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


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 which will be collected by the instructor. Instructor: Gayle Lindsay

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1171-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 1 $20.00
CVEC-1171-CVS2 CV Oct 11-Nov 1 $20.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1733-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00
CVEC-1733-CVS2 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1735-CVS1 CV Oct 26-Nov 16 $40.00
CVEC-1735-CVS2 CV Oct 26-Nov 16 $40.00


Beginner's Improv

In this course participants will learn techniques actors use to support one another. It is not about being on stage, or becoming an actor, or memorizing lines, but rather an opportunity to stretch the imagination and spark spontaneity. This course is especially for people who have not previously participated in Improv class and would like to try it. As Victor Borge states 'Laughter is the shortest distance between two people'. Hope you can join us! Instructor: Susan Osso

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1797-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-1797-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


Intermediate Improv

This course is for participants who have taken Improv classes and are interested in learning more advanced techniques. Participants will build on the knowledge they have learned to further their skills as Improv performers and to examine how the pros make it look easy. It may not be easy, but it's definitely fun. Money back guarantee if you do not laugh with everyone in the class. Instructor: George Brose

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1799-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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: Jo Swallow (fabric designer), alchemy (collective art), Douglas Walker (metal sculpture), Eilissa Anthony (acrylic painter), and Bette Kosmolak (acrylic painter and facilitator). Instructor: Dianne Volrich

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-1982-CVS1 CV Oct 4-Nov 22 $30.00
CVEC-1982-CVS2 CV Oct 4-Nov 22 $30.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2310-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-2310-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2348-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2480-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00
CVEC-2480-CVS2 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2482-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2761-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00
CVEC-2761-CVS2 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-2800-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 8 $25.00
CVEC-2800-CVS2 CV Oct 11-Nov 8 $25.00


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."

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-3532-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 7 $25.00
CVEC-3532-CVS2 CV Oct 10-Nov 7 $25.00


The Future of the Internet

Big Data is essential to the Internet's future. What is Big Data? How might it improve your life, your business? How might it negatively impact you, your business? Most significantly, what do you need to know about the differences in generational approaches to Internet use? Instructor: Robert Thompson

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-3602-CVS1 CV Oct 12 $10.00
CVEC-3602-CVS2 CV Oct 12 $10.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4020-CVS1 CV Nov 7-Nov 28 $20.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4131-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00


Getting to Know Windows 10

This course is an introduction to Windows 10 and will cover the following topics: . Windows 10 features . Personalizing your desktop (making Windows 10 more familiar) . Managing settings / accounts . Security and maintenance . Email and attachments . Safe internet Instructor: Bruce Menzies

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4317-CVS1 CV Oct 15-Nov 26 $30.00
CVEC-4317-CVS2 CV Oct 15-Nov 26 $30.00


Windows for Cheapskates

This course will provide tips on where and how to find good quality free or very-low-cost public domain software for Windows computers. We will also talk about how to protect your computer while using software downloaded from the Internet. Instructor: Rod Keith

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4320-CVS1 CV Nov 16-Nov 23 $10.00
CVEC-4320-CVS2 CV Nov 16-Nov 23 $10.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4555-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-4555-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4569-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 1 $20.00


Photos And Windows 10

Finding, organizing, renaming, sharing and improving photos using the Photos App in Windows 10 and storing them on OneDrive for backup and sharing. Access your photos from anywhere. Share whole folders. Make slideshows. Some Windows experience necessary. Instructor: Frances Wright

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-4770-CVS1 CV Oct 12 $10.00
CVEC-4770-CVS2 CV Oct 12 $10.00


The Evolution of Our Waste

From our local $15 million landfill, RecycleBC programs, and the China National Sword policy, the waste management industry constantly responds to changes in commodity markets, and our consumption choices. Learn how this affects what you leave at the curb, and why. Instructor: Gayle Bates

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5221-CVS1 CV Oct 12 $5.00


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, boost the immune system, stay grounded, test for energy imbalances, techniques to reduce pain, restore emotional balance, regain energy, vitality and joy. Instructor: Anicca de Trey

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5332-CVS1 CV Nov 5-Dec 10 $30.00


iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based protocol that combines deep relaxation with meditative inquiry to promote healing. Learn easy-to-use techniques to relieve chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety and enhance your wellbeing. Experience a guided Integrative Restoration practice led by a Certified Yoga therapist. Accessible for all physical abilities. Instructor: Donna Sullivan

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5410-CVS1 CV Oct 26 $5.00
CVEC-5410-CVS2 CV Oct 26 $5.00


