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Creative Age Festival

By Beth Bond | Apr 20, 2017
Participants find their voice during a workshop at the 2016 Creative Age Festival in Edmonds. The second annual festival, “Imagine,” offers 25 inspirational workshops for people interested in improving their health and well-being.

The theme of this year’s Creative Age Festival is “Imagine,” and with 25 inspirational workshops offered, improving your health and well-being is just the beginning.

Imagine how you can grow creatively? This could be the first step of the rest of your life.

Imagine finding a new interest, developing some “hidden” skills, and meeting like-minded individuals.

Imagine a whole day, just for you!

In an ideal world, we would all age gracefully, with alert minds and good health. But in truth, that rarely happens. We are living longer than the last generation, and the next generation will live longer still.

Breakthroughs in science and technology will help, of course, as will good nutrition. But what about those “little gray cells” in your head? How can you stay actively interested in life?

The answer is at the Edmonds Senior Center where the 2nd annual Creative Age Festival takes place from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The senior center is on the waterfront across from the train station, at 220 Railroad Ave.

This day of special workshops has something for everyone. Each of the four sessions is 75 minutes long, featuring a speaker who is experienced in his or her subject. The sessions offer great variety, too, including good nutrition choices, travel tips, gardening, or using your camera.

The program at creativeagefestival.org shows what workshops are offered in each session.

Session I (8:30-9:45 a.m.) lists six choice workshops, including Memoir Writing, European Travel, even help on aching joints with Dr. Slack and Dr. Nguyen.

Janette Turner of My Edmonds News heads a class entitled “The Magic of the Memoir,” which shows us why sharing our past is so valuable. She will show you how to write your life story, just for the fun of it.

Session II begins at 10 a.m., so there is just enough time to grab a coffee or a piece of fruit from the café before attending one of seven workshops. Among them is a demonstration on “Watercolor, With Colored Pencils” with Denise Cole, owner of Cole Art Studio and Cole Gallery in Edmonds. She will demonstrate a quick technique to make your own unique design to take home, with all art supplies included.

Another choice during this session would be to hear Steven Kaiser discuss the recent popularity of hard cider. Steven is owner of “Core Hero Hard Cider.”  In addition to learning the secrets of making hard cider, he can advise about cheeses to accompany the cider. Your next party will be great!

Want to tackle a challenging issue? Try “How to Get Comfy Talking About Race, Gender, and Other Uncomfy Topics” with author and consultant Dr. Anu Taranath.

There is a break before lunch, 11:30 to 12:30, featuring a performance by the Silver Kite Intergenerational Theatre – “Paper” – an original theater and storytelling performance based on the life stories of its cast members. It’s a treat that’s included in your registration fee.

Lunch is on your own; bring one from home or peruse the many offerings of downtown Edmonds.

Once you are re-charged and ready for a full afternoon of intellectual stimulation, Session III begins at 1:45 p.m. There are seven more workshops available in this time slot.

Among them, Kate Riley of the Snohomish Conservation District heads a class about “Rain Gardens.”  She will be focusing on sustainable landscaping, and how to give your yard a beautiful and soothing environment.

Or sit in with local expert photographer Diana Scheel. Her class is designed to help the amateur get better images. Diana says, “I leave out all of the complicated, scary stuff, and focus on the essentials in a way that anyone can understand.”

Session IV provides the last workshops of the day, but the offerings are equally fulfilling and interesting.

How about spending time abroad as a volunteer? Joyce Major is a “pro” on how to share your time and talents.

“The rewards are great when you work side-by-side with community members to help them improve their corner of the world,” she said. Major practices this philosophy of “voluntourism” annually.

Or perhaps you’d like to develop a new interest. Burt Guttman, author of “Finding Your Wings,” can show a “newbie” how to improve one’s observation skills and truly appreciate our great Northwest region’s varied bird population.

Throughout the day, the Edmonds Petanque Club will be teaching the basics of this popular French game, similar to Bocce. Here’s a chance to learn a sport and make some new friends.

Also on hand is Megan Wood from Harbor Square Athletic Club, with “InBody Fitness Biometrics” testing. The test takes only 60 seconds, and the resulting data could lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The highlight of the day will be at 4:45 when the keynote speaker, Dr. Gloria Burgess, makes her presentation, “Make Your Life Count.”

Dr. Burgess will remind us that we all have unique gifts to share. She firmly believes, “Now, more than ever, the world needs you to bring your gifts forward to make the difference that only you can make.” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the passion in her mission, and make it yours, too.

Closing the day means relaxing at 5:45 with a hosted happy hour and live jazz music from the Richard Cole Group.  Even this “extra” is included in your $40 registration fee.

This is the chance to catch up to instructors whose workshops you weren’t able to attend. It’s all held in the CAFÉ, and there will also be a display of free literature, pamphlets and brochures from the day’s classes.

Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew will offer refreshments and libations. Jeff Boyer and his “uncorked” team will offer lessons in wine varieties. Finally, taste some sample wines from Arista Wine Cellars to end a full day.

The cost for this day of intellectual pampering is $40, and includes everything the festival has to offer, from your first cup of coffee at 8 a.m. to that last glass of wine at the musical soiree, along with one class in each of the four sessions.

For all the details, discussions of the workshops, and registration, go to: creativeagefestival.org.

 

 

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