There are so many opportunities for lifelong learning all around us. Since the pandemic, many programs have shifted online allowing for even more possibilities. Below are some of the events/programs we have found. This site will be updated often, however, for the most recent information please follow the links provided for each group. This information is also available on our ALL Facebook page.
Acadia University Events/Programs
Acadia's Alumni Affairs Office have created a Virtual Events Series. These events will be presented live on the Microsoft Teams platform. Registration is required for each session. For event descriptions, presenter bios and registration links, please visit the links below. For a complete list of upcoming events, as well as recordings of past events, please visit the Alumni Events webpage.
The US Election: the good, the bad and the ugly - January 18, 7:00pm
Hindsight is 2020 – Lessons from the past year as we look to the future - January 25, 6:00pm
A Labour of Love- Understanding (and Tasting!) The Nova Scotia Wine Industry - February 8, 6:00pm
Panel Discussion: Diversity at Acadia: Fact and Fiction to Action - Acadia-specific initiative supporting black and Indigenous students - February 22, 6:00pm
Out Of Milk: Infant Food Insecurity In A Rich Nation - March 8, 6:00pm
Municipal Government and Women in Government - March 22, 6:00pm
Question and Answer Period with the Doctor from the comfort of your own home - April 12, 6:00pm
Associated Alumni of Acadia University – Annual General Meeting - May 8, 9:30am
The Acadia Café is continuing to support Acadia students during the pandemic. Online mentoring sessions have been very successful and are often easier to schedule. Please join for updates on how you can help mentor Acadia students as they design their futures. In July, the Acadia Cafe was discussed as part of the Alumni Affairs Virtual Events Series. To see a recording of that session and learn about the value of participating in the Acadia Cafe, please watch here.
Over the past three years, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre has been centrally-involved in a provincially-funded program called Redefining Retirement (www.redefiningretirement.ca). Redefining Retirement is a 5-part hands-on workshop series that helps older adults (typically 55+ but not always) answer the question: what am I going to do when I retire? In contrast to the many retirement programs that focus solely on finances, this program is about enabling older adults to determine how they will engage with their communities, deploy their skills, and connect with like-minded people once they ‘retire’. The program helps participants live fully and purposefully in their later years, to the benefit of all.
The sessions will be facilitated by the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre (www.acadiaecentre.com) and Third Sector Enhancement Ltd.(http://www.thirdsectorenhancement.com). You can also find the program on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/redefiningretirementprogram.
Have you joined the Acadia Performing Arts Series' Music Club yet? All PAS subscribers from last year have been automatically enrolled, but new subscribers can join as well for $50. Details about the Music Club and how to join can be found here.
Update from APAS: There are now many concerts to be watched and discussed on the Performing Arts Music Club's exclusive platform. All of them can be watched by new members in their own time. We have released beautifully produced virtual performances of the first two concerts that were scheduled for our (cancelled) 2020-21 live Series.
The Acadia Performing Arts Series is sharing a free concert performed by Ari Hest for everyone to enjoy. Info and the link to the concert on YouTube can be found in the post below.
From APAS Facebook: "Releasing "Live From Near Home", a beautiful concert performed by ARI HEST, indeed near his home, in Massachusetts. ARI HEST is no stranger to Wolfville audiences. He performed at Wolfville's Deep Roots Music Festival in 2008, returned by popular demand in 2009, and he even came back to perform throughout Nova Scotia in the following years.
In this concert, along with beautiful recent songs, some of which are inspired by fatherhood ( Ari's daughter is now two years old), you will hear a wonderful selection of our favourite songs written in 2008 and 2009, even a song that Ari wrote in Wolfville. (Watch the "bonus" at the end !) Look within the Youtube description for a listing of all the songs. (Click on the "time" and the video will go directly there).
Acadia Performing Arts is proud of having produced this concert with Ari. We take it out of our normally exclusive platform, and we want to offer it for free viewing to anyone who can appreciate a superbly played intimate concert by a major singer/songwriter. I've always felt that there is something Cohenish in Ari Hest. He surely has the gift of the Golden Voice that Cohen humorously attributed to himself, and Ari can also take a room in the Tower of Song.
Launching February 10, the Acadia University Art Gallery will be sharing their winter exhibition. This will be an entirely online initiative, including a virtual exhibition, archive and online artist programming. There will be a virtual opening reception for "ALONE at Acadia" on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7pm via Zoom. To register for this free event, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h-c8AMy9TamT2WbMM-mPyA.
In conjunction with the online exhibition, ALONE at Acadia, the gallery has organized a series of artist roundtables. Each artist will speak about their process and work in the exhibition, followed by an exploration of a theme, moderated by the exhibition curator, Dr Laurie Dalton. Audience questions also encouraged! The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please note you need to register for each roundtable separately.
