From watercolor painting, to finance and cooking, there’s something for everyone in this fall’s Creative Living offerings. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself by taking a new class or deepen your understanding of a particular topic, Sandhills Community College’s Center for Creative Living can help you reach your personal goals in order to achieve a more intellectually rewarding life.
Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Business Opportunities
Watercolor basics, including the four main components – paper, paintbrushes and, of course, water – are all highlighted in “Investigating Watercolor.” Techniques to control and work with water are demonstrated. Designed for beginners or those with limited experience, this four-week class will cover a new area starting with a still life, floral, landscape and “bring your own photo” landscape. Techniques for flowers, trees, rocks, and skies will be demonstrated.
“Investigating Watercolor” will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 19, from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $45.
Interspersed throughout “Ceramic Designs” is a discussion on the history and trends of heritage art. Students will learn tips to outfit an appropriate studio and explore hand-built ceramic forms using various techniques. Unique form is the key to any successful artist. Learn from an artist who has perfected her technique all while providing valuable insight and business tips into her art. This course challenges pottery students and potential entrepreneurs at all levels with both group and individual instruction.
“Ceramic Designs” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $130.
Students will explore how serendipitous casting can turn an ordinary movie into a masterpiece of cinema in “Cinematic Chemistry: Movie Mating Magic.” These films are sure to show how the right pairings – like the perfect wine with an unusual entrée – can elicit laughs, sighs and tears as the human dynamic unfolds in the dark.
“Cinematic Chemistry: Movie Mating Magic” will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $45.
In “Financial Fraud and Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in an Unsecure World,” students will learn how to safeguard accounts from hackers, viruses and scams, and to understand the latest Social Security fraud and identity theft schemes. Participants will discover how to avoid costly mistakes with their secure information. Students will learn to protect their credit report and ways to lock or secure their credit report from perpetrators while learning about current schemes targeted at retirees.
“Financial Fraud and Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in an Unsecure World” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6-7 p.m. This class is free, but registration is required.
“Mutual Fund Investing for Retirees” covers various types of mutual funds, expenses, evaluating and balancing funds, mutual funds inside your portfolio, load vs. no-load, funds within annuities and using strategies.
“Mutual Fund Investing for Retirees” will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 15-29, from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $35.
In “Year-End Tax Strategies,” Certified Financial Planner Melanie Granville Nichols explains year-end techniques to reduce income and estate taxes. The course will detail key deductions and credits, charitable giving, gifting, required minimum distributions, retirement plan contributions, tax loss harvesting, net investment income tax and much more.
“Year-End Tax Strategies” will be held on Thursdays, Nov. 7 and 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $25.
Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series
Join Peter Yellin, former chief prosecutor for military trials with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and former chief of staff to the New York and Arkansas attorneys general, for Part III of the candid and highly interactive discussions of contemporary events, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Part III.
This class will feature the Rule of Law, with emphasis on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the Department of Justice and the FBI. Congressional oversight and the role of the Federal Judiciary will be highlighted.
“Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Part III” will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 1 and 15, from 1-3 p.m. This class is free, but registration is required.
Vaccines are major topics in both mainstream and social media. “Understanding Vaccines and their Role in the Prevention of Disease” discusses the history of vaccination; types of vaccines and the immune response; specific vaccines for children and adults; potential future vaccines in development; a detailed look at influenza vaccine, and exposure of vaccine myths. Students will improve their knowledge and understanding of vaccines to increase their confidence in the science of vaccination and reduce vaccine hesitancy. Serious diseases are still out there, and vaccines play a major role in protecting individuals and the entire community from these diseases.
“Understanding Vaccines and their Role in the Prevention of Disease” will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 8-29, from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $45.
Join Jason Criss Howk, major (retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area officer, M.A. Middle East and South Asia Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, looks inside the most important military units and intelligence agencies that are working 24-hours a day around the globe in the course “Understanding the Modern American Military and Intelligence Community.”
