Pushing the Boundaries for Good or for Ill                                      
A variety of experts will explore ways in which literal and metaphorical boundaries are being challenged in our current world. Dr. Frank Avignone, Carolina Professor of Physics, USC, starts us off with a look at the latest research on the expanding universe. He will be followed by a wide variety of speakers and topics. For example, Father Peter Sousa, Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, takes us inside Abu Ghraib prison and the moral challenges he saw while he served as chaplain. Dr. Chris Witko, Professor of Political Science, USC, explains the changing cultural boundaries created by income inequality in the US. Coordinated and hosted by Carol McGinnis Kay and Carol Preston.

Creative Quilting Projects

Learn the basics and get personalized instructions from experienced quilter Judie Travis. Learn new piecing techniques, bindings, machine quilt items, or make repairs to treasured items. Note: participants need to provide their own sewing machines and basic quilting supplies, as well as individually purchased items for each project. Things to bring: extension cord, quilting supplies, marking pencils, scissors, fabric, pattern and thread for a project.

Bob Hope’s USO Shows in Vietnam 1964-72
Duan Sinclair, retired USMC Major, shares his experiences setting up Bob Hope’s highly popular USO Christmas shows in Vietnam. Learn what was happening in the war as context for the shows and relive highlights from the shows.

Digging Up the Past: Archaeology in South Carolina
Our state is rich in archaeological sites. David Jones, archaeologist with the South Carolina State Park Service, leads off a variety of speakers who will demonstrate what their digs can teach us about earlier life in our state, including the daily lives of Native Americans. Early speakers will focus on the Hampton Plantation (1710-1865), with fascinating new material from the slave settlement, and Charles Towne Landing (1690). Come learn what all we can  discover about the past from these archaeological sites.

Origins of Rock ’n Roll
Dr. Randolph Love, Professor Emeritus of Music, Columbia College, traces the origins of Rock ’n Roll from its beginnings in jazz and country music to its emergence in the 1950‘s. Come and learn more about the musicians you loved—and your parents worried about!

Technology: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know!
If you're tired of being frustrated with not understanding technology and your grandkids are tired of showing you, this is the class for you. Mike Ward, Turtle Creek Concepts, will make sure you leave class every day with a fresh understanding of how computer technology works and how you can make it work for you. Also, you'll take away safety tips that will keep you and your friends safe while exploring the tech world.

Line Dancing
New and fun line dances are taught by Lynda Mixon and then practiced every week. It is good exercise and good company.  Beginners are welcome.

Deb McMurphy, accomplished ukulele teacher and player, returns to teach two popular classes: 

1: Good Foundations is for beginners to learn basic chords in the key of C and simple strumming to accompany singing.
Enrollment limited to five (5)

2: Good Vibrations is for advanced beginners and intermediate players. Focus on playing chords to accompany singing, using scales to play simple melodies. Based on book Daily Ukulele 365. 
Enrollment limited to twelve (12).  Sign up for both classes on registration form.

Classic Movies and Great Stars

Retired teacher and film buff Marcia Hendrix loves to share the ‘inside scoop’ about legendary actors, directors, and other film folk.

Gifts of the World’s Religions
Dr. Carl Evans, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, USC, shares an appreciation of the wisdom that various world religions have given to their followers. The class will focus on the teachings and practices about what matters most according to each of several traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and the Bahá’í Faith. 

Confederates and Controversy
That dynamic duo of Pat McNeely and Al McNeely offers a pair of classes. Pat gives a 6-part series on how Confederates reported the Civil War, England’s role in the Civil War, and the real end of the Civil War.  Al concludes with a 3-week series about the Great North Pole Controversy.  In 1909, Admiral Peary and Dr. Cook returned from the Arctic, one week apart. Each claimed he had reached the North Pole. But who actually reached the North Pole? Both or neither? It’s one of history’s fascinating controversies still being debated today.

Shakespeare and the Nature of Evil

Dr. Carol McGinnis Kay continues her thoughtful series on Shakespeare’s insights into human nature. This session focuses on two of his so-called ‘big’ tragedies: Hamlet and Othello. Both tragic heroes are tempted by others to engage in the ultimate forbidden act: to kill another person. But they react to that temptation in very different ways. We’ll consider the implications of those differences and what they suggest about the corrosive nature—and sources—of evil. Among the several stage productions shown will be the latest ones (2016 and 2017) from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Dr. Kay is Professor Emerita of English, USC.

Chair Yoga
Cindi Smith leads this gentle form of yoga practiced sitting or standing using a chair for support. She emphasizes basic movements for total body stretching along with balance and core strength to improve flexibility and personal body awareness. Classes conclude with a conscious relaxation exercise that includes deep breathing techniques and meditation.

Bridge for Beginners
Dennis Haga, an experienced bridge player, will teach beginning players how to bid and play their hands.  After the two-hour class, players are welcome to stay a third hour and return after lunch to play for fun.

Art: Perfecting your Skills in Watercolor

This workshop allows students to work on their own projects. They will be encouraged to work in a series and to keep a journal in order to gain experience in technique and subject matter. Artist Dee Hansen advises on techniques and materials. Work by our artists is featured on the brochure covers this year.

Bell Ensemble

Secular and inspirational music will be played at a level and speed determined by the players. New players will play from marked music and experienced players will have unmarked music.  Class will begin with all marked music. Taught by experienced music teacher Joan Marco.
Class minimum: 6. Sign up on registration form.

Readers’ Circle
If you enjoy reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction, come join our circle. This session’s diverse selection ranges from comic to terrifying. All deal with people who face the unknown, from escaping London during the Blitz to searching for the Northwest passage. Discussions are led by Circle members, coordinated by Ida McCaskill. In order the books are:

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Chickens, Mules, And Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead
The Man Who Ate His Boots by Anthony Brandt 
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and/or The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

Carolee Brandt, retired English teacher, is back with her popular workshop in the poetic enterprise. Come delve into the work of poets you may not know and try your hand at writing your own poetry. You’ll get lots of support and encouragement.

Let’s Get Hooked on Crocheting and Embroidery
You asked for it and here it is! Kitsie Miller will add embroidery to this popular class. Yarn and hooks are provided for the learning process; students are responsible for providing yarn, hooks, and other materials for their personal projects after completing initial training. Kitsie will also be available for an hour of congenial crocheting after lunch.

Creative Writing Workshop 
In an informal setting, class members write prose and verse, memoirs and fiction. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. Workshop leader is Dr. Lisle Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geography, USC.

Continuing Spanish
Dr. David Hill, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, USC, guides us in conversation practice, cultural readings, and grammar review. Some prior study of Spanish is expected. Interested students are invited to join a conversation hour for fun after lunch.


Classes planned by the Adventures in Learning Committee,
chaired by Linda Holowacz
Brochure cover art by Dee Hansen


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Whenever Lexington-Richland School District 5 makes any ​change to their schedule for inclement weather, the Center will be closed. Info will be on WIS-TV, our Facebook page, and our website.