Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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RISE Is a great example of community development and efforts to build a resilient, trusted and accessible network of learning opportunity for rural Alberta. Bow Valley College would be pleased to continue utilizing the RISE Network to support and align with needs of rural learners, increase access to post-secondary opportunities and strengthen cross-generational learning through technology

— Teri McKinnon Bow Valley College

Gardening & Nature

Gardening and Horticulture - Gardens that Heal

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/02/21 - 1:32pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We all know that gardening is good for our souls and for keeping our bodies moving, but did you know that gardening is being used by health care practitioners that work with patients?  Horticultural therapy allows people with physical and mental disabilities to benefit from the healing powers of gardens and gardening.  Maybe it can help someone in your life, or perhaps you might have something to offer this fascinating blending of gardening and therapy.

Presented by: The Calgary Zoo
Hosted by: Marigold, Chinook Arch, and Shortgrass Library Systems

Gardening and Horticulture - Soil: It's not just dirt!

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/02/21 - 1:31pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This informative session will introduce the basics of soil composition and how soil functions to support the plants so important to gardeners.  We'll discuss how to determine your soil quality, how to improve your soil, and how to keep in in peak condition.

Presented by: The Calgary Zoo
Hosted by: Marigold, Chinook Arch, and Shortgrass Library Systems

Gardening and Horticulture - Water Wise Gardening

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/02/21 - 1:30pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

How can you design and maintain a garden using less water? What plants to use and how to best make this space easy to maintain and good for mother nature.

Presented by: The Calgary Zoo
Hosted by: Marigold, Chinook Arch, and Shortgrass Library Systems

Horticulture – The New Face of Ancient Grains

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/13 - 3:30pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn how to use sprouted kamut and quinoa to support a healthy lifestyle. Hear from Holistic Nutritionist, Rick Kohut, on these amazing and ancient superfoods including heir benefits and
delicious recipes.

Hosted by: Olds Municipal Library
Presented by: Rick Kohut 

Horticulture – Before Pesticides

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/13 - 3:27pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Follow Ken on a historical journey through pest management methods used by our grandparents and see what we have learned, how we have progressed over the years, and in some ways, what we have returned to in our efforts to control the “unwanted” in our yards and gardens.

Hosted: Dr. Ken Fry
Presented: Olds Municipal Library

Horticulture – More than Just Tomatoes – Heritage Varieties for Albertans

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2013/02/13 - 12:26pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn the value of heritage varieties of edibles (and other plants) for home gardens today as Janet shares the history and characteristics of some of the plants that were grown in Alberta from the early 1900s.

Hosted: Janet Melrose
Presented: Olds Municipal Library

Pincher Creek Speaker - Larry Frith

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/02/12 - 5:06pm
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Larry Frith, professional agrologist and local rancher for 42 years, raising certified organic beef since 1997, will be chatting with us about “Sustainable Ranching.”

Hosted:  Pincher Creek
Presented: Larry Frith

Planting Our Past, Preserving Our Future

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/01/08 - 2:57pm
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

June Flanagan is a professional botanist, environmental horticulturist and author, as well as the designer of the award-winning Garden of Native Prairie Plants at the Galt Museum & Archives. This program “Planting Our Past, Preserving Our Future” highlights the story behind this garden of truly local species, which was planted by the Society to commemorate its 2009 centennial.

Horticulture - Permaculture Basics

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013/01/08 - 2:01pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Get an overview of this holistic approach to the design and maintenance of sustainable residential living. A solid mix of old practice meeting new science, there is much to learn about this philosophy of harmonious integration of landscape and people providing food, energy and shelter, sustainably!

Host: Olds Municipal Library
Presenter: Angela Sommers

Wildlife Lecture - The Magical Landscapes of Writing-on-Stone

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013/01/03 - 4:12pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm