member? You can join by going to the Customer Service Desk at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre and asking to purchase a 50+ Centre membership for $5.00.

Can I try a program before I join? You are welcome to try a program before purchasing a membership.

How can I become a volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering, call 613-966-4632 or get a volunteer application online or at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre Customer Service Desk.  Currently we are looking for volunteers for the following positions:

  • Greeter
  • Beginner Bridge Instructor
  • Watercolour/Painting/Craft Instructors
  • Wii Sports (Evenings)
  • Beginner French Instructor

Are you looking for new program ideas?  We are always interested in offering new programs in the 50+ Centre.  If you have an idea for a program or class, please call Karen at 613-967-3200 ext. 3266.

What programs do you offer?

Artist’s Collective:  Are you looking for a welcoming place to get creative?  Bring your latest sculpting, drawing or painting masterpiece and create in the company of other artists. There is no instructor, but beginners are welcome to attend and work on their projects.

Belleville Deaf Seniors:  This is a fun time of games and socializing for the older adults from our deaf community.

Better Breathers COPD Support Group: This is a peer led support group for people living with chronic respiratory diseases like COPD. Respiratory Therapists (RTs) and other health care professionals (nurses, pharmacists, etc.) from our community facilitate the discussions to provide helpful information on medications, energy conservation and self-management techniques. Non-seniors are welcome to attend. Refreshments are provided by Medigas.

Bid Euchre:  Bid Euchre is similar to Euchre, but it introduces an element of bidding in which the trump suit is decided by which player bids to take the most tricks. The primary differences are the number of cards dealt (8 instead of 5), absence of any undealt cards, the bidding and scoring process, and the addition of a no trump declaration. It is a partnership game for four players and is played with two decks of 24 cards each.  Beginners are welcome and you don’t need to bring a partner.

Bridge (Experienced): This program is for experienced bridge players to enjoy an afternoon of socializing and playing their favourite game.

CARP Coffee and Chat: Join us the second Tuesday of the month for CARP (a volunteer organization advocating for financial security, healthcare, and elimination of ageism for older people)  Coffee and Chat to socialize and get information about issues relevant to older adults.

Creative Creations: Join us each week to create something new and exciting. From crafts to jewelry; sculpting to painting, there is a great new project to take home each week.  Supplies are provided by Burke Funeral Home.

Crokinole:  Join us on Tuesday evenings to socialize and have fun playing Crokinole.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro – you will enjoy this classic game. This is a drop-in program for all ages. Cost: $3.00/drop-in

Drumming for Health: Drumming for Health is an opportunity for you to release worries and tensions through rhythm activities, chanting and singing. We use a variety of percussion instruments to create an atmosphere of peace, joy and acceptance. No experience necessary.  Bring your own instrument or we have lots to share.

Hearing Care Clinic: Are you worried your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be?  Come to this free clinic for a screening and consultation.  If you already have hearing aids you can get them cleaned as well.  Clinics provided by helix hearing centre.

Learn Your Technology: Are you having trouble using your computer, tablet, or cell phone? Bring your own device and learn how to navigate, add apps and much more!

Lunch & Learn: Check the 50+ Centre calendar each month to see if there is a special Lunch & Learn.  These luncheons provide you with an interesting topic and a delicious lunch and it is free!  Food provided by Quinte Gardens Retirement Residence.

Mahjong:  Calling all rummy lovers!  Mahjong is a rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards and is played with four or five players.  The object of Mahjong is to make the tiles match up with a hand on a Mahjong card.  Beginners are welcome.

Mexican Train Dominoes/Dominoes: If you are already a domino player or want to learn how to play, come to this afternoon of tile fun!

Monthly LuncheonsJoin us on the last Monday of the month for a delicious catered hot lunch for only $8.50. Every month there is an interesting and informative guest speaker.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Movie Night:  There will be a new release and a classic movie each month (unless otherwise stated on the monthly calendar).  Family members under the age of 50 are welcome to attend the movie when accompanying a 50+ Centre member.  Popcorn is provided by The Richmond Retirement Residence and the movie is provided by Jumbo Video.

Parkinsons’ Keep Moving Program: The Belleville-Quinte Parkinson Chapter offers this 30 minute workout of BIG movements in the gymnasium, followed by 30 minutes of group interaction and discussion in the 50+ Centre. Pre-registration is required with the Parkinson Chapter; please call 613-827-5961

Pencil Art: This 8 week course has a different theme each 8 week session and you will learn a variety of techniques that can be used in all your masterpieces!  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  There is a $2.00 supply fee payable each week.

Scrapbooking/Card Making:  Come to work on your own pages or cards while visiting and learning from others.  Beginners are welcome and there are some supplies for you to try scrapbooking or card making before purchasing your own materials.

Spanish for Beginners:  This 10 week course will help you learn both written and conversational Spanish.  You must pre-register for this course.

Stitches:  You will get together to work on your own projects, including knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, etc, while visiting and learning from others.  There are 2 sewing machines, 1 serger and a variety of pattern books. Beginners are welcome. This program is sponsored by Your #1 Sewing Centre.

Volunteering Social:  Come socialize and make new friends-+ while working on projects that help organizations in our community.  We are currently knitting Twiddle Muffs for the Alzheimer Society and preemie hats for Belleville General Hospital.

VON Falls Prevention Program:  This 12 week class, held in the Aerobics Studio, is led by a VON Exercise & Falls Prevention instructor and includes an educational component as well as balance and strength exercises for older adults.  Pre-registration with VON is required; please call 613-392-4181 ext. 5350.

For more information please call: Karen at 613-967-3200 ext. 3266 or Customer Service: 613-966-4632.