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Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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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Somerset Place is a state historic site offering a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Originally, this plantation included more than 100,000 densely wooded, mainly swampy acres bordering the five-by-eight mile Lake Phelps, in present-day Washington County. During its 80 years as an active plantation (1785-1865), hundreds of acres were converted into high yield fields of rice, corn, oats, wheat, beans, peas, and flax; sophisticated sawmills turned out thousands of board feet of lumber. By 1865, Somerset Place was one of the upper South's largest plantations. There will be a medium to moderate amount of walking. There will be some stairs at Somerset Place. Transportation will be provided by the ECU Transit System. Cost of lunch will be on your own. Join us as we experience the food, culture, and dance of India at Cinnamon's Restaurant, one of Greenville's own authentic Indian Restaurants. What a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with great people and great food!
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This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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.
Lifelong Learning Membership

Become a Lifelong Learning Program Member today to receive access to member only courses and events, discounted courses and events, services through East Carolina University libraries, and discounts at local businesses.
Somerset Place is a state historic site offering a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Originally, this plantation included more than 100,000 densely wooded, mainly swampy acres bordering the five-by-eight mile Lake Phelps, in present-day Washington County. During its 80 years as an active plantation (1785-1865), hundreds of acres were converted into high yield fields of rice, corn, oats, wheat, beans, peas, and flax; sophisticated sawmills turned out thousands of board feet of lumber. By 1865, Somerset Place was one of the upper South's largest plantations. There will be a medium to moderate amount of walking. There will be some stairs at Somerset Place. Transportation will be provided by the ECU Transit System. Cost of lunch will be on your own.
Join us as we experience the food, culture, and dance of India at Cinnamon's Restaurant, one of Greenville's own authentic Indian Restaurants. What a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with great people and great food!

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This class will examine the Allied and Axis preparations for battle, the Panzer attacks at Deir el Shein with the Eighth Army defenses, the XXX Corps directive to capture Tel el Eisa with the resulting outcomes, and the First Battle of Ruweisat Ridge with New Zealand brigades breaking through minefields to strike elements of the 15th Panzer Division.
America is a nation of laws based on a rule of law that citizens of its free society endorse and [presumably] obey. Today public violence is becoming commonplace as the Internet and traditional media sources report growing numbers of protests, resulting in destruction of property, personal injury and even death. When people dissent over injustices, is there ever a justification for civil disobedience?
If you want to write your memoirs and don't know where to start, this class is a good place to begin. We will provide ideas and tips to get you started writing stories.
Beginning Origami (the art of Japanese paper folding) is for students with little or no experience. The first class will start with a brief history of this craft. Students will learn basic folding techniques, how to read diagrams, and follow (printed, verbal, and visual) instructions. There will be four sessions. The first week will be focused on basic skills needed to make simple folded paper objects. Each consecutive week will involve learning more challenging skills needed to make more complex products. Students will make a minimum of two origami objects per class, more if time allows. Solid color origami paper (7"x7") will be provided. Students may purchase fancier paper if desired. 7"x7"or larger origami paper is required. Mrs. Brooks taught art in the public schools for 30 years, and taught origami to numerous classes. She also taught origami to adult students in her home studio. This craft was always a favorite.
This class will be an introduction to Belly Dance (Middle Eastern Folk Dance) and will include a brief history. Belly dancing is an activity and an exercise class; muscle tone and flexibility will be improved.
Many people have seen a Mountain Dulcimer during a vacation to the Appalachian Mountains, they may even have one displayed on the wall or discretely stored under a bed, but many are unaware of the ancestry of this uniquely American folk instrument. In addition to exploring the dulcimer's history and how it moved from being a regional to a national instrument, the course will discuss the people involved in its development and demonstrate the music traditionally played on the Mountain Dulcimer.
Yoga has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve balance, reduce stress and depression, and increase muscle strength. In this course of yoga practice we will begin each session with a warm up, a series of poses designed to be gentle but effective, and end with relaxation.
Love gardens but have a tiny yard or limited space? Container gardening could be just for you. This class will discuss techniques, maintenance, container and plant selections and materials needed. You will leave the second class with your own container.

Note:For the second class, you will need to bring supplies to begin your own container garden. You will be given a list of essentials at the first class. You are responsible for bringing and paying for the supplies for the second class.

