Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews sets spring classes

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews will begin the spring session of Adventures in Learning April 19.

The Center, an interfaith learning program for active adults aged 50 and above, will meet both onsite at the Center’s headquarters, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road, Columbia, and via Zoom for the eight-week Spring Session. Onsite classes meet on Tuesdays; Zoom classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Consult for details, as well as for mask requirements and health updates.

A variety of classes and activities are available.

In Your Dreams, Dr. Vince Ward, psychotherapist, helps participants decode nighttime dreams (class size limited to 25); Dance to the Music, line dancing with friends facilitated by Diane Floyd and Doris Beard (limit 25); Why ‘Woo Woo’ Works: Alternative Healing Therapies, Pamila Lorentz, MSW, RN, LMBT, licensed professional Integrative Health Therapist (limit 10); Chair Yoga, led by certified Yogafit instructor Cindy Smith (limit 50); Creative Quilting, under the guidance of award-winning quilter Judie Travis (limit 17); Art: Perfecting Your Skills in Watercolor, with experienced artist Dee Hansen (limit 11); Bell Ensemble, at a level determined by the players, taught by experienced music teacher Joan Marco (limit 11); Ukulele Jam Session with Roz Davis and Bo Harris (limit 14); and Mah Jongg (beginners welcome.), play along with Pam Morris (limit 16); Bridge for Fun, friendly games with Center members (limit 12); Games with Friends, grins, giggles, and a variety of games, players’ choice (limit 16).

Via Zoom: The Latest News in Science for the Non-Scientist, Frank Avignone, First Carolina Endowed Professor of Physics and Astronomy, USC; When TV Was Black and White, history buff Bob Gants; Continuing Spanish, David P. Hill, Professor of Spanish Emeritus, USC (limit 12 devices); Strange Bedfellows: Four English Royal Marriages, Carol McGinnis Kay, Professor of English Emerita, USC; Creative Writing Group, Miriam Johnson, Professor Emerita, College of Social Work, USC (limit 15 Zoom participants); Being Human, Larry Brown draws on 30 years of clinical work to explore key life issues (4 weeks); Gardening from the Ground Up, Master Gardeners of Columbia; The Homicides of March: A Bloody Month for Carderock Springs, a true crime story from the DC area detailed by retired attorney and teacher Tom Brawner; Trivial Pursuit, Bob Gants, retired Air Force, retired librarian, and lover of puzzles and games; TED Talks, with educator, life coach, interfaith and community dialogue leader Anne Cox; Hearing Misunderstood Music with Fresh Ears, join choral director Jim Boatright to reconsider music you might have dismissed.

Registration is open; the registration fee of $35 for individuals ($100 for institutions) covers any and all classes. For brochures and registration forms, call the Center office, 803-731-9394, or visit to download a brochure or register online. Info and registration are also available via facebook.