CLASS 1080 – AN INTRODUCTION to the DEAF COMMUNITY and SIGN LANGUAGE
Have you always been intrigued by American Sign Language? This fun class will be led by ELIZABETH ALLEN and MELINDA GALLAGHER. Lizzy has over 40 years of experience working with the Deaf; Melinda, who is herself Deaf and grew up in a Deaf family, has taught Deaf children as well as ASL to hearing students. Together, they will provide insight into Deaf culture and the language of the Deaf community. Leave your voice behind and learn to express yourself with hands and facial expressions. You'll learn about fingerspelling, how to introduce yourself to a Deaf person, and some grammatical features of ASL. You’ll find it’s a beautiful language that may draw you toward continued study. Monday, Feb 4.
CLASS 1081 – TRADITIONAL CHINESE VETERINARY MEDICINE
DR. JESSICA STUMPH has been practicing veterinary medicine for over a decade on the OBX. In 2018 she started her own practice, First Flight Mobile Veterinary Services. She is dedicated to providing an integrative medical approach to our local pets and became interested in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine after seeing shortfalls in the use of Western medicine alone. Combining the two traditions provides a more holistic approach to managing conditions ranging from arthritis to endocrine disorders. A real dog has volunteered to take part in an acupuncture demonstration during the class. Wednesday, Jan 30.
CLASS 1082 – HAND AND FOOT CARD GAME
Hand and Foot is a Canasta-type card game played by four people, two sets of partners. Players are dealt two stacks of cards (the “Hand” and the “Foot”). The “Hand” must be played before the “Foot” is used. The object is to get the most points by making canastas and using all the cards in one’s hand and foot. Play continues up to a score of 10,000 points, with the meld increasing with each round. Hand and Foot can be enjoyed by everyone from teen through adult, forming the basis for a great evening with friends. SALLY and JACK MYERS have been playing this game for years and teaching others to share the fun. Give it a try! Wednesday, Feb 6.
CLASS 1083 – LINE DANCING FOR EVERYONE
Have you ever wanted to join in at a wedding or on a cruise ship when everyone's on the floor having fun doing a line dance ? Here's your chance to get the hang of it. LAURIE ANDRIOT fell in love with line dancing just a few years ago and is an enthusiastic teacher for all levels at the Baum Center. Her emphasis will be on just relaxing and having fun, geared to people with little to no dance experience. Participants will learn basic steps and soon be able to jump right into the action when “everyone else is doing it.” You can’t help but love it! Thursday, Jan 31.
CLASS 1084 – THE PATH TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM
AirBNB Ambassador GIA PALACOROLLA is grateful for every guest and every potential new host. She's excited to tell you about hosting your own property – whether it's a spare bedroom or a beachfront mansion. If you're interested in starting your own AirBNB business, this class is a golden opportunity to learn the ins and outs. Gia moved to the Outer Banks in 2013, where her entrepreneurial spirit led her into AirBNB. She cohosts over 60 listings and is a professional referrer. Wednesday, Feb 27.
CLASS 1085 – SENIORS FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
If you're retired or soon will be, there are likely many things you feel unsure or uneasy about. You may have Social Security concerns; may want to leave a legacy for your loved ones; might like a brief market update; or perhaps want to know what role insurance plays in your financial plan. KELLI HARMON will discuss these and other relevant topics during this class for seniors. She is a sharp and savvy financial advisor who has worked with Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, and can give you the knowledge and confidence needed to prepare well for your retirement future. Tuesday, Feb 5.
CLASS 1086 – OUTSMART THE SCAMMERS
Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. No one is immune! KELLI HARMON, a financial advisor now serving the Outer Banks, will share ways to spot red flags that might indicate a fraudulent encounter; resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one is targeted; and steps to help protect you. Her insights could make a huge difference in keeping your finances secure. Friday, Feb 8.
CLASS 1087 – SHAG DANCING
“There is no dance more associated with the South than shagging and there is no place more accommodating to shagging than the South. Learning to shag is learning to be a Southerner. It’s learning to hear the ocean in your head and the music in your step. It’s learning to bend your knees, relax your shoulders, and shuffle, slide and spin while The Embers sing about wise men and falling in love.” All that and good exercise too! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, come join local retired educators SANDY and JEFF ALBARTY, who will share their joy of the dance and teach you shagging, Southern style. Wear leather bottom shoes or socks, no tennis-type shoes. Tuesday, Feb 5.
