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An opportunity to think imaginatively about colour, its history and place in our world, especially in textiles, art, architecture, ritual, and decoration.
This 4-week course will feature films that deal with aging, sometimes with humour, sometimes with sadness, but always truthfully. It will be comprised mainly of European films with tentative titles being "Amour", "Umberto D", "Wild Strawberries", but also "The Tokyo Story". As always we look forward to your avid participation in the discussion following the showing of each film.
We will learn basic Improv techniques, do warm-up exercises and play various Improv games. There is nothing to prepare as it is all improvisation. You will progress at your own comfort level. So come out, have some fun and share a laugh.
This course is for those who have taken improv classes, and wish to continue exploring more advanced techniques. Participants will review basic activities and games, and be introduced to new ones. Participants will build on the knowledge they have learned to further their skills as Improv Performers. If you like to laugh, are inspired by the creative process, and feel that laughter and well-being complement each other, than this is the course for you. Instructor: Susan Osso
Participants will learn techniques designed to increase the fullness and richness of their voices, to increase vocal range and breath support, plus vocal projection.
Join this class for a stimulating and fun journey into the world of bucket drumming. The benefits of drumming in general include decreased stress and balancing of the two hemispheres of the brain. Bucket drumming has the added benefit of being accessible to anyone who has a bucket (and who doesn't?!) and being a whole lot of fun! So if you're looking for a class where laughter and rhythm-making combine wonderfully, this is the one for you! Participants must bring a bucket (large plastic garbage can or medium sized plastic paint pail) to class.
Gain an insider's view of the creative process of six central island artists in their own studios. Artists include Heather Soos (wildlife painter), Larissa McLean (acrylic painter and teacher), Loris Dawn Nygaard (glass artist), Douglas Walker (metal sculptor using musical instruments), Marianne Enhorning (abstract painting) and Bette Kosmolak (acrylic painter and art facilitator).
This is an interactive class in which writers and would-be writers may share their work and have it gently appreciated and critiqued by others. Each two hour class will be followed by an optional hour for discussion of writing improvement.
Give Spanish a try in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Through a communicative approach we will talk a little bit about ourselves, learn some grammar basics, get some vocabulary related to everyday situations such as ordering at a restaurant, going shopping, etc. Soon, you will be able to understand and express yourselves at a beginners level.
Through a variety of activities, students of Spanish at advanced beginner or intermediate level will have the opportunity to practice their Spanish conversation. Describing images or experiences, discussing a video or a song, participating in short roleplays or practicing some grammar according to the interest of the group, will provide opportunities to increase vocabulary, improve pronunciation, share ideas, ask and answer questions and enjoy Spanish in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Our culture has taught us to communicate in a way that perpetuates conflict and pain. The four-step process of Compassionate Communication teaches us how to listen and speak authentically from the heart and bring peace to our lives. The class focuses on practicing these skills with real life examples. Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg is required reading.
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."
Every adult in BC should have a representation agreement. A lawyer specializing in Estate Planning will guide you through the rules and forms that can empower someone you trust to speak for you when you can't. A planning booklet will be provided for a $10 fee.
Learn how to create your first piece of sharable audio. Discover the basics of Audacity - free, open-source audio software - to record, edit and save your first podcast. This course takes place in a computer lab and requires intermediate level knowledge of a PC computer and the Windows 10 Operating system. Bring your earbuds, and your best story idea and turn that into a piece of shareable internet audio.
Learn how to use iMovie on a MAC computer to turn your holiday photos into a movie with music and titles, for playing on your TV, IPad, Apple TV, and computer. Students must have working knowledge of the "Photos" program and Mac computers, as well as bring a selection of photos and music on a memory stick.
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.
The Monkey Buffet Festival, a colossal Tomato Food Fight, Carry the Wife and Camel Wrestling - just a few traditions that might test your mettle. This course is designed for those with a great sense of humour and nerves of steel!
The educational and devotional 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: God, The Tao, The Voice, Great Creator, or re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome.
Meditation is a mindful practice; it is calming, relaxing, grounding and helps one to focus. Regular meditation is an exercise for the brain. It increases brain activities in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple and for everyone.
