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Spice up your life with scrumptious Italian cooking, mosaic art, cool knitting and
a Saturday kids programme

TORONTO, February 23, 2006—Harbourfront Centre introduces three new adult courses and a Saturday programme for kids in its exciting Learning for Living programme. Artist/illustrator Barbara Klunder teaches two new courses: Knitting and “Brokenware” Mosaics. Emily Richards, co-host of Canadian Living Cooks leads an Italian cooking course. The Saturday Programme for Kids offers four consecutive weeks of all-new activities. Learning for Living provides stimulating learning opportunities by offering various courses in areas of contemporary culture. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, the public can call 416-952-4046 or visit

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $40

Barbara Klunder teaches beginner knitters how to stitch by showing them the basics. Starting with a slide show of her textile work, Klunder inspires adults to great heights, even though they may only be dreaming of finishing a simple scarf. Students must bring large knitting needles and wool in their colour of choice.

“Brokenware” Mosaics
2 Saturdays (April 1 and 8), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $100

Inspired by Antoni Gaudi, the fabulous architect of Barcelona, Spain, Barbara Klunder has completed large and small murals, fireplaces, and pots with broken dishes and tiles. Students must bring a frame, a flower pot, or a board for a table top and their own selection of tragically smashed dishes (or dishes they are willing to smash). Hammers, glue, grout and fun are supplied.

Barbara Klunder started her illustration career at the age of 17, working for The Globe and Mail, and continued as a freelance illustrator/designer until recently, winning many awards over the years and designing two fonts. At the age of 28, Klunder started designing unique hand-knit sweaters and had a huge success with them in New York, launched with the help of Vogue Magazine. She has been teaching for the past few years, and is asked annually to lecture at many art colleges and craft guilds. Klunder is also asked to be on many juries, from national magazine awards to contemporary art competitions.

An afternoon with Emily Richards
Saturday, April 1, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: 40 (includes a signed copy of Italian Express)

Adults are invited to spice up their afternoon with Emily Richards, co-host of Canadian Living Cooks, in an interactive food demonstration, tasting and launch of her new book Italian Express. This exciting afternoon features a menu of mouth watering culinary delights like warm mushroom and shrimp salad, spinach ricotta gnocchi with butter sage sauce, veal piccata with green beans and tiramisu trifle.

Emily Richards began her food career at an early age. She learned to make bread and pasta from her grandmother when she was only 3. Food was the touchstone in Richards’ Italian family, so no one was surprised when she opted to get her degree in Home Economics, specializing in Food and Nutrition. “I live by a very simple philosophy,” says Richards. “Live, love, cook! I think these are the three most important ingredients to a full and happy life. My life is food and I want to invite everyone to enjoy the experience.”

Saturday Programme for Kids
4 Saturdays (March 25, April 1, 8 and 15), 9 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $25 per session or $85 for all 4 weeks
Ages 5 to 8

This is a dynamic and creative programme designed for our younger audience. Drawing on traditional camp classics, themes such as Under the Sea, Mad Science, Jungle World and Easter Day provide an array of engaging and educational entertainment. All programmes are led by experienced educators.


Saturday, March 25 – Under the Sea
Kids explore the wonders of the deep sea in this interactive programme. They learn about interesting sea creatures and dive into fun art activities that are sure to keep their imagination afloat!

Saturday, April 1 – Mad Science
Children are invited to discover how cool science is. Kids conduct cool science experiments and learn fun science facts.

Saturday, April 8 – Jungle World
Calling all explorers! Kids go on an interactive safari, learn of creatures great and small and design and construct their own exciting jungle world using a variety of materials and resources.

Saturday, April 15 – Easter Day
Children explore Harbourfront Centre with our giant Easter egg and bunny hunt. Clues, crafts and activities lead kids down the bunny path to an amazing adventure.

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Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381,
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