Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Higher Education Center offers a variety of noncredit short courses and workshops during March.
The center is located in Litchfield at 160 Willbrook Boulevard, just off U.S. 17, next to the Hampton Inn. For more information or to register, call 349-4032.
- Preparing Spring Gardens
Learn how to make your plants flourish in the Southern coastal ecosystem with instructor Sue Mushock-Myers who focuseson the practical side of gardening in the Coastal region. Wednesdays, March 2-23, 10 a.m. to noon, $40.
- Mary Magdalene
What we do not know about Mary far outweighs what we do know or think we know. Was she a prostitute? What was her relationship with Jesus? Did she play a role in the early Christian community? Why is so little recorded about her in the New Testament? Join Mike Carter in the pursuit of this enigmatic character in Christian history. Thursdays, March 3-24, 1:30 to 3 p.m., $40.
- Identifying Old Photos
Discover how to identify various types of portraits from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. Gail Reynolds will assist you in dating your personal photographs by looking at four aspects: type of photograph, photographer's studio, portrait background, and costumes and hairstyles of the people in the picture. Thursdays, March 10 and 17, 9 a.m. to noon, $35.
- Simplify Your Life
Have you ever thought about simplifying your life in all its aspects? Think about what you would do physically; think about what you would do mentally; and think about what you would do spiritually. Join Sammye Souder and learn about your personal simplification. Thursdays, March 10-31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $40.
- Searching the Internet/E-mail
Avoid "information overload." Learn helpful techniques from Carol Rose to help you find information quickly and efficiently. Organize mail and send e-mail attachments. Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to noon, $25.
- Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls
Archaeologists have called the Dead Sea Scrolls one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century. What are they? How were they discovered? What mysteries do they reveal? Who wrote the scrolls? What motivated them to write the things they did? What importance do the scrolls have for us today? These are just some of the questions that Norm Whiteley will explore in a probing overview of these important documents. Wednesday, March 16, 2 to 4 p.m., free (Lifelong Learning Society-sponsored).
- Predestination: A Survey from Sumer to Caesar
Do you believe in the foretold, the preordained? The ancients did – and didn't – in ways that will surprise, inspire and challenge you. Classical scholar Craig Miller will explore, through some of the greatest figures in our traditions (pagan, Judaic and Christian), a controversial concept as basic to the ancient world as it is pervasive in our own. Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m. to noon, $25.
- Grandparenting Issues in Modern Society
Grandparents today face a number of challenging issues in dealing with their grandchildren. What do they have to know? How should they react? How can a solid and beneficial relationship be established with this younger generation? How does the relationship with their grown children change and how do they make sure they're making good decisions? Jim Rogers, a nationally certified Parent and Family Life Educator, will provide some pointers and answer some of the difficult questions facing grandparents today. Monday, March 28, 2 to 4 p.m., free (Lifelong Learning Society-sponsored).
- Dare to Dream
Based on their book of the same title, the popular west coast team of David and Margaret Hiller address "Healing Fears, Creating Miracles, and Living Your Dreams" in a post-9/11 world. Presented to hospitals, colleges, mental health agencies and churches around the country, this touching and humorous workshop can restore (or create) the belief that we can live our dreams, even in hard times. Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $40.