As humans have been distracted battling each other over the centuries, bacteria and viruses have been finding nearly magical ways to thwart the fortress of the immune system and use humans to grow, thrive, and spread. This is a survey course focusing on the impact of the major emerging disease epidemics of the 20th and 21st centuries. Discussion will focus on the clever methods these pathogens use to spread across the globe, the historical and socio-political impact of these diseases, and the world's response to emerging disease. We will then use this historic context to examine the today's response to the emergence of the Zika and Ebola viruses and how scientists are approaching the spread of disease in an increasingly more global world.
Shares perspective on a process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. Discusses Rule of 72, systematic investing, employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs as strategies for saving.Examine how to budget for retirement expenses, potential sources of retirement income and potential risks such as LTC and health care costs.Audience: Investors who are thinking about retiring or who have retired recently
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.
This class is a 4-week series.

"Foundations of Investing" - Foundations of Investing is for people who are new to investing or need a refresher. Participants will learn the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation, and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.

"Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts" - Stocks may play a major role as investors try to reach their long-term financial goals. This presentation shares basic information to help investors evaluate how this type of investment may fit into an overall strategy. We will discuss common versus preferred stock, dividends, investment strategies, and different ways to own stock.

"An Investor's Tour of Mutual Funds" -This class will be a step-by-step guide to mutual funds. It is designed to provide a detailed look at the features, benefits, and risks associated with this type of investment, as well as a map to mutual fund selection.

"Tax Free Investing: It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep!" -in this session, we will discuss the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages. Participants will learn about tax-advantaged investments and their features, tax-free investment returns versus taxable investment returns, the three ways to purchase municipal bonds, and how tax-free investing can help you achieve your goals faster.

This course will include: How to begin searching for your ancestors, source materials, available resources locally, state, national, Immigration records, cemetery research, wills, estate records, land grants, deeds, how to overcome brick walls, newspapers, & computer resources.
This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society. The speaker, Roger Kammerer, will excite attendees with Ghost Stories of Pitt County. The cost of lunch will be on your own.
We will explore Holocaust History in order to find lesons for today, such as how to combat, effectively, bullies, bigots (any expression of prejudice), and abusers (domestic violence), all of which are forms of corruption (abuse of power). We will retell stories of rescuers and resisters to find inspiration to battle today's evils. And we will discuss faith after the Holocaust.
We will explore and discuss the history and methods of soap making. Our class project will be to make a batch of unscented lye soap. On the second day, each participant will have a sample of soap to take home. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed shoes. If you have goggles, please bring them. Soap making, like many skills, is fast becoming a dying art. This course is designed to help preserve it as part of our heritage.
Perhaps tucked away in the back of our minds is a simplistic notion that a long time ago the heavens opened and the Bible-King James Version, black leather binding, your name printed in gold, and a red locater ribbon-slipped out of the hands of an angel to God's people. Of course, when we really think about it, we know it was not anything like that. It's a much more complex-and fascinating-story.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
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.
The people that work with TED Talks believe passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TED Talks is a website that lives by their slogan "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". We will discuss a new topic each month. Topics will include - the art of debate, protecting our oceans, sustainability, illusion of skin color, how things work, nature, inventions, and climate change. We will utilize TED Talks to listen to a speaker and then discuss the topic at hand.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
This is a basic class on Window Operation System equipped computers . You will become familiarized with Windows 10 and more comfortable using your computer. We will discuss different types of computers, how to buy computers, what type of computer you may need/want, and how to take care of your computer. Among the things discuss will be email, social media, file management, and getting on the WWW. This class will be a great opportunity to learn to be 'friends' with your computer.

Note: You will need to have Windows 10 uploaded on your laptop before coming to the first session.

This is the story of the 1983 United States led invasion of the Caribbean Island of Grenada. A former part of the United Kingdom that had gained independence in 1974 found itself under the control of the lost New Jewel Movement in 1979 with the murder of revolutionary Prime Minister Manrico Bishop in October 1983.
Grab any 3 colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (#4 on the yarn label) in you stash and we can make a hat! If you don't have a stash call Nancy she has plenty and is willing to give it away. Directions call for a US size 6 and 8. Bring your 8 stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors as notions. You finish the hat by either a second size 8 circular needle or a set of size 8 double pointed needles. Nancy will teach both, if needed. This hate fits 19.55 inch circumference which is large child head at 18 sts/4" in stockinette stitch. Please feel free to call Nancy at 258-0279 for any help securing your supplies and answering questions before the class begins.
People want to be healthy and happy. Instead they are stressed out, depressed, and feel isolated. Do you want to bring more joy and laughter into your life? Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea - simple and profound. An exercise routine that is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout.
In Lights, Camera, Action: Windows Live Movie Maker Fundamentals, participants will learn how to create movies from personal home videos, images, and still photos. This session will demonstrate how to make a movie quickly using AutoMovie, using themes, transitions, effects, and titles. The session explores how to use advanced features for formatting content and adding special effects. After creating a movie, participants will learn how to share the movie with family and friends in high definition, Online or on a portable DVD.
Visits with medical providers may become more intimidating as people age. It is sometimes difficult to find the time to ask questions regarding your maintenance of your health and well being in the physician's office. This course seeks to answer some of these questions by bringing local physicians together with eastern North Carolina residents.
The Living Healthy Workshop is structured participant workshop thatmeets once a week for six weeks and is designed for individuals livingwith chronic health conditions or those who care for individuals withchronic health conditions.
This two-part course will highlight important laws and practical considerations in estate and end-of-life care planning, as well as estate administration. Part I will discuss the legal documents necessary to ensure that a person's wishes regarding property distribution, financial management, health and end-of-life care are followed. Part I will also cover property transfers, asset preservations, the creation of life estates and planning techniques that can limit financial costs and minimize emotional strain on loved ones.

