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  • Adventures in Learning - Shepherd Center
  • Arthritis Services
  • Computer Classes Around Town


Adventures in Learning

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte
Held at:

Sharon Presbyterian Church

5201 Sharon Road Charlotte, NC 28210

For registration information call 704-365-1995 or visit the website


Adventures in Learning Program - How the Day Works

Mondays, October 8 - November 12

October 8:  An Encounter with Nature Through Literature.  Trilby Meeks takes us on a journey to discover the significance of trees in literature from the Garden of Eden's Tree of Knowledge to J.K. Rowling's oversensitive "Whomping Willow" on the grounds at Hogwarts School.  It will be a delightful journey!

October 15:  Dr. J. Whelan, aka "Jay Bird", moved to Charlotte in 1989 to work for Mercy Hospital as the Chief Radiologist until 2007.  He became interested in hummingbirds while mowing his lawn, thinking a bee had buzzed him but he noticed that the "bee" would stop, hover and fly forward and backward.  He decided it was certainly not a bee but a hummingbird and from this quick incident while in his yard, a life-long, intense and caring interest in hummingbirds was born.  Out of this interested Dr. JB's Hummingbird Products developed. 

October 22:  As a city Arborist since 2016, Tim Porter oversees the group responsible for planting and maintaining city trees, permitting and ordinance enforcement, and he manages the city's Tree Canopy Preservation Program.  Tim has a love and respect for the outdoors and enjoys not only the environmental benefits that our trees offer but also the ability trees have to define a strong sense of place, and foster peace of mind.  We live in a city known for our beautiful tree canopy.  We are excited to share time with Tim as we learn about our city of trees.

October 29:  Chuck McShane discusses his book a History of Lake Norman: Fish Camps to Ferraris.  His book traces the rapid transformation of sparsely populated agricultural region into one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the United States on the heels of the then-Duke Power Company's largest hydroelectric energy project. 

November 5: As our population becomes more and more urbanized it is slowing losing touch with  nature.  Modern botanical gardens, such as those at UNC Charlotte, work tirelessly to build connections between plants and people.  John UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Director Jeff Gillman as he investigates the building of a botanical garden to inspire and education.

November 12: Heidi Billotto is a Charlotte, NC-based culinary expert, who has been writing about food, chefs, restaurants and food-centric travel for regional magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites since her start as a television cooking personality and food writer in the early 1980's.  Heidi regularly posts on her blog and is currently the food editor for Charlotte Living Magazine.  IN her tenure on the Charlotte food scene, Heidi has seen and been a part of a lot of change and a great deal of growth in the culinary circles across the Carolinas and has loved writing about her adventures, each and every one along the way. 


Classes 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Backyards Alive! - Nancy DeVries returns to teach us how to make our yards come alive this Fall.  A variety of topics will be covered, from making your yard bird-friendly to growing your own food.  Nancy is also known for the goodies she shares to enhance our yards and take care of our backyard visitors.  Instructor: Nancy DeVries

Crochet a Lace Shawl or Blanet - For beginner to intermediate crochet students.  You MUST know the basics of crocheting a chain, single crochet, and double crochet stitches.  Materials needed:  Worsted weight yarn (no texture: textures will interfere with the lace pattern) and size 8 crochet hook.  The yarn can be multicolored or plain, or you can use different colors for stripes.  Yarn needle for sewing ends, stitch markers, small scissors and pen and paper for notes.  Instructor: Vivian Brenner

Current Events Discussion - Let's discuss world events, domestic issues and other timely items.  Richard will bring articles of interest to class obtained from sources like the NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine and more.  Please come and take part in a lively discussion - no tomato throwing allowed! Instructor: Richard Solar. 

Encountering Nature and Wildlife through Literature - Enjoy a fascinating literary experience as we explore how authors create settings that evoke memorable landscapes, futuristic climates and environs.  Explore compelling stories depicting friendships that transcend the human spirit.  Take a lesson in garden therapy or a stroll through the grounds at Pemberley as you get to know some of the most inspiring gardens in literature.  Instructor:  Trilby Meeks

The (pretty awful) Luck of the Irish - An exploration of the history of the Emerald Isle.  The Island of Ireland has been subjected to more than its share of catastrophes down through the ages, from Strongbow to Oliver Cromwell to the Potato Famine to the "troubles", but remains one of the most fabled countries in all of Europe.  This class will explore some of the high (and low) points of Irish history.  Instructor:  Dr. Luther Wade. 

