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!
- Russian Through Song starts Friday, November 1.
Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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
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!
- Celebrating International Chocolate
- Contemporary Poetries 3.0
- Respect: The Women of Rock (John Einarson teaches rock history classes every Friday!)
- Mandalas and Meditation
- Wine & Cheese Tasting
- Spices of Life: The Benefits of Indian Spices
Categories: Poetry, Fun, Music, Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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.
Learn more:Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
The days might be getting shorter and even a bit cooler as we head towards autumn, but that doesn’t mean the fascination of the natural world is behind us for the season, even if we do start spending a bit more time indoors. Autumn is a great time to learn about the variety of useful, edible plants you can find in your own backyard. Did you know that stinging nettle is high in calcium? Or that different parts of the dandelion can be used as beverages, appetizers, side dishes and desserts? Would you like to learn how to harvest acorns and prepare them as food and/or medicine?
The Community Classroom is lucky enough to have Laura Reeves, botanist and wild food aficionado, teaching two classes this September: Your Wild, Edible Backyard and All About Acorns. Both of these classes will include samples of these wild plants and nuts - so make sure to bring a mug, plate and fork to class with you.Categories: Winnipeg, Community Classroom
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