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February Lifelong Learning Classes at Sandhills

LLI Logo C-01If you have cabin fever and are looking for a reason to venture out, Sandhills Community College Lifelong Learning classes may be just what you need. Challenge yourself with a new skill or deepen your understanding of a particular topic of interest with these courses set to begin in February.
“Financial Decision Making for Women” is designed exclusively for women at or near retirement, topics include understanding investment jargon, dealing with financial professionals, getting the most from your investments while reducing risks, reducing probate costs, estate taxes for heirs, income taxes, and long-term care planning. Instructor, Noélle Granville, is a certified senior advisor.
“Financial Decision Making for Women” will be held Feb. 20-Mar. 13 on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $15.
Since the time of Homer, the framework for conflict in film has been expanding. “Dominant Conflicts and Cinema: Measuring the Major Obstacle that Confronts a Hero” discusses Homer’s time and how the at numbered a mere three: Human vs. Human, Human vs. Nature, and Human vs. Self. This 5-week exploration of cinema will explore how that original three has become nine in the modern age as we look at five films that consider this essential element of any narrative film.
“Dominant Conflicts and Cinema: Measuring the Major Obstacle that Confronts a Hero” will be held Feb. 6-Feb. 27 on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The cost is $25.
“Introduction to the Modern Middle East” introduces students to the culture, politics, and security issues of the broader Middle East. Topics include the shift from Empire to the modern nation-states after the Great War; the Israel/Palestine issues; the rise of Islamism; major conflicts in the region; and the current chaos from the Syrian civil war and the Islamic State. Upon completion, students should be able to describe key security, political, and cultural issues in a region that stretches from Morocco to India. Instructed by Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer.
“Introduction to the Modern Middle East” will be held Feb. 20-Apr. 17 on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.
Join the four-session series, “The Battle of Gettysburg and Beyond.” This course presents the Gettysburg campaign from the results of the Battle of Chancellorsville to the last Confederate units retreating across the upper Potomac River. Civil War enthusiast Matt Farina explores the aftermath of the battle following the army’s departure and includes an inside look of the effects on the town and civilian population which continue into the present time.
“The Battle of Gettysburg and Beyond” will be held Feb. 1-Feb. 22 on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $15.
“Spring Book Club” meets on the third Friday of each month, Jan. 19-April 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Wood Reading Room in the Boyd Library. In February, My Brilliant Friend a novel by Elena Ferrante will be discussed. The book club is free, but registration is required.
Culinary and Pastry
The SCC Culinary and Pastry Arts department is excited to offer hands-on cooking classes through the Division of Continuing Education for students ages 16 and up. For sanitation and safety, all students participating in culinary courses need to arrive wearing long pants or skirt, long-sleeved shirts, non-slip, closed-toed shoes (sneakers OK) and loose hair pulled back. Register early! Spaces are limited. Call (910) 695-3980 to register with a credit card.
Good bone stocks are a foundation of great cooking. In the class, “Stocks and Sauces from Scratch,”  we’ll make chicken and veal stock, bone broth and Mac&Cheese with a classic bechamel.
“Stocks and Sauces from Scratch”  will be held Thursday, Feb. 1    from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
In the class, “Stocks and Sauces From Scratch (Part II),” we’ll utilize our bone stock to make warm and delicious chicken soup, and seared chicken breasts served with creamy veloute mushroom sauce.
“Stocks and Sauces From Scratch (Part II)” will be held on Friday, Feb. 2 from 9-Noon. The cost is $75.
Looking for a unique way to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day?  Make your own delicious chocolates and say it your way in the class, “Valentines’ Chocolate.” In just a few hours with Chef Monica Midgette, learn to make and mold your own chocolates, and 3D heart molded candies. Chef Monica shows you how to take a basic mold and transform your candies into a sweet and delicious treat for your loves.  She’ll also show you how to write using chocolate.
“Valentines’ Chocolate” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 9-Noon. The cost is $75.
Free-range vs. cage free vs. organic vs. pasture raised–Let’s cut through the confusion. In this hands-on class, “Eggs – They’re Not Just for Breakfast!” explore techniques for cooking eggs with various temperatures–boiled eggs (soft, medium, and hard) and how to make quiche, omelets and frittatas.
“Eggs – They’re Not Just for Breakfast!” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
“More Eggs” discusses the reward and challenges of raising backyard chickens. In this hands-on class you’ll get to see, touch, and taste goose eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs, and chicken eggs. We’ll also take the mystery out of cooking all eggs: coddling, creamy scrambled eggs, fried, over easy, sunny side up, and poaching.
“More Eggs” will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $75.
You don’t want fast food, but you have no time to cook from scratch?  “Time-Saving Grocery Store Hacks” will teach you grocery store hacks, ideas for rotisserie chicken, panini-style sandwiches from pre-made pizza crust and how to turn grocery store items into meals for the family in a few easy steps.
“Time-Saving Grocery Store Hacks” will be held Feb. 22 from 5-8 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 9 a.m.-Noon. 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.
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