Personal Enrichment Course Schedule

Arts/Creative

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
September
129228B4U Sew9/4-9/18W6:30p-8:30p$39GS 202
129070Family Stories Workshop9/9-12/12M1:30p-4:30p$79COA
129485Improv9/10-10/15T6:30p-8p$59GS 202
129224Beginning Sewing: Make Your Own Lounge Pants9/10-10/1T6:30p-8:30p$49CER 246
129093Watercolor Basics9/10-12/3T6:30p-9p$79COA
129094Watercolor Painting9/11-12/4W9:30a-12p$69GCC
129115Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
9/16-9/30M1p-2p$25MAEC
129074Adventuring into Silk Painting9/30-10/28M3p-6p$99KVW 215
October
129077Adventuring into Silk Painting10/1-10/29T5:30p-8:30p$99KVW 215
129207Metal Working and Design10/2-10/30W5:30p-8:30p$119KVW 107C
129116Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
10/14-10/28M1p-2p$25MAEC
129486Improv10/17-11/21Th6:30p-8p$59CER 246
129226Master the Sewing Machine10/17-10/24Th6:30p-8:30p$29GS 202
129066Write Now - Creative Writer's Toolbox10/23-12/11W6:30p-8:30p$69GS 302
November
129210Metal Working and Design11/6-12/11W5:30p-8:30p$119KVW 107C
129075Adventuring into Silk Painting11/11-12/9M3p-6p$99KVW 215
129078Adventuring into Silk Painting11/12-12/10T5:30p-8:30p$99KVW 215
December
129117Creating Your Life Story in Song:
Give a Gift to Your Family
12/2-12/16M1p-2p$25MAEC

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Computer/Technology

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129091Microsoft Applications9/9-10/2MW6p-8p$75GS 402
129092Microsoft Applications10/28-11/20MW6p-8p$75GS 402

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Dance

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129478Belly Dance Fusion Fitness9/12-10/17Th5:30p-6:30p$39TBA
129479Belly Dance Fusion Fitness10/1-11/5T5:30p-6:30p$39TBA

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Health & Wellness

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
September
129122Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music9/9M12:15p-1:15p$15MAEC
129126Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety9/13F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
129118Coping with Loss and Grief9/20F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
October
129123Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music10/7M12:15p-1:15p$15MAEC
129127Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety10/11F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
129119Coping with Loss and Grief10/18F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
November
129124Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music11/4M12:15p-1:15p$15MAEC
129129Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety11/8F4p-5:30p$15MAEC
129120Coping with Loss and Grief11/15F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC
129125Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music11/25M12:15p-1:15p$15MAEC
December
129121Coping with Loss and Grief12/13F3:30p-5:30p$19MAEC

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History

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129192The Holocaust: Contemporary Lessons10/24-11/7Th10a-11:30a$19COA
129194The Holocaust: Contemporary Lessons11/4-11/18M6p-7:30p$19CER 247

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In the Kitchen

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129187Healthy Eating Interactive Cooking Class8/23-9/13F6p-8p$59TBA
129186Cake Decorating9/27-10/18F6p-8p$59TBA
129190Holiday Treats11/1-12/6F6p-8p$59TBA

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Language

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129197Spanish I9/16-10/21M6:30p-8:30p$49GS 202
129204Intermediate Spanish11/4-12/9M6:30p-8:30p$49GS 202