February 24th, 7-8pm: “Art as Memory: private and public”
Join us for a discussion of the artists’ work and an exploration of the theme, “Art as Memory: private and public.” The following artists will be presenting: Wayne Boucher, Susan Tooke, Laura Kenney, Christopher Webb, Basma Kavanagh, Frances Dorsey. Registration is required here.
March 17th, 7-8pm: “Imprints of the Body”
Join us for a discussion of the artists’ work and an exploration of the theme, “Imprints of the Body.” The following artists will be presenting: Anthony Clementi, Celine Gabrielle, Brandt Eisner, François Gaudet, Miya Turnbull, Louis-Charles Dionne. Registration is required here.
April 7, 7-8pm: “Narrations”
Join us for a discussion of the artists’ work and an exploration of the theme, “Narrations.” The following artists will be presenting: Geoff Butler, Bill Shaw, Annik Gaudet, Rose Adams, Alexandra McCurdy, Bob Hainstock. Registration is required here.
ALONE at Acadia
February 10 – April 13 2021
The pandemic has shown how integral art is to our daily lives, sense of community and well-being. This curated group exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotian artists whose work responds to, reflects on the impacts of COVID-19. The online exhibition will be launched on February 10th, stay tuned for more details.
Rose Adams, Wayne Boucher, Geoff Butler, Louis-Charles Dionne, Frances Dorsey, Toni Clementi, Brandt Eisner, Celine Gabrielle, Annik Gaudet, Francois Gaudet, Bob Hainstock, Basma Kavanagh, Laura Kenney, Alexandra McCurdy, Bill Shaw, Susan Tooke, Miya Turnbull, Christopher Webb
Established in 1978, the Acadia University Art Gallery is a space for research, dialogue and community engagement with visual art.
This exhibition is supported in part by a Harrison McCain Emerging Scholar Award. Curator: Dr. Laurie Dalton
Our friends at the Acadia University Art Gallery have launched an exciting new initiative called "Art at Home". Their goal is to share information about artists and to inspire you to create at home. For more information, as well as 3 available profiles featuring artists Annie Pootoogook, Brian Burke and Cecil Day, please visit https://acadiauniversityartgallery.wordpress.com/
The Acadia University Library, in partnership with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, is pleased to announce a new initiative called “Pick up at the Public”.
Due to on-campus restrictions this fall for those folks not studying or teaching, the Acadia Library wants to continue to provide access to both Acadia and Novanet print collections.
Effective immediately, these valued Library users can send a request for Novanet items through the library catalogue. The items will then be delivered each week to the Wolfville Memorial Library. Borrowers will receive a message when the material is available for pick up and will have two weeks to pick it up. Most materials will have an extended loan period this fall.
Materials can be returned at any Nova Scotia Public Library.
Local Community Events
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is hosting a Virtual Book Club each month via Zoom. This month's book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. They will be meeting online Friday, May 7th at 10am to discuss them. (Hey...Jessica here...I've read this and it's a great book. They developed it into a TV series as well with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington which is also really good. You can find the series on HBO/Crave). For more information on the Club, please visit www.valleylibrary.ca/avrl-virtual-book-club-5.
The AVRL is offering a 4-session "Lunch & Learn" series on financial planning with Kathie Pemberton from IG Wealth Management. The next session is May 5th at 12pm and it will focus on "Retirement Planning". For more information and the link to register, please visit their event site.
For more information on all events available through AVRL, please visit their Events Calendar.
The Blomidon Naturalists Society have been busy during the pandemic organizing guided hikes, webinars and other events. If these type of events interest you, please consider joining the group. Many events and outings have been recently announced for the spring months. For more information, please visit their events page.
The next BNS field trip is coming up on Saturday, April 17 at 9am and there are still spots available for Early Valley Birding. For more information, and the link to register for the field trip, please visit the event page here.
The next meeting of the Blomidon Naturalists Society will be Monday, Apr. 19 at 7:30 via Zoom. This month BNS will welcome Dr. Laura Bourque, Megan Jones and others from the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative as their guest speakers as they provide an introduction to the CWHC and background on how climate change promotes emergence of disease in wildlife. Details about the session are available on their Events website.
During these COVID times, CentreStage Theatre has shifted gears and brought back radio plays! For all of you who are missing theatre in your lives, please visit the CentreStage website to find recordings of the four plays they have offered so far.
