Culture, Coffee and Cookies at The Reach steams into February

Event provides engaging learning opportunities for people of retirement (or any) age

The Reach

The Reach

The new weekly Culture, Coffee and Cookies event at The Reach will provide more engaging learning opportunities for people of retirement – or any age – in a social setting, as it continues into February.

“During the past month, adults have confirmed our suspicion that they love to play and engage in creative and fun learning,” said Anna Williams, educational programmer at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

On Feb. 3, author and journalist Trudy Beyak questions what God is like, and in what ways are both males and females created in the image of God. Her book on this subject appeals to the unique spiritual interests of this generation. For over 5,000 years, scholars focused on the fatherly qualities of God’s love, but Beyak questions if they missed the maternal side. Beyak, a devout Christian, spent five years on a spiritual journey interviewing 50 leaders, celebrities and scholars of various faiths, from Oxford University to the Vatican and Germany searching for answers.

On Feb. 10, Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, of the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, and Kris Foulds of The Reach will take attendees on an exhibition tour at the Sikh Heritage Temple. They will look at the role of the only 10 Canadian-Sikh soldiers who served in the First World War and their stories, as well as a historical challenging of the notion of Sikhs as a so-called “Martial Race.”  For that event only, attendees will meet at the Sikh Heritage Museum (33094 South Fraser Way).

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Each event, held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at The Reach, is free with pre-registration by phone 604-864-8087 (dial 0), or online at and click the link to register.

At the Feb. 17 event, artist Willa Downing will lead a tour of her creative exhibition Maps of Weather. As metaphors for order and rationality, she feels that plotting and mapping reflect our need to describe and analyze our environment and to find our place in it. Downing’s art also touches on climate change.

On Feb. 24, you will experience The Reach’s moving exhibition Decolonize Me with Morian Perepelitza. It embraces the works of six contemporary aboriginal artists which challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock’s film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super-Size Me (2004), the exhibition’s title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics.

Each event, held on a Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at The Reach, is free with pre-registration by phone: 604-864-8087 (dial 0) or online at and click the link to register.