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Using formal art techniques including directional line, shading, one and two point perspective, and aerial perspective, grandparents will increase their skill and confidence, and be able to lead school-age children in fun fool-proof activities using everyday materials. A $15 fee will be added to the tuition for materials supplied by instructor.
Throughout the history of film many great directors have left their mark on this popular medium of dramatic expression. In this course we will view four diverse films by Orson Welles: The Magnifcent Ambersons, The Lady From Shanghai, Touch of Evil, and Chimes at Midnight. Unlike his more famous Citizen Kane, these four are not often shown on the large screen but illustrate just as well his incredible creativity.
Music and film are two great art forms and when combined they can be enthralling. We have our documentary films that are great examples of that collaboration: Stop Making Sense, The Last Waltz, Forever Young, and one that will be chosen by the participants. It all should make for interesting disussions.
Improv for all, experienced or not. Let loose your "inner child" and learn to play again. Improv games for 3 hours too much? Come when you can and leave when you must. Two instructors will put you through a number of games for you to both learn and grow your Improv skills.
This course will get you started playing the ukulele - from tuning to strumming basic chords and accompanying yourself on several songs. The goal will be to make you familiar enough with the ukulele that you would feel comfortable to join a Uke Circle either here in the valley or perhaps in Hawaii! Participants should bring a ukulele and a tuner to the first class.
In an encouraging and supportive environment for both beginner and experienced dancers, this course will focus on developing and maintaining flexibility, endurance and strength using dance forms from Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre and World Beat. Class scheduled at Berwick Comox, 1700 Comox Avenue, Comox.
Participants will learn techniques designed to increase the richness and fullness of their voices, to increase their vocal range and breath support, plus vocal projection. Course is scheduled at Berwick Comox, 1700 Comox Avenue, Comox.
Examine artistic patterns of the Celts through the knots and illuminated texts; East Indian mandalas; patterned Islamic tiles and Plains Indians and Haida art forms. In the second half of class, create your own patterned works of art. All materials are provided by the instructor; a $25 supply fee will be automatically added to your tuition at registration.
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.
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 and phone cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their own camera and should bring the camera to each class. A tripod is useful but not mandatory. There will be three field trips.
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. Please read Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life.
Four classes with the goal of helping women to feel confident in their financial futures through education and discussions around topics which impact future decision making. At the completion of the course, participants will have a much better understanding of the tools available to create a comfortable retirement as well as a meaningful legacy. Class content is designed specifically to meet the financial literacy needs of women students.
Death is inevitable. Before and after that day, there will be health care decisions and arrangements to be made, information required for estate probate, and wishes to be followed. We can be kind to those we leave behind by making it easier to handle all of that. This course will guide and encourage you to clarify your wishes, gather information and documentation into one place, and have "the conversation".
Know how to do basic email? Want to know more about using Google or Microsoft in a better way for your personal email, and then explore the cloud drive features? This course will walk you through setting up an account and then synchronizing your files on your computer to have them copied to the cloud. Then we'll walk through all kinds of access and sharing possibilities! A Windows operating system on your computer is required.
Learn to use iMovie to turn your photos into a movie, with music and titles, for playing on your TV, iPad, etc. Must have working knowledge of Photos program and Mac computers. Bring 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.
Explore the use of the Mac application " Photos" to store, sort and edit your pictures as well as produce slideshows and cards. Must be familiar with the operation of Mac computers.
This program is aimed at those persons who feel a longing to experience their deeper being. Only the deeper being satisfies our fundamental yearning for contentment. Simple mindfulness practices will be used to turn within to the deeper reaches of our being. We'll begin by exploring what a foundation of contentment is about, and then examine six foundational elements: clarity, inner peace, self awareness, appreciation, inner strength, and well-being support.
Through videos we'll view rites of passage, marriages, a massive tomato fight, ritual body piercings, controversial baby jumping, and mythological creatures. Bizarre includes Monty Python and Carol Burnett!
