Education

 
 

Considering Retirement – are you Retirement Ready? NEW!

Planning for your retirement should be an exciting, in this interactive work shop we will explore retirement options and how to best prepare yourself financially.

Instructor: G&F Financial Group

Thu Mar 19 7:00-8:30pm
256767 Free

Meeting Room 2

Responsive Parenting: a parenting workshop

What is the meaning behind your child’s behaviour? When your child is stressed for longer periods of time, minor triggers can send him into fight, flight or freeze, creating an inaccurate stress-response pattern that can either over-mobilize or immobilize your child, impacting social engagement with others. Such heightened or withdrawn stress-behaviour can be inaccurately interpreted as mis-behaviour. Adults can react to mis-behaviour as a problem and seek out short-term fixes or respond to stress-behaviour as communication and focus on long-term growth. More information can be found at www.treerootscounselling.com

Instructor: Milo Wu
Sun May 3-May 10 2:00-4:00pm
271916 Couples $80/2 sess
Meeting Room 1

Empathy, Compassion, and Love

Free Trial!
Wed Apr 15 7:00-8:00pm

271520 Free

Is there more to life? Many equate happiness with wealth, status and achievement. Research shows what we think will make us happy eventually doesn’t. There’s a far more effective approach. Our journey blends Western psychology and Eastern mysticism. You’ll find the rewards transformative as we go beyond immediate gratification – providing top advice from psychologists, mystics, philosophers and creative thinkers in understanding true happiness and spirituality. Join Bob, a cancer survivor and author of Pure Happiness-Awaken to Your Truth, in exploring your purpose.

Instructor: Bob Molavi
Wed Apr 22-May 6 7:00-8:00pm
271521 $55.50/3 sess
Meeting Room 2

NEPP Earthquake Preparedness – Apartment Living

Vancouver is at risk of earthquakes and as such, we all need to do our part to be prepared. Apartment / condo dwellers have unique challenges when preparing for emergencies or disasters. We have all witnessed the recent earthquakes in Japan & New Zealand and have seen the devastation caused. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with an earthquake – yet few of us take the steps to ensure we are prepared. This session will ensure you and your family are prepared. It covers what is required to develop your emergency plan, how to conduct a Hazard Hunt and what to do when an earthquake strikes when you live in an apartment or strata.

Instructor: City Of Vancouver NEPP
Tue May 26 7:00-8:30pm
271687 Free
Tue Jun 16 7:00-8:30pm
271688 Free
Bidwell Room

English Conversation Circle

You are welcome to join our weekly conversation circle when you can. The group is open to all levels and there is no charge. We encourage you to practice English in a relaxed circle of friendly people. Conversations are guided by experienced facilitators and we strive to talk about things that interest you.

Tue Apr 7-Jun 30 10:00-11:30am
271924 Free

Meeting Room 2

Aromatherapy, the Art of Blending NEW!

Aromatic Essences derived from portions of the plants? discover the alternative form of healing! Learn the top ten essential oils, their therapeutic properties and how to safely and effectively use them everyday. Discuss creating your own essential oil medicine cabinet. In class, create blends for sleep, concentration, lymphatic drainage, scarring, acne and other ailments. Create a personal synergy (blend), a roll-on, massage oil, a solid scent perfume, and a perfume spray. Recipes and blends provided. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE.

Instructor: Cheryl Theilade

Wed Mar 25 6:30-9:00pm
255379 $45/1 sess

Mindfulness for Life/h4>
Learn to use mindfulness to overcome life’s challenges and improve life. Class also includes mindfulness practice to help you relieve stress and anxiety while cultivating inner peace and happiness. Join live online class on smartphone or computer from the comfort of your home. To join, visit: LearnMindfulness.org/goc

Instructor: Sung Yang
Tue Jun 16 7:00-9:00pm
272060 $8/1 sess
Online Class

Repair Workshop, Zero Waste-City of Vancouver

Participate and learn repair skills to make your stuff last longer. You’re invited to bring clothing, computers, small electronics, appliances, jewelry and bicycles that need fixing. Our volunteer repair specialists will help you learn how to repair one item for free.

Instructor: City of Vancouver
Sat Jun 27 10:00am-2:00pm
275473 Free
Barclay Room

Organic Hemp Body Care NEW!

