Creative Aging Festival at the RCA June 13 - 17, 2022

The RCA is excited to welcome back the Creative Aging Festival! This week of free events holds opportunities for all members of our community, from instructing to demonstrating to participating to observing. This program is geared to our 55+ community members and community members who enjoy engaging with older community members.

The Creative Aging Festival, Dance & Move, and Draw Your Art Out are funded by New Horizons for Seniors.

See the schedule below for upcoming activities:

Monday, June 13, 9:30AM-12PM

Draw Your Art Out

Draw Your Art Out provides a casual, supportive environment for people to gather safely, make art, and express themselves in a variety of visual art forms with the guidance of a trained facilitator. The session is drop-in and pre-registration is not required.

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Tuesday, June 14, 10-11AM

Ballet with Tanya Vadurova of Mission Dance

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Tues. June 14 and Wed. 15, 3:30-5:30PM

ApHeart Community Dance Workshops

ApHeart is a movement meditation for our times to reflect on the "self" inside the "whole". Senior movers of all backgrounds will perform a dancing ritual with live music to provide a sense of hope and unity. ApHeart speaks through the body to celebrate our humanity and the earth we inhabit. This event is two workshops and one performance with four professional dancers; Claudia Moore, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre (Toronto) and local professional dancers Annick LeQuellec, Cori Derickson, and Sean Ling-Allen, and up to 20 community dancers. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 5-6:15PM

Open Mic with Craig and Michele

Open Mic invites you to step up to the microphone and share your music, comedy, or spoken word. This all-ages Open Mic Night led by Craig and Michelle Siemens is also a soft launch of a bi-monthly series that will continue into 2023. Help us get it started!  

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Wednesday, June 15, 10-11:30AM

Nia Dance Class with Patti Tennessy

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Wednesday, June 15, 1-2:15PM

Dance & Move

Dance & Move is a time to honor your body's desire to move. The session starts with an opening circle followed by the playing of a recorded playlist of danceable music. The space is focused on moving and talking is discouraged. We ask participants to dance in bare feet. This program will run weekly beyond the Creative Aging Festival.  

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Thursday, June 16, 10-11AM

Tango Line Dance Class with Leona Lacoff

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Thursday, June 16, 6:30-7:30PM

Whole Rest – Music and Relaxation

Led by incredibly talented Certified Music Therapist Lizzy Walsh, Whole Rest invites you to pause and join our community group focusing on music and gentle relaxation. No musical experience is required, and all folks are welcome. So give yourself some space to breathe, and ground yourself in community, music, and support.⁠ ⁠

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Thursday, June 16, 7:15-9PM

School of Blues with Sherman Doucette & Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

This is Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne's last official show in Kelowna! Kenny, who has been performing at the RCA's School of Blues regularly since 2017, will be leaving Kelowna for new adventures on the east coast this summer. Kenny has been a pillar of the Kelowna music community, and beloved members of the RCA community. He plays along with Sherman Doucette, who's natural ear for music began developing at an early age. He left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket, bound for Vancouver. It was there that he discovered the Chicago blues style on an album featuring Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and James Cotton. By seventeen, he had developed a style of playing greatly influenced by the late great Paul Butterfield. Sherman has had the great privilege of sharing the stage with legendary players such as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sony Land Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry.

Pre registration no longer required

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Friday, June 17, 10-11AM

Flamenco Class with Tascheleia Marangoni

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Friday, June 17, 1-4PM

Open Creative Space

Open Space is a time for seniors to have an unstructured gathering to show creative work, and create and discuss. All are welcome!  This time will feature demonstrations and an interactive project with the Orchard Valley Quilt Guild.  

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Friday, June 17, 4PM

ApHeart Community Dance – Performance

A performance with four professional dancers, Claudia Moore, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre (Toronto) and local professional dancers Annick LeQuellec, Cori Derickson, and Sean Ling-Allen, and up to 20 community dancers. 

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