Course Descriptions

**Note: COMPUTER COURSES:

  • Please indicate on the registration form if you need to use one of the 4 laptops available through Encore.
  • Notes are available ONLY for those who register 5 days before the class
  • Computer classes having less than 5 participants will be cancelled. Register early.

    SPRING 2020

    Registration: starts Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm


IMPORTANT: CLASS CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS

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January

Write it Now (WIN)

8 sessions
Dates: Thursdays, Jan.9, 23; Feb. 6, 20; March 5, 26; April 9 & 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Ron Lajoie
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0

 There have been stories since the dawn of time. Everyone has a unique story and a distinctive way of telling it. In WIN, Ron Lajoie encourages participants to write down and share their memories (stories). In this way family history is kept alive, granting the writer a kind of immortality, and providing their descendants with a precious gift that connects them with the past. Something meaningful happens when we share stories and see glimpses of ourselves in others.


PHOTO CLUB          

Weekly sessions
Minimum:  4

Dates: Thursdays or Fridays, January 10, 17, 24; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 27; April 2, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22; June 5, 12, 19
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $20
Leader: Milo Smith
Location:  Glengarry Encore Centre

This club is for enthusiasts and those wanting to improve their digital photography
skills. At weekly meetings we share images as well as critiques if requested. There are also weekly challenges to give members the opportunity to practice new skills or hone old ones. Occasionally, we travel to destinations with photographic interest including Cooper’s Marsh, Butterflies Go Free, The Ecomuseum, Ospreys at Iroquois, and Plaisance Falls. From time to time there will be workshops focusing on portraiture, macro photography, and other topics. For more information go to http://photo-club.agrobyte.ca


Carvers’ Club

Weekly sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Mondays, Jan.13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9, 23, 30; Apr. 6, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost:  $20
Leaders: Michel Latreille & Bob Alderson
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

The aim of the carvers’ club is to promote fellowship within a wood-carving community that encourages its members, offers advice and help when needed. Join other carvers, and inspire each other by sharing skills and ideas and exchanging information. For carving projects, wood is available at a minimal cost.


Trash Talks

Maximum: 15
Date:   Friday, Jan 17
Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10    Supply Cost: $5
Leader:  Laurence Pechadre
Location:  Glengarry Encore Education Centre

In this hands-on session, Laurence will help you discover five daily habits to help you go waste-free at home and at work. Be ready for surprising, fun filled activities to discover your own recipe for success.


Writers’ Workshop

6 sessions
Maximum: 12

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan.21, Feb 18, March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $50        Photocopies $5
Leader: Lesley Orr
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

Writing can be a lonely occupation. To counter this, we fellow-writers meet monthly to share excerpts from our ongoing stories, and provide each other with encouragement, support, and valuable feedback. At each meeting, one pre-selected writer distributes and reads their work to get reactions from the other group members. Thoughtful, detailed critiques, tips, and ideas help us to explore ways to improve our work. We focus on fiction and biography in our writing, but also examine the skills of famous short story writers and, occasionally, poets in readings Lesley provides.


Ethics for Citizens of a Democracy cont’d

4 sessions
Dates: Friday, January 24, February 7 & 21, March 6
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $40
Leader: Ken Melchin
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Examination of the ideas expressed in “Democracy on Trial” by Jean Bethke Elshtain, will continue into 2020. Ken Melchin, a retired ethics professor, shares his knowledge of a topic that is very relevant in today’s world. Come join the discussions. 

The book is published by Anansi Press (Canada) and Basic Books (USA). 


Cozy Canadian Beverage Mitt (sewing)

Maximum: 10
Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Marielle Brunet
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

 Every hockey Mom and Dad needs one of these beverage holders to match their mittens. Bring your sewing machine to Glengarry Encore where Marielle will teach you how to make a warm fleece beverage holder. Supplies required: Sewing needs and ½ yard of Polar Fleece with 25% to 50% stretch.  


Snowshoeing at the Summerstown Trails

Date:  Tuesday, January 28
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: FOST volunteers / Helena McCuaig
Location: 6150 County Rd 27, Williamstown, South Glengarry K0C 2J0

Come and enjoy a winter wonderland at the Summerstown Trails. You will be welcomed by FOST (Friends of the Summerstown Trails) volunteers who have come to support the novices. They will lead us along beautiful, groomed snow shoe trails through the hardwood forest. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them at the trailhead for $6. www.summerstowntrails.com


 Book Club Using Library Kits

6 sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Thursdays, Jan.30, Feb 27, March 26, Apr. 30, May 28, June 25
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $20
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

Come and share your opinions about the library books we choose to read and discuss! We meet once a month to talk about a book, and our meetings are a lot of fun! We use library-kits (selected by librarians) and/or library books as our reading material. This eliminates the need to purchase books. The kits comprise ten copies of the same novel, chosen for its readability and popularity.


