How to enroll in a summer course

Summer school: this university town is crammed with courses and seminars for everyone, from sign language to kayaking.

Academic, my dear Watson

Are you too busy to take a course? Well, why not take a course in Time Management through the Nova Scotia Community College. Hurry, the one-day workshop is happening on June 20 and will teach students things such as how to save up to one hour per day of time, overcome procrastination and learn prioritization techniques.

If you're interested in learning sign language, the NSCC also offers a beginner level American Sign Language course. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, exchange personal information and give directions and more. The weekday course starts June 22 and runs into July. There are also more advanced sign language courses that students can take at a later date.

Since 1887, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design has offered non-credit studio courses for the adult general public. Introductory Drawing is one of the courses currently available. The class starts with students doing a self-portrait and moving on to other exercises, such as sketching a portrait from a tiny photo and enlarging it and work involving a live model. Students finish by doing another self-portrait to see how they've progressed.

If you're looking to put your pen and paper to a different sort of use, consider the War, Peace and Technology class at Mount Saint Vincent University. The course is described as "an analysis of the nature and roots of war preparations including American, Russian and Middle East foreign policies and political cultures, plus the extent and consequences of arms production and sales. Topics include the peace movement and UN strategies and alternatives to war and regional arms buildup." Non-degree students can audit the class, meaning they don't have to complete assignments or write exams. Plus, it's half the price to take the course that way.

Creative diversions

Little Mysteries Books offers a one-night seminar on June 23 called The Magic of Stones & Crystals: Part One. Students will work with and create a set of nine stones for healing, chakra work, meditation, divination, magic and more.

Do you have a love of stained glass? The Cranberry Stained Glass Shop offers classes and workshops throughout the summer. Tiffany lamps, fused pendants, and window hangings are just some of the items students can create. In the one-week Intensive Beginner Class, students will learn the basics of stained glass copper foil construction and students will make their own window hanging.

If pottery is your thing, Turnstile Pottery has both drop-in classes and courses. On Tuesday nights there is a live nude model and people can do either figure sculpting or illustration. On Thursday nights from you can try out pottery or work on your own independent projects. People usually make mugs and bowls. There is also a five-week Introduction to Throwing class, beginning on Wednesday, July 8 and running until mid-August. Throwing is the process of making ceramics on a potter's wheel. Register early as the maximum class size is five students.

At the Clay Café, adults can drop in anytime and work on projects such as wine glasses, beer steins, and customizable picture frames. People can also purchase lumps of clay and the staff will help you with the project.

Breaking a sweat

If improving your sex life is a part of your summer agenda, Venus Envy offers workshops throughout the summer. Workshops include Erotic Talk---Talking Dirty for Women and Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio. No further explanation needed.

If you want to get some exercise in the water, rather than in the bedroom, check out East Coast Outfitters. Throughout the summer, it has something happening every night of the week. The most popular option is a Friday night paddle starting at 6pm and ending at 8pm as the sun sets, followed by a barbeque on the wharf. Sometimes there's even live entertainment. "That fills up every week, so that's why we open on Saturdays," says Dave Adler of Outfitters. He recommends registering in advance. The Saturday session starts at 4:30pm.

If you'd rather be in the water, take a diving course through Torpedo Rays Scuba. There are diving courses for both the beginner and more advanced diver. Joey Dobson of TRS says diving is one of the most relaxing things. "You feel weightless," he says.

Richard Woodbury is a writer and editor from Halifax. He wishes there was a local Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp he could attend.

Summer Learnin' COURSE GUIDE

Nova Scotia Community College(80 Mawiomi, 491-4911)

Time Management, June 20, $150

American Sign Language, 60 hours, June 22-July 10, $375

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1107 Marginal, 444-9600)

Introductory Drawing, Tuesdays from June 23-August 4, $150

Mount Saint Vincent University (166 Bedford Highway, 457-6117)

War, Peace and Technology, Tuesday and Thursday nights, July 6-August 21, $573.35 for a degree student and $300.85 for an audit student

Little Mysteries Books(1663 Barrington, 423-1313)

The Magic of Stones & Crystals Part One, June 23, $25

Cranberry Stained Glass Shop(110 Chain Lake, 876-5167)

Intensive Beginner Class, July 13-July 17, August 17-August 21, $190

Turnstile Pottery(2207 Gottingen, 431-2529)

Figure Sculpting/Illustration, Tuesdays, 8pm-9pm, $12 if you use Turnstile's clay, and $10 if you bring your own supplies

Pottery/Independent Projects, Thursdays, 7:30pm-9pm, all the equipment you need is provided for $15 (including glazes)

Introduction to Throwing, July 8-August 15, $175 (materials included)

Clay Café(6413 Quinpool, 429-2994)

Venus Envy(1598 Barrington, 422-0004)

Erotic Talk---Talking Dirty for Women, June 23, $20 (or $10 for those with limited incomes)

Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio, June 24, $20 (or $10)

East Coast Outfitters(2017 Lower Prospect Road, 852-2567)

Friday night/Saturday afternoon paddle, $30 tax included

Torpedo Rays Scuba(625 Windmill, 481-0444)

Beginner Diving: There are different course packages and start times for beginner diving, with the standard, least expensive option costing $329.99 + HST. Check out for more details. Advanced Open Water Diving: June 19, July 24, August 21, $229.99 + HST

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