Encore Education Centre
1500 Cumberland St.,
Cornwall, ON K6J 4K9
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#01-SPAIN: THE COUNTRY & ITS CITIZENS
Spain is the largest tourist destination in Europe. A one-time (1939-75) military dictator defined the country with words that Spaniards hated. Spain is different. After a devastating civil war (1936-39) that he had started leaving the country impoverished and more than a million dead or in exile, the dictator aimed at attracting American tourists and easy dollars. Was Spain different then? Is Spain different now?  This course will provide a bird's-eye view of the Spanish land and of its people. Subjects will include the Basque country, Barcelona, mountains, Celtic Spain, Castilians, Iberians, immigration, religions, art, and architecture. Is the afternoon siesta a tradition? Don't feel shy to ask questions. Pilar Barkley
Mondays, Noon to 2:00 pm, Sept. 25-Oct. 23
No class Thanksgiving, Oct. 9
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $55
(4 sessions)

#02-THE GOOD LIFE–PART TWO
In past offerings we have examined the question of “EVIL” in great detail. But now what about the “GOOD” which is the other side of the coin? In this second offering on the “Good” we will reflect on how our civilization has defined the “Good Life”. As Aristotle said 2500 years ago “all humans desire happiness” through a good life fully lived. Note: There is no need to have taken part I in order to enjoy this second part of the course. . Bernard Carriere
Mondays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Sept. 25-Nov. 13
No class Thanksgiving, Oct. 9 or Oct. 23
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $65
(6 sessions

#03-CORNWALL'S FIRST LADY: The many faces of Mary Mack
Mary was a spinster lady who devoted her life to the common good, taking a lead role in many of Cornwall's social service agencies as well as in the arts. Her ground-breaking included serving as Cornwall's first alderman. She was also a fashionista. Her diary speaks of affairs of the heart, revealing a lesser-known side of this Cornwallite. Don Smith
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Cornwall Community Museum, 160 Water St W

Cost: $20

#04-STOP WHINING -START WINNING- BE HAPPIER
Though you accomplish much of what you set out to do, do you sense that something is missing from your life and fruitlessly search “out there?” If you do, you are not alone. This four hour presentation will give you tips on how you can have a better relationship with yourself, family, friends and the universe and there’s always the possibility that you could win a lottery.
Janice Pollard and Lina Boissonnette
Tuesdays, Noon to 2:00 pm, Sept. 26 & Oct. 17
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $30
(2 sessions)

#05-HOT TOPICS
Even after all these years HOT TOPICS continues to provide an opportunity to freely exchange ideas on current events and hot button issues. Not a formal debate, but an organized discussion and exchange of ideas with others in your community. Come and explore the issues which matter to you, and perhaps hear other points of view! Topics will be chosen by the group based on current events. Registrations are limited to 16 in order to ensure that everyone can be heard. Dave Holford
Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Sept. 26-Nov. 14
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $80
(8 sessions)

06-WRITE IT NOW (My Life Story)
A course for ordinary people who wish to write their life stories as a gift to their children and grand-children. Our aim is not to correct spelling and grammar. We merely want writers to tell and write their stories if they so wish. Join us for a ride and share in a wonderful journey of writing. The group is there to encourage and facilitate writing in a friendly atmosphere. Mary Thibeault
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Sept. 27-Nov. 15
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $80
(8 sessions)

#07-MORE ON A CERTAIN MR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE...
Delving into Shakespeare's life and time brings us to the very heart of Elizabethan art, religion and politics. But there is a scintillating drama of skepticism on the authorship of his immortal works. Students drawn to this rich topic will benefit from viewing on YouTube the conversation titled "Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance discuss The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt." As a grace note to this workshop, we introduce the work of The Globe & Mail's Stephanie Nolan in "Shakespeare's Face" involving an oil portrait of the man from Stratford held in Ottawa. See you there.
David Anderson
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#08-WARS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
The last century saw two great wars, but there were many additional conflicts that took place during the 20th century. During these sessions, we will first look at how World War II is connected to the First World War. Emphasis will then shift to the relation between World War II and the Korean conflict, the Vietnam war, combat in Yugoslavia and hundreds of other conflicts. We also will look at some great leaders from the period, how the weapons evolved during the century and the end result as we turned the page on the last millennium. Michel Billette
Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Sept. 29-Nov. 3
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $65
(6 sessions)