T'AI CHI GONG is a mix of T'ai CHI and Qui GONG. It represents 20 simple movements that are taught at a slow pace and repeated in a gentle form. It is also a form of self meditation incorporating CHI, or energy, that provides improved balance, circulation and calmness. It can be done by anyone of any age and physical condition, modifying the moves to suit the individual's needs and abilities. So come out and have a peaceful session to "Make your day".
Learn/review rules of the road and safety skills through classroom, parking lot and on-road activities. Participants should be comfortable handling their bikes. Please bring your bike, helmet, suitable clothing, water, and a snack. A mandatory $10 CV Cycling Coalition Membership fee is payable at the beginning of the course (for insurance).
These 6 walks will take us to different areas of the valley. The trails, while fairly flat, will have some hilly sections and the occasional rough patch. The walks will be about 1 ½ to 2 hours long and about 5 to 7 km. in length. Coffee or lunch after is an option. Well-socialized dogs are welcome but no more than two per person.
These 2 - 3 hour hikes, covering variable terrain for 7 - 10 km, are suited for those who enjoy walking or hiking regularly. We will do hikes from Bowser to Campbell River, so car pooling is encouraged. The hikes can be postponed due to extreme weather but otherwise go on, rain or shine. Experience great exercise, discover new places, meet great people!
This course is intended for those who like to take adjustable, and participants should be familiar with how to set shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings on their camera. In addition to exploring scenic local hikes with a camera, photographic techniques and composition will be presented through a series of tailgate talks at the trailhead and during the hikes.
Great benefit can be gained from Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) eating for health and curing many health-related conditions. The instructor is 77, in excellent condition (squash at least 5x a week). The material taught in this class is all supported in the research literature. Recipes for delicious WFPB meals will be provided, with explanation, in class.
In today's medicine, there is a lot of diagnosis and even more treatment, often of dubious value. This course examines this phenomenon critically by increasing understanding of what doctors do and why they do it, the influence of statistics, the role played by academic institutions and the Jekyll and Hyde personality of the pharmaceutical industry.
As many of us seek to live more environmentally conscious lives, we are also looking at our end-of-life options. This course is an exploration of natural or green burial alternatives, which are increasingly available in funeral and cemetery services.
Improve your communication skills. Emphasis is on listening and evaluating. An introduction to the skills taught in leading speech enhancement programs.
Join Chanchal in an illustrated lecture describing how the simple art of contemplative walking can bring healing to body, mind and spirit. We'll journey from the structure of DNA to the shape of flowers, from ancient meditation to cutting edge medicine.
Do Rumi's insights have any relevance to the way I choose to live my life? (Bring a book of Rumi`s poetry)
Are you planning some travel? Have you also planned for the unexpected? A health emergency outside the province can drain your retirement nest-egg. In this course, you will learn how to find a suitable travel policy and gain peace of mind.
Are we different from ancient people? Find out in this lively discussion group based on readings from the Eastern and Western canon. Explore the literature of the world beginning with the ancient Egyptians and moving on to the Greeks for this semester. Later classes will continue the journey. Two to three hours of reading a week are required and links to the material will be provided at no cost.
An exploration of the history of the Comox Valley, including the Comox First Nation, the earliest European settlers, the communities of Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay, and the economy, politics and social life of the 20th century. $15.00 charge for external museum entry fee.
Learn to play Mah Jong, an ancient tile-based game developed in China. Experience the ways to Mah Jong from the 144 pieces on the board. This is the version played at the two senior centres in the Comox Valley.
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 Doubles.
This course is designed for new players or players returning to the game. This course will cover the modern Standard American system of bidding.
This course is designed to help new or less-experienced players to better play a hand as well as how to defend a hand more successfully.
The short story continues to be a thriving genre in Canadian Literature, particularly since the mid-twentieth century. This discussion-based course will explore a number of seminal Canadian short stories by writers from across the country, with a particular emphasis on the short fiction of Alice Munro - the Nobel prize winning Canadian writer who has been referred to as "our Chekov." Come prepared to share your thoughts and impressions on each week's assigned piece(s) of short fiction.
All religions are lived out in a society. The challenge is to understand their belief systems and spiritual praxis in our secular world. We will examine eight major world religions (Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba, Judaism, Daoism) how they impact our culture. The sessions will consist of a balance of reading, preparation, lecture and discussion. Participants are encouraged to purchase 'God is Not One' by Prothero.
