Courses and Events

ALL participants speaking in LibraryOur membership registration/renewal for the 2018-19 season is now available. Please click here for more information.

To register, simply click on the title below to find a course description, instructor bio and scheduling details. If you would like to continue with the registration click "Register Now" and it will take you to our secure online form. 

Due to a few changes at Open Acadia, we will no longer have regular business hours for walk-in visitors.  If you would like to visit our office, please call ahead at (902) 585-1434 or 1-800-565-6568 and we will set up an appointment to meet with you.


Fall 2018

Course Title



The Art of Natural History
Oct. 3 – Nov. 21 Twila Robar-DeCoste
Dealing with Climate Change  (Date change) Oct. 24 – Nov. 28 Graham Daborn
Digging Up the Past
Sept. 24 – Nov. 5 Aaron Taylor
Leonard Bernstein – Renaissance Man (Course is now full) Oct. 25 – Nov. 22 Peter Riddle
Reading and Comprehending “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking (Course is now full) Oct. 17 – Nov. 7 Larry Bogan
Travail and Travel in the Earth Sciences Oct. 12 – Nov. 9 Richard Haworth

Your Meaningful Life – Exploring the Art of Memoir Writing

Oct. 2 – Nov. 6 Julie Snair
PAS Partnership – People of the Book September 21 Bruce Matthews
Just Us! Partnership – Introduction to “King Lear” November 16 Anthony Harding


Winter 2019

Course Title



The Art of Botanical Painting Mar. 6 - Apr. 24 Twila Robar-DeCoste
Birding for Beginners Feb. 28 - Mar. 14 Richard Stern
Craft Beer Appreciation
Feb. 4 - Mar. 4 Bruce McGaw
Digital Photography – Beginners 101 (Date change) Mar. 27 - May 1 Randy Hill
Exploring "Community" in Nova Scotia: Inclusions and Exclusions Feb. 15 - Mar. 15 Various presenters
Film Genres Jan. 29 - Feb. 19 Megan Haliburton
From Norman to Plantagenet England Mar. 20 - Apr. 24 Jennifer MacDonald
Gardening for Sustainability Jan. 18 - Feb. 8 Various presenters

Introduction to Lightroom Classic CC – Photo Editing 101

Feb. 5 - Mar. 12 Randy Hill
Just An Old Faded Photograph Mar. 20 - Apr. 24 Wendy Robicheau
Music for Life Feb. 6 - Mar. 6 Heather Price
Not Your High School Teacher’s Shakespeare – Act 2 Jan. 28 - Mar. 4 Anthony Harding
Watercolour Explorations (Course is now full) Jan. 23 - Feb. 27 Peter Martocchio
PAS Partnership - Behind Dvořák’s Piano Concerto: The Man and the Music Apr. 4 Michelle Boyd
Just Us! Partnership - Introduction to "Antony and Cleopatra" Feb. 15 Anthony Harding


If you would like to offer a course for the ALL calendar, please complete the Course Proposal Form below. If you would like to present a Lunchtime Learning Series session, there is a form for that below as well. These are the general criteria we are looking for in an ALL event...

1) Courses/Lunchtime Learning sessions when proposed must be approved by the ALL Board and at the discretion of the Director of Open Acadia.

2) Courses/Lunchtime Learning sessions should be of high quality.

3) Courses/Lunchtime Learning sessions should not be commercial in nature (i.e. soliciting business)

4) Courses/Lunchtime Learning sessions should not duplicate local events.

If you idea/suggestion meets these criteria, then please complete the proposal form(s) below.


Course Proposal Form (may also be used for seminars/workshops)

Our course calendar for 2018-19 is now complete. We are accepting course proposals for the 2019-20 calendar. Proposals must be received by May 10th, 2019 and will be reviewed by the ALL Advisory Board in May 2019.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form

We are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2019 schedule of the Lunchtime Learning Series. Proposals will be accepted until December 10, 2018 and will be reviewed by the Advisory Board in December 2018.