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SCC Lifelong Learning Institute Classes Beginning in March

LLI Logo C-01Challenge yourself with a new skill or deepen your understanding of a particular topic of interest. The Lifelong Learning Institute will help you reach your personal goals to achieve an intellectually rewarding life.
“Oil Painting Workshop” will teach you 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 instructor’s website at Some oil painting experience and use of mediums preferred before enrolling.
“Oil Painting Workshop” will be held on Thursdays, March 15-May 10 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $115.
“Oil Painting with Jean Beyond the Basics” continues beyond Oil Painting Basics. This course 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 to choose a subject.
“Oil Painting with Jean Beyond the Basics” will be held on Thursdays, March 15-May 10 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $115.
“Conversational Spanish” Would you like to be able to carry on a conversation with those you come in contact with on a daily basis? Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking customers or employees? “Conversational Spanish” is the perfect solution. Whether you are new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap.
“Conversational Spanish” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 13-Apr. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
“Sign Language II” introduces additional vocabulary allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Participants learn more about facial expression and non-verbal communication markers. Beginners Sign Language or prior experience is required before enrolling.
“Sign Language II” will be held on Tuesdays, March 6-Apr. 24 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
“Retirement Protection” explores retirement planning protection strategies over the three weeks include how to avoid costly probate mistakes, long-term care and income planning, and investment strategies with a parachute.
“Retirement Protection” will be held on Tuesdays, March 27-Apr. 10 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $15.
In the course, “Exploring the Creative Writer Within,” Johnnerlyn Johnson introduces you to your inner writer who is eager to design a masterpiece. We will tap into your creativity as we compose various pieces of literature. Learn to appreciate the beauty of the mundane as well the magnificent. At the culmination of the course, we will produce our own book. All levels of writers, ages 16 and over, are encouraged to attend.
“Exploring the Creative Writer Within,” will be held March 10 and 17 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $65.
“Spring Book Club” meets on the third Friday of each month, Jan. 19-Apr. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Wood Reading Room in the Boyd Library. In March, Small Great Things a novel by Jodi Picoult will be discussed. The book club is free, but registration is required.
“Inside a Modern Military Courtroom” is an informative two-hour session that takes you directly into a military courtroom to analyze a recent case at Ft. Bragg, NC, where Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a General Court Martial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy as a result of leaving his post in a combat zone in Northern Afghanistan in 2009. Within the framework of this recent case, Peter Yellin, a former Marine Infantry Officer and Chief Prosecutor for Military Trials with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC, will discuss all aspects of the military justice system pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice from the jury selection to the sentencing and appeals processes.
“Inside a Modern Military Courtroom” will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 1-3 p.m. This session is free, but registration is required.
Students are to the history of “Afghanistan and Pakistan” and their relationship. Topics include the role of the British, Soviets, and America in the 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 should be able to describe the complex interplay of history, geography and ethnoreligious politics of the two countries and develop possible solutions for various outstanding issues between the two states. Facilitated by Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer.
“Afghanistan and Pakistan” will be held on Wednesdays, March 21-Apr. 11 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45 plus the cost of the text.
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.
“Weeknight Meals – Vegetarian Edition” teaches you how to make vegetarian and comfort food. Black bean burgers, zucchini patties, and polenta lasagna are vegetarian comfort foods that leave you full, healthy and satisfied. Learn to make them, take some home, get the recipes and gain the confidence to make them yourself.
“Weeknight Meals – Vegetarian Edition” will be held Thursday, March 1 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
“Expanding Meatless Monday” explores international ingredients that may become your new favorites. Tofu, Tempeh, Arepa, and Socca are on the menu for this class. After tasting these foods, you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life.
“Expanding Meatless Monday” will be held on Friday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $75.
“Satisfying Veggie Soups” Stocks are an important foundation for great cooking. Vegetarian cooking is no exception. We’ll start with a freshly made vegetable stock and continue our exploration of vegetarian meals satisfying creamy black bean soup and roasted butternut squash soup.
“Satisfying Veggie Soups” will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
“More Satisfying Veggie Soups” will use the stocks made in Satisfying Veggie Soups, to make a clear broth base, a cream base, and a pureed soup. Baked potato soup and oven roasted tomato bisque are also on the menu. You may never open a can of soup again.
“More Satisfying Veggie Soups” will be held on Friday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $75.
“Healthy Cooking for Two” Chef Monica Midgette guides you through the process of making healthy and appetizing meals in the class, “Healthy Cooking for Two.” You’ll get hands-on experience making a meal and take home a packet of wonderful recipes to try.
“Healthy Cooking for Two” will be held on Monday, March 19 from 9 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $75.
Curry, coconut, and chicken-you may know these ingredients, but you’ve never tasted them like this-Jamaican curried chicken and fried green banana. “Global Cuisine Dinners” will teach you how to create these recipes and gain the confidence to recreate these dishes at home. Take a break from the cold to enjoy some island flavor.
“Global Cuisine Dinners” will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5-8 p.m. 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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