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Educational Information and Events listed below

  • Adventures in Learning - Shepherd Centers
  • Summit - Parent/Caregiver Group - Free
  • Arthritis Services
  • Computer Classes Around Town
  • Federal Inclusive Health Information   


Adventures in Learning


Shepherd's Center of Charlotte
Held at:

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC

For registration information call 704-365-1995 or visit the

Cost for all 6 Weeks:  $35 - Booster
$45 - Standard
Shepherd's Center SouthEast Charlotte, Inc.
9111 Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28270
Telephone:  704-321-0325

Monday, January 27 - March 3

- All sessions will be held at:
St. Stephen United Methodist Church
6800 Sardis Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28270
For more information or registration call 704-321-0325.

Around the World…
Mondays, January 27 – March 3
$35 Boosters/ $45 Standard
General Sessions (10:00 to 11:00 am):
•January 27– Dr. Fun, aka Pat Battaglia, will make you think, smile and laugh out loud! A former rocket scientist turned author of brain games he is not to be missed.
•February 3– Whole Foods core value is to “serve and support local and global communities”. As a partner in the Charlotte community, Jennifer Wozniak will share the philosophy of Whole Foods and their commitment to our community.
•February 10 – Sandi McGarrah returns to share her special connection to the people, culture and mission work in Southeast Asia.
•February 17 – Hear stories from Lee Rainey, 5th generation North Carolinian.  He will motivate, inspire, encourage and make you laugh.
•February 24 – Waste generated by special events is second only to the construction industry. Rebecca Stoddard of Shade of Green Events will walk us through the intricate process of putting on an event and share ways to green each step.
•March 3 – Celebrate life and promote healing through the dance. April Berry and master drummer Robert Beasley will teach us the African way of moving to energize both body and soul.
Classes – 11:20 to 12:20
•Around the World Through Arts & Crafts – Instructor: Sandi McGarrah
•Clogging – Instructor: Cathy Franklin
•It’s Your Life – Control It – Instructors: Catherine Barnes, James McElroy & Diehl; Ken Garfield, Director of Communications PUMC; Steve Hodge and Jeff Wallace, McEwen Funeral Home.
•Jewelry – Instructor: Cris Osborne
•Revelation Decoded – Instructor: Bob McGarrah
•Taking the Mystery Out of Downsizing – Instructors: Adele Mahan, Fresh Start Transitions & Jan Durr, Robbins Appraisals and Estate Sales
•Yoga – Instructor: Mary Lou Buck, B.S. Physical Education, certified 500 hour professional level Kripalu Yoga teacher
Classes – 1:20 to 2:20
•Cards by Deborah – Instructor: Deborah Bennett
•Creative Personal Writing – Instructor: Mary Crews, A.B. English, Queens University, published writer
•Drawing Basics – Instructor: Janet Wagstaff B.A. Creative Arts UNCC
•Fashion with Chico’s – Instructor: Julie Johansson (this class held at Chicos South Park)
•Your Health – It’s Important Everyday – Instructor: F. Scott Sutherland M.D., Fran E. Lorch, M.D., Dr. Peter Swanz, Josh Rimany, Brian S. Clarke D.D.S, Larry Dawalt M. Div.
•Beyond Beauty: The Geology of our Western National Parks – Instructors: Dr. Bill Logan
•A Golden Age of the London Musical – Dr. Luther Wade, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theater, Southeastern University
•Short Stories – Instructors: Roy Colquitt, Retired Professor


Arthritis Services

500 E. Morehead Street, Suite 320
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone:  704-331-4878
New Support Group - Spill Your Beans
A support group for young women with disabilities ages 16 and up.  Meetings are held once a month at Caribou Coffee on Park Rd.  Covered topics include safety, relationships, health and beauty and more.  For more information, contact Ariel Kliem, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, at 704-432-4327 or email.
Support Opportunities
Fibromyalgia / Chronic Pain Support Group
Offers support/education for people with fibromyalgia.  Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Arthritis Services office.  Please refrain from wearing fragrances to the meetings.  Pre-registration required - call 704-331-4878.
Individual Counseling/Relaxation Training
Counseling is available by appointment to help deal with the emotional aspects of living with chronic illness/pain and to learn relaxation techniques.  Call 704-331-4878 for more information or an appointment.
Educational Opportunities
Information and Referral Services Arthritis Nurse Consultation
Health Professionals available to meet with individuals or upon request to speak for community groups about arthritis, Fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis Screening & Education
Available by appointment.  Also provided to community groups upon request.
Community Arthritis Project (CAP)
Comprehensive Arthritis Management/Exercise Program offered at Mecklenburg County Senior Citizen Nutrition sites.  Call to see if the CAP is coming to your area.
Fitness Site not involved with the Senior Citizen Nutrition Program:
Wilmore Community Center
501 West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Both days are lead by Suzanne Rosen, LPT
Amity Presbyterian Church
2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte, NC
Mondays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lead by Yolanda Osborn, BS, AEA
Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lead by Jennifer Watson, MPT
Exercise Opportunities
Functional Fitness Classes
Taught by a physical therapist for those 55 and over, all fitness levels welcome. 

Wilmore Community Center
501 West Blvd
Charlotte, NC
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 
East:  Amity Presbyterian Church
2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte, NC
Monday and Thursdays
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers offer arthritis exercise classes.  Please call them at 704-522-6222 for more information.


Computer Classes Around Town

Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg - FREE computer classes

For all classes at the Public Libraries go to the website and under Events by Category click on Computer Skills/Technology

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte, Inc.
Call 704-365-1995 for more information or to register.
Location:  Southminster Retirement Community Computer Lab
8919 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Center
2225 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, NC   28210
704-522-6222 - Call to register for classes

Computer Help  with the Guys
Need help using the computer?  Unsure of how to complete a certain task.  Bring your questions and get free computer advice.   

Computer Lab 
The computer lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Center @ Shamrock
3925 Willard Farrow Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
704-531-6900 - Call to register

Computer Lab - Drop In - Free
Mondays through Fridays
Check your email and look for information.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please call to verify no meeting is scheduled for the Computer Lab.

Levine Senior Center
1050 DeVore Lane
Highway 51 and Northeast Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105
Call 704-846-4654 for more information.

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Federal Inclusive Health Information

These plans are available to all ages.  If you have been denied coverage or given an exclusion due to a medical condition and have been uninsured for 6 months or more, you are eligible for the Federal Plan provided you do not have access to a group plan. if you have had insurance within the last 6 months you may be eligible for the state plan. You do not need to exhaust Cobra to go on this plan. Qualifiers can be that you are simply paying more for your current independent plan.  The plans are not free but some subsidies may be available. 

Here is a link to the agents in North Carolina by county  website.  This is a link to the events on the Inclusive Health website.  General contact information for Inclusive Health:  866-665-2117  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or email  

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