Dr. Booth will guide us through accepted medical uses for cannabis, such as for chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and treating the side effects of chemotherapy. Learn more about this developing field of treatment, and be a wise consumer.
A yoga class for men. All levels, introductory to more advanced. Please wear comfortable clothing you can easily move in. Mats are available but you can also bring your own. The cost of studio space will be shared among participants - to be collected at the first class. The course will be held at The House of Now, 536-5th Street, Courtenay.
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 void, the Creator, or the re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome. Course is scheduled at Berwick Comox, 1700 Comox Avenue, Comox.
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.
Learn/review rules of the road and safety skills through classroom, parking lot and on-road activities. Participants should be comfortable handling their bikes. Bring bike, helmet, suitable clothing, water, snack. $10 CV Cycling Coalition membership fee for insurance will be collected with tuition.
Physical activity is medicine for older adults. Evidence from high quality studies supports the positive association between increased levels of physical activity and improved health in older adults. This course will provide helpful information on both aerobic and strengthening exercises.
These 2 - 4 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!
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 (plays squash at least 5 times 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.
Comox Valley Elders Take Action members Jennifer Pass and Betty Donaldson explore the journey from independence through home care to residential care in the Comox Valley. What is the process? How does it start? What are one's options?
This course explores roots of happy, meaningful life. Most humans hold fast to a number of wrong ideas of what makes us happy. Neuroscience and neuropsychology help explain how happiness is fostered in our brains. and what biological purpose it serves. Using concepts from genetics, human history, and positive psychology, the central focus of 'Secrets to Happiness' will look into the future and discover what best will make us happy.
In recent years there's been a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in/on us and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of the brain, immune systems and metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the first small steps toward powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and - perhaps - Alzheimer's.
iRest 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 well-being. Experience a guided iRest practice. Accessible for all physical abilities.
Is Nature intelligent? How closely related are we to other living species? Molecular biology is allowing us a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function with the same protein molecules and genetic code, and the same molecules that energize all organisms. Come and learn the importance of bacteria, plants, animals and humans, in the natural systems and cycles of the Biosphere. A non-technical course.
SERVAS ("we serve" in Esperanto) helps build world peace and understanding by introducing international travelers to local families eager to share their culture, food and local attractions. This class will tell you what you need to know to become a SERVAS traveler or host.
We will look at some highlights of Czech history, and how they are reflected in Prague's architecture, music, lifestyle and beer. Optional visit to Prague in the fall 2020 with a small group is planned.
This course offers an eye-opening look at public art in its many forms. We'll move from cave drawing to graffiti, local and world art on massive scales, sculptures, and the splendors of Las Vegas and Dubai.
Join in lively discussions of literature from the past that has influenced Western thinking. Such works as the Bhagavad Gita, Analects of Confucius, Horatian odes, and an eclectic selection of Roman writers will be explored. Discover who said "a room without books is like a body without a soul". A tablet is useful but not essential to read the weekly emailed selections.
A renewed sense of nationalism is sweeping across the globe. Alliances and tensions between nations are under constant threat and change. This course deals with the ancient history of the Middle East and the development and fragility of the modern nations carved out since WWI. Classes are based on photos/experiences from living in Egypt for 5 years, culminating in the revolution of 2011, and close attention to world events.
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. We will also explore the 2/1 Bidding System.
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.
Vedas, ancient Indian writings, thought to be simple praise to gods, have proven to be more. Once ridiculed, the Vedas now lead science exploring the complexity of our world and our life within it. For example, subjects such as: cosmology, language, physical development, ayurveda, and near-death experiences are explored. Once introduced, the importance of consciousness in the world and in life experiences, with self and others, will become the focus.
The purpose of this course is to consider the character of (some) founders of religions as they set the "DNA" of their movement. Some founders are deemed perfect while others are less virtuous. Some founders are vehemently defended while others allow the seeker/follower to discern the truth. The search for truth is best discovered by understanding the interplay of the founder and the conditions of his or her time.
