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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. 

Fall Session-  Mondays, October 7 - November 11

General Sessions - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

October 7:  Plants.  Harmless, right? Well...maybe not!  Join Jeffrey Gilman, Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, as he takes a look at the amazing plants that we interact with on a daily basis.  This greenery can sustain us, intoxicate us, cure us of disease, and even kill us. 

October 14:  Learning to Watch the Sky, & Think About Becoming an Amateur Astronomer!  Gary Sugg became interested in astronomy in 1993.  After too many years of knowing too little about the stars, he decided to build his own observatory in the mountains in North Carolina in 1999.  That in itself is out of the ordinary.  He also practiced endodontics (a specialty of dentistry), sings, plays the guitar and plays the cello in a string quartet.  We are in for a treat from this not so ordinary fellow. 

October 21:  The United States Secret Service is a federal agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad.  Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, today the Secret Service carries out integrated missions of protection and investigations.  In 2003 it was transferred from the Department of Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security.  Recognized for its central role in the protection of the nation's leaders and the financial and critical infrastructure of the United States, the Secret Service protects the American people from harm.  Nor your ordinary line of work. 

October 28: Energy Medicine with Cynde Waterson, a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner.  Healing Touch is a bio-field restorative therapy designed to re-balance, restore, and clear the energy centers in an around the body.  You will gain an understanding of Healing Touch and learn a hands-on technique to use in your daily life to relieve stress, increase an overall sense of well-being, reduce pain, and lessen the anxiety that is often an expression of pre-verbal trauma stores at a cellular level.  Please dress comfortably for this presentation. 

November 4:  Out of the Ordinary: Abstract Art One of the most intriguing yet inscrutable genres of art is, without a doubt, abstract art.  So often a piece can be interpreted one way by one person, and yet a completely different way by another.  The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art builds many of its exhibits around abstract works, encouraging the public to engage with this type of art as much as possible.   Join the museum's Teal Michel as she challenges viewers to examine more deeply how they interpret art that may be considered out of the ordinary. 

November 11:  The Harp  Often the subject of folklore and legend, the true origin of the harp remains a mystery.  This enchanting instrument is one of the world's oldest, dating back to 3000 B.C. Because it has played a significant role in numerous cultures throughout history, the harp is musically diverse and can be used to play many different music genres.  Today, harpist Ashley Jones will be sharing some insight about the harp:  it's history, mechanical function, and its capabilities as a solo and orchestral instrument. 

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

10 Major "Turning Points" in the Ministry of Jesus - A turning point is an event when the direction headed is altered (turned).  This class will explore the 10 major turning points in the ministry of Jesus - the circumstances, context, and implications.  Instructor:  Bob McGarrah

American First Ladies:  Martha Washington to Michelle Obama - This class will present America's First Ladies in a very detailed and enlightening perspective.  You will see each one as a unique, talented and supportive partner to the President.  Focus will be on their childhood, education, personality, talents, perspective about the role of the First Lady, and contributions made while in Washington.  Instructor:  Jim Sasser

Creative Writing Workshop - This class is a creative writing workshop for those interested in beginning or improving their writing kills and enhancing their written creativity in area of original fiction, poetry or drama.  There will be writing exercises and explorations, and open forum critiques of what the class members produce.  Instructor: Roy Colquitt

Square Dancing 101 - Get your exercise and learn to square dance all in one class.  Square dancing is friendship set to music  and it's a great way to exercise while having fun!  All kinds of music will be used and we will dance to some of your favorite songs.  We need a minimum of 8 dancers for this class (you do not have to be a couple to join the fun. As long as we have 8 people we can dance).  Instructor:  Theresa Rutz, a local Accredited Square Dance Caller

Your Life, Your Loves and Your Legacy - Most of us will not have a status erected to honor us nor have a building named after us but all of us will leave a legacy.  What would you like your legacy to be?  We all think about it but we don't have many opportunities to explore our possibilities.  In the safe space of this class, we will use humor and life stories to gain some clarity about what we want our legacy to be.  We will also discuss how we can leave the earth a little better as part of our gifts to it.  Instructor:  Jeannie Fennell

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

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 local craft stores.  No experience necessary!  Instructor: Cris Osborne

Life:  What is it?  Where is it?  - Science has a surprisingly hard time concisely defining what we mean by "life".  We will review that problem, then look at the questions of its origin and review the on-going search for extra-terrestrial life.  Instructor: Bill Logan

Queen Victoria:  Grandmother of European Royalty - Not only is Queen Victoria the second longest reigning monarch in British history, but her children and grandchildren were important in royal families throughout Europe.  We'll explore that legacy.  Instructor:  Luther Wade

Relaxation for Health - This class is for anyone desiring to do something about his or her stress level.  This class will benefit anyone who suffers with the following issues:  muscle tensions and body pain, headaches, restlessness, the aging process and more.  Come prepared to learn, listen, and participate.  Instructor:  Dorothy Gourdine

Play with Clay! - It's a beginners clay class just for you.  You don't have to be a beginner really bit if you have never worked with clay this class is for you.  Students will experiment with clay by crafting pinch pots and coil pots, slab buildings, creating textured tiles and pendants, and learning simple glazing techniques.  Laura will arrange for you to take your finished projects home.  Space is limited to 15 participants.  Instructor: Laura Allison



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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