CLASS 1088 – HOME MAINTENANCE ON THE OUTER BANKS
Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy life in an Outer Banks home that never required any care? This class can’t make that fantasy come true, but it will provide you with lots of great information to protect your investment. These two fellows can teach you how to carry out routine maintenance tasks – some of which you didn’t even know needed doing – plus identify potential problem areas to watch out for. DAVID FEYRER, a retired Episcopal priest, has renovated most of his home, doing much of the work himself and acting as general contractor for the rest. BOB RICHE, a retired Naval Officer and business executive, has the distinction of having made nearly every mistake possible in home maintenance; he can help you avoid doing the same! Topics will include vacation preparation; care of floors; heating and cooling; kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms; interior and exterior walls; roofing; and mold remediation, all in an interactive class with time for questions. Wednesday, Feb 13.
CLASS 1089 CAR SHOPPING WITH CONFIDENCE
For many of us, buying a car is an anxiety-provoking experience, arousing fears of being taken advantage of. If you’re – contemplating a vehicle purchase, this course will replace your unease with confidence! DAVID FEYRER is retired from both the Episcopal priesthood and an executive position in the retail automobile business. He developed one of the first true auto malls in the country and brings a wealth of experience on the intricacies of an automobile “deal” from behind the scenes. The class will look at buying and leasing both new and used cars. At last, here’s a car man you can trust! Friday, Feb 15.
Class 1090 – MAH JONGG * Two Afternoon Classes *
While there are differing versions of the history and origin of this classic game, it’s been popular throughout the world for many years. The game was banned by the new Communist government of the People’s Republic of China when it took power in 1949, since they regarded any gambling activities as symbols of capitalist corruption. It has since been revived there. Join dedicated player CHICK RAFFA and have fun learning what attracts her and many others to weekly games, year in and year out. Classes are from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on two separate days and limited to 16 students. Monday, Jan 28 and Friday, Feb 1.
CLASS 1091 – BASICS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Is your civics class a distant memory? Would you like a fascinating refresher course and update? As former Deputy Attorney General of West Virginia and General Counsel of 30 years for the WV Department of Public Higher Education, BRUCE WALKER is highly experienced and excited to discuss and foster an understanding of such entities as the Bill of Rights and the US Supreme Court, and as well as state and federal tensions. Friday, Feb 1.
CLASS 1092 – JOIE DE VIVRE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
Welcome to France! TERRY TALBOT is an architect and interior designer who in 2017 established a second home on the Cote d'Azon. You're in for an evening of amusing and interesting highlights of her adventure touring, buying property, and then renovating while living day to day on the French Riviera – wow! Terry will share sights (to see or bypass) and real estate items (whether renting or buying), and most especially what true French life is like. Joie de vivre! Thursday, Feb 7.
CLASS FILLED CLASS 1093 – GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY
Always an engaging topic, genealogy has captured people's imagination and curiosity for generations. Presenter LARRY PROCTOR has spent over 40 years pursuing this hobby. With the rapid advance of digital technology, the internet has blown wide open the possibilities for those exploring their past. Join Larry for an educational look at the “how to.” As some say, if you don't know where you came from, then you really don't know who you are. Class size is limited to 10. Monday, Feb 25.
CLASS 1094 – INCOME TAX: WHAT THE NEW TAX BILL MEANS FOR YOU
Taxes have been prominent in the news for the past year and people are likely to be curious, or maybe even uneasy, about what the changes in the law and policies will mean for them personally. But knowledge is power! Come learn from BOB LOGAN, CPA, who has been helping people with their taxes for 20 years. He will give an overview of the history of tax policy and procedures, explain nuances of income tax, and look at winners and losers under the new bill. Class size is limited to 15. Monday, Feb 18.
CLASS 1095 – BABY SIGNS
You may be familiar with Sign Language, but did you know that signing can be used with babies? It’s a wonderful way to enhance communication between you and a child not yet old enough to talk, reducing frustration levels and even facilitating spoken language. Instructor ELIZABETH ALLEN has worked in the field of Deaf Education and Sign Language Interpreting since 1975. Though passionate about all aspects of this work, she finds her greatest joy through interactions with children, both deaf or hard of hearing young clients and her own hearing grandchildren. What a unique learning opportunity to enrich your relationship with the special little ones in your life! The Class size is limited to 20 students. Tuesday, Feb 26.