General Interest Programs

 

 Computer Classes

Memory Technology: Old to New

Learn how to transfer your old records, slides, cassette tapes and more to digital format. The equipment is available to use with your library card.

Thursday, February 9          6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Free
Thursday, March 30             10:00 AM – 12:00 PM              Free
Tuesday, April 11                 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Free

 

Computer Café

This is a program offered in a casual drop-in environment. A facilitator is on hand to offer assistance on topics such as Windows 8, social media, internet security and browsing, Skype, managing photos and files. Please call 403-652-5090 for more information.
March 21 – May 23             10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Drop-In                Tuesdays                                 10 sessions             Free

Tech Talk

We can help to get technology working for you. The group will explore a variety of topics in a relaxed, open environment where participants share and learn from others through conversations. Bring your laptop, phone or tablet, or borrow a laptop from the library. Call 403-652-5090 to register.
March 22 – May 3               6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesdays                        7 Sessions               Free
Business, Law and Financial Programs

Project Management

Project management is magically putting method to the madness of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. Learn how to institute these principles with Robert Lam.
Thursday, March 16             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM $20

 

What is a Credit Score?

Basic financial literacy remains rather elusive with social taboos about discussing money. A credit score is a numeric rating based on your financial history. It affects financial decisions from buying a car to getting a loan or credit card. Learn how to check your credit score – how to find out if it is accurate and that no one else is using your name and credit.
Tuesday, February 21          6:30 PM                   $5

Good Debt

Learn the difference between good debt and bad debt. Are you living beyond your means or investing in your future? Learn how to break the vicious cycle of bad debt and understand how you can set your mind at ease.
Tuesday, March 28              6:30 PM                   $5

Emergency Fund

What is an emergency fund and how much should you have tucked away in yours? There are no hard and fast numbers that apply to everyone, but these basic guidelines will help you prepare in case you suddenly fall upon hard times.
Tuesday, April 25                 6:30 PM                   $5
Health and Wellness

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support. You will learn gentle postures, breathing methods, and relaxation techniques, all with the use of a chair. Great for seniors, office workers, people new to yoga, and anyone interested in improving flexibility and body awareness. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Instructor Carol MacMillan.
Wednesdays        January 18 – May 17 (except for 2 weeks TBA)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM       $10 drop-in, 4 classes $25, or 16 classes $100

 

Caregivers

Caregivers have an afternoon out to relax and meet with others going through the same situation. Learn about programs and services available to make your life easier.
 March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7
First Wednesday of the month       12:30 PM – 2:30 PM       Free

Espresso Yourself

Come for a cup of coffee and to meet new people, discuss news and views, and hear from exciting guest speakers.
January – June (except holidays)   Mondays    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    Free

Aging Well

Make the most of your senior years. Through practical and interactive sessions Sharon Friesen, Registered Nurse, will discuss diet, exercise, health, attitude, relationships and more to have you living a long and happy retirement.
February 28 - March 21                       Tuesdays  
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM                              4 classes                                 $50

Unpacking Your Dreams

Do you have a dream? Having dreams can motivate us to take steps to where we want to go or help us decide what we want to become. This is a practical workshop on unpacking your dreams. Come and have fun exploring together.
Thursdays            March 9 and 16       6:30 PM – 8:00 PM $15

Leisure Nights

Spend time relaxing doing something just for you. Open to all adult members of the community looking to meet and connect with others.
Mondays                              6:30 PM – 7:30 PM                  Free

February 13:        Yoga
March 20:            Paint Your Feelings
April 10:               Food & Mood
May 15:               Nia - a style on non-impact aerobics  - This class starts at 4:30!
June 19:               Pole Walking

HeartMath: Relieve Stress Now!

Life is moving so fast. As a result many of us can feel stressed and overwhelmed which can affect our sleep, health, relationships, performance and the overall quality of our lives. HeartMath has created programming to help manage the day-to-day challenges we all face.

