Course Descriptions

“Learning for the fun of it”

Gary Shepherd Hall
102 Derby St. W. (Island Park)
Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0
613-930-5887

Fall 2022
Registration: starts Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 10:00am – 2:00pm


REGISTRATION:

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  • Registrations will be accepted up to 5 days before the scheduled date of each Workshop
  • Register early as courses may be cancelled due to a lack of participants.

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: If Workshop space is limited, we can only reserve your place upon receipt of payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Workshops may be cancelled due to weather conditions, or at the discretion of the instructor. If a workshop is cancelled, we attempt to notify participants as quickly as possible. The course will be rescheduled if possible.

REFUND POLICY: A full course refund will be issued if your course is cancelled or you are unable to attend the rescheduled date. Request for a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SUPPLY FEE: Materials provided by the instructor are included in the cost on the registration form. 

This fee is non-refundable 


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DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in these workshops/courses are those of the LEADER and do not necessarily represent those of Glengarry Encore Education. Glengarry Encore will not accept any liability in respect to information given in these settings

Glengarry Encore will follow all EOHU covid protocols

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SEPTEMBER

1) WRITE IT NOW (WIN) – Leader: Ron Lajoie

Length: 7 sessions
Dates: Thursdays, Sept.8 & 22; Oct. 6 & 20; Nov. 3 &17; Dec. 8
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

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.


2) BOOK CLUB – Leader: Susan Latreille

Length: 4 sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept.14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14,
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $30
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)
* Maximum: 10 Participants

Let’s talk about books. We will choose to read novels from SD&G Library Book Kits, titles chosen by librarians for their readability and popularity. There will be no need to purchase books. Come to the first meeting prepared to share a book of your choice, a short precis and what you liked about it. At our first meeting, we will also have copies of the selection chosen for our October 12th discussion. They will be ready for you to take home and read.


3) PHOTO CLUB – Leader: Milo Smith

Length: 15 sessions
Date: Thursdays: Sept. 15, 22, 29 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22,
Time: 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Cost: $30
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)
* Minimum Participants to run: 4

The photo club is for enthusiasts and those wanting to improve their digital photography skills and images. Weekly meetings are held to share and discuss images from a technical and artistic perspective as well as offer 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 such as Cooper’s Marsh, Butterflies Go Free, The Eco Museum, Ospreys at Iroquois and Chute de Plaisance. For more information send your queries to photo-club@agrobyte.ca


4) LEARN TO CARVE – Leader: Michel Latreille

Length: 10 sessions
Dates: Tuesdays; Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22,
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $50
Supply Cost: $5 (piece of wood)
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)
* Maximum: 10 participants

Michel, an award-winning 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. Let the chips fall where they may!


5) HARVESTING GRAPES AT STONEHOUSE – Leaders Craig and Joanne MacMillan

Length: 1 session
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Stonehouse Winery, 21065 Lochiel Road, Lochiel K0C 1A0

The harvesting of wine grapes is one of the most crucial steps in the process of wine making. Join the MacMillans in their beautiful vineyard to learn about their cold climate grapes. They will discuss their method of picking the grapes then you will spend the morning hand harvesting the crop. You will be treated to a sample of one of their wines. Wear layered weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Harvest clippers will be provided but if you have your own, please bring them along.


6) FARM, BEES AND MORE – Leader: Victor Brassard

Date: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Anastasia’s Domain,
2064a Lochiel Street West,
Alexandria, K0C 1A0

Anastasia’s Domain is an off-grid farm located at the west end of Lochiel Street, Alexandria near the Glengarry Trails trailhead. Victor and Julia purchased the farm in 2016 and began working toward realizing their dream of opening the farm to others who want to learn about sustainable farming and homesteading. The new cook house and bunkies welcome guests to the farm. Victor’s passion is beekeeping. You will learn how he has adapted his methods of honey production to ensure the best possible survival rates of his bee colonies. Join us on this exciting, educational adventure. You may even wish to walk some of the
5 Km trails on the property.