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.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5411-CVS1 CV Nov 7-Nov 28 $30.00
CVEC-5411-CVS2 CV Nov 7-Nov 28 $30.00


Vocal Yoga-Universal 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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5413-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00
CVEC-5413-CVS2 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5461-CVS3 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00
CVEC-5461-CVS4 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00
CVEC-5461-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-5461-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5506-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 15 $30.00


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.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5520-CVS1 CV Oct 2-Nov 20 $40.00
CVEC-5520-CVS2 CV Oct 2-Nov 20 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5521-CVS3 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00
CVEC-5521-CVS4 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00
CVEC-5521-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00
CVEC-5521-CVS2 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00


Equal Access to Long-Term Care

A discussion of the efforts to ensure that there are more long-term care beds in the Comox Valley and that residents have full access to all of their legal rights, including MAID, as is the case everywhere else on Vancouver Island. Instructor: Reg Crone

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5726-CVS1 CV Nov 9 $5.00


Medical Assistance in Dying

MAiD: The facts, fears and future. This course will provide a review of Medical Assistance in Dying as an end of life option. Instructor: Dr. Tanja Daws

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5727-CVS1 CV Oct 15 $5.00


Sharing the Burdens of Aging

My mother was not a burden to me, but her lengthy illness became a heavy burden for both of us. Our experience has given me a wealth of resources to share with aging individuals and their families, friends, and communities. Instructor: Wendy Sutton

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5730-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Oct 19 $10.00
CVEC-5730-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Oct 19 $10.00


The Aging Eye

Do you, or a loved one, have eye health conditions that impact quality of life. Join me for a discussion on the aging eye - cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy - and learn about methods used in prevention and treatment. Instructor: Dr. David Dowe

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5735-CVS1 CV Oct 26 $10.00
CVEC-5735-CVS2 CV Oct 26 $10.00


Unforgettable Memory Strategies

Losing things? Tired brain? How can you function if you don't have a brain to do it with? Gain life-supporting skills and priceless memory tips to help you avoid cognitive decline. There are no memory pills but Neuroscience offers HOPE! Instructor: Gary Anaka

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5739-CVS1 CV Nov 19 $5.00


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.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5751-CVS1 CV Oct 25-Dec 6 $30.00
CVEC-5751-CVS2 CV Oct 25-Dec 6 $30.00


Seniors' Driving: Tips, Tests and What to Expect

ICBC training representatives will speak about road safety and driver fitness. The Enhanced Road Assessment for Seniors will be covered and a copy of Road Sense for Drivers provided. Learn how to improve your driving confidence and skills! Instructors: Caroline Robinson and Gerry McAteer.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5762-CVS1 CV Oct 26 $5.00
CVEC-5762-CVS2 CV Oct 26 $5.00


True Colours Self Analysis

Understand yourself and others better through a fun personality assessment course. How do your personality traits affect your communication, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills? How do you reduce stress and create happiness with the different personalities in your life? Instructor: Elaine Brown

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5821-CVS1 CV Nov 9 $10.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5829-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-5829-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


Planes and Trains: Travel in Norway

The course will touch on highlights in Norway - what, when, where and how to travel. Basic travel planning and secret travel spots. A traditional Norwegian snack will be served during the break. Instructor: Sonya Jenssen

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-5964-CVS1 CV Nov 2 $5.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6011-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 5 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6014-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 16 $30.00


Public Art

The Comox Valley is filled with graffiti, street art, murals, sculptures, and even private art displayed for all to see. Learn how to appreciate graffiti and then be impressed by the multitude of public art all around us. Instructor: Diane Volrich

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6120-CVS1 CV Oct 26 $10.00
CVEC-6120-CVS2 CV Oct 26 $10.00


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 (about $40). Instructor: Ken McKenzie

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6210-CVS1 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00
CVEC-6210-CVS2 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00


Demystifying Proportional Representation

In view of the referendum on Proportional Representation scheduled for November, this course is designed to offer an explanation of how the various PR systems can address existing problems in our current 'First Past the Post' electoral system. Instructor: Barbara Berger

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6229-CVS1 CV Oct 12 $5.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6244-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-6244-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


Bridge - Bidding (Intermediate)

This course is designed for intermediate players who are looking to add more bidding tools to their game. We will explore the more frequently used Conventions, Cue Bids and Doubels. Instructor: Gary Priestman

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6250-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-6250-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


