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Center for Creative Retirement Summer Academy


The theme for the fourth annual Sandhills Community College’s Center for Creative Retirement Summer Academy is “Your Time is Now.” The weeklong academy will begin on Monday, June 21 and run through Thursday, June 24.

Your time is now to learn about judicial profiling from Peter Yellin, graduate of Columbia Law School and specializing in criminal defense. Yellin served as Chief of Staff to the New York Attorney General and led New York’s Organized Crime Task Force.

Your time is now to discuss politics with Dr. John Dempsey, president of Sandhills Community College. Dr. Dempsey’s fascinating presentation and engaging conversation is always thought provoking as he discusses what is happening in the world of politics.

Your time is now to learn about the evolution of animation in films. Ron Layne, dean of instruction at Sandhills Community College promises to take you on a journey through time from the beginning of Disney animation to the fascinating animation of today such as Avatar and Alice and Wonderland.

Your time may be now for downsizing.  Theyl Turner is an expert on the topic and has tips you will not want to miss. Dr. John Turner plans to discuss the history of rock-and-roll and Sandy Berger will discuss current technological trends and how to incorporate them into your life. 

Chef Fiona McKenzie will dazzle participants with her presentation and expertise in, “Can Your Kitchen Stand Two?” Other topics will include: “The American Revolution” by Dr. Gene Burrell, “What’s in it for Wii?” by Tricia Donadio, “Easy Home Remedies: From the Garden to the Table” by Bill Croft, “Coping With Minor Sleep Disorders” by Tammy Williams, “Acupressure for Better Health” by Samantha Allen, “Huck versus Harriet” by Dr. Lucinda McKeithan, and “Tango! The Song!  The Dance! The Obsession!” by William McNeill.

The cost for the entire week, which includes lunch each day, is $225. There will be a $40 discount for a second participant from the same physical address.

The Center for Creative Retirement provides programs and resources that enhance the intellectual, physical and personal well being of retirees in the Sandhills area. Classes are open to all. Contact Lori Williams at (910) 246-4943 for further details or refer to the Continuing Education Center for Creative Retirement page on our website at

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