#09-CORNWALL’S DRINKING WATER SYSTEM
Cornwall’s municipal waterworks system consists of the water purification plant, and a network of pipes spanning from the Robert H. Saunders Power Generating Station Dam to the reservoir on Boundary Road and the elevated storage tank on Tollgate Road, This session will offer a tour of the water purification plant and an overview of how the system works. Please note that the plant does have multiple stairs and the tour involves a great deal of walking. Participants are also advised not to wear open toed footwear. Owen O’Keefe
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Cornwall Water Purification Plant, 861 Second St. West
Cost: $20

#10-WHO WAS THE FIRST ADAM?
Fossil finds and DNA research has moved the boundaries backwards as to when we think Adam and Eve first walked the earth. This presentation goes back to almost the beginning of human evolution, and through the use of fossil records and tools we can see how we evolved to be the species we are today. Janice Pollard
Tuesday, Oct. 3, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#11-PRACTICAL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
A non-technical look at what digital photography can do for you as a traveler, do it yourself person, home owner, gardener, writer and one who tends to forget things.
Nick Wolochatiuk
Thursday, Oct. 5, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#12-MAD SCIENTISTS – 21st Century Edition
There are some ideas that are so radical that if they were to work the implications could be revolutionary. Often they are so outlandish and unlikely to succeed that few would risk time and money to find out. BUT; there are organizations willing take the chance and provide the resources to find out. Two previous presentations covered most of the 20th century, up to GPS and the Internet. This edition will examine some recent unlikely ideas which worked/failed, or are still being worked on; and possibly a few ideas from the past which time did not permit coverage of in previous editions. Dave Holford
Friday, Oct. 6, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#13-INTENTION & INFLUENCE
This workshop has evolved from a workshop that David Rawnsley first gave in 2010, entitled “Quantum Prayer”. What has also evolved is David’s own thinking on how science and spirituality have reunited in a quantum wonderland of potential. David, who calls himself the Quantum Messenger, will show you that in a quantum world, miracles must and do happen. He will also empower you to use your intentions to influence your own world and the world we share with everyone else. Finally, he will show you that by bringing your intentions into resonance with others this influence can be enhanced dramatically.
Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oct. 10-24
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $45 (3 sessions)

#14-MATRIARCHAL SOCIETIES – Alive and Well in 2017!!!
Since we are living in a patriarchal society we assume that living any other way is impossible. Not so! Matriarchal societies exist in nature as well as in our world today. This two hour presentation explores matriarchal societies from Alabama USA to China and everywhere in between.
Janice Pollard
Tuesday, Oct. 10, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#15-IN SEARCH OF ONE'S GERMAN ANCESTRAL ROOTS
The Palatine Loyalist pioneers of Stormont & Dundas Counties

The World We Have Lost: or, How the "Palatine" German Loyalists from the valleys of the Rhine and the Neckar in southern Germany came to the valleys of the Hudson and Schoharie and Mohawk on the frontier of colonial New York. And following the American Revolution they, perhaps surprisingly, became the largest single group of original Loyalist settlers in the St. Lawrence valley, especially in the later counties of Dundas and Stormont! Why did they emigrate to the Thirteen Colonies? Why did so many remain loyal during the Revolution and migrate to Upper Canada? And what became of them? Murray Barkley
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#16-BRIDGE- NO TRUMP CONVENTIONS AND PLAY
This 5 week course will focus on; Stayman and Transfers, Stayman and Smolen, Stayman and Puppet Stayman, Extended Stayman, Checkback Stayman, and Cappelletti and defensive transfers. Each week will be a different set of hands but will build on the first lesson so there will be constant review of the previous classes. Open to all levels of bridge players who wish to improve their game. Stan Marshall
Thursdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Oct. 12-Nov. 9
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $60 (5 sessions)

