Spread the Word. 3 April 2016.
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Tell Two Friends

Remember that shampoo commercial from the 80s ... if you tell two friends and they tell two friends and so on and so on? It truly illustrated the power of social networking and word of mouth marketing. Did you know that "word of mouth" promotion is one of the best marketing tools for any business? If you have enjoyed the classes you've taken with ElderCollege this past term, don't be shy about sharing that with your friends and colleagues ... and so on and so on!

Here are three easy ways to share:

  1. At the bottom of our eNewsletter is a "forward" icon; click this to send it on to others by email, or simply tell about us in a regular email.
  2. Invite a friend to register with you. Our drop-in sessions are a low cost way to try an ElderCollege class.
  3. Are you on Facebook? Give us a "like" and help others in your network to find us.

Is there is a benefit to helping to spread the news of ElderCollege by word of mouth? Absolutely! By helping us to fill our classes and keep our advertising costs as low as possible, we can continue to price our courses at a very affordable level. And more participants means more opportunities for friendship. It's a win-win-win! ~Kate 

From Our Roving Reporter

"Good Children Eat Apples"

This is the phrase often used to remember the 4 strings – G C E A – of the happy little instrument -the ukulele.  The participants of Kathy Francis’ Ukulele class certainly looked as if they were having a happy time as they strummed away Simon and Garfunkel’s El Condor Pasa, more commonly known by the line “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail”. 

Kathy is an enthusiastic teacher and, as I’m learning is often the case, came upon the opportunity to teach Ukulele lessons at ElderCollege through a chance meeting with a friend of a friend of the facilitator, Annette Wilson Blair.  (ElderCollege facilitators are always on the look out!  Where would we be without them?). Kathy has been teaching for several years now with ElderCollege to new and returning students. 

Annette told me her Mother took the course with her at the age of 90.  It’s never too late!  The members said they are eager to improve their skills and that the class brings out the best in them. 

Tuning their instruments by the use of an electronic tuning device which they attached to the end of the ukulele (the modern version, I guess, of “My Dog Has Fleas”), the students played and sometimes sang a variety of popular pieces such as Tom Dooley and The Drunken Sailor.  It really did seem like a good time and indeed one fellow remarked, “My fingers are too big and I’m too old but I’m having fun!”  That’s what it’s all about, I’d say.
~ Midge

What do these images have in common?

Did you guess they are all paintings of the great bard, William Shakespeare?  Why do they look so different you might ask?  Although we all likely have an image in our mind of what the great man looked like, there are no certain likenesses – no descriptions exist of what the man actually looked like though many drawings and paintings exist.  Indeed, there are no letters or papers, other than legal papers to shine any light on the life of what many consider to be one of the world’s greatest dramatists. 

This, Mary Hartman, Director of Education for Bard on the Beach, told her Day in the Life audience, leads to the mystery and elusiveness of the man and drives many scholars and lay folks alike to ponder the history and life of William Shakespeare.  But regardless of the mystery and the fact that his plays were written over 400 years ago, they still seem relevant to-day and continue to influence theatre and literature. 

Mary is a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm and fortunately for us, is returning to offer her one week Bard on the Beach Bound course in June.  Do not hesitate to sign up…. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late”!  (The Merry Wives of Windsor, which is one of the four plays at Bard on the Beach this season).
~ Midge

Win a Free Ticket
Register in our Bard on the Beach Bound course by ****May 15**** and you could win one free ticket ($35) to a play of your choice in the Bard series*.

Online registration is available 24/7 or call weekdays 9-4:30 778.246.6737.

* If you've already registered, you're already entered for the draw.
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Blueridge ElderCollegians Wanted
Do you live in or near Blueridge and want to volunteer for an hour or two? ElderCollege will be participating in the Blueridge Good Neighbours Day on Sunday, June 5, from 9:30 until 3 and needs volunteers to meet and greet. If you would like to help, please email.
A Note from the Chair
Walt Disney said when you do something well, “people can’t resist telling others about you”.

Our new ElderCollege launched this January and all indicators show that we have done it well. Now it is up to you to tell others about us. Spread the word. Tell others of our eNewsletter and have them sign up – it’s FREE. Tell others about the fun you had this Spring in the classes you attended. YOU can make our success grow even more.  Thank you. ~Ed
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