- The Snow Goose
- Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Tolling Bell
- Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Neglected Farm
- Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas
- My Favorite Husband: Valentine's Day
For followers of our page who live further down the Valley (or anyone who might be up for a little drive), we wanted to share some information with you about a group called CORAH - Where People Come Together, based out of the NSCC Middleton Campus. CORAH is community hub which serves older adults of Annapolis and Kings Counties. They offer all sorts of programming for seniors...exercise classes, computer sessions, in-person lectures, and even wine & cheese events! All in-person events follow public safety regulations and judging by the pictures from their events, they have a lot of fun doing it. For more information about CORAH, please contact email@example.com, (902) 526-0220 or visit their Facebook page.
Below are posters for a number of events that CORAH has coming up. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at (902) 526-0220. All events will be held at the NSCC Campus in Middleton.
Computer Skills Series – Wednesdays, April 7 – April 28, 1:15-2:30pm
Identity Theft Seminar – Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:30am
Men’s Strength & Fitness Classes – Fridays, April 9 – May 28, 8:45-9:45am
Seniors’ Afternoon Out – Beginning Monday, April 12, 1:30-3:00pm (To register for this program, please email email@example.com or call (902) 698-9174)
Mindful Movement – Wednesdays, April 14 – June 2, 9:15-10:15am (To register for this series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (902) 349-4312)
Get the Most Out of Your Medical Appointments – Friday, April 23, 1:00-2:00pm
Vaccines & Preventative Screening Programs – Wednesday, May 5, 1:00-2:00pm
The Kings County Seniors' Safety Society are continuing their efforts to connect with seniors in our area during the pandemic. They also offer services such as their Senior Safety Program, as well as additional resources on many topics such as healthy living, legal services and support groups. For more information on their programming, please visit their website.
The Kings County Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a free, voluntary and confidential service aimed at improving the safety of residents living at home who would be at greater risk during emergencies. Learn more at https://www.kingsremo.ca/vpr/.
The Randall House Museum & Wolfville Historical Society will be launching their spring/summer season shortly. In the meantime, they are offering a virtual reading series through Zoom. Next up is Dean Jobb as he reads from his book Daring, Devious, and Deadly - True Tales of Crime and Justice from Nova Scotia's Past. Join the event on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm at this link. Meeting ID: 777 1307 1305, Passcode: 0knmEG
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts was very busy in the fall offering a variety of safe programming to the community. They have announced that their Weekend Workshops are back this spring in March and April. For more information on this immersive art experience, please visit their events page.
Ross Creek have partnered with Halifax Public Libraries to offer a virtual art club called "Art & Soul" beginning February 10. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2MAV72V.
The Town of Kentville have been putting a lot of effort into creating safe activities for members of the community. They have been leading guided nature hikes, outdoor socially-distanced events and most recently, a Seniors Multi-Rec League. For more information, please visit kentville.ca/programs.
Indoor Walking is back at the Credit Union Rec. Complex - 38 Gary Pearl Drive in Kentville! Monday-Friday from 10:00-11:00am - FREE! Last day for indoor walking will be Friday, April 16.
- Maximum of 50 participants
- Participants must sign in and pass/answer screening questions
- Masks are to be worn until you enter the turf
- Please maintain social distance of 6ft/2m at all times
- You will enter through the front door and leave through the back door
- Water filling stations are not available. Please bring your own bottle already filled
Also, they have started grooming the Harvest Moon Trail, Miner's Marsh, The Gorge as well as the track next to the Credit Union complex, so strap on your skis or snowshoes, and head out for some fresh air!
The Town of Wolfville is encouraging you to to "Try it in Wolfville". They are organizing a 2km Senior Walk & Talk with one group going Tuesday mornings and another group on Thursday mornings. There will be 4 sessions over 4 weeks. Space is limited! Registration is required. Register by emailing email@example.com or by calling 902-542-3019. Walks begin March 9th/March 11th.
Public Health and Safety Guidelines will be followed.
- Please bring a mask
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Weekly walk details will be provided upon registration
Last year, ALL hosted a very popular Science Discussion Group, and this year the group is meeting via Zoom in connection with the Wolfville Newcomers Club. For more information on the Discussion Group and other programs they offer, please visit wolfvillenewcomers.org.
The April monthly meeting of the Newcomers Club will be held Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00pm via Zoom. This month's guest speakers will be from the Valley Regional Health Foundation...Greg Butler, President and Ellen Crowley, CEO. To join the Zoom call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
The Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia provides learning opportunities for seniors on academic topics. This year they are providing five courses each term delivered online via Zoom. Their membership model is an annual fee of $150 (plus HST). You can register for as many classes throughout the year as you like (as long as seats are available) with no additional fees. All of their courses are scheduled on different days, so technically you could participate in all of them!!
