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Creative Living Classes to Begin at SCC in September

Hands of florist making a beautiful bouquetFall into a new skill in September. 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

Students will learn from a local florist how to craft stunning creations with containers and accessories in “Floral Design with Margaret.” Margaret Smith will teach design, color, and texture and how to market pieces. Students should bring their creative spirit.

“Floral Design with Margaret” will be held on Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

For the intermediate to more advanced student, this workshop picks up where Oil Painting Basics ends. Students will bring their own supplies and paint in the style of the old masters. Students begin painting with a value painting base and add layers upon layers of transparent paint. Accomplished artist, Jean Frost, shares tips and suggestions. Each class ends with a group critique where students learn from each other. The prerequisite for this class is some oil painting experience and use of is mediums preferred.

“Oil Painting Workshop” will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $154.

Meeting the third Friday of each month, “Fall Book Club” ignites engaging discussion about the following books: Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.

“Fall Book Club” will be every third Friday, Sept. 20-Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. The book club is free but registration is required.

Interspersed throughout “Ceramic Designs” is a discussion on the history and trends of heritage art. Students will learn tips to outfit an appropriate studio and explore hand-built ceramic forms using various techniques. Unique form is the key to any successful artist. Learn from an artist who has perfected her technique all while providing valuable insight and business tips into her art. This course challenges pottery students and potential entrepreneurs at all levels with both group and individual instruction.

“Ceramic Designs” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $130.

“Landscape Design for the Sandhills” is designed to teach students the principles of landscape design, how to properly maintain plant materials and how to complete a design of their own. Students will gain a basic knowledge of plant materials and maintenance to create their own enviable design.

“Landscape Design for the Sandhills” will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 5-Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Knitting engages the body and mind and releases tension and stress. Students will create amazing handmade designs from yarn and other accessories in “The Joy of Knitting.” Students should bring a pair of size 7, 8, or 9 knitting needles, yarn, and project ideas to each class. From beginners to more advanced, all knitters are welcome. Supplies are available at local craft stores.

“The Joy of Knitting” will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 10-Nov. 5 from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $60.

“Quilting for Beginners” will introduce participants to the basics of quilting. Classes include lessons on fabric and pattern selection, cutting, piecing and sewing, quilting and binding a quilt. Various techniques and methods such as patchwork and paper piecing, applique, curves, and others will be presented at each class. Students can progress at their own pace finishing projects in class or at home. A working sewing machine, some basic sewing supplies, thread and fabric is all that will be needed to get started on this lifelong craft.

“Quilting for Beginners” will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Nov. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $115.


Observe the intergenerational and historical links between comedy from the past century and comedy today in “Silent Film Comedy is Still Modern Comedy – Film Series.” Learn to appreciate the artistry of comedians who worked without dialogue and created visual metaphors to convey profound human concerns. Students will also appreciate the influence of these masters of comedy on modern dance and gymnastic achievement. Discuss the work of female comics of the past and their influence on creating feminist and male impersonation characters on such programs as Saturday Night Live. Discover silent film comedians who are as fresh and relevant as today’s comedians.

“Silent Film Comedy is Still Modern Comedy – Film Series” will be held on Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 7 from 2-4:30 p.m. The cost is $45.


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 in the class “Financial Decision Making for Retirees.”

“Financial Decision Making for Retirees” will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct.1 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $35.

Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series

America as the melting pot, a rich mix of cultures and faiths, ethnicities and geographies—this is a metaphor that artists and writers often adopted to express both the diversity of our fellow citizens and the tensions many experienced when different constituencies were at odds. The discussions in “We the People: The Many Faces of America” focus on decades when painters recorded the formation of new communities, for example, Robert Henri’s and George Luks’s paintings of immigrant families who crowded into New York in the early 1900s and Archibald Motley’s and Jacob Lawrence’s images of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s. In the 30s artists like Georgia O’Keeffe discovered the indigenous Native American communities in New Mexico, attracted to the lessons of scale and values they offered for industrialized America. By 1950, the idea of community had become universalized, so that when Edward Steichen exhibited his Family of Man photographs in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art, visitors were able to identify with a global family, one that transcended politics and class.

“We the People: The Many Faces of America” will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45.

Students will join Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer, M.A. Middle East and South Asia Studies, Naval Postgraduate School in a study of Evolution, Confrontations, more in “The Israeli/Palestinian Dilemma: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back.”

“The Israeli/Palestinian Dilemma: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back” will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $45.

In “Civility in Public Discourse: Agree to Disagree,” students will propose a topic; develop well-rounded perspectives and appreciations; and learn to agree to disagree in a civil, well-intended manner. Peter Holmes leads discussion and engagement in this thought-provoking class allowing students 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. Peter Holmes spent his 38-year professional career in Washington DC serving in a variety of positions including Director of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights from 1973 to 1975 making him responsible for the Title VI and Title IX anti-discrimination laws with respect to federally-assisted health, welfare, elementary, secondary and higher education institutions.

“Civility in Public Discourse: Agree to Disagree” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. The cost is $45.

Once we’ve developed fundamental skills for any task, the primary causes that keep us from performing are best are doubt, tension, and lapses of concentration. Students will gain basic knowledge and skills to help tame these annoying dragons in “Focus Power – Taming the Dragons.” It becomes essential to have a sharp awareness of thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions to make daily choices that either fuel or tame. Sessions include written exercises with practice of both mental and physical exercises. There is extensive research proving the validity of all techniques presented which can also have an amazing impact on health and wellbeing. Session 1 will be Body to Mind, and Session 2 will be Mind to Body.

“Focus Power – Taming the Dragons” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The class is free but registration is required.


America the “melting pot” entices the lifelong learner whether students want to speak Italian for business, travel or personal enrichment. In “Italian Beginning Conversation” develop basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations. Students read a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life.

“Italian Beginning Conversation” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

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

“Spanish Beginning Conversation will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 9 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

Culinary Club

Students will learn to make pizza the keto way. Make broccoli and cauliflower pizza crust and decorate them with all the fixings in “Cooking Keto Pizza.” This class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Students will make dinner rolls and a loaf of crusty bread in “Don’t Be Afraid of Breads.” This class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Students will learn to prepare heart-healthy meals including low-fat/low sugar substitutes in “Healthy Cooking.” Students will enjoy a healthy meal and take home more recipes to try on their own. This class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Cooking is so much easier with the right tools and the skills to use them. In this class, students will learn to select, maintain and use their knives. Then, students will practice basic knife cuts as we prepare a dish of vegetarian sushi. “Knife Skills 101” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

This hands-on class “Truffles” will teach students how to make flavored truffles and bring home a little sample box of their delights. This class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Students will learn to make, from scratch, homemade pasta mozzarella and tomato stuffed meatballs with roasted tomato pesto and spinach meatballs in “Fresh Pasta and Meatballs.” Students will learn to make, from scratch, homemade pasta Tortellini, extruded pasta, and tagliatelle. “Fresh Pasta and Meatballs” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Students will discover the ins and outs of Instant Pot features, functions, and safety tips in “Instant Pot.” Students will also prepare a juicy tender brisket as the centerpiece of the meal. This class will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

There may be funds available to help students pay for Continuing Education courses. Contact Jason Levister at (910) 695-3778 or, or Tess Regan at (910) 695-3766 or to learn more about SCC Continuing Education scholarships.


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 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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