7) BUNNOCK: THE GAME OF BONES – Presenter: Ron Lajoie

Length: 1 session
Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 pm
Cost: $15 or $40 for a team of 4
Location: Centre Lochiel Centre 20923 Lochiel Road, County Road 21 K0C 1A0

Bunnock (also known as the Game of Bones), is a throwing game of European origin. Do not worry! We will not use real bones but black and white resin ones. After Ron witnessed the huge Bunnock tournament in Macklin, Saskatchewan he began hosting the game for family and friends. Join Ron at the Centre Lochiel Centre to learn the easy throwing game of chance for anyone, ages five to ninety-five. We need a minimum of eight people to form teams of four. Children welcome. We promise laughter, exercise and a fun social time…. maybe even a prize for the winners. Ron suggests that mixed teams work best.


8) ROPE FRUIT BASKET, PLACE MATS & COASTERS – Leader: Marielle Brunet

Length: 1 session
Date: Monday: Sept. 26
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)

Marielle has a love of all things crafty and sewn. “I saw it on Pinterest” is her favourite saying. In this session she will help you sew a beautiful fruit basket, place mats and coasters. Using a package of clothesline rope you will produce a set you will prize in your kitchen. You are asked to bring your sewing machine with white or off-white thread, scissors, and at least one package of clothesline rope (3/16 inches X 100 ft.) available at Canadian Tire, Home Hardware or Lowe’s


9) GARDENING: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES – Leader: Michael Williams

Length: 1 Session
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: 21790 County Rd 10,
(Glen Robertson Road) K0B 1H0

Michael is inviting you to join him at his home where the garden includes vegetables, small fruit and fruit trees. He will discuss growing and caring for these crops. Mike has an encyclopedic knowledge of the health value of his produce and preparation for winter storage. You will have the opportunity to drink his fruit in a tasty coulis. You may even sample fall raspberries directly off the canes. A notepad may be useful as Mike answers your questions.


10) WATER COLOUR WITH SUZANNE – Leader: Suzanne Deguire

Length: 1 Session
Date: Thursday: Sept 29,2022
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: $15 supply cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)
* Maximum: 12 Participants

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.


OCTOBER

11) THE AUTUMN CONSTELLATIONS – Leader: Harry Ewen

Length: 1 session
Date: Saturday: Oct. 1, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location:
Part 1: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)
Part 2: NG township office grounds (formerly Commonwell Building) South of Alexandria
3720 County Rd. 34 K0C 1A0

This class offers an introduction to observing the night sky, with an emphasis on the prominent stars and constellations of autumn. The class is available to young and old alike. It will be especially useful to those who have had limited first-hand exposure to astronomy. There will be three components to this 2-hour long class.
First, you will hear and participate in a general discussion of the stars, their distribution and our perspective of them as seen from the earth. This will include topics such as: – star patterns from season to season – the brightness and colour of stars – star maps – choosing a good observing site – the atmosphere and weather
Second, you will be out-of-doors to see and learn the names of stars and constellations, as well as the moon, two planets, the milky way, and a galaxy. Harry will guide you to view several objects in the night sky through his telescope.
Notes: Please dress for cold. Even prolonged cool weather can be uncomfortable. Please bring a flashlight. This class is weather dependent.


12) DEMYSTIFYING COMPUTERS: A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION – Leader: Dave Lorimer

Length: 1 session
Date: Monday: Oct. 3, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

This course gives a broad strokes overview how computers work, common issues, and basic troubleshooting concepts. It is geared towards those with a curious mind. It assumes no prior knowledge.


13) EXPLORE THE GARRY FEN TRAIL – Leader: Michael Williams

Length: 1 Session
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Glengarry Trails, Lakeshore Parking Lot

This lovely area of the Glengarry Trail system is calling you. The swamp maple is in its glory, fall asters are in bloom and the beastly bugs are mostly gone. It is time to explore. Mike is very familiar with the flora and fauna of the trails including identification of many mushrooms growing this time of year. He can broaden your knowledge and answer your questions. Be prepared for a 3 ½ Km walk at a moderate pace.