Did you know that the Seniors' College offers courses in the spring as well! It's true! They have just released their spring line-up of 5 more courses scheduled for April/May. Course description details and instructor bios can be found here. Recently, the Seniors' College held an information session about the upcoming term including brief presentations by the instructors on what to expect during their courses. A recording of that session can be found at https://youtu.be/GS0GnxoGFdY.
The five courses being offered this term are:
1. Addiction, Mental Health & Suicide: The Question is Not Why the Addiction But Why the Pain - Barbara Ross
2. Ageing Well with Food and Nutrition: Achieving a Sense of Well Being - Sandi Berwick
3. The Prescient Hannah Arendt - Daphna Levit
4. How to Talk Back to an Economist: Updated Pandemic Version - Alex Roberts
5. The Manhattan Project: The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Cameron Reed
To register for any/all of these courses, please visit https://www.thescans.org/courses-spring-2021.html.
Did you know that the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has free virtual tours on their website? They currently offer tours of three exhibits... Maud Lewis Gallery, Ned Pratt: One Wave and Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom. Details available at https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/virtualtour
The Gallery also offers a wonderful series available online called "Studio from Home". They have over 20 sessions available where artists show you how to make your own art with everyday objects. For more information, please visit their website.
If you are missing the routine of a weekly lecture series, we found an online version offered by the Atlantic Centre for Creativity and New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. They offer a virtual guest lecture series every Thursday at noon via Zoom. Their fall series has concluded, however the sessions were recorded and can be found here. We will be sure to update you if they offer a winter series.
In the fall we shared a weekly lunchtime art lecture series with you (above), which was connected to the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. This term, the ACC have a fun Tuesday evening series called the "Deep Winter Series" via Zoom. The schedule of sessions is below, but more information on each session, including recordings of past events, can be found on their website. Acadia's own John Guiney Yallop will offer a presentation on Feb. 16 and Sarah Pound (from Wolfville) will offer a session Mar. 9.
JANUARY 19 Jean Rooney
JANUARY 26 Trevor Strong
FEBRUARY 2 Alexis Milligan
FEBRUARY 9 Danielle Hogan
FEBRUARY 16 John J. Guiney Yallop
FEBRUARY 23 Charles Pan
MARCH 2 Robin Jensen
MARCH 9 Sarah Pound
Community Links is a provincial organization (based in Halifax) that promotes healthy and age friendly communities for NS seniors through community development and volunteer action since 1992. Membership is free and they share all types of info and events for seniors across Nova Scotia. Please visit their website at https://nscommunitylinks.ca.
The Halifax Public Libraries and Saint Mary's University have a wonderful partnership that allows members of the public to attend an academic class virtually. Classes may be joined live, or participants can view recorded sessions at their convenience. This term they are offering "Introduction to Sufism" and "Anthropology of Childhood". Please visit https://bit.ly/35Nlfx2 for more information.
The Library also offers a whole suite of videos you can enjoy from cooking tutorials to reading suggestions and much more.
Mentoring Plus continues to move ahead with their initiative of bringing seniors and youth together in our community. They asked that we share an open invitation to anyone who would like to join them. A link to their invitation can be found here. For more information, please contact the Mentoring Plus Coordinator, Kori Levy at email@example.com.
Mentoring Plus will be offering online orientation sessions every second Wednesday, from 9:30am-12:00pm. The next session is March 10, followed by March 24 and April 7. If you would like to help your community thrive by sharing your skills and knowledge in a mentoring capacity, please check it out. To register, contact Kori Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NS Health has developed a series of free online programming focusing on health & wellness. For more information, and registration details, please visit www.healthyns.ca.
An exciting schedule of author readings and presentations has been released by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. All presentations will shared via Zoom. For more information including sessions links, please visit their events website. A few of the sessions they have planned are listed below.
January 20 - "Jim Crowe Also Lived Here" - Leonard Albert Paris
January 26 – “The Spoon Stealer” – Lesley Crewe
February 18 – “How Government Really Works: A field guide to bureaucracies in Canada" - Jane Allt & Angela Poirier (online)
February 23 - "With These Hands: Traditional Arts, Crafts, and Trades of Atlantic Canada" - Don Maclean
March 9 - "Strong and Free" - Lyndsay Doyle
March 16 - “Spring Fling with the Stars, Astronomy at home” – Bill Burnyeat
April 14 - "Nights Below Foord Street. Literature and Popular Culture in Post-industrial NS” – Peter Thompson
May 11 - "Senior Moment. Navigating the Challenges of Caring for Mom" – Monica Graham
May 18 - "Letters Across the Sea" - Genevieve Graham