Adventures In Learning – Winter 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
    (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 Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
  • Make checks payable to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.
  • After September 28 you may hand-deliver your registration and check to Shepherd’s Center or register on the first day of class (January 23).
  • Advance registration preferred. Registration Page Winter 2017


  • 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 2:20 pm.


  • If a class on a particular day is cancelled we invite you to visit another class for that day.
  • In the event of cancellation of an entire morning of classes due to weather conditions, we will try to make up that morning on the Monday following the last regularly scheduled Monday, provided that space is available at the church.
  • No refunds are available.


  • Lunch is available through Encore Catering, at at cost of $8.25 per person, per week.
  • You can sign up and pay for lunches week-to-week, or prepay for all 6 lunches for a total cost of $49.50. Complete the lunch information on the AIL Registration Form and include the appropriate amount in your payment.
  • A limited number of lunches will be available for sale each Monday.
  • You are welcome to bring your own lunch. There are no refrigerators or microwaves available for your use.


The Shepherd’s Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of businesses in our community.

Adventures in Learning Program Guide

Mondays, January 23 – February 27

General Session (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

“New Year – New You”

January 23 : New Year…What’s New For You? Dr. Jeannine Fennell, psychologist, provides insight  as to how you can create a life that works for you.  Every year we make resolutions about how we are going to have a better life in the coming year…but usually, those fade as quickly as Charlotte snow. Often the resolutions have to do with having better health which is a great goal but one that is challenging to do. We focus completely on our bodies without using our brains to help us make it happen. By using  some simple but well researched tools from the field of Positive Psychology, we can improve our health as well as our lives. These methods are fun and easy and have benefits for all parts of our lives.

January 30 : Michael Graff is the Editor of the Charlotte magazine. He’s the former senior editor of Our State magazine and, before that, he worked in newspapers throughout North Carolina and Virginia. He’s lived in nearly every major city in North Carolina , and has visited all 100 counties. He loves Charlotte because it has pieces of all of those places in one spot. There’s a lot here, and Charlotte magazine tires to pack it all into each edition. He’ll be telling stories about things he’s seen, people he’s met, and the stories he’s written over the years, and he’ll bring them all together to show what makes Charlotte, and North Carolina on the whole, such a an exciting place to live in 2017.

February 6: Chef Ron, Executive Director for the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, shares What’s Hot and What’s Not? Healthy is in for 2017! Chef Ron is delighted to provide insight about the food trends in the coming year.  He’s an expert on food and a guiding force for the school whose mission is “Fighting Hunger while Creating Opportunity”.

February 13: Our good friend Bill Dailey and his wife Eleanor will entertain us with many of our favorite love songs—just in time for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a variety of composers including Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Alexander Borodin and more! Love is in the air and love is a great way to start the new year.

February 20:   Mary Brooks is a successful Integrated Nutrition Coach. She develops programs and courses to help individuals and groups improve performance, function and disease states with whole foods. She has her Master’s Degree in Health Education, and has worked for health insurance companies and a hospital system to develop employee wellness programs for over 25 years. Now in private practice, she helps hundreds of successful professionals manage their life’s many demands while lowering cortisol, managing the junk food jungle, creating stress-lowering habits and creating peak performance without sacrificing long term health.

February 27: Dennis Spring, an accomplished musician, will end our winter session with the gift of music. As a recording studio musician, he has put together string groups for background tracks on Gospel, jazz, Beach, country, radio jingles and movies. He has performed with nationally-known artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, The Moody Blues and more!

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

Bridge—Best Practices—How to best handle the bridge hands you see all the time: Open & re-bid. When a partner opens NT? When a partner opens a suit?  What is a 2-Club bid and what do we do now? What do I do when the opponents open first (the nerve)? Pre-dealt hands will be used to practice what we discuss. Class is limited to 24 students. Instructor: Wally Marcin

Charlotte Stories—Famous People and Events—The Charlotte Museum of History has selected six topics which will cover people and places and events that shaped our city. These include Education, Art, Health, Prohibition and more! Instructors: Kay Penninger, Kate Moore, Lauren Wallace

Knitting and Beyond—For those of you who want to learn to knit this is a perfect class for you and a wonderful class for those who know how to knit. Vivian has been knitting since the age of six and loves to share her knowledge. We will be in touch with those in the class regarding supplies. Class is limited to 10 students. Instructor: Vivian Brenner

Sketching with Colored Pencils: This class will be using soft lead colored pencils to draw colorful still life scenes and landscapes. No talent is required, just be ready to learn and have fun. A sketch pad and a set of 12 or more ARTISTS colored pencils is all you need. Instructor: Richard Solar

Two Tank Trips from Charlotte—When someone says “road trip” you might think of Route 66 but you don’t have to take two weeks to enjoy a good road trip. Tamela will share six road trip itineraries from Charlotte. Each “two-tank trip” is designed to use no more than one tank of gas going and another coming home. Tips of the trip include scenic overlooks, history, festivals food, art and more! . Instructor: Tamela Rich

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.


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

Music HistoryCovering The Roaring Twenties through the Fabulous Fifties prepare to take a musical history journey! This class uses history and music to bring back memories and life experiences. Will you remember what fashion styles were popular during a decade of music, what commercials played and what events took place? Music has a way of reminding us of days gone by and allows us to visit once again.  Instructor: Bob Wilusz—Ambassador of Music

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 editing till later, they will pleasantly surprise you. Autobiography, memoir, & journal have different definitions. This safe, supportive class has elements of all three and offers delightful ways to evoke memories and reflections that are whole in themselves, yet may be 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, A.B., English, Queens University, published writer

A Survey of English History–Through all the Kings and not a few Queens”: Dr. Wade concludes his series on the kings and queens. Interesting history and of course his wit and commentary delight! Instructor: Dr. Luther Wade, retired professor

Travel the World with Bob—The well-known travel writer Paul Theroux once wrote that “Travel is flight and pursuit in equal parts.” Real travel is an exercise in discovery for no matter how many times you visit a place, no two trips are exactly the same. Discovery means finding yourself and learning more about the world in which we live. Instructor: Bob Taylor

Shakespeare—A twist and a turn with William Shakespeare. Unlike his classes on short story or political essay, Roy Colquitt turns his expertise to the ins & outs of selected works. Instructor: Roy Colquitt

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