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Music

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
September
129189Fun with Accordion9/3-10/1T1p-2p$59MAEC
129138Group String for Adults9/3-10/1T2p-3p$59MAEC
129136New Horizons Band9/10-12/12TTh10:30a-12p$75MAEC
129227Reading Music I9/10-10/1T11a-12p$59MAEC
129195Piano for Adult Beginners9/10-10/8T12p-1p$59MAEC
129137New Horizons Band Beginner9/10-12/12TTh12:15p-1:15p$50MAEC
129208Guitar for Adult Beginners9/11-10/9W12p-1p$59MAEC
129221Ukulele to Accompany Singing9/11-10/9W5:30p-6:30p$59MAEC
129230Songwriting9/11-10/9W5:30p-6:30p$59MAEC
129213Guitar for Adult Beginners9/11-10/9W6:30p-7:30p$59MAEC
129217Ukulele for Adult Beginners9/12-10/10Th12p-1p$59MAEC
129133Art of Self-Promotion9/12-9/26Th5p-6p$25MAEC
129130Finale Software Arrangement9/12-9/26Th6p-7p$25MAEC
October
129223Classical Music: A Primer10/4F4p-6p$15MAEC
129191Fun with Accordion10/8-11/5T1p-2p$59MAEC
129139Group String for Adults10/8-11/5T2p-3p$59MAEC
129134Art of Self-Promotion10/10-10/24Th5p-6p$25MAEC
129131Finale Software Arrangement10/10-10/24Th6p-7p$25MAEC
129229Reading Music I10/15-11/12T11a-12p$59MAEC
129196Piano for Adult Beginners10/15-11/12T12p-1p$59MAEC
129232Improving Your Church Choir10/16-10/30W9:30a-10:30a$25MAEC
129211Guitar for Adult Beginners10/16-11/13W12p-1p$59MAEC
129231Songwriting10/16-11/13W5:30p-6:30p$59MAEC
129222Ukulele to Accompany Singing10/16-11/13W5:30p-6:30p$59MAEC
129215Guitar for Adult Beginners10/16-11/13W6:30p-7:30p$59MAEC
129220Ukulele for Adult Beginners10/17-11/14Th12p-1p$59MAEC
129199Preparing for Auditions10/17Th2p-3:30p$15MAEC
November
129225Classical Music: A Primer11/1F4p-6p$15MAEC
129233Improving Your Church Choir11/6-11/20W9:30a-10:30a$25MAEC
129135Art of Self-Promotion11/7-11/21Th5p-6p$25MAEC
129132Finale Software Arrangement11/7-11/21Th6p-7p$25MAEC
129193Fun with Accordion11/12-12/10T1p-2p$59MAEC
129140Group String for Adults11/12-12/10T2p-3p$59MAEC
129200Preparing for Auditions11/14Th2p-3:30p$15MAEC

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Parenting

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
130775Raising an Athlete: What Every Parent Needs to Know8/21W6p-9pFreeMURPHY CENTER, ECU
129214Parent Education Series - Raising a Teen: An Owner's Manual9/10-9/24T6:30p-8:30pFreeCER 247
129219Parent Education Series - Raising a Teen: An Owner's Manual10/10-10/24Th6:30p-8:30pFreeFVL
129216Parent Education Series - Raising a Teen: An Owner's Manual11/7-11/21Th6:30p-8:30pFreeCER 247
129218Parent Education Series - Raising a Teen: An Owner's Manual12/3-12/17T6:30p-8:30pFreeFVL

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Safety

ID#CourseDatesDaysTimeCostLocation
129068UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)8/20-9/12TTh6p-9p$99CER 144
129098AAA Roadwise9/14Sa8a-12p$30GS 301
129069UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)9/27-10/19F
Sa
6p-9p
9a-2p
$99CER 144
129062NC Concealed Carry9/28Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
129099AAA Roadwise10/12Sa8a-12p$30GS 301
129064Basic Pistol10/19Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
129100AAA Roadwise11/16Sa8a-12p$30GS 401
129063NC Concealed Carry11/16Sa8a-6p$90GS 301
129101AAA Roadwise12/14Sa8a-12p$30GS 301
129065Basic Pistol12/14Sa8a-6p$90GS 202

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For questions about any of these classes or how to register, please contact Lisa Webb at 252.493.7317 or lwebb@email.pittcc.edu.

NC Concealed Carry

Learn the aspects of the North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Law as they apply to the rights of citizens to carry a concealed handgun. You will also learn how to apply the fundamentals of safety and basic marksmanship. This course will be taught by an NRA Certified Instructor. If you are a first-time shooter, you will need to take the Basic Pistol class prior to this one. Please bring your Driver’s License/picture ID card to class and wear comfortable clothing. If you plan to “rent” a pistol from the instructor, you will need to bring $30-$40 in cash for the instructor to pay for ammunition. *.22 caliber or single action revolvers are not allowed. All firearms must be clean and functioning. For further questions, contact Lisa Webb at 252-493-7317. Instructor: Robert James. 9 hours.

