Comox Valley Eldercollege Search Results

CVEC-0001

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Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-0001-CVS1 CV Apr 30 $10.00

CVEC-1171

Creating Beautiful Art Cards

In this easy class you will create greeting cards using watercolours, dye links and techniques that include sponging and stamping. You will learn some of the newest trends and re-discover some of the tried and true methods of card making. This class will surely get your creative mojo going! Participants must bring double-sided tape or tape runner. There is a $40 course supply fee payable at the time of registration. Instructor: Gayle Lindsay

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CVEC-1733

Russian Film and Society

In this course, six films made in the USSR and two after its dissolution will be shown. Viewed in chronological order, these popular films reflect contemporary issues and also mark the changes through which Russia had passed since the 1917 revolution and the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. As well, these films provide an insight into the mentality and reflect the system of values that influence many issues today. Instructor: Nicholas Tyrras

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CVEC-1735

Forever Young for Film Lovers

This 4 week course (Part I) will feature North American films that deal with the aging process, and they may include Young At Heart, Sunset Boulevard, Nebraska, About Schmidt...titles have yet to be confirmed. We look forward to offering you films that range from the humorous to the melancholy but that will always arouse our imagination. Instructors: Heather McFetridge & Brian Charlton

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CVEC-1982

Artists in Their Studios

Gain an insider's view of the creative process through visiting six central island artists in their studios. The studios include: Heather Alton (mixed media), Jo Swallow (fabric designer), Barbara Callow (fine art), Lynda Glover (artist), Diane Volrich (eclectic art) and April Dyck (acrylic painter). Instructor: Bette Kosmolak

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CVEC-1984

Design for Non-Artists

Ever wonder why a certain garden looks stunning? Or a particular room really pops with excitement? Or why you like one painting more than another? Perhaps you like to make clothes or quilts and would like to understand why some colour combinations are more effective? Learn how to think about art and design with this interactive course that focuses on using the principles and elements of design to understand our visual world. Instructor: Lorraine Lindenbach

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CVEC-2310

Writers' Workshop

This is an interactive class where writers and would-be writers have an opportunity to share their work with others and receive creative feedback. Any form of writing is welcome. In the first class, the participants will be divided - one class for the more advanced writers and another for the less experienced writers. Instructor: Marvin Haave/Ian McIntyre

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CVEC-2348

More Writing With Emily Carr

This course will explore imaginative writing in the genre of memoir, taking selections from Emily Carr's The House of All Sorts for examples. The instructor has developed a series of exercises to help participants generate writing ideas out of their personal experience. At each meeting we will apply one of these to a short writing activity. Those who choose can read their work to the group for comment and affirmation. Instruction will include thoughts on how to respond helpfully to the work of others. Participants will be invited to revise their work during the following week to share when the next meeting takes place. Instructor: Bill Graham

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CVEC-2480

Hablemos Espanol

Give Spanish a try in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Using a communicative approach, class members will be encouraged to talk a bit about themselves, learn some basics and be able to understand and express themselves at a beginner's level. Instructor: Consuelo Ortiz

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CVEC-2482

Conversemos - Intermediate / Advanced Spanish

Students of Spanish of intermediate or advanced beginner levels will have the opportunity to practice their Spanish. Participating in role plays, sharing the news, enjoying music or poetry among other activities, will help students to increase vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and organize and share ideas. It is a great opportunity to have a good time with others who also enjoy Spanish. Instructor: Consuelo Ortiz

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CVEC-2761

Fundamentals of Photography

This is a non-technical look at how to improve your photographic composition. Although many of the concepts presented will apply to adjustable cameras, concepts will also apply to point-and-shoot cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their camera and should bring a camera to each class. A tripod is useful but not mandatory. There will be three field trips. Instructor: Norman Mathew

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CVEC-2800

Introduction to Compassionate Communication

Our culture has taught us to communicate in a way that often results in conflict. The four step process of Compassionate Communication teaches us how to listen and speak authentically from the heart and brings peace to our lives. This course is highly participatory and focuses on practicing this new skill in the group with real life examples. Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg is required reading. Book may be purchased or borrowed. Instructor: Bonnie Larush

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CVEC-3532

Be Kind to Those You Leave Behind

Death is inevitable. Before and after that day, there may be health care decisions to make, information required for estate probate, many arrangements to be made, and wishes to be followed. We can be kind to those we leave behind, making it easier to handle all that will be required of them. This course will guide and encourage you to clarify your wishes, gather information and documentation into one place, and have "the conversation."