This course follows Russian history of the 19th and 20th centuries, examining the country's evolving trends in culture that culminated with the revolution of 1917. As revolutionary zeal began to wane, the dichotomy between Marxist ideology and a thousand-year-old Russian culture began to surface. Finally, World War II, the Cold War, and the dissolution of the USSR were demoralizing but also rejuvenating as Russia began to re-assert itself.
A novel relies on the decision about which paragraphs to include; the short story is built on the choices of a sentence. But the poem...one word can make all the difference.
Learn about the birds of Vancouver Island through Mike's photography. What are the common birds? Where do they come from? When are they here? What are vagrants? Who are the White Ravens?
Learn about the butterflies of Vancouver Island through Mike's photography. What are the 70 species recorded? When and where will you find them? Which ones are endangered? How can you help them?
"Chaos Theory", a fascinating and revolutionary science that appeared just recently, surprised (and both delighted and horrified) scientists in many fields. Surprisingly, this theory also lands us in the amazingly beautiful world of fractals and the famous "Mandelbrot Set". From the complicated rhythms of the heart, to the forecasting of weather, many (often totally unrelated) scientific subjects show irregularities that nonetheless exhibit a hidden structure: an order in the chaos.
This course will review the processing of crude oil to produce the fuels used in transportation. First, we will review the characterization of crude and then the basic processes of separation, conversion, purification, and blending of refinery streams to produce the various fuels.
This course is designed to compliment Part One, which is not a prerequisite. This course will include a more detailed discussion of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Constitution topics include analysis of how First Nations are considered as well as the taxation powers of each level of government. Finally the class will consider how the Constitution can and should be amended to reflect our current society.
Electing a President. A romp through American history with a focus on the Electoral College and its role in American elections.
The course covers Republican Era 1911 to 1949, Soviet Era 1949 to 1958, Mao Era 1958 to 1976, and "Westernization" 1979 to present. Focus is on the current human rights situation, the function of Chinese "courts" under the Chinese Communist Party, and involuntary organ harvesting. The course will also examine the impact of China's legal system on Canadian domestic and foreign policy, with particular emphasis on Canada's refugee practices.
A basic study of Buddhism as a synergistic integrated educational system. The focus will be on the Wisdom/Compassion traditions through Study/Practice. Patterns that connect Meditation/Contemplation/Realization. Qualities of self-reflective awareness becoming the altruistic mind of enlightenment. Contrasted with the Epistemology of thought behind our current Techno-Industrial Civilization. Paradox of change, the paradigms of evolution. Zen Koans new age. Experience with meditation/homework helpful.
This course will cover tips for the Senior to easily and safely perform basic home maintenance. Topics will include siding, roofing, drywall, plumbing, electrical and preparing homes for when you leave on vacation.
This course continues the relationship of humanity with beer. (Part 1 is not a prerequisite.) We start in the Industrial Revolution, examine the success story of both lager and of the American beer barons who made it, the backlash that resulted in Prohibition in both Canada and the U.S., the globalization of beer, and the craft beer revolution. A $10 course supply fee will be added to your tuition during registration.
Early spring has arrived. It's time to get your garden ready. New beds to be started. Soil needs feeding, plants need dividing. Fruit trees, shrubs and vines need pruning. Vegetable garden needs attention. Compost needs tending. Get set, we're gardening!
Students will learn via lecture, hands-on planning and field trips to create a natural garden, reduce resource use, increase the population of beneficial organisms. Every class will be an opportunity to create a garden plan, and learn to care for a guilt-free nature loving paradise. Ideal for those who are tired of mowing grass and are nature lovers. Neighbourhood groups are welcome. Please bring to first class: pencil, graph paper, trace paper, ruler or scaled ruler.
