Adventures In Learning – Summer & Fall 2017



Welcome! Adventures in Learning (AIL) is an intellectually stimulating experience in an atmosphere of friendship. If you are new to the program, we warmly welcome you and appreciate your interest.




  • Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 (Yes – we are staying at Sharon Presbyterian Church, NOT Christ Episcopal this summer!)
    (located near the intersection of Sharon & Fairview Rd, close to SouthPark. The church is directly across the street from Sharon Towers.)
  • Look for the signs directing you to the campus entrance, parking area, and to the Chapel for AIL programs and classes.

How to Register:

  • Print and complete the registration form and mail it with your check to The Shepherd’s Center, 3115 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211 by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Make checks payable to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.
  • After July 6,  you may hand-deliver your registration and check to Shepherd’s Center (by Friday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m.) or register on the first day of class (July 10).
  • Advance registration is preferred. Access the registration page here:


  • Arrive any time after 9:30 to pick up your name tag and enjoy fellowship with others.
  • Check at the registration table for the class list with room assignments and their locations.
  • Classes begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 pm.


  • If a class on a particular day is cancelled we invite you to visit another class for that day.
  • No refunds are available.

Sponsors The Shepherd’s Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of businesses in our c

  Adventures in Learning Program Guide – Fall 2017

Mondays, October 9 — November 13, 2017
General Session (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

“Art with a Twist”

October 9: Elizabeth Byland is a professional actor and improviser, as well as the co-founder of the “Queen City Comedy Festival. She holds a BFA in Acting from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has studied improv at Improv Olympic in Chicago. She is now bettering the lives of the senior community through laughter and improv with her workshop series Improv for Seniors! Be prepared to laugh and perhaps participate!

October 16 : Marcus Hamilton grew up in Lexington, NC, and was always involved in church activities with his parents. Being in the Boy Scouts taught him the importance of “being prepared” for any situation he might face in life. From his parents, he also learned to “never give up”. Both “rules” played a big part in how he managed to have TWO DREAM CAREERS in his life. In his program, he will show HOW he creates the comic drawings, and will explain how his path miraculously crossed Hank Ketcham’s (the creator of Dennis the Menace) at just the right time for both of them!

October 23: Philip Diaz has been “piping” for 30 years. He volunteers his services for ceremonies, festivities and memorials. His presentation will increase our knowledge about the Great Highland Bagpipe. We will learn about the history of piping and how bagpipes have figured in major conflicts. They are called the “pipes of war” for a reason. He will explain the different types of bagpipe music and will wear a kilt and explain the history of tartans and the significance of the accoutrements that are worn.

October 30: Dennis Anderson certainly does life with a twist—painter and graphic designer, home chef and avid landscaper are a few of his talents, but what he shares with us is his talent and flair for music. Dennis, an instrumentalist and composer, is a sought-after musician worldwide. For over forty years he has been a prominent freelance performer, soloist, studio musician and teacher in New York City. His versatility as a multi-reed specialist has afforded him the opportunity to perform with a broad range of styles from classical and contemporary chamber music to solo jazz improvisation.

November 6:  When used as a noun, the word TWIST, can mean “an unexpected development of events” or “a new treatment, or outlook, a variation”. When presenting their “Music with a Twist” program flutist,  Linda Dumizo and pianist, Cathy Youngblood will weave interesting facts together from the composer’s lives as well as from their own life stories. The flute and piano duo will perform selections from their repertoire of music written by Chopin, Bozza, Faure, Bolling, Telemann and Schumann. Most of the music  being offered will have a slight jazzy or improvisational “feel or sound” to it, allowing for some unexpected curves in your listening experience!

November 13: Apart from performing, Dawn Anthony’s  primary focus is teaching artists. She serves students throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg through STUDIO 345 (an arts immersion program) and DNAMuzic (her own traveling arts program), bringing music education, music technology and history to students throughout the area. Her recently-authored children’s book “The Gift Way Up in the Closet” encourages children to seek and exercise their gifts and talents. It’s available at Amazon and on her website:

Morning Classes—11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Christianity comes to the British Isles – The introduction of Christianity to the British Isles from the 4th through the 7th centuries A. D. including such figures as St. Patrick, St. Columba, St. Aidan, and St. Augustine of Canterbury  will be discussed and reviewed.  Instructor: Dr. Luther Wade

