ElderCollege offers learning and fun


ElderCollege a place to learn something new, meet old friends, make new friends and have fun

Want to chase away the winter blues, learn something new, meet old friends, make new friends and have fun doing it?

Then consider coming to ElderCollege. If you’re 55 or older, this might be the perfect place for you. The winter semester starts in early February and we offer over 50 courses in a wide variety of topics; from computers to literature to world religions, and yes, even to vampires!

An information forum this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College and everyone is welcome to come and hear a brief description of each course.

Registration starts Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. You can register in person at the registration office at the college, or online at  www.nic.bc.ca.

Most courses are one day a week for eight weeks, and we also offer some great “short” courses, which are one day courses  (four hours long on Fridays /some exceptions). Short courses are $10 each, and regular courses are $33 (+tax). All of this information and course descriptions are also available in our newsletter, which can be found at the public libraries, or online.

Our lecture series starts Feb.  4 and  will be about Canada’s Security and Defence: Making Informed Choices. There are only 212 seats available, so register early.

Once again, there’s a good selection of computer courses for both the Mac and PC.

We also have some popular courses returning, such as Great Books, World Religions, Comox Valley History, Novels and Politics, Writer’s Workshop, Core Canadian Values, Get a Grip on Opera, and Tai Chi Ch’uan.  There will be four choices of different scenic hikes; some more demanding and some will be “saunters” (and one includes stopping for coffee!).

New courses this semester will include Finding Relaxation, Natural History, Spiritual Awakening, An Afternoon with Authors, One Richard-Two Characters, Celebrating Rumi, The Atmosphere-Our Fragile Shield, Geocaching Basics, Less Toxic Living, Needle Painting, Painting From the Soul, Digital Storytelling, and Vampires in Film.

Short courses have become very popular and offerings include Alfred Versus the Danes, Athabasca Oil Sands, Brain Health, Geology: Pebble Indentification, Getting News in Print, Home Insurance Explained, Mature Drivers Workshop, Nuclear Power, Smart Phones and Therapeutic Gardening. Computer courses will be Creating in Pages (Mac), Introduction to Windows 7, and The iPad Level I and Level II.

See you at the Information Forum, Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College.

For more information, please phone 250-334-5000 (Local 4602).

ElderCollege is run completely by volunteers. If you are interested in any aspect of volunteering, email them at cvec.volunteers@nic.bc.ca.

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