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Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-0001-DLS1 DL Apr 30 $10.00

Creative Art Box


This course is designed for artists and non-artists to encourage their creativity with an introduction of simple art techniques to develop an artist's eye, gain confidence, and develop new skills to create original art in different mediums. The sessions will include art videos and interactive demonstrations. Participants are invited to present their work in a final show. Supplies are purchased ($45+/-) and brought by participants with costs separate from course fees.

From the Parthenon to Picasso


This course will provide an overview of "The Classical Tradition" in art, including examples of ancient myths, archaeology, and literature. We will examine the impacts of this tradition on the works of later artists, particularly "the moderns" such as Picasso, Lipchitz, Moore, Judy Chicago, and others.

Perspective Landscape for Painters


This course is designed for developing artists who wish to strengthen their skills in perspective and composition. In two three-hour Zoom sessions, the course leader will make a presentation on the fundamentals of perspective (linear and aerial) and demonstrate how to best employ them.

The Fab Four of Florence


The Italian Renaissance in the arts was initiated in the early 15th century by four firm friends and collaborators: Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio and Leon Batista Alberti. We will view, examine and assess their immense and revolutionary contributions to painting, sculpture, architecture and letters in order to understand why they are more important, in the history of art and ideas, than Leonardo or Michelangelo.

Robert Altman, American Director


Robert Altman, like Orson Welles 3 decades earlier, was 'difficult' for producers to work with. Altman wanted to do something different with each film, and like Welles, refused to make formulaic pictures.  As part of Hollywood's 'New Wave,' he had a unique style of directing. We will view and discuss some of his most famous films such as Nashville and Gosford Park.

History of Radio to the 1930s


Who was the creator of an appliance we all have? Tesla or Marconi? What were the initial ideas that created this communication and broadcasting device, and the methods employed to build it? Who were the people behind it and what was their history? Find out how the radio evolved into an essential means of entertainment and information dissemination.



StoryCatchers is designed to help people recall, write about, and share meaningful memories with others in a small group. Using what's called "free-writing," we loosen our brains and let our pens take over, writing the thoughts that come in response to prompts centred in lived experience.  New writers are welcome.Feedback is based on content, not craft. We write, we share, we enjoy our small community.

Welcome to Improv


This eight-week course employs the basics of improv, hones your creative skills, and provides ample opportunities to laugh with each other! It's for those new to improv classes as well as seasoned veterans. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to be present.

Music of the Belle Époque


The period between 1870 and 1918 was an extraordinary time for French classical music. We will explore representative works by composers from Bizet and Franck to Debussy and Ravel in the context of that remarkable era.

Folk Guitar Circle


This course will feature picking and strumming patterns for traditional folk and popular songs and will    incorporate some vocal harmony for willing singers.  It is designed for intermediate guitar players who would like to increase their accompaniment abilities and are willing to share some strumming and picking patterns they currently use.  It will be a sharing session where members get to know others and learn new and old songs.

Maintain a Mature Singing Voice


Participate in vocal exercises designed to extend vocal range and to project one's voice both in volume and in energy through intentional focus. This course is especially beneficial for members of choirs. A few with voice problems owing to health concerns have also benefited.

Bucket Drumming 101


Participants will have fun creating exciting rhythm orchestrations on buckets of various sizes. Anyone can do it! We are all born into rhythm - and Monica's classes are a safe and supportive place to get "into the groove". You will learn basic bucket drumming techniques and rhythms, and leave smiling! Participants will be required to bring their own bucket to class (paint pail size to garbage pail size, plastic only).

Modern Science Fiction Films 


Science fiction film has come a long way from bug-eyed monsters and scantily clad females in distress. There is a diverse library of sophisticated films that fall in the sci-fi genre. In four films ranging from Arrival to Under the Skin we will explore what makes these sci-fi movies so fascinating. The discussions before and after the movie will be the crux of the course.

Writing First Sentences


In this interactive workshop, Danny Ramadan will take you through the experience of writing the first sentences in his award-winning novel, The Clothesline Swing,  bring you examples of some of the most beautiful and meaningful first sentences in literature, and then offer some tips on how to write your own first sentences. The workshop includes presentation, Q&A, and a short discussion of the book, The Foghorn Echoes. (Students may wish to purchase a copy online ahead of time, which is optional).

