Programs, Events and Workshops

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Check out listings and registration information below, or click here to download a copy of our- Winter 2018 Community Program Guide



Spring Forest Qigong
Mondays April 9 – May 14 2018 @ 7:00 – 8:00pm
$50 for 6 weeks Register here

Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) is a powerful self-healing practice of gentle movements that can be done standing, sitting or lying down.  This practice consists of meditation exercises designed to assist with improving health and well being and is comprised of 4 components: visualization, breath, postures/movements and sound.  Instructor: Kimi Nakamura




Valley Dads Night Out – Lush Valley Little Chefs

Dates: Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, April 11, May 9, June 6

Time: 5:30-7:30pm @ Lake Trail School

Fathers and male family members/caregivers and their children cook and eat a meal together with Lush Valley’s Little Chefs program. Please register in advance by emailing


Adult Education

Senior Computing 101

Computer Classes geared for seniors who want to extend their computer knowledge. Four one hour sessions will cover how to connect with the grand kids, how to use social media with your computer and your smart phone, safety when surfing, and how to keep your computer in top notch shape.

All welcome – not just for seniors!

Instructor: Kathy Birkett – Ocean’s Edge Business Services

Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Lake Trail computer lab


Classes April 11, 18, 25 & May 2

Cost: $30 for the four Classes ($10 drop in per class)

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Pie Making  – Rhubarb Pie!

Instructor: Sheila McDonnell

Wed., May 16 @ 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $20/person Register here

First place Pie winner at the 2016 Comox Valley Fall Fair and Exhibition, Sheila McDonnell will guide you through pie making. Please come to the foods room at Lake Trail School. All supplies provided

Korean Food

Instructor: Younhee Edmonds

Wed., March 14/18 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $20/person Register here

Learn to make Bibimbap (mixed rice). Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sauteed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce or doenjang (fermented soybean paste). Fried egg and sliced meat are common additions. Come and try!



Our Community dinners feature local seasonal produce,  from our own garden whenever possible.  Join our volunteers for a “cook-together” to provide the  scratch- made foundations of our feast.   Please feel free to bring yourself, your family, a game , a story or an an activity to share after-dinner.  Potluck items are welcome, but not necessary.  If you do bring something, please bring the recipe/key ingredients to help identify ingredients  in case of any food allergies. Our dinners offer a free, fun, family event  held at Lake Trail School 805 Willemar Ave. in Courtenay.

Our next Community Dinner!

Thursday May 31 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm

Join the LTNC Community, staff and Board in marking the official start of ‘Dining Al fresco’

Food, fun and friendly company outside  in the Lake Trail Garden! Bring a dish for sharing if you would like.


Instructor: Elaine Codling

Plant Propagation: Sunday April 8 @ 1-3pm

Cost: $20/person Register here

Celebrate the abundance of the spring garden. Propagating plants from existing plants
is easy and rewarding. There are many simple techniques for propagating herbs and
vegetables. Taking cuttings, layering, or dividing are ways to quickly and inexpensively
produce new plants. In this class we will discuss a number of options for multiplying
perennials herbs and vegetables.
This is a hands on class. We will be taking and rooting cuttings of a variety of herbs
that can then be transplanted into your home garden or grown in pots in a sunny
window, patio, or balcony.

Transplanting, Hardening Off, Weather Protection: Monday April 23 @ 6:30 – 8:00pm

Cost: $20/person

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Transplanting time has arrived but your tiny plants still need care and protection
to be strong and productive. Unseasonal weather can have a devastating effect
on sprout and seedlings. Sound strategies for coping with unpredictable
conditions and specific techniques for safeguarding your produce will be
explored. Best practices for choosing varieties, timing seedling, setting out
transplants, and weather protection options will be discussed.

Soil and Fertility: Preparing the Garden for the Year Around Harvest: Monday May 14 @ 6:30 – 8:00pm
Cost: $20/person

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Rich fertile well drained soil is every gardener’s dream. How does your soil
compare and what can you do about it? Soil structure and composition; pH;
organic content all have an impact on fertility. Spring is the best time to amend
the soil.The gardener’s tool kit includes compost; organic fertilizers; soil
probiotics, mineral supplements, mulch, crop rotation, and cultivation practices
for moisture retention and weed control.
A garden that feeds us year around must be fed. Improving the soil, increasing
and maintaining fertility, and supporting soil life is one of the gardener’s most
important tasks. Healthy soil means healthy plants that produce more delicious


Composting: Monday May 28 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $20 per person Register Here

Composting is a key element for maintaining soil fertility in an organic garden. Maintaining fertility is essential to achieving a year round harvest. There are many composting techniques to choose from; hot or cold bins, sheet mulching and lasagna gardens, worm bins and fermenters. Other topics to be discussed include building/buying a composter, building the pile, troubleshooting problems. Bring your questions!