Amateur astronomer David Prud-homme will be back at VIU Eldercollege in September with his popular course, Introduction to the Night Skies. — Submitted by VIU ElderCollege

ElderCollege registration open for fall semester

Classes on Beethoven, stoicism, separating science facts from fiction on offer

There are 11 new courses being offered for VIU ElderCollege’s fall semester to go with 28 returning courses.

The college offers courses by volunteer instructors for those 50 or older, with classes taking place in Nanaimo and Parksville.

The upcoming semester will include a range of topics, like exploring the public and private lives of Canadian Prime Ministers; a historical background on stoicism, the writings of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and how stoicism can offer psychological and spiritual insights today; conversations towards reconciliation and healing with First Nations peoples; and a new course by a retired high school science teacher on how to separate scientific fact from fiction.

Annual membership cost for ElderCollege is $20 per person. For more information, call 1-866-734-6252 or go to

— Submitted by VIU