Crochet—Learn how to chain, single, double and treble crochet. The class will work on making a scarf or potholders. Class is limited to 10 students.   You will need a metal, plastic or bamboo crochet hook size 7/G or 8/H, a skein of worsted weight light colored, plain yarn, not fuzzy or textured, another skein of worsted weight of another light colored yarn, a yarn needle (large size for sewing the yarn), a 12” ruler, pen, paper and scissors. All materials can be found at Michael’s.  Instructor: Vivian Brenner

Fundamentals of Drawing—Learn the basics of how to depict shadows and shading and how to draw depth convincingly. This class will use photos of landscapes and some still-life sketching as well. No talent required! Bring a sketch book and a few pencils plus an eraser and sharpener. Instructor: Richard Solar

How to Create Your Own Book Bucket List—so many books…so little time—Some people dream of seeing the pyramids or owning a Ferrari; others dream of reading the best books ever! Discover the secret to designing your personal book bucket list from: award-winning books, classics, page to screen, biographies, and the best books of the decade.  Instructor: Trilby Meeks

Reading the Language of God Would you like to read the “Handwriting on the Wall?” Biblical Languages Made Easy will make it possible for you to read and write ancient Hebrew. If you desire to enrich your Biblical knowledge then this fun class is for you. No experience needed just courageous minds!  Instructor: Dr. Harvey Lewis Shropshire

YogaIncrease your strength, flexibility, and balance with yoga. This ancient form of exercise links movement, breath, concentration, and relaxation for a meditative experience. Bring a firm yoga mat and water.  No perfume please. Class is limited to 16  students. Instructor: Teresa Dufine

Afternoon Classes—1:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Before 1492…15,000 years ago mankind consisted mainly of two essentially identical groups—one in Mesopotamia and one in Siberia. The Siberians crossed the Bering Strait and were then isolated by rising seas to constitute the New World. From this point anthropologists have labored to explain the huge differences in cultural evolution between the two civilizations. Think Aristotle vs. the Aztecs. We will review the two histories and largely explain the differences under five categories we could never have suspected. Instructor: Dr. Bill Logan

JewelryTake your old jewelry and make it new or create a brand new piece. Bring old beads or jewelry to the first class or new items purchased from any of the local craft stores. No experience necessary! Instructor: Cris Osborne

Natural Creative Writing: Trusting YourselfIt’s a joy to fall in love while fearlessly letting words and images flow to the page. As you catch them without interruption, saving all “fixing” until later you find that you know and remember more than you think you do—and write more beautifully at the same time. This safe, supportive class offers engaging ways to evoke memory and creative expression in pieces that are whole in themselves, yet may be polished and knit into longer narratives if desired. Bring an 8 1/2 x 11  notebook and pen (not pencil). Class runs an additional 20 minutes and is limited to 12 studentsInstructor: Mary Crews

Power UP!: Back by popular demand! Learn to use simple and easy techniques from the field of positive psychology to “pump up” your physical and mental health. It’s fun, effective and easy. A popular class taught at Harvard is one of the resources that will be used for this class. Instructor: Jeannie Fennell, PhD

A History of Religious Architecture from the Greeks to Modern Times—This course will present an overview of religious structures, including mosques and other Islamic buildings, in the Western world from the Greeks through the Romans, the Gothic period, the Renaissance, and the various styles following into modern architecture.  Instructor: Roy Colquitt

“Terrific Tuesdays” August Lecture Series

Tuesdays, August  8, 15, 22

“Charlotte Gems”

10:30—11:30 a.m.
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr.  Charlotte, NC  28215

How to Register:

· Complete the registration form and return it with your check to The Shepherd’s Center, 3115 Providence Rd.,  Charlotte, NC 28211 by Monday, July 31. Access the registration page here:

Terrific Tuesdays – August & September

· Make checks payable to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.

· After that date, you may hand-deliver your registration and check to Shepherd’s Center.

· For these series ONLY, you  may call the Shepherd’s Center to register and mail payment afterwards.


· Arrive any time after 10:10.

· Lectures begin at 10:30 and end at 11:30 AM

· Park in front of the building. Signs will be posted directing you.

Cost is $5.00 per person per lecture, or $15.00 for each series. No refunds are available. 