February

Little Black Book of Scams

Date: Monday, Feb 3
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10      Photocopy cost: $5
Leader: Tony Chenel
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

In Tony’s words, “Scammers are sneaky and sly”. No one is immune to fraud; anyone can be targeted: from youngsters to retirees; from small businesses to large corporations. With his background in technology, Tony is well qualified to help you protect yourself from scams. Everyone will receive a photocopy of the book.


The Meaning of my Dream

2 sessions
Date: Wednesday, Feb 5 & 12
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $20
Leader: Judith St Laurent
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Judith will present methods that will help you attain an understanding of your dreams using various approaches and practices. Learn to understand the story the dream is telling you about yourself. “Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.”…Brian Herbert


“An EVening with Brian”    

Date:   Wednesday, February 5
Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost:  $10
Leader:  Brian Timms
Location:  Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Electric cars! Come listen to the EV (Electrical Vehicle) experiences from an early adopter. Brian will share aspects of buying and owning an EV in Alexandria.  


Building Roads and Filling Potholes

Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Donaldson MacLeod
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Donaldson, a retired engineer, will keep you entertained as he tells the tales of two Canadian highway systems: the Trans-Canada Highway connecting Canada east to west and the Northern Highways built on Permafrost. 

Part one will feature the history of building the Trans-Canada Highway and an exploration of the possible future for the longest continuous highway in the world.

Then Donaldson will describe problems involved in building highways on permafrost in Northern Canada. This permanently frozen ground thaws when the surface is disturbed and, in ice rich permafrost zones, this results in massive differential settlements and slope stability problems. Donaldson will cover ways of minimizing these problems and changes in highway design that may be required due to climate change.


Learn to Carve

10 sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 19, 26; March 4, 11, 25; Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $50        Supply Cost: $5
Leader: Michel Latreille
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

Michel, an award-winning Master Carver, has shared his expertise with Glengarry Encore carvers for over ten years. Whether you are a beginner or experienced in the craft, come and share the satisfaction and joy to be found in carving. If you have any carving tools, please bring them. If not, you will have access to some. Michel will provide a piece of wood at minimal cost, and guide you in a project of your choice. 


Saving Your Data (Intermediate)

Maximum: 10
Date: Wednesday, Feb 26
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Ginny Menard
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

For this intermediate class you must be able to navigate through your device with ease. Ginny will focus on teaching you how to efficiently back up your contacts, information, and photos. This session is mainly for cellular devices and the information can be applied to Apple and Android operating systems. Please bring your device.


Breeze Through Security 

Date:   Thursday, Feb 27
Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader:  Christine Langlois
Location:  Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Regardless of your reasons for flying, you will face the security check-in at the airport. Christine, who works in Ottawa for CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority), will help you prepare before you face that security agent. Respecting a few simple rules for security screening will make your passage through the security gates faster and simpler. Join us to learn from a professional all the best tips and tricks for your next trip!


March

Ageing in a Home of Your Choice

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Jean François Pinsonnault
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

As we age, all of us will be faced with the prospect of leaving our homes or altering the environment in which we live. Jean-François will provide ideas and suggestions on how to adapt your home to your current and future needs. This presentation is based on the 14 years experience of a son who was the principal caregiver to his mother.


Trekking to Machu Picchu, Peru

Date: Monday, March 9
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Anna Russell
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Anna is a strong supporter of the Shelter Foundation which raises funds and awareness for women’s and children’s shelters across Canada. This led her to participate in three charity treks in the last five years. Come and enjoy Anna’s story and pictures of her experiences in Peru.


iPad for Beginners

2 sessions
Maximum: 14
Date: Tuesday, March 10 & 24
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $20
Leader: LeeAnne Valance
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

These two sessions are designed for beginners and will cover the very basics of the iPad. You will learn tips that will help you get the most out of your iPad. After these sessions, you may even be able to teach your family and friends a neat trick or two.

Please bring your iPad to the class.


STOP! Your Feet Don’t Have to Hurt!  

Date: Tuesday, March 10
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader:  Josée Hunter
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

We all have feet, so why do we think of them only when they are hurting?  In this workshop, Josée will teach you tips and tricks to keep your feet healthy and comfortable.  Calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails will all be addressed. Josée’s years as a nurse, trained in foot care, allow her to discuss plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and complications from diabetes. At the end of the day, feet are expected to feel tired but they should never hurt!