#17-BRIDGE- Special Conventions & Competitive Bidding
These classes will cover: Ogust, Drury, Michaels and Cappelletti, Overcalls and T.O Doubles. Each week there will be set hands played to illustrate each convention and the finer points of it. Open to all levels of bridge players who wish to improve their game. Stan Marshall
Thursdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Nov. 16-30
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $45
(3 sessions

#18-BRIDGE SEMINAR SERIES
Led by Stan Marshall, all Saturday seminars are $20 each,
and take place in the Encore classroom at 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227. You can register for as many sessions as you wish. The seminars include a 30 minute lunch break, so please bring your own lunch.

Saturday Seminar Schedule:

18a-The Play of the Hand
This seminar's set hands will develop: Opening Bids and responses, declarer play techniques, hand evaluation, counting where necessary, and opening leads. This seminar will be especially suited to those who are beginning players and those wishing to improve their game and review their declarer play. Open to all levels and experience.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

18b-Major Suit Raises
These hands will be directed to responder's support bidding and will involve limit raises, forcing raises, raises in competition, Jacoby 2NT and Jordan. Open to all levels of bridge players and those wishing to improve their game.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

18c-Defence
This seminar's set hands will develop, defensive play, leads, signals, counting the hand and creating tricks. Open to all levels and those wishing to improve their game.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

18d-Hands for advancing players
These set hands will develop declarer's skill of playing the hand and partnership bidding at choosing the right level and strain. This seminar will further develop the skills in the previous seminars in this series. Open to all bridge players who wish to improve their game.
Saturday, Nov 18, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

#19-DEMOCRACY IN EGYPT AS OF 1900
This session will focus on the status of Egyptian democracy as of the year 1900. Topics covered will include; political life (including women’s involvement in politics), political parties, government and authority, the influence of art, and key turning points in Egyptian history. Maged Botros
Thursday, Oct. 12, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#20-TOO YOUNG TO DIE
"Too Young To Die" – During WWI & WWII many boys from 14 to 17 years old would “Join-Up” as boy soldiers, sailors & airmen to fight and in some cases die for Canada. Some joined for adventure, some joined to be with their friends, some joined out of necessity – to support the family. During WWII Canada would contribute around 1 million men & women to the cause, a surprising number of these were under age. This presentation will talk about their personal stories and the events that they would witness. They left home as boys and those that survived would return as men.
Gord Goddard
Friday, Oct. 13, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#21-THE BUSINESS OF MEDICAL RESEARCH
This session will look at the changing landscape of biomedical research, touching on the different interests of scientists, funding agencies, research institutions, journals, and patients.  We will also examine the trends towards larger, more team-based research, and more translational research - including the opportunities, challenges and pitfalls of such work. The discussion will move into areas including:  Is the money you contribute to research being used well? And what do YOU think should be priority areas for biomedical research? Scott Davey
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#22-COMMUNITY THEATRE- BEHIND THE CURTAINS
When you have attended a Community Theatre production, have you ever wondered who organizes, where the actors come from, who volunteers, what their jobs are, what happens behind the curtains that the audience never sees? This presentation by Vagabond Theatre members will also give you the basics about what happens in professional theatre too.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#23-ST. LAWRENCE RIVER CANALS
Presenter Ron Beaupre will talk about the old canals at Cornwall, from the first set of locks opened in 1847, to the present day canals on the U.S. side. He will cover each of the locks from Cornwall to Dickinson's Landing. Then he will proceed to illustrate the changes that were made to the river as the Seaway was built, including the construction of the dams at Cornwall and Barnhart Island. Also included will be the bridges over the river and the ferries that were brought in to carry the auto traffic during the period when there was no bridge at all.
Friday, Oct. 20, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#24-LOVE AND HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WEATHER

