Education Programs and Workshops

Have an idea for a workshop, event or technology class? Feedback from our members is very important to us. If you have a comment, question or suggestion, please contact the Centre at 204-987-8850 or leave us a comment on the contact page here on the website.

Special presentation on Rare and Interesting Birds of Manitoba from Bob Shettler

Tuesday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m.

Bob is a retired aerospace worker who is a long time Headingley resident and even longer time birder. He manages a site called Manitoba birds which is free for all and focuses on sightings of interesting and rare birds of Manitoba. He has traveled the world in search of birds and has published a photo book on the Birds of Hecla Island.

Bob’s presentation will focus on the birds of Headingley. He will display photographs of the birds he has recorded over the years in Headingley including a variety of rare birds that have made an appearance in the area. He will talk a bit about the birds and will discuss the identifying features of some of them.

COST: $7 members/$10 non-members
Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Special presentation on Bonsai from Dean Laughren

Tuesday, May 9th - 1:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how they keep those little Bonsai trees alive? Is there some secret arcane knowledge requiring secret handshakes and lots of money? Maybe its genetic mutations and starving plants half to death? Is it possible its just run of the mill horticulture with a specific goal in mind? If you want to know the answers to all these questions, and any others you may have, come chat about Bonsai with Dean Laughren (former president of the Winnipeg Bonsai Society). If the weather agrees with him, he might even work on a tree while you fire questions at him. It will be fun either way.

Cost: $7 members/ $10 Non-members
Coffee and cookies will be provided

Challenges in our Gardens

Tuesday, June 13th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

This month we will be discussing the challenges in our gardens, insects, diseases, and hopefully offer natural, environmentally safe solutions.

COST: FREE for members/$3 non-members

Fun with Flowers

Session 1: Friday, May 12th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 4th
Session 2: Friday, June 8th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration deadline: June 8th

Kat will guide participants step by step in order to create a stunning floral centrepiece arrangement (real flowers are used). All supplies will be provided and no experience is necessary.

COST: $23 members/$26 non-members


Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Follow along step-by-step with John in creating your own piece of art to take home and enjoy. You will laugh and have fun with others as you pick up a few of Johns tricks of the trade.

COST: $15 members/$20 non-members
Registration deadline: March 14th


Tuesdays, May 16th & May 23rd (2 weeks) from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Writing is language made visible. Calligraphy is beautiful writing.
In this class we will learn the basics.

Different styles of lettering will be introduced, from Classic Roman to Gothic, Old English and Italic Handwriting. Tools and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Layout and spacing, important aspects of calligraphy, will be learned and applied.
With your own, personal lettering style, layout and colour combinations, you will experience the rewarding art of calligraphy.

No supplies necessary for the first class. You will receive a supply list on your first day.

COST: $25 members/$35 non-members
Registration deadline: May 9th


Join us for some socializing and crafting. Each month we will tackle a new project together and enjoy some friendly conversation.
Choose from any or all of the following dates:

Friday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 24th.

COST: $7 members/$10 non-members

1. Friday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 21st.

2. Friday, May 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 19th.

3. Friday, June 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: June 9th.


Chinese Brush Painting

Tuesdays, April 18th to May 9th (4 weeks) from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chinese Painting started many years ago.
There are different approaches:
• A traditional style, realistic and based online drawing.
• A freehand method using fewer brushstrokes to suggest objects in a less literal way.
Students will be introduced to tools, materials, and ink making techniques, applying basic techniques to paint simple subjects.
This course gives you a chance to try your hand at this historically important artform. Eventually you will create your own beautiful paintings.
No supplies necessary for the first class. You will receive a supply list on your first day.

Cost: $50 members/$60 non-members
Registration deadline April 11th

Mosaic Creations

April 13th & 14th from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 6th

Come make a mosaic sign to use in your garden, your house or cottage.
The first class will be creating the design on paper, then transfer the design to the substrate, learning to use a nipper, laying the tile from paper design to the wood.
The second class will be grouting and cleaning the mosaic, painting the sides and back.
Please bring your own safety glasses if you have them.

COST:$50/member, $60/non-member. All materials are covered in your fee.

Vertical Farming Presentation from Trina Semenchuk of Little Greenhouse That Could

May 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Trina Semenchuk founder of Little Greenhouse That Could will share her vision of Winnipeg becoming the vertical farming city of the world and creating a fully localized food supply system. She will also be teaching attendees how to grow your plants all year long indoors using LEDs and hydroponics. Come to the presentation to learn more about the benefits of vertical farming and how to have a garden all year long!