Featured 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!


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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/)


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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.


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.
Featured 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!


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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/)


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. 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.


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program. This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.

Courses

This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members who experience chronic pain, to include individuals with conditions, injuries, or health events that cause chronic pain - - e.g., diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart conditions, back strain, falls, heavy lifting, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, surgery, depression, kidney disease, and other such conditions, injuries, or health events.



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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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This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members to include individuals with diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, COPD, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and other such chronic health conditions.


October 24, 2018 to December 5, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
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.



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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.

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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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.



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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.


Friday, November 9, 2018, Aurora Fossil Museum
Today's retiree's may find themselves having to consider other options in addition to Social Security, retirement plans, and personal savings to help meet financial needs. HECMs (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, also called reverse mortgages) can, in the right circumstances and with the right borrower, offer both shorter-term (immediate need) and longer - term benefits and help close in the gaps.



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The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield highlights the actresses 50 year career. This self guided tour will take you through over 5,000 square feet of costumes, movie posters, photographs, and accessories from Ava's many homes.


Monday, December 3, 2018, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
The Johnson County Beer, Wine and Shine Trail is the first of it's kind in North Carolina. On this trip, we will be given a guided tour and tasting at the Hinnant Family Vineyards, Broadslab Distillery, and Double Barley Brewing.



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Learn to use your computer and the Windows 10 operating system. This will be a basic course intended to acquaint you with taking care of your computer and learning to use all the features.



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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 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. We will utilize TED Talks to listen to a speaker and then discuss the topic at hand.

Registration fee covers parking for the semester.



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Biking is a great hobby and physical activity. Join our seasoned cyclist, Greg as we discover important pieces of information every bicyclist should know.



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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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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.



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The 2018-2019 Pirate Read is Wiley Cash's novel The Last Ballad, and the author is coming to ECU in November to give a reading from the novel. His reading is free and open to the public


Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
The Lifelong Learning Program Special Events Committee with support from members of the Program Committee and Advisory Council, is excited to host this fall's special event, the Lifelong Learning Program Chili Cook Off.



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Chinese civilization is remarkable not only for its age (over 4,000 years) but also for its continuity and ability to absorb and transform change. There lived in China two men whose influence is central to Chinese civilization and to the East Asian cultures. Lao Tzu, a mystic hermit librarian, and Confucius, his contemporary, a teacher, and civil servant. We will study their teachings and the resulting cultural transformations. Their philosophies are different yet complementary. We will examine how these ideas continue on in relevance in the modern world.



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Writing creative non-fiction can be challenging. The word creative suggests a stretching of the truth or making an event even truer than originally thought or expressed.



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This course will consist of four sessions that will cover brain plasticity,or study of a physical process resulting in changes in our abilities; Glial Cells and Neurons, including the purposes they serve; Cognitive Changes in Aging, including normal and abnormal; and the importance of keeping your brain functioning at its highest level.



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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."*


October 30, 2018 to November 13, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
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?



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We need more fresh produce in our diets to maximize our health. However, fresh produce is linked to any food borne illness outbreaks. In Fresh Produce 101, we'll explore the food safety risks around fresh produce an how to handle produce for the best results.



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This brief discussion will focus on the importance of hair in humans, including hair physiology and what roles hair plays.


Thursday, November 8, 2018
Fort Macon, nearly surrounded by water on the tip of Bogue Banks, was constructed after shore erosion overcame Fort Hampton in 1826. This five sided brick and stone fort has served as protection for both union and confederate troops, a coaling station for navy ships, and a federal prison.



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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.

Want to know what the future, near and far, have in store for human development? Can we live forever? Will we travel to distant plants and solar systems?

Registration fee covers parking for the semester.



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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.



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At Greenville's only Synagogue, Congregation Bayt Shalom, with Greenville's only Rabbi, Harley Karz-Wagman, explore Jewish customs and traditions.


October 24, 2018 to November 7, 2018, Congregation Bayt Shalom
In 2018, the NC Durable Power of Attorney statute was significantly modified and updated. The class will detail why a Durable Power of Attorney is such an important legal document and discuss the 2018 changes to the law and how/whether they affect those with existing durable powers of attorney.


Thursday, November 1, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
This course will discuss investment strategies and current market commentary.



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Have you ever been curious about how to reduce the number of animal products you're consuming, but not quite sure how? Perhaps you grew up eating meat, dairy, and other animal products and haven't changed many of your recipes or eating habits because this is what you have always known and loved?



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Prepare to Care was developed by AARP to help families develop a caregiving plan. This 5 step process will help families who are currently caregivers as well as those who may be caregivers in the future.This presentation is about 45 minutes long.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
In this workshop we will explore how to use up the scraps left over from other sewing jobs. Bring your sewing machine, iron, scissors, rotary cutter, mat, and of course, your scraps.


October 31, 2018 to November 14, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
Join Rudy, our seasoned traveler as he discusses different types of cameras and photography equipment, including proper use.



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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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Of necessity, early settlers gardened. In addition to growing food, sources of drink, medicine, preservatives, dye sources, and fibers, colonials grew "for pretty".



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The Virtual Dementia Tour is a hands-on exercise that allows participants to experience what it would be like to live with dementia.


Thursday, November 15, 2018, Self Help Center, 100H
This course will review the legislative process at the grassroots level. You vote and have the right to educate your elected officials on the issues important to you and the community. We will review the preparation of your advocacy plan, the research needed, the communication process, meeting with your representatives, the importance of personal contact, preparing correspondence, and coordination of advocacy activities with other groups. A very important part of advocacy is educating your representative regarding the goals of your issues. Big Political Action Committee (PAC) money can influence the legislation, but local grassroots advocacy can also impact your local representative. Your vote does count, and through a coordinated advocacy plan, you can influence legislation.



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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.



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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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Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, was founded in India 2,500 years ago. As Buddhism has spread and developed, it has taken on a different form influenced by diverse cultures but remains fundamentally the same. Dr. Robert Bunger will discuss the Buddhist personal spiritual path, saints and male and female Buddhas as inspirations.



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"In this Century the world seems to be very small and people can reach each other in a matter of minutes but at the same time culturally they are very far away. In order to live in harmony and peace with each other, we should know each other's culture and their way of life. We should know about our differences, and similarities, our life values, family life and whatever is important and significant to each culture. For this purpose, we chose representatives of eight cultures (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, India, Pakistan and Sudan) to come and talk about their cultures and the participants will ask questions. "



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Lifelong Learning is partnering with Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC to bring service opportunities to Lifelong Learning Members, that can be completed with peers.

Examples of volunteer tasks might be arts and crafts with family members staying at the Ronald McDonald House, Preparing a meal for a night or desserts for a week, or around the facility beautification. Please contact our office for additional information on upcoming service opportunities.



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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.


Friday, November 16, 2018, AseraCare Hospice
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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This course is a brief overview of the evolutionary history of the universe. It is meant to introduce participants to information available today that was not readily available to our generation during our school-age years. It is information our grandchildren are learning in their biology, geology, astronomy, and anthropology classes.



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The Lifelong Learning Program and SpringShire Retirement Community are excited to offer a trip to the 2018 North Carolina State Fair. Transportation via motor coach and admission to the fair are included in your registration price. Attendees are responsible for ride tickets and/or concessions. The motorcoach will depart Greenville at 8:00am and will return at approximately 4:00pm.


Thursday, October 18, 2018, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE