Tantramar Seniors College set for winter term

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Above, local seniors take a computer course, one of the many classes offered in recent years by the Tantramar Seniors College (TSC).  The TSC is set for its winter term, offering a wide variety of courses.

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Nancy McFarlane-Smith

Hello all Sackville seniors. Drop that last slice of fruitcake, wipe the dab of eggnog off your chin, and hurry over to the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre on Monday, Jan. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. It's time once again to register for the winter term's courses, so, as Wayne Clipston says, be there or be square!

On Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning Feb. 3, Patty Chasse is giving a five-week course on “Learning to Crochet.” And, beginning Jan. 20, Monday afternoons from 1:30-3 p.m., Virgil Hammock will inform us on “War Art,” continuing for six weeks. Both of these courses take place in the Lafford Classroom on Lorne Street.

Tuesday mornings, beginning on Feb. 4 and continuing for six weeks, Alex Fancy will give a course entitled “Paris Paris 2014 French Conversation,” just in time for that springtime holiday in the City of Lights. The Lafford Classroom is the venue and the time is 10-11:55 a.m.

In the same location Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Gary MacDonald is presenting the course: “Reading a Modern Novel:  The Headmaster`s Wager, by Vincent Lam.” This study will continue for four weeks and begin on Jan. 21.

Tuesday evenings, polish up your dancing shoes and join Don MacIntyre for “Dancing With the Stars!” This promises to be loads of fun as well as instructive, and heaven knows we need all the help we can get in surviving our Canadian winter with enjoyment. This course will be held in the Sackville Curling Club on Tuesday evenings from 8:15-9:15 p.m., beginning on Jan. 21 and continuing for six sessions.

For a complete change of pace, there’s a program called “How To Fix Just About Anything.” And with that catchy title, this course will be hard to resist. It begins on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9:30-11:30 a.m. and continues for six weeks. The Lafford Classroom is where you’ll find your presenter, Ray Dixon.

Wednesday afternoons, Al Smith informs on “So You Think You Know the Tantramar.” This course begins Jan. 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., continuing for four weeks, and is held in the Lafford Classroom plus field trips to places of interest.

Seniors taking courses on Thursdays will be going full steam ahead as there are programs in the morning and both early and late afternoon! In the Lafford Classroom in the mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Harold Popma and Bill Evans get the ball rolling on the topic “Men’s Health – Let’s Talk.”  Sounds interesting! This will be a four-week course and begins Jan. 23.

Early Thursday afternoons, from 1-3 p.m., also beginning Jan. 23, various presenters will conduct a course called “Science in Everyday Life.” This course will last five weeks and is also held in the Lafford Classroom.

And last, but definitely not least, Alex Whitla is offering T’ai Chi in the basement of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Class is 3:30-5 p.m., begins on Jan. 23, and is of six to eight weeks duration.

Friday mornings will bring back a sure crowd-pleaser with Cy and Roy again offering to lead a group of enthusiastic exercisers in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on various Sackville-area trails. We’ve been blessed (!) with plenty of snow this winter and here’s your chance to get some value out of it. This course continues for six weeks beginning on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. You’ll get back in time to make it down to the Lafford Classroom (impressing everyone with your rosy cheeks) by 1:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 24. Berkeley Fleming and Peter Manchester are together leading a program entitled “What Did You Think of the Movie Last Night,” nicely following on the Sackville Film Society`s presentation of Thursday evening. This course will be held every second Friday and continue for seven sessions.

“Well, in MY Day . . .” a course consisting of two sessions only, offered by several presenters, will take place first on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, and again on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the same time slot. These sessions will be held in the Lafford Classroom.

So there you have it – several months’ worth of fun and informative activities for Tantramar seniors. After all, aside from travelling, hobbies, and sleeping in when we want to, what’s better than a full slate of interesting programs for us retirees, keeping our minds alert, our bodies supple, and our social needs met so happily?


Organizations: Tantramar Seniors College, Sackville Curling Club, Presbyterian Church Sackville Film Society

Geographic location: Sackville, Lorne Street, Tantramar Lights

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