“Understanding the Modern American Military and Intelligence Community” will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 30-Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $45.
A landmark report released by the United Nations this year insists that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed over the next dozen years to prevent increased global warming, significantly worse droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for millions of people. “On the Road to Climate Change” will feature Dr. Léda van Doren, assistant professor of environment, ecology and energy at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Don Addu, the Southeast regional director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
“On the Road to Climate Change” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9. from 2-3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes beverages and desserts.
“Sign Language II” introduces additional vocabulary, allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language (ASL) in the deaf and hard of hearing community. Students will learn more about facial expressions and non-verbal communication markers for both personal and workplace use. The prerequisite for this class is “Sign Language for Beginners” or prior experience.
“Sign Language II” will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
“French II Conversation” is a continuation of “French Beginning Conversation,” focusing on the fundamental elements of the French language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Upon completion, students will comprehend and respond with increasing proficiency to spoken and written French and demonstrate further cultural awareness. The prerequisite for this class is “French Beginning Conversation” or prior experience.
“French Conversation II” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of the text.
“Italian II Conversation” is a continuation of “Italian Beginning Conversation,” focusing on the fundamentals of the Italian language within a cultural context. Designed for students who are planning to travel or those who have distinct business needs. The prerequisite for this class is “Italian Beginning Conversation” or prior experience.
“Italian II Conversation” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.
“Spanish II Conversation” is designed for students who plan to travel or those who have a distinct business need. The prerequisite for this class is “Spanish Beginning Conversation” or prior experience. This class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 25, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.
Students will make dinner rolls and a loaf of crusty bread in “Don’t Be Afraid of Breads.” This class will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $75.
Cooking is so much easier with the right tools and the skills to use them. In “Knife Skills 101,” students will learn to select, maintain and use their knives. Then, practice basic knife cuts as we prepare a dish of vegetarian sushi.
“Knife Skills 101” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
In “Risotto and Arancini” students will learn the art of making risotto the traditional way. Participants will reutilize their risotto leftovers to make delicious filled arancini balls. This class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Few dishes are more delicious and intimidating than soufflés. In “Savory Soufflés,” students will make two different and delicious savory soufflés. This class will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
“Fresh Pasta and Meatballs” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Students will learn how to make spinach and ricotta manicotti and meat shells in “Stuffed Fresh Pasta.” This class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
In “Wine Pairing 101,” students will learn to evaluate selected wines and the rules for proper pairings while sampling five different wines from around the globe served alongside a selection of hors d’oeuvres. This class will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5-7 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Two classes in November will also be held, one on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m., and a second on Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
Students will learn how to make traditional Italian tiramisu and take home to enjoy in “Tirmisu.” This class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Hummus, babaganoush and tabouleh: You may have tasted them before, but until you make these dishes from scratch, you’ve not really enjoyed them. In “Mediterranean Meze,” students will learn how to make a healthy, filling and delicious meal based on these Mediterranean staples.
“Mediterranean Meze” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
Students will learn to make their favorite pies just in time for Thanksgiving. Participants will learn how to make pumpkin and pecan pies. This class will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
Family and guests coming to dinner is the perfect time to create your best appetizer dishes. Using the season’s best ingredients, students will make and plate several delicious, make-ahead appetizers that make their dinner party one to remember in “Holiday Appetizers.”
“Holiday Appetizers” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
In “Peruvian Cuisine,” students will learn how to make lomo saltado, Peruvian steak with fries, and delicious Peruvian fried rice. This class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $75.
There may be funds available to help students pay for Continuing Education courses. Contact Jason Levister at (910) 695-3778 or l[email protected], or Tess Regan at (910) 695-3766 or [email protected] to learn more about SCC Continuing Education scholarships.
Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. Registration by phone at (910) 695-3980 or preregistration online at www.sandhills.edu/cereg is also available, accepting all major credit cards. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.