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Creative 360 has added evening programs in their events for the Yes We Can! program. The first is Wednesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m. just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dr. Basil Cark, will offer readings and discussion of a variety of Medieval and English early modern love poems including Southern French troubadour poetry of “fin’amor,” Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowls,” and sonnets by Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, and John Donne. Admission is $5

Dr. Basil Clark is emeritus professor at Saginaw Valley State University. He taught composition and literature, with a special interest in early British writers. He enjoys the study of languages, and is reviewing Latin in retirement.

Creative 360’s Yes We Can! evenings offer an opportunity to hear from and about an array of fascinating seniors. An evening of entertainment, they offer a chance to learn something new, enjoy poetry, and enjoy a concert of fabulous music from “America’s most entertaining classic jazz band since 1970,” The New Reformation Band. The remaining evenings are scheduled as follows.

Friday, February 15, 7-8:30 p.m.: The New Reformation Band in Concert.

Wednesday, March 6, 7-8:30 p.m.: Quita V. Shier, author of “Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army”

Wednesday, March 13, 7-8:30 p.m.: Naughty, Bawdy and Wise, Chaucer’s Faliau Performance with Commentary by Dr. Basil Clark.

About Yes We Can!

Six years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.

Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 300 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!

Thanks to The Barstow Foundation, NADA Northwood University, and Space Studios for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Yes We Can! program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at or call 989-837-1885.

If you know of someone who is (or soon will be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at

About Creative 360
Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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