14) THE UNIVERSAL MESSAGE OF ISLAM – Leader: Yousef Vakily

Length:1 session
Date: Wednesday: Oct 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)

This session focuses on Islam and how its values have transcended cultures and borders. We will look at how many regions of the world (south-east Asia, the Arab world, Turkey and Iran, and more recently the West) adopted the message of Islam and how both the religion and the cultures influenced one another. Furthermore, we can explore the traditions and customs and how they are rooted in these values. Lastly, we can look at the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad and how it crystallized these values.


15) REMEMBERING – Leader: Sandra Bowness

Length:  1 session
Date: Friday: Oct 7, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

This presentation is about remembering. We will explore the complex way that our mind remembers things and how we can get better at remembering. We will also explore why we forget, and why it is necessary to forget. It is a complex topic—but one you will enjoy talking about—because it is all about how your brain works!


16) TOUR OF RENOVATED ROUND HOUSE – Leader: Ben Williams

Length: 1 session
Date: Friday, October 7,2022
Time: 10 am until noon
Cost: $15
*Maximum: 8 Participants
Location: 19347 Kenyon Concession #8, west of Laggan K0C 1J0

Ben Williams, a woodworker and custom furniture designer has used his skills to renovate and add to the stunning round house which he and his wife Aidan Burgess purchased in 2006. Ben will describe the changes he has made to the house as well as discussing the repurposed items. True to his desire to preserve historic log buildings he will show you his two re-purposed out buildings and workshop.


17) MAH JONGG: LEARN AND PRACTICE – Leader: Claudia Hannah and Friends

Length: 4 sessions
Date: Wednesdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $40
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)

Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game but the version Claudia will teach you is called American Mah Jongg. It is quite different from the original. The game is based on logic, skill and, of course, luck. You will have fun thinking, planning and scheming. If you watched the television show “Rhoda” you might remember her mother, Ida, constantly playing the game. Come, learn how to play but be careful! Mah Jongg can be addictive.


18) STOP! YOUR FEET DON’T HAVE TO HURT 2.0 EDITION – Leader: Josée Hunter

Length: 1 session
Date: Thursday: Oct 13, 2022
Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

We all have feet so why is it the only time we think of them is when they are hurting? In this workshop you will learn tips and tricks on how to keep your feet as healthy and comfortable as possible. Calluses, corns, ingrown toenails will all be addressed, as well as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, complications from diabetes and so much more. Learn how to optimize your comfort and health in a casual and open learning environment. Because really, at the end of the day feet are expected to feel tired but they should never hurt!


19) SINGING BOWLS: HEALING WITH SOUND – Leader: Darlene Wilkes

Length: 1 session
Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

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.


20) INTERNET SAFETY AND COMPUTER SECURITY – Leader: Dave Lorimer

Length: 1 session
Date: Monday: Oct. 17, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

There is a great deal of fear and confusion surrounding the topics of online safety, online scams, viruses and malware. This course sets out to bring some clarity to these issues. We will go through many of the most common dangers: how to avoid them and how to keep your devices secure. No prior knowledge is required.


21) FANCY FOLDED STAR: HOT PADS, POTHOLDER, CUSHION OR WALL HANGING Leader: Marielle Brunet

Length: 2 sessions
Date: Monday: Oct. 17 & 24
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: $30 plus Supply Kit: $20
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)

Many of us have seen Marielle’s beautiful handiwork. She insists that anyone who can sew a straight line can also create fabulous items using the skills you will learn in this course. Rather than having you cut 64 (3X5 inch) pieces of material etc. Marielle has prepared kits to make a star hot pad. At $20 it will include the small rectangles, backing, and thermal batting. You are asked to bring your sewing machine and iron. You will not be disappointed.