CCW Legal Update

Do you have your NC Concealed Carry permit and need to update or renew it? Then this is the class for you! You will be updated on NC laws and will be able to re-take the test. *.22 caliber or single action revolvers are not allowed in this course. All firearms must be clean and functioning. 2.5 hours. 

Basic Pistol

You will be introduced to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. You will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. If you are bringing your own gun to the range, you must provide your own factory ammo. Also bring safety glasses and hearing protection. Classroom portion held at the Greenville Center. Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions. For further questions, contact Lisa Webb at 493-7317. Instructor: Robert James. 9 hours. 

AAA Roadwise

Pitt County Safe Communities Coalition in conjunction with Pitt Community College offer the AAA approved Roadwise course. This course covers a variety of topics for drivers ages 50+. Pre-registration and payment are required. Note: Completion of this course in no way guarantees any privileges or rights under NC applicable law. 4 hours.  

PCSCC/PCC Driver Improvement Training

Pitt County Safe Communities Coalition in conjunction with Pitt Community College offers the AAA approved Driver Improvement course. This course covers a variety of topics for all drivers. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required 3 days prior to the beginning of class. NOTE: Completion of this course in no way guarantees any privileges or rights under applicable NC laws. 8 hours. Cost: $60

UAS Orientation & Prep (Remote Pilot for Drones)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that drone operators will have to pass a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test as one of the requirements for legally flying drones commercially. Discover what commercial drone/UAS operators will need to know in order to pass the FAA Part 107 certification test. Learn pertinent information regarding regulations, airspace, weather, and more. Instructors: Dan Mayo, William Lewis, Mike Nicholson. 24 hours.

Microsoft Applications

You will be introduced to MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and how to effectively use these software programs to enhance record keeping skills. Other subject matters may be discussed depending on the level of each student. Instructor: Sherry Howell. 16 hours. 

Watercolor Basics

Learn the art of watercolor painting! You will be introduced to the basics of working with watercolor paints and applying various techniques to create your own painting. The class is an excellent outlet opportunity. Instructor: Judy Dye. 27.5 hours. 

Watercolor Painting

This class is for all levels of watercolor interest and knowledge. Basic skills will be introduced if you are new. If you are more intermediate, your focus will be on independent study to help develop your own painting style. We will encourage you to participate in local art events/art organizations. Individual guidance will be given to all students. Instructor: Judy Dye. 27.5 hours. 

Improv

Improvisation is a form of live comedy in which everything is made up on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions. We will explore how to create characters, environments, and relationships. In addition, we will develop a ‘group mind’ by working together to complete improv games and exercises while giving authentic performances, and staying true to the given circumstances. There are no mistakes in improv, only opportunities! Instructor: Victoria Respass. 9 hours. 

Adventuring into Silk Painting

Whether you are a beginner or are experienced, you will have the opportunity to further your skills in the fundamentals of art by formulating beautiful paintings on silk fabric. All basic materials will be provided with access to open studio hours. Instructor: Sarah Setzco. 15 hours. 

Metal Working and Design

Get introduced to basic metal working techniques and skills such as sawing, drilling, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing and polishing. Emphasis is placed on fabricating jewelry and small sculptures. Basic materials will be provided with access to open studio hours. Instructor: Sarah Setzco. 15 hours. 

Natural Beauty: Casting Organics in Metal

Learn how to make the ephemeral permanent by casting organic objects in metal to create beautifully unique jewelry or objects. We will cover the process of centrifugal casting, including object preparation, proper set up and placement of design, appropriate sprue placement, investment, burnout, casting, and finishing. You will leave the workshop with one or more finished pieces, time permitting. Instructor: Hosanna Rubio. 14 hours. 