Writers' Workshop


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. No formal instruction.

Intro to 5 Canadian Woman Playwrights


Though chronically under produced, women playwrights have been a leavening force in Canadian theatre. The themes they have explored have challenged social norms; the stagings they have required have often pushed into new forms or employed existing forms in new ways. We will begin with Gwen Farris Ringwood's "Still Stands the House". Multiple options for accessing scripts will be provided by the course leader.

Emily Carr Chronicles


Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a major Canadian artist and writer, yet she was fifty-six when her first major exhibition was held. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was published when she was seventy, winning the Governor General's Award in 1941. This course explores select aspects of Carr's remarkable life, loves, and legacy. Student discussion is welcomed and encouraged. Readings to be provided.

"My Friend, My Enemy": A Book Talk


Author Stewart Goodings will describe the background and research needed to write this novel based on his times in Russia. He will read a few excerpts from the novel, answer questions, and engage participants in a discussion on the themes of the novel: female friendship; terrorism; and Russian culture and politics.

Fundamentals of Photography


This is 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 may be two or three field trips.

Effective Teams


An effective team may not just happen! This course will cover some characteristics of effective teams. Topics covered include how teams develop, responsibilities of team members, and finding ways to be ready for and find solutions to roadblocks for group success. If you belong to a committee, are planning an event, or just have an interest, this course may be of benefit. This course includes discussion and participatory activities.

Buddy, can you spare a dime?


This course takes an in-depth look at the Great Depression beyond the stock market crash. It examines the origins and causes of the depression, its geographical scope, its impact on business and individuals, the steps taken to mitigate its effects, and the eventual reasons it came to an end. A footnote will be a discussion on whether or not a depression of this magnitude could occur again.

Estate Planning


Understand why estate planning decisions should be made sooner than later and learn about wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements and trusts as well as the tax considerations of estate planning. A financial and estate planner will be available for purchase at the course for $10.

Be Kind to Those Left Behind


Our passing is inevitable. Before then, there may be health decisions to make, information required by our loved ones, many unknowns. Let's be kind to those we leave behind... make it easier to handle all that's required of them before and after our death. This course will help you clarify your wishes, gather information and documentation on the practical side, and guide and encourage you on the personal side. A supply fee of $4 will be added at registration to cover the cost of course materials that will be distributed in class.

How the Internet Works


When you use email and web browsing, does it seem akin to magic? What happens when your computers, tablets and phones connect and use the internet? And why does the connection sometimes seem slow or not work at all? This course is for those who are curious about how things work behind the curtain and will be presented in high-level, layperson's terms.

Repel Hacks, Hoaxes, and Scams


Is that email real or fake? How about that warning I received? What about these phone calls I am receiving? Is this really my friend contacting me on Facebook? Why are my friends all getting messages from me that I didn't send? Is it safe to buy online? Be informed so you can answer these questions and better protect yourself when using email, the internet, and even your phone!

Living Consciously


We'll use experiential exercises to explore some of the basic elements for living a conscious life. The elements we'll be focusing on are: what really matters, kindness, gratitude, self-awareness, and choice. Please note that homework exercises will be an important aspect of this program. You can also expect considerable interaction with other students during class-time.

What's a Virus Anyway?


Everyone's aware that a virus is causing the Covid-19 pandemic.  But what exactly are viruses, and how do they differ from bacteria and other parasites?  In brief, viruses are tiny biological entities that can infect all other lifeforms: bacteria, fungi, plants and animals. We will explore how this occurs and how viruses replicate, mutate, spread, and cause illness. We'll also look at how vaccines work to protect us from viruses.

Cannabis as a Medicine


Learn about the different kinds of cannabis including sativa, indica, and hybrid varieties as well as various ways to consume it without having to smoke. Then learn how to prepare  cannabis for making your own oil drops or edibles.

Universal Devotional Chanting


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. That may be called God, The Tao, Buddha, Great Creator or the re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome.

Introduction to Meditation


Meditation is a mindful practice. It is calming, relaxing, and a grounding, and it helps us to focus. It is like a spa treatment for the brain. Meditation increases brain activities in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple, healthy, and anyone can do it. Start now.

