Introduction to SongShine in Parksville

The one-day workshop is Nov. 16 at the McMillan Arts Centre

If people haven’t had the chance to join the local SongShine group in Parksville, or they’re unsure what it is all about, join Sharon Tomczyk, Hugh Yardley and Megan Keene for an afternoon of and Introduction to SongShine workshop.

The Introduction to SongShine workshop is Nov. 16 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the McMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan St.) in Parksville.

Pre-registration for the workshop, which is $35, is required but caregivers can attend for free.

SongShine combines vocal exercises, group singing, body awareness and relaxation, breathing exercises, creative imagination, emotion expression, and drama to strengthen voices, build community and lift spirits.

The SongShine program is geared toward people whose voices have been affected by Parkinson’s stroke, other neurological disorders and aging.

Yardley previously told The NEWS that the SongShine program is a way for people, who are getting older, in the community to reconnect with their brains and their voices.

Keene, Tomczyk and Yardley became certified by the SongShine Foundation to teach classes. The three started the program in the area in June and since then have hosted two 10-week SongShine sessions.

To register, visit their website at www.SongShineVI.org or call Yardley at 250-927-2452.

— Submitted by SongShine