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Creative Living Classes at SCC in January

Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself with a new skill or deepen your understanding of a particular topic, The Center for Creative Living can help you reach your personal goals to achieve a more intellectually rewarding life.

Painting, Book Club, and Crafts

Learn basic oil painting using the Old Masters method in “Oil Painting Workshop.” All levels welcome. To the first class, bring a good grade of Burnt Sienna oil paint, Bristle Filbert Brushes 2, 4, 6, & 10, odorless turpenoid thinner, 9×12 canvas, Viva paper towels, 12×16 disposable paper palette, H or HB pencil, white eraser, Prismacolor matt fixative spray, Krylon or Grumbacher retouch varnish spray, and two empty jars with lids.

“Oil Painting Workshop” will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 10-May 9 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $215.

“Oil Painting with Jean Beyond the Basics” continues beyond Oil Painting Basics and is for more experienced artists. Bring the same supplies as listed in the Oil Painting Basics course description and any size canvas to paint. Students should also bring several photos for choosing a subject.

“Oil Painting with Jean Beyond the Basics” will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 10-May 9 from 9-noon. The cost is $215.

“Spring Book Club” will meet the 3rd Friday of Jan, Feb & March. In April, May & June they will meet the 3rd Thursday of each month for engaging discussion about the following books: January 18 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; February 15 On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson William Souder; March 15 The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn; April 18 A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen; May 16 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and June 20 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson.

“Spring Book Club” will be held on the 3rd Friday of Jan. Feb. and March, and the 3rd Thursday of Feb, March, April, May, and June from 2-4 p.m.

Would you like to learn how to make a beautiful floral arrangement or are you thinking of working for a florist? Join local florist Margaret Smith in “Floral Design with Margaret” for this 8-week class. Craft stunning creations with containers and accessories considering design, color, and texture. Bring your creative spirit.

“Floral Design with Margaret” will be held on Mondays, Jan. 14-Mar. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

“Quilt Making 101” will introduce the participant to fabric selection, cutting, seam construction and binding. Participants will learn how to piece different quilt blocks to create a project which will become a family heirloom. Meet new friends, start your journey in this lifelong hobby of quilt making.  Designed for the beginning quilter. You will need a working sewing machine and a few supplies to get started. The final product includes a finished quilt.

“Quilt Making 101” will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 30-April 3 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi

“Explore Yoga” is for anyone interested in learning about the yoga practice and all of its benefits. This class is both informative and engaging. Develop a safe physical practice and how the physical aspect is just one component of the mind-body connection. This is a great opportunity for learning stress reduction techniques, developing strength, and gaining flexibility. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat.

“Explore Yoga” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 15-May 9 from 8-9:30 a.m. The cost is $125. Another class will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m.

“AcroYoga 101” is a physical practice that combines yoga and acrobatics to create community through beautiful and balanced routines between partners and groups. The practice includes a dynamic solar side as well as a healing therapeutic lunar side. No experience or partner is necessary, as this is a beginner course but open to all levels.

“AcroYoga 101” will be held Fridays, Jan. 18-May 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A second class will be offered Mondays, Jan. 28-May 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

You brush your teeth twice a day, right? Then why leave the house before brushing your mind? Learn tools to develop a regular meditation practice in “Meditation Exploration.” Calm your body, mind, and soul while finding awareness of your true being.

“Meditation Exploration” will be held on Fridays, Jan. 18-May 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. The cost is $75.

Tai Chi combines movement, relaxation and breathing to increase and enhance the flow of energy in the body, to improve balance, to reduce stress and increase both physical and mental well-being for all ages. In “Tai Chi Basics” we will learn and practice the basic postures of the Tai Chi 24 form.

“Tai Chi Basics” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-May 16 from 3-4 p.m. The cost is $125.


Retiree’s financial concerns are discussed in “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 held on Wednesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 20 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $35.


“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” introduces basic concepts of the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism. Topics include Islamic history, The Qur’an, the breadth of Muslim cultures and civilizations, and the ideologies pronounced by Islamists. Upon completion, students should be able to delineate the differences between Islam, Islamist ideology, and violent radical Islamist (VRI) groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda; understand the Quranic-based tenets of the religion of Islam; identify the foundations of Islamism and the radical forms in use today; and formulate solutions for countering VRIs.

“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 27 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.

Propose a topic, develop well-rounded perspectives and appreciations, and learn to agree to disagree in a civil, well-intended manner in “Civility in Public Discourse: Political or Otherwise.” Peter Holmes will lead discussion and engagement in this thought-provoking class allowing you to learn from each other on the topic at hand, and as a result, come to an understanding–not an agreement necessarily, but learn to reach a civil disagreement. “It’s what we need in today’s society,” says Holmes. Peter Holmes spent his 38-year professional career in Washington DC serving in a variety of positions including Director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1973 to 1975 making him responsible for the Title VI anti-discrimination laws with respect to federally-assisted health, welfare, elementary, secondary and higher education institutions.

“Civility in Public Discourse: Political or Otherwise” will be held on Thursdays, Jan. 8-Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $50 plus the cost of the text.

Experts once thought that infectious diseases were beaten. However, microbes continue to show us new tricks, including the ability to spread rapidly around the world. In “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Understanding the Past and Preparing for the Future,” explore the history of infectious diseases, their global burden, and factors enabling their emergence & continued spread. Major viral diseases will be discussed in detail. We will also investigate the potential for intentional release of these agents by terrorists. Examine how well our public health agencies are preparing for the emergence of the next new pathogen (Disease X). Supplemental reading materials and other references will be provided.

“Emerging Infectious Diseases: Understanding the Past and Preparing for the Future” will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45.

Dog Tracking and Training

Have you ever wondered how search and rescue dogs are able to find people that are lost in the woods? Do you think your dog might have what it takes? Then “Dog Tracking & Training Program” for you! In this class, you and your dog will learn how to track and locate a person. This is intended as a fun activity for you and your dog. This class is for dogs of all breeds and all sizes.

“Dog Tracking & Training Program” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 7-May 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The cost is $365.


Introducing additional vocabulary allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language (ASL) in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. In “Sign Language Intermediate,” participants learn more about facial expression and non-verbal communication markers. Anna is a certified Educational Interpreter who has worked with Pre-K through high school students in the NC public school system.

“Sign Language Intermediate” will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 5 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Whether you need to speak French for business or personal reasons, “French Beginning Conversation” is a great way to learn. Beginning lessons cover asking and responding to simple questions, basic vocabulary engaging in simple conversations and interacting in social, business, and travel situations. Students read a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life.

“French Beginning Conversation” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of the text.


Register in the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall on the Pinehurst campus at 3395 Airport Road. Registration by phone with a credit card can be made by calling (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon. You can pre-register online at

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