Sunflower Wreath

Maximum: 15
Date: Monday, March 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Marielle Brunet
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Learn how to work with burlap to create your own beautiful projects. In this session, Marielle will help you produce a beautiful sunflower for your front door. Please bring the following supplies: 10” wire wreath form, yellow pipe cleaners, 2 yards yellow burlap, ½ yard green burlap, ¼ yard brown burlap. Scissors, needle and brown thread.  


Prophecies of the Passion

Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Len Siwik
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

 For centuries, the Jewish people looked for a Messiah. In the Old Testament, there are more than three hundred prophesies that describe Him: how He would be recognized and how He would be treated. This DVD presentation concentrates on 22 of the prophecies that describe Christ’s final days on earth. The presentation will be followed by a discussion.


“DIY” Can You Really Do It Yourself? 

3 sessions
Date: Tuesdays, March 31, April 7 & 14
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $30
Leader: Jack Snoeks
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

Is there an area of your house you have wanted to change but were concerned about the cost or the results? Are you somewhat comfortable handling tools? Do you find DIY intriguing but also just a bit scary? Whether on your own or with the help of a contractor, you can often tackle a reasonable DIY building project such as storage, bathroom, or kitchen. Why not let Jack’s 30 years of renovating and building experience demystify your dilemma and show you the possibilities of ‘doing it yourself’.


A Chat about Alzheimer’s

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Sandra Bowness
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

In this day and age, most people’s lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease—be it through a close family member, a relative, or a friend.  We will discuss what Alzheimer’s is, the myths about it, and finally, simple things that one can do to help prevent or delay this deadly disease, even if it is prevalent in your own family.  


Hors d’oeuvres

Maximum: 15
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $10 Supply Cost:  $10
Leader: Margaret McCormick
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0

Hors d’oeuvres: the word sounds exotic; the look and the taste is often quite exotic! These one-bite delicacies are usually meant to take the edge off our appetites before dinner, but, admit it, some of us could make a complete meal of hors d’oeuvres. Chef Margaret will tell us how many appetizers per guest, as well as answer any questions while demonstrating how to make several different types. Of course, you will get to sample the deliciousness.


April

The Scoop on Poop

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: René and Jessica Goulet
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre 

Do you live in a house that is not connected to a municipal sewage system? If you rely on a septic system, do you know how to keep it functioning at top efficiency? Is that tree too close? Is it time to get it pumped out? Where does the sewage go after it leaves your septic system? With years of experience, René can answer your questions. Even those of you on a municipal sewage system will be interested in the unique, ecofriendly method used by Goulet Septic Pumping to handle all that septic tank waste.  


Cake Decorating for Special Events

2 sessions
Maximum: 6
Date: Tuesday, April 7 & 14
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $20        Supply Fee: $20
Leader: Marion Bebbington
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0

In the first session you will learn how to smooth buttercream icing on a cake and how to make various edgings and some flowers. The following week you will be required to make a small cake and some icing at home which you will bring to the second session and leave with a completely decorated cake. A recipe for buttercream icing will be provided. Let’s get together for some fun.

Please bring an angled spatula (size small or medium) and a pastry mat if you have one. If  you own any of the following: Coupler, rose nail size #7, and tips # 2, 10, 17, 69, 104 you will receive a partial refund for those you  bring to class.


iPad Advanced

Maximum: 14
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: LeeAnne Valance
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

This class is intended for those who have completed LeeAnne’s “Introduction to the iPad” which we have offered in past semesters. You will learn even more ways to get the most out of your iPad. 

Please bring your iPad to the class.


A Quilting Journey

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader:  Monique Wilson
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Are you enthralled with the beauty of quilts? Are you interested in quilt patterns and quilting methods? Then this session is for you.  Monique will recount her journey from watching her grandmother quilt pieces together to her own love of quilting today. She will bring a wide variety of quilts to show you the progression of quilting over the last thirty years. Come and enjoy this textile art form.


Pain, Pain Go Away

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10      Photocopy cost: $5
Leader: Shannon Marion
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Do you have continuous, persistent pain? It might not be the same every day but, at its worst, it grinds and affects your mood. You could probably live with it but would rather not! It may have been diagnosed as chronic pain, a persistent pain which is different from the healing properties of a broken bone or an acute knee sprain. Join Shannon Marion, a registered Manual Physiotherapist, in discussing what the scientific study of pain from the past 30 years has taught us.


Introduction to Water Colour  

2 sessions
Max 10
Date: Thursday, April 30 & May 7
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Cost: $20              Supply cost: $15
Leader: Suzanne Deguire
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

You only need to bring your paintbrushes and a desire to produce a beautiful water colour ready for framing. Suzanne has taught many groups and insists that drawing skills are not a requirement for the class. Her step-by-step demonstrations will ensure your success. Please bring the following 3 brushes: #4 & #10 round and ¾ inch flat.


