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Spring Workshops, Northbrook

We regret that due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are not able to provide these in-person workshops. However, we are currently transferring a number of our programs online. For more information see our posting New, Free Distance Learning and newer posts or visit our Facebook page.


Late Winter/Spring

FREE Workshops

Northbrook Site

  • • Introduction to Indigenous Crafts
    • Feb. 4 to Mar. 10, 2020
  • • Personal Support Worker (PSW) Essential Skills
    • Feb. 5 to Mar. 4, 2020
  • • iPad/iPhone Essentials
    • Mar. 2 to Apr. 6, 2020
  • • Computer Basics with Windows 10
    • Mar. 11 to Apr. 15, 2020
  • • Quickbooks Online Basics
    • Mar. 11 to Apr. 15, 2020
  • • Digital Scrapbooking
    • May 4 to June 15, 2020
  • • Exploring Gardening Techniques
    • May 6 to June 3, 2020

Limited spaces.

Call 613-336-0691 or

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Evening Workshops for Facebook

facebook logoCome out for a fun evening at our Sharbot Lake site, learning to connect with family and friends on social media. In our Facebook 101 workshop you will:

  • •  Create and personalize your Facebook profile
  • •  Adjust privacy settings to suit your preferences
  • •  Find and confirm (or ignore) friends
  • •  Learn about your timeline/newsfeed
  • •  Post photos and status updates
  • •  Use Messenger for print, voice or video chat

Classes will be Tuesday evenings from 6;30 to 8:30pm from Oct. 2 to Nov. 14, 2018.

Call 613-279-2499 or email for more info or to register.

Computer Basics Using Win 10

Locations, dates and times for Computer BasicsWe are offering our very popular introduction to computers with Windows 10 at both of our sites, this fall 2018. In this course you will learn:

  • •  About Win 10 and its “desktop”
  • •  How to open, use and close applications
  • •  Send emails
  • •  Manage your files
  • •  Search the Internet
  • •  Find and download applications
  • •  Set security and privacy settings

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Digitally Advertising Your Business

Another new workshop!

Digitally Advertising Your Business

This workshop is targeted to small and home businesses.
You will:Text Box of Let's Put Your Business on the Map

  • •  Create marketing materials (broschures, business cards, etc)
  • •  Learn ways to promote your brand and attract new interest
  • •  Explore Facebook Business Pages and Marketplace
  • •  Post items on Kijiji and other online markets

The course will run Mondays, from 9:00am to noon, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 26, 2018.

Spaces are limited, so call today for more info. or to register!


The Pallet Project

NEW for the fall, 2018 we are offering The Pallet Project. This is for people who wish to learn some basic woodworking skills, while creating projects from wood salvaged from pallets. You will also learn:Pallet Project Samples

  • •  tool and workshop safety
  • •  searching for project ideas online
  • •  dismantling pallets
  • •  measurement, timing and costing
  • •  marketing your handiwork
  • •  etc.

The course will be held on Thursdays from noon until 4:00pm, from Sept. 27 to November 1, 2018, at our Sharbot Lake site.

Please call 613-279-2499 or email for more information or to register.

Spaces are limited call today!

Blackfly Derby

The Blackfly Derby Trivia Night was held to celebrate the ASITT project (Alleviating Social Isolation through Technology), which was funded through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This event allowed for people to use and become comfortable with technology, in the form of tablets, in a fun, social atmosphere. As the questions were all connected to Canadian trivia, in celebration of Canada’s 150th, it also challenged people’s  knowledge of Canada.

Blackfly Derby winners' photos for Gold, Silver and Bronze

Photos of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of Blackfly Derby

Congratulations to our winners! The Blackflied P’s a team made up of (from left to right) Samantha, Will, Sadie and Josh buzzed past the rest for the Gold Trophy. Silver went to Poppy, Macy, Elizabeth and Lynette. The Bronze trophy was taken by Bob, Doug, Anne, Rhonda and Heather.

Here is a collage of Blackfly Derby photos. As you can see, many got into the spirit with their finest “Derby” or “Blackfly” wear.

Blackfly Derby photos

Collage of photos from Blackfly Derby

A number of sponsors donated prizes for the event. We really appreciate the generosity of:

  • Amazing Dollar Store
  • Barnabe’s Independent
  • Canadian Tire, Perth
  • Connections Adult Learning
  • Home Hardware, Sharbot Lake
  • Northern Radiance Aesthetics
  • Pharmasave, Sharbot Lake
  • Ram’s Esso
  • St. Lawrence College, Employment Services, Sharbot Lake
  • Sharbot Lake Gas & General Store
  • Springwood Cottages Resort

Blackfly Derby Chili & Trivia Night

Everyone welcome!

Singles, pairs, trios or even teams of four. Come out and test your skills to go for the gold (or even silver or bronze) – the coveted Blackfly trophies.

Included in your ticket price ($5.00) is a great chili dinner and a night of trivia. Buy some liquid refreshments at our Mocktail Bar and snack on some popcorn.

Prizes, too!

Dress: Wear your best Derby or Blackfly (bug) gear.

Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Granite Ridge Education Centre (Map)

This event is offered thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for our Alleviating Social Isolation through Technology project.