Discover the amazing properties of Hemp Seed Oil! This exceptionally rich oil high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins absorbs well into the skin, and is very healing and rejuvenating. Make high-quality skincare products for all skin types from scratch! Participants will make and take home a Hemp Body Lotion, Hemp Seed Body Exfoliant, Heavenly Hemp Bath n’ Body Oil and a Hemp Seed Soap. Recipes for healing salves and body washes. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE.

Instructor: Cheryl Theilade
Thu May 14 6:30-9:00pm
273475 $49/1 sess
Barclay Room

Summertime Soaps & Scrubs NEW!

Great Family Fun! In this hands-on class, create healthy handmade suds with natural herbs, spices, and scents using all vegan based soap blocks. Make a ginger n’ ginseng soap, an almond exfoliating facial bar, plus a French pink clay body wash, and a Marigold Soapy Body Scrub. Recipes for citrus dish soap and shaving soap. No previous soap making experience required! ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE.

Instructor: Cheryl Theilade
Tue Jun 23 6:30-9:30pm
273476 $49/1 sess

Group Life Coaching and Reiki Workshop

This group workshop packs the best of life coaching and Reiki energy healing in one 4 hour session. You will be guided to go deeper into your core self to help discover and document your vision about your life, your core values, and authentic goals. We will be making individual vision charts with the help of photos, text, art and craft items (provided). Your will discover your top 3 priorities in life, current blocks and what is needed to manifest what you desires. A powerful group Reiki experience (without healing touch) is included to relax the mind and help your subconscious to speak freely. If you find it challenging to decide what is right for you, or want support for achieving what you desire, this workshop is an ideal fit for you.

Instructor: Shehbaz Ahmad

Sat May 30 12:45-4:45pm
274635 $35/ 1 sess

English Bay Room

Financial Workshops

 

Financial Fraud & Scams

You work hard for your money and want to keep it safe from
fraud. Learn how to identify common financial scams and become empowered to protect yourself and your family from the devastating impact of fraud. We’ll cover some quick tips on how to identify financial scams and what steps to take in the event you ever find yourself financially victimized.

Thu Apr 30 7:00-8:30pm
273468 Free
Meeting Room 2

Creating a Financial Plan

If you’re planning to buy a house, want to retire in the next few years or want to help your kids with the cost of higher education, this course is for you. Learn tips and tricks on how to make your finances work for you and your family. We’ll discuss the importance of a budget, how to make the most out of your savings, and how a financial planner can set you on the path to financial success.

Thu May 21 7:00-8:30pm
275272 Free
Barclay Room

Estate Planning and Segregated Funds

Did you know only 56% of Canadians have a Will? Don’t let the government decide how your estate will be distributed. Join our free, educational estate planning seminar for valuable information and practical tips on estate planning, including: Writing your Will; Components of a good estate plan; Creating an advance care plan for you and your family. You will also learn how Segregated Funds may help you with your Estate Planning.

Wed Jun 10 1:30-3:00pm
273470 Free
Stanley Court Room

Dog Obedience

 

Dog Obedience – Beginner Life Skills (dogs 6 mths+)

The focus of beginner training is to learn everyday basic life skills exercises such as sit, stay, down, come when called, and proper leash handling methods while incorporating varying degrees of distractions. We use food, praise and play along with scientific learning principles to teach your dog how to achieve these goals. No Reactive or Leash Aggressive dogs please. Please contact DOGSmart at 604-267-9500 or info@dogsmart.ca to check out our specialized classes. No new registration after the 2nd class.* Please equip your dog with a flat buckle collar, front clip harness, or head-halter only for all classes. All other types of collars including pinch, choke, martingale and shock collars, as well as retractable-leashes are not permitted.

Instructor: DOGSmart Training

Wed Apr 1-May 6 7:40-8:40pm
273473 $179/6 sess

Barclay Room

Rally-O & Connection Games (Dogs 5 months+)

This course is a combination of Rally Obedience and Connection Games. Each week, you will work on a variety of movements and incorporate those into either Rally Obedience or Connection Games. This course will help you and your dog work on your bond and further your obedience skills. This is for FUN! Suitable age for this class is dogs over 5 months old, have some previous training background. This class does not address behaviour problems. . No reactive or leash aggressive dog. Please contact DOGSmart at 604-267-9500 or info@dogsmart.ca to check out our specialized classes. No new registration after the 2nd class.

