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ElderCollege Delta expands course offerings

ElderCollege Delta has expanded its selection of courses and activities for its spring semester.

ElderCollege Delta has expanded its selection of courses and activities for its spring semester.

Open to all members of the community 50 years and over, courses being offered this spring include a series on local agriculture, art (print making), art appreciation, computer and technology, geology, history, life writing, literature, opera, philosophy, science and Spanish.

Volunteer presenters facilitate all classes.

In addition to classes, a number of field trips, always popular with ElderCollege students, are scheduled.

Students can choose from a guided tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery, a visit to Reach, a guided trip by public transport to Lonsdale Quay, a local theatre outing and a guided tour of the Houweling greenhouse.

The spring semester will also feature a couple of feature presentations open to the public of all ages, including The Best Bad Idea: The True Story of ARGO.

Mark and Cora Lijek were among the six American embassy workers who escaped capture in Tehran with considerable help from the Canadian embassy. The embassy housed them for 72 days and provided Canadian passports to get them out of Iran.

Their fascinating story will redress the film's interpretation that credited a CIA agent for their escape. The Lijeks are keen to share their story and their admiration for the courageous Canadians involved.

The second free feature presentation will be of particular interest to Delta residents.

Peter Ladner, author, journalist and former Vancouver councillor, will speak about the Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way Cities Feed Themselves. Ladner will explain why it matters and how we can work together to bring our food production home.

Registration by phone (604-940-9746) is required for both community presentations.

All ElderCollege Delta spring semester details can be accessed at Information is also available by phone at 604-943-0262 or at [email protected].

Printed programs will be available in Delta's seniors centres and libraries starting Jan 28.

Registration for existing members takes place Feb. 10 (7:15 to 8 p.m.) at KinVillage Community Centre. General registration follows on Feb. 15 (10 to 11:30 a.m.) at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall and on Feb. 18 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Save-on-Foods in Ladner.