LIFE­LONG LEARN­ING

Shep­herd's Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field set to be­gin win­ter classes

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Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field of­fers va­ri­ety of cour­ses for se­niors

CH­ESTER­FIELD — The Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field County is call­ing all se­niors to at­tend the Cen­ter’s next round of life­long learn­ing ses­sions.

The win­ter sched­ule for the Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field’s Ad­ven­tures in Learn­ing Pro­gram is start­ing on Jan. 9.

There are a va­ri­ety of cour­ses to choose from. Se­niors are in­vited to take any or all cour­ses. For mem­bers of The Shep­herd’s Cen­ter, the cost is one fee of $25 and for non-mem­bers, the fee is $40.

Cour­ses in­clude: Ex­er­cise with Hula Hoops, Tai Chi (Begin­ner, Seated to Ad­vance Classes), Yoga with Gin, Brain Games, Singing with Sign, Acrylic Paint­ing II, Fun with Wire, Ex­er­cise with Eve­lyn, Herbs by Granny Mac, WWI: The West­ern Front, Bi­ble Study, Es­sen­tial Oils for Happy and Healthy Life­style, WWII-The Pa­cific War, Vin­tage Films: The Mak­ing of Amer­ica, Let’s Talk Pol­i­tics, Be­gin­ning Draw­ing, Be­gin­ning Sewing, Quilt­ing and Em­broi­dery, Dolls with a Mis­sion, Act­ing, SelfGuided Water­col­ors, Folk Mu­sic Club-Nos­tal­gia and Line Danc­ing.

Lun­cheon pre­sen­ta­tions in­clude: “Ac­cess Ch­ester­field” on Jan. 16th; “Vir­ginia Blind and Low Vi­sion Group” on Jan. 30th; “Mu­sic by Folk Mu­sic: Nos­tal­gia” on Feb. 13th, and “Black His­tory” on Feb. 27.

Classes will be held each Wed­nes­day, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, at Ch­ester Bap­tist Church, 4317 School St., Ch­ester.

Schol­ar­ship fund­ing is avail­able for those who need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to be able to par­tic­i­pate in classes.

The Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field is a 501-c 3 non­profit and since its in­cep­tion in 2001, has been striv­ing to en­rich the lives of adults 60 and over by of­fer­ing vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity ser­vice and life­long learn­ing, help­ing se­niors re­main healthy, ac­tive, safe and in­de­pen­dent in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble. This past year the Shep­herd’s Cen­ter’s vol­un­teers have pro­vided the fol­low­ing ser­vices to the com­mu­nity: 1,884 free, ac­com­pa­nied rides to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and gro­cery shop­ping for se­nior adults, made over 112 mi­nor home re­pair vis­its to help those on fixed in­comes and liv­ing in their own homes, of­fered 75 ed­u­ca­tional classes re­sult­ing in 384 low-cost class registrations and pro­vided 1,400 lunches to those at­tend­ing their Lun­cheon Fo­rum.

The Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field is an in­ter­faith-based se­nior sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion se­niors serv­ing se­niors. It of­fers classes in­structed by ex­perts in their field, free ac­com­pa­nied trans­porta­tion to doc­tors’ of­fices and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pick-ups, and par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­cial events and friend­ship. All ser­vices are con­trib­uted by vol­un­teers. For more in­for­ma­tion about the classes, the Cen­ter or vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, call 804-706-6689 or visit shep­cen­ter.org.

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A Tai Chi class in progress at the Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field. The Cen­ter is set to be­gin its win­ter ses­sion of classes on Jan. 9. A va­ri­ety of cour­ses are avail­able for se­niors through the Cen­ter’s Life­long Learn­ing Pro­gram.

Shep­herd’s Cen­ter of Ch­ester­field class­mates par­tic­i­pate in a wa­ter­color course of­fered by the Cen­ter through its Ad­ven­tures in Learn­ing Pro­gram. Win­ter ses­sions are set to be­gin Jan. 9.

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