Adventures in Learning Programming



March 1, 2021 - April 7, 2021

Join us for the SPRING session of fun and diverse topics provided by a great group of instructors. Classes will be held 10:00 am, Monday through Thursday via ZOOM. Each course is one hour with an additional 30 minutes to socialize with your Shepherd's Center friends! Register for one class or all!

Registration is a flat fee of $40. Call today - 704-365-1995!


Monday, March 1 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.                                             Offered EVERY Monday!


Zoom Tutorial                         

Shepherds Charlotte Staff, Instructor

Want to participate in Shepherd’s Charlotte.  Adventures in Learning Virtual Programs but aren’t sure how?  Join our stress and judgement free tutorial. Learn the skills needed to participate in our ZOOMs.

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Tuesday, March 2 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.


Brain Health   

Angela Burrows, Instructor


Course Description

Join the discussion about brain health and fitness. During this session Angela will guide us with the ‘hot off the presses’ book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta – “Keep Sharp”. We will discover ‘Five Pillars’ with goals that suggest it is never too late to make changes, small or large.     


 Angela Burrow, Certified Dementia Practitioner and National Trainer.  Angela serves locally as a board member of the Council on Aging                           Charlotte Mecklenburg, as a Dementia Friends Champion and Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator.

Wednesday, March 3 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.                            6 Week Series EVERY Wednesday!


Bill Logan, MD, Instructor

Course Description

This 6 week series will be a discussion of medical breakthroughs, including Antibiotics, Autoimmunity, Nanotechnology, Cancer, Stem cells and DNA genomics.


Thursday, March 4 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Mindful Meditation

Aimee Bellmore, Ph.D., LCMHCS,  Instructor

Course Description
Please join us in learning about the benefits of practicing mindfulness in your daily lives. Mindful awareness practice is the foundation of various types of meditation and is now used to manage chronic pain, treat depression, anxiety, and trauma, and improve overall mental health. Learn and practice the basics and participate in a Q and A with Dr. Bellmore who has over two decades of experience her clinical mental health practice.

Dr. Bellmore earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in social research. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Supervisor and owner of Sagrado Healing Arts, PLLC, professor of Counseling & Human Services at Pfeiffer University.


Tuesday, March 16 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. 

Food for the Soul

Mary Jayne Wilson, Instructor


Course Description 

We will go over the basics of making a great pie dough, making chicken stock from scratch, the benefits and advantages of using local ingredients.  

We will be making a chicken pot pie, from scratch, from start to finish.



Mary Jayne Wilson, founder and Executive Chef behind Thoughtful Baking Co., is a self-motivated go-getter dedicated to doing all things in life with intention, creativity, and integrity.  Mary Jayne was inspired at a young age by the wealth of seasonal produce that her home state of North Carolina has to offer. From early childhood memories visiting strawberry farms in the Spring to picking fresh blueberries and tomatoes in the Summer and visiting the local pumpkin patch during the Fall. This inspiration would lead her to attend Johnson & Wales-Charlotte campus and earn her AS in Baking and Pastry and BA in Food Service Management. After almost two decades working in the Charlotte culinary world, she knew that feeding the community was her calling. In 2019, she was named Chef Ambassador of the NC Dept. of Agriculture. She served as Director of Operations and Executive Chef at Amélie’s French Bakery + Café for nine years. In 2020, she was ready for her next challenge, which was to start her own business. Thoughtful Baking Co. was created to showcase simple, delicious food that highlights the quality of local ingredients.

Thursday, March 11 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. 

Foundations of Sleep

Leila Forbes, P.h.D., Instructor

Course Description  
This class will cover the essentials of sleep, what creates insomnia, and how to restore and repair your sleep. We will identify specific strategies to regulate your Circadian Rhythm and stress response system allowing you to get better quality sleep.
Leila is a Licensed Psychologist with BASE Cognitive Behavioral. She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at                                              Charlotte in Clinical Health Psychology. The discipline of Health Psychology is positioned at the intersection of body and mind. Leila                                uses cognitive and behavioral strategies to help individuals make changes in their brains that have long lasting effects on their lives. She                                  specializes in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and management of chronic illness.

