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Leisure Learning Newsletter

Author: Alison Howells

Posted on Feb 2, 2022

Category: Leisure Learning , News and Events

Happy Valentine's Day!

"The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love." - Henry Miller

Did you know...

Person wearing red gloves holding a snowball in the shape of a heart

Thoughts of love, chocolate and roses are commonly associated with February 14th Valentine's Day. However, its origins are varied. According to Britannica: "It has been suggested that the holiday began with the Roman festival of Lupercalia that celebrated the coming of spring, and included fertility rites. As far back as, the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I forbid the celebration of Lupercalia and is sometimes attributed with replacing it with St. Valentine’s Day." It wasn't until the 4th century that Valentine’s Day came to be celebrated as a day of love and romance.

Cards and expressions of love and affection, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used (Britannica). Today, we're all familiar with gifts of candy, flowers, and particularly red roses, as a symbol of love and affection.

Try Something Special for Valentine's Day

Two silly people holding slices bell peppers over their eyes

Try something unique...and delicious this Valentine's? Cook a special meal for your someone special. Or better yet, cook together? Try a new recipe (virtually) with UNB's Leisure Learning Mexican cooking class, A Taste of Mexico. Based on the cuisine from the southern region of Mexico, this virtual cooking class is offered Sunday, February 13th - just in time for Valentine's Day!

Like the idea, but not the mess? Consider a "Gift of Learning" gift certificate to this or any other course. LEARN MORE.

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."
- George Sand

Black History Month

A photo of one of the Black History Month banners in Downtown Fredericton

The UNB Art Centre celebrates Black History Month by bringing portraits of notable Black New Brunswickers to the streets of Fredericton for the second year. Along with last year's banners, nine new faces have been added including Constable Robb Costello who was killed in the line of duty in 2018, Eliza Taylor known as the "Belle of Loch Lomond," and Cornelius Sparrow who despite the racist laws of the era managed to open thriving businesses in the City of Saint John. Banners featuring Black New Brunswickers will be displayed on Regent and Westmorland Streets throughout the month of February. In partnership with UNB's Bi-Campus Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights, and the City of Fredericton, this project recognizes the achievements and experiences of Black New Brunswickers and their significant contribution to shaping contemporary New Brunswick.

UNB Design Works March Break Camps are open for registration!

Three photographs representing 3 kids camps: Theatre, Puppets, and Harry Potter

Fun, creative and educational. This March Break, treat the kids to one of three fun-filled camps. For 6-10 year olds, choose between Stuffies & Puppets and the magic of Harry Potter. And for 8-12 year olds, there's the excitement of the perennial favorite Steal the Stage.

Learn more & join the fun!

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