August 8:  Erin Fede and her group of improvisers have been serving our community through comedy since 2006.  The group’s goal is to provide family-friendly comedy that is not scripted or rehearsed, then give away 100% of their show proceeds to local charitable organizations. When they walk on stage, they let it roll – you never know what will happen, what twists and turns will take place.  The audience is often asked for suggestions which inspire their games and scenes.  Laughter erupts and the fun begins. You won’t want to miss this presentation as we kick off the August lecture series.

August 15: Dr. Annie Alexander was North Carolina’s first licensed female doctor. A native of Mecklenburg county, this lecture will cover the story of her life from early days in the Meck Dec to medical school, then her return to practice medicine in 19th-century Charlotte. “Dr. Annie” was a caring professional, who was respected and loved by all who knew her. In an age when few women had a career, she carved out a trail for future women and remains one of the city’s most popular historical figures. Lecturer: Shelia Bumgarner, librarian in the Robinson Spangler Carolina Room at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.

August 22:  Pat Martin, Director of Development, Duke Mansion & the Lee Institute, and Rosalie Reynolds, Board Member, present “The Duke Mansion and the Duke Family: 100 Years of History and Legacy to the Carolinas”. Join us for this walk down memory lane.

“Terrific Tuesdays” SEPTEMBER Lecture Series

Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26

My Hometown USA

10:30—11:30 a.m.
The Well—220 Main St. Pineville, NC 28134

How to Register:· Complete the registration form on page 9 and return it with your check to The Shepherd’s Center, 3115 Providence Rd.,  Charlotte, NC 28211 by  Tuesday, September 5. Access the registration page here: Terrific Tuesdays – August & September

· Make checks payable to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.

· After that date, you may hand-deliver your registration and check to Shepherd’s Center.

For these series ONLY, you  may call the Shepherd’s Center to register and mail payment afterwards


· Arrive any time after 10:10.

· Lectures begin at 10:30 and end at 11:30 AM

· Parking is available across the side street from The Well. Signs will be posted directing you.

Cost is $5.00 per person per lecture, or $15.00 for the  series. No refunds are available. 


Joe Griffin will provide a three-part lecture about the history of Pineville and surrounding areas, based on his book “My Hometown USA.”  His interest in researching the history of Pineville from the days of its first inhabitants, beginning before there was an official name for it on the map, began with a drive to learn about his family history. In researching his family history, he found out about five times as much information about the community’s history as he did his own family! That led him to embark on a 20-year quest to record Pineville’s history.

Joe’s book describes the history of Pineville and many of its neighborhoods. This book includes the history of Lower Providence, better known today as Ballantyne. Even if you don’t hail from Pineville, come hear Joe’s entertaining stories about the areas and pick up some points about writing a local history.



First time event! The Shepherd’s Center is pleased to invite you to the inaugural educational learning getaway.

Who? 50 folks who want to broaden their knowledge
What? Midweek getaway for focused learning on “Appalachian Art and More”
When? Wednesday, September 13 — Friday, September 15
Where? Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
Cost: $250 pp, double occupancy; $300 pp, single occupancy
(includes transportation, lodging, 5 meals, lectures & receptions)
Nonrefundable deposit of $100 due by Friday, August 18. Final payment is due September 5. Travel policies apply.
Need more information? Contact Nina Arten  704-365-1995

Our speakers include Laurie Fisher – she will be our first speaker. She’s a dance caller and musical mercenary (her words). She performs on multiple “folky” instruments. She will be providing introductions and entertainment on several traditional  Appalachian instruments and stories of dance.

Anne Chesky Smith is the Director of the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center and will be speaking about the Black Mountain College. She has authored and co-authored several articles and three books on local history. John Corkran (lived at Black Mountain College, where his father taught English and American History) will join Anne for the presentation about Black Mountain College. He knows the college and the area well and will be a wonderful addition to this lecture.

Our third speaker, Benjamin K Roe, is the Executive Director of the Staunton, VA –based Heifetz International Music Institute. He will provide two lectures on Thursday which will focus on Instruments of the region/music traditions in the area/how the music compared to other traditional music and history of the music and instruments. Before joining the Heifetz Institute Mr. Roe was the Managing Producer for the Music and Performance at WGBH, Boston. He also served as the General Manager of WDAV 89.9 FM in Davidson, NC after a 20 year stint at NPR in Washington, DC.

  Sponsored by our friends at Sharon Towers

Thanks to all our Volunteer Instructors!



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