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Instructor: Steve Cooley. Learn how to safely use each piece of lapidary equipment in Ripple Rock Gem and Mineral club's shop. The shop has a large slab saw, 2 smaller trim saws, several grinder and polisher sets, drill press, and several polish wheels. The goal is to start with a small slab of rock, use a template to mark a standard shape of a standard size on it, trim excess material away with a trim saw, grind it to the desired size and shape, then polish it. In the course of grinding and polishing the small slabs of rock, some rock properties and types will be explored. Basic collecting and identifying of rocks will be demonstrated.
Join Dan to learn the principles of working safely, and the practical techniques that will allow you to construct an introductory level project. Tuition fee includes a supply fee.
Instructor: Marlyne Foos. In this course, we'll use several techniques including pen & ink to paint a variety of birds in their natural habitat. There will be demonstrations and lots of opportunities for practice. This course is intended for those who have experience painting with watercolours. A supply list will be made available prior to start of course
Instructor: Frank Wayne. Frank's poetry and prose has been published in two different anthologies by the Poetry Institute of Canada. His debut novel, "The Cumberland Tales", is a collection of connected short stories and poetry. Frank will lead you through the creative process as he talks about his own writing experience. Bring a notepad and paper and join him on a creative journey.
Facilitators Gus Valen and Quentin Dodd. Have you ever thought that your life is worth writing about, that your memories have value. If this is you, then you need to join Gus and Quentin to discover the tips and tricks to gather and organize your memories, write interesting introductions, and put your story down on paper. Bring your pencil, paper, and memories to class!
Instructor: Nicole Girard. Explore your inner poet! Learn various poetry forms such as Sonnet, Villanelle, Rhyme Royal and more! Students will receive two handouts per week; one outlining each form with a step-by-step technique for writing it and another about the craft of writing poetry. This course gives students time to write and share their work and to begin the editing process.
Instructor: Quentin Dodd. Take a look back at journalism in a large segment of the eastern, rural part of England and in Campbell River, through the eyes of area journalist Quentin Dodd. What was it and what has it become with the advent of radio, television, and the world wide web! What fate has it suffered? There will be time allowed for a robust group discussion.
Instructor: Tony Fantillo This is a conversation-based course to introduce you to the basic language skills needed to enjoy the Spanish language.
Facilitator: Gus Valen What is Restorative Justice? Gus has been a Case Coordinator with the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre for 5+ years. Join him to discover how the community, victim, and offender come together, and why every community should have a restorative justice forum.
Facilitator: Kim Emsley-Leik. This series shares perspective on a process that women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. This seminar series will cover a wide range of topics including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etfs, insurance, fees and estate planning considerations.
Instructor: Susan Innes, CPA, CGA. Susan will explain the Disability Tax Credit, how it works, and the procedure to apply for it and backdate it. There will be information regarding medical expenses - what you are able to claim, attendant care and nursing home expenses and discussion on the sensitive topic of how to ease the tax burden when you die.
Instructor Harry Whale. An introduction to Google Maps - from the basics, like how to find an address on the map, to using navigation, getting live traffic reports, and finding transit, cycling or walking routes. Explore the different 'views' available in Google maps, hone your skills to book hotels, make reservations at restaurants, find and use parking, share your locations, and so much more. Download the Google Map app and bring your cellphone to class!
This course will teach you numerous tips and tricks while exploring the features and applications available for the iPad. Students will then learn how to use the built-in apps (e.g. Email, Contacts, Podcasts, iBooks, Safari, etc.) as well as how to download and use apps. Bring your iPad, Apple ID login and password. This is required for downloading apps. Instructor: Nina Baksh
Instructor: Cpl. Donna Breckon. Cpl. Breckon will provide tips, recommendations and strategies to make you safer in your home, in the community and when you travel. As well, topics will include internet security, scams and fraud directed at seniors.
Instructor: Sharon McCann. Self-Hypnosis provides deep mind and body relaxation. It can also be used to alter your perceptions of pain. In 3 sessions, Registered Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist Sharon McCann will facilitate hypnosis and teach techniques to decrease your discomfort without side effects. Learn how to be in charge of your well-being!