Canadians love talking about the weather, especially if is a 'good' storm. Mary Regan was a Meteorologist with Environment Canada and has worked in a number of locations across Canada as well as with the Canadian Military in Germany. Weather seems to be a topic of interest for most Canadians. Let us spend some time talking about various aspects of the weather. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.
Monday, Oct. 23, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#25-THE LOYALISTS: LIES, LEGENDS, AND LEVITY
The Making of a Tradition
"The Loyalists of the American Revolution", lamented historian W.H. Nelson, "suffered a most abject kind of fate, losing not only their argument, their war, and their place in American society, but even their proper place in history." For the past two centuries and more, Canadians of Loyalist descent and persuasion have sought to remedy this oversight and vilification. They lovingly portrayed their Loyalist forebears in an exuberantly heroic light from pulpit and podium, with pen and press, and in prose and poetry. Their patriotic efforts not only brought forth our own legends and not a little levity, but have also underscored in no small measure much of early English Canadian nationalism. Murray Barkley
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#26-WRITING YOUR OWN OBITUARY
Is it important to you that your obituary contain certain information? Do you want to avoid any possible mistakes that sometimes happen when obituaries are hurriedly written? Then consider writing your own. Join Duncan MacPhee for this two-session interactive discussion. You will examine guidelines, content ideas, pitfalls and restrictions. Make this part of your life story as well as part of your end-of-life planning. Say what you want to say, in the way that you want to say it. Come join in.
Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $30 (2 sessions)

#27-DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
In our society death is often seen as an end. But, in many societies around the world the corpse continues to play a role in the world of the living long after death has occurred. Come and spend two hours this Halloween discovering the history of funeral rites as well as some of the more bizarre funeral practices still in existence today. Dressing as your favourite un-dead is optional.
Janice Pollard
Tuesday, Oct. 31, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#28-LESTER PEARSON
Lester Pearson is arguably the most well known and admired Canadian for his many achievements which have changed not only Canada, but international institutions and had significant impact in other countries. This presentation will provide background information on some of those activities and examine some of the myths, and relatively unknown realities of his career in military service, diplomacy and politics. Dave Holford
Friday, Nov. 3, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#29-Cornwall: 150 Years of Firsts, Lasts & Other Milestones
As part of its Canada 150 celebration, the Cornwall Community Museum prepared a timeline of local and related history. Go beyond what appeared in the weekly column in the local daily newspaper as together we explore some of those milestones. Don Smith
Monday Nov. 6, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#30-MEET THE QUANTUM MESSENGER
According to the Quantum Messenger, David Rawnsley, “there is ample proof of the existence of God in the quantum world.” The QM tells us that in this world of uncertainty, miracles can do and must happen. In a presentation that re-unites science with spirituality, the QM explains how our thoughts may be the most potent power we possess. He concludes with detailed information as to how we can use those thoughts to make a difference in our lives.
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#31-HIGH ARCTIC EXPERIENCES

Presenter
Rai Sauve will discuss his experiences in the High Arctic including placements at weather stations, living with the Inuit in Aklavik, N.W.T. and Port Harrison, P.Q., duties with the Canadian Ice Patrol 1963 to 1998, flying Arctic patrols and postings as an ice navigator on Canadian Coast Guard ships 1964 to 1998, and meeting at the North Pole with the Russian Yamal, the U.S. Polar Sea, and the Canadian Louis St. Laurent Icebreakers.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#32-THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS
The word “Carol” means “a ring-dance with accompaniment of song” or “a song; originally, that to which they danced” or “a song or hymn of religious joy”! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived. We will look at the history of some Christmas Carols and have a chance to sing-a-long to a few favourites! Don’t’ worry - Unlike the pagans of old that danced around stone circles at winter solstice we will be very civilized and sit while we sing! Jenni MacDonald
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#33-FINANCE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Finance and Accounting in the federal government impacts all Canadians as to how it is collected and spent. Presenter Stephen Brown will talk about his personal experience as a professional accountant in the federal government (Receiver General and National Defence) for over 34 years. His presentation will touch on topics such as, the history of taxation and how public money supports everything from social services to national and global security.
Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

