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The Writer's Way: The World Needs your Stories (four part small class series)
January 16, 2019to February 06, 2019
Thomas King states, "The truth about stories is that's all we are." Give your family members, friends, and yourself the gift of writing down your stories.  Not sure where to start?  We're here to help!
 
These four workshop leaders will not only inspire you, but they will guide you into the writing process in four different ways that are sure to help you get your stories onto the page.
 
January 16th 7-9:30 p.m.  Because He Said So: Family Tales, Tall and True  
Storyteller and writer Susan Charters has entertained many with stories and tall tales that grew out of her family's life and oft-repeated anecdotes. Participants will be guided in finding inspiration for stories in everyday objects and personal events.
 
January 23rd 7-9:30 p.m.  Everyone is a writer  
Author Heather Wilson discovered her talent in writing when she was invited to share her life story in the Sisterhood Folios:  Born to Be Me.  Starting to write can be difficult, Heather will share her unique method to writing that will ease participants into starting to write and continuing to write when they feel that they "aren't a writer."
 
January 30th 7-9:30 p.m. Propel your story forward through dialogue
Writing dialogue is one of the hardest aspects for most writers, but it doesn't have to be. Let Annette Zoheret show you how to blend dialogue with action to drive your story forward and keep your readers entertained. Participants will learn how to infuse dialogue into narrative to bring their stories to life.
 
February 6th 7-9:30 p.m. Self-Editing Techniques for Writers
Editorial Literary Assistant Bree Crowder has assisted self-published and traditionally published writers navigating the editing process. In this workshop, she will assist participants in adding elements of fiction to their work while providing self-editing techniques to bring a piece to its completion.

This series of workshops is available for $59 inclusive.  Refreshments will be provided!


 
 
 
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An Uncomplicated Present!: An evening with Claire Tansey
January 24, 2019to January 24, 2019
An Uncomplicated Foodie Event!
Pick up your tickets at Manticore Books, downtown Orillia
Event:  January 24th, 7-9:30p.m.
Lakehead University - 500 University Avenue, Orillia

This exclusive event will take place on January 24th, 7-9:30p.m.
Claire Tansey is the former Food Director of Chatelaine magazine, as well as a current CityLine Chef, recipe developer, and culinary teacher.
You'll learn about what spices should be in your spice cupboard, the gadgets that are worth having, and some key staples that every home cook should stock for uncomplicated, delicious weeknight meals and dinner parties.
 
Your all-inclusive ticket also includes a glass of wine, and samples of five Uncomplicated recipes: Spiced Party Nuts, Mushroom and Thyme Pâté, Cheese with Chili Honey, and - for those with a sweet tooth - Date-Coconut Squares and One-Pot Chocolate Pecan Brownies.
 

You'll also have an opportunity to ask questions and even have your recipe book signed!

You can choose between a package including one recipe book (retail value $32.00), and two all-inclusive tickets to the January 24th event ($69 plus HST) or a single ticket ($25 plus HST).  Books will also be available for purchase on site.
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Naturalists on the 'Net: Learning to Navigate iNaturalist and eBird
January 26, 2019to January 26, 2019
WORKSHOP 1 – Naturalists on the ‘Net:  Learning to Navigate iNaturalist and eBird
Instructor: Patrick Jackson, Ontario Master Naturalist Program instructor
Date: Saturday, January 26th, 10a.m.
Session Starting Location: Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
Description: The first winter workshop will be led by Lakehead University's own Patrick Jackson, an alumni and naturalist from Orillia who has been a fixture in the Ontario Master Naturalist program.  Participants will not only learn about different organizations across North America that gather natural history data, but delve into iNaturalist and eBird, learning the various functions and applications of each.  We will discuss the importance of contributing personal observations to such efforts, in terms of how your information and experiences can contribute to local, regional, provincial, national, and global conservation efforts and initiatives. 
 
After ensuring everyone is comfortable using their accounts in these two programs, we will work together to set up, complete, and review a mini Scout Valley Bioblitz, learning how to effectively capture observations, photos and data using a variety of methods (smartphone apps, submission of field notes to online databases, etc.). Digital cameras, smart phones, or tablets are recommended, but tablets will be provided to those who do not have their own devices.
 
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Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network: Family Identification course
February 19, 2019to February 21, 2019
The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), which is coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is an aquatic macroinvertebrate
biomonitoring network for Ontario’s lakes, streams, and wetlands.
This course will focus on family level identification. 
 
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Winter Dendrology: Discovering Deciduous Trees
February 23, 2019to February 23, 2019
WORKSHOP 2 – Winter Dendrology: Discovering Deciduous Trees
Instructor: Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program.
Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 10a.m.                  
Session Starting Location: Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
Description: Following on the success of last winter's workshop focused on conifers, this one-day workshop will focus on deciduous trees.  The workshop will take place on February 23rd in Orillia and it will include an in-class lecture focused on identifying tree species from buds, leaf scars, and twig arrangements, in addition to a field experience.  Snowshoes will be provided.
 
It might seem surprising to focus on deciduous trees in winter, as they are famous for their fall colours and spring renewal.  However, winter is the perfect time to examine the magic of deciduous trees in particular, as once you learn to identify tree species using winter characteristics, you will be amazed at how much easier it becomes to do so when spring arrives.
 
Winter days are also the best time to explore buds, which are the promise of the spring that follows. Most buds are covered with one or many bud scales that protect the bud in winter, which then fall off in the spring as the bud opens. The size, shape, colour and placement of the three kinds of leaf buds, along with the leaf scar and bundle scar left by the fallen leaves, enable identification and understanding of the incredible nature of the tree itself.
 
