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Many SCC Creative Living Classes Begin in September


Take a cue from the Autumn leaves and make a change to your daily routine by taking one of the Creative Living courses offered this September at Sandhills.

An Exploration in Drawing is a new class designed for beginners who wish to gain drawing skills and techniques. Class will cover still life, composition, subject matter, and some “plein air” drawing. Techniques include using charcoal, pencil, colored pencils and pastels.

An Exploration in Drawing requires students to bring a 9 x 12 or larger spiral bound sketchbook, 24-pack colored pencils, and pack of 24 colors oil pastels. Paper and other supplies will be provided.
Instructor Mary Wright will teach Thursdays, Sept. 8 - Oct. 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Just in time for the holidays! Join master floral designer Carl Klabbatz for “Holiday Floral Design” and learn to craft stunning holiday creations with containers and accessories in relation to design, color and texture to learn the fine art of floral arranging.  

Holiday Floral Design class will be held Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct.31, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The cost is $65.

Creative Beading is the perfect course to help out with your holiday gift list. Learn to create one-of-a-kind bead designs, including beautiful jewelry, with seed beads and other bead types. Instructor Tammy Rogers, of Native American Heritage, is committed to preserving this ancient art form.

Creative Beading requires students bring seed beads in sizes 6/0 & 11/0, a collapsible needle or regular beading needle, and plain beading thread to the first class. Class will be Wednesdays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 26, from 6 - 8 p.m. No experience needed and the cost is $40.

Ballroom and Latin Dancing Intro is a six-week course teaching the simple way to dance the Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Waltz and Rumba. With over 30 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels, Debby Hasson will introduce the most popular social dances of today. She is nationally certified with many championships to her credit. For more information, go to

Class will be held Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 17. One class offered from 2 - 3 p.m. and another from 6 -7 p.m. The cost is $50 per student.

Ballet Based Movement for Body and Mind will teach students to create beautiful movements to fine music of different styles and eras while also feeling healthy and fit. Instructor Rosalind Wirsing has been teaching ballet to all ages and levels of ability for many years. Earlier in her career, she was a professional classical ballet dancer.

Ballet Based Movement for Body and Mind welcomes all levels and the cost is $65. Class will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 6 - Nov. 22 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Join Certified Financial Planner Tom Velevis and Michael White in the new class Defensive Investing for Retirees to learn how to prepare for retirement from a financial perspective. Course assists investors in developing a written investment strategy and how to manage their assets for retirement. Suitable for anyone who is near retirement or has already stopped working and needs his or her investment assets to grow in value and provide income. Sessions include increasing students’ knowledge of personal financial matters, how to minimize taxes, when to start receiving social security benefits, estate and trust considerations, and charitable giving, among others.

Defensive Investing for Retirees will be held Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 3, from 2 - 4 p.m. The cost is $25.

Financial Decision Making for Retirees teaches investment and estate planning, income tax reduction and insurance planning. Certified Senior Advisor Noelle Granville covers, getting more income from investments, proper portfolio balance to reduce investment risk, reducing probate costs and long-term care planning.

Financial Decision Making for Retirees will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 13 - Oct. 11 from 3 - 5 p.m. The cost is $25.

Sign Language lll will offer sign language practice through conversation and video dialogue. Students will improve signing and knowledge of the Deaf Culture and will practice vocabulary introduced in the Level I and II courses, as well as the introduction of additional vocabulary to improve and advance their signing skills. Prerequisite: Sign Language l & ll or prior experience.

Sign Language lll will be on Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm, Sept. 6-Oct. 25. The course fee is $60.

Join lively and animated Spanish instructor Mercedes Saulsbury in Spanish Beginning Conversation to learn basic Spanish fundamentals of conversation while also being exposed to Spanish culture. Saulsbury is a native of Madrid, Spain and studied languages at the Berlitz School.

Spanish Beginning Conversation class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 21 - Oct. 12 from 6 -8 p.m. The cost is $55 plus text.

Personal Property Appraising for Fine Art & Antiques: Why it Matters teaches participants an understanding of the rudiments of personal property appraisals and why they are important. This information is necessary for estate planning, equitable distribution, insurance, charitable donation, and potential resale. Estate planners, paralegals, and collectors will find this four-hour class interesting and worthwhile.

Personal Property Appraising for Fine Arts & Antiques instructor Debra Rhodes Smith is a USPAP Member of the Appraisers Association of America. Class will be held Monday September 12 from 1 - 5 p.m. The cost is $25.

Join John Clap, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra personnel manager as he delves into the musician’s life and what it’s like to play in a full time professional orchestra. The View from the Stage will teach the differences between a contract, substitute, and extra musician. What are the education and training requirements? Learn about the schedule of the orchestra and the individual musicians, what happens in rehearsals and concerts, and when does it change from a bunch of notes into music?

The View from the Stage will be offered, Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Class is free but registration is required.

Stan Williams, Senior Director for Public Affairs, will focus on The North Carolina Symphony and the Legislative Process. Students will learn how the Symphony managed to secure funding during and since the Great Recession at a time when the balance of power shifted from a Democratic-controlled legislature to a Republican-controlled one.

The North Carolina Symphony and the Legislative Process class is offered Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 1 -2:30 pm. Class is free but registration is required.

Introduction to Islam in the Modern World is a new 16-hour course that introduces basic concepts of the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism. Topics include Islamic history, The Quran, the breadth of Muslim cultures and civilizations, and the ideologies pronounced by Islamists. Participants should be able to delineate the differences between Islam, Islamist ideology, and violent radical Islamist (VRI) groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. Students will learn to understand the Quranic-based tenets of the religion of Islam, identify the foundations of Islamism and the radical forms in use today, and formulate solutions for countering VRIs.

Introduction to Islam in the Modern World instructor Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer Jason Criss Howk, will teach class Wednesdays, Sept. 7 - Nov. 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. The cost is $45.

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus is a new course that will investigate the resurrection of Jesus from a historical and forensic point of view. It covers principles that historians use to evaluate available evidence and weigh the probability of possible explanations. Course will not cover factors about Jesus, such as his teaching, which may be important for a final personal evaluation of the resurrection.

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus instructors, Jim Boyd and Ken Carlson recommended the book, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, by G. Habermas and M. Licona, chapters 2-8. Class will be held Thursdays, Sept. 8 - 22 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15.


Seats are still available for these courses. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. Registration can also be carried out by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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