Belly Dance Fusion Fitness

Join us for a modern take on classical belly dance. We will combine traditional moves with current pop, R&B, and hip-hop hits. There are many health benefits for those who practice this form of dance, including posture and muscle toning, weight loss, stress reduction, brighter and clearer skin, better sleep, decreased back pain, and increased self esteem and confidence! Instructor: Mikkaka Overstreet. 6 hours. 

The Holocaust: Contemporary Lessons

Do you have an interest in history? In three weeks, you will learn and understand the effective strategies to combat bullies and abusers, dynamics of Anti-Semitism in modern Germany, and finding inspiration from the motivations and stories of rescuers and resistance fighters. Instructor: Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman. 4.5 hours.  

Spanish I

Jumpstart your Spanish conversations with this beginning Spanish course! We will help you become familiar with the Spanish language by learning the alphabet, numbers, months, and days of the week. You will also learn greetings, how to describe locations, and verbs. Instructor: H. Serrano. 12 hours. 

Intermediate Spanish

This class will encourage you to utilize the language by practicing describing your everyday life, the weather, greetings, and using all that you have learned to hold a simple conversation. Instructor: H. Serrano. 12 hours.  

Core Communication

Learn six talking skills and five listening skills for resolving conflicts, making decisions, solving problems, and negotiating more effectively. You can expect to: develop confidence; create faster, better resolutions to conflicts; increase your personal power and influence; choose specific approaches for handling difficult conversations; and reduce interpersonal tension and stress. Instructor: Martha Brown. 12 hours. 

Ukulele for Adult Beginners

The ukulele is a fun and easy to learn instrument! Even if you have never played an instrument before, you will be playing the ukulele after the very first class! Explore basic chords, simple strums, and fun songs together as a group class. You will need to bring your own ukulele. 5 hours. 

Ukulele to Accompany Singing

The ukulele is a fantastic instrument for accompanying singing, both in small and large groups. Learn common chords and strumming patterns for ease of accompaniment. Bring songs you want to learn as well! 5 hours. 

Fun with Accordion

Calling all who are interested in learning to play the accordion – all level players are welcome! The main class objective for beginners is to learn to play at least one song by the end of the five weeks (although we typically work on several songs over a 5 week period). The class will break down the components to the songs and explore practice techniques to overcome your own individual challenges and to advance your playing. For intermediate to advanced students, you will be challenged to overcome “roadblocks” that may have been holding you back. For everyone – a great time to socialize and make music with the accordion! 5 hours. 

Creating Your Life Story in Song: Give a Gift to Your Family

Capture your journey in life through song; a wonderful gift for your family. Use songs already written, or create lyrics of your own.  Songs can be new, or can be favorites from long ago. Leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones with your treasure of music. 3 hours. 

Write Now – Creative Writer’s Toolbox

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or short story but are not sure where to begin? Well, first you have to write, now!! Learn the basic tools of creative writing to get you energized and motivated to put words on paper. Elements of fiction, nonfiction, story-boarding, developing plot, and much more will be discussed. You will take part in group discussions, interactive in-class writing assignments and will come out of this class with a toolbox for writing success. Instructor: Christina Ruotolo. 18 hours. 

Family Stories Workshop

Every family has stories to tell, but many are lost before they’re recorded. In this workshop, students will receive guidance in how to write and structure these stories and their own. Through a balance of lecture, stimulating memory exercises, discussion, and class feedback they will be able to create a permanent record of these stories for posterity. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 36 hours. 

Family Stories Exercise Session

Every family has stories to tell, but many are lost before they’re recorded. In this workshop, students will receive guidance in how to write and structure these stories and their own. Through a balance of lecture, stimulating memory exercises, discussion, and class feedback they will be able to create a permanent record of these stories for posterity. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 18 hours. 

Beginning Sewing: Make Your Own Lounge Pants

Learn how to make a basic pair of lounge pants. Skills learned will be pattern and fabric, sewing a straight stitch, how to make a casing, and measuring for elastic and basic hems. Instructor: Elizabeth Weidner. 8 hours. 

