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



2018 Mecklenburg County Opioid Summit 


The 2018 Mecklenburg County Opioid Summit is on Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.  It's a FREE event (including parking and lunch) and is open to the public.  We'll have keynote speakers, a community panel of experts and an afternoon with breakout sessions.  Please join us in this important event as we contiune to fight the opioid epidemic in Mecklenburg County - which contiunes to be hit hard by addiction and overdoses.  We are all part of the solution, and hope to see you there!  Please click here to register online.   

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Charlotte Convention Center - 501 S. College Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost:  Free event open to the public.  Light breakfast and lunch will be included. 

Free parking will be avalaible at NASCAR Hall of Fame parking deck located on 500 S. Brevard Street. 

Navigating Aging with Understanding at Temple Beth El  

 Are you one of the 160,000 Americans age 65+ in North Carolina living with Alzheimer's?  Are you aware of the predictors of "pre-Parkinsonian" Parkinson's disease which may be showing up in your spouse or partner?  Are you one of six out of ten family caregivers who juggle caregiving with full or part-time work?  Are you an aging adult worried about the resources available to assist people with chronic illness? 

If so, this Temple Beth El series in cooperation with Jewish Family Services may be for you!

Join us for this four-part series highlighting the illnesses and difficulties that we face as we age.  Hear from doctors, social workers and caregivers who treat people with these illnesses and those who care for them.  Ask questions, get answers and learn where you can get help. 

All sessions will be held at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226 on the dates listed below from 10:30 am. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 - "Fundamentals of Caregiving"
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 - "Dementia/Alzheimer's"
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018 - "Parkinson's and Movement Disorders"
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018 - "Arthritis and Auto-Immune Disorders"

There is no charge for attending and all the sessions are open to the public.  However, space is limited.  Please RSVP online at

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 - Winter 2018

Mondays, January 22 - February 26, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

January 22:  Jack Ponticellie aka Captain Jack is full of hot air...well, his hot air balloon is anyway.  Jack will take us along a journey in including a history of balloon flight from 1783 to present.  How do balloons fly, how many different types of balloons are there, how do you steer a balloon?  We will learn a bit about the company he works for and the founder, Tracy Barns, and how their balloons are different from all others.  We will enjoy pictures of a typical balloon flight from setup to post flight party and more.  Don't you think it's time to take a flight?

January 29:  Chuck Hammond is a "jumper" - that is, he likes to jump out of planes.  He believes you may be too young to skydive but you can never ben too old!  Chuck started jumping at age 37 and has been enjoying skydiving for 21 years.  We will learn a bit about Skydive Carolina and what they offer, from bucket lists to birthday celebrations - there's nothing like enjoying the sky!  He has done 7,300 tandem skydives and has over 8,500 skydives under his belt.  He may also bring a friend or two with him.  We look forward to a skydiving adventure!

February 5:  Zarifa (Jane Copeland) is retired from a career as a high school science and PE teacher and then a Research Scientist in Transplant Surgery at University of Minnesota and CMC in Charlotte.  Her passion is dance - it's been a life focus from the age of 5 with Oriental Dance since 1972.  Her lecture will be followed by a costume presentation and a dance demonstration.  We are NEVER too old to dance!

February 12: Frank Dominguez will be with us to present a fascinating look into radio station WDAV, Charlotte's own classical music station.  Soon to celebrate its 40th anniversary, WDAV provides listeners with a wide range of programming, from Biscuits and Bach to  Pipedreams to Mozart Cafe, a well as occasional broadcasts of Charlotte Symphony concerts.  Frank will include a video presentation highlighting WDAV's history, mission, programming philosophy and program schedule.  We are never too old to celebrate anniversaries!

February 19: Charlotte's US National Whitewater Center offers fun for ALL ages!  It's not just about the whitewater channel; you can zipline, take the ropes course, rock climb or kayak on the Catawba to get your adrenaline pumping.  If you would rather just take in the sights, bring your chair and sit out on the lawn and enjoy the live music, have a bite to eat or try one of the 100 beers on taps they have available.  Our guide will share that there is truly something for everyone!

February 26:  Cherie Clark, Ph.D., Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Queens University will wrap up our "I'm Not Too Old for That" general session theme as she provides insight into - I think I can, I think I can.  The little engine that could was a classic for many of our kids.  We loved the story because it helped us tell our kids they could do anything by just believing.  Research will be presented to show how attitude is everything, including helping us live happier, healthier, and longer.  If we think we can, we can do a lot of things we may have given up or stopped envisioning.  It's time to reclaim the little engine who could, for ourselves now!

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

The Apocrypha - "Apocrypha" means writing or statements of dubious authenticity.  These days it is the name given to a group of writing that some Christian groups see as part of their authoritative list of books accepted as Holy Scripture, while other groups do not.  The series will explore some of the Apocrypha.  Some of the stores are like fairy tales with dragons, monsters and angels.  As with other scripture, the books of the Apocrypha are written to communicate religious or theological points. 

Bridge - For ACTIVE bridge players.  Bidding fundamentals that will improve your game is the session focus.  Tips for the Opener, the Responder and the Overcallers, too.  Plus tips on taking the tricks for which we bid, including finesses and when to pull trump.  This class is limited for 28 students.  Instructor:  Wally Marcin

Exploring American History through Literature - Books are a gateway to so many learning opportunities.  Books can take you on adventure, make you laugh and cry and provide a peek into the lives of others.  This class will assist you as you learn what books to utilize as you explore American history through literature.  Instructor: Tribly Meeks

The Reformation - 2017 was the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, but it really got going a little later and became a movement that greatly changed the Western World.  Instructor: Dr. Luther Wade

Yoga - Increase your strength, flexibility, and balance with yoga.  This ancient form of exercise links movement, breath, concentration, and relaxation for a meditative experience.  Bring a firm yoga mat and water.  No perfume please.  Class is limited to 16 students.  Instructor: Teresa Dufine. 

Afternoon Classes - 1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Chasing Freedom - Elvira Sterling, an immigrant from Russia escaped from godless USSR and eventually found freedom in America.  Her story is a compelling account of her and her husband's harrowing escape from Soviet tyranny to self-discovery in wartime Israel, then to personal fulfillment in the complicated freedom of America.  The story is a fascinating tapestry that weaves together individual and family joys and sorrows, all against the background of the political cultures of three pivotal nations of 20th century.  This class will use her book as the study guide, cost is $15; you will pay the instructor for the book.  Instructor: Elvira Sterling. 

Creative Writing - We remember more than we think we do.  We know more than we think we know.  We're wiser than we think we are.  Inside us much waits, vague and wanting expression.  There are ways to write that reach deep in our reservoirs of memory and hare-earned wisdom, evoking words, images, reflection and insight.  These ways are not only personally enriching, but enhance almost any form of writing.  This class experience offers guidance, a safe pace for self-expression, support, and all the privacy you want in the company of others.  Bring an 8 1/2 x 11 notebook and pen (not pencil).  Class runs additional 20 mins and is limited to 12 students.  Instructor:  Mary Crews

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 NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and more.  Please come and take part in a lively discussion - no tomato throwing allowed!  Instructor: Richard Solar

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 craft sores.  No experience necessary!  Instructor: Cris Osborne

Major Figures of Italian Renaissance - A series of visual presentation of the work of major painters, sculptors, and architects of the Italian Renaissance, including Botticelli, Brunelleschi, DaVinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and others with particular attention to the influence of these artist upon Western culture.  Instructor: Roy Colquitt 



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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