Joanne Laird and Ed Kozuki discuss Elder College course selection.

Joanne Laird and Ed Kozuki discuss Elder College course selection.

Biggest selection ever for Elder College

Spring is just around the corner, and so is the upcoming semester of Cariboo-Chilcotin Elder College.

Christie Mayall

Special to the Tribune/Advisor

Spring is just around the corner, and so is the upcoming semester of Cariboo-Chilcotin Elder College.

This semester will have the biggest course selection ever offered by the Elder College.

There are many longtime favourites and several new courses as well.

The main registration will take place Jan. 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church on Huckvale Place.

A second registration will be Jan. 28 at the Seniors Activity Centre from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Most courses are open only to members of the Elder College.

Interested seniors (50 or better) may join at either of the registration dates, or in advance on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Seniors Activity Centre between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Most courses cost about $30, although a few cost a little more.

Community Service Courses are free of charge and are open to everyone.

Do you have an old piece of furniture kicking around that needs a little sprucing up?

Furniture Refinishing with Tony Savile or Furniture Reupholstery with Arnie Zimmerman could be for you.

Get in touch with your creative side with Mud Buds Pottery with Lesley Lloyd, Watercolours and More with Wally Chernoff, Music Appreciation with Dennis Tupman, or the Guitar Workshop- La Guitarra Buena Vista with the inimitable George Cornett.

Forestry Issues is a new course important to Williams Lake and B.C., by Jim Hilton. Jim will lead discussions about the challenges facing our forests and some possible solutions.

Learn more about our local waterfowl and their needs in Waterfowl Identification and Wetland Ecology with Katherine Van Spall.

This course will have both classroom and field trip components.

The dairy fields has a rich and colourful history. Join Ordell Steen for An Historical Walk Through the Dairy Fields, and learn about its early history from pre-European contact through to the establishment and demise of the first white settlement of Williams Lake.

In Feldenkrais for Elders with Kate McDonough you will learn gentle exercises that will help you to move more easily.

The Yoga of Healing II with JoAnn Hamm will focus on reflection and renewal, changing negative emotions in to positive ones.

Inveterate photographer Pat Teti’s course, Introduction to Digital Photography and Digital Imaging, is open to photographers of all levels.  Pat’s work can be seen at the Station House.

In Exploring Archaeology in North America with Beth Bedard you can learn about the cliff dwelling societies of the Southwest, the mound-building cultures of the Midwest, the people of the Pacific Northwest, and our local First Nations.

Once again, there are several computer courses to choose from.

Chris Fletcher offers three courses.

Computers – The Next Steps is for those who have taken an introductory course and would like to learn a little more.

More Computers – Beyond the Next Steps offers those who have already taken a couple of courses the opportunities of a participant-directed course.

How to Set Up Your Windows 8 Computer Platform is for those who are currently using XP and need to convert. Exploring the iPad together with Ken Grieve and Barb Aquilon provides an opportunity to explore your iPad with other neophytes.

Learn about the modern day version of hide and seek, best defined as an entertaining adventure game using GPS. Join the growing numbers of geocachers around the world with this course from Brian and Anita Davidson.

Gardening Tips for the Cariboo will be presented by legendary local organic farmer Rob Borsato, of Mackin Creek carrot fame.

He will discuss how to improve your garden soil, pruning fruit trees and bushes, and the potential impact of climate change in the future.

Caring for Your Aging Dog with Lynn Bell and Dr. Ross Hawkes will help you to maintain and improve your senior dog’s mobility.

In Introduction to Meditation with The Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, you will learn simple meditation techniques that will help you to relax and find emotional balance.

Speak Up: Start the Conversation about Advanced Care Planning will help your loved ones by clarifying your desires regarding end of life care and writing them down.

This course will be presented by Kate McDonough and Christie Mayall.

Estate Planning – A Primer for Seniors with Jim Herpenger will cover a variety of important topics, including Power of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Trusts, Wills, Probate, Elder Abuse and Subsidized Accomodation.