Courses and Events

ALL participants speaking in LibraryOur membership registration/renewal for the 2019-20 season is now open. Please click here for more information.

Online registration for courses is now open as well.  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. Paper copies of our course calendar are distributed throughout the Valley but you can also view a copy here.

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 2019

Course Title



The Botanist's Sketchbook (Course is FULL) Sept. 30 - Nov. 18 Twila Robar-DeCoste
Our Response to the Climate Crisis Oct. 22 - Nov. 19 Janet Eaton
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy (1 seat left!) Nov. 6 - Nov. 27 Larry Bogan
Swing Bands in Hollywood Oct. 10 - Nov. 7 Peter Riddle
Taking Great Pictures with Your Smartphone Cancelled Mark MacFadyen
Unleashing the Writer Within (Course is FULL) Oct. 15 - Nov. 19 Julie Snair
Unleashing the Writer Within - Section 2 (Course is FULL) Oct. 18 - Nov. 22 Julie Snair
Vikings and Vinland: Reality and Myth (Course is FULL) Oct. 16 - Nov. 6 Birgitta Wallace
An Introduction to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Dec. 13 Anthony Harding
Science Discussion Group On-going Various Presenters


Winter 2020

Course Title



Craft Beer Appreciation Mar. 10 - Mar. 31 Bruce McGaw
A Genetics Primer Feb. 24 - Mar. 16 Linda Ellis
Introduction to Video Making with Tablets & Smartphones Mar. 4 - Apr. 8 Kimberly Smith
Peoples of the Valley: A Social History Mar. 5 - Apr. 9 Various Presenters
Religion, Ethnicity & Nationalism in Myanmar, Sri Lanka & India Feb. 4 - Feb. 25 Bruce Matthews
Use and Abuse of Water Feb. 7 - Mar. 6 Howard Williams
Watercolour Adventures (3 seats left!) Jan. 22 - Feb. 26 Peter Martocchio


Teaching a Course or Session

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 Advisory 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 2019-20 is now complete. If you would like to propose a course for the 2020-21 academic year, please complete this proposal form.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form 

We are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2020 schedule of the Lunchtime Learning Series. Proposals will be accepted until January 10, 2020.