Sleep and Dreams - "To sleep, perchance to dream" - Shakespeare, Hamlet.  Sleeps makes up about one third of our lives (if we do it right!).  No wonder poets, scientist and all of us are fascinated with sleep and dreams.  In this class, we will cover the science of sleep and dreams, current research on factors that affect and are affected by sleep qualify, changes in sleep across the lifespan, and the purpose and meaning of dreams.  Instructor:  Dr. Cherie Clark

Creative Writing - Attention former students of Mary's this session will be for those who have experienced this class at least once.  Reminder:  We remember more than we think we do.  We know more than we realize.  This fall we'll revisit some of your favorite ways to access our reservoirs of memory, knowledge and hard-earned wisdom.  This class will always offer guidance, a safe space for self-expression, support, and all the privacy you want in the company of others.  Bring an 8 1/2 x 11 inch notebook and smooth-writing pen, NOT pencil.  Note:  this class extends an extra 20 minutes.  Instructor:  Mary Crews

Jewelry - Take your old jewelry and make it new or create a brand new piece.  Bring old beads or jewelry to the first class or new items purchased from any of the local crafts stores.  No experience necessary!  Instructor: Cris Osborne

Loving, Laughing and Living Long - Join us as we explore the newest research on the secrets to longevity.  Learn some easy creative ways to improve the quality of your life as well as its length.  We will create a personalized plan for each participant that will support their lifestyle and needs.  The class will feature lively discussions and interactions while we are learning new ways of living long and well. Instructor: Jeannie Fennell

Science and Religion - It seems that we can't overcome the dustup which has boiled over for centuries but particularly since Darwin.  We will explore the history of the dispute, taking a dispassionate look at both sides with emphasis on differences in Cosmology and Evolution.  We will follow this story of conflict with a look at the new concepts for a more hopeful future.  Believe it or not, there is a recent upswelling of new ideas about resolution - from both sides!  Instructor:  Dr. Bill Logan. 


Arthritis Services


1817 Central Avenue, Suite 211
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone:  704-331-4878
New Support Group - Spill Your Beans
A support group for young women with disabilities ages 16 and up.  Meetings are held once a month at Caribou Coffee on Park Rd.  Covered topics include safety, relationships, health and beauty and more.  For more information, contact Ariel Kliem, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, at 980-314-1306 or email.
Support Opportunities
Fibromyalgia / Chronic Pain Support Group
Offers support/education for people with fibromyalgia.  Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Arthritis Services office.  Please refrain from wearing fragrances to the meetings.  Pre-registration required - call 704-331-4878.
Individual Counseling/Relaxation Training
Counseling is available by appointment to help deal with the emotional aspects of living with chronic illness/pain and to learn relaxation techniques.  Call 704-331-4878 for more information or an appointment.
Educational Opportunities
Information and Referral Services Arthritis Nurse Consultation
Health Professionals available to meet with individuals or upon request to speak for community groups about arthritis, Fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis Screening & Education
Available by appointment.  Also provided to community groups upon request.
Community Arthritis Project (CAP)
Comprehensive Arthritis Management/Exercise Program offered at Mecklenburg County Senior Citizen Nutrition sites.  Call to see if the CAP is coming to your area.
Fitness Site not involved with the Senior Citizen Nutrition Program:
Wilmore Community Center
501 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Amity Presbyterian Church
2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte, NC
Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Senior Centers offer arthritis exercise classes.  Please call them at 980-314-1320 for more information.



Computer Classes Around Town


Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg - FREE computer classes

For all classes at the Public Libraries go to the website and under Events by Category click on Computer Skills/Technology

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte, Inc.
Call 704-365-1995 for more information or to register.
Location:  Southminster Retirement Community Computer Lab
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

Tyvola Senior Center
2225 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, NC   28210
980-314-1320 - Call to register for classes

Computer Help  with the Guys
Need help using the computer?  Unsure of how to complete a certain task.  Bring your questions and get free computer advice.   

Computer Lab 
The computer lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Shamrock Senior Center
3200 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
980-314-1123 - Call to register

Computer Lab - Drop In - Free
Mondays through Fridays
Check your email and look for information.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please call to verify no meeting is scheduled for the Computer Lab.

Levine Senior Center
1050 DeVore Lane
Highway 51 and Northeast Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105
Call 704-846-4654 for more information.

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