Part II will focus on inheritance laws, the estate administration process, costs related to estate administration, basic estate taxation laws, and will also cover Medicaid recovery rules. This course is not intended as a substitute for legal advice for a particular case.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, Self Help Center, 100H ( No seats currently available )

A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance (https://www.ncoa.org/resources/program-summary-a-matter-of-balance/)
Conversations about personal values and goals of care are the best way to ensure that your family and loved ones know what's most important to you should they ever have to represent your preferences for you. These conversations can be challenging to start. Now there's a tool that helps makes this more comfortable and can even be fun, a game called "Hello."*
Do you have a creative streak that you want to let loose? Join us as we take over the Painted Peacock and create our works of art. Pottery pieces, studio fees, and refreshments are included in the course price, and staff (and some stencils) will be available to assist you with your creative endeavors. Tiles that can be hung or turned into trivets, Christmas ornaments, and coffee mugs are preselected items, however these items can be switched out with like valued items.
Military medicine dates to antiquity and for centuries has dealt with the attempts to provide care to large numbers of wounded and ill soldiers and civilians in urban, rural and remote environments. This course will discuss in brief some aspects of military medicine from the Napoleonic period and American Civil War to the recent Middle East wars.
Join Tamyra Jovel, the Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at Mid East Commission Area Agency on Aging as you view an eye opening film on Alzheimer's disease. An hour long film will be followed by discussion and conversation with those in attendance.
Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into one of the largest "natural habitat" zoos in the United States. You won't find cages made of steel and concrete. The animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt. We will be given a special presentation on "Who's in Your Backyard?".
The course is designed to give you background on immunology and study two diseases that had great impacts on society: Black Plague and influenza. The Black Plague dramatically reduced the world population and retarded the intellectual and cultural development during the Middle Ages. Influenza, identified during the First World War, continues to the present time. How might these diseases provide insight into other emerging diseases such as SARS and Zika?
Are an assertive person? Can you ask for what you need successfully? Are you afraid to speak up when you are not satisfied with the service you receive? Do you feel comfortable addressing the neighbor who just won't stop his dog from barking? Can you stand up at a City Council meeting and state your ideas and thoughts without feeling anxious about speaking in front of a crowd?

If you want to be sure that you can communicate successfully in situations like these, then this is the course for you! Interpersonal communication skills involve speaking, listening, and non-verbal cues. This course can help you with clear speech, organizing your message effectively, being assertive instead of aggressive, listening effectively, and feeling comfortable speaking to a group.

Practical communication skills are those skills you need in everyday situations. Come join us for information, interaction, and practical skills that will help you navigate the everyday communication situations in your life.

