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Lifelong Learning Institute March Classes


Along with the warmer weather, March will see the start of many new Lifelong Learning Institute classes. Enhance your mind with an exciting new hobby or seminar. 

“Financial Decision Making for Women” is designed exclusively for women at or near retirement, topics include understanding investment jargon, dealing with financial professionals, getting the most from your investments while reducing risks, reducing probate costs, estate taxes for heirs, income taxes, and long-term care planning. Instructor, Noelle Granville is a Certified Senior Advisor.

“Financial Decision Making for Women” will be held Mar. 7 – Apr. 4 on Tuesdays from 3 – 5 p.m. The cost is $25.

“Sign Language for Beginners” is an introduction to Sign Language used in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Students will learn how to build vocabulary, understand how a sign is formed, and learn the language of everyday conversation including fingerspelling and the importance of facial expression in conveying a message through non-verbal communication. Instructor, Anna Harris is a certified Educational Interpreter who has worked with Pre-K through high school students in the NC public school system.

“Sign Language for Beginners” will be held Mar. 7 – Apr. 25 on Tuesdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $65. 

“Spring Book Club” will meet on the third Friday of each month from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the 109 Van Dusen Hall. Read The Brief and Wondrous Life, a novel by Oscar Wao and join the discussion on March 17.

“Equal Rights: Women Artists” is a new class that surveys the history of women artists. Students will enjoy works by artists such as: Anguissola, Leyster, Vigee-Le Brun, Bonheur, Cassatt, Morisot, Kahlo, O’Keeffe, Lange, de Lempicka, and others. Join guest instructor, Anarie Terzo, to survey some of the most interesting women artists in history.

“Equal Rights: Women Artists” will meet on Wednesday, Mar. 8 from 2 – 2:30 p.m. The cost is $25. 

“Personal Property Appraising for Fine Art & Antiques: Why it Matters” will teach participants 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. Instructor, Debra Rhodes Smith, is a USPAP Member of the Appraisers Association of America.

“Personal Property Appraising for Fine Art & Antiques: Why it Matters” will meet Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 1 – 5 p.m. The cost it $25. 

Although most people are somewhat familiar with the Big Bang Theory, many consider it far-fetched or unrealistic. “Afraid of the Big Bang Wolf?” is a new course presented in a simplistic approach that looks at how the theory developed from the theory of relativity, astronomical observations, and atomic physics. It also presents how Big Bang research has led to unexpected discoveries relating to the universe which may influence one’s world view.

“Afraid of the Big Bang Wolf?” will meet on Mondays, Mar. 13, 20, and 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The cost is $25.


Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Lifelong Learning Institute 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. 

For questions about these or other Lifelong Learning Institute classes, contact Rose George at or (910) 695-3775. Information can also be found at

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