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Architectural Talents of J. W. Storey: Mid-Century Modernism in Chatham-Kent

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This series will study the incredible oeuvre of work by the architectural office of J. W. “Joe” Storey (1923-75). We’ll focus on the variety and style of mid-century modern architecture designed by this prolific architect, ranging from simple single-family homes to large multi-use public commissions. We’ll study the entire career of J.W. Storey from his early days as a young architect to his latest works before his premature passing at 52. We’ll focus on the importance of mid-century modernism as an architectural era, how his work fit into this style & how he made it his own. 2nd part of the series will be a bus tour around Chatham, where the majority of Storey’s most important commissions still exist, visiting his many talents first-hand.

Class Size: Min.15 - Max. 30

SPECIAL NOTE:  Trip Fee includes bus transportation.


Class Size: Maximum 30
JW STOREY
Course Cost + Material/Trip Fee(s): $35.00 + $22.13 + HST(13% ) = $64.56 * NOT ELIGIBLE FOR "BUFFET FEE"

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Dates:
Monday, April 25th, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Alysson Storey
BIO NOTES:

BIO NOTEAlysson, born and raised in Chatham, splits her time between her hometown and Rondeau Park. With a  double major in History & Art History from Queen’s Univer. she spent her entire career in the cultural sector, both in Canada and abroad. After working for the fed., prov. and munic. govmt., she has recently been liberated from the joys of bureaucracy and works as a consultant for a variety of heritage, arts and cultural businesses.

 


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Canada Southern: All Aboard for Railway City! (CK)

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This course tells the story of the Canada Southern Railway and its long history in SW Ontario. We’ll take a bus trip to the city of St. Thomas, headquarters and main maintenance base of the Canada Southern and, later, the Canadian Div. of the Michigan/NY Central Railroads. Featured is a tour of the Elgin Cnty. Railway Museum. See the most extensive collection of historic railroad equipment in this part of Canada and closely examine a famous restored 1940's CN Hudson-type steam locomotive which pulled passenger trains from Toronto to Chatham and Windsor. View other interesting railroad-related attractions like the newly-restored Canada Southern Station, the historically-significant BX interlocking tower, and the gigantic trestle over Kettle Creek. Learn the story of Thomas Talbot and his importance in the development of SW Ontario. Visit the memorial to Jumbo the Circus Elephant and learn its amazing railroad-related story.  Class Size:  Max.11

This course will present 2 identical classroom sessions followed by the bus trip that will combine the participants from both sessions.

SPECIAL NOTES:

1. Due to their historical nature, some attractions in St. Thomas

    may not be accessible to all participants.

2. Lunch is scheduled for 12:30pm at the Wayside Dining Lounge.

    Each participant is responsible for the cost of their own lunch.

3. Trip Fee includes Museum Entry Fees & Bus Transportation

This course is not included in the Buffet Fee

2 Sessions:  Class Day:         1:00 pm–3:00pm                      June  6 (CHATHAM ONLY)

                    Bus Trip:          9:05am–6:30pm              Tues. June 14 (CHATHAM AND ESSEX)

*TRIP REFUND POLICY:  Cancellations must be made by Monday May 30th for a full refund of Course & Trip Fee.

 


Class Size: Maximum 11
CK SOUTHERN RAILWAY
Course Cost + Material/Trip Fee(s): $35.00 + $57.53 + HST(13% ) = $104.56 * NOT ELIGIBLE FOR "BUFFET FEE"

LOCATION: View on Map View on Map
Chatham Retirement Resort/ Bloomfield Rd. Truck Stop Bus Pick Up
June 6: Chatham Retirement Resort, 25 Keil Dr. N., Chatham-Kent June 14: Bus departs 9:05am sharp from the Subway Restaurant, Bloomfield Road Service Centre/ Truck Stop

Class Dates:
Monday, June 6th, 2016
from: 1:00PM until 3:00PM Chatham Retirement Resort, 25 Keil Dr. N

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
from: 9:00AM until 6:30PM Bus departs 9:05am sharp from the Subway Restaurant, Bloomfield Road Service Centre/Truck Stop



Course Manager: Bob Mitchell and Gary Macleod
Instructor: Bob Mitchell and Gary Macleod
BIO NOTES:

Bob Mitchell, a graduate of the University of Windsor, is a local historian and “student” of Bois Blanc Island history. He also has experience as a Bob-lo Island ride operator during the 1960's - the height of popularity of the amusement park in the era of the “Browning Line.” Gary MacLeod, with a master's degree in Civil Engineering – Transportation, spent his career at Canadian National Railways and at St. Clair College. He is a student of world history with a focus on Windsor-Essex. Both Bob and Gary have presented several local history and railway-related courses for ElderCollege.


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Hooked on Hostas: How I became a Hostaholic!!!

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Hostas are very popular in our gardens, filling up shady spots as one of the few plants that are truly shade tolerant. Many people however, do not realize the variety of colors, leaf shapes, and sizes of this versatile plant. This course will take you on a journey to discover where these amazing plants came from, and how they continue to be developed. There are more than 10,000 varieties in existence! You will learn about some of the hosta families that have been developed, their place in the garden, how to divide and care for them, and what to look for when choosing them at a garden centre. Class Size: Max. 15                                                                                                                                

# 1: All about hostas: Where they came from; the amazing

       variety; how they are used in a garden, divided and cared for;

       what to look for when choosing them.