In this program, we will review the essentials of preparing a plan for the best possible response to a disaster. You will learn the essentials of an emergency preparedness kit for yourself, your family, and even your pet. Information will be provided on the types of emergencies that may occur where you live, work, or play. We will discuss what you can do to assist your family and community in time of an emergency.
Importance of Family History (why do we want to know our Heritage?)Starting with me. (How to Record information that I know starts with yourself)Gathering information. (How to gather information on your immediately family, then your parents & grandparents, etc.)Importance of Family Stories (How to record and save forever)Introduce Familysearch.org (Set up their Family Search account. Instruct them on how to enter information into the Family History site: Dates, names, etc) Importance of Sources entered Going over their Family Search account - (questions and instructions regarding there account)Understanding the Pedigree Chart, Fan Chart, & Family Group Sheets (show how to print them)Solving Duplications of names & incorrect information others have doneWho to call if you have problemsIntroduce the Family History CenterResearch (how to find names and information by using this siteImportance of Vital Records in Research. (marriage, death, birth, divorce, Census, ect.)Importance of Family Stories (How to record and save forever)My Family Booklet (how to enter your stories into the Family Booklet, and print it out)
This course educates the audience on tips for preventing falls and fires using the Remembering When curriculum developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Each member will leave with printed handouts with the 16 tips that will be shared as well as a gift from NFPA.
It is important for everyone becoming eligible for Medicare to obtain accurate information for coverage and delivery options, supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage. Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious costly problems. This workshop will help you map your journey to Medicare, highlighting roadblocks and warning signs along the way.
Morgan Lamphere has worked in the senior living industry for the past 15 years and is the Vice President of Marketing for Retirement Living Associates, Inc. She understands that where you live and how you live in retirement matters. Your living situation can affect your overall health, relationships with your friends, family, stress levels and ultimately your life expectancy! Ms. Lamphere will explore the dynamics of making a decision to leave your home and discuss ways to stay in your home. Throughout the course you will learn communication techniques with your family to have productive discussions about your retirement living choices. She will also provide pricing information on the different levels of care services available in the Eastern North Carolina area so course participants can learn more about the costs of senior living services -- from companion care to Life Plan Communities to Nursing Care. Course participants will enjoy a frank discussion of the different options and how to best understand the best option for themselves.
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.
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.
The "Talking With Your Doctor" presentation offers tips for how to prepare for a medical appointment, including a list of questions to ask your doctor; effectively discuss health concerns, including sensitive issues; coordinate assistance from family and friends; make decisions with the doctor about treatment; and much more. It has interactive activities to involve the audience and reinforcer some of the important points in the discussion and a list of resources on health and aging. The information in this presentation comes from the National Institute on Aging, a Federal agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.In addition to this presentation the instructor will also provide information about the Brody School of Medicine's Office fo Clinical Skills Assessment and Education, including ways to get involved in medical education and skill development of future Brody students.
This course will teach participants techniques for working with chocolate including handling chocolate properly, melting and tempering chocolate, choosing the proper chocolate for the type of candy being made, creating flavor infusions, making molded chocolates, truffles and barks. Recipes will be provided.
For many years North Carolina played a secondary role in presidential politics. That changed dramatically in 2008 when Democrat Obama narrowly won the state's electoral votes. Trump carried the state in 2016,but few states received more attention from the candidates and the media. If the state turned purple in presidential politics, Republicans achieved unprecedented gains in state politics, notably on the legislative level. And statewide elections were as competitive as could be. We will look at the reasons for these trends and the connections between national and state politics. Class will also look at factors unique to North Carolina. And we will compare the quality of current leadership to that of earlier times.Finally, where are we headed as a state and country.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 ( No seats currently available )

Step back in time as we visit Tryon Palace, North Carolina's first State Capital. through costumed guides living history demonstrations complete with both guided and self-guided tours, we will experience the Governor's Palace, the Kitchen Office, John Wright Stanley House, George W. Dixon House and the gardens and grounds. We will dine for lunch at Lawson's Landing on Tryon Palace premises and will enjoy special holiday offerings and activities that kick off at 4:30 pm. Note: There will be a considerable amount of walking and the cost of lunch is on your own.
Aimed at investors who are thinking about retiring or who have retired recently, this course will examine how to budget for retirement expenses, potential sources of retirement income and potential risks such as long term care and health care cost
Do you know when you're down South? What makes the South a distinct cultural region within the USA? Is southern food part of the answer? How is "being southern" similar for such diverse groups as African Americans and Jewish Americans? How has southern culture shaped the region's political history? Has southern distinctiveness almost faded away today? Are southerners the only group to whom "politically-correct" limitations on humor do not apply? Explore these topics and more . . . and enjoy a southern meal of pork chops, collards, field peas, cornbread, banana puddin' & iced tea.
Military medicine dates to antiquity and for centuries has dealt with the attempts to provide care to large numbers of wounded and ill soldiers and civilians in urban, rural, and remote environments. This course will discuss in brief some aspects of military medicine from the Napoleonic period and the American Civil War through recent Middle East wars.
Zentangle is an artistic meditation that supports relaxation, focus, and inspiration. Over the past 10 years Zentangle has developed and grown worldwide. This class will work with color, shading, and new patterns to create beautiful images from multiple repetitive patterns. Anyone who can hold a pen can tangle so all levels are welcome on this journey!

Make sure to bring your gourd or pumpkin no larger than 12" to Zentangle! These can be found at any craft store.