Scenic Hikes (No Dogs)


Come enjoy a weekly hike! Pack a lunch and revisit the familiar and, perhaps, discover some new trails. We'll be traveling once a week, as far south as Bowser and north to Campbell River. Car pooling is not recommended at this time, so you will need to provide your own transportation. These hikes will have variable terrain, so are not suitable for those with mobility issues.

Pharmacist's Greatest Hits


Through four 90-minute interactive sessions (The Pharmacist and You, Diabetes Treatments, Drugs and Hearing, Drugs and Fall Risks) you will learn about common drug topics and issues from experienced pharmacists who work with seniors in the community. Each presentation will set the stage, leaving plenty of time for your drug-related or health-related questions.

Ancient Remedies for Modern Problems


This course will reveal the Eight Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine that can offer a new approach to health and longevity. Chinese medicine is effective and provides drug-free therapies that can help a wide variety of common ailments and problems. The instructor will provide guidance and resources for finding the way through this medicine. There will be time for Q&A.

Biofilia: Our Connection to Nature


How closely are humans related to other living beings? Is life intelligent? Molecular biology allows a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function in the same way with the same protein molecules and the same genetic code. This course examines discoveries of the 21st century into the world of bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals at the molecular and cellular level.

Visiting Uncommon Corners 2


Learn about and discuss far flung countries where the instructor has lived or explored by bicycle. Dive into history, culture, current events, sprinkled with personal anecdotes. Part 1 was in Fall 2022. For Part 2, we'll armchair travel to Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Ladakh & the Indian Himalayas, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Indonesia, and Nepal's ancient Kingdom of Upper Mustang. Note: this is an update of a previous course.

Sasquatch Discovered


Enjoy a slide/lecture presentation on Sasquatch Discovered: The Biography of Dr. John Bindernagel.  Dr. Bindernagel was the author of two seminal sasquatch books, a popular conference speaker throughout North America, and the Canadian news media "go-to guy" for sasquatch information.  Learn about the unfolding story of the discovery of the sasquatch from the files of Canada's foremost sasquatch investigator. Lots of time for your questions.

Great Trip to Compelling Story


This collaborative workshop discusses components of meaningful travel memoir and develops creative nonfiction writing skills. The importance of journalling, photography, steady writing practice, professional editing and publishing options will be explored. Participants will bring a favourite adventure tale and begin the process of creating a compelling written account. For those wishing to share, we will peer review short class and homework assignments.

Math for Fun


Is math invented or discovered? This course is aimed at those who enjoy mathematics, can follow high school algebra, and are at ease with graphs. We'll look at the nature of mathematical proofs, explore the many types of numbers and infinities (yes, plural), play with pi, delve into probability, probe the nature of series and limits, and marvel at the Mandelbrot set and other truly amazing mathematical ideas.

Mystics and the Mundane


Mystics aren't mainstream in our rational scientific world, because they don't fit in. Yet normal people do have mystical experiences if they just pay attention. They may occur in times of silence, ritual, great emotion, beauty, creativity, or in nature. Each week, we'll read and reflect on mystical writing from different times and traditions, learn about the authors, and share our own reaction or our similar experiences.

Bridge - Intermediate Bidding


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.

Introduction to Modern Bidding


Designed for new players or players returning to the game of bridge, this course will cover the modern Standard American system of bidding.

Bridge - Play the Hand, Defend the Hand


This course is designed to help new or less-experienced bridge players to better play a hand as well as to defend a hand more successfully.

Vancouver Island Birds


Vancouver Island is on the Pacific flyway and is home for many birds as well as the staging area for many migratory and vagrant species. Learn about the common birds of Vancouver Island and many of the migratory and vagrant species through Mike's beautiful photography and interesting commentary.

Significant U.S. Presidents


The course will examine several U.S. presidencies and their role in shaping the American nation and the U.S. role in world affairs.  Emphasis will be on Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, F.D. Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan and Trump.

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis!


Humans have always been aware of the seemingly random occurrences of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and inundations by massive coastal waves. Only recently (~1960) has the comprehensive theory of plate tectonics not only linked these three phenomena, but has also revealed why they occur where they do.  This theory,  also explains many other geological phenomena, such as where mountains and island arcs are to be found, will be our focus.

From Wellhead to Your Car


Learn how crude oil is produced in the field as well as the various refinery processes of separation, conversion and purification to produce consumer fuels. The last class will examine various ways to produce electricity.

