Classes

Winter 2023 Classses

(* indicates new class  –  B indicates basement)

9:00 – 11:00,
Coffee and Conversation  Dining Room
Come have a cup of coffee or tea and visit with other members. It’s a great way to relax before your next class.     

Zumba Gold
Suzanne Hyman, Room B-108, 9:00-9:50

Zumba Gold introduces easy-to-follow choreography featuring Latin and
international music and dance movements. This very fun class focuses on
balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to sweat a little and
prepare to leave feeling strong! Please wear comfortable clothes and
supportive/exercise shoes.

The Art Studio
Self-directed, Room B-117, 9:00-11:50

We will provide the room; you provide the talent! If you are looking for
somewhere to paint/draw, share ideas and techniques with fellow artists, then
this is the place for you! It is a great way to practice your skills and enjoy the
fellowship of other artists. Please bring your own supplies – no oils – acrylics and
watercolors, only.

Sharing Short Fiction
Carol Alpin, Room B-116, 9:00-9:50
Join us as we read and discuss a different short story each week, some written by the “Old Masters” and others by more contemporary authors. Though none of us can view life from inside anyone else, an imaginative, artfully written story allows us to share the experiences of persons quite unlike ourselves. This nine-week winter session will include a variety of such tales, some that provoke serious discussion, others that make us smile or even laugh. Carol looks forward to the shared readings and discussion.

*Would You Believe?
Beverly Riley – Coordinator, Room B-114, 9:00-9:50

We have some very interesting folks who are part of Shepherd’s Center! Come hear stories about their home towns, youthful antics, fascinating lives, former professions, and current activities and interests. There will be a dif- ferent speaker each week. Get up early and come join the fun!

*Ukulele Class – Jukebox Favorites
John Finch, Room B-119, 9:00-9:50

This class assumes that you have some experience playing the ukulele but are searching for a fun approach using animated music. The selection emphasis will be on uplifting songs of hope. The playlist features mostly familiar, singable, playable songs (golden oldies). Music tab will be projected, so all you need is your ukulele and tuner. Non-musician observers are welcome.

*Ukulele for Advanced Beginners
John Finch, Room B-119, 10:00-10:50

This class is suitable for those who know basic chords or have strummed along on 5-10 songs. Emphasis will be on major, minor and 7th chords in the keys C, D, F, and G. Bring your ukulele and tuner with you. Engaging in playing music can increase your well-being.

Yoga for Older Adults
Leesa Thomas, Basement Meeting Area, 9:00-9:50 (changed from 10:00)
Our senior adult yoga is designed for students who cannot or prefer not to lie on
the floor. After warm-up activities, we will slowly move from one pose to another,
paying particular attention not to overstretch our bodies or make ourselves
uncomfortable. We hope to improve our range of motion and flexibility.

Tai Chi
Robin Anderson, B-108, 10:00-10:50
Learn about and experience Tai Chi for relaxation and enhanced health.  Tai  Chi consists of slow, gentle, turning and stretching movements designed to improve and maintain good balance and circulation. You will learn a short set of Tai Chi movements, along with exercises that improve mobility, flexibility, and balance. Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothing that allows movement. This class is for both beginning and continuing participants.

*The Extraordinary Nation of China
Edwina Winter, Room B-114, 10:00-10:50
An in-depth tour around China from an experienced visitor’s perspective. The course will cover history, food, people, business, culture, and art gar- nered from personal experience. UK transplant Edwina Winter has worked and travelled in China for most of twelve years. She will share tips on how not to eat sea cucumber, how to keep smiling when served tomatoes with custard for dessert and how to keep your cool when the taxi driver decides to drive the wrong way down the interstate.

*The Art of Memoir
Debbie Whittemore & Carol McAlpin, Room B-116, 10:00-10:50

We all have our own stories to tell, the memories that we tuck away just waiting to be told and written. In this class, we will focus on the genre of memoir and explore several devices and techniques that can make your written recollections more memorable. We welcome everyone, regardless of previous writing experience, to join our class to write about those life events—both large and small—that you wish to memorialize.

*Mah-Jongg
Ruth Marcus, Room B-121, 10:00-11:50

This game is played with tiles of Chinese characters and symbols. It is easy to learn and fun to play, involving some skill and strategy, plus a lot of luck and chance. By the end of the class you will be “hooked” on mah-jongg.

*The History of Swing and Jazz
Bob Knoxm, Room B-120, 10:00-10:50

Learn the history of swing through an exciting series of classes beginning with the early movements of the genera right up to the latest develop- ments of jazz. Discussions and recorded examples will be presented along with the music from some of the famous jazz bands of the Dance Band Era.

*The Revolutionary War in S.C.
Dr. Jack Meyer, Room B-109, 10:00-10:50

Dr. Meyer will discuss the Revolutionary War battles in S.C., with emphasis on them as civil war struggles rather than revolutionary battles against the British.

*How to Identify Birds
Jim Kelly, Room B-120, 11:00-11:50

The class will focus on identifying our local backyard birds and their behavior. We will also learn about what bird eats what food, which birds prefer seeds, and which prefer insects and worms.

*The Constitution
Dr. Jessica Kross, Room B-109, 11:00-11:50

Constitutions are usually reactive documents. We will explore what is- sues led to the formation of the Constitution, the Constitutional Conven- tion, what the document actually says, and the battle over ratification.

*Historic S.C. Ghosts and Legends
Dr. Pat McNeely, Room B-114, 11:00-11:50

S.C. has a history of ghosts, spirits, and haunted places. Some cities like Beaufort , Charleston, Edgefield, and Columbia have had numerous sightings. USC Professor Emerita Pat McNeely is eager to tell you what she found for her new book.

Let’s Play Mah-Jongg
No Instructor, Room B-121, 1:15-3:15

Enjoy playing mah-jongg? Come sharpen your skills, maybe meet some new friends, and laugh a little. Players at all levels are encouraged to join in.

Games, Games, Games
No Instructor, Room B-123, 1:15-3:
15
Gather after lunch for fun and fellowship. You can play a board game, card game, dominos, etc., whatever the group would like. Remember to bring your game!

                                                          

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