I don't know if I will get time, or if it is feasible, but this course is being offered in my area: http://recreation.saanich.ca/reconl
Introduction to the wonderful world of bees. Providing the basic knowledge to manage a colony of bees. Theory, practice and technique will be covered in this 10 week course. Includes two Saturday field trips to work on hives.
Its being offered my local rec centre and the classroom is in a high school that is a fifteen minute walk from my place. Its on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9. I am so tempted, although I keep having visions of bees swarming into my hair, chasing me around the neighbourhood, or falling off precariously balanced ladders while I am managing insects. I did casually ask my brother if he would be open to having hives on the property and sharing "liquid gold". He gave me a snarky grin and then began wondering aloud whether he could keep a Doberman in my suite. I guess he doesn't think we're that rural ;) Its not that likely that I would have room in my schedule for such a consuming project but you can certainly tell how bored I've been of late. Obviously I haven't been risking my life enough this year! =)
But before I found the bee course, I did notice some other wacky reacreation offerings:
Everything from "pink poodle" parties to Hallowe'en scream. This class will "teach" you how to decorate for and organize a theme party. So weiird.
The following are verbatim:
Learn to validate your intuitions and subtle perceptions. You know and perceive far more than you give yourself credit for. Learn to connect with your friends in spirit and discover how they can help you.
Tea Cup Reading
Share your wisdom with others through the ancient technique of reading tea leaves. Learn traditional symbols, how to find pictures that tell the story and how to open your intuitive gifts.
Each class costs $54!!!! Wow..Isn't that just sort of taking a class just for the sake of taking a class? Personally I wouldn't do it even to meet people because I would rather hang out with the cool people and their out of control bees than socialize with someone who wanted to find their excitement in blowing a lot of cash on some hokey cups of tea. Do people have nothing better do with fifty dollars? Either this is a symbol of how irredeemably yuppie this entire area is becoming, or it is a sign that Saanich needs to work a few of the finer points in its fairly extensive recreation programming.
Maybe I'm being harsh, though. After all, I did use to read palms and got to be fairly good at it, although I would never charge people for this- how silly! or put genuine faith in the activity. But I always felt a little weird when people took a reading too seriously- you didn't want to break the magic for them, but at the same time the look of awe on their faces really made you wonder how much control that even you, the reader, had over the implications of what you were saying.
To me the "pink poodle" parties have a strange rich California matron vibe to them. I love everyone from California that is on my friends list, but the scams that take place down there are just unbelievable. I remember picking up skin cream from a Beverly Hills dermatologist (don't ask) for fifty dollars and breaking out in red welts because it contained alcohol, even though it was supposed to be for sensitive skin. Right now I am using moisturizer from a little farm in Kildonan, BC. I'm not sure how much it cost, but nothing could be as horrible as the stuff on offer to the poor Californians- incredibly expensive, and really bad for you. The staff at the makeup stores just push it on people even though it is commonly known in the industry that alcohol based stuff can really worsen irritated skin. For example, when I walked into Ulta near San Francisco the woman there tried to sell me on a cream with alcohol in it to fix the problem that an alcohol based product had already caused.
All of the stuff I use here at home is made locally and could even be eaten by accident and it wouldn't seriously hurt you. It is unheard of to break out in reaction to it unless you don't wash your face, gob it on, or are specifically allergic to one of the ingredients.