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Spring Programs at Senior Life Center at SCCC

Release Date: April 02, 2019

"Sussex County Senior Life Center Spring 2019 Semester Presentations and Offerings at Sussex County Community College"

(Newton, NJ) The Senior Life Center at Sussex County Community College (SCCC), a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College is hosting several offerings during the Spring 2019 Semester.

Guest Lecture: Welcoming Butterflies and Bees, but Keeping Deer at a Distance. On Friday, April 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Atrium at SCCC, there will be a free guest lecture by Erin Collins, Program Supervisor of SCCC's new Agriculture and Horticulture Program. Learn how to attract very important pollinators into your garden. Also, learn more about the exciting horticulture courses being offered to the community and what's up at the College's new greenhouse. Ms. Collins will present planting ideas for your garden to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Ms. Collins will also present creative ideas to keep deer from eating your prized plants. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is requested.

Introduction to Drawing. A three-part Introduction to Drawing class will emphasize the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination. Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches. Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses. Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. The class meets on three Fridays, April 5, 12 and 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Art Gallery, Room C106.

The course fee is $30.00. Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies. Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and an eraser. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Tech Talk: Senior-Focused Technology Instruction. Tech Talk classes are being offered for seniors who need individual assistance with their computers and smart phones. Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology. Explore technology through hands-on learning. Reserve a 30 minute free private lesson with a tech-savvy student volunteer. Topics may include computer technology usage and smart phone usage.

  • Date: Fridays, April 5, 19, 26, 2019
  • Time: 10 a.m. to noon. (30 minute individual appointments)
  • Location: Library Building, Room L121 (Park in the upper lot, take walking bridge into the building, and then take elevator to the ground level). Please call 973-579-0555, ext. 1277 to schedule an appointment.

Guest Lecture: Preventing Fraud Targeting Seniors. On Friday, April 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Atrium at SCCC, there will be a free guest lecture by the SCCC Adjunct Faculty Federation about the importance of where to go and what steps to take if you are a victim of fraud. Join the Adjunct Faculty and Sussex County Prosecutor Rachelle Jones, Esq., along with cyber experts and a speaker from the New Jersey Anti-Fraud Bureau to learn about preventing senior scams of all kinds, including investment fraud, charity fraud, telephone and computer solicitation scams.

Protecting Our Pets. On Friday, May 3, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Atrium at SCCC, there will be a free presentation titled "Protecting Our Pets." The Karen Ann Quinlan Center is sponsoring an informative workshop on advanced planning for your pet. Experts who know that each and every pet has certain needs that should be recognized and respected will be at the Center to share information that every caring pet owner should know. This workshop will review how to make sure your wishes for your animal companion are carried out if you are no longer able to care for your pet. The workshop will also cover topics on how to care for a pet who is facing a life-limiting illness, how to cope with your anticipatory grief and some options for honoring and memorializing your pet when they pass. Pre-registration is requested.

AARP "Smart Driver" Safety Course. On Monday, May 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room A227 of the Performing Arts Center Atrium, there will be an AARP "Smart Driver" Safety Course. The fee is $15 for AARP members (AARP card must be presented) and $20 for non-AARP members. Attendees must bring their own beverages and lunch for the day. Class is limited to 25 people. Pre-registration is required.

Free Open Computer Lab. SCCC is now making its Open Computer Lab available for free to county seniors to practice their computer literacy skills with a student assistant who is well-versed in Microsoft Office. The lab is open from 1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Library Science Building (L), Room L121; and, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. in Building B, Room B105 until May 9, 2019. Please park in the Upper Parking Lot. Appointments are not required for attendance.

Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register or for additional program information by calling 973-579-0555, ext. 1277 or via email at

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