Course Descriptions


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  • 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.

    FALL 2019

    Registration: starts Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm




Book Club

4  sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Thursdays; Sept. 26; Oct. 24; Nov.28; Dec.19
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $20
Leader: Lesley Orr
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Gain a new perspective on reading by sharing the journey with others! No one experiences a book the exact same way. This can be exciting, as the opinions and insights of others can open alternative dimensions that we hadn’t considered for us. We meet once a month to discuss a pre-arranged book, and our meetings are always lively, interesting and stimulating as we talk about the book’s highlights, strengths and weaknesses, and expound upon our personal interpretation.

Writers’ Workshop

6 sessions
Maximum: 12
Dates: Tuesdays; Sept 10 & 24; Oct 8 & 22; Nov 5 & 19
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $50
Leader: Lesley Orr
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Writing can be a lonely occupation. To counter this, we fellow-writers meet every two weeks 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 members of the group. 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.

Write it Now (WIN)

8 sessions
Dates: Thursdays; Sept 12 & 26; Oct 10 & 24; Nov 7 & 21; Dec 5 & 19
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

Dementia: All You Ever Wanted to Know

Date: Friday, September 13
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Josée Desrochers
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
You forget a name, a word; you can’t remember why you went to the cupboard; you forget
where you put that important paper. You begin to wonder, “Am I getting Alzheimer’s? Is this a
sign of dementia?” and, most importantly,” How can I cope with a diagnosis of dementia in
myself or family members?” Josee, from the Alzheimer Society, can answer these questions.
She will describe the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia. She will also provide you
with information covering resources and methods to help make life more enjoyable and fuller for
everyone affected by dementia.

Photo Club

12 sessions
Minimum: 4
Date: Fridays; Sept 13, 20; Oct 4, 11, 18; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22; Dec 6, 13, 20
Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: $20
Leader: Milo Smith
Location: Glengarry Encore Centre
The photo club is for enthusiasts, and for those wanting to improve their digital photography
skills and images. Weekly meetings are held to share images as well as critiques when
requested. We usually have a weekly challenge to give members the opportunity to learn and
practice new skills or hone old ones. Occasionally we will travel to destinations with
photographic interest including Cooper’s Marsh, Butterflies Go Free, The Ecomuseum, Ospreys
at Iroquois, and Chute de Plaisance. For more information go to


Visiting France as an Independent Traveller

Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Bernie Lauzon
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Come and enjoy photos and video clips of Bernie’s time in France. He and his wife see their
travel as a lifestyle for part of the year rather than a “holiday”. Without the use of travel agencies
or packaged tours, they have enjoyed three trips to France, staying at gites and apartments. “We
do dishes and laundry. We cook and make our own bed. We are free to go where the spirit leads
us.” Their time in the countryside is followed by a week in Paris. Public transit or a rented car
take them wherever they wish to go. Next trip, buy a car!! C’est possible.
Bernie will be happy to answer your questions about modes of travel, costs, experiences, etc.

Carvers’ Club

Weekly sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Mondays; Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 16
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, offering 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.

Visit to Bee Meadow Farm

Maximum: 20
Date: Tuesday, September 17
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Natalie Rowe
Location: Bee Meadow Farm, 19558 County Road 25, Glen Roy, ON K0C 1B0
“We used to be normal people with a couple of dogs and a few cats. Then we
thought, hey! a few chickens sound like fun.” This is how Natalie describes the start of the
animal rescue known as Bee Meadow Farm. Join us on a visit to meet a menagerie of adopted
animals. You are also invited to visit the wildflower meadow on the farm.
Learn more at


The Effects of Ageing on Your Vision – Beyond 20/20

Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Dr. Joshua Smith
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Dr. Smith will focus on the many potential changes to eye health and vision that take place as we
age. These include major diseases like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as
how whole-body diseases like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, and
thyroid disease can affect vision and the health of the eyes. The role of a comprehensive eye
exam in managing these diseases will be discussed.

Radical Self-Acceptance

Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leaders: Bob LeBoeuf
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Do you genuinely accept yourself just the way you are?  Feelings of shame and unworthiness
are the source of many of the problems that we experience in our relationships, careers, creative
endeavors, and our spiritual unfolding.  How do we free ourselves from the grip of our
insecurities about being "good enough"? The most difficult and pervasive challenge to
Westerners today is the suffering caused by our feelings of unworthiness and self-aversion.
Radical Self-Acceptance offers a way to break out of this emotional prison, so that you can
discover the freedom that comes with kindness and true appreciation of yourself and others.

Ethics for Citizens of a Democracy

4 sessions
Date: Fridays: Sept 20; Oct 4 & 18; Nov 1
Time: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Cost: $40
Leader: Ken Melchin
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
“Democracy on Trial” by Jean Bethke Elshtain addresses a topic relevant in today’s world. Ken
Melchin, a retired ethics professor, will lead you through the reading of this book. It is published
by Anansi Press (Canada) and Basic Books (USA) and should be available online.

