Courses

Lifelong Learning Membership

Your membership is important to us. Your participation in the classes and other events will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our learning community and you as a lifelong learner!


August 1, 2019 to July 30, 2020, Self Help Center, 401
This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

The moderator will introduce various topics after which the floor will be open for discussion by all participants. Everyone is encouraged to seek supporting data in order to remain as objective as possible. Reading multiple sources on each subject will give everyone a broader view of the issues. Some topics may carry over from month to month. Share your ideas and learn from the opinions of others.



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Book group members are often women, but here's a group for men, though women are welcome. The focus is on non-fiction books of history and historical figures. Members will choose and discuss a different book every month. You will get the chance to make new friends and discuss interesting and stimulating topics.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Have you ever read a book and longed to have someone to talk to about it? Well, here is your chance to do just that! Join this Women's Book Group, choose what you want to read, and come together to discuss a different book each month. Being part of the group gives members the opportunity to make new friends and expand the scope of your reading.



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Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Belly dancing is an activity and exercise class. The class will begin with basic stretching exercises, including simple yoga movements.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Put your stories into words and share your life experiences with other class members. What you remember will no doubt trigger memories in others. Write a different story for each session and read it to the class for their feedback.



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Modern Board Gaming has come a long way since the days of Monopoly, Life, and Candy Land. There are multitudes of different board games and game types available for all kinds of people. In this class, we will explore the different types of Modern Board games, where to find them locally and on-line, and how to play.



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The Lifelong Learning program is excited to once again host its bi-annual kickoff where attendees will have the chance to meet Lifelong Learning Instructors, Office of Continuing Studies Staff, partnering programs and many more. The catalog will be available for pickup, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for upcoming courses, special events and trips. Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.



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There are no costumes, makeup, special lighting, or movement. For the audience it is like listening to a story on the radio. Like radio drama, much is left to the listener's imagination.



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Vermiculture or worm farming has many benefits. It is very inexpensive, uses recycled ingredients and helps you grow healthy plants and vegetables. Worm castings or waste is a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Worms can eat and break down many times their weight in organic materials like apple and banana peels, kitchen waste, and egg shells. Worm bins take up little space and can be kept in or outdoors year round. When properly maintained, they do not smell. In this course, you will learn how to create your own worm farm.


Friday, May 29, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
In Fall 2017, EbzB Productions is bringing Ian Finley's two-man play called Native to ECU and the Greenville/Eastern North Carolina community. Finley's play dramatizes the collaboration between North Carolina playwright Paul Green (author of The Lost Colony) and African American novelist Richard Wright to adapt Wright's novel Native Son for Broadway.



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Discover the fascinating world of birds with over 200 species of exotic ducks, geese, swans, parrots, pheasants, cranes, flamingos and more! View Eastern North Carolina's native wildlife and wetlands from a new perspective atop the scenic Bird's Nest tree house. An educational program entitled "Bird Ecology and Biology" will be provided by our guide.


Thursday, May 14, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
According to Mehmet Oz, M.D., "Energy Medicine is the next big frontier of Medicine."
So join us if you'd like to learn proven ways to increase vitality, enhance health, boost joy and send healing to areas of your body using easy practices everyone can do in a few minutes a day. It's fun, it's easy, and there's nothing to buy.



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The 2-hour class will review North Carolina laws and Clerk of Superior Court requirements in settling estates. Participants will learn what to expect in settling an estate, how advance planning can make administration easier on your loved ones and how to save money and time in the process. The class will include opportunity for general Q & A but is not intended to provide specific legal advice for individual cases.



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This course will take you through the basics of Facebook including: A brief overview of Facebook, adding and changing photos/videos, searching for people you may know, following pages, privacy settings and more. Note: Attendees will need an active email address that you have access to (one email address per person) and/or an already established Facebook account. Please bring your laptop or tablet to class.


Monday, May 18, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
Do you have an interest in making earrings, but aren't ready to make the investment with the tools and materials? In this class, Suzie will supply the tools and materials, and you walk away with the finished project! In this class you will learn how to make earrings that match your style and anything in your closet.



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David will take you on a sessions on some of the trips I've undertaken to explore our world. The sessions will be on Antarctica, Israel, the Amazon River, and Alaska. Each session will consist of pictures, discussion of travel arrangements, what needs to be done prior to beginning a trip, what needs to be done at the end of the trip, and suggestions on how to really enjoy a trip outside the continental United States. Further discussion will include such topics as: how much clothing to take, how much cash to take, how mobile do you need to be, are there concerns with drinking water and local food, and addressing other questions the class might have.



