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Creative Age Series presents life-long learning opportunities


August 17, 2017

Creative Age Series organizers include: bottom, L to R: Sonia Gilman, Vivian Egashira, Dick Van Hollebeck, Julaine Fleetwood, Carolyn Douglas; top, L to R: Susie Starrfield, Sylvana Rinehart, Jerry Fireman, Trish Feaster.

The Creative Age Festival of Edmonds presents wellness, arts, and community engagement events designed to empower retirement age individuals who want to experience new techniques, skills, and activities that enhance their lives and expand their worlds.

With a holistic series of classes that promote health and well-being through physical and mental vitality, creative expression, and social connection, the Creative Age Series galvanizes people to stay creative, active, fulfilled, and engaged.

Created three years ago, the Creative Age Festival has presented two all-day workshops offering a selection of 25 sessions with a variety of topics and speakers to stimulate and motivate participants.

These workshops were so popular that the organizers decided to continue throughout the year by offering a series of workshops that will occur every other month in order to keep the learning momentum going.

In conjunction with the Edmonds Senior Center’s “Tapping Our Talent” Program, the first workshop in the series will take place on Sept. 16.

Future events include a memoir writing workshop by Janette Turner in November and achieving fitness through Qigong by Suzanna McCarthy in January. Other topics and dates will be advertised on the website at

Nationally Acclaimed Speaker on Interactive Diversity to guest

The Creative Age Series will present a thought-provoking, stimulating, and interactive program titled “When we speak about diversity, what are we actually speaking about?” by nationally acclaimed speaker and educator Dr. Anu Taranath.

Dr. Taranath brings passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator, and educator. Since 2001, Dr. Taranath has taught at the University of Washington Seattle about global literature, identity, race, and equity.

She received several regional distinctions, including Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” designation and the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships, and other national recognitions.

A facilitator and consultant known for “pushing the conversation without pushing folks away,” Dr. Taranath engages with community organizations, government agencies and educational institutions to deepen social justice and global awareness. She collaborates with colleagues nationally, internationally, and regionally to bring a big-picture perspective to her discussions.

Dr. Anu Taranath presents on Interactive Diversity on Sept. 16.

Space is limited, so register early.

The workshop takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, (Check-in/payment begins at 9 a.m.) at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds, WA 98020.

Cost: $20/$15 for Edmonds Senior Center members (pay at the door).

Registration/Information: Email or website


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