Learning & Entertainment

Since we can't meet in person right now, and all of  our activities at the club are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus (Covid 19), we have put together information and  links to lots of different sources  for your educational and entertainment  enjoyment. As with any internet activity, please be extremely cautious in providing personal or financial information when accessing these sites.

Please don't hesitate to let us know of you have more interesting sites to add by contacting portperryprobus@gmail.com

Museums and Galleries


Enjoy these on line tours of local and international art galleries and museums. Click on the links below.



The Louvre, Paris

Vatican Museums

Art as Fun - Daily Art Magazine's podcasts, slides, webinars - expand your knowledge of art.

British National Trust - Writing an historical novel? Check this out.

Scotland Treasures - Dig It - A Scottish Archaeology Hub

Museum Adventures  -  Natural History Museum - Museum of South Kensington (near London, UK)

Modern Day Paint by Numbers - Have fun painting your own famous painting!


On Line Courses

New! The Khan Academy provides courses from algebra to computer science, physics to grammar, history to calculus, filmmaking, and more for all age groups.

New! CS50 course at Harvard - free introductory course to Computer Science

MOOCs (Massive Open On Line Courses) are free on line courses on a wide variety of subjects offered by major universities and colleges locally and  throughout the world.


The Beginner's Guide to MOOCs offers a good introduction to MOOCs.

Other MOOC providers not listed in the above site are:

Open Learn

Future Learn

Movies & TV Shows

Listed below are some of the websites that list free movies and TV shows for streaming to your device or TV.

New! Free Movies on Kanopy - e - membership is free through your local Durham public library

My Octopus Teacher - A Netflix documentary capturing a year spent with an octopus

Stay at Home Cinema with TIFF

Britain's National Theatre


CTV Movies

Online Streaming Options in Canada

Reel Good

Free Internet TV

To learn how to stream movies and other shows to your TV, click here.


Interesting Historical Sites

New!  Parkwood Estates in Oshawa - Online events at the Parkwood National Historic Site

New! The Pickering Museum Village has a series of YouTube presentations on historic fashion


Canadian Archives -  a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more


Culture in Oshawa - The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 

Victorian Art and Puerto Rico - Watch a  lecture on Victorian Art in Puerto Rico - February 16 at 6 pm

Canadian Astronomy Website - Discussions on the stars for all levels of expertise

Quarantine Concerts in Canada - Listing a number of online musical concerts from one end of Canada to the other and over the next few months. 


Recipes / Food / Gardening

New! Wildlife Friendly Gardens - Free online



New!  Virtual Gardening Events


Guinness Chocolate Cake - Enjoy on St. Patrick's Day or anytime


Fun Video of French restaurant - augmented reality

Making Goodies for Two - Try this site for recipes for two (no need to subscribe to newsletter)

Start the Day Off Right - With a healthy breakfast

Recipes from our very own Foodies Group -


Lemon Asparagus Risotto


Garlic Shrimp

Fun Websites and Videos


You Tube and other Fun videos


New! Walk on the Wild SideFree Access to Safaris

New! Penguin saves himself from Killer Whale - from the The Science Times


Video of Lambs by the Irish Tourist Board


Time Can Be Deceiving - Interesting tidbits about the time we live in

Red Green is Back

Follow Your Pet Shark

Understanding the Gravity of the Situation

Pluto the Dog

Little Rocker

Discover the World with Google Maps


Parking Fines - British humour

Animal People Reunions

San Diego Zoo website - including a zoo live cam

The Onion - Satirical news site

Think You Can Park a Car Well? - On line simulator used by NASA


TED Talks and Other Interesting Courses and Lectures

There are thousands of TED talks, so visit the site at:

https://www.ted.com/talks Take a look at their library and try one – maybe daily.

New!  On line workshops for writing memoirs - with Anne Bokma - cost involved

New! Writing for Fun or Profit - Writers' Community of Durham Region


Ottawa History Online - January 20 lecture on Zoom

Historic Sites of England, Wales and Northern Ireland - The Royal Oak Historical Society

Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg, an award winning photographer, who  specializes in time lapse photography. 

What Makes Us Happy

Scottish Story Telling - Interesting stories about Scotland

Get to Know your Cousins - a great lecture on anthropology

The Great Courses offers college-level courses on CD, DVD & digitally, most in the $30 - $60 range


For the History buff, try these great sites:

Time Travel - walk back time in segments of tens of millions of years to see where our home was in the world

EDTechTeacher - Best of History Websites

Arch 20 - free on-line virtual tours of historical sites

Mediation & Relaxation - a variety of scheduled virutal seminars - free and open to everyone - from the University of Virginia's Contemplative Sciences Center

Tree Companions - Learn about the largest and oldest living things

Lemon Asparagus Risotto
Giant Panda

Games On Line


Get Back at Google - Have some fun with a fake Google Homepage

Don't Connect the Dots - Brain / eye / hand coordination game 

Another test for your Brain / hand coordination - Got Rhythm


Hardwood Games -  Euchre, Hearts and Spades - play with the computer or your friends

Bridge Base Online - Practice with the computer at various levels or play on line with your own foursome

Words with Friends II - Free on line scrabble game - play with real people around the world


Jigsaw Planet - Fun, free jigsaw puzzles

Trickster - Euchre, Bridge, Hearts, Spades and more - free and fun

Music & Theatre

New! Ottawa Grassroots Festival - Music and other activities


On Line Theatre Performances this Spring:

Mirvish Theatre

Stratford Festival

Westben Concerts


How to Get to Carnegie Hall - Practice! - Free concerts and activities

Relax with Soothing Background Sounds

Tina Turner is back in a ReMix of What's Love Got to Do With It

Sherry's Pick - Canadian Country Music - Marshall Dane

Andrew Lloyd Weber - Free on line streaming of many his musicals.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Weekly Musical Moments

Anna Mouskouri - In concert

Canadian Doctors - Singing Rise Again

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Spotify - Every genre, all the time

Apple Music - 60 million songs

Danny MasAskill

Web Conferencing

Zoom -  Good for up to 100 attendees.

FaceBook Messenger - You can create a group with your Facebook friends and then video call each other for free.

WhatsApp - An encrypted chat feed with notifications - iPad and iPhones only

Skype - Communication tool for free calls and chat - owned by Microsoft

Google Hang Outs - Video calls for free

How to Look Good on camera when video conferencing

Andrew Lloyd Weber


Here are some websites that have a host of virtual tours and photos of fascinating places in the province.

Jonathan van Bilsen - Amazing photos and stories from around world


Explore Hamilton Ontario - Virtual Tours online

Attractions Ontario  

Ontario Virtual Tours

Ottawa Tourism

Time Travel - walk back time in segments of tens of millions of years to see where our home was in the world

Or try Biking Without Training Wheels - A bike trek on the Isle of Skye in Scotland with Danny MacAskill

Experience the Wonder of U.S. Parks

The Broonfords - Informal travelogue of things to see in and around Edinburgh

Web Conferencing