22) POETIC SCULPTURE – Leader: Louise Martin

Length: 2 sessions/ one hour each
Date: Tuesday: Oct. 18 & 25
Time: 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Cost: $20 plus Supply Cost: $8
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria (Island Park)
* Maximum Participants: 6

Louise, an accomplished artist and teacher, believes art should be fun and free from inhibitions. Come and let her inspire and guide you to create a small character using modelling dough and items from nature. She will provide the modelling dough but asks that you bring your own brushes, acrylic paint and items from nature.


23) BASIC BREAD MAKING – Leader: Bobi Leutschaft Poitras

Length: 1 session
Date: Wednesday: Oct 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: $15 plus Supply cost: $10
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria(Island Park)
* Maximum Participants: 15

You will learn to make a basic loaf of delicious bread, with or without added seeds, bran, and/or raisins! You will leave never being nervous about making bread again! (As we will not be baking the bread in-class, it is best if you are going straight home afterwards).


24) SPANISH FOR TRAVELERS – Leader: Sharon McRae

Length: 1 session
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

¡ Cerveza por favor !
Spanish for travellers. Basic pronunciation and a few grammar rules to add to your dictionary or Google Translate and you can communicate clearly. Let’s have some fun with this romance language. Bring a pen and paper for notes and you will be ready for that next trip.


25) RENEWING YOUR BODY WITH RAPID NEUROFASCIAL RESET – Leader: Heather Pasco

Length: 1 session
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

Join Heather, who is a Rapid NFR Specialist, to learn how Rapid Neurofascial Reset could be helpful to you or a loved one. It is a relatively new technique that combines many older styles of treatment. The reset is a hands-on treatment that affects the central nervous system of your body, targeting old inflammation and injuries that place painful “locks” on the tissue. It is helpful for many people experiencing chronic pain and movement restrictions. Heather has seen great success among her clients.


NOVEMBER

26) SWEDISH WEAVING CENTREPIECE – Leaders: Mary Poole and Johanna Paquette

Length: 1 Session
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 10 am -12 pm Cost: $15 plus Supply cost: $20
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall, 102 Derby St. W., Alexandria (Island Park)
* Maximum: 8 Participants

Swedish Weaving is a beautiful form of embroidery that blends a bit of surface embroidery with weaving. We invite you to come and learn the basic stitches of Swedish weaving with Mary and Johanna on a 15 by 12inch centerpiece. They will provide the monk cloth, yarn and needle as well as their expertise in this handicraft.


27) THE SCOOP ON POOP – Leader: René and Jessica Goulet

Length: 1 session
Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

Do you live in a house that is not connected to a municipal sewage 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 municipal sewage will be interested in the unique, ecofriendly method Goulet Septic Pumping uses to handle all that septic tank waste.


28) SHOULD EXERCISE BE CONSIDERED A COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE –
Leaders: Shannon Marion and Meghan Cafferky

Length: 1 Session
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Time: 10am – 12 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W., Alexandria (Island Park)

Over the last two and a half years, there is an accumulating body of evidence that suggests exercise can decrease the chances of severe outcomes from COVID-19. As we begin to lift mandates and shift measures, could the inclusion of exercise be part of the solution to giving us the resilience we need to live with the virus? Come and participate in a Pilates exercise session and experience the benefits for yourself.


29) RRSP, TFSA: INVESTMENT BASICS – Leader: Jessica Sarrazin

Length: 1 session
Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $15
Location: Gary Shepherd Hall,
102 Derby St. W. Alexandria
(Island Park)

What happens to your RRSP when you retire? Do you have enough saved for retirement? When should you start your CPP? These are questions most of us have as we approach retirement. Jessica discusses how to approach these issues and the basics everyone should know about their investments for this stage of life.


DECEMBER

30) HORS D’OEUVRES WITH CHEF MARGARET – Leader: Margaret McCormick

Length: 1 Session
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $15 plus Supply Fee: $15
* Maximum: 15 Participants
Location: Green Valley Community Centre, 4159 MacKinnon Street, Green Valley,
K0C 1L0

Hors d’oeuvres: the word sounds exotic; the look and the taste can often be quite unusual! 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