#34-FUN WITH DAVE-Christmas/Winter Edition
Yet again; Dave Holford has scoured the Globe, or at least the media and Internet, in an attempt to show how individuals and groups around the world are having FUN just for the sake of FUN – or perhaps with a hidden agenda to surreptitiously change our behaviour. Come prepared to be entertained and amazed at the imagination of people just having FUN. This edition will emphasize Christmas and Winter FUN activities; which may include if arrangements can be made, a seasonally appropriate guest appearance.
Friday, Nov. 17, Noon to 2:00 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

TECHNOLOGY COURSES:

IMPORTANT:
Please note that not all technology courses take place at the same location. Please refer to detailed course listings to determine the correct location of your courses.

#35-WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY IPAD?
This four session course will feature an overview of applications (apps) for devices, specifically iPads, iPhones, and iPods. An iPad will be used for demonstration purposes. The course will include a review of basic operations and a look at apps that come with the device. Based on participant input at the first session, the focus will be established for subsequent sessions. Questions are welcomed throughout the course. Basic familiarity with the devices is recommended. Marc Schaefer
Mondays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Sept. 25-Oct. 23
No class Thanksgiving Oct. 9
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $55 (4 sessions)

#36-HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR COMPUTER
Need to arrange your pictures or videos; your music downloads, correspondence and recipes so you can find them with a click of the mouse? Then this course is for you. We will teach you in easy steps how to create files and folders and how and where to store your precious memories and documents. We will re-enforce what we teach with comprehensive handouts and hands-on exercises in class. Please bring a memory stick to first class (16GB minimum). Hans Schutz, Jack Seguin
Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge

Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Sept. 28 & Oct. 5
St. Lawrence Secondary School, 1450 2nd St. E., Room 12
Cost: $30
(2 sessions)

#37-POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
This course is an introduction to the PowerPoint program. This powerful application is entertaining and easy to learn. It is extremely useful in organizing and presenting photos and videos of memorable occasions such as marriages, anniversaries, funerals etc. It can also be used as a teaching tool by making inspiring presentations of the information you wish to convey. We will re-enforce what we teach with comprehensive handouts and hands-on exercises in class.
Please bring a memory stick to first class (16GB minimum). Hans Schutz, Jack Seguin
Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge
Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Oct. 12-Nov. 2
St. Lawrence Secondary School, 1450 2nd St. E., Room 12
Cost: $55 (4 sessions)

#38-WINDOWS 10 EXPLAINED
Having problems navigating or understanding Windows 10? Read on, we designed a course just for you. We will teach you how Windows 10 is different from previous versions and what’s new and what is not so new, and make you feel comfortable when working with the many new features of the program. We will also teach you how to use parental controls and explore the various security options embedded in the program. We have hand-outs of the subjects we cover. You can bring your own laptop to this course; WiFi will be available. Hans Schutz, Jack Seguin
Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge.,
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
Cost: $20

Please note
that all information, material and advice provided and any views expressed by Encore course presenter(s) during Encore sessions are solely and exclusively those of the course presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Encore Education Centre.

Encore Fall Program Preview, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
at Encore Education Centre, 1500 Cumberland St., Room 227
This will be an excellent opportunity to preview what’s being offered at Encore for the Fall 2017 season. Some of our course presenters will provide brief outlines of their programs, and a short question and answer session will follow the presentations. Light refreshments will be served.
Please call 613-937-1525 for more information. We look forward to seeing you

Important Note: if you have already decided on some courses you would like to take, you can register at any time. It is not necessary to wait until Sept. 13 to register