Tai Chi is among the offerings this year at ElderCollege. (Submitted photo)

Art, music, more offered at ElderCollege this spring

Chilliwack ElderCollege celebrates partnerships as registration day nears

The ElderCollege has a few new partnerships this semester, which means there are a couple fresh options for students to try out.

For the first time ever, they’ve partnered with the Community Arts Council to offer Acrylic Painting for Beginners, and with the Chilliwack Academy of Music for a Learn to Play the Ukelele Course.

This is in addition to several other partnerships ElderCollege has fostered over the years, bringing a wide variety of courses to people 50 years and over in Chilliwack. Registration for courses opens up on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m., and is now available online at http://chilliwackeldercollege.ca.

Of course, one of the longest and most valued partnership of ElderCollege’s is the one they have with the University of the Fraser Valley. UFV has supported ElderCollege for the past 19 years, allowing them to become one of the largest such lifelong learning centres in B.C. In reciprocity, ElderCollege volunteers promote UFV’s Continuing Education and University Upgrading and Preparation courses, provide UFV students with experiential learning opportunities and their students participate in research studies through UFV’s Centre for Research on Aging.

They also appreciate their existing partnerships with several Chilliwack community groups including the Chilliwack Curling Club, the Chilliwack Tai Chi Arts Branch, the Chilliwack Pickleball Club and Minter Country Gardens.

This past semester, Chilliwack’s ElderCollege celebrated its largest membership ever and offered its first ever course taught completely by UFV students.

Here’s an example of some of this spring’s offerings.

• Movement Through Ballet with Linda Craven

• 400 Years of Art, Music & Culture with Molly & Bob Ungar

• Spring Gardening 101 with George Marien

• Power & Place: A Feminist Perspective of the Role of Women from 1 AD to 400 AD with Ann Thomas-Knudsen

• 150 Things You Can Do to Save Our Planet with Margaret Evans

• Hands ON Social Media with Colleen Gingerich & Rita Metwally

To see a full list of offered courses, visit them online or call 604-702-2611.

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