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Comedians in Search of Gigs

Following the success of the Academy’s first stand-up comedy workshop last year, and the hilarious show they put on for the Academy Spring Talks, Michael Cole is taking his comedy troupe on the road, and is looking for bookings. Michael Cole is looking to set up performance opportunities for graduates of his stand-up comedy workshops.…

Not Many “Sleeps” until the New Academy Year begins!

As August winds its way down (already??!!), the Board, committees, facilitators and workshop attendees alike are getting ready for the start of the new Academy year in early September. Whether you are facilitating a workshop or looking forward to piquing your curiosity and engaging in some lively discussion, you may have some questions. During the…

Sheilagh Hickie Participates with TAN at International Conference on Ageing

Five Third Age Learning members took part in a workshop at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing on August 8 at Ryerson University.

The International Federation on Ageing was formed in 1973, and now has consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies. According to president Bjarne Hastrup, it is “working towards changing attitudes and creating a world where older people have a right to a good quality of life and are accepted and welcomed as contributing, active members of our communities.”

Most of the presentations ….

Society of Canadian Artists – Open International Exhibition

While you are at the show, look for paintings by the talented son of Academy member Bridget Hough – Tim Hough!

Free Summer Jazz

The 21st Annual Markham Jazz Festival is running the weekend of August 17-19 on Main Street in the former village of Unionville, just north of Highway 7. Admission to more than 30 outdoor concerts with a range of jazz styles is free. In between enjoying the music, there’s the opportunity to wander along Main Street…

The Maple Leaf Forever – a Walk and a Memory Jog

For the July 24th Academy walkers it was ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ remembered. Led by our dedicated walks-coordinator and leader, Ken Snelson, the group started out in the historic Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, which are named after the famed composer Alexander Muir, who penned the patriotic song ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ in 1867. The maple leaf appears throughout the gardens in various decorative and natural forms. Since none of the group could recite the words to this patriotic tune, an enroute iPhone YouTube recording refreshed our collective memories. Our path continued …..

A Ramble on the Humber Trails

Sheltering from the heat and admiring indigenous artwork Under the guidance of leader Jennifer Worth, the Academy walkers headed south from the Old Mill along the Discovery Walk on the Shared Path of the beautiful Humber trails, admiring, en route, the indigenous artwork painted on various bridge support columns. At the end of the route,…

Interested in Taking Part in Some Online Presentations With Our McGill Counterparts?

The Academy has been working closely with its counterpart at McGill University in exploring the possibilities of videoconferencing. This summer, the McGill organization is live streaming four of its in-classroom presentations and is looking for our help in evaluating the experiment. All that’s needed to pitch in is a computer with a webcam and Internet access.

Hot Enough For You??

Well, for the 10 intrepid Academy walkers who gathered one steamy Tuesday morning at St. Clair West Station, it certainly was hot enough…. but it got even hotter as they wandered the trails of the beautiful historic Wychwood Park Community, past Casa Loma with a peek into Spadina Gardens, then down the many steps into the shade of the Nordheimer Ravine, and ending our near-two-hour steamy journey in the air-conditioned spaces of Boccone Deli on Yonge Street for a delicious lunch.

report from the trails by Renje Laukat

Academy Working Group Submission Gains Recognition

Click below to see the submission to the Cognitive Health Innovation Contest that won the Academy’s Videoconferencing  Working Group a free registration to the upcoming Global Conference on Aging to be held in Toronto on August 8-10, 2018.