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Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for you to engage and get involved with Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement.

Our events include thought-provoking presentations and lectures, performances, volunteer programs, and more.

Learn and grow with us by exploring all the events we have to offer.

Featured Event

Four classical musicians play together

Musicians from Marlboro

Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto
Cost: $35, $20 for students (with valid Ryerson student card)

A trio of Canadian artists, Lauren Pearl Eberwein, Scott St. John, and Sharon Wei, together with their colleagues, will be featured in an inspired program of works for strings and voice that culminates in Mendelssohn’s delightful Octet, a Marlboro favourite and youthful masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire.

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Winter 2020 Events

Let’s Talk About It: Elder Abuse, Mistreatment, and Neglect

Friday, January 24, 2020
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Heaslip House, CED 303, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) recently launched a project to “give voice” and a forum for older adults to speak up about elder mistreatment through structured interactive workshops.

Attendees will learn how to read signs of elder abuse or mistreatment. This workshop will be 1.5 hours in length and will include case study discussion in smaller groups.

This event is free with registration.
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Endings: A Book for Almost Everyone

Thursday, January 30, 2020
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Heaslip House, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

In Betty Jane Wylie’s new book Endings, she extracts interesting anecdotes and observations from her long, well-lived life and asks serious questions: How do we live as old people? As old women? What can we expect? How do we handle the time that is left? 88-year-old Wylie tackles these subjects thoughtfully, but also with humour and charm.

Betty Jane Wylie is a published author, poet, librettist, lyricist, playwright, and since 2015, a blogger. She has a BA (Double Honours) in English and French, an MA in English (20th century poetry), and a DLitt from the University of Manitoba. She was a fellow of The Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard, where she wrote a play about a diarist, Alice James. She also has an Order of Canada (2003).

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Science Series Talk*

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Heaslip House, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto
Cost: $10.00

Join us for a thought-provoking talk on medical physics, blood flow, and its applications in cancer research.

Presenter, Dr. J. Carl Kumaradas, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University. He specializes in medical physics, thermal therapy, electromagnetism, heat transfer, and numerical analysis.

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*Offered by SciXchange at Ryerson University.


Supernova 1987A: Still Amazing Three Decades Later!

Monday, February 24, 2020
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Heaslip House, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto
Cost: $10.00

In all of recorded history, just six supernova explosions have been witnessed in our galaxy of over a hundred billion stars, making them one of the rarest phenomena in the universe.

Join Dr. Ian Shelton, the discoverer of the brightest supernova since the invention of the telescope, on the 33rd anniversary of its discovery as he explains in simple language what makes supernovae so important.

Dr. Ian Shelton is a Canadian astronomer who discovered SN 1987A. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and received his MSc in 1990 and PhD in 1996.

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A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse

Thursday, February 27, 2020
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Heaslip House, 7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

Over the past three decades, a series of federal governments cut funding for social programs and eliminated our national housing program, leaving hundreds of thousands of people victim to the tsunami of homelessness that was declared a national disaster 20 years ago. There is no right to shelter or housing in Canada. In A Knapsack Full of Dreams, Cathy Crowe details her lifelong commitment as a nurse and social justice activist – particularly her 30 years as a street nurse – with passion, grace, and fortitude. A Knapsack Full of Dreams will move you, and inspire you to act.

Cathy Crowe received the Order of Canada in 2018. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University.

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I Write the Songs

Monday, March 23, 2020
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Heaslip House, CED 303, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

Do you want to write a song? Are you interested in writing your own lyrics and composing your own music to express a deep emotion, flex your creativity, articulate your thoughts, or just for fun? This 1.5-hour interactive workshop will demonstrate the steps it takes to begin the writing process.

Led by two experienced instructors, a published poet and a professional musician, this workshop will showcase the foundational skills of collaborative song writing through a combination of lecture instruction, guided hands-on participation, and a simplified version of the creative revision process that will be used in a planned 10-week expanded course. All levels of interest and experience are welcome!

Sunny Chan has a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in poetry. Her work has been in West Coast Line, Ricepaper, Interfictions, The Puritan Magazine, Abyss & Apex, and more. She has taught many writing composition workshops with experimental class formats and is currently a poetry reviewer for the journal Canadian Literature.

Sina Fallah is the Music Education Program Coordinator at the SMART Lab, as well as an active musician and composer. He is currently teaching at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and is a first violinist at Strings Attached Orchestra, in addition to being a guitarist and vocalist in his two-piece band, Selardor.

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Nourishing the Aging Brain for Peak Cognitive Performance

Friday, March 27, 2020
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Heaslip House, CED303, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto
Cost: $10.00

Making the best choices when it comes to the food we eat is sometimes like navigating a landscape with landmines – we don’t know where to turn based on the information we get from various sources that often base nutritional advice on decades old studies that have been debunked. In this thought-provoking 45-minute presentation, you will be introduced to the vital role of foods that, when synergistically combined help restore our biochemical balance, promote mental fortitude, physical energy, and stress resilience as we age.

Patricia Borsato is a personal chef with a chemistry background who has spent over a decade focusing on a science-based approach that uses food to heal and support optimum mental and physical health. Patricia will share her knowledge and insights through a unique culinary approach that is thought-provoking, nourishing, and enjoyable on so many levels!

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