Joy of Carving

10 sessions
Maximum: 10
Dates: Wednesdays; Sept 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13 20, 27
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 guide you in a project of your choice.

Woodland Walk / Tree Identification

Maximum: 15
Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leaders: Pete Bock and Norm Genier
Location: 21845 Glen Sandfield Rd./County Rd 10, Glen Sandfield, North Glengarry K0B1E0
(Google maps shows Glen Sandfield Road as County Road 21 – the brick farm house is on the
north side of the road, about 0.5 km west of the hamlet of Glen Sandfield.)
Sometimes you can’t see the trees for the forest. In Pete’s woodlot you will see not only the
trees, but also Norm will help to identify the various species. You will learn which ones are
threatened by insects or disease, which ones are protected, and which ones are most valuable in a
Sign up early to be one of the lucky 15 people who will have the opportunity to visit a private
woodlot with a knowledgeable guide.

Sew Fleece Lined Winter Mittens

NOTE: Registration for this class closes on Sept. 11
Maximum: 10
Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Marielle Brunet
Location: Glengarry Encore Centre
Everyone needs a warm pair of winter mittens. Bring your sewing machine to Glengarry Encore
and let Marielle teach you to sew fleece lined mittens. Once you have the pattern (supplied) and
you have the knowledge, you will be able to produce one-of-a-kind mittens for family and
friends. These can also be produced using old sweaters or matted wool. You will be asked to
meet with Marielle in early September. She will list supplies and prepare you for the class.


Health & Wellness Benefits of Essential Oils

Date : Tuesday, October 1
Time: 1pm – 3PM
Cost: $10
Leader: Laurie Baiao
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Laurie has developed, through many years of personal experience, her passion and knowledge of
the benefits of using Essential Oils and other natural products. Laurie is an advocate for personal
health and wellness. Through her discussion you will learn how to safely and effectively use
Essential Oils for such issues as sleep, digestion, pain, cognitive function, immunity, and stress.

Take Care of Yourself – Listening to Your Body

Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Leader: Wen Shu Teng, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Our bodies talk to us: in our dreams, in our cravings, in our emotions. If your kidney energy is
weak you may dream of a shipwreck; problems with your spleen may lead to dreams of food;
profuse upper body perspiration could indicate a weakness of the lungs. Wen Shu, a valued
healer and teacher, will help you listen to, and interpret, your body’s messages. You are invited
to bring your questions.

Everyday Heroes: Volunteer Professionals

Date: Monday, October 7
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Lynda Cull
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Lynda Cull is one of the volunteer professionals with Friend’s International who recently
performed testing and fitting of hearing aids in a vulnerable community in the Dominican
Republic. Donations from several manufacturers were used to help many marginalized people
with untreated hearing loss and deafness. Lynda will show us how people benefit from her
expertise and compassion. This presentation shines a light on the work of volunteer
professionals who travel worldwide to improve the quality of life of so many.

Water Colour with Suzanne

2 sessions
Maximum: 10
Date: Thursday, October 10 & 17
Time: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
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 this class. Her step-by-step demonstrations will ensure your success. For this
class you are asked to bring the following 3 brushes: #4 & #10 round and ¾ inch flat. All other
supplies are provided.

Super-Size Your Brain #2

Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Robert Taylor, PhD
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Join Bob, a teacher, course developer, artist, writer, and blogger, for part 2 of “Supersize Your
Brain”. Topics will include: how your mind and brain interact; 5 myths about your brain; your
brain and personal crises; self-healing, anti-ageing, overall well-being; and updates on
Alzheimer’s and other brain studies. It is not necessary to have participated in Part 1 to benefit
from this Part 2 class.

Introduction to Tai Chi

Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Nancy Yang
Location: Glengarry Encore Centre
Whether you are young or old, male or female, strong or weak, you can all choose Taijiquan as
your ideal physical exercise. When practicing it quietly and slowly, you can sense the existence
of the air around you and fully enjoy the aerobic bath. You can feel the fluidity of the
movements like rhythmically uninterrupted waves. Taiji (Tai Chi) — the world of Yin (-) and
Yang (+). According to scientific research, the practice of Taiji can improve your immune
system, central nervous system, and your fitness level. Taijiquan includes perfect combinations
of physical movement, deep breathing and meditation. Under Nancy’s direction this world of
movement and relaxation will become a whole-new life style for you.

Historic Tour of Alexandria

Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leaders: Barry MacDonald, Dane Lanken, Robin Flockton
Location: meet at Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Alexandria is 200 years old! Come out and celebrate her birthday with three noted local
historians. You will hear the stories behind some of the homes and buildings: where were the
carriage works located? who built Garry Fen? were there brickworks to provide material for the
beautiful brick homes? You may choose to walk or drive to the various locations. You may even
want to enjoy lunch at one of Alexandria’s many restaurants (lunch not included as part of tour).

