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Spring & Summer 2017 

Click here for Adult Programs for ages 50+ 

Pre-registration is required for all programs unless noted, and payment is required at the time of registration.  Great programs get cancelled if there are not enough registered participants – register early to avoid disappointment.  

Payment may be made by cash, cheque, credit card (VISA & MC), Debit or City of Victoria LIFE credits.

City of Victoria LIFE credits are welcome for select programs. Call Crystal Pool to find out more about the LIFE program at 250-361-0732. 

*Please note: information here and in the City of Victoria Active Living Guide are subject to change - please call us at 250-388-5251 for the most current info on our programs. 

Community Corner

Income Assistance Support

Need to talk with someone about your Income Assistance file? Starting on March 2nd, there will be a Ministry of Social Development Worker available here on Thursday mornings, except on cheque issue weeks. By appointment only so please call us at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 250-388-5251.

Free Legal Clinic, Tuesday, 2-3pm 
Legal advice is provided free of charge during a 15-minute appointment. All legal questions welcome. Please call in advance to book an appointment by calling 250-388-5251 or stop by the community centre at 471 Cecelia Rd. 

Learn for Life

Spanish for Beginners                  

In this introductory class, learn the basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, as well as idioms and expressions that you will need to travel comfortably in Spanish speaking countries. Instructor: Anamaria Medina

Tu     Jan 3                     6:30pm – 7:30pm             Free Trial Class

Th     Jan 19 – Mar 9     6:30pm – 7:30pm             8/$70 | NOTE: this was originally advertised as running Jan 12 – Mar 2 - apologies for any inconvenience. 

T             April 20- June 8                 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm           8/$70

Health & Wellness

Genetic Health                               

Learn the keys to unlocking your genetic health through nutrition and the nervous system in this fascinating workshop. Drs. Jennifer and Jeff Gratton provide a thorough explanation on how your genetic predisposition(s) does not have to govern your health outcome. Learn how to improve metabolism, enhance longevity and decrease pain.

*Suggested donation of $10 with proceeds  supporting Burnside Gorge family programs.

W                    Apr 19                          7pm – 8:30pm                   1/$10

Health through the Ages                      

Common health complaints and helpful tips from infants to adults. Drs. Jennifer and Jeff Gratton will review some common health complaints and provide medical insight into how to assess the root cause of disease and focus on a preventative approach. They will offer helpful tips to provide your family with natural and safe treatments. Topics touched on include:

-Early Development of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract and the Immune System

-Kindergarten Stomach Pain                                                  - Backpack & Desk Ergonomics

-Food-Immune System Connection                                      - Seasonal/Food Allergies

-Puberty-Hormonal Imbalances & Mood Changes            - Mental Health

-Adrenal Fatigue                                                                       -Pain Management

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

*Suggested donation of $10 with proceeds supporting Burnside Gorge family programs.

 W                     Jun 7        7pm – 8:30pm                   1/$10

A year in the life of your brain: How habits get overhauled, deep-sixed or a power-boost

What about those New Year’s Resolutions you made? Given up on them? Don’t despair! Find out what brain research suggests: how do plastic brain circuits operate to make solid life changes (or not)? We’ll look at a wide variety of influences to see the impact of each on habits and the brain. Takeaway: your own “Kit" to find out what may trigger a bad-habit relapse and ways to help.  

W                          April 5                                  6:30-8:30pm                      1/$20

A year in the life of your brain: Stress & Anxiety - Rollercoaster Ride or in Control?

Come to this interactive session to find out various research insights on the role of aging, sleep, language, diet, and more on stress levels and anxiety. We consider various therapies and approaches used to tackle these common life issues and the level of success claimed for each. Takeaway: lots of concrete ideas to think about and investigate further for yourself

W                          April 19                               6:30-8:30pm                      1/$20

The Truth About Hearing Aids

Join us on Tuesday, April 18th with Lana Binks, RHIP of Miracle Ear, delivering a seminar created to educate the consumer, and provide honest answers about hearing and the limitations of today's technologies.  There are a variety of topics that will be discussed during this presentation, including hearing in noise (is it possible?), with plenty of time for questions. Don’t forget to register to save your spot!

T                            April 18th                            10 am - 11:30 am             Cost: suggested donation of $10


Chair Yoga

In this gentle, restorative class you will have the option of practicing yoga poses in either a chair or using a mat. Chair yoga is ideal for anyone with physical or mobility challenges (diabetes, arthritis, etc.) or anyone wanting a slower-paced yoga practice. Even if you're a regular in yoga class, chair yoga routines are a great way to stretch and flex while working at your desk or during a lunch break. Together we will learn how to use our breath to increase flexibility and strength while decreasing tension and stress. Cara Calibaba

53295    F     Jan 13                   11:15am – 12pm           Free Trial Class

53294    F     Jan 20 – Mar 10     11:15pm – 12:15pm     8/$80

F                            Mar 17 – May 12              11:15 am – 12:15 pm       8/$80

F                            May 26 – June 30 11:15 am – 12:15 pm       6 /$60

F                            Jul 21 – Aug 25                  11:15 am – 12:15 pm       6/$60


"I have been enrolled in chair yoga with Cara for over a year now.  Her classes have all been very well structured and cater to all levels of fitness and mobility.  I find Cara's teaching technique easy to understand and follow while at the same time allowing for personal challenges and advancement.  My fitness and flexibility have improved considerably owing wholly to the effects of chair yoga.  I very much appreciate what Cara has done for me and highly recommend her classes.  Thank you Cara!" - Betty


Flow Yoga          

Flow yoga is a practice in which the postures are linked with the breath in a flowing sequence, one posture gracefully flowing into the other. Practiced mindfully and with attention to alignment, this practice calms the mind, increases flexibility, strength and balance.

