Creative Age Festival filled with activities for the 45+ set

EDMONDS — There’s something for nearly everyone — classes on feng shui, brain health, art, photography and even a presentation on hard cider and cheese pairings.

These are some of the panoply of 25 classes and activities being offered Saturday at the Creative Age Festival of Edmonds, an event targeted for people 45 and up.

The festival was first held last year as an opportunity for older adults to learn new skills and try new activities. It’s believed to be one of the few such events in the country.

“What’s interesting about this year’s festival is that it’s meant to be a smorgasbord — you do have to choose your favorite hobbies or interests,” said Carolyn Douglas, a member of the festival’s advisory board.

Some of last year’s presentations were so popular they’re being brought back this year. Among them is a talk by Gloria Burgess, the chief executive of Jazz Inc., a seminar leader and executive coach, who will make the keynote address.

One of the new topics this year is, “Getting to the Core of Hard Cider Popularity.” The workshop will be led by Steve Kaiser, owner of Edmonds-based Core Hero Hard Cider, a business he began in 2015.

There also will be presentations on memoir writing, birding and one titled, “I’ve Never Been This Age Before.”

The closing reception will include music featuring Richard Cole, a jazz saxophonist.

All events will take place at The Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $40. Register online to reserve the specific workshops of your choice before they fill up, Douglas said.

Or if someone makes a last minute decision to attend, “They can just come on down,” she said.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 ; salyer@heraldnet.com.

If you go

The Creative Age Festival of Edmonds, a day-long event, is scheduled for Saturday at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. A variety of workshops are planned. Tickets are $40. More information and registration is available on the website www.creativeagefestival.org/

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