Bridge - Intro to Modern Bidding

This course is designed for new players or players returning to the game. The course will cover the modern Standard American system of bidding. Instructor: Gary Priestman

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6252-CVS1 CV Oct 15-Dec 10 $40.00
CVEC-6252-CVS2 CV Oct 15-Dec 10 $40.00


Bridge - Play the Hand, Defend the Hand

This course is designed to help new or less-experienced players to better play a hand as well as how to defend a hand. Instructor: Gary Priestman

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6253-CVS1 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00
CVEC-6253-CVS2 CV Oct 12-Nov 30 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6304-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6306-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 28 $40.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6324-CVS1 CV Oct 10-Nov 14 $30.00
CVEC-6324-CVS2 CV Oct 10-Nov 14 $30.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6335-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 1 $20.00
CVEC-6335-CVS2 CV Oct 11-Nov 1 $20.00


The Universe from My Back Yard

A slide presentation of subjects within the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, photographed locally from Les' backyard. He will address a number of basic concepts and principles of our universe, while sharing humorous anecdotes and little known facts about our night skies. Instructor: Les Disher

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6353-CVS1 CV Nov 2 $5.00
CVEC-6353-CVS2 CV Nov 2 $5.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6421-CVS1 CV Nov 8-Nov 29 $20.00


Crisscross Through Iran With Bela

Come and visit this ancient fabulous land, with cities like Tehran, Kashan, Qom, Abyaneh, Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, the Pasargadae World Heritage site, Naqsh-e-Rustam necropolis, and Qeshm Island. Experience this rich culture, both ancient and modern, through my eyes. Instructor: Bela Hermanek

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6454-CVS1 CV Oct 19 $5.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-6456-CVS1 CV Oct 11-Nov 29 $40.00


Alternatives for Senior Living in the Comox Valley

This course informs seniors about what to consider when deciding to move, as well as the housing options available to them locally. Participants do their own self-assessment on what housing option best suits them and create a checklist for future research. Instructor: Wendy Johnstone

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-7015-CVS1 CV Nov 2-Nov 9 $10.00


Craft Beer and Women

This course is designed for women who want to know more about the "new world" of craft beer. Historically, women were the brewers. Now women are once again having an increasingly important voice, both as brewers and as consumers. Instructor: Alan Brown

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-7352-CVS1 CV Nov 16 $10.00
CVEC-7352-CVS2 CV Nov 16 $10.00


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

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-7353-CVS1 CV Oct 9-Nov 27 $40.00


Fraud Awareness & Prevention

This presentation by RCMP officers will cover the most common types of fraud being seen in the Comox Valley. Members will learn how to identify, avoid, and protect themselves from scams, both online and offline. Instructor: Constable Monika Terragni

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-8800-CVS1 CV Nov 2 $5.00
CVEC-8800-CVS2 CV Nov 2 $5.00


Travel Tips & Tales

We all have different personal reasons for why we travel. This eclectic series of lectures will cover some how's, where's and why's of visiting new places both far from home and near at hand. Each lecturer brings tremendous insight and experience to their topic. You will receive travel tips with respect to travelling light, with a group, or on a cruise. You will see amazing photos of and hear exciting tales from travel destinations such as Central Asia, Norway, Tanzania, and our Arctic and West Coast. Our presenters will offer you in-depth views into their areas of expertise which are sure to inspire your next travel experience.

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9000-CVS1 CV Oct 13-Dec 1 $48.00
CVEC-9000-CVS2 CV Oct 13-Dec 1 $48.00


Checked Luggage = Lost Luggage

Travel has changed, and today more than ever, the traveller is responsible for the details. Deb Dewar has travelled extensively in over 40 countries. She believes travelling successfully begins with understanding what kind of traveller you are - an explorer or a tourist. She also firmly believes that a checked bag is a lost bag and whether you are going for 6 days or 6 months, it can all go in a carry-on bag. This lecture will cover the ins and outs of safe travel, provide tips on trip preparation, security, money and luggage. You will also hear how to avoid lining the airlines' pockets thereby saving some cash to enjoy spending at your destination. Instructor: Deb Dewar

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9001-CVS1 CV Oct 13 $6.00
CVEC-9001-CVS2 CV Oct 13 $6.00


The Big Dipper Route: Stories of Flying In the Arctic

Danny Bereza is a retired airline pilot living in Courtenay. In the late 1960's he flew the Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Whitehorse, Yukon and Inuvik Northwest Territories, on scheduled and charter flights into the Canadian Arctic. He will describe how he matured as a pilot and the interaction of the various cultures that worked in the Arctic in those days and the beauty and dangers of the Arctic environment. Instructor: Danny Bereza

