City Centre School


Pre-Registration Closed!

You can still register in person January 10th, 7:00pm at Colonel Gray High School.

It will be first-come, first-served. Don't forget your $15 registration fee!


City Centre Community School is a place to learn something new, have fun and meet members of your community during the cold and sometimes isolating winter months on Prince Edward Island. We welcome all members of the Charlottetown community and PEI to participate in a new selection of courses beginning in January 2017 for ten weeks at Colonel Grey High School. With a committee led by young adults from around Charlottetown, the City Centre Community School is building on an existing community school platform. The goal is to raise awareness of the community school system in PEI, increasing its participation levels and the program’s sustainability for years to come. City Centre’s classes run on Tuesday evenings, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Courses cost $15.00 for ten weeks! The evening includes a short break for community time, which gives a chance for students and instructors to share what they have learned or simply enjoy some snacks and conversation.

Got a great idea for a class? Want to teach or volunteer? Or just got a question? Send 'em along to



Beginner Belly Dance

This course is for anyone and everyone interested in combining fun with some exercise. Stretch your comfort level, and yourself, in a new direction and try something new! Learn basic belly dance moves broken down into easy-to-follow steps, and combine them into a short dance choreography. All materials provided -- including veils and hip scarves.

Tammy MacDonald

Tammy MacDonald loves to move and to teach. With seven years experience teaching belly dance at various PEI community schools, Tammy hopes to see you in class!

Edible Botany

Pre-registration for this course has finished. But don't worry! There are still some spots open for registration in person at Colonel Gray on January 10th.

Edible Botany is back by popular demand! This year, we’ll focus on an ongoing activity in edible garden design in addition to presentations by local agricultural experts. Topics will include companion planting, seed saving, foraging, soil health, backyard hens, urban beekeeping, composting, organic pest control, and much more. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. Come build connections with your island farmers and fellow growers!

Morgan Palmer

Morgan is a UPEI student majoring in Foods and Nutrition. Before going into a science degree, Morgan attended the Culinary Arts program at Holland College. Morgan worked as a cook across Canada and abroad, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and helped established or maintain a kitchen garden wherever she could. She has been a farm hand on organic farms and worked in a greenhouse, and she established and gained funding for a community garden project. Morgan is highly involved with PEI's food community and is especially passionate about her backyard garden.

Financial Planning 101

Pre-registration for this course has finished. But don't worry! There are still some spots open for registration in person at Colonel Gray on January 10th.

Involved in the industry for over 15 years, Jamie is leading the course on Financial Planning 101. Topics covered will include:

  • Goal setting & action plan for 2017
  • Wealth building strategies
  • RRSP vs TFSA: what's right for you?
  • Estate Planning / gift giving / leaving & protecting your legacy
  • Portfolio design for turbulent times - low volatility/high return investments
  • Life insurance as an investment vehicle
  • RRSP vs mortgage: invest or pay debt
  • Using your real estate as an investment vehicle

Jamie Larkin

Like many in his family, Jamie has been a lifelong entrepreneur and community volunteer. After graduating from UPEI & Holland College, Jamie developed his own restaurant franchise, and went on to own and manage several restaurants. His interests then turned to insurance, finance and financial planning. He enjoys being a natural born problem solver and revels in the challenge of always finding the most strategic solution. He garners a great sense of pride from building a solid, bullet proof financial plan that is prepared to take advantage of opportunities and weather any potential curve balls that life may throw ones way. Jamie has been involved in the industry for over 15 years and works with Investors Group Financial Services, one of Canada’s oldest and largest financial companies that has been servicing the needs of Canadians for over 90 years.

How to Write Short Stories

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to write a story? Learn what goes into a story and how to develop your ideas into a story in How to Write Short Stories. In this 10-week course, you will write a short story with the guidance of an experienced teacher and writer. Completed stories will be published in, Cindy's website for writers.

Cindy Lapeña

Cindy Lapeña is an award-winning writer, teacher, editor, and artist. She has an M.A. in English Literature with specialization in drama and teaching creative writing. She has published a novel, The Lost Amulets, as well as a 5-volume series 101 Fun Games, Activities, and Projects for English Teachers. She owns and operates her art and writing studio, Art 'n' Words Studio & Gallery, from her apartment in Charlottetown. This is her third year with the City Centre Community School.

Intermediate Knitting

Learn to make a basic pair of socks - with a heel! In this class, we will make a pair of basic adult socks from the cuff down with a heel. Basic knitting skills are required for this class as we will be using double pointed needles to knit these socks. The pattern will be provided by the instructor on the first night. Please come prepared on the first night with:

  • 1 set of 5 double pointed needles size 2.5 mm
  • 2 or 3 balls of Patons Kroy or Bernat Sox yarn (depending on sock size)
  • yarn needle to graft toe and weave ends
  • point protectors (optional)
  • stitch marker (optional)
These products are available at Michael's, Owls Hollow, and most knitting stores.

Krista Gallant-Mears


I'm Krista. IT and data diva by day, and knitter every chance I can get. I'm a third generation knitter, and I enjoy teaching knitting to all ages of learners. I've been knitting for over five years now, after a series of rough starts! I enjoy making household items, as well as small knitted goods such as socks, mittens, and headbands. I also enjoy writing about the philosophy of creativity, and learning more about why we create. See you in January!

Introduction to DSLR Photography

Pre-registration for this course has finished. But don't worry! There are still some spots open for registration in person at Colonel Gray on January 10th.

Students will get an introduction to a few technical features of their new DSLR camera, and practice using them. We will also introduce some other concepts for new photographers to employ that will help them to produce quality images that tell a story. Students will learn how to shoot in different modes, such as Aperture and Time priority (and what these words actually mean), focusing, light, composition, and finish off with some useful resources to help them continue their learning when the class has finished. Requirements are a DSLR camera, the manual for said camera, a willingness to share / discuss images openly in class to both give and receive constructive feedback so we learn as a group.

Evan Dickson

There was a time when Evan shook his fist at all photographs digital, but he has long since embraced the digital medium and all the opportunities it affords. Let his experience guide you on your first few steps into the world of digital SLR photography.


This course is for the beginner knitter or those who would like to refresh their knitting knowledge. You'll learn: Casting on Basic knitting techniques (increasing and decreasing) Casting off How to read a yarn label and select the right yarn for a project We'll provide the patterns for the course, but for the first night please bring a set of knitting needles either 5.0 mm or 5.5mm and a ball of Bernat Handicrafter yarn. You can purchase these items at Michael's, Fabricville, Owl's Hollow, or your favourite knitting shop.

Blair Cowan

Blair has been knitting for more than 20 years and crocheting for about half that time. She loves making fun patterns and fashionable knits and thinks that knitting and crocheting are both fun and important skills to have! It can also be a great form of meditation and great opportunity to vent.



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