Instructor: DOGSmart Training

Wed May 20-Jun 24 7:40-8:40pm
273474 $179/6 sess

Barclay Room

Dog Obedience – Puppy SmartStart (dogs 10-20 wks)

In this program, your puppy will learn the importance of socialization to other dogs, people, and objects. Course content includes an introduction to basic commands. Behaviours such as house training, bite inhibition, jumping up, and there solutions are discussed. Two sets of vaccinations are required. No new registration after the 2nd class. * Please equip your dog with a flat buckle collar, front clip harness, or head-halter only for all classes. All other types of collars including pinch, choke, martingale and shock collars, as well as retractable-leashes are not permitted.

Instructor: DOGSmart Training

Wed Apr 1-May 6 6:30-7:30pm
273471 $179/6 sess
Wed May 20-Jun 24 6:30-7:30pm
273472 $179/6 sess

Barclay Room

Dog Obedience – Puppy SmartStart (dogs 10-20 wks)

Two sets of vaccinations are required. In this program, your puppy will learn the importance of socialization to other dogs, people, and objects. Course content includes an introduction to basic commands. Behaviours such as house training, bite inhibition, jumping up, and solutions are discussed. No new registration after the 2nd class.

Instructor: DOGSmart Training

Wed Jan 8-Feb 12 6:30-7:30pm
254210 $179/6 sess

Wed Feb 19-Mar 25 6:30-7:30pm
254211 $179/6 sess

Barclay Room

 

Community Care First Aid

TRAINING PARTNER OF THE CANADIAN RED CROSS
For further course details, visit www.communitycarefirstaid.com

 

Emergency First Aid & CPR C/AED

Simple First-Aid & CPR techniques taught in an interactive environment, for individuals who want an overview of First-Aid & CPR for home or in the workplace. The course covers skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies for adults (CPR Level C) and other topics such as choking, airway and breathing emergencies in babies and children and AED certification. Canadian Red Cross certificate valid for 3 years upon completion

Instructor: Community Care First Aid

Sat Jun 6 9:10am-5:00pm
271134 $90/Person

Barclay Room

Red Cross Babysitting (11-16 yrs)

This course is a nationally recognized program designed to prepare your growing teen to develop self-assurance, knowledge, and skills required for babysitting duties and when caring for themselves alone.

Instructor: Community Care First Aid

Sat May 23 9:30am-4:30pm
271136 $65/Person

Barclay Room

 

Computer Skills Classes

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver’s is offering FREE, 1.5 hr workshops to increase participants comfort level with current technology, with a focus on computers, tablets and smart phones throughout the Lower Mainland. Participants will learn more about a wide variety of topics such as: how to engage with computers and internet; use email; web browsing; search engines and online databases and how to access emerging technologies. The goal of this program is to increase participant’s digital literacy, improve their internet safely and increase computer skills.

 

Basic Computer Skills

Thu May 7 6:30-8:00pm
274638 Free
Meeting Room 2

Internet Safety

Thu May 14 6:30-8:00pm
274639 Free
Meeting Room 2

Surfing the Web and Using the Internet

Thu May 21 6:30-8:00pm
274640 Free
Meeting Room 2

 

VPL Programs

 

Fireside Readers Book Club

Stanley Court Room: 11:00-12:00pm
Meets on the 4th Friday of every Month. Please visit the Library for more details.
For more VPL Programs visit the Joe Fortes Branch or online at www.vpl.ca

 

Gardening Workshop Series

 

Introduction to Fermenting

In this joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop, you’ll learn about several fermenting options, including vegetable fermenting (sauerkraut and local seasonal ferments), water kefir, milk kefir, and kombucha. Other topics covered include where to find supplies and ingredients, how much time and space is needed, and what equipment is required. We’ll have a community seed library – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network

Fri Jun 12 6:30-8:00pm
273179 $13/1 sess

Barclay Room

Gardening with Lori Snyder

In this joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Lori Snyder, you’ll discover how to make beeswax salves with infused plant oils. It’s quick and easy! Beeswax salves have many different applications, including lip balms, natural skin care, hand salves, and salves for wounds and sprains. Gardeners – you can make salves from your garden from a variety of plant infused olive oils blended into beeswax. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Thu Apr 2 6:30-8:30pm
271915 $13/1 sess

Barclay Room

West End Urban Garden Club

Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, we share information, organize food and gardening workshops, save and give out seeds, produce the West End Urban Garden Calendar, explore possibilities for creating more gardening spaces in the West End, and engage in other food and gardening related activities. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (while supplies last), and kids (of all ages) can take a picture with WeBee. Each month we hold a discussion/ present a short talk or engage in a food and/or gardening related activity of interest to West Enders and others. January – Place Your 2020 Seed and Soil Amendment Orders, February – Making Seed Packets for the Seed Library, March – What are you planting this year?. All ages welcome, whether you currently have a garden or not! Preceded by Village Vancouver’s and WENFN’s monthly Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (separate registration required).

