SENIORS IN FOCUS: Elder College programs offer smorgasbord of choice

Music to writing, technology to fitness on the Elder College menu

Instructor and musician Lloyd English strums his guitar

Membership in Sidney’s Elder College program at Greenglade Community Centre has more than doubled in a year as seniors take advantage of what life can offer outside of the workplace.

Elder College is run by Panorama Recreation and started in January of 2011. It has gone from 60 members a year ago to 150 this year. One of the reasons: low-cost programming and membership. With that, seniors can access a lot of activities: pottery classes to music, technology skills upgrades to writing.

More and more programs are added to the list all the time. One of those was the recent Music To You Ears classes. Instructor Lloyd English said the program was designed to introduce participants to music — in the perspective of a musician.

“It gives the layperson some understanding of the way a musician would look at music,” English said during the recent wrap-up to his course up at Greenglade.

“People are here to learn some of the vernacular, music terms and how to apply that to their listening to music.”

The goal, he continued, was music appreciation — “what makes it work and it’s not musicology, more musicianship, from a listener’s perspective.”

Margaret Small attended the classes with her husband Ken and said they enjoy listening to music and took part in the short course to learn more about what they were hearing. The couple brought in some Dixieland CDs to share with the small group, who had brought in music of their own to compare, contrast and discover.

There are plenty of other choices on the Elder College menu this year. To learn more about the programs, visit http://www.crd.bc.ca/panorama/program/eldercollege.htm, pick up a copy of the Elder College programs guide at the Panorama Recreation Centre or call 250-655-2178.

 

Just Posted

Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

Head of Greater Victoria builders warns of changing construction climate

VRBA director Casey Edge also questions Saanich’s commitment towards housing affordability

Saanich police are looking for a man who exposed himself Saturday night

The incident exposure happened at the intersection of Feltham Road and Shelbourne Street

Saanich councillor raises the possibility of charging for plugging in electric vehicles

Coun. Colin Plant said funds raised could help build EV infrastructure

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit returns to Royal BC Museum

Exhibit will feature award-winning photographers from around the world

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Support pours in for Vancouver Island couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Most Read