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Creative Living Classes at Sandhills in September

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 and Floral Design

In “Oil Painting Workshop” learn basic oil painting using the Old Masters method. 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. View the instructor’s website at The Prerequisite for this class is some oil painting experience and use of mediums preferred.

“Oil Painting Workshop” will be held Sept 6-Dec 14 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $174.

Do you want to learn to make a beautiful floral arrangement? Have you been thinking of working for a florist? Join local florist Margaret Smith for this “Floral Design with Margaret.” Learn to craft stunning creations with containers and accessories for design, color and texture. Bring your creative spirit.

“Floral Design with Margaret” will be held Sept 10-Oct 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Dance, Film, and Music 

Enjoy creating beautiful movements to the fine music of different styles and eras while also feeling healthy and fit and improving balance in “Ballet Based Movement for Body and Brain.” Wirsing has been teaching dance and ballet to all ages and levels of ability for many years. Earlier in her career, she was a professional classical ballet dancer. No prior dance experience required. All levels welcome.

“Ballet Based Movement for Body and Brain” will be held on Tuesdays, Sept 4-Nov 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Learn to Tango, Cha-Cha & Rumba in the class “Get Moving to Latin and Ballroom Dancing!” In six short weeks, professional dance instructor, Debby Hasson, introduces you the moves to wow the audience on any dance floor. Learn the simple way to dance the Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Waltz, and Rumba. With over 30 years experience teaching dancers of all levels, Debby introduces you to the most popular social dances of today. Dancing partner not required.

“Get Moving to Latin and Ballroom Dancing” will be held Thursdays, Sept 12-Oct 17 from 6-7 p.m. The cost is $65.

In “Piano Levels 1-3” students learn to play music involving C, G and middle C positions, primary triads, sharps and flats, basic rhythm patterns and how to read intervals. Choose your level(s). The prerequisite “Piano Level 2” is “Piano Beginning Level 1” or prior experience, and the prerequisite for “Piano Level 3” is “Piano Intermediate Level 2” or prior experience.

“Piano Level 1A” will be held on Thursdays, Sept 13-Dec 6 from 3-4 p.m., with another class offered Mondays, Sept 10-Dec 3 from 6-7 p.m.

“Piano Level 1B” will be held on Thursdays, Sept 11-Dec 4 from 4-5 p.m., with another class offered Tuesdays, Sept 11-Dec 4 from 6-7 p.m. “Piano Level 2” will be held on Thursdays, Sept 13-Dec 6 from 2-3 p.m.

“Piano Level 3” will be held on Thursdays, Sept 13-Dec 6 from 1-2 p.m. The cost is $59 plus the cost of the text.


In “Finance for Soldiers and Veterans,” survey a series of financial topics about both active duty and retired military or government service personnel. Topics include: pension planning and budget forecasting for active duty service personnel; TSP (Thrift Savings Plan) overview and detailed explanation of investment options while active; rollover procedures once retired; financial planning for transition from military to civilian life; life Insurance & SGLI conversion; level insurance coverage while transitioning, reenlistment bonus/incentive pay investment options, survivor death benefits and survivor pension income, and the financial impact of divorce on assets and future retirement.

“Finance for Soldiers and Veterans” will be held on Thursdays, Sept 20-Oct 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “Financial Decision Making for Retirees,” Certified Senior Advisor, Noelle Granville, covers investment and estate planning, income tax reduction and insurance planning, proper portfolio balance to reduce investment risk, getting more income from investments, reducing probate costs and long-term care planning.

“Financial Decision Making for Retirees” will be held on Tuesdays, Sept 11-Oct 2 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $20.

Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series

In “Introduction to Syria/Lebanon/Iran” learn the history of Syria, Lebanon, and Iran and their relationship in this introductory course. Topics include political, social, and security topics; the roles of Western nations; the effects of Islamism and terrorist groups; and the effect of the insecurity in these states on the nations and the region. Upon completion students will be able to describe the complex interplay of history, geography and ethnoreligious politics of the countries and develop potential solutions for various outstanding issues between them.

“Introduction to Syria/Lebanon/Iran” will be held on Wednesdays, Sept 5-Oct 26 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.

Discover basic concepts of the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism in “Introduction to Islam in the Modern World.” Topics include Islamic history, The Quran, the breadth of Muslim cultures and civilizations, and the ideologies pronounced by Islamists. Upon completion, students will 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, Sept 5-Oct 24 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.


In “Spanish Beginning Conversation” join this lively and animated Spanish instructor to learn basic Spanish fundamentals of conversation for work or pleasure while also learning about the Spanish culture. Instructor Saulsbury is a native of Madrid, Spain and studied languages at the Berlitz School.

“Spanish Beginning Conversation” will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept 17-Oct 10 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

This “OPI Speaking Russian” includes the mastery of speaking the Russian language. Liuba Keller Wofford, a linguist with military experience, has taught beginner to high-level advanced Russian. Register to strengthen your skills and prepare for the OPI speaking language exam.

“OPI Speaking Russian” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept 20-Oct 30 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Culinary Arts

“Chocolate Truffle Creations” teaches you to make truffles, flavored truffles, and you will bring home a little sample box of your delights.

“Chocolate Truffle Creations” will be held Monday, Sept 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “Back to Basics: Knife Skills,” learn the basics and practice your knife cuts while preparing a quick week-night, gluten-free dinner of shrimp and vegetables or chicken and vegetables cooked in a parchment pouch.

“Back to Basics: Knife Skills” will be held Thursday, Sept 27 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be offered Friday, Sept 28 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

More culinary offerings can be found by visiting our website.


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 8 a.m. until noon.

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