B4U Sew

Learn about fabric, sewing terminology, how to read a pattern, how to measure for proper fitting, basic hand sewing stitches, and finally there will be a total discussion and demonstration on a sewing machine. Instructor: Elizabeth Weidner. 6 hours. 

Master the Sewing Machine

Learn the parts of the sewing machine and how a stitch is made!  Take a tour of the accessories that come with the basic sewing machine, using them manual for your machine.  Learn proper needles and threads to use alone with basic machine maintenance.  Learn how to perform a basic cleaning for the bobbin area of the machine.  Learn other trouble-shooting for your machine, when to change the needle, when to rethread your machine, how to check for tension adjustments.  Driving lessons, how to pivot, sew a straight line, and much more. Instructor: Elizabeth Weidner. 4 hours. 

Stage Fright: Performance Anxiety

Learn to overcome anxiety (a little nervousness or outright terror) when performing before an audience or in an audition. Gain an understanding of your  own personality dynamics and how they are related to performance; explore relaxation techniques useful before and during performances or public appearances, and explore how to improve your overall performance health. This class is for musicians, actors, dancers, public speakers and any others who want to improve your public performance skills. 1.5 hours. 

Preparing for Auditions

Are you preparing for an audition? Whether you are auditioning for a local group, college or university, or America’s Got Talent, you can experience a successful audition! Let us help you prepare and help you attain minimal stress and anxiety. Our faculty have years of experience with successful audition coaching. Allow yourself to play with ease while performing in an audition. 1.5 hours. 

Creative Writing Seminar

Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced writer, this course is for you! The emphasis is on creativity, writing, and critique. Assignments are read anonymously and critiqued by class members and the instructor to work toward improved writing technique and communication skills. Tip sheets on the elements of writing are supplemented by exercises. All genres of writing are welcome. Revision and submission for publication and competition are encouraged. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 36 hours. 

Creative Writing Exercise Session

Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced writer, this course is for you! The emphasis is on creativity, writing, and critique. Assignments are read anonymously and critiqued by class members and the instructor to work toward improved writing technique and communication skills. Tip sheets on the elements of writing are supplemented by exercises. All genres of writing are welcome. Revision and submission for publication and competition are encouraged. Instructor: Patsy O’Leary. 18 hours. 

Classical Music: A Primer

Come learn about music for upcoming PCC Symphony Orchestra concerts. Explore the traditions of Western art music via the structure, style and composers of music before attending the concerts! Course content will include listening, lecture, discussion, an introduction to score reading and conducting, and a hands-on introduction to orchestral instruments. No previous musical experience required. 2 hours. 

Improving Your Church Choir

Explore techniques for improving choral blend, intonation, diction and repertoire. Learn how to balance the musical and non-musical duties for church musicians, such as recruitment & retention, library, and the church year. Whether you are a volunteer or professional, director or accompanist … this course is for you! 3 hours. 

New Horizons Band

Did you play in band during high school? Have you always wanted to learn to play a flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or another instrument? It’s never too late to learn! New Horizons Band is for adult musicians, novice and experienced. We will help you learn from the beginning or help you “relearn.” No auditions are required but you will need your own instrument. Playing an instrument is great for maintaining finger movement, helping to keep arthritic hand limber and maintaining and improving respiratory functioning. In addition, social fun is good for everyone! New Horizons Band plays for a variety of locations and activities in the community, such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. 40.5 hours.

New Horizons Band – Beginner

Did you play in band during high school? Have you always wanted to learn to play a flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or another instrument? It’s never too late to learn! New Horizons Band is for adult musicians, novice and experienced. We will help you learn from the beginning or help you “relearn.” No auditions are required but you will need your own instrument. Playing an instrument is great for maintaining finger movement, helping to keep arthritic hand limber and maintaining and improving respiratory functioning. In addition, social fun is good for everyone! New Horizons Band plays for a variety of locations and activities in the community, such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. 27 hours.

