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The Center for Creative Living and Lifelong Learning October Classes


The leaves and temperatures may be falling, but things are heating up with these thought provoking classes at Sandhills.

From Washington to Bush (with Obama soon coming to a theatre near you), The Cinematic President, explores cinema and how it has preserved, pilloried, and lampooned the highest office in the land. In this season of election, let’s take a look back and how Hollywood depicts—in fictionally funny and factually flawed forms—our Commander in Chief.

The Cinematic President will be held on Mondays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 14, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. and the cost is $25.

After World War II, Pop music ruled radio airwaves and jukeboxes. Johnny Ray, Jo Stafford, Dean Martin, and other artists dominated Your Hit Parade until Rock ‘n’ Roll challenged that dominance in the mid-1950s. The Rise & Fall of Pop Music & Rock ‘n’ Roll teaches through music and video while Dr. John Turner presents artists and songs we love, putting them in context by examining their impact on sexual attitudes, family, segregation/integration, the economy and religion.  It’s a fun time of music, videos and stories exploring the singers and songs of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The Rise & Fall of Pop Music & Rock ‘n’ Roll will be held on Tuesday Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. and the cost is $20.

If you or someone you know is retired or nearing retirement, you won’t want to miss this informative seminar, Medicare 101. Part A, Part B, supplemental insurance—it’s all so complicated! Join NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP) representative, Gary Knutson, as he demystifies Medicare and provides accurate and unbiased information that could save you thousands of dollars in premiums and penalties.

Medicare 101 will be held on Tuesday Oct. 11  from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Belle Meade Clubhouse in Southern Pines. This class is free, and pre-registration is required.

Mutual Fund Investing is designed to better equip retirees in mutual fund investing. Course covers various types of mutual funds, expenses, evaluating and balancing funds, mutual funds inside student’s portfolio, load vs. no-load, funds within annuities and using strategies.

Instructor Noelle Granville is a Certified Senior Advisor and the class cost is $20. Class will be held Tuesdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 8 from 3 – 5 p.m. 

Join Certified Financial Planner™ Melanie Granville Nichols in her new course, Year-End tax Strategies as she explains year-end techniques to reduce income and estate taxes. The course will detail key deductions and credits, charitable giving, gifting required minimum distributions, retirement plan contributions, tax-loss harvesting, net investment income tax and much more. 

Year End Tax Strategies will be held Thursdays, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17, from 3 – 5 p.m. and the cost is $25.

Spanish Intermediate Conversation covers lessons for students planning to travel or who desire to interact with Spanish-speaking personnel in the workplace.

Instructor Mercedes Saulsbury has been teaching Spanish at SCC for over 20 years. Prerequisite: Spanish Beginning Conversation or prior experience. The cost is $55 plus required text and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays. Class will be Oct. 17 – Nov. 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the Fall Book Club will meet on the third Friday of each month, Aug. 19 – Nov. 18, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Wood Reading Room in the Boyd Library to discuss the following books:  October 21: Me Before You: A Novel by JoJo Moyes, November 18: Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson. The Book Club is free, and pre-registration is required.

Integrated Theories & Remedies of Pain with a Focus on Diet and Herbs is a new class that will help students gain a better understanding of emerging theories of pain that blend biomedicine with East Asian medicine. Integrated theories provide a framework from which practitioners can recommend dietary changes, herbs, or life style changes to better manage pain and comorbid conditions such as poor sleep, anxiety, and feelings of stress. This course will cover difficult to diagnose presentations, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, digestive challenges, bowel issues, and other autoimmune diseases.

Integrated Theories & Remedies of Pain with a Focus on Diet Herbs will be instructed by Jennifer Williams, Ph.D, L.Ac, BCIM and the cost is $40. The class will be Thursdays, Oct. 6 – 27, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Islam: Past, Present & Future is a new lecture that explores the life and times of the Prophet Mohammed and explains why Islam is more than a religion, but an ideology, and why it’s been at odds with Christianity and Judaism since the 600s. Learn how, when and why Islam took root and has prospered in the United States and around the world despite many radical atrocities. Further explained is the appeal of Islam versus Christianity and why Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Migration and demographic trends and conversations the instructor has had with Muslims in nearly 80 countries will show what we can expect from Islam in the future.

The instructor of Islam: Past, Present & Future, Mr. Taft was the deputy assistant secretary for international operations in the Clinton Administration, a former trade negotiator between Israel and Egypt after the Israeli-Egyptian War in the early 1980s, and a consultant to Middle East and African governments. The lecture will be on Thursday Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. and the cost is $15.


Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. You may also register 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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