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Our 20th Century Begins and Ends with Poetry

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 2:30pm

Perhaps you've often wanted to read more poetry, but haven't been sure where to start. Or maybe you've always loved poetry and are looking to discover (or rediscover) some lesser known works. Or you might be somewhere in between. Whatever the case, what better way to start 2020—a new year and a new decade—than by reflecting on twenty important works of poetry that span the 20th century?

Bibliophile Lara Rae has put together a collection of significant poems, starting after the First World War, by writers from T.S. Eliot to Carol Ann Duffy, and will be examining them in her upcoming class, The 20th Century in 20 Poems, starting Wednesday, January 8th. Since the century began, poetry has been describing our world and our times in thrilling and frightening ways, and today it has never been more important. Its history and context may even be able to give us clues about where the ancient art form will take us next.

Categories: Poetry, Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Mmmm ... Chocolate Tasting

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 at 9:18am

What's better than chocolate around the holidays? How about tasting chocolate from around the world? On Friday, December 6th, Doreen Pendgracs, author of the award-winning Chocolatour book and blog, will be hosting a curated chocolate tasting in the Community Classroom

Doreen has been researching and writing about chocolate for the past 10 years, visiting 20 countries in the process. In addition to providing a sampling of world chocolate for participants to try, Doreen will also teach you how to taste chocolate in a mindful manner that will help you identify flavour notes and understand the importance of sustainability in the world of chocolate.

Join us next Friday at 7:00 p.m. to Celebrate the Joy of Chocolate!

As an early holiday treat, please use discount code CACAO to receive $10 off the price of this class. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

It's November - What's a Winnipeg Gardener To Do?

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:27am

Start planning for next season, of course! The ground outside may be frozen and covered with snow as we head into the winter months, but it's the perfect time to start planning for the spring. What annuals and perennials did well last year? Which varieties might do better in your garden's microclimate? Do you want to build new beds? What's the best way to start off next year's garden?

All of these questions will be looked at in detail in the Community Classroom's upcoming Winter Garden Design Workshop, next Tuesday, November 26 with Zach Loeks, a seasoned organic farmer and landscape designer. Zach's background in permaculture and soil science along with his recent focus on hardy northern garden solutions make him uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of Winnipeg's short growing season. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Making Canada's Food Guide Work for You

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 1:05pm

Canada's new food guide was released in January, getting rid of food groups and recommended servings to instead advocate eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain food and protein foods, and choosing protein foods that come from plants more often. It also encourages cooking more at home and avoiding added sugar. The advice sounds fairly straightforward, but the specifics raise a few more questions—how much is "plenty"? What plant-based foods are a good source of protein? How universal are the new guidelines? What is the best way to implement them at home? What is healthy versus saturated fat?

There is a lot to know about nutrition, and even more material and opinions to sift through, so it might be helpful to attend a class with a registered dietitian to start (especially with the holiday season fast approaching). In her upcoming class, Making the Most of Canada's New Food Guide, Maria Baranowski will discuss using the new food guide to promote health, prevent disease and learn about healthy eating recommendations. Register now to learn more about one of the key factors in overall health. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom, Health

Find Strategies for Living With Chronic Pain

Monday, Nov 04, 2019 at 3:53pm

Chronic pain comes from a variety of sources—disease, arthritis, nerve damage, injury and fatigue, to name just a few—and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life, both physically and emotionally, which can be very discouraging.

The good news is there are numerous strategies people who suffer from chronic pain can pursue to try and improve the quality of their life. 

On November 13, Erin Murray (BMR-RT) will explain some therapeutic management techniques for chronic pain, including traditional physiotherapy treatment, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy in her class, Managing Chronic Pain. With more than 27 years of experience, Erin uniquely combines traditional physiotherapy with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy for a holistic approach to help faciliate healing. Her goal is for participants to leave this class informed and hopeful. 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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