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Practical Communication Skills

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.

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?
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!
Tour the Arboretum Gardens which include Gardens and collections of herb gardens, container gardens, mixed borders, perennial borders, fire hydrant garden, landscape plants for wet sites, butterfly gardens and others to include turf grass plots.After your tour learn all about air layering. Air Layering is a method of propagating a plant by girdling or cutting part way into a stem or branch and packing the area with a moist medium, stimulating root formation so that the stem or branch can be removed and grown as an independent plant.
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.
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.

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.
The Program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance, over eight consecutive weeks.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.

This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
This American folk instrument, which was born in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1800's, can be played "by numbers," by the most experienced musician or someone with little to no musical background. The instrument sits on your lap and only has 3 or 4 strings (this is not a hammered dulcimer). While many people have purchased this instrument in their travels through the mountains, many do not have the resources to learn to play. This is your opportunity to get out and see what it sounds like.
Lunar New Year is an important traditional holiday celebrated in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Join us for Luna New Year lunch and learn about the myths and traditions this centuries old festival.
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.

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.
This interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I and focus on North Carolina's role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.
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?
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.
Our homes are a system that works like the body, where all parts interact together for a common purpose. In this interactive course, you will learn how your home's performance affects your comfort and your wallet, and how to calculate energy items throughout your home. Special information will be provided on building science-related issues for healthy living, such as the causes and remedies for wet crawl spaces.
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 demonstration style cooking class offers techniques on how to prepare quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy meals using Spice Bouquet rubs and seasonings. After the cooking demonstration, participants will enjoy a delicious meal.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (seats remaining)

Stocks may play a major roll 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. Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts looks at common versus preferred stock, dividends, investment strategy, and different ways to own stock.
This four-part discussion series provides participants an opportunity to read and discuss short stories, poetry, and non-fiction pieces relating to various aspects of health and medicine. Assigned readings (provided) will explore a different topic each session: Friends and Family, The Experience of Illness, Disability, and Death and Dying. This is a group participation discussion course.
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.
People love to hear, read, and share stories. Nowadays, it is critical to be able to convey your experiences and stories with a purpose. What makes a great storyteller is when you become the message and deliver your stories with impact. Whether audience is your children, friends, community members, employees, or leaders, the art of storytelling is a proven method that will help you inspire and influence others. In this program, the instructors will demonstrate techniques on how to better share stories that will have an impact on your audience. Students will learn through exercises that aim to build self-confidence and poise, connect with audiences and better express their unique style through storytelling.
This course will be a one-time lecture/image presentation on the history and development of Tansu, Japan's antique cabinetry tradition. Tansu embodies Japanese aesthetics and design, and is of interest to a wide general audience, including woodworkers and designers. These cabinets reflect the efforts of three craftsmen and were used by the merchant, samurai and farmer. They encompass some unique designs, such as the step-chest, a combination of stairs and storage. Tansu represents a furniture tradition not unlike our own colonial cabinetry, and highlight the cultural, political, and economic forces at play in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Japan. Examples of Japanese cabinetry will be on hand, and a discussion of design, construction, and restoration will follow.
The earliest examples of biowarfare. When Europeans invaded the Western Hemisphere, they brought with them far more than gunpowder; Small Pox, Measles and Mumps were also introduced. These three diseases killed more Native Americans than any of the invading forces and ultimately determined the conquest of the Americas. The use of these agents continued right up to modern times and still represent a major concern to health care workers and the military.
Using the journalist's basic approach to reporting news articles (whom, what, where, when, how, and why), plus interactive Q and A classroom discussion, we will analyze the Declaration of Independence from a historical and philosophical (logical) point of view to understand exactly what the document says and how it says it.
The purpose of this hands-on session is to demonstrate and help participants create a "stand alone" movie that can be run automatically with self-created slides, audio, video, automation, and transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint, leading to a ppsx-Read Only file.
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.
Who put the Pinta on the Santa Maria? There are many controversies regarding the origin of syphilis, or the Great Pox, and its' impact on history. During this session we will examine the effects of syphilis on humans, discuss whether the disease came from the Western Hemisphere or was already in Europe, and we will examine major historic figures who probably had syphilis. Today syphilis is again becoming a major health issue as antibiotic resistant strains emerge.