Photographers capture the perfect shot during Victor Froese’s “Creative Photography” course. Registration for the spring semester at Chilliwack Elder College opens Jan. 21!

Leap into learning after 50!

Photography, snowshoeing, dance, or philosophy…what will you study this spring?

Once upon a time, turning 50 meant you were over the hill. Does anyone still believe that?

Chilliwack ElderCollege makes everyone wish they were 50 or better with their fun, fascinating courses and a relaxed approach to education.

Always wanted to try photography but don’t know where to start? Interested in fitness but intimidated by bodybuilders at the gym? Chilliwack ElderCollege partners with the University of the Fraser Valley and other local organizations to offer fun courses taught by top instructors, suited to their members’ abilities. Looking for something more cerebral? You can always brush up on your French, study philosophy, or learn new computer skills.

“We always like to offer a good variety, tailored to the needs and interests of our membership base,” says Steph Brubaker, Program Coordinator at Chilliwack ElderCollege.

With no exams or homework you’ll get to broaden your horizons without worrying about your final grade. And since very few courses require any pre-requisites, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a shot!

“There’s also a social aspect to many of our courses. It’s a very welcoming atmosphere,” says Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Hickey.

Who knows what doors you’ll open once you’ve unlocked a new skill? With over 30 courses across five distinct categories, there’s something for everybody! Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up:

1. Active Participation: Learn mindful meditation and yoga with Jenn Werner of Inner Vision Yoga, or get an introduction to snowshoeing with a day-long excursion to Manning Park.

2. Arts & Culture: Pat Gerlach is back with two sessions in acrylic painting! “She’s one of our really popular instructors,” Hickey says. Not interested in painting? Perhaps enjoy harp appreciation with world-renowned harpist Mary Murphy Demers.

3. Learn by Doing: Popular chef Elizabeth Grimaldi returns with four cooking classes in a new location, the Yarrow Community Hall, with all ingredients and cookware included in the cost of the course. Or try your hand at modern calligraphy.

4. Study & Discussion: Optimal Aging and You uses Chilliwack ElderCollege’s partnership with UFV to bring five different specialists into the classroom to discuss mind and body health.

5. Technology & Photography: “We have one computer course that teaches the very basic ins and outs, and another that demystifies cloud storage and helps students create photobooks,” Brubaker says.

Registration for Spring Semester opens on Jan. 21! Some courses sell out in as little as 20 minutes, but don’t worry, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Register online at chilliwackeldercollege.ca/courses, in person in Room A1367 on the UFV campus at 45190 Caen Ave., or by phone at 604-702-2611.

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Learners embrace their inner artists in Pat Gerlach’s “Acrylic Painting Series”. Registration for the spring semester at Chilliwack Elder College opens Jan. 21!

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