We will trace the evolution of legal thinking in China from the Zhou Dynasty (551-221 B.C.) to the present. We shall examine the historical schools of theory about law, and identify those concepts which have continuously influenced how Chinese feel about 'Rule of Law', and one of the most fundamental philosophical issues throughout Chinese history, Topics will include whether or not governments should be based on 'Rule of Man' or the 'Rule of Law,' and in more recent years, whether China is in fact characterized by Rule of Law or Rule by Law.
Why has Russia always been 'the great other'? Against the background of Russian history from the 9th to 18th centuries, this course acquaints adult learners with the country's past, and how the Greek version of Christianity, and then coming under Mongol dominion for over two centuries, affected the Russian mindset. Rapid westernization in the 18th century only scaled down the differences with Europe, but it also exacerbated divisions in Russian society.
Vancouver Island old growth forests are disappearing at the rate of 34 football fields a day. Mark Worthing, a naturalist and journalist, and Galen Armstrong, an environmental educator and back country ranger, know these forests and are well placed to shed light on their importance. Both now work with Sierra Club BC. This will be an informative class with time for questions.
This course is an introduction to the geology of Vancouver Island for the lay person. We will look into the types of rock that make up our island, where they originated, when and how it all got put together, and what economic mineral deposits formed. We will discuss aspects of the active seismic region in which we live and look at what history tells us of the earthquake and tsunami risks.
Stories about early mining in B.C. Tales of claim-jumping and murder, political manipulation, legal chicanery, etc. What was the extent of American influence? Why did some cities prosper after mine closures, and others die? And much more.
Make the connection from beach pebbles to the local bedrock. On a fieldtrip we gather beach pebbles, identify them in class and then develop a geological history for each that stretches back to their bedrock source. Recommended text: Fieldguide to the Identification of Pebbles.
The Tsolum River flows from Mount Washington and joins the Puntledge River before emptying into the K'omoks Estuary. The river meanders 45 kilometres through rural areas and city neighbourhoods. An abandoned copper mine on the mountain polluted the river with toxic acid mine drainage for 40 years. The mine was capped in 2009. Learn about the problem, the solution, the recovery efforts and this amazing river.
Learn about Bela's exciting work as a volunteer, banding chicks of Ancient Murrelets on Lime Stone Island, Haida Gwaii. These fascinating sea birds are declining, but we used to have them here on our own Island coast.
During this course, we will examine this important and diverse group of animals. We will first look at the qualities and unique traits that define mammals. We will then examine their anatomy, physiology, geographic distribution, as well as their evolution from small shrew-like animals to the myriad types of mammals alive today. We'll close with an examination of the diverse groups, ranging from rodents to elephants, and primates to whales.
This course will include discussion of the powers of the federal and provincial governments, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the roles of municipalities and other government institutions. It will also involve consideration of the taxing powers of each level of government and how the constitution can be amended. Finally, items in the news that raise constitutional issues will be discussed.
Electing a President. A romp through American history with a focus on the Electoral College and its role in American elections.
The effects of war are now so catastrophic that we need to de-militarize the planet to reduce climate change. Retired physician Dr. Ashford presents a passionate call to abolish nuclear weapons, reform the UN, and rebuild our trust in a rules-based order. Includes choir performance.
Myers-Briggs Type Theory is based on Jungian psychology and describes inborn preferences for various ways of seeing the world and operating in it. The preferences describe opposite strengths. Understanding these allows us to reflect on our own filters and those of the people around us. This focus can show us how to maximize our own talents as well as accommodate and appreciate the differing gifts of others.
This interactive course is a follow-up to last winter's People Types and Tiger Stripes course. Students must have attended the first-level course. We will examine ways to further our own Type development and problem-solve in practical ways to enhance relationships.
A basic study of Buddhism as a synergistically Integrated educational system. The focus will be on the Wisdom /Compassion traditions through Study/Practice. Patterns that connect Meditation, Contemplation, and Realization. Qualities of self reflective awareness becoming the Altruistic mind of Enlightenment. The Dzogchen symbol for Mind is the mirror! Understanding the qualities of reflections, the conceptual structure of Mind can be known! The paradoxes of change become the paradigms evolution!