The Land of Lemurs

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Janet Lalonde
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Accompany Janet on her 2019 visit to Madagascar. On this trip Janet focuses on lemurs, members of 32 different species in existence today and found only in Madagascar. We, along with lemurs and monkeys, belong to the same order of Primates. However, lemurs have a unique feature; two tongues; a main one for eating and a second, located beneath the first, for grooming. Janet’s journey also includes a photographic guide to birds belonging to a species of 303, found only on this beautiful island. Join us for a colourful, pleasant evening. 


May

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Date: Monday, May 4
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leaders: Susan Harrison and Rick Shannon
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Since 2016, it has been legal in Canada to request medical assistance in dying under specific conditions that determine a person’s eligibility. Both Susan and Rick are well qualified to answer your questions. They will review the details for eligibility, the process for applying and being assessed to receive medical assistance in dying, as well as important court decisions.  


MARLIN ORCHARDS – Walk ‘n Talk

Maximum: 20
Date:  Tuesday, May 5
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Diane Lunan
Location: Marlin Orchards, 6864 Orchard Rd. Hwy 2, Cornwall ON K6H 5R5

 Spring is in the air! Enjoy a visit with our host, Diane Lunan, as she guides us through her greenhouses (and there are many)! Tour the grounds as Diane shares handy gardening tips and introduces us to the new varieties recommended for 2020 plantings. Be daring, find a new plant to enhance your flowerbed, or a new vegetable that will complement your garden. 


Singing Bowls: Healing with Sound

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Darlene Wilkes
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre

Healing with the Power of Sound is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man. Darlene continues this tradition by integrating the Native American way and Hindu/Buddhist practices. At her St-Eugène studio she uses her 13 years of study and practice to help people with a wide range of physical, emotional, psychological, and medical ailments. Come to an educational, relaxing session of sound therapy.


Cooking with Chef Judy

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $10 Supply Cost $15
Leader: Judy Stewart
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0

Join us for another evening of cooking!  Did we say that you were doing the cooking? Yes! you are! With strawberries coming into season, we will be making a strawberry soup, a funky salad with fresh asparagus of the season, mini desserts, and a gluten free chocolate dessert that will knock your socks off.  Please DO NOT EAT before you come!  Chef Judy looks forward to seeing you all again.


Explore the Garry Fen Trail

Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Michael Williams
Location: Lakeshore Road parking lot

 This lovely area of the Glengarry Trails’ system is calling you. The snow is gone and the bugs have not arrived; it is time to explore. Where do the orchids grow? Why did giant swallowtail butterflies migrate to this area? What are those trees? Mike, who is very familiar with the flora and fauna of the trails, can answer your questions. Be prepared for a 3 ½ km walk at a moderate pace.


Visit to Kirkview Farms  

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leaders: Michael & Cora MacGillivary
Location: 20921 Laggan Glen Elg Road, Dalkeith, Ontario. K0B 1E0 

What is regenerative, organic agriculture? Is the produce healthier for you? Michael and Cora will have the answers.  Come to their farm near Kirk Hill where you will meet their chickens, pigs, and Angus cattle, and learn about the sustainable agricultural practices at work here.


Horses Helping Humans – a farm tour

Date: Friday, May 29
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Joanne Routhier
Location: 19855 Kenyon Concession 5, Alexandria, K0C 1A0 

Join us as we visit Joanne and her horses at “Double Beauty Equine Empowerment”. She will describe the basis of her business of “Equine Assisted Learning”. Her motto says it all: “Enhancing the Quality of Life through the Magic of Horses … One Hoofbeat at a Time”


June

Mini Art Tour

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leader: Five local artists
Location: Meet at Glengarry Encore Education Centre

On this art tour we will see the works of four exciting local artists: Yvonne Callaway, who works mainly in acrylic and mixed media; Sylvie Juteau and Andre Racette who create wondrous art from metal; Jeanne Bougie, who creates mainly large, abstract canvases; and her husband Francois Desjardins, who combines photography with graphic design. We will meet at the Glengarry Encore Centre and drive in convoy to view the works of these spectacular artists. Their studios are all in or near Alexandria.


LouLou Lavender Farm Tour

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost:  $10
Leaders: Vic and Mary-Lou Leroux
Location: 19918 Maple Road, Williamstown K0C 2J0 

Visiting Vic and Mary-Lou’s beautiful lavender field will certainly be good for your health. People all over the world have used lavender for centuries to calm and soothe. You will relax amid the sweet scented flowers and end your experience with a stop at the farm “shed” where you can admire and purchase lavender related items.