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Senior Life Center offers enrichment programs

3/2/2019 3:37:45 PM

Senior Life Center Spring Offerings

It’s never too late to learn something new, and the Senior Life Center at Sussex County Community College is working with Senior Services of Sussex County to host an array of afternoon classes this fall to explore everything Renaissance, Insight to art to understanding computers.

Inviting Pollinators into Your Garden: Welcoming Butterflies and Bees, but Keeping Deer at a Distance 

Join Erin Collins, Program Supervisor of the Agriculture Program, to learn how to attract those important pollinators into your garden. Also, learn about the exciting horticulture courses offered to the community at the College’s new greenhouse. Erin will present planting ideas for your garden to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. She will also offer creative ideas to keep deer from eating your prized plants.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2 p.m.
Free and open to all ages

Preventing Fraud Targeting Seniors

The SCCC Adjunct Faculty Federation will be joining the Center in presenting an expert panel on this important topic. Adjunct and Sussex County Prosecutor Rachelle Jones, Esq., along with cyber experts and a speaker from the New Jersey Anti-Fraud Bureau will speak on preventing senior scams of all kinds, including investment fraud, charity fraud, telephone and computer solicitation scams. Learn where to go and what legal steps to take if a senior is a victim of fraud.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2018
Location: Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2 p.m.
Refreshments, courtesy of the SCCC Adjunct Federation, will be served!
Free and open to all ages

Protecting Our Pets

The Karen Ann Quinlan Center is sponsoring an informative workshop on advanced planning for your pet and bringing experts to the Center to share information that every caring pet owner should know. Every pet has certain needs that should be recognized and respected. This workshop reviews how to make sure your wishes are carried out if you can no longer care for your pets. Topics on how to care for a pet who is facing a life-limiting illness, how to cope with your anticipatory grief and some options for honoring and memorializing your pet when they pass away will also be covered.

Speakers include: Dr. Karen Bullock, Wantage Veterinary Hospital, speaking on end of life care, palliative care and long-term illness; Elenora L. Benz, Esq., author of the New Jersey’s original pet trust law, discussing pet trusts, estate planning and wills; Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT, Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, discussing anticipated grief and pet loss; and Heather Sewenke, Abbey Glen Pet Memorial park, discussing After Life Options.

Register online at: KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org/OurPets or call 973-383-0115, ext. 145.
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Refreshments, courtesy of the Karen Ann Quinlan Center, will be served.
Free and open to all ages

AARP “Smart Driver” Safety Course

The AARP Smart Driver Course for drivers over 50 years of age will be presented by a qualified and trained instructor from AARP, which is the nation’s largest program for motorists over the age of 50.
Students will be using the completely new “Smart Driver” program manual with its easy-to-follow format that incorporates adult-learning principles, features reader-friendly print types, full-color pages, an easy-to-follow format and videos to supplement course content. Participants will learn from state-specific information throughout the course in a way that is easy to access and understand. Attendees have a choice of two-course dates: 3/25/19 OR 5/6/19.

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 and May 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please bring your lunch and beverages.
Location: Senior Life Center at SCCC located in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 
Fee: $15 for AARP Members (You must bring your AARP card), $20.00 for non-AARP members.

Piano for Life

Join SCCC’s Coordinator of Music & Musical Theater, Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, on the life-affirming path to musical knowledge. Dr. Gianuzzi invites you to take a free first class to get a taste of piano and begin learning the basics. Five 30-minute lessons follow the free class. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level 1 included in your course fee to be paid to instructor following the first class.

Dates: Thursday, April 4 (A One Hour Free Introductory Lesson)
Dates: Thursday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2019
Times: Individual 30-minute lessons scheduled every half hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center, Senior Life Center, Room 227A
Fee: $100 fee for five 30-minute lessons includes the book.

Senior-focused Technology Instruction: Sign Up for a Tech Talk

Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology. Explore technology through hands-on learning. Reserve a 30-minute private lesson with a tech-savvy student volunteer. Topics may include computer technology usage and smartphone usage.

Date: Fridays, March 29, April 5, 19, 26, 2019
Location: Library & Science Building, Room L 121 (Park in the upper lot and take the walking bridge into the building and then take the elevator to ground floor)
Time:10 a.m. to Noon (30-minute appointments)
Free

Open Computer Lab Now Available to Seniors

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in one of the College’s open Labs staffed with tech-savvy student assistants. 

Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays until May 9th. (No labs during Spring Break 3/18 to 3/23) 
Location: Library & Science Building, Room L 121
Time: 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
          AND
Dates: Monday & Wednesdays until May 9th (No labs during Spring Break 3/18 to 3/23)
Location: B105
Time: 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
Free

Introduction to Drawing

This three-part course emphasizes the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination. Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches. Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses.

Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies. Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks, and eraser.

Date: Fridays, April 5, 12, and 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: SCCC, Art Gallery/C106
Fee: $30

Directions to the Art Gallery: Park in the main parking lot walk to Administration Building (B) Enter the front of the building and ask for directions to the Art Gallery at the Information Desk.

Drama Geeks Offering Theater Opportunities at Sussex
For further information contact Drama Geeks at their website: http://www.dramageekstudios.com/home.html. 

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