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CVEC-4020

Podcasting 101

Learn to record and edit an audio program that you can share on the Internet. Bring a memory stick, your earbuds or headphones, and an idea about that you want to say in your Podcast. Instructor: Jean Sarrazin

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CVEC-4131

How Your Computer Works

Starting with the earliest calculating machines, this course describes the path which has led to the computer. The operation of a modern computer is described in layman's terms. The class ends with a brief introduction to coding. Instructor: Jim Koehler

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CVEC-4555

Beyond the Basic Mac

This course is for those with some, but limited, experience on Macs or PCs. You will be introduced to Mac's OS and its more useful apps including Mail, Safari (to explore the Web), Time Machine(a backup for peace of mind), iTunes, iPhoto and many others. You will also learn how all Mac computers and devices are linked. We will cover a lot, but we will have fun doing it. Come join us! Instructor: Phil Smith

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CVEC-4569

A Day in the Life of my iPad

Selective coverage of my favourite applications ("apps") and features including Internet use and management, e-mail, photo sharing and albums, word processing, dictation, printing, presentations, iCloud storage, and iPad maintenance/manuals. Apps covered include those for news, sports, radio stations, games, birdwatching, currency conversion, hearing aid management and marine traffic. This is an intermediate course for people who have a basic familiarity with their iPad. Instructor: Peter Newsted

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CVEC-5332

Energy Medicine for Vitality And Joy

Learn & practice the basics of Energy Medicine to provide you with a set of effective and practical tools to use anywhere, anytime to take better care of your health. You will learn how to calm the stress response, restore energy when tired, boost the immune system, stay grounded, test for energy imbalances, boost the immune system, techniques to reduce pain, restore emotional balance, regain energy, vitality and joy. Instructor: Anicca de Trey

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CVEC-5411

Yoga for Men

Learn to develop a yoga practice based upon the Iyengar Syllabus that encourages the use of props and aids (such as chairs, blocks, straps) to practice and master the poses. Much attention is paid to alignment and breath. We will work with balance, core strength, flexibility and relaxation, basic standing, inversion, forward bending and back bending poses. Course will provide home practice sequences. Wear comfortable clothing and please bring your yoga mat.

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CVEC-5413

Vocal Yoga - Unvrsl Devotional Chanting

The educational focus and benefit of this course is the realization, through actual experience, that all traditions are based in the same spirit. Like yoga, devotional chanting unites us with the essential energy of the universe that may be called God, Tao, The Void, Great Creator, or recreate energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome. Instructor: Oliver Clarke

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CVEC-5461

T'ai Chi Gong

T'ai Chi Gong is a gentle form of exercise and a "moving meditation." It is a combination of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong. It consists of 20 simple, gentle movements. Physical health benefits may include improved balance, circulation, strengthened muscles, increased bone density, and energy. Other benefits may be the promotion of overall wellness, self-awareness, reduced stress, and internal peace. This can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities.

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CVEC-5506

Walking Local Trails

These 6-8 walks (weather dependent) will take us to different areas of the valley. The trails, while fairly flat, will have some hilly sections and the occassional rough patch. The walks will be about 1 ½ to 2 hours long. Coffee or lunch after is an option. Well socialized dogs are welcome but no more than two per person. Instructor: Ricarda Van Orden and Cathy Anderson

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CVEC-5520

Scenic Hikes (No Dogs)

These 2 to 4 hour hikes that cover variable terrain for 7-10 km are suited for those who walk or hike regularly. Planned hike routes include the Rosewall Creek trail, Ship's Point area, Cumberland area trails, Headquarters Townsite, Tsolum River trails, Puntledge River salmon spawning waters, One Spot Trail, and Strathcona Park trails. Be prepared for wet and muddy conditions.

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CVEC-5521

Scenic Hikes with Dogs

Explore the Comox Valley in this series of walks/hikes in the Cumberland forest and along the banks of the Puntledge, Brown's, Tsolum, Oyster, Trent and Rosewall rivers. They will be 6 - 8 km long and take a leisurely 2 plus hours, allowing ample time to enjoy the flora and take photographs. Most of these trails will have occasional steep, muddy or interesting sections. Be advised that there will be some hills, Dogs welcome. Instructor: Rod Bell-Irving

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CVEC-5751

Good And Bad Bugs - the Human Microbiome

In the last six years there has been a scientific revolution in the understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that live in/on us and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune system, and metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the first small steps that could lead to powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and autism.

