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.

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The Louvre, Paris

Vatican Museums

New! Art for Seniors -  Art Gallery of Ontario has a virtual Seniors Social Program - Free

 

Van Gogh is Back - The Van Gogh immersive exhibit in Toronto

 

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!

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On Line Courses

New! Acrylic Wildflowers and Honey Bee Workshop - An on-line course offered by Trent University - Fee required

New! How to Paint Outdoors in Watercolor Workshop - On-line course offered by Trent University - Fee required

New! Acrylic Jack Pine Painting Workshop - One-line course offered by Trent University - Fee required

 

New! Watercolour Bouquet in a Vase Workshop - On line course offered by Trent University - Fee required

 

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

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.

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.

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Interesting Historical Sites

New! Historical Background on Niagara-on-the-Lake - The Niagara on the Lake Museum has a number of You-Tube videos available which detail the history of that area. 

 

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology has several online exhibits that may be of interest

Triskele Heritage - focused primarily on the archaeology aspect of Britain

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library houses the rare and special collections of the University of Toronto

 

Anne of Green Gables - The Pickering Museum has a series of 3 podcasts about author Lucy Maud Montgomery

History Extra - Great site for history buffs

History of Port Perry - Scugog Townshhip Heritage Gallery

 

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

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 

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! A listing of Farmers Markets in Durham Region

New!  Commune with Nature - High Park Nature Centre in Toronto offers the following Online Adult Naturalist Courses - Fee required

Chicken Tikka Masala -  from our Foodies Group

Homemade Naan for your Chicken Tikka Masala

 

Cooking with the Best - Website of renowned French chef Daniel Boulud

 

The Keukenhof gardens of Holland

Durham Master Gardeners 

North Durham Nature - Useful information and access to speakers on a variety of nature subjects that impact Durham Region and beyond

Wildlife Friendly Gardens - Free online

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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! What's that Fungi? An app to identify wildlife, plants and fungi you come across

 

New! What's that Bird? A cell phone app that can help you easily identify a bird by  snapping a photo of it or recording its voice on the phone

Fly with the Eagles - This is an interesting website about an eagle family over time

The Ultimate Screen Saver - Very calming screen saver from Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

 

Walk on the Wild SideFree Access to Safaris

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.

Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Older Adults

Volcanoes - where we came from and why we don't want to return - The Earth 4 billion years ago

 

Beauty on Earth Now - Tulip Fields in the Netherlands

 

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

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. 

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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

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Games On Line

New! This website contains a list of free memory games that will test your recall ability.

 

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. Has a video chat feature so you can see and hear each other!

Music & Theatre

New! Voces 8 has a Live From London England  Summer program with a series of performances from July 4th through August 22nd. Fee required

 

Cirque du Soleil - a wonderful website full of YouTube videos of Cirque performances

U.K. Theatre - Here’s a way to see videos of productions from a variety of UK live theatres - subscription required

 

Symphony Nova Scotia is presenting online a series of The Fusion Sessions

 

Ontario Philharmonic is presenting a special virtual concert series  Oshawa

 

Ottawa Grassroots Festival - Music and other activities

 

On Line Theatre Performances:

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

Travel

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

A video tour of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

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