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Steveston residents focused on fitness

Martin van den Hemel   Oct-16-2017

There are many fitness offerings at Steveston Community Centre and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

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More and more people are pursuing a healthy lifestyle in Steveston, and that’s evident by the growing popularity of programs offered at the local community centre.

Donna Bishop, fitness coordinator at the Steveston Community Centre, said the centre offers many different types of programs and services to meet the demands of all age groups who live, work and play in the scenic waterfront community.



“Steveston is an overall fit community,” Bishop says. “Whether’s it’s 35 people participating in the 9:15 a.m. total body conditioning class, a yoga class or the run group jogging toward Garry Point, the community demonstrates a passion for an active, healthy lifestyle.”

In particular, seniors fitness classes have become increasing popular, and has seen an increase in the number of registrants in programs including the Parkinsons Wellness Recover program which is held twice per week.

The community centre isn’t resting on its laurels, but continues to search out new, effective and potentially-popular offerings based on changing trends, while also maintaining traditional programs, Bishop says.

“We recently added TRX units (performance training using gravity and the user’s body weight) in our group-cycling space to run high-intensity interval training sessions,” Bishop says. “Steveston Community Centre reviews fitness programming seasonally for trends and customer feedback, and continues to strive to meet the needs of our close-knit, yet growing community.”


4255 Moncton St.

55+ years:

Cooking Club

Monday Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

Learn some basic cooking techniques, try new recipes and make new friends and share a meal. This class is $6 per session and is offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Friday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.

At this FREE presentation from Vancouver Coastal Health, learn about kidney function, common causes of chronic kidney disease, risk factors and how to keep healthy longer.

Meditation Made Easy

Wed. Oct. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Learn basic meditation techniques and simple breathing exercises in this chair-based class. $10 per session.

Advance Care Planning

Friday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Registration is required for this free class, where participants learn how to start the process of discussing important medical and health-care topics, and dealing with myths and realities.

Celebrate Canada 150 Luncheon

Thurs. Nov. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

What better way to celebrate this special year in Canada’s history than with a delightful and traditional lunch and musical favourites. $10.


4111 Moncton St., 604-238-8080

Drop-in Badminton (adult)

Wednesday, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to noon through December.

Badminton rental availability

Mondays from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m., Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. ($9.75 plus tax for 45 minutes)

Drop-in Tennis (women)

Tuesdays and Thursdays through December from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tennis Social

Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to midnight

55+ years:

Line Dancing Beginner

Every Thursday up to and including Nov. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Drop-ins (space permitting) are welcome on Thursdays for a fee. Participants practice and learn the basic moves that make up current line dancing today. No dance experience is necessary.

Line Dancing Intermediate

Every Thursday up to and including Nov. 30 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Drop-ins (space permitting) are welcome for a fee. Improve beginner moves and learn more advanced ones in this social and physically active class.

JJ’s Restaurant Lunch Trip

Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Culinary students from Vancouver Community College serve up a gourmet lunch at VCC’s restaurant. For $15, participants at Steveston Community Centre receive transportation to and from the restaurant, with plenty of time provided to shop at Gourmet Warehouse. (Price is for transportation only.)

Dickens Sweets and British Museum Trip

Thursday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This sweet Chilliwack desintation features all things British, including a grocery store, museum, bakery, sweets shop. Price of $21 is for transportation only.

Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Trip

Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shop and explore the Lower Mainland’s newest shopping centre, at more than one million square feet of retail, restaurant and leisure activity space. Price of $14.25 is for transportation.

General Swap Meet

Sat. Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. high quality, gently used items

Christmas craft fair

Sat. Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. homemade items from 160+ vendors

Breakfast with Santa

Sun. Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. celebrate Christmas with breakfast, crafts and visit with Santa

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