Downsizing to a strata property has positives and negatives. Thinking of buying, or already a Strata Owner, this course will guide you through the things you need to know and the questions you need to ask. Topics covered: Owner's rights and obligations according to strata legislation, governance, who pays for what, insurance issues, privacy legislation and how you can ensure you are being treated fairly, and the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).
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. A course material fee of $10 will be collected at the first class.
As fall arrives and the garden is winding down from the busy growing season, there are still chores to do before winter weather arrives. Learn what you should do for your garden now, whether you are an ornamental or year-round vegetable gardener.
By definition, "Classical Music" is our shared heritage of musical masterworks from the past. Yet, in our own time, how we play music of past eras, the expansion of repertoire, changing attitudes towards performances, and the use of technology is creating new challenges and wonderful new opportunities. Join David Gordon Duke for an informative and accessible, illustrated lecture (for all knowledge levels) that considers how exciting developments in music have created a new Golden Age for music lovers. Partial proceeds from this fundraiser event will go to the following worthy community partner: CYMC proposes to contribute the ElderCollege Comox Valley gift to help fund their Artists in Residence Program. Each Artist in Residence delivers masterclasses and workshops to students and is also featured prominently in performance opportunities throughout the Comox Valley.
Life along the Atlantic Ocean Coast is excitingly unique and different from the West Coast but it also reflects our shared Canadian culture, challenges and values. From Nunavut via Labrador, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to Nova Scotia, these eight presenters share expertise that resonate in our daily lives.
Confederation Bridge is the longest span bridge in the world. Built in 1997, it links the provinces of PEI and NB. Dr Brown was one of the civil engineering specialists who enjoyed the inherent challenges involved in planning and designing this unique structure. While his talk will address many aspects of construction including politics and problems, some emphasis will be placed on the bridge interactions with ice.
When we think of the Maritimes, we often think of fiddles and fish. In this lecture, you will travel "back east" and discover the cultural diversity that represents the true nature and character of the area. I hope it will capture your heart and imagination. Come enjoy the music, the food, the people, the stories, and the beautiful scenery that always delights me every time I go home.
This filmmaker documents stories of Inuit youth traversing the Nunavik tundra and a Labradorian Inuit community resisting the development of a Hydro Dam at Muskrat Falls. Her professional and personal journey unpacks what it means as a cultural outsider to share intimate moments of struggle and perseverance. Video clips highlight how resilience results from environmental grief, ancestral connections to the land, and the power of the collective.
Western Newfoundland is one of Canada's most scenic landscapes. Scenic fjords, rivalling Norway or BC, offer the interested hiker, sea kayaker or backcountry skier a variety of places to explore. The unique geology is one reason for the establishment of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This talk unravels why part of Newfoundland looks the way it does and what processes have shaped its rugged landscape.
Halifax, the largest city in Atlantic Canada, possesses one of the world's greatest harbours. First fortified in 1749, it quickly became an important military centre, and remains one. Britain's NA stronghold became a Canadian Citadel. Halifax played a role in the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War. It was involved in the Titanic disaster, survived a vast civic explosion, and a hub in both World Wars plus the Cold War.
Springhill Nova Scotia is known for mine disasters and Anne Murray's lovely voice, but not many Canadians realize that mine water is a source of geothermal energy. These mines flooded after closure, but various entrepreneurs since then have used this water for commercial sources of energy. The Municipality of Cumberland NS geothermal expansion is part of an overall plan to develop renewable energy sources within the region.
From the northern tip of Labrador to the southern tip of Nova Scotia, native peoples have sought out the natural resources of the land and sea from which to make a living. As glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago, people moved in from the south. Six thousand years later, Arctic-adapted people moved south into Labrador. Archaeological remains provide a glimpse of how these peoples adapted to the resources around them.
Award-winning international pianist Sarah Hagen explores what makes musical creation and performance different on PEI. It has its own flavour and recipe for music making so Sarah devours every ounce that comes her way. Our local Island talent has fallen in love with the heartbreaking beauty and the warm hospitality of this East Coast Island. Sarah is also a professional comedian. She may even share a tune and some jokes!