“From Our Glen to Your Glass” Winery Tour

Date: Tuesday, October. 29
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Craig and Joanne MacMillan
Location: 21065 Lochiel Road, Lochiel, Ontario K0C 1A0
Join the MacMillan’s on a tour of Stonehouse Vineyard. This family run business, situated in a
park like setting, has a five-acre vineyard producing cold climate grapes. A beautiful stone house
gives the property its name, and a large timber and beam barn provides scenic views of the
surrounding vineyard and farmlands. The barn has been renovated to pay homage to the Scottish
history of the property and region, and is the site of the winery and store. You will learn about
the grapes and the wine making process. Following the tour you may participate in a tasting of
three of their wines (a white, a rose and a red) at your own expense.


Baking: Pastry and Choux Paste

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $10 Supply Fee: $10
Leader: Margaret McCormick
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0
Margaret’s love for cooking shows through in all her classes. At this session Margaret will teach
you how to make pastry and the French specialty, choux paste. Use your newfound skills for
your holiday baking in tarts, pies and savory dishes.


Safeguarding Our Digital Life

Date: Monday, November 4
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Jeffery Poissant, R.G.D.
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
A Password is mandatory insurance for security and confidentiality of your data on websites and
email accounts, on all your technical devices. This presentation will concentrate on the
importance of keeping your information safe, with suggestions on how to manage them.
Discussion will also focus on the importance of your “back-up plan” in case of personal
emergency or death.

Chronic Pain Management

Date: Monday, November 4
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Karl Viger
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Have you been suffering from years of pain? Just incurred an injury? Want to improve your
overall well-being? Karl, from Humming Tree Wellness (naturopathy), may be able to help. He
has studied bio-mechanics (the way the body moves) and uses this knowledge in his practice.
Come listen to him explain the methods he uses to treat chronic back and neck pain, migraines,
anxiety, depression, or digestive issues.

Total Solar Eclipse in Glengarry 2024

Maximum: 25
Date: Monday, November 11
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10 Supply cost: $5
Leader: Harry Ewen
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre (Indoors and outdoors)
Harry, an amateur astronomer, has travelled to see three total solar eclipses. On April 8, 2024, he
will not travel far as Glengarry will enjoy front-row seating for one of nature's not-to-be-missed
events – a Total Solar Eclipse. This workshop consists of an in-depth PowerPoint presentation
covering eclipses generally and this eclipse in particular.
Depending on weather, the class will use solar filters and a telescope to observe a transit of
Mercury across the face of the sun, itself a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event! Come prepared for
cold weather!

End of Life Planning

Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Robin Flockton & Linda Ogle
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Robin and Linda will explain your legal end-of-life options and guide you in how to make your
choices. They can help you understand your legal rights and options (wills and powers of
attorney as they pertain to your end-of-life wishes). They will also discuss the importance of
advanced care planning and the constitutional right to medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

European Peace Walk

Date: Thursday, November 14
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Leader: Danielle Hards
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
Danielle went on an adventure and she wants to share it with you. The European Peace Walk is a
trans-national 305 km walking adventure from Budapest to Trieste. Come and see photos of
vibrant cities in Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. These places are abuzz with central
European culture and charm. In Danielle’s words, “12 days, 305 km and the opportunity to
extend the trip. What’s not to love.”

Plant-Based Tourtière and Traditional French-Canadian Ketchup

Maximum: 10
Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: $10 Supplies: $10
Leader: Jeannette Schaak
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, K0C 1L0
Learn to make delicious 2-bite plant-based tourtière which will fool even the
most carnivorous of your friends and family. You will also learn all about
making traditional French-Canadian ketchup.

Large Christmas Poinsettia

Date: Monday, November 25
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Marielle Brunet
Location: Glengarry Encore Centre
As promised, Marielle is back. Using red or white deco mesh she will teach you how to craft a
beautiful large red or white poinsettia. This craft will make your front door the envy of your
neighbourhood. You will need to bring the following items to class: one roll deco mesh 21
inches wide, 3 Christmas balls for the center (any other embellishments you would like to
use in the center), 2 pipe cleaners or florist wire, scissors. Nice to bring if you have them:
board with rotary cutter and ruler, green mesh for “leaves”, glue gun. If time permits, Marielle
will also teach you how to make beautiful bows. Bring your Christmas ribbon.


Easy Modern Square Dance

Date: Wednesday, December 4
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $10
Leader: Carole Lauzon
Location: Glengarry Encore Education Centre
If you are not having fun, then you’re probably not dancing! Join this class for an introduction to
Easy Modern Square Dancing. If you can walk to Boot Scoot Boogie, count to 5, know your left
arm from your right, you can “Easy Modern Square Dance”. You will learn moves taught by the
caller François Desmarais from Ottawa. No partner or dancing experience required. Wear casual
attire and comfy shoes. Mild exercise! Great Fun! Give it a Whirl!