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Happy New Year! 2020 is already shaping up to be an excellent year for Elder College, with 26 courses for you to consider this semester. We have a healthy mix of old and new as well as short and long course offerings. Some of the new listings include Walk-in Computer Clinic, a look at history from a Shuswap perspective, Fine Arts Photography, a poetry writing course, a class on the Zero Waste Lifestyle, lessons on how to make Beeswax Food Covers, a continuation of the Instant Pot Cooking class,and a session on what you need to know when travelling with your dog. Returning by popular demand are Philosophers’ Café, Pruning ABC’s, Genealogy, the I-Pad course, Watercolours, a Birding Class, Yoga, and Instant Pot Cooking. This semester we have no less than 5 free community service courses – one on volunteerism in our community, the Waste Diversion tour, a Composting class, Zero Waste lifestyle and, the popular Caring for your Aging Dog. The Curriculum Committee has done a great job of coming up with a good mix of offerings, at least one or two of which should pique your interest.
The important dates for you to take note of this January are shown on the left hand side of this page. On WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 there will be an opportunity to purchase your Elder College membership in advance. It’s only $10.00 for the year, and getting your membership ahead of time will streamline the registration process for you the following week, On WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020, we will be registering members for the courses offered this semester. This process takes place at 1:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, and it a kind of a social event as well as a registration. It sort of resembles an organized chaos, but it only takes about half an hour. If you are unable to attend in person, you can have someone come out and register for you (one other person per member) or you can take a chance and come out to register for those classes that still have room in them at our late registration on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020 at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1:30 pm. Classes begin the following week.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who work so hard to make our Elder College so successful. Congratulations to our two newest Executive Board members, Bev Atkins and Ted Matoga. In 2019 we h ad 234 members taking part in our course offerings. I expect 2020 to surpass that level. Elder College fills a niche in this community that really resonates with the over 50s’ set.
Barry Sale, Curriculum Committee Chair