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Uncovering the Truth: Investigative Journalism in the Age of 'Fake News' (five part series)
February 27, 2019to March 27, 2019
This is the second lecture series in Lakehead's Third Age Learning initiative, a partnership between the Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) and the Third Age Network (TAN).  Subscriptions which include all five lectures are $59 plus HST, which includes weekly lectures, refreshments, and facilitated discussions. 
This will take place on Wednesday mornings from February 27th until March 27th, 9:30-11:30a.m., at St. Paul's Centre in Orillia.
Please check our website at www.lakeheadu.ca/tal for information on specific speakers and their topics as it becomes available.
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Van Gogh: Lecture and Paint Night
March 06, 2019to March 06, 2019
Van Gogh: Lecture and Paint Night

Instructors: Theresa Soper, Lakehead lecturer in Art History, and Steph Whalen, Orillia artist
Date: Wednesday, March 6th 7-10p.m.            
Location: OA2018, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus

Description: Some of the most famous paintings in the world were produced by Vincent Van Gogh, and his story is as compelling as his art.  Begin the evening by learning about "Van Gogh in Arles", his life and the artistic traditions he was both a part of and resisted.  Enjoy some refreshments while you embrace these traditions, working with a local artist to create your own Van Gogh-inspired masterpiece through a guided painting workshop.

$45 plus HST includes the lecture, all materials, and refreshment.  A true lifelong learning experience! 
 
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Nature in a New Light: Learning to Sketch and Paint as a Naturalist
March 30, 2019to March 30, 2019
WORKSHOP 3 – Nature in a New Light: Learning to Sketch and Paint as a Naturalist  
Instructors: Marlene Bulas, Wildlife artist, and Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 10a.m.                       
Session Starting Location: Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus.
Description:  This winter workshop will encourage you to see nature in a new light, as you learn how to capture the beauty of the natural world on canvas with wildlife artist Marlene Bulas and wildlife illustrator Bob Bowles. In class, we will discuss how one begins to capture key elements through sketching, and the importance of this to a detail-oriented engagement with nature.  After doing some introductory sketches of nature objects like pine cones, acorns and conifer boughs, we will work on landscape scenes, starting with pencil skeleton sketches and then filling these in with acrylics. Learn the secrets and techniques that wildlife artists use to capture beautiful nature drawings.
 
Participants should bring a sketchbook, pencil, and eraser.  Painting supplies will be provided. Beginners are welcome, and more experienced artists will also be encouraged to develop specific skills throughout the class. 
 
You will be amazed to discover how the creation of artistic representations heightens your attention to detail and encourages us all to appreciate nature in new ways! 
 
 
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Ontario Master Naturalist Program Spring Certificate Program (Orillia)
May 11, 2019to June 16, 2019

Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, June 16, 2019
The Spring 2019 OMNP program includes eight modules. 

Please note that modules may be moved or modified based on instructor availability.

Module Topics and Dates 

MODULE 1 – Geology and Anthropology - Sat. May 11

MODULE 2 – Mammals and Species at Risk - Sun. May 12

MODULE 3 – Botany and Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers - Sat. May 25

MODULE 4 – Ontario Bird Species - Sun. May 26

MODULE 5 – Amphibians and Reptiles - Sat. June 1

MODULE 6 – Invasive Species - Sun. June 2

MODULE 7 – Wetlands, Water and Fishes - Sat. June 15

MODULE 8 – Insects and Other Invertebrates - Sun. June 16

BIOBLITZ (optional) – partnership with Georgian Bay Islands National Park - Sat. June 22

Fee: $499 (plus HST)

What's included:

  • Approximately 40 hours of classroom and field-based instruction.
  • A waterproof notebook and pencil for field notes.
  • A x10 hand lens including a UV light and an Ontario Master Naturalist Program lanyard.
  • A package of course material pertaining to every module in the form of study notes, fact sheets, and other written information supporting the content of the module.
  • A connection to an incredible community of avid naturalists with a keen interest in learning.
Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation, we will offer a refund up to three weeks prior to the start of the program. An administration fee of $50 will apply.
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Ontario Master Naturalist Program Summer Certificate Program (Thunder Bay)
July 14, 2019to July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 14 – Sunday, July 21, 2019

Please note that modules may be moved or modified based on instructor availability.

Module Topics & Dates

MODULE 1 – Geology and Anthropology of Thunder Bay District - Sun. July 14

MODULE 2 – Flora of the Thunder Bay District - Mon. July 15

MODULE 3 – Mammals of the Thunder Bay District - Tues. July 16

MODULE 4 – Amphibians and Reptiles of Thunder Bay District - Wed. July 17

MODULE 5 – Birds of the Thunder Bay District - Thurs. July 18

MODULE 6 – Insects and other Invertebrates of Thunder Bay District - Fri. July 19

MODULE 7 – Water, Wetlands and the First Nations and Métis Peoples of the Thunder Bay District - Sat. July 20

BIOBLITZ (Optional) - Sun. July 21

Fee: $499 (plus HST)

What's included:

  • Approximately 40 hours of classroom and field-based instruction.
  • A waterproof notebook and pencil for field notes.
  • A x10 hand lens including a UV light and an Ontario Master Naturalist Program lanyard.
  • A package of course material pertaining to every module in the form of study notes, fact sheets, and other written information supporting the content of the module.
  • A connection to an incredible community of avid naturalists with a keen interest in learning.
Cancellation Policy: In the case of cancellation, we will offer a refund up to three weeks prior to the start of the program. An administration fee of $50 will apply.
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