PCC Symphony Orchestra

Do you play an orchestral instrument? Join us for an opportunity to gain experience by playing in an ensemble. Emphasis is placed on orchestral techniques and the study and performance of a variety of styles and periods of orchestral and string ensemble literature. Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate skills needed to participate in ensemble playing leadership to performance. Prerequisite: Completion of high school orchestra or band program, or comparable private lesson experience. All other cases to be determined by audition. Instructor: Michael Stephenson. 34 hours. Cost: FREE

Reading Music I

You will be introduced to the basics of reading musical notation. Let us help you make sense of printed music! Topics will include note names, key signatures, intervals, scales, and a brief introduction to rudiments of music theory. The content and pacing of this course will be tailored to your specific interests and abilities. (minimum enrollment required) 5 hours. 

Reading Music II

Build on concepts you learned in Reading Music I. This will include developing basic music reading skills and exploring basic music theory concepts through collaborative activities and group participation. 5 hours. 

Art of Self-Promotion

Explore ways to promote your music and skills through Social Media, building a Website, Music Blogs, collaborating with other musicians and other promotional materials and skills.  Working with professionals from the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina, you will have the opportunity to draft and create your materials. You will need to bring your own laptop. Be sure to bring your creativity and excitement for this experience! 5 hours. 

Finale Software Arrangement

Learn how to notate music in Finale, the industry recognized music notation software, and create professional lead sheets, tablature, or orchestral scores. Help is available for you to understand this program, from beginner basics to advanced techniques. 3 hours. 

Piano for Adult Beginners

The Music Academy of Eastern Carolina believes that every life needs music and anyone can learn to play the piano. A desire to learn is the only prerequisite. Classes are not about the final products but about the joy found in the process along the way. You will learn basic hand positions, simple melodies, note names, and beginning music reading. You will encourage and support one another as you make music together. (Enrollment of 4 required.) 5 hours. 

Group Piano for Adults with Prior Experience

Build on knowledge you have learned in previous piano lessons or classes. We will review piano skills and continue development with two-handed techniques, including basic hand positions,chords, complex melodies, and use music symbols to play the keyboard. (Enrollment of 4 required.) 5 hours. 

Group String for Adults

Do you find yourself wishing to be a part of an ensemble, but not sure if you can play well enough? Your wish has come true! Group Strings classes are relaxed and fun, whether you are new to playing, haven’t played since high school days or just want to play with others. This is the group for you! Enroll today-you never know until you try! 5 hours. 

The Celebration Singers

Love to sing? Celebration Singers is a fun and social group for adults! We sing for a variety of locations and activities in the community such as senior living centers, senior social clubs, concerts, celebrations, and community events. Come enjoy music from Gospel to Broadway show tunes, and just about everything in between! Group singing offers benefits such as deep and controlled breathing, focus on maintaining good use of your lungs, diaphragm, and abdominal muscles, and engaging in continued learning for your brain. Add music to your health! Attend as often as you can – we understand life is full of appointments and travel! You do not have to be an expert musician. If music reading seems like a foreign language, it’s ok. We will gladly help and teach the music for all levels. There are no auditions; come and enjoy the fun! 14 hours. 

Guitar for Adult Beginners

Singing is fun when you can accompany yourself on the guitar! Learn the basics of playing guitar: chords, strumming, single string playing, finger-picking, tuning, fundamentals of music and technique. Lots of “hands-on” experience in a variety of styles. Folk song literature will be explored, which is ideal for teachers of early childhood through elementary school children and adults who wish to accompany their families. Acoustic guitar is required. Materials not included. 5 hours. 

Songwriting

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a songwriter, but were unsure where to begin? Join us as we unlock the mysteries of songwriting. Learn how to turn musical and lyrical ideas into finished songs. Explore a variety of techniques for writing lyrics and melodies, and discover how to develop interesting harmonic accompaniments. And, investigate the business of songwriting; demo recording, music publishing, record release and protecting your songs. Limited to 6 participants. 5 hours. 