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

Instructor Cedar Sorensen

M           Mar 6 – April 10                5:15pm-6:15pm       6/$60

M           April 24 – May 29              5:15pm-6:15pm       5/$50             No class May 22

M           June 5 – June 26 5:15pm-6:15pm       4/$40             No class Jul 3

M           July 10 – July 30                5:15pm-6:15pm       4/$40             No class Aug 7

M           Aug 14 – Aug 28 5:15pm-6:15pm       3/$30             

Yin Yoga by Candlelight

Join Cedar Sorenson for a special two hour workshop by candlelight. All levels welcome. 

F             April 28                              6:00 pm – 8: 00 pm        1/$25

F             May 26                               6:00 pm – 8:00 pm         1/$25


Prenatal Yoga

Expectant mothers, start your weekend refreshed and relaxed. This friendly, supportive class will include safe and gentle movements, preparing your body for birth. Focus will be placed on strengthening deep core muscles, releasing tension and rejuvenating your entire body. These gentle asanas will benefit your spine, uterus and pelvic floor, and increase overall comfort.  Connect with other moms-to-be in your community as you enjoy the benefits of this popular class. This class is appropriate for both new and experienced students. Classes can be pro-rated. Instructor:  Angela Watt, Prenatal certified

F          Apr 21– June 16         5:30 pm – 6:30 pm     8/$80 – No Class May 19



BREAK OUT OF THE FITNESS BOX!  Groove movements are purpose and music-driven and are designed to build strength, cardio and flexibility.  Learn easy and simple moves to different dance styles including Jazz, Latin, Contemporary, Swing, African, Hip Hop and many more. This is a multi-level class, no experience necessary, perfect for any age. If you can move, you can GROOVE.  Melanie Langman

52787    M     Jan 9                       6:30pm – 7:30pm        Free Trial Class

52786    M     Jan 16 – Mar 6        6:30pm – 7:30pm        6/$60  

M           Mar 20 – May 16              6:30pm – 7:30pm             8/$80

M           May 29 – June 26              6:30pm – 7:30pm             5/$50

M           July 10 – July 31                6:30pm – 7:30pm             4/$40   



Join us for one of the fastest growing Latin dance-inspired fitness crazes across the world! People of all ages are falling in love with its infectious music, easy-to-follow dance moves and body-sculpting benefits. Come dance to the rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Mambo and other Latin beats. This is a fitness class you will not want to miss! Instructor Ximena Londono

W     Jan 11                 6pm – 7pm     Free Trial Class

W     Jan 18 – Mar 8*    6pm – 7pm     8/$64 

W           Apr 5             6p.m. – 7p.m.                    Free Trial Class

W           Apr 12 – May 17 6p.m. – 7p.m.                    6/$48

W           May 24– Jun 28                 6p.m. – 7p.m.                    6/$48    

* March 8 is International Women's Day! Join us for a special Zumba class from 6pm-8pm with prizes, social time, drinks and lots of fun. Free! Child-minding available by regisration - please click here for more info. 

Zumba Gold and Yoga                                               

Always wanted to Zumba but thought it might be too much for you? This class combnes gentle Zumba Gold dance and fitness moves with yoga stretches, breathing exercises and deep relaxation. It is ideal for for beginners, active older adults and other participants who may need  program modifications. Instructor: Ximena Londono

52960    Tu     Jan 10                 5:30pm – 6:30pm     Free Trial Class

52959    Tu     Jan 17 – Mar 7     5:30pm – 6:30pm     8/$64

Tu           Apr 4                            9:30 am – 10:30 am         Free Trial Class

Tu           Apr 11 – May 16 9:30 am – 10:30 am         6/$48

Tu           May 23 – Jun 27 9:30 am – 10:30 am         6/$48   


Zumba Toning

Perfect for those who want to party, but put extra emphasis on toning and sculpting to define those muscles! The challenge of adding resistance by using Zumba® Toning Sticks (or light weights), helps you focus on specific muscle groups including arms, core and lower body. This class is open to everyone, no previous dance or Zumba class experience necessary. Instructor: Ximena Londono

Tu           Apr 4                                    5:30pm – 6:30pm             Free Trial Class

Tu           Apr 11 – May 16 5:30pm – 6:30pm             6/$48

Tu           May 23 – Jun 27 5:30pm – 6:30pm             6/$48   

Please note: information here and in the City of Victoria Active Living Guide are subject to change - please call the Burnside Gorge Community Centre at 250-388-5251 for the most current info on our programs. 

City of Victoria LIFE credits are welcome for select programs. Call Crystal Pool to find out more about the LIFE program at 250-361-0732. 

Please note: The Burnside Gorge Community Association facilities are closed on stat holidays