Thursday, May 4                  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM      1 class      Free

HeartMath: 2 Part Personal Use Course

Delve into the depths of using HeartMath to manage your stress levels. Taught by trained instructors.
Mondays     February 6 - 13     10:00 AM – 12:30 PM     2 classes     Free
 
 Wellness Challenge

Get a group of four together and join the Wellness Challenge. These six weeks of fun are designed to motivate us to be more active and healthy.
Sunday, April 2 – Saturday, May 13       $40 per team or $10 per person
Check the High River Wellness Challenge Facebook page for more details
Adult – Professional Development

Debbie Sands Book Reading

A Moth to the Flame – A moving story from a mother’s perspective about her daughter Amy’s struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder. Learn about the latest discoveries in the medical profession and where you can go to for support if you know someone in this situation.
Thursday, February 9          6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Donations to mental health support accepted

Writing Group

Open to all ages and writing levels. Enjoy learning about story starters, prompts, editing, review and feedback in a supportive, relaxed environment. Facilitated by Carol MacMillan.
January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27
Tuesdays             6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 6 sessions               $65

Plan to Get Published: It’s time to share your story!

Do you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know where to start? Have you already written a story but feel overwhelmed with the process? If it’s time to make your book a reality, join Laurie Wright, author, speaker and educator as she shares her journey though the world of writing, editing, publishing and all the unforeseen in-betweens! Learn how you too can make your book a reality.
March 18
Saturday              10:30 AM – 11:30 AM              1 session                 $5

Writing Your Own Life Stories

Learn how to explore your life through writing. Krystyna Laycraft, Ph.D., will show examples of how to reflect on your life changes, feelings, and experiences. We will talk about various forms of personal writing. Then we will discuss the importance of turning points, surprises, contradictions, dramatic effects, and details in your writing.
Thursdays                            April 6 - May 25
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM              8 classes                 Cost $150

High River Toastmasters

Do you want to become a confident public speaker and a strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.
Contact Jocelyn Hastie at 403-601-2500 for more information.
Mondays (except holidays)        6:30 PM – 7:45 PM        Weekly

English for Spanish Speakers

Ingles- Tenemos un clase de ingles para los hispanohablantes, que esta enseñado en español, cada jueves, en la bibioteca, desde las diez hasta las doce. Estamos discutiendo temas de idioma, cultura y normas gramaticas. Tambien, los niños están bienvenidos y hay juguetes para ellos.
Spanish speakers, join Wally Gardiner to learn English. Pre-schoolers are welcome to accompany their parent. Check with the library to ensure there are enough participants to run the class.
Wednesdays        6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Weekly               Free

 

Interview Skills

Prepare for an upcoming interview by learning the fundamentals. This workshop will help you: understand the different types of interviews, prepare for interview questions, be aware of interview etiquette, follow up with employers, and practice your interview skills.
Tuesday, March 28              1:00 PM - 4:00 PM                   Free

Conducting an Effective Job Search

Participants will learn the best practices for developing their job search strategies, how to make their independent job search successful, and how networking can be an effective tool.
Tuesday, May 16                                 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM                   Free
General Interest

Book Club

Join a book club and discuss books. Get more out of your reading experience as you share your thoughts and feelings with other readers. We are taking names to start a new book club. Please let us know what day and times would work for you. Free.

Ancestry Café

Answers to your genealogy search questions and learn how to use ancestrylibrary.com. Bring your laptop or a memory stick if you are using a library computer.
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 and May 17
Wednesdays                        1:00 PM – 3:00 PM $5

Armchair Traveller

Visit the world through the eyes of your neighbours; watch their slides of the exciting places they have visited.
Thursdays            7:00 PM                   Free
January 19:          Australia with Guy McRory
February 16:        Iceland with Maria CANCELLED
March 23:            Israel with Sharon Friesen
April 20:               Nepal with Sameer Shakya

Cookbook Club

Would you like to join a cookbook club? We’d select food themes (comfort food, Greek food, etc.), borrow cookbooks from the library and have a potluck each month. It’s a great way to meet people and to enjoy delicious new foods! This is an organizational meeting to gauge interest. In order to proceed, we need a firm commitment from 6 or more participants. RSVP to maryz@highriverlibrary.ca.
Wednesday, February 22    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Free

Tales From Home

What an exciting way to learn about another culture! Come listen to people speak about the culture, language, food and interesting facts from their home countries. These presentations will be given by newcomers to Canada who are from these countries themselves. This is a uniqueopportunity to learn about the world!
March 15  Egypt 
 May 17
Wednesdays                        6:30 PM- 7:30 PM                    Free

Chocolate!