Coping with Loss and Grief

Learn positive skills for dealing with loss and grief by understanding the effects and impacts of loss and grief. You will gain an understanding of your personal emotional needs and identify healthy means of support and healing while participating in creative and meaningful music therapy groups. Allow the power of music and other creative arts to help you heal. Whether you are dealing with the loss through death, dementia of your loved ones, PTSD or other trauma, a terminal illness, or life’s ever changing situations such as job loss, music, and creative expression can help you find a path of healing and growth. 2 hours.

Hear My Voice: Social Fun

Join others with life-aging issues (dementia, limited mobility, and others) along with your loved ones, families and/or care takers. Create fun experiences through social interaction while engaging in rhythmic movement and music.  Hum, sing, laugh, play rhythm instruments and create your own music together while in a nurturing and safe environment. Be a part of making fun life memories. 3 hours. 

Decrease My Stress: Relaxation through Music

Want to lower your stress or anxiety?  Use the power of your mind and learn how, through music therapy, to attain a sense of relaxation.  Music therapy has always been a great healer.  Music is a significant mood-changer and reliever of tension. Involvement in music has shown to decrease heart rates and to promote higher body temperature – a sign of the body relaxing! Relaxation can lower metabolism and help treat chronic pain and insomnia. Through learning techniques for deep relaxation, you can focus on relaxing the mind and the body at the same time. Come and let our music therapists help you facilitate the experience of rhythm and music, bringing you a calming effect. Learn techniques and skills you can practice at home on your own. Combining music therapy with relaxation therapy is more efficient than doing relaxation alone. Let us help you make the process of relaxation easier for yourself. This is caring for yourself time! 1 hour. 

Healthy Eating Interactive Cooking Class

Are you having trouble making fun and healthy dishes at home? Learn how to cook fun, quick, healthy meals and present them in an eye-catching manner. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or expensive. Join Chef Metisia to learn different strategies and tips to make your meal healthy and be a winner on your dinner table. You will receive weekly emails with supplies needed. Food costs will be kept to a minimum. Instructor: Metisia Wooten. 8 hours.

Cake Decorating

Do you like baking cakes and want to learn how to make them come alive and beautify your special work of art? Join Chef Metisia as we decorate your masterpieces. Take an ordinary cake and have fun turning it into the cake you envision it to be. You will be notified of the items or supplies needed weekly prior to class dates. You will need to bring a prepared cake to decorate. Instructor: Metisia Wooten. 8 hours.

Holiday Treats

Do you enjoy creating holiday cheer through your love of making sweets? This course will help you create a variety of sweet ideas and learn to work smart in the kitchen. Join Chef Metisia as we create and decorate your visions. Instructor: Metisia Wooten. 8 hours.

Parent Education Series – Raising a Teen: An Owner’s Manual

Teens come without instructions. It is hard to navigate today’s fast-paced, social media driven world as a teenager. Knowing how to handle your kids when they reach such a vulnerable age can be hard to figure out on your own. This two week course will equip you, as parents, to understand some of the issues your teen is facing and how to talk to them about making good decisions. Topics covered will include juuling (vaping, e-cigarettes), underage drinking, bullying, and other high-risk behaviors. The course is open to parents of Pitt County School students and is being offered through a partnership between Pitt Community College and Pitt County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Spanish translators will be available for classes. Instructor: Deb Pomeroy, SADD Coordinator and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 6 hours.

Raising an Athlete: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Do you have a child that is currently playing a sport, or is interested in playing sports this upcoming 2019-2020 school year? Is your athlete a rising 6th-12th grade student? If you answered yes to these two questions, you don’t want to miss this FREE EVENT! Nearly 90 percent of teen athletes will sustain an injury in sports. Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms as a parent is important! Parents and youth will learn about important sports injury prevention topics such as SPORTS NUTRITION, CONCUSSION AWARENESS, and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP from professionals in the field. Each child in attendance will receive a prize-filled sport bag! Event includes a free 3-course dinner buffet, interactive breakout sessions, and door prizes. For more information, contact LaTangee Dickens at 252.847.9211 or LaTangee.Dickens@vidanthealth.com. View flyer. 3 hours.