# 2: Tour of Anne’s garden, featuring over 300 different hosta

       varieties, with a demonstration on how to divide a plant.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Each session is at a different location.


Class Size: Maximum 25
HOSTAS
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Dates:
Monday, May 30th, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM Chatham Retirement Resort, 25 Keil Dr. N

Monday, June 13th, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM Address provided at first session PLEASE NOTE:Date Change for Tour of Garden: Listed as June 6th CHANGED TO: June 13th



Course Manager: Alice Silcox
Instructor: Anne Gooch
BIO NOTES:

BIO NOTE: Anne is a former high school teacher and has a diploma from the U of Guelph, and is a graduate of the U of W. A resident of Chatham, she has found that having hostas as the focus of her garden is extremely satisfying. Her love of this plant and the many variations of it have helped her to develop a beautiful backyard, showcasing the passion she has for her hostas.

 


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Organ Crawl - The Great Pipe Organs of Chatham

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Chatham has a number of excellent church organs.  This program provides an opportunity for anyone interested in pipe organs to discover the valuable heritage of the ‘King of Instruments’ in our community.  Participants will learn about how a pipe organ works and explore parts of organs not generally accessible.  We’ll also visit 3 venues in each session to hear about the design of the organ and its unique characteristics, to hear music played, and if desired, have an opportunity to play the instruments.  Sites are located in close proximity and can be easily accessed in some cases on foot.  Locations listed below are the starting point for each session, more venues will be announced later.  Class Size:  Min. 10 - Max. 30

SPECIAL NOTE:  Participants are responsible for their own transportation.  Driving instructions will be provided.  Each session is at a different location.


Class Size: Maximum 30
CHATHAM ORGANS
Course Cost: $45.00 + HST(13% ) = $50.85

LOCATION: View on Map View on Map
Holy Trinity Church, St. Andrew's Church
Holy Trinity Anglican Church  81 Selkirk St. St. Andrew's United Church  85 William St. S.

Class Dates:
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
from: 1:30PM until 4:30PM Holy Trinity Church, 81 Selkirk Street

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
from: 1:30PM until 4:30PM St. Andrew’s United Chr., 85 William St. S.



Course Manager: Anne Gooch & Beverlee Bodnar
Instructor: Paul Wharram
BIO NOTES:

BIO NOTESPaul Wharram is a certified Executive Coach, MBTI® Practitioner and Leadership Consultant.  A seasoned leader and manager with over 30 years of national and international experience in the NGO sector, he works not only with executives and business leaders in their professional development, but also with adults in career / retirement transitioning, counseling as well as young people in career and educational planning.   He facilitates workshops on a variety of topics such as optimizing team performance, management coaching, mentoring, emotional intelligence, and conflict resolution.  This is Paul’s third Semester with ElderCollege.


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Take a Walk on the ‘Spirit’ Side: A Look at Paranormal Activities

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In this course we will explore what paranormal activities are and what we have personally experienced. We will demonstrate how our equipment can capture pictures, videos, and EVP recordings that cannot be detected by naked eye and ear. We will also discuss other topics related to why we see ghosts, apparitions, hear , smell and sense our loved ones that may be trapped in our world and can’t move on to the spirit world.  Class Size:  Max. 20

#1: What is Paranormal Activity?:  Equipment and some

      experiences Rob & Deb have had

#2: Showing orbs, pictures, videos and EVP's that they've

      captured; differences between graveyards & orbs


Class Size: Maximum 20
SPIRIT SIDE
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION:
Chatham Retirement Resort
25 Keil Dr. N.

Class Dates:
Monday, April 11th, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM

Monday, April 18th, 2016
from: 2:00PM until 4:00PM



Course Manager: Bruce Thompson
Instructor: Deb & Rob Simpson
BIO NOTES:

Rob and Deb are local paranormal investigators. Both were very young when they experienced their first paranormal activity. They live in a haunted house built on a graveyard with constant activity inside and out. They've attended paranormal conferences, investigated local houses, and traveled the U.S. and Canada to investigate claimed haunted spaces.


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Water Treatment: Out of the Tap - All You Wanted To Know

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When you open your tap and clean water comes out ever wonder how that happens?  This course will cover the topics like Algal blooms formed in the lake, lake inversions and how do we go from lake water to drinking water. We’ll also cover the different stages of water treatment and how that drop of water gets cleaned up for you. The public has reliable clean safe drinking water thanks to our local municipal water treatment facilities and the skilled municipal staff. Learn the history of water treatment from early efforts to the highly sophisticated processes of today; also the technical aspects of the operation and then take a tour of the facilities.  Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the challenges as well as the solutions used to protect an essential community resource.  Class Size:  Min. 6 – Max. 12

#1: Chemistry and process components of water treatment.

      Jar testing demonstration

#2: Chatham water treatment plant tour

SPECIAL NOTE: The tour of the facilities is not handicap access.


Class Size: Maximum 12
WATER TREATMENT
Course Cost: $35.00 + HST(13% ) = $39.55

LOCATION: View on Map View on Map
Chatham Water Treatment Plant
325 Grand Ave. E.

Class Dates:
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
from: 10:00AM until 12:00PM



Course Manager: Anne Gooch
Instructor: Tim Sunderland
BIO NOTES:

This course is offered by personnel from the Chatham Kent Public Utilities Commission at the Chatham Water Treatment Plant, Dave Bjorkquist, Dave Paulovics and Tim Sunderland.


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