Oakhill Senior Scholars

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Knit therapy with close knit friends 

Whether you are new to knitting or already a novice to moderate knitter, this class will be informative and fun. Learn different techniques for casting on and binding off as well as how to knit, purl, switch between the two, “read” the stitches on your work, and negotiate patterns and charts written in di erent styles. Bring your own supplies or choose from a selection of soft, all-natural bers and high-quality knitting needles from the Crafty Yarn Company. Owner Barrie Turney will teach you the skills to knit a beautiful textured scarf and if time, a hat. Knitting is equal parts crafting and community, so learn a new hobby while making life-long friends.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – March 27 (no break)
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $35 

Rome and Its Literacy Narrative 

From its early days, the city of Rome has been a part of our rich Southern literary heritage. Join Kenneth Studdard, owner of Dogwood Books, as students explore a broad survey of Southern literature. Explore major writers that Rome has produced including Charles Henry Smith a.k.a. Bill Arp and Calder Willingham, as well as some of the lesser- known contributors. Some classes will feature visits from some of our present-day authors.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – April 17 (no class on March 13)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80 

pruning and planting for the spring season 

Pruning is essential in keeping the health and structure of a tree. Gain an understanding of the correct tools and the proper techniques for pruning during the rst two classes. The last class will focus on planting the way nature plants. The most critical mistakes we make with our trees and plants are made during planting. Some may never recover from these mistakes. Get ready for a more informed spring planting season!

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – March 6
Times: 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 

Portraits in watercolor class 

Controlling the water is the key to getting best results for watercolor portraits. Learn a new blending and layering process that will bring out the personality of a face. Follow along with the instructor as he demonstrates techniques that help capture a very accurate likeness of a face and practice these new skills with a personal photo. Previous watercolor experience is required for this class. This class is led by Bill Thompson, a recently arrived Roman, with a master’s degree in visual art from Florida State University. Supply list will be sent upon registration.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – March 20 (no class on March 13)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 

Bridge Basics II

This is a refresher class for people who have previously played, even if it was during college or party bridge at a neighbor’s house. Designed to dust o the old skills, this class will rekindle the reason why you played bridge in the rst place! Join Bob Powell, a lifelong bridge player, as he shares how bridge can be challenging, making it a great way to keep the mind sharp and an excellent way to make new friends.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – April 17 (no class on March 13)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $120 

Lunch and Learn

Do you want to grow into your golden years with enthusiasm, tons of energy, charm and grace? Did you know that what you eat and the medicines you take can have a major in uence on how you feel and age? Join Wendi Combes, RN of 25 years, as she shares how she discovered the journey of food as a healer and how natural remedies (vs. common prescription drugs) can change the course of one’s health.

Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free 

Life stories: sharing stories from lives that matter 

The seventh in our Life Stories Series will present the lives of three people of distinction: Dr. Stephen Briggs, Dr. Clemmie Whatley and Jane Tucker.

Dr. Steve Briggs, Berry College’s eighth president, is a champion for educational pathways and experiences that promote the personal and professional success of students. Under his leadership, Berry has introduced new academic programs and mentoring initiatives, enhanced the sciences and arts, strengthened work opportunities, and expanded athletics. A personality psychologist by training, Briggs earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Clemmie Whatley is an Associate Professor of Education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Dr. Whatley grew up in Chubbtown in Floyd County during desegregation and is one of the Chubb family historians of this self-su cient black community pre-Civil War, located in Cave Spring area. She was the rst black woman valedictorian of Cave Spring High School and was the rst black woman to nish from Georgia Tech in 1973.

Jane Tucker was born during the Great Depression. She moved with her family to Savannah, Ga., to help with the war e ort. Ms. Tucker was hired as a rod welder in the construction of liberty ships at the Southeast Shipyard. Filling a gross shortage of manpower, a ood of mothers, daughters, secretaries, wives and even schoolgirls picked up the factory duties the men had left behind. Known as Rosies, they collectively built 80,000 landing craft, 100,000 tanks, 300,000 aircraft, and 15,000,000 guns during World War II.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 20 – March 6
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $30 

Along the Backroads

Join Georgia Backroads editor and writer Dan Roper as he presents stories from Georgia’s back roads. Topics will include Georgia history and travel destinations, with an emphasis on nearby places that you might wish to visit.

Dates:  Tuesdays, February 20 – April 17 (no class on March 13) 
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80