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Senior Life Center

Mission Statement: The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C. is designed for individuals over 50 who are looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons and who want to be part of a life-long learning community that is full of insight, cultural diversity and wisdom.

The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C. is collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the College.

Registration: Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

Date Time Program Location Program Description Presenter Profile
Friday, March 24 1:00 PM –
2:30 PM
How Humans Age:
An Evolutionary Perspective

Free admission. Refreshments will
be served.

Performing Arts Center Atrium Dr. Balzano will speak about what evolution can tell us about aging and its associated aches and pains. Along the way he will address the roles played by stresses (of all kinds) and genetics as well as the differences in how women and men age. Dr. Balzano will endeavor to address the great joys associated with how a culture-reliant, large-brained, bipedal, relatively hairless ape grows old. Anthony Balzano, a cultural anthropologist, has taught full-time in higher education since 1983. Before attending graduate school he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Anthony maintains an active ethnographic research program in the Fond-des-Blancs valley in southern Haiti. Dr. Balzano has made numerous scholarly presentations on his Haiti research and led numerous seminars for college faculty and community groups on topics related to anthropology, socioeconomic class, globalization, gender and anti-racism. He is a  Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at SCCC.
Friday, April 7 1:00 PM –
2:30 PM
Downsizing Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed

Free admission. Refreshments will
be served.

Performing Arts Center Atrium Join master organizer, Jamie Novak, for a humorous look at the common challenges to paring down. If you have an attic full of treasures, a garage filled with heirlooms, a basement with your children’s toys and closets of collectibles this program is for you. Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with stress-free steps to downsizing with ease.  These downsizing steps will be revealed by organizing humorist, bestselling author and time management specialist Jamie Novak. Jamie Novak, organizing humorist, bestselling author and time management specialist. You may have seen Jamie on QVC, HGTV, or read one of her bestselling books. Jamie will be autographing her books.
Friday,  April 14 & April 21

 

10 am -Noon New Course:
You Can Draw!

Total cost: $20
for two lessons.

Art Gallery
C Building
A familiar refrain among men, women, boys and girls is the statement, “I can’t draw!” This sentence usually comes from a basic misunderstanding of what drawing is all about. Instead, drawing should be seen as a means of expression rather than a complicated artistic process. This two session course will give you the basics of technique while allowing you to express yourself in a creative and personal manner. Students should bring basic drawing tools including a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and an eraser. This course consists of 2 two-hour sessions. Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds degrees in Studio Arts, Art History, and Graphic Design. He has participated in several group shows and won awards for his works.
Monday, April 17
or
Tuesday, April 25
Monday
11 AM – Noon
OR Tuesday
11 AM – Noon
(Choose one of these dates)
50 Plus Technology Workshop: How to Skype Your Friends and Family

FREE

Library Room L121 How to Skype Your Friends and Family

Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

The class will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors.
Tuesday, April 18
or
Monday, April 24
11 AM – Noon

(Choose one of these dates)

50 Plus Technology Workshop: How to Use Your Smartphone’s Camera Functions

FREE

 Library Room L121 How to Use Your Smartphone’s Camera Functions

Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

The class will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors.
 Friday,  April 28 1:00 PM –
2:30 PM
What Is Poetry?

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

Performing Arts Center Atrium  Jean LeBlanc explores the nature of this versatile art form called poetry in this presentation. How do poets help us understand our world? How do poets use language as a medium, finding new ways to name for us the things we have always known? From sonnets to free verse to haiku, this is a celebration of the written word. Come celebrate how poetry matters in our lives.  Jean LeBlanc has lived in Sussex County since 1994 and has taught at at Sussex County Community College since 1999. Her work has appeared in journals around the world. She writes poetry in all forms, from free verse to haiku, tanka, haiga, and haibun. Her poetry advocates for an awareness of the beauty of this journey called life. Recent collections include The Opposite of Bird: Haiku and Haibun (Cyberwit.net 2015) and A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press 2015).
 Monday, May 1  11 AM – Noon 50 Plus Technology Workshop: How to Use the Internet to Find Information

FREE

 Library Room L121 How to Use the Internet to Find Information

Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

 The class will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors.
Wednesday,
May 3
1 PM Backstage
at the Fairgrounds Gardens
Sussex County Fairgrounds Spend the afternoon at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Visit the greenhouse and see the plants being prepared for the huge job of landscaping the grounds. The Fairgrounds Horticulturalist and a representatives of Sussex County’s Master Gardener Program will be on hand to share information and answer questions.  A tour of the Conservatory Courtyard and Founders Park will be included.  Light refreshments will be served in the Conservatory.

The Fairground are located at 37 Plains Road, Augusta, take the immediate right before the flagpoles and follow the signs to parking adjacent to the Greenhouse.

Friday, May 5, May 12 & May 19
10 AM –
11:30 PM
New Course: The Amazing Mark Twain: Divided Self

The course meets 3 times. Each class is
1 1/2 hours.
Total Cost: $20

Performing Arts Center

Room 227 adjacent to Atrium

A Divided Self – Humorist, social critic, ruffian, socialite, outcast, and tragic figure, Mark Twain – both in his life and his art – maintained a series of fierce contradictions. To reveal some of his major themes and conflicts, this course will explore Twain’s biographical background as well as the author’s early short writings and selections from his major fiction including his classic Pudd’n head Wilson. Reading these or Twain’s other writing is optional; this course has no required reading. Dan Rose has taught English and Literature for over 20 years to elementary, secondary, and college students in the U.S. and the UK. He has been an Editor at Silver Burdett Publishing and a Trainer/Technical Writer at AT&T. Mr. Rose has an M.Ed. degree in English and an MS degree in Project Management. His poems and stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Lips, Portage, Perspectives, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and Little Patuxent Review. A writer, editor, and educator, Dan Rose teaches and writes about various subjects. He and his wife live in New Jersey with their dog Zoëy.
Friday, May 12 1:00 PM –
2:30 PM
Guest Author Series: Getting to Know the ‘Real’ Marilyn Monroe

Free admission. Refreshments will
be served.

Performing Arts Center Atrium What do you know about one of the most popular entertainers of all time? Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 tragically at age 36, with her legend lasting more than the years that she was on earth. Today, she remains one of the most talked about celebrities, due to the enduring Cinderella myths that have followed her legacy. Get to know the real Marilyn Monroe as two of her relatives unveil Marilyn Monroe’s true ancestry, as well as the cast of characters and possible motives behind her untimely death. Jason Edward Kennedy and Jennifer Jean Miller are authors of the book, Marilyn Monroe Unveiled: A Family History and relatives of Marilyn Monroe. Kennedy served honorably in the U.S. Navy and is currently employed in the aviation industry. Miller is employed as a journalist, public relations consultant, marketing consultant and educator, and is currently a legal studies student at SCCC. Miller has additionally penned Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio – Love in Japan, Korea & Beyond and Images of America Stanhope and Byram.
Friday, June 2 1:00 PM –
2:30 PM
Journaling II:
Writing Your Memoirs

Free admission. Refreshments will
be served.

Performing Arts Center
Room 227 adjacent to Atrium
Join Eleanor Carducci on a personal journey where you will discover how exploring your past can bring enlightenment to your present & future. Preserving your personal history through memoir writing is a great way to connect families. Dr. Eleanor Carducci has been studying the writing process throughout her career as an English Professor. She has been a Fellow for the Study of Writing in New Jersey and has studied at Drew University with courses such as “Writing to Heal.” Dr. Carducci earned a Doctorate from Rutgers-The State University and presently is an English Professor at SCCC.