Dragons and Dungeons: Medieval Germany                                    
Interested in kings, knights, and Crusades?  What about heroes such as Siegfried the Dragon Slayer, or chivalry, or an invention that dramatically changed human history? Come hear about these topics and others as we explore how medieval Germany (800 -1500) influenced the political, cultural, and social foundations of modern Europe. Taught by Barbara Kelly, former German teacher.

“What’s My Line?”

Remember that popular quiz show, moderated by John Daly? It was the longest-running TV game show in the USA. Now we have our own version here at the Shepherd’s Center! Chuck Sovick serves as the moderator and class members serve as the celebrity panelists who question each guest and try to determine the guest’s occupation, i.e, ‘line of work.’  What fun! Come see if the mystery guest can stump you! 

Chair Yoga
Cindi Smith, Physical Therapist Assistant, InShape Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, and certified Yogafit Instructor, 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 deepen flexibility and improve personal body awareness. Classes finish with a relaxation exercise that includes deep breathing techniques and meditation.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials
Better watch how you are behaving. If you lived in Salem Village in the 1600’s, suspect behavior—such as gardening, cultivating herbs, arguing with your neighbors, and not going to church—might lead you to be accused of witchcraft, then tried in court, imprisoned, and hanged. Retired English teacher Carolee Brandt will update her earlier look at the history of the Salem Witchcraft Trials with new material. Learn how they led to the deaths of 20 people and the imprisonment and torture of over a hundred others. 

American National Parks and What They Teach Us
"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” So wrote author Wallace Stegner in 1983.  In this class we will examine as many National Parks as time permits, each illustrated with one or more personal anecdotes from teacher Dr. John Carpenter, Professor of Geology Emeritus, USC, who has first-hand experience with at least 35 National Parks.  

Creative Quilting 
Learn quilting from two experienced quilters. For the first four weeks Pat Ceresoli promises great fun. She will bring a kit of fabrics for you to use; you just need to bring hand sewing tools or a sewing machine. If you want to use your own materials, bring about five colors of any durable scraps. For the final five weeks, Judie Travis will focus on quilt block layouts, unique borders, sashing and binding techniques. Participants will construct an unusual table runner. Note: participants need to provide their own sewing machines and basic quilting supplies, as well as individually purchased items for each project.  

Deb McMurphy, accomplished ukulele teacher and player, teaches two 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.
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.

Let’s Get Hooked on Crocheting and Embroidery

We’re adding embroidery to our skills. Come join the crocheters and learn a new embroidery stitch each week. Then you use the rest of the class to perfect the technique. A list of materials for embroidery will be available and discussed by instructor, Kitsie Miller. Meanwhile, crocheters can carry on with current projects or beginners can learn how to make a necklace, perfect for gift giving. Join Kitsie after lunch for more practice with congenial company. Let’s get our creative juices going!

Journey with the Apostle Paul
The Rev. Alice Odell, Seven Oaks Presbyterian, leads us on Paul’s travels through Philippi, Macedonia, Galatia, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and ultimately a prison in Rome. Rev. Odell will discuss Paul’s work in establishing the early Christian churches throughout the region, and tell us about those who supported and those who opposed him. We will learn about Paul’s experiences in prison and writing the book of Romans, his most in-depth statement of the Christian faith. 

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

Exercise is Medicine: Physical Activity and Exercise Across the Lifespan 

Daily physical activity is a low-cost way to have tremendous, positive impact on individual health. Exercise is currently viewed by health professionals as a medicine. Dr. Larry Durstine, Professor of Exercise Science, USC, will focus on exercise and physical activity to curb the increasing incidence of chronic adult and childhood diseases, to broaden your understanding of the health benefits of physical activity and exercise, and to encourage physical activity for you, your children, and your grandchildren.

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. 

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.

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 of Geography Emeritus, USC.​

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.

History of Espionage

Espionage is as old as civilization and the spy is, by turns, a hero or a villain, a traitor or a patriot. In the early twentieth century lurid fictional accounts of espionage made the spy a figure of great fascination. But the real spy is seldom a romantic and dashing figure. One of the greatest spies of all time was the dour and pious Francis Walshingham, spymaster to Elizabeth I. Come and hear about him and many other mysterious and devious agents of state secrecy and legerdemain. Taught by Tom Campbell.   

President Trump’s First Year in Office

Dr. Edward Sharkey, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia College, returns to help us understand the actions and implications of our president’s first year in office. We will look at his policy successes and failures, ability to manage international crises and natural disasters, and stewardship of the economy.  Cut through the hype and the hand-wringing, and gain insights from a professional into ways to analyze these days with clarity and detachment.  

Managing the Maze of Mature Matters
Learn tips about navigating key decisions from a variety of speakers. Experts will explain legal issues, support services, downsizing, home modifications for aging in place, veterans benefits, home health care, etc.  Coordinators, Marsha Clayman and Linda Holowacz.

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. 

Continuing Spanish
Dr. David Hill, Professor of Spanish Emeritus 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 designed by Carol McGinnis Kay
Cover photograph of Coquina Beach, Hatteras Seashore, Outer Banks, NC,
by Steve Walker, popular teacher of photography classes


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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.