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Creative Living Classes to Begin at SCC in March

Close up of hands pointing to old photographs.Desserts, genealogy, and sign language are just some of the subjects you can study in Creative Living this March. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself by taking a new class or deepen your understanding of a particular topic, Sandhills Community College’s Center for Creative Living can help you reach your personal goals in order to achieve a more intellectually rewarding life.

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, and Business Opportunities

One of the best ways to improve your art is by copying master paintings. Students will copy a painting in easy steps that make their work successful with instructor Harry Neely. In “Copy this Master Oil Painting” students will practice transferring the drawing to their canvas, composition, the use of color and what makes their art have “carrying power.”  Students will get an update on paints, brushes, and materials as well as the “new” Best Oil Painting Practices. This is a class for beginning or continuing oil painters that will move their art to a more professional level.

“Copy this Master Oil Painting” will be held on Tuesdays, March 3-March 24 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $65.

“Genealogy” is for those who think family history is fun and is intended for genealogists at all levels. The class starts by emphasizing genealogy management systems and the best ways to research, record and share family history.  Work together on our genealogy do-overs, reviewing systems that check for missing documents, or missed clues, for others researching the same lines, and for duplication. It is the stories, and not the data, that interest and move people.

“Genealogy” will be held on Mondays, March 16-April 27 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $60.

Dance, Fitness, and Film

“Line Dancing” is a two-hour class is for all levels of dancers, from beginners to intermediate. The latest in country music will move us through fun choreographed dances. No partner is needed, just music and a variety of steps. After six weeks, students will feel confident on the dance floor at any party/event.

“Line Dancing” will be held on Wednesdays, March 25-May 6 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Financial

Designed exclusively for women at or near retirement, in “Financial Decision Making for Women”, topics include understanding investment jargon, dealing with financial professionals, getting the most from investments while reducing risks, reducing probate costs, estate taxes for heirs, income taxes, and tong-term care planning.

“Financial Decision Making for Women” will be held on Tuesdays, March 17-April 7 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $35.

Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series

Join “Civility in Public Discourse: Political or Otherwise” to identify issues of interest, develop arguments for and against, discuss and react. Students will express their views — and prepare for a civil discussion.  Course conducted by Peter Holmes, who had 38 years’ experience in Washington, D.C., in a diversity of positions, including political reporter, Congressional aide, corporate lobbyist, association executive and Director of the US Office for Civil Rights overseeing school desegregation and Title IX sex discrimination enforcement.

“Civility in Public Discourse: Political or Otherwise” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 10-March 26, from 10-11:30 a.m. The cost is $55.

Join Peter Yellin, former Chief Prosecutor for Military Trails with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and former Chief of Staff to the New York and Arkansas Attorneys General, for Part IV of the candid and highly interactive discussions of contemporary events. “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Part IV” will feature the Rule of Law and will focus on the current state of affairs in Washington related to proposed impeachment of the President by the House of Representatives and any subsequent trial in the United States Senate with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. This course provides analysis of testimony that might include but not be limited to members of the State Department, National Security Council, Defense Department, Central Intelligence Agency, FBI and United States Department of Justice.

“Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Part IV” will be held on Wednesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 25.

With an emphasis on Russian election meddling and relationships with American leaders, “The US, China, and Russia: Foreign Policy Conflicts and Compromises” leads a wide-ranging discussion on how the Big Three view each other today.

“The US, China, and Russia: Foreign Policy Conflicts and Compromises” will be held on Wednesdays, March 11-April 1 from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $55.

Once we’ve developed fundamental skills for any task the primary causes that keep us from performing our best are doubt, tension, and lapses of concentration. In “Focus Power – Taming the Dragon,” the instructor will provide students with evidence-based knowledge and skills to help maximize their performance and enhance wellbeing. Classroom sessions include detailed PowerPoint and written exercises.

“Focus Power – Taming the Dragons” will be held on Mondays, March 16-30 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $45.

Languages

“Sign Language II” introduces additional vocabulary, allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language (ASL) in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Students will learn more about facial expressions and non-verbal communication markers for both personal and workplace use. The prerequisite for this class is Sign Language for Beginners or prior experience.

“Sign Language II” will be held on Tuesdays, March 17-May 12 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

A continuation of French Beginning, “French II Conversation” will focus on the fundamental elements of the French language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students will comprehend and respond with increasing proficiency to spoken and written French and demonstrate further cultural awareness. The prerequisite for this class is French Beginning Conversation or prior experience.

“French II Conversation” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 17-April 21 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

A continuation of German Beginning, “German II Conversation” will focus on the fundamentals of the Italian language within a cultural context. Designed for students who are planning to travel or those who have distinct business needs. The prerequisite for this class is German Beginning Conversation or prior experience.

“German II Conversation” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 16-April 20, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of the text.

“Spanish II Conversation” is designed for students who plan to travel or those who have a distinct business need. The prerequisite for this class is Spanish Beginning Conversation or prior experience.

“Spanish II Conversation” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 23-April 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

Culinary Club

Hummus, babaganoush and tabouleh. You may have tasted them before, but until you make these dishes from scratch, you’ve not really enjoyed them. Join us as we teach students how to make a healthy, filling and delicious meal based on these Mediterranean staples.

“Mediterranean Meze” will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 5-8 p.m. Another class will be held on Friday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “Easy Desserts” students will learn how to make professional-looking desserts like Apple Galette and Cheesecake in quick, easy steps. Chef Monica Midgette will show participants how to bring out the professional baker in themselves, and share with some wonderful, easy dessert recipes that will set them on their way to becoming their own pastry chef.

“Easy Desserts” will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “Wine Education & Pairing 101” students will learn how to evaluate selected wines and the rules for proper pairings while sampling five different wines from around the globe served alongside a selection of hors d’oeuvres.

“Wine Education & Pairing 101” will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be offered on Friday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “Vegetarian Meal Prep” students will make vegetarian meals that will make the carnivores in their life hungry. Root vegetables, mushrooms, greens, grains, and spices all coming together to make tasty, filling meals that are ready to go wherever you go.

“Vegetarian Meal Prep” will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, March 27 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Registration

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. Registration by phone at (910) 695-3980 or preregistration online at sandhills.edu/cereg are also available accepting all major credit cards. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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