Facilitator: Sandra Milligan. Do you love the Beaver Lodge Lands, or have you always wanted to go there but didn't know how to get around? Have a walk with Sandra Milligan, President of Greenways Land Trust and long-term member of the Beaver Lodge Trust Committee. Hear and share the many stories of the Beaver Lodge Lands: trail and stream stewardship projects, signage, and how not to get lost in the woods. Learn the stories of the most common species that you'll encounter while walking in the woods.
Instructor: Geri Arkell. You've done your will, planned your estate, but have you thought about your health care decisions? If you were in a major accident today, would your family know what YOUR wishes are for the end of life care? Having "the Talk" with our families and writing the plan will be the best gift you can give them.
Instructor: Jane Osborne. This workshop introduces participants to the topic of abuse and neglect of older adults using materials developed at the University of Western Ontario. The "It's not Right!" program represents the best and latest collective thinking in Canada for educating people about this difficult topic. To round out the offering, get real information about BC's Adult Guardianship Legislation & Community Response Networks, explore ways to prevent abuse and neglect, and develop the tools you need to help you decide who to refer to, and where to find help.
Coordinator: Sue Vickery. Globetrotters delight - that is what you can expect from this fall's Travelogue series. Fly over Canada on your way to diverse locations such as Japan, China, Norway, Africa, New Mexico, Budapest and Prague.
Instructor: Erik Mairs. We will explore the workings of our government as shaped by our Prime Ministers. Erik will focus on the stories behind the people and behind the issues. Previously offered in 2014, updates will include a current appraisal of Sir John A. MacDonald.
Instructor: Michael Moskovich. This series of four sessions will allow you to develop some of the more advanced methods in bidding and playing of bridge hands. Each session will have some didactic explanations and will be followed by play of hands related to points discussed. The introductory course is recommended for beginners before taking this series.
Facilitator: Cynthia Bendickson. Cynthia grew up in Campbell River and on Hardwicke Island. She is currently the Executive Director of Greenways Land Trust in Campbell River. Canada goose populations have increased substantially throughout North America since the early 1990s, and the population in the Campbell River Estuary has mirrored this growth. This talk will explore what is causing this increase, the impact it is having on estuary habitats, management options, and the principles of ethical wildlife control.
Sweep out the cobwebs from your brain and come listen and think about things in our world today. A different speaker each week will present a topic and time will be allowed for questions and discussion. There will be lots of food for thought and our diverse selection of provocative speakers is sure to give you lots to ponder and "think about".
Instructor: Bob Hillier. A brief look at Canadian Diplomatic posts, functions and operation, including political considerations and security. We will investigate diplomatic cables as compromised by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, the Gouzenko connection plus a brief description of historic and current encryption methods. Also some personal observations of the current situation.
Facilitators: Patricia Boham and Murray Etty. In the second half of life, how does one age in meaningful and hopeful ways? How does one break out of the box in which our culture tends to put seniors, a box that marginalizes and diminishes them? Come and be inspired by people who are harvesting their years of learning and experience to make a contribution to their community and the wider world. In each session we will hear from someone who has found ways of making a difference, while, at the same time living their lives more fully. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion to help us think about our own creative aging. Let's help each other and the community to overcome ageism and appreciate what older people are really doing...and capable of doing.
Instructor: Frank Bast. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in the kitchen making fresh sausage for your family? Join Frank to get details on the meat, the spice, and the grind, then get to work stuffing your sausage, and creating links for that professional finish. Be prepared to take your creation with you - dinner is served! Your course fee includes a supply fee of $15.
Facilitator: Roger Jennings. This class will provide an introduction into Microgreens, the health benefits, nutrition and art of growing! Microgreens lie between sprouts and mini greens. In just 7 to 10 days you can grow salad greens that professional chefs crave. They can be grown all winter long with little effort. Imagine cropping your salad in February. You will leave class with enough seeds to start your own indoor microgreen garden.
Facilitator: Sally Wilson. Join members of the Campbell River Garden Club as they explore ways to retire comfortably in your garden, discuss the difficulties in gardening in Campbell River, show you how to lay out your garden, examine the commitment, and introduce you to ways to inject fun and magic into your garden.
Instructor: Mike Naish. Come and explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of strata living. Downsizing to a condominium/strata property has positives and negatives. This is an overview concerning what you give up and what you gain. Mike will explain the difference between renting, owning a home, and owning a strata property. Topics include how strata property legislation governs strata living, who pays for what, insurance issues, privacy legislation and the Civil Resolution Tribunal.