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Thursday, March 18 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. 


Course description 

I will discuss the emergence and transmission of coronavirus, new COVID variants , and provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Patara Parham joined Atrium Health in June 2015. She offers many years of experience in long-term care. Patara is the                                                           Director of Nursing at Sardis Oaks skilled nursing facility. She is an enthusiastic leader with a passion for improving the                                                       quality of life for all of her residents.

Tuesday, March 23 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.   

Stretching Dynamics
Lisa Lane, Instructor

Course Description
This class will be offering stretching dynamics for people who want to remain active. Techniques will be used to encourage participants to stretch on their own or even with a friend. We will cover stretches that are on different skill levels, however all can be adapted to various skill levels and all are useful in keeping your muscles alive and healthy.


Lisa Lane is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist who owns her own business in Mint Hill, NC. She’s been                                                              practicing massage for almost 8 years. Her expertise lies in helping clients with chronic or acute injuries and pain                                                                management. She works with all sorts of clients from those who are post surgery, athletes and those that want to relax. She                                              also sees clients with a variety of issues that are trying to forego being on medication for conditions such as anxiety and                                                      depression. Lisa is from Charlotte and is married with two children. She enjoys the outdoors and traveling.                                                


Thursday, March 25 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Mary, Queen of Scots
Luther Wade Ph.D., Instructor


Course Description
A look at the tragic career of Mary, Queen of Scots, who succeeded to the Scottish throne as an infant, later became Queen of France, and was also a claimant to the throne of England.  Despite being a charming and glamorous woman, her mistakes led to banishment from Scotland, years of imprisonment in England, and death by beheading.  Even so, her descendants were to reign on the British throne.


Luther Wade has earned four degrees, including the Ph.D., from Louisiana State University, with additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  He holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University and, in addition, has taught at L.S.U. and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where, after retirement from full time teaching, he taught special courses in the Honors Program for a number of years.  A cultural historian with a special interest in religious history, he is in demand as a speaker at churches and various types of civic organizations and has presented a number of lectures on a variety of topics to audiences at both religious and secular institutions. For 17 years, he was the producer and host of Viva Voce, a weekly radio program on WDAV, Classical 89.9 FM. He is also a regular contributor to Opera News magazine.  He and his wife Marylyn have led tours to Europe, especially the British Isles, for over 30 years.  



Tuesday, March 30 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Solving the Mysteries of the Medicare Program

Lesile Aronovitz

Course Description

Even if you have had extensive interaction with the Medicare program, we know that you probably have questions that remain unanswered.  For example, how do you get those great benefits Joe Namath advertises on TV?  What exactly does it mean to be in the “donut hole” in your drug plan?  What medical screening tests does Medicare completely pay for, and even encourages you to get?  When does Medicare pay for home health care?  Leslie Aronovitz, certified NC Senior Health Insurance Information Program volunteer, will answer these questions and discuss tips for you to get the most out of your Medicare.  She will also answer any lingering questions you may have about the program.


During her 32-year career with the Government Accountability Office, Leslie directed over 150 studies related to Medicare, Medicaid, Public Health and the private insurance market.  Since her retirement in 2007, she has volunteered to help Medicare beneficiaries and people approaching age 65 better understand their program options.  Leslie is a certified public accountant and received her MBA—concentratin in Public Management—from Boston University. She moved to Charlotte 7 1/2 years ago with her husband Ted, and when not volunteering, enjoys

traveling, playing pickle ball, riding her bicycle, reading and supporting local theatre and dance.


Thursday, April 7 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.


Crisis Management

Cindy Hostetler, MSN, RN

Course Description 

A physical health crisis can be devastating for individuals and their families.  While an individual crisis cannot be fully predicted, we can plan how we structure services and organize approaches to best meet the needs of those individuals who experience a crisis. Too often that experience is met with rushed decision making without the best information and an undue burden on family members, caregivers and friends.  Join for this session to start planning today.


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