Fall Classes

Every Tuesday, September 18 - November 13

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 website. 

The Real History of Fake News       
Our history of ‘fake news’ began before the American Revolution and continues to the present day.  It affected the Founding Fathers, was practiced by some Presidents and used against others.  Today, it’s seen as not only a public relations problem, but also a societal problem. Fake news—whether real or alleged—is changing democratic processes, learning, and influence. Get the true story from Pete Pillow, retired reporter and editor of the Charleston Post & Courier and producer of nightly news for ETV.​

Protect, Detect, and Repair

How frustrating is it when those tech devices just quit working properly? Let Mike Ward, back by popular demand, show you techniques that will protect you while you're using your tech devices. You'll also discover a process to troubleshoot problems when they arise. Finally, walk away with a better understanding of how to fix most of your own problems without a tech person  . . . and how to know when you need to call one!

War on a Shoestring: The Pacific Theater in the ‘40s

Why was the war in the Pacific from 1941 to 1943 totally different from the one fought from 1944 to 1945? The answers may surprise you. For instance, you may not realize that the seeds of the Pearl Harbor attack were sown many years earlier; or that within only three and a half months after Pearl Harbor, the US planned and accomplished an attack on Japan itself. Let Bob Gants, retired aircraft maintenance technician, USAF, share with you the miracles and bravery making the final Allied victory possible when the only way to fight was on a shoestring.   

100 Years of Broadway Musicals 
Retired Impresario and author of Laughter in the Wings, Arnold Breman is back to reprise his entertaining and historical 100-year tour of American Musical Theater, the greatest distinctly American contribution to the world of theater. We go from Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Florenz Ziegfeld to George M. Cohan, Fanny Brice to Ethel Merman, and Showboat to Guys and Dolls. Through narrative, pictures, and videos of some great musicals of the 20th century, the class gains a new appreciation of Irving Berlin’s famous show tune, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Creative Quilting
Judie Travis, award-winning quilter, teaches advanced and decorative quilting techniques to include appliqué, Hawaiian reverse appliqué, bias tape makers and working with bias strips, landscape quilting, using specialty ruler templates, paper piecing projects, and t-shirt quilts. For additional fun we will work on a few craft projects to use as gifts, plus even a charity project.  All are welcome to join and participate at any skill level. Help with individual projects will gladly be given if time permits with the class schedule. Participants must bring their own sewing machines and will receive lists of supplies needed.


Deb McMurphy, accomplished ukulele teacher and player, teaches three popular classes: 
1. Good Foundations
(GCEA tuning only) is for beginners to learn basic chords in the key of C and simple strumming to accompany singing.
2. Good Vibrations
is for advanced beginners and intermediate players. Focus is on playing chords to accompany singing, using scales to play simple melodies. Based on book Daily Ukulele 365 (yellow).

3. Strictly Newbies is for inexperienced beginners. Wait until class to buy your ukulele because Deb will show you several sizes and give you an instruction booklet. All three classes have limited enrollment. Sign up on registration form.    


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.​    

What the Dickens and Moore? How Charles Dickens and Clement Moore Changed Christmas Forever
Clement Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol dramatically altered Christmas celebrations in the 1800s. Come examine your Christmas traditions; Currier and Ives, Thomas Nast, and Coca-Cola artwork; and learn how these famous stories, still beloved after more than 175 years, shaped them. Taught by Deb Gants, retired high school teacher of English, technology, and drama.

Understanding the Apocrypha

Join Dr. Benjamin W. Farley, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, Erskine College, and retired Presbyterian minister, as he leads an exploration of the fourteen books of the Apocrypha. We will explore the historical and cultural background and theological significance of each book, as well as its insight and unique value for today. Bring a Bible that includes the Apocrypha. Come discover intrigue, romance, revenge, and hope, plus where to find the first biblical references to the Resurrection.

Chair Yoga
Yes, Cindy Smith, certified Yogafit instructor, is back! This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting or standing using a chair for support. We will emphasize basic movements for total body stretching along with balance and core strength to deepen flexibility and improve personal body awareness. Classes conclude with relaxation exercises that include deep breathing techniques and meditation. 

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

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

Art: Perfecting your Skills in Watercolor
​This workshop allows students to work on their own projects, and they should bring their own supplies. 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.  Artists at all levels are welcome.

Bell Ensemble                                                  
​Secular, classical, and sacred 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.

Cuba Redux  
Popular teacher Dr. David P. Hill, former Director of the Spanish and the Latin American Studies programs, USC, returns with the latest insights on Cuba. He offers in-depth looks at specific topics, such as Miami vs Havana, the  paradoxical idealism of Fidel and Che, new President Diaz-Canel’s daunting challenges, multicultural Cuban cuisine, and the viability of Cuban Democracy. 

Archaeology in South Carolina, Part 2

South Carolina is rich in archaeological sites both within and outside the SC State Parks System. David Jones, Chief Archaeologist with the SC State Park Service, has invited archaeologists throughout the state to describe their experiences working on particular sites such as Hampton Plantation, Colonial Dorchester, and others.  They will provide historical context and will bring photos, diagrams, and artifacts from their projects.  This is a continuation of the popular Fall 2017 class and the Summer 2018 field trip to the SC Archaeology Lab at the Parker Annex.  

Controlling your Life through Mindful Intentions
Too often, we live our lives driven by repetitive mental noise that prohibits our living and being appreciative of the present. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. Techniques for becoming mindful will be covered in this introduction from Dr. K. C. Kirasic, Professor Emerita of Psychology, USC.

Hooked on Crocheting 
Experienced crocheters work on current projects while beginners learn how to make a necklace suitable for gift giving. Participants should bring a 5 mm crochet hook. The class is taught by life-long crocheter Kitsie Miller, who finds it soothing and challenging. The room is available for crocheters for the rest of the morning and after lunch for even more practice and fun.

Line Dancing
New and fun line dances are taught by Lynda Mixon and then practiced every week. Come for good exercise and good company.  

Classes are planned by the Adventures in Learning Committee,

chaired by Carol McGinnis Kay, who also designed the brochure.

Cover photograph of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado by Bill Buck.


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