You will learn their life cycle, and how to make nesting tubes, boxes, and a starter house. A $15 supply fee for a starter kit and tube materials will be added to your tuition. Students will also have the option to purchase 20 cocoons for $20 at the beginning of the class, if desired. Help your fruits and veggies!
The canon of Western art music is a treasure trove of great works spanning many centuries and nations, but it also provides a soundtrack of changes in European society and culture of the past millennium. In this presentation, illustrated with musical examples from many periods, styles, and genres, Nicolas Krusek considers how an appreciation of music from the past can enrich our understanding of the history of Western civilization.
For many years Mother Nature has shouted warnings at us in the form of raging fires and unprecedented storms of every kind, but like children we happily continue skipping down the same road, blind to what lies ahead. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the clock is ticking. We have 11 years to set in motion actions which will mitigate climate change. This series touches on two areas of importance locally, but mainly focusses on aspects of our society that got us here in the first place and hopefully will inspire ideas on how we can make that U-Turn.
Robert Everson, Hereditary Chief of the Gigal'gam Walas Kwagut, member of K'omoks First Nation and long time indigenous advocate will address aspects of climate change from a First Nations perspective. He will be followed in this first session by biologist Dr. Loys Maingon. This lecture highlights the ecological uniqueness of a Comox Valley and suggests ways of nurturing our stewardship by reconnecting with the land for the benefit of future generations.
Robert Gifford is professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He has worked on nonverbal behaviour and on climate change behaviour barriers. "We all have intentions to improve ourselves and the world, but we don't always act on those intentions. Why not? This talk gathers together the many "dragons of inaction" that hold us back, and suggests some ways to "slay" them. The focus is on climate change and sustainability actions, but the dragons might also apply to diet, exercise and other good works.
Sean Holman is an associate professor of journalism at Mount Royal University. He is currently writing a book on the history of freedom of information and is active in campaigning for the news media to cover the climate crisis with the urgency it demands In the coming months and years, no decision will be more important than how we decide to respond to climate change, both individually and collectively, and the media plays a major role in informing such decisions.
Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has many awards for her work including the national Environmental Learning award from Canadian Geographic. Based on her observations of WENNANEC, a bay on the south end of Salt Spring Island, Briony Penn takes you through the last 50 years to illustrate some of the recorded impacts and trends of climate change on shorelines, water, weather, plants and animals of this relatively intact part of the Salish Sea that has been the home of WSANEC people for millennia.
William Rees is a Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning. H. Sapiens is capable of exponential population growth and tends to use up accessible resources. These tendencies are held in check by 'negative feedback' - disease, food shortages, conflict. However, modern technology has freed humans from negative feedback and humanity's natural expansionism is being reinforced by growth-oriented economics. As a result the human enterprise is in 'overshoot'.
Andrew was an environmental activist before he was an environmental lawyer. During law school Andrew helped found the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre and volunteered with the noted Indian environment lawyer, M.C. Mehta. These experiences changed his opinion of what is possible through law. Increasingly climate change is ending up in the courts. Andrew will discuss the opportunities and limits of using the law to fight climate change.
Dr. Richard Guthrie is an internationally recognized geoscientist with particular expertise in geohazards and risk assessment. He leads an expert team of specialists to solve slope, river and erosion problems related to engineering, construction, and the natural environment Our achievements come at a cost. By supplanting natural systems with those we've designed, we are increasingly exposed to the unintended impact of our success. How are we to respond? This talk builds on an article published in Nature Geoscience.
Will Hatch, Selah McKinnon, Nalan Goosen, Annelies Henckel, Lister DeVitre and Adam Van der Merwe This group of students along with others around the world are now advocating in a respectful and peaceful way for their future. The signs they carry at demonstrations indicate their dismay about their future. "You'll Die of Old Age, I'll Die of Climate Change" or "The Ocean is Rising and So Are We" give us an indication of how they are feeling. This session will be moderated by Will Cole-Hamilton, a Courtenay City Councillor and a graduate of Queen's, Dal Law School and UBC.