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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. 

Memorable Mondays, July 8 - July 29

Beginning Bridge - This class is for card players who want to find out what bridge is all about and for former players who want to get re-acquainted.  If you are a current player join us to play and practice your skills.  The class will lead with discussion and questions, then bid and play hands.  The focus will be on how the game is played, scoring, basic bidding and play principles.  Space is limited to 28 participants.  Instructor: Willy Marcin

Did You Know This About the Carolinas? - Each week we will explore a new and interesting topic - they include: Historic Gardens of the Carolinas, Carolina Outlaw Baseball League, the Mecklenburg County Poor House and Who is Sharon?  Whether you live here for a long time or one of our newer residents this class will provide an insight to the topics as well as perhaps answer some of your questions about our great state and city.

Instructors: Shelia Bumgarner and Dr. Tom Cole

Foundation of Photography -This class is a comprehensive exploration of fundamentals that all serious photographers should know.  Through hands-on exercises, you will learn how to use the key controls a camera has for making images and when to use them.  You will also learn about measuring light intensity with your camera and controlling it to make perfect exposures.  This class is designed for those who have a conventional digital (or film) camera.  Be sure to bring your camera and camera manual to class.  Instructor: Tom Cassen

Join Me at the Table - Honing Your Kitchen Skills - This class will concentrate on improving your understanding of kitchen tools and techniques.  You will learn about smoking food (chicken) and how to butcher a whole chicken, spices and herbs, knife skills and uncommon ways to use a grill.  It's a new day in the kitchen! Instructor: Khris Wigington

Unwrapping the Legacy of Race in America - African-Americans have been in the U.S. for 400 years and were given citizenship 250 years ago.  Yet are there disparities too large to be explained by the history we have been taught?  This workshop will explore the realities behind these disparities and expose some possibly uncomfortable truths about our history.  What was left out of the history books?  Experiential exercises will bring participants new understandings.  This class was offered in the summer of 2018 and Jinny will provide this class again with added materials on white fragility and the local affordable housing crisis.  Instructor: Jinny Sullivan

Learn All About Pencil Sketching - This class will cover the basics of good composition, balance, shading and perspective.  You will have a chance to draw landscapes, seascapes and more.  The emphasis is on having fun using pencils to show shadows, etc.  No talent is needed.  Just bring a sketchbook, pencils, and eraser!  Instructor: Richard Solar



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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