About Activity Haven
Activity Haven is a Seniors Recreation Centre that welcomes all people who are 50 and better. It was founded in 1975 by some sixty retirees and operated in co-operation with the City of Peterborough Recreation Division and the Ministry of Community Services. Our membership has grown steadily over the past 41 years to approximately 1,300 members in 2016. Since 1985, the main centre and office have been located at Queen Alexander Community Centre, 180 Barnardo Avenue in Peterborough Ontario. This building was formerly a public school and was built over one hundred and twenty years ago.
In April, 1990 Activity Haven Recreational Centre of Peterborough became an incorporated organization and operates independently under the guidance of a board of directors. In 1994, with the help of infrastructure funds, the club was able to increase our facilities. We have also made areas handicap accessible. Activity Haven’s goal is to fulfill the recreational needs of seniors in the Peterborough Community by offering a wide variety of programs.
Some of the programs our members enjoy are: Euchre, Bid Euchre, Bridge, Basic Bridge, Duplicate Bridge, Music Group, Nordic walking group, Hulu Hopping class, Zumba, Scrabble, Songsters, Swedish weaving, Exercises, Carpet bowling, Line dancing , Shuffleboard, Woodcarving Craft Classes, Tai Chi, Dimensional Art, Oil Painting, Billiards, Bunka, Embroidery Cards, Scrap booking, Drop In for Ladies, Men’s Breakfast, and The Women’s Club. We also have a Yoga room that is used for Yoga classes, five days a week, Hatha, yoga on a chair, Yoga Flow, Yoga Restorative and Bone Building.
In all, we offer more than 80 programs ongoing in our rooms at the Queen Alexandra Building. Activity Haven staff publish a quarterly newsletter that our members can pick up in the office or receive by email. It lists all of the activities and special events that will be available. The most current newsletter can be downloaded from our Web site at www.activityhaven.com
We support our organization in a number of ways. We conduct fundraising dinners for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest, Italian Christmas, Christmas Dinner, and a Remembrance Day Luncheon.
Membership to the club is $20.00 annually. Members also pay a $2.00 user fee for each program they attend. These funds all go to support our organization. Some of our programs also have an instructor fee. Activity Haven also receives funding from the City of Peterborough and the Senior Secretariat for our Elderly Person Centre.
Our club could not function without our wonderful volunteers. We have over 200 volunteers who help in all areas of the club.
Our club gives our members a place to belong, to be with people their own age and to share their interests and their talents, to have fun, to laugh and to enjoy themselves.