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9002-CVS1 CV Oct 20 $6.00
CVEC-9002-CVS2 CV Oct 20 $6.00


Norway, Everything You Need to Know

Sonya is a first-generation Canadian Norwegian with strong family ties to Norway. At the age of 20, she booked a one-way ticket to Norway and ended up living there for a total of six years in her 20s and 30s. She undertook a master's degree in water management on Norway's west coast, managed to learn the language within a year and enjoyed two summers slingin' beer on Norway's south coast. This lecture will present some key cultural facts and interesting tidbits about Norway. You'll hear about hidden berries, how to shake a Viking's hand, and if the best means of travel is by plane, train or automobile. Sonya is also the proud founder of the Comox Valley's only Scandinavian club: Instructor: Sonya Jenssen

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CVEC-9003-CVS1 CV Oct 27 $6.00
CVEC-9003-CVS2 CV Oct 27 $6.00


Why Would I Want to Travel in a Group?

Cathie and Willy own a travel business where Willy specializes in arranging group trips, ranging from local day trips to bus tours in Canada and the USA and multi week biking or hiking trips abroad. Cathie manages the administrative work in their group travel business and co-hosts trips. Travelling in a group offers a safe, enjoyable way to explore new destinations and meet like-minded travellers. This can reduce the stress of travel and add to the pleasure of the trip. This presentation will discuss: benefits of group travel; active trips and tours; scheduled activities and free time; travelling solo or with a partner; and will feature examples of various group trips offered by the presenters. Instructor: Cathie Hagenson

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CVEC-9004-CVS1 CV Nov 3 $6.00
CVEC-9004-CVS2 CV Nov 3 $6.00


Cycling the Mountains of Central Asia

Gregg worked as an overseas Canadian volunteer in West Africa and SE Asia, then many years with international Development agencies such as UNICEF and the former Canadian International Development Agency. His lecture is built around 5 biking tours into the awesome mountains of central Asia. He has toured high altitude routes in China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Nepal and India. The presentation is anchored by photos of local people and stunning natural grandeur. Sprinkled throughout are selective history, local culture, current events and a few global trends. Emphasis is on the places visited, though there's plenty to excite adventure cyclists. Greg has been active building and managing a website to encourage cycle tourists to tour Vancouver Island. Instructor: Gregg Strong

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9005-CVS1 CV Nov 10 $6.00
CVEC-9005-CVS2 CV Nov 10 $6.00


Renewal on the Sea Otter Coast

David Pinel is the managing owner of West Coast Expeditions (WCE), an adventure tourism company focused on educational marine experiences in the Kyuquot area since 1972. WCE is recognized by Destination Canada for providing a Canadian Signature Experience and was Canada's first kayak tour company to achieve the Green Tourism Gold Award. Dave will discuss the once extirpated sea otters, and the little-known area of Kyuquot on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, home of an ecological renewal over the last 40 years, with the recovered sea otter population as the chief ecological architects, concurrent with a modern treaty that's enabling new chapters for the local Indigenous people and community. Instructor: Dave Pinel

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CVEC-9006-CVS1 CV Nov 17 $6.00
CVEC-9006-CVS2 CV Nov 17 $6.00


Tanzania: Amazing Landscapes, Wildlife and History

Chris and Catriona Harker taught and travelled in Tanzania in the 70s and have returned there many times since, as safari guides and as directors of a Canadian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). Their love affair with the country comes through in this illustrated presentation which will include: the past colonial history of Tanzania and the current political situation; the varied geography and the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities; their involvement there as teachers and safari guides over the last 16 years; and the volunteer work they are involved in relating to the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES). Chris' three books which expand on these themes will be available. Instructor: Chris and Catriona Harker

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9007-CVS1 CV Nov 24 $6.00
CVEC-9007-CVS2 CV Nov 24 $6.00


Cruising Off the Beaten Track On the Edge

Nowadays, cruise lines go to unique destinations. The earth is 71% water and the cruise industry is taking passengers to new places and destinations that have yet to be explored. For those lovers of adventure, combined with cruising, there are more places to explore than ever before. The cruise industry is moving forward to take you from oceans to other waterways such as rivers and lakes. We will explore the newer and more unique destinations that are being made available to the cruising community. Instructor: Susan Davies

Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-9008-CVS1 CV Dec 1 $6.00
CVEC-9008-CVS2 CV Dec 1 $6.00