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CVEC-5829

Speech Craft: Communication Skills

Using Toastmasters Speech Craft guidelines for listening, organizing thoughts and delivering a speech, participants will be shown the importance of gestures and vocal variety as part of speech making. Participants will be introduced to impromptu speaking and taught how to recognize strong statements and given suggestions on how to improve speaking and gain self-confidence in communicating their thoughts and ideas. Participants will be given feedback on all aspects of their presentations. Instructor: Harry Piercy

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CVEC-6011

Rubik's Cube

There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 permutations in a Rubik's cube. One perspective; if you had one standard sized cube for each of these permutations it would cover the earths surface 275 times. Another perspective is that you can solve the cube in 8 simple steps. The Rubik's cube is a great mental stimulator. Each class you will learn a step, have several days to practice it and then carry on in the following class learning the sequential step; after 4 weeks you will master the cube. Instructor: James Cathcart

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CVEC-6014

Introduction to Probability & Statistics

What everyone needs to know about probability and statistics in order to consider oneself an educated citizen. The course will give an overview of the two important branches of statistics: descriptive (the study of the methods of collecting and organizing data) and inferential (the study of interpreting data). Topics will include sampling techniques, probability distributions, counting and various formal hypothesis tests to determine the validity of sample data. Instructor: Dr. Barrie Turnham

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CVEC-6210

Great Books

This course is a discussion group based on reading material from The Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, specifically Great Conversations 6. Readings include works by Seneca, Bacon, Locke, Twain and others. About 2-3 hours of reading is required each week. The text book is available from GreatBooks.org (about $40). Instructor: Ken McKenzie

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CVEC-6244

Arab Spring: from Dream to Disaster

The roots of conflict in the Middle East go deep into the long-distant past. To understand the events of recent years we need to examine Western involvement over the last 100 years in terms of both political and geographic decision-making in the region. It's very complex, but a rudimentary understanding is possible in this 8 week course. Classes are based on both photos and experiences from living in Egypt for 5 years, culminating in the revolution of 2011. Instructor: Neil Crouch

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CVEC-6250

Bridge - Bidding (Intermediate)

This course is designed for intermediate players who wish to gain new tools to improve their bidding. Each class will be a lesson followed by playing hands that reinforce the lesson. Instructor: Gary Priestman

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CVEC-6252

Bridge - Intro to Modern Bidding

This course is designed for people just learning the game of Bridge or players returning to the game after years away. The focus will be on learning the American Standard Bidding system. Each class will include a playing hands practice to reinforce the lesson. Instructor: Gary Priestman

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CVEC-6253

Bridge - Play the Hand, Defend the Hand

This course is designed for people just learning the game or players returning to Bridge after years away. The focus will be on techniques either for playing a hand or for defending a hand. Each class will include a lesson followed by playing hands that reinforce the lesson. Instructor: Gary Priestman

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CVEC-6304

Atoms and Molecules

This course will examine the modern scientific theories of atoms and molecules. We will delve into details of these theories, examining their basic tenets, their history, and their predictions. We will discuss the make-up and properties of atoms and molecules, and see how they explain and organize many everyday phenomena including heat and temperature; melting and boiling; pressure, sound and thunder; electric conductivity, radioactivity, crystals, and basic ideas in chemistry. Instructor: Joel Kositsky

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CVEC-6306

Science and Pseudoscience

Our modern world is in many ways the result of scientific ways of thinking, yet few really understand what makes one human discipline scientific, while another fails in fulfilling the criteria of science. Often couched in language reminiscent of science, many pseudoscientific endeavours prey on our innocence while making a pretense of being "good science". In this class, we will learn the criteria of science, and how to spot shamscience. Instructor: Joel Kositsky

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CVEC-6324

Geological Evolution of Planet Earth

We will discuss the geological history of our planet, including, where it sits in the universe, when it formed, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, fossils, evolution and mass extinctions. Emphasis will be on our local geology, earthquakes and the formation of selected ore deposits - how diamonds form and what natural processes produce economic concentrations of lead, zinc, copper and uranium. Instructor: Ted Trueman

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CVEC-6335

History of Mineral Exploration in BC

"Lite" history of mineral exploration in B.C. Topics include mineral claim acquisition and naming, methods of transportation, transportation routes, and some early Government expeditions. Material includes photos and drawings (old and new), quotes from original reports, stories (historical and personal), and artifacts for viewing. No technical knowledge is required and no books or other materials are needed. Instructor: Giles Peatfield

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CVEC-6421

Understanding Canadian Constitution

This course will provide participants with an overview of the Canadian constitution. Topics discussed will include general principles relating to the Constitution Act of Canada, and other constitutional documents and conventions. In addition participants will gain a better understanding of what activities fall under the governance of each of the federal and provincial governments. Finally, limitations imposed on all levels of government by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be reviewed. Instructor: Keith Ritter

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CVEC-6456

China Legal System: 221 BC to the 1911 Republic

An examination of Chinese Law, Legal Theory, and Legal Practice Over 2000 Years of History Instructor: Clive Ansley

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CVEC-7353

History of Brewing & Beer, Part 1

This course, the first of two parts, investigates the relationship that humanity has had with beer from the dawn of civilization to the Industrial Revolution. Along the way, we will explore beer's central role in the economy, religion and art of ancient societies, the move from medieval kitchens to monasteries to brewing guilds, and the first industrial brewers. Instructor: Alan Brown

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