The Printmakers Only Group is coming to the end of their show and sale at Portals gallery in Duncan. Don’t miss it. (submitted)

The Printmakers Only Group is coming to the end of their show and sale at Portals gallery in Duncan. Don’t miss it. (submitted)

Coming up in Cowichan: book launch, printmakers, English classes

New book takes a look at ins and outs of campaigning

The Cowichan Valley’s Matt Price is launching a new book next week, published by UBC Press.

Engagement Organizing: The Old Art and New Science of Winning Campaigns, is about political campaigning.

For the book launch, which will take place at the Craig Street Brew Pub in Duncan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, guest speakers MP Alistair MacGregor and MLA Sonia Furstenau, with Duncan councillor Michelle Staples, will tell their “true confessions” of things that have gone wrong in their quest for public office, or funny things that have happened on voters’ doorsteps.

Volume One will be at the event selling copies, Price said.

Printmakers Only show and sale into final week

Portals presents the Printmakers Only Group 26th Annual Show &Sale, appropriately titled “Oh Canada”, from Aug. 8 to 31 in their gallery at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.

The show features original, hand-pulled prints, including etchings, relief printing (linocuts, woodcuts) serigraphs, embossing, collagraphs, letterpress, carborundum, monoprints, and more. There will be printmaking demonstrations on Wednesdays and Saturdays of the event.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intercultural Society offers English classes

Are you a newcomer to Canada? Do you want to learn English? Do you want to learn about Canadian culture? Do you want to meet with other newcomers? The Cowichan Intercultural Society has the class for you.

The next term of LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) courses begin in September. The Society provides all levels of English classes for adults, from the fundamental level to advanced levels. Most classes take place during weekdays with the exception of the Fundamental and Intermediate Level English for the Workplace course which takes place Tuesday/Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Fundamental and Intermediate classes take place Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Advanced classes occur Monday/Wednesday from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Additionally, a Fundamental Class for Moms and Tots takes place Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

All English classes are based on real world English skills that students need to use in the community, at work, or to take other courses to further their education. The curriculum includes guest speakers from the community and occasional tours and field trips to local places to become more familiar with Duncan and the surrounding area.

Last year’s guest speakers and field trips included a trip to the B.C. Legislature and Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, the Duncan fire hall, the Totem Tour of Duncan, the RCMP, the local library, Royal Bank of Canada, Global Employment Services, RentReady, Emergency Preparedness and more.

Classes are led by certified instructors and are supported by qualified assistants and volunteers, ensuring a low student-to-teacher ratio and opportunities for students to receive individual support. Classes are free for all qualified permanent resident and refugee status immigrants.

Enrolment is ongoing, and courses fill quickly. Phone (250-748-3112), drop in (Suite 205, 394 Duncan St.) or email to ask about enrolment.