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In each class this semester, we will review and focus on a specific grammar point and vocabulary list and then practice them while speaking in French. The cost of the class covers the provided workbook called French in 10 minutes a day which also includes a digital download for practice at home. Parlons le français! *Attendees should have some past experience with the French language.



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We will briefly discuss our work on educating the public about businesses, scams, and other specific BBB niche services we provide to the local Eastern NC marketplace. Learn about the most common scams and how to protect yourself and loved ones from becoming a victim.


Thursday, May 21, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
Are you interested in contributing to a better environment and assisting pollinators? Our Master Gardener will provide images of native plants/landscapes and will offer helpful hints on how to incorporate them into your backyard.



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This 3 part series that begins with a screening of the PBS Frontline film "Being Mortal". Based on the best selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and their families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.


June 16-23, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
In this class, facilitated by the Whichard Distinguished Visiting Professor, we will discuss Choctaw author LeAnne Howe's time-traveling and award-winning novel, Shell Shaker. We will examine themes, such as matrilineality in southeastern native cultures, contemporary issues facing tribes, and the question of what makes a novel southern.



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Do you have an interest in making handmade jewelry, but aren't ready to make the investment with the tools and materials? In the Bracelet Making course, Suzie will supply the tools and materials. You will walk away with multiple pieces that match your style and anything in your closet.



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Come meet the staff of the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging and learn about the ways we work within our communities and how we might serve you, a family member or a neighbor. Each will share information about programs, services and responsibilities of the positions we hold followed by a question and answer session.



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Whether a person of faith or not, you'll likely find these stories fascinating. Because of its genius in communicating abstract concepts via concrete languaging, the Old Testament-what Jews call TANAK-is filled with interesting, even irresistible, reading. Bring a Bible if you like, and get ready to be enchanted, intrigued, informed, amused, puzzled, and even shocked.



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The history of greeting cards can be traced back to the early Egyptians who sent greetings on papyrus scrolls, and the ancient Chinese who sent messages to celebrate the New Year. Starting in the 15th century with handmade paper greeting cards being exchanged in Europe, this industry has grown to over seven billion greeting cards exchanged annually in the United States. Join Suzie in this two-day workshop and learn how to make your own personalized greeting cards. Supplies are included and space is limited. You will leave with several cards ready to place in the mail.



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We have rooms, closets, attics, garages, sheds and storage units full of stuff, just because we can. It's so easy to accumulate stuff and more stuff. It seems to multiply all on it's own! Your life has become filled with clutter. It makes you feel burdened, overwhelmed and frustrated by it all. You want to do something about it, but you feel tired at the thought of it and become better and better at procrastination. You are not alone. This course will provide guaranteed strategies and tools for how to dig yourself out of the mess. Dr. Newman is skilled in creating a guilt-free, open and supportive environment that will help you finally begin to tackle the clutter. Join the clutter-free club!


May 14-21, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
Holistic, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Health: The What and Why. Perhaps you've heard of some of these practices or know someone who has experienced them and have questions but didn't know who to ask. Discover what these practices are and how they can improve your life from illness recovery to enhancing well-being and happiness in a safe, easy, and inexpensive way. Curiosity and questions welcome.



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The Positive Approach to Care model can help caregivers be more effective as they focus on the positive and utilize different physical approaches and communication techniques. The second part of the course will provide tips on finding more joy in caregiving. The course is recommended for any caregivers, especially those caring for people living with dementia, or individuals in organizations that have a caregiving mission.



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Boasting the title of North Carolina's second oldest town, Edenton, established in the late 17th century, was the state's first colonial capital, and was at one time the state's second largest port. Stepping back into time, through guided tours of the Roanoke River Lighthouse, Chowan County Courthouse, and Iredell House, you will learn about the rich history of Edenton, such as how the Maritime Underground Railroad provided means of escape, and much more. Your trip will also consist of a guided trolley tour through downtown historic Edenton and lunch at a local restaurant.



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Hope Plantation, the home of former North Carolina Governor David Stone, and situated outside of Windsor, NC, offers insight into late 18th and 19th century life in eastern North Carolina. In addition to the mansion, the plantation consisted of buildings for blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, a saw mill, a kitchen dairy, a grist mill and a meat house. The King-Bazemore House, built in 1763, is now housed on the plantation grounds and is one of the few remaining examples of the mid-eighteenth century hall and parlor design. After lunch, the group will visit the Roanoke Cashie River Center and take a short boat ride down the river.