Instructor: West End Food Network

Sun Apr 26 Bee Houses 2:30-3:30pm
271906 Free
Sun May 24 Seed Packets 2:30-3:30pm
271907 Free
Sun Jun 14 Garden Calendar 2:30-3:30pm
271908 Free

Barclay Room

Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants. Each month we present a short workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic. January – Exploring Responses to the Climate Emergency (share actions you’re taking, especially ones which others can also take), February – Mason Bees, March – Passive Houses, Followed by the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required).

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network

Sun Apr 26 Pollinator Flowers 1:00-2:30pm
271900 Free
Sun May 24 Tomatoes 1:00-2:30pm
271901 Free
Sun Jun 14 Sprouts 1:00-2:30pm
271902 Free

Barclay Room

Grow Your Own Microgreens NEW!

Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens that can be eaten as a fresh snack or added to salads, smoothies, soups and more. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Dr. Yael Stav, you’ll learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round. We’ll look at the difference between sprouts and microgreens, review the many possible seeds that can be used for starting microgreens, and look into troubleshooting common problems. You’ll prepare your own microgreen tray to take home! Supplies included. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network

Tue Apr 21 6:30-8:30pm
271911 $13/1 sess

Bidwell Room

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn how to grow your own food, but don?t know where to start? Did you try, only to meet with frustration? This Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club beginners-level gardening workshop with Mik Turje will go over all the basics you need to know to start growing your own vegetables: Soil health basics, planting (from seed and transplanting), watering, fertility, harvesting, plant health, troubleshooting, and information about the most common vegetable plant families and what they need to thrive! We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Thu Apr 16 6:30-8:30pm
271910 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

Early Summer Gardening

Enjoy the taste of freshly grown veggies from your garden this season! Mid to late spring and early summer are busy times in the garden, and there are a lot of plants you can seed directly. In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, you’ll learn what to plant now and how to plant properly on your balcony, in your yard, or in your community garden plot. You’ll come away with the knowledge to plant, grow, and harvest
vegetables such as peas, beans, greens, beets, the onion family, root veggies, herbs, tomatoes, and carrots starting now! We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Thu Apr 30 6:30-8:30pm
273176 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

The Art of Growing Japanese Cucumbers

Japanese cucumbers are prolific and can be easily grown in containers.These crisp delicious cucumbers deserve space in every garden. In the joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Tonari Gumi Garden Club, you’ll learn about the different varieties available and the Japanese method for successfully growing these vegetables. A sampling of simple Japanese recipes featuring these cucumbers will be offered. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Starts will also be available for participants to take home.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Sun May 3 1:00-3:30pm
273177 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

Making Beeswax Salves

In this joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Lori Snyder, you’ll discover how to make beeswax salves with infused plant oils. It’s quick and easy! Beeswax salves have many different applications, including lip balms, natural skin care, hand salves, and salves for wounds and sprains. Gardeners – you can make salves from your garden from a variety of plant infused olive oils blended into beeswax. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Wed May 6 6:30-8:30pm
271912 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

Building an Herb Spiral

Herb spirals are a classic permaculture component, which are efficient in space and have a unique organic form. In this joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Dr. Yael Stav, we’ll explore the various elements which go into creating an Herb Spiral, a compact garden with microclimates that allows for a diversity of plants. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Tue May 19 6:30-8:30pm
271913 $13/1 sess
Bidwell Room

Kombucha

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop, you’ll learn how to make Kombucha, a fermented tea drink which contains anti-oxidants and is high in probiotics. Samples will be provided. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Sun May 31 1:00-2:30pm
271914 $13/1 sess
Denman Room

Garden Perception: Gathering Knowledge by Observation

Garden Perception: Gathering Knowledge by Observation & Introduction to Common Weeds – Regular observation is key to understanding what’s going on in your garden and troubleshooting issues as they arise. Perception of those issues guides your actions. This joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop with Karen Ageson from Farmers on 57th will explore how to build your gardening knowledge through observation, and how to turn perceived issues into opportunities. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Food Network
Sun Jun 7 1:00-3:30pm
273178 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

 

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