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


NC Division of Aging and Adult Services 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan  

 Centralina Area Agency on Aging invites you to a listening session for the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan. 

The session will help identify the needs of North Carolinas older adults, disabled adults and their caregivers.  The information gathered will inform State Staff in the development of the 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan.

Want to share your thoughts?  Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meeting or in advance by completing the on-line Listening Session Sign-Up Form

Speakers will be limited to three minutes and are encouraged to provide a written copy of their comments when registering. 

When:  Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where:  Centralina Council of Governments - 9815 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28262

Can't attend?  Comments can also be emailed to or faxed to Aging Plan at 919-733-0443.  You can view the current Aging Services Plan at 

Contact NCDAAS for more information:  919-855-3400 - Leslie Jones 

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 - Spring 2018

Mondays, April 9 - May 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

April 9:  The End of the "War to End all Wars".  A Musical Commemoration.  Benjamin Britten's powerful War Requiem interweaves the Catholic Requiem Mass with poetry by Wilfred Owen, a young British solider who was killed just before the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918.  On April 13 & 14, nearly 200 professional, community and student musicians will present this moving tribute to world peace by CPCC's Halton Theater, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.  Conductor Alan Yamamoto will talk about the work and its rich historical references in multimedia presentation of words, imagery, and music. 

April 16: Sara Terrell and the Salem Drive Ensemble presents In Peace and Joy, the story of a chorale tune from Bach to Brahms and beyond.  Martin Luther's hymn Mit Fried und feud ich fahr dahin, a paraphrase of the song of Simeon, has been the inspiration behind some beautiful music through the ages.  We will explore this tune in both straightforward and unexpecting setting for choir. 

April 23:  Wayne Brockwell heard Elvis on the radio when he was about 9 years old and has been singing his songs ever since.  He not only sings but impersonates Elvis from his style, his look, his moves and of course his voice.  Elvis won't be coming back but Wayne keeps his memory alive.  We will enjoy a trip down memory lane and remember the King of Rock 'n' Roll. 

April 30: Khris Wigington you have seen this guy around the church campus doing all kinds of things!  He is truly a jack of all trades!  He assists us each and every session and we are fortunate to have his support.  Each time he and I have a conversation I learn that he can do just about anything.  Today he shares his musical talent with us as he loves to play the drums.  He will share information about a variety of percussion instruments, talk about his development, explain different techniques and perform some percussion favorites.  What a treat to have him share his time and talents with us. 

May 7:  Donna Barber has been entertaining throughout the United States since 1980.  She is a recording artist with Sonic Records and has been featured on TNN and in Modern Drummer Magazine.  Since 2002, she has been performing across the US with the show, "The Sounds of the Andrews Sisters".  Presently she is also performing, with CD accompaniment, offering several different style acts including Pop, Classics, 1950's Review, Christmas, Patriotic Tunes, and the Sounds of the Andrew Sisters.  You may just want to get up and dance - roll with it!

May 14: We are in for a treat!  The five Shepherd's Center members who usually play the "background" music for the social time preceding the General Session will take the foreground today!  From Bach to Rock.  They will each share with you something from their rich musical backgrounds. 

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

An Unusual Music Appreciation Approach - Music enhances our lives - learn to listen to music in depth with your "inner heart", recognize the differing styles of Back and Mozart, realize the humor in music, what differences are there between the left brain dominant and right brain dominant cultures, and learning to recognize the various nuances and embellishments that most jazz singers employ and more will be covered in this musical adventure.  Instructor: Bill Dailey

Backyards Alive! - Nancy DeVries returns to teach us how to make our yards come alive this spring.  A variety of topics will be covered including 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

Current Events Discussion - Let's discuss world events, domestic issues and other timely items.  Richard will bring articles of interest to class obtained form 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!  Instruction: Richard Solar

It's Your Life - Control It - The value of a will, getting your important papers in order and your healthcare wishes known, taking time to think about your life and what messages you want to leave as you contemplate your obituary - all these topics and more will be examined.  While these topics may be difficult to discuss, it is important to make sure your wishes are known.  Instructors: Kelly Rain Jesson, Attorney at Law, Jesson & Rains LLP, Ken Garfield, Director of Communications MPUMC

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

Communication Surprises Across the Generations - Communication has certainly changed over the years- do you text or call, email or write a letter?  We will look at how the world is changing, our similarities and differences, how humans are wired to communicate, what are the frustrations and what works well - all this and more will be covered in this timely and important topic.  Instructor: Lynn Ingersoll the news - We will look behind the scenes at some recent headlines:  Do vaccines cause autism?  What is going on with all the peanut allergies?  Why is it so hard to make an AIDS vaccine?  Can we ever defeat MRSA and other superbugs?  Is anybody really allergic to gluten?  What does asthma have to do with parasites?  Should everyone get the shingles vaccine?  Why does the immune system allow cancer?  Can antibodies actually treat cancer?  But mostly we will learn how lucky we are that this amazing system works so well almost all of the time!  Instructor:  Dr. Bill Logan

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 stores.  No experience necessary!  Instructor: Cris Osborne

The Art of Lent - Explore the greatest artistic responses to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Featuring different speakers each week (including David Tang, Luther Wade and film critic Lawrence Toppman), this series will feature art from numerous disciplines - music, literature, visual arts and cinema.  Gain insight into the works like the ancient Stabat Mater poem (through its many musical settings), Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Dante's Divine Comedy with illustrations by Botticelli and Handel's MessiahInstructor: David Tang (head instructor)

A Short Version:  This course will look at lesser known short stories of great American writers famous for their novels.  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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