Now’s your chance to get ideas and help for creating some homemade Christmas gifts – and make a resolution to learn something new in 2015.
Retired teacher Anne Graham has returned to her family home in Lanark village and is giving the community an educational legacy, in the centre of town.
The homey Lanark Learning Centre held its grand opening on November 1, and a number of instructors were on hand – with beautiful displays – to demonstrate some of the school’s potential. Says Anne, “We will focus on teaching hands-on skills in small group settings, tailoring our courses to the interests and ongoing needs of the community.”
Classes have already begun in quilting, photography and card making, and many more are in the offing. A women’s circle will be meeting, and a men’s group is in the works. A craft circle will gather every second Friday, to chat while working on existing personal projects.
Speaking of socializing, there are wishes floating around for partners for card games, board games, cribbage, and more, and facilitators are enthusiastic about creating groups for a book club, creative writing, sharing travelogues, and many others.
Plans are on the agenda to invite guest speakers and facilitators on any number of topics of local interest, currently including beekeeping, birdwatching and health issues such as Lyme disease.
Anne and her instructors welcome suggestions, and are interested in hearing from potential instructors in all areas of expertise. Another open house is set for this Saturday, November 15, from 11:00 to 3:00.
Mark your calendars as well for a Saturday night of music with Twilight Two (Patricia Todd and Glenn Moulton), November 22 from 7:00. Admission is $8.00 and includes desserts.
There will be a craft fair at the centre on Saturday, December 13, from 11:00 to 3:00. Local artisans are invited to participate for the low fee of $10.00 per table.
The evening of Monday, December 15 will be filled with carol singing, starting at 6:00, with refreshments. Donations for the Lanark Ministerial Christmas Basket Program will be appreciated, that night or at any time.
Anne invites us to join in, ask questions, share our skills. “We need you and your ideas. If you have a passion, an interest, a talent that you would like to share, let’s get together. If there is something that you have always wanted to learn more about, maybe we can help. Please get in touch.”
The Lanark Learning Centre for Life-Long Learning is at 67-A George Street in Lanark (PO Box 49, K0G 1K0). Contact Director Anne Graham (BA, MEd), at grahamanne56 [at] bell [dot] net, or at 613-259-2207.