Barbara Forster, owner and chocolatier with Sweetly Speaking Inc., is pleased to introduce you to the wonderful and enchanting history of chocolate – where it started, why we love it, how it has affected cultures and politics over several hundred years. She will also attempt to answer that age old question - Is white chocolate really chocolate? Sweetly Speaking is an award winning boutique chocolate manufacturer that has been serving Calgary and area since 2009.
Tuesday, February 14          7:00 PM - 8:00 PM                   Free
Creative Ventures

Drawing

Improve your drawing with fun exercises designed by Gord Sanders. Let your creativity flourish in this class.
February 14 - March 7
Tuesdays             1:30 PM - 3:30 PM                   4 classes                 $70

Paint Splash

Create relaxed, loose and imaginative watercolour paintings. Step by step instruction to help you learn various techniques to create depth and atmosphere in your paintings. Instructor Valerie McLenahan.
February 2 – 23 ORMay 4 - 25
Thursdays            1:30 PM - 4:30 PM                   4 classes                 $90

Heritage Photo Tiles

That special photo that brings back wonderful memories deserves to be on display within its own unique frame. Join mixed media artist Dianne Put to create a work of art.
 February 23. March 23, April 20, May 25
Fourth Thursday of the month             6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
5 sessions           $60 or $15 per class

Scrapbooking

Take your scrapbooking one step further by adding some mixed media to your pages. Kit fee payable to the instructor, Dianne Put.
Saturdays            January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM        $50 for a full table or $35 for a half table
 

Art Journals

Bring your writings to life in an art journal with advanced doodling, capturing the moment in words. Practice new art techniques, push your boundaries, break the rules, and let your hands and heart lead you into adventure. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor Dianne Put.
Fridays                 February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12
6:30 PM– 8:00 PM               $75 or $20 drop in

Ukrainian Easter Eggs - Pysanky

Decorate eggs the traditional way using a wax-resist method. First write on your eggs with beeswax and then dye them. Kit fee payable to instructor, Bryn Hermanski.
Tuesday   April 4 - 11     5:00 PM – 8:00 PM     2 classes       $50

Knitting Cafe

Bring your project and enjoy the laughter and companionship of the Knit Wits. All levels from beginners to experienced knitters are welcome.
Wednesdays        2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Weekly            Free

Drop-in Sewing

Bring your machine and your project for some camaraderie with others. This is open to quilters or sewers from beginners to advanced. No instruction will be given.
 February 7, 21, Mar. 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16, June 6, 20
Twice monthly, first and third Tuesday of the month
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM         $2/drop-in each or $20 for all 12 sessions

 

Beaded Bracelet

Make a bracelet of pearls, stones and silver, strung on a fine steel cable. Skills learned will include basic design, attaching a clasp, using French wire and crimp covers, and turning open and closed wire loops. No experience necessary. Instructor Laurel Boyle. Ages 14 and up.
Thursday, April 6                                 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM                  $40
Kit fee of $15 payable to the instructor.

Learn to Cross Stitch

Learn the basics of cross stitch, how to read patterns, choosing materials, making your own patterns and finishing techniques. Fun and relaxing for all. Basic supplies are included in course fee. Bring scissors. Instructor Pat Palmer. Ages 10 and up.
January 28, February 4 and 11 ORMarch 4, 11, 18
Saturdays            1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 3 classes                 $25

 

Guitar

Learn how to play the guitar in a group setting. Whether you are brand new to playing the guitar or just want to brush up on the basics this is the place to start. Perfect for playing acoustic or electric guitar. Ages 10 through adult. Instructor, Anna Swanepoel.
January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11
Tuesdays             7:00 PM – 7:45 PM                  12 weeks                 $65

Free Art Fridays

Support the food bank by bringing in non-perishable food and receive a free piece of art from a local artist. Thanks to all the artists who have contributed art pieces. First Friday of the month all day

Artist in Residence

Would you like to share your love of art with the people of High River? Book a day to come in and work at your art, music, craft, etc. in the library foyer or in a room. The public is invited to come and watch you work and ask questions. All ages of artists, crafters and hobby artists are welcome.
Free space for the artist to work in. Free for the public to see.
To be announced when there are artists booked in.

Makerspace

Do you need a place to create? Book a time and room to use the technology or items from the equipment and tool lending library.
Free with your High River Library card
$10 per session for other library card holders

A Chocolate Experience

Come and participate in a hands-on chocolate experience. This will be a fun - and perhaps messy – afternoon of making, tasting and taking away. You will learn how to temper chocolate, make several different items, sample your wares, and package some up to take home. This is a great afternoon for couples or best friends to share. Your instructor is Barbara Forster, owner and chocolatier with Sweetly Speaking Inc.
Saturday, April 1                  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM                $60