Challenge yourself with a new skill or deepen your understanding of a particular topic of interest. The Lifelong Learning Institute will help you reach your personal goals to achieve an intellectually rewarding winter.
Art and Music
“Oil Painting Workshop” teaches you basic oil painting using the Old Masters method. Some oil painting experience and use of mediums preferred but all levels are welcome. The class will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 8 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $115.
“Oil Painting with Jean: Beyond the Basics” is for more experienced oil painting artists. The class will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 8 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $115.
Join master floral designer, Carl Klabbatz, and learn to craft stunning creations in the class, “Floral Design with Carl.” You will create with containers and accessories in relation to design, color and texture. Carl has been teaching floral design at SCC for over 30 years. The class will be held on Mondays, Jan. 22-Mar. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $79.
“Piano Level 1” teaches you how to play music involving C, G and middle C positions, primary triads, sharps and flats, basic rhythm patterns and how to read intervals. This class is held on Thursdays, Jan. 25-Apr. 12 from 3-4 p.m. The cost is $59 plus the cost of the text.
“Piano Level 2” builds on what was learned in Level 1. Level 1 or prior experience is required before enrolling. “Piano Level 2” is scheduled for Thursdays, Jan. 25-Apr. 12 from 2-3 p.m. The cost is $59 plus the cost of the text.
“Piano Level 3” further builds on Level 2 and introduces new concepts. Level 2 or prior experience is required before enrolling. This class is on Thursdays, Jan. 25-Apr. 12 from 1-2 p.m. The cost is $59 plus the cost of the text.
Language and Finance
“Beginners Sign Language” gives an introduction to Sign Language used in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Build vocabulary, understand how a sign is formed, and learn the language of everyday conversation including fingerspelling and the importance of facial expression in conveying a message through non-verbal communication. Anna Harris is a certified educational interpreter who has worked with Pre-K through high school students in the NC public school system.
Join us for “Beginners Sign Language” on Tuesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Retiree’s financial concerns are discussed in the course, “Financial Planning for Retirees,” including estate and insurance planning, income tax reduction, portfolio balance to reduce risk, getting more income from investments, reducing probate costs and estate taxes, and long-term care planning.
“Financial Planning for Retirees,” will be on Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 15 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $15.
“Powerful Tools for the Caregiver” teaches you effective strategies to handle unique challenges you may face as a caregiver. This six-week series provides caregivers useful tools to take care of yourself, reduce stress, communicate your feelings and needs, address communication challenges, learn from your emotions, and manage caregiving decisions. Sponsored in part by the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center. For more information, contact Yarona Thomas, (910)215-0900.
“Powerful Tools for the Caregiver” will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Writing, Reading and the World
Is there a creative writer inside of you just waiting to shine? Mrs. Johnnerlyn Johnson introduces you to your inner writer who is eager to design a masterpiece in the class, “Exploring the Creative Writer Within.” In this class, we will tap into your creativity as we compose various pieces of literature. Learn to appreciate the beauty of the mundane as well the magnificent. At the culmination of the course, we will produce our own book. All levels of writers are encouraged to attend.
“Exploring the Creative Writer Within” is held Saturday, Jan. 13 and 20 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $65.
“Spring Book Club” meets on the third Friday of each month, Jan. 19-June 22 from 2-4 p.m. in the Wood Reading Room in the Boyd Library. In January, Just Mercy a novel by Bryan Stevenson will be discussed. The book club is free, but registration is required.
“Presidential Decisions: U.S. Policy Countering Terrorism” is a multi-session short discussion course reviewing decisions made by U.S. Presidents from Carter to Obama as they relate to major turning points in the US efforts dealing with terrorist attacks and warfare fueled by violent radical Islamist ideology across the Broader Middle East. Materials span multiple meetings allowing students to read materials about each session and arrive prepared to discuss key events and to formulate questions. Each session ends with a list of “options not taken” and an assessment of the President’s decisions. Facilitated by Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer.
“Presidential Decisions: U.S. Policy Countering Terrorism” will be on Tuesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45.
“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” will introduce students to basic concepts of the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism. Topics include Islamic history, The Quran, the breadth of Muslim cultures and civilizations, and the ideologies pronounced by Islamists. The class is instructed by Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer.
“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” is held on Wednesdays Jan. 3-Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.
Culinary and Pastry Arts
“Pasta 101” will be held Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-Noon and Jan. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Making pasta at home is easier than you think. It’s fun too. In this hands-on class, we’ll learn to turn flour and egg into linguini, a perfect match for spicy puttanesca sauce. Make angel hair pasta that we will enjoy with delicate fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil. Learn how this simple and fun technique can be used at home to save you money and to get your family involved in making dinner. The cost for this class is $75.
“Stuff Pasta Like a Pro,” teaches that making pasta from scratch is easier than you think. It’s fun too. In this hands-on class, we’ll turn flour and egg into sheets of pasta ready to be stuffed for delicious ravioli and tortellini. Take home new skills, recipes and tips. Learn how this simple and fun technique can be used at home to save you money and to get your family involved in making dinner. It will be held Jan. 22 from 9-Noon and Jan. 25 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Do you find the thought of making your own bread daunting? Forget reaching for those frozen rolls at the supermarket. Learn how to make your own drop biscuits, muffins, and loaf bread. “Quick Breads,” a class designed to teach you how to easily make your own rolls and breads, will be held Jan. 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $75.
Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. You may also register by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For more information on all Continuing Education Lifelong Learning Institute spring semester courses, visit lli.sandhills.edu.