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Hamilton Third Age Learning launches Winter Lecture Series

Learning for adults 50-plus

Hamilton Third Age Learning is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 with a mission to offer affordable learning opportunities geared to adults 50+ in Hamilton and surrounding communities.

Hamilton Third Age Learning (HTAL)’s Winter 2023 lecture series opens December 14 to January 20 at www.htal.ca. Five engaging and practical online lectures are lined up, to begin February 1. Series subscribers can watch these 50-minute presentations online “live” at 10 am and participate in the question-and-answer period, or watch the recording during the following two weeks. Subscription for all five the lectures and video access is $50.00.

The lineup includes:

Feb. 1 Coping with Pain (Dr. Norm Buckley) Dr. Buckley will discuss some of the background to the biopsychosocial model of pain as well as non-pharmacological pain care which includes pain education, behavioural and physical strategies.

Feb. 8 Coping with Anxiety (Dr. Randi McCabe) Dr. Randi McCabe discusses cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and how it is used to target anxiety symptoms, as well as available resources, including self-help and therapist-assisted treatment. Learn about the nature of anxiety and its disorders and how to determine when the experience of anxiety warrants intervention.

Feb. 15 The Filmmaking Scene in the Hammer (Nathan Fleet) Nathan will speak on the progress and excitement of the Hamilton film scene from the perspective of someone who lives it. From where Hamilton was, to where it is now in the filmmaking landscape, what industries have moved to the city, and what the economic impact is of all these productions that choose Hamilton as their location.

Feb. 22 Out of This World: Perspectives and Stories from an Astrophysicist (Blake Ledger) As the manager of the McCallion Planetarium, Blake has the privilege of sharing stories and perspectives with a variety of audiences about the importance of astronomy and our place in the Universe. In this presentation, he will share a history of the McCallion Planetarium, connecting current and historical discoveries in astronomy with beautiful visual images of space.

March 1 Container Gardening: Drama for Every Season (Paul Zammit) Join Paul for an energetic presentation where he will discuss how to select your container and then demonstrate the steps to successfully create an eye catching and lasting planter. He will also highlight many of his choice plants, container combinations and planter accents just in time for this growing season.

About HTAL

From the beginning, our lecture theme has been “Understanding the 21st Century”, a broad canvas for subjects of particular interest and importance to our registrants.  Topics include contemporary issues, history, politics, science, technology, health, national and international issues, economics, the environment, arts and culture, etc. Lectures are provided by university professors, notable authors and journalists, leaders and experts in their fields.  We strive to provide a varied program in each series. Our Winter Series theme has been “Beat the Winter Blahs” and to date has been focussed on arts, culture and general interest topics.

Further information:       Hamilton Third Age Learning Website: www.htal.ca

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