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To register for programs at the Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, next to James Island County Park, call 762-9555. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The center is managed by Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Unless otherwise noted, events are free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Special Event

Lowcountry Senior Art Festival: Eighth annual event through Sept. 30. The festival showcases original art created by amateur and professional artists age 50 and above who live in South Carolina. Artwork is displayed and available for purchase throughout the center during the festival dates. The festival is open to the public and free of charge.

Educational programs

Lowcountry Scholars: Intellectual topics and speakers from local academic community. Sept. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Barrett, The Citadel, professor, Department of History, discusses "Operation Albion, the German Conquest of the Baltic Islands, 1917." Immediately following, Dr. Irina Gigova Ganaway, College of Charleston, associate professor, Department of History, presents "Communism in Eastern Europe from the Perspective of Everyday Life."

Great Decisions: Discuss the state of foreign policy today with Dr. Jack Porter, The Citadel, Political Science Department. Sept. 27, 2-3:30 p.m., "Banks, Governments, & Debt Crises." Suggested reading material is available at the center's front desk to take home.

Ancient Art History: Explore the world of Art History with Dr. Michael Haga, assistant dean, College of Charleston, School of the Arts. Sept. 22, 2-3 p.m. "Rome: Etruscan Art and Architecture."

Legal Seminar: End of Life Issues: South Carolina Bar Pro Bono program presents this free legal seminar on End of Life Issues: Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, DNR orders. Have your questions addressed by Robin Grossman Poliakoff, Poliakoff Law Firm, on Sept. 20, 10-11 a.m.

AARP Drivers Safety: Brush up on your driving skills. This daylong defensive driving classroom course is designed specifically for older adults. Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $12 for members of AARP and $14 for nonmembers of AARP. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to AARP.

ABCs of Medicare: Make sense of the "alphabet soup" that is Medicare. Find out about changes in 2011 and other possible changes. Barbara Franklin, owner, Franklin & Associates, Inc., leads this discussion on Sept. 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

MUSC Senior Mentor: Representatives from MUSC Senior Mentor Program are recruiting senior mentors in the lobby on the following dates: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 19, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 20 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 22.


I-CARE Counseling: Speak to trained I-CARE counselor about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans and Medicare and insurance fraud issues. Appointments are available on Tuesdays in September, 10 a.m.-noon. Free for members and nonmembers. Call for an appointment.

Computer Classes

Advanced Internet & Email: Prerequisites: Basic Computer Workshop & Introduction to Internet and Email. This course consists of four classes and a workbook for you to keep. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Sept. 20, 22, 27 and 29, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Basic Microsoft Word: Prerequisites: Comfortable using the mouse. This course consists of four classes and a workbook for you to keep. Mondays and Wednesdays: Sept. 26, 28, Oct. 3 and 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Introduction to Internet & Email: Prerequisites: Very comfortable using the mouse. Four classes and a workbook. Mondays and Wednesdays: Sept. 19, 21, 26 and 28, 3-4:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Register in advance.

Language Arts

The Writing Circle: A fun group that supports writing at all levels. No experience necessary. Led by author Kathleen Fox on the second Wednesday of each month. The fourth Wednesday is led by group members. Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m.

Who Are You? Life Stories: Explore who you are, how you came to be and leave a written legacy recording life's memories. For all levels. This ongoing six-week course is led by creative writing instructor Lisa Chewning. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. No class Oct. 26. $27 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

Spanish, Como se Dice?: Learn basic phrases to converse and communicate in Spanish. Participants purchase on their own: "Spanish: A Language Map," which can be found at bookstores. Fridays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Beginner Acrylic Painting: Learn basic drawing, perspective and acrylic painting techniques. Works include landscapes and/or beachscapes. Led by artist Kim McDermott. Supply list available. Fridays, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 9-11 a.m. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers.

Landscapes with Pastels: Work with pastels and create landscapes. This class is for all levels and is led by artist Hannah Heyward. Pastels are included. Specific paper is purchased on your own; see the center's front desk for details. Thursdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers per individual class.

Health & Wellness

Living Well: Workshop for people with diabetes, arthritis, asthma, heart, back or other ongoing health conditions. Learn new ways to take charge. This six-week workshop is free for members and nonmembers. A $15 donation is asked to cover the cost of the book you keep. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 2, 12:30-3 p.m. No class Oct. 26.

Diabetes Topics: Learn more about topics relating to diabetes and meet others who may have same questions and experiences. Sept. 27, 4-5 p.m.

Matter of Balance: Feel stronger, improve balance, decrease concerns about falling, increase activity levels. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Eight-week class is free for members and non. $10 donation appreciated, but not required.