Back to school is not just for the kids! Three classes—Liveable Communities, Memoir Writing, and Movies from Around the World—all start in September, kickstarting an autumn and winter of new learning opportunities for the 55-plus age group in Sooke and area.
The program is offered through a partnership between the Sooke Seniors Drop-in Society and the Sooke Region Communities Health Network, with assistance from Sooke LifeLong Learners. Funding is provided by a New Horizons for Seniors Grant from the Government of Canada.
“These are opportunities for seniors to socialize, learn, and enjoy outings that would be of interest to them,” said Carol Pinalski of the Sooke Seniors Drop-in Society, “since we do not have a seniors’ centre at present.”
The sessions on Liveable Communities will focus on what makes a community a desirable place for living, and discussion of personal favourites among liveable communities. Eight sessions, led by Bob Stamp, will run Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00, September 12 to October 31 at SEAPARC.
Memoir Writing, led by Don Brown, offers an opportunity to leave a one-of-a-kind legacy. The sessions will help participants translate their life experiences into an engaging memoir that will become a treasure for children, grandchildren, and future generations. Three sessions will run Thursdays, 1:00-2:30, from September 14 to 28, also at SEAPARC.
Movies from Around the World, led by Arlene Stamp, begins the following week, running Tuesdays from September 19 to October 31, 2:00-4:30, at Harbourside Cohousing, 6683 Horne Road. Films from various countries will be shown, all with English subtitles, followed by discussion.
“Sooke Region Communities Health Network is pleased to collaborate in offering these classes that will peak the interest of seniors,” said Mary Dunn, SRCHN chair. “We heard your requests and we have found local people that are willing to share their expertise with you.”
Future programming through to next March will include sessions on A Taste of India, Fall Prevention, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Philosopher’s Cafe, plus a variety of topics dealing with health issues and financial and computer literacy for seniors.
Sessions are by donation. Free bus transportation will be provided. For further information contact the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre, 12:30-4:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 250-642-6364, ext. 235.
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