Thursday, April 30, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Learn how to transition your eating pattern to the MIND approach. The MIND diet, which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, was ranked as the 4th overall best diet by US News and World Report last year, as well as, 4th best heart healthy and also 4th easiest to follow.



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Do you have an interest in learning recipes from other cultures? In the Afghan class, you will have a hands on cooking experience, sample the foods prepared, and leave with the recipes.



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Do you have an interest in learning recipes from other cultures? In the French, Gluten Free class, you will have a hands on cooking experience, sample the foods prepared, and leave with the recipes.



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Do you have an interest in learning recipes from other cultures? In the Japanese class, you will have a hands on cooking experience, sample the foods prepared, and leave with the recipes.


Thursday, May 21, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall
This short course builds on a familiarity with the Italian language. Emphasis is on Italian reading, listening comprehension, and speaking for those who have completed the Lifelong Learning course, "Introduction to Italy and Conversational Italian." A goal of the course is to increase ability to navigate and communicate in Italian when visiting Italy.



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UNC Wilmington Creative Writing Professor Philip Gerard is the 2019 North Carolina Award for Literature recipient. We will discuss his novel Cape Fear Rising (NOT to be confused with the movie Cape Fear, which is based on a whole different novel). Students will be expected to read the novel before class.



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The goal of the course is to ponder the question asked by William Blake (1757-1827): What do you see when you look out over the landscape? Do you simply see the sun rising or do you see the flaming forth of the deep mystery of the universe? This course aims to stimulate an aesthetic appreciation and a sense of the sacredness of the universe expanding our sense of connectedness with the Earth.



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Rituals are all around us, some obvious (weddings, for example), some not so apparent (your morning routine perhaps). Ritual is often associated with church, and many faith traditions are steeped in ritual. But ritual is not limited to religion. In our time together, we will explore the meaning and components of ritual and ceremony. In addition, we will take a look at the milestone moments in your life and you will have a chance to begin creating a ritual for one that is upcoming.



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Join us for our Spring 2020 Special Event which will include fine BBQ and music from the group, Sassy Southern Sound!



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This class is designed to discuss the prophets of God and why God sent many prophets and Messengers. In the Holy Book Qur'an, God mentioned twenty five messengers, and five of strong will. These five are Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUH). In this class, we will review the life and mission of these five Prophets based on the Qur'anic stories.



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Students will learn some wisdom from Kabbalah about: why we are created (breaking of the vessels); what role we should play in our world (tikkun olam); how we should connect with: ourselves, each other, God (the sefirot); how we find awareness and truth; and the implications of "all is God."



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This course covers the impact of nutrition on disease prevention and treatment in mature adults. Through this course, the participants learn fad diets, quality food, necessary/unnecessary supplements, and safe exercises.



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Opened in August 2019 as part of the $60 million dollar Southside renovation project to Dowdy-Ficklen stadium, Towne Bank Tower replaces the previous press box structure that was opened in 1977. This private tour for Lifelong Learning members will not only show you the new state of the art Towne Bank Tower, but the rest of the football complex as well. Transportation will be provided to the stadium.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Beginning in 2020, photo IDs will be required for voting both in person and by absentee ballot. Pitt County's Board of Elections chair will explain the new requirement, including what photos are approved, how to obtain a photo ID if needed, what to do if you have lost your photo ID at the time of voting, how perceived differences of the photos presented and the person presenting will be addressed, who may be exempt, and how absentee voting will work with the new requirements.



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In this class, we will view and discuss documentary photos of the US Navy and Merchant Marine from 1976-1986, relating military, oceanographic and commercial uses of the oceans during the Cold War.


Saturday, April 18, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church- Second Floor Rm. 315
Situated in the heart of downtown Wilmington, the Bellamy Mansion is where we will begin our trip around Wilmington. This 10,000 square foot antebellum mansion and sprawling gardens will take you back into the mid-1800s as you learn about the Bellamy family and construction of the mansion. An hour long river cruise on the Cape Fear will show you the beautiful waterway scenery Wilmington has to offer. We will wrap up the day by visiting the Railroad Museum, which has hundreds of artifacts on display to teach us more about travel by rail and about Wilmington's important role as a headquarter town for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
In this class Mickey, owner of Mickeyes Wood Creations, will discuss some of the basics of wood working. Mickey will talk about how he got started in wood working, review some of the basic tools and supplies needed, and provide an overview of the types of wood.



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