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Once Upon a Time in Winnipeg ...

Monday, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:56pm

The Winnipeg Eaton's department store opened in 1905 and became a staple of Winnipeg's downtown until it closed its doors in 1999. But while it was open, a seasonal favourite of many in the city was the Santa's Village on the 9th floor, which included 15 animatronic fairytale stories—part of the store for almost 40 years. What happened to those vignettes when the store closed? For the past 20 years, they've been living at the Children's Museum!

Interested in hearing a bit more about these Winnipeg favourites? Allie Alsop, director of education and exhibits at the Manitoba Children's Museum, will be discussing Eaton's impact on Winnipeg, the creation and maintenance of the vignettes, and the background of the featured stories in the Community Classroom session, The Eaton's Fairytale Vignettes: A Winnipeg Holiday Tradition on November 1st. 

Register now for a festive look back at a piece of Winnipeg's recent past!

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom, Holidays

Learn some Russian, and some folk music, in just four classes

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:21am

With more than 200 million speakers, Russian is one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world. It's the language astronauts learn before going into outer space, it's written with the Cyrillic alphabet, and a few words, including "mammoth," "samovar" and "vodka," have also made their way into English.

Starting next month, educator Richard Castro is offering students the opportunity to learn some of this fascinating language through song. The class will start by reviewing the Cyrillic alphabet and learning how to read and say some everyday Russian words and expressions. And then the fun part—the class will see and hear how these words are used in some Russian folk songs and follow along as they hear them sung. Who knows, participants may even end up singing in Russian!

 

Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Building Bridges of Understanding with Canadian Muslims

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019 at 11:45am

The word Islam is an Arabic term that means peace and submission, and the word Muslim means one who attains peace through submission to God, yet there are persistent stereotypes in Western media that associate the Islamic faith with oppression, violence, conflict and struggle.

If you would like to learn more about Islam, and separate the guiding concepts of the faith from the myths and misconceptions, join Shahina Siddiqui—freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator—in discussing some of the top asked questions about Islam and Canadian Muslims. Over the course of three Saturdays starting on October 12, she will cover an introduction to Islam, women in Islam, core values and Canadian Muslims. The class will also include a discussion on Islamophobia.

Register now for Building Bridges of Understanding with Canadian Muslims.

Categories: Discussions, Winnipeg, Community Classroom

Learn Something New on the Weekend

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 at 8:46am

For anyone who loves learning, but may not have a lot of extra time during their busy week, our Community Classroom offers weekend courses too.

Starting in September, you can make your own Mandala, learn about the women of rock and roll, take poetry classes with Winnipeg’s very own Poet Laureate, discover the benefits of Indian spices, or indulge your inner foodie with a decadent chocolate or wine and cheese tasting (or both!).

Keep reading for a list of weekend classes coming up in fall 2019!

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Categories: Poetry, Fun, Music, Winnipeg, Community Classroom

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Can We Be Busy Without Losing Our Minds?

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 3:00pm

Coming home from vacation, heading back to work, planning for the holidays ... for better or worse, everything seems to intensify come September. To-do lists, agendas and calendars fill up, and there is a lot of pressure to balance all of life’s commitments — plus hopefully find time for your own wellbeing. It’s important to be mindful of your mental health throughout the year, but if you’re interested in checking in before the busy season picks up, our Community Classroom is offering two classes that look at ways to cope with stress, pressure and anxiety. 

On September 12, Rick Thurmeier and the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) will be teaching an afternoon session on the nature of anxiety that will explore strategies for improving control over significant anxieties and worries. The following week, Karen Toole will be starting a three session course examining the pressures we might feel to “be normal” or “measure up,” as well as looking at ways we can use that pressure to gain understanding and strength. 

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Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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