Adventures In Learning – Spring 2018



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, April 4, 2018.
  • Make checks payable to The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte.
  • From April 4 to April 6 at 1:00 PM, you may hand-deliver your registration and check to the  Shepherd’s Center office OR you may enroll on the first day of classes (April 9). Advance registration is preferred.
  • Access the registration page here: AIL Spring 2018


  • 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 -Spring 2018

Mondays, April 9 – May 14, 2018
General Session (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

Roll With It, Baby: From Bach to Rock!

April 9:  The End of the “War to End All Wars”: A Musical Commemoration. Benjamin Britten’s powerful War Requiem interweaves the Catholic Requiem Mass with poetry by Wilfred Owen, a young British soldier who was killed just before the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918. On April 13 & 14, nearly 200 professional, community and student musicians will present this moving tribute to world peace at CPCC’s Halton Theater, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Conductor Alan Yamamoto will talk about the work and its rich historical references in a multimedia presentation of words, imagery, and music.

April 16: Sara Terrell  and the Salem Drive Ensemble presents In Peace and Joy, the story of a chorale tune from Bach to Brahms and beyond. Martin Luther’s hymn Mit Fried und freud ich fahr dahin, a paraphrase of the song of Simeon, has been the inspr9itation behind some beautiful music thorugh the ages. We will explore this tune in both straightforward and unexpected setting for choir.

April 23: Wayne Brockwell heard Elvis on the radio when he was about 9 years old and has been singing his songs ever since.  He not only sings but impersonates Elvis from his style, his look, his moves and of course his voice. Elvis won’t be coming back but Wayne  keeps his memory alive. We will enjoy a  trip down memory lane and remember the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

April 30: Khris Wigington You have seen this guy around the church campus doing all kinds of things! He is truly a Jack of all trades! He assists us each and every session and we are fortunate to have his support. Each time he and I have a conversation I learn that he can do just about anything. Today he shares his musical talent with us as he loves to play the drums. He will share information about a variety of percussion instruments, talk about their development explain different techniques and perform some percussion favorites. What a treat to have him share his time and talents with us.

May 7:  Donna Barber has been entertaining throughout the United States since 1980. she is  recording artist with sonic Records and has been featured on TNN and in Modern Drummer Magazine.  Since 2002 she has been performing across the US with the show, “The Sounds of the Andrews Sisters.” Presently she is also performing, with CD accompaniment, offering several different style acts including Pop, Classics, 1950’s Review, Christmas, Patriotic Tunes and the Sounds of the Andrew Sisters.  You may just want to get up and dance—roll with it!

May 14: We are in for a treat! The five Shepherd’s Center members who usually play the “background” music for the social time preceding the General Session will take the foreground today! From Bach to Rock—hmm—we’ll see. They will each share with you something from their rich musical backgrounds, and you


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

An Unusual Music Appreciation Approach—Music enhances our lives – learn to listen to music in depth with your “inner heart”, recognize the differing styles of Bach and Mozart, realize the humor in music, what differences are there between music of left brain dominant and right brain dominate cultures, and learning to recognize the various nuances and embellishments that most jazz singers employ and more will be covered in this musical adventure. Instructor: Bill Dailey

Backyards Alive!—Nancy DeVries returns to teach us how to make our yards come alive this spring. A variety of topics will be covered including making your yard bird-friendly to growing your own food. Nancy is also known for the goodies she shares to enhance our yards and take care of our backyard visitors. Instructor: Nancy DeVries

Current Events Discussion—Let’s discuss world events, domestic issues and other timely items. Richard will bring articles of interest to class obtained from sources like the NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine and more. Please come and take part in a lively discussion—no tomato throwing allowed!! Instructor: Richard Solar

It’s Your Life – Control It—The value of a will, getting your important papers in order and your healthcare wishes known, taking time to think about your life and what message you want to leave as you contemplate  your obituary – all these topics and more will be examined. While these topics may be difficult to discuss, it is important to make sure your wishes are known. Instructors: Kelly Rains Jesson, Attorney at Law, Jesson & Rains LLP, Ken Garfield, Director of Communications MPUMC

The Reformation…Part Two – 2017 was the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, but it really got going a little later and became a movement that greatly


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

Communication Surprises Across the Generations —Communication has certainly changed over the years—do you text or call, email or write a letter? We will look at how the world is changing, our similarities and differences, how humans are wired to communicate, what are the frustrations and what works well—all this and more will be covered in this timely and important topic. Instructor: Lynn Ingersoll

Immunology…in the news—We will look behind the scenes at some recent headlines: Do vaccines cause autism? What is going on with all the peanut allergies? Why is it so hard to make an AIDS vaccine? Can we ever defeat MRSA and other superbugs? Is anybody really allergic to gluten? What does asthma have to do with parasites? Should everyone get the shingles vaccine? Why does the immune system allow cancer? Can antibodies actually treat cancer? But mostly we will learn how lucky we are that this amazing system works so well almost all the time! Instructor: Dr. Bill Logan

Jewelry—Take 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

The Art of Lent— Explore the greatest artistic responses to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Featuring different speakers each week (including David Tang, Luther Wade and film critic Lawrence Toppman), this series will feature art from numerous disciplines—music, literature, visual art and cinema. Gain insight into the works like the ancient Stabat Mater  poem (through its many musical settings), Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Dante’s Divine Comedy  with illustrations by Botticelli and Handel’s Messiah.  Instructor: David Tang (lead instructor)

A Short Version: This course will look at lesser known short stories of great American writers famous for their novels. Instructor: Roy Colquitt

Thanks to all our Volunteer Instructors!



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