Comox Valley Ancient Geologic History


A chance to look back to our violent volcanic beginnings and trace the geologic journey to our present place on the globe, with a look at the ancient fossil record.

Diamonds - the Lure and the Glitz


Phony as a Canadian Diamond' to 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend!' We'll explore the mystery of this chunk of rock, and how it is mined and made.  We'll learn how marketers created an aura of desire.  Diamonds adorn the rich and famous, grace crowns, and we'll see some from various collections. And, yes! we will talk about famous heists and cat burglars too!

The Canadian Constitution


This course will include a brief comparison of Canadian, American and British Constitutions; an analysis of Federal and Provincial powers; consideration of how First Nations are treated in the constitution; review of Federal and Provincial taxing powers; introduction to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and review of any current constitutional issues.

The Cold War, Then and Now


The course will examine the origins and history of the Cold War and its role in reshaping international relations into the 21st century.  The notion of a new or resumed Cold War will be discussed with a focus on Russian, American and Chinese relations.

Home Maintenance


Tips to help seniors easily and safely perform basic home maintenance. Topics include siding, roofing, drywall, plumbing ,electrical and preparing homes for when you leave on vacation.

Habitat For Humanity 101


Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has a proud history of working with volunteers to build affordable housing. Learn about Habitat's vision, purpose, and homeownership model and what the organization is doing locally to address the lack of affordable housing in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Not only will you learn more about this great organization, but you'll also hear about the many ways you can get involved

Backyard Composting


Composting makes use of waste and livens up soil. And it's easy to do! Come learn the secrets of safely and quickly making rich nutritious compost out of your kitchen and yard waste. Learn why, how, where, when, and what. Bring your questions for this fun discussion with a Master Composter.  Feed the soil that feeds the plants that feed us!

Herstory: BC Women of Note


Cher once said that women are the real architects of the world. In this season's lecture series we will meet six women in British Columbia who have used their creativity and skills to design new worlds. Each of them has made extraordinary contributions in their fields. These Saturday morning lectures will give us a glimpse into the worlds of marine science, astronomy, nursing and nurse practitioner, choral music and the resurrection of Indigenous languages.

Nurse Practitioner on the Covid Frontline: Insights And Perspectives


The purpose of this lecture is to help create a better understanding of role of the Nurse Practitioner. It will also provide a glimpse into what it was like as Nurse Practitioner working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) during COVID-19, exploring both the challenges and the successes.

Giving Voice: Six Decades of Singing


Fiona Blackburn will retrace her career from first solo at age six to her discovery that the greatest joy may be found encouraging others to find their own voice. Through academic studies in voice, music education and choral conducting; work in opera and professional choirs; and even singing on Alaskan cruise ships - all these experiences have informed how she now leads groups in song. Be prepared to raise your voice!

The Deep Ocean: Life in our Last Wilderness


We will travel the abyssal ocean throughout the Pacific to explore its vast and varied habitats. From B.C. to Tonga, deep ocean ecosystems display adaptations to extremes in temperatures, nutrients, and food. Our last pristine environment is now under threats from climate change and ocean mining. The search for seafloor metals leads to seamounts, abyssal plains, and hydrothermal vents.

A Nursing Perspective on the Evolving Context of Maid


In this lecture, Dr. Thorne will describe some of the remarkable changes in public dialogue and health care delivery since medical assistance in dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016. Drawing on insights from her work in nursing leadership and her research on nurses' experiences supporting patients and families with end-of-life decisions, she will reflect on our evolving collective sense of complex matters such as suffering and quality of life.

Planet Formation with ALMA


This lecture will explore the formation of planets in our universe. It will showcase the results of ten years of work by one of Canada's international observatories, called ALMA, and what ALMA has taught us about how planets form in disks of cold gas and dust around young stars

Exploring Language Leadership Through a Localized Lens


T?lakwama'og_wa Sara Child will discuss her language revitalization project at NIC. The Sayakola Project is a ground-breaking, comprehensive program that brings together students and staff in a holistic learning environment, draws on local Elders, culture, language, and student strengths and is a response to the calls to action of TRC. In her opinion, there can be no truth to truth and reconciliation without the full support for the revitalization of Indigenous languages.