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Course Information

We are making every effort to keep our fees for activities and classes at a minimum. Many course offerings are FREE. The per-session fee for other classes vary starting at $7.50.

Note some courses will require an additional materials fee, which will be noted in the description for each class listed below. Advance registration is required for all courses to guarantee a place. Walk-ins may be accepted as space allows.

For your convenience, you may purchase punch cards: a 4-session card for $30.00 or an 8-session card for $60.00. Financial assistance is also available.

To register or purchase a punch card, visit us in person at 371 N. Church Street, or call 706-742-0823.  We accept cash, checks, and most credit cards.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES!

Please note the class schedules are subject to change at any time depending on minimum participant requirement, illness, holidays, or other unforeseen reasons.  If you have prepaid for a canceled class, you will be offered cash (if paid in cash), or check (if paid by check or credit card you will receive a check from the City of Winterville).  You may also opt for credit to put toward a different class.

Monday through Friday

Marigold Coffee House
Winterville Center for Community and Culture 
Open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Enjoy the company of friends as you sit around tables sipping coffee and eating donuts. Chew the fat, play a game, read the paper... we even have Wi-Fi so bring your laptop or note pad. 

The Marigold Coffee House hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 

Suggested donation:
     Coffee $1.00 
                                      Donuts $1.00 

We are a HELP YOURSELF and an HONOR SYSTEM COFFEE HOUSE. 

Location: Winterville Center for Community and Culture 
              371 North Church Street 

We are the morning Winterville community place to be. 

Weekly On-going Class Schedules

NEEDLE TATTING
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12 Noon or 7:00-9:00 PM
Rooom 104

This will be a six week course in Needle Tatting in the mornings at 10:00 AM until noon then again from 7:00-9:00 PM...take your choice!

What is Tatting? Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots sand loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches, over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction, as well as, decorative effect. Tatting has evolved the past few years. The craft seems to be picking up steam. There are several guilds around the country. They hold conventions and shows.

Instructor: Patty Boyd

Fee: $7.50/session. Pay by the session or purchase a 4 session punch card for $30.00 or an 8 session punch card $60.00.

Pre-registration and prepayment required. We accept cash, check, or credit card.


 

AMERICAN LEGION POST #20
Tuesdays, 9:00 am
Room 101 (Coffee House)

No pressure to join, just come and socialize with other veterans.  Visit as long as you like.

 

 


PILATES FOR ALL AGES
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm 
Room #102

Strengthen your Core, Legs, Glutes and Back in this one-hour session each week. All you need to bring is a mat. Adults of all ages will benefit from this exercise program.

Instructor: Kim Davis

Preregistration and payment required.  We accept cash, check, credit cards.

Punch cards available:
8 session punch card - $60.00
4 session punch card - $30.00


GENTLE YOGA  (NEW DAY & NEW INSTRUCTOR!)
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
Room #103

Yoga has saved my life, and I wish to share it!  My class will be a beautiful gentle flow for all levels, ages and abilities.  The emphasis will be on nurturing and healing.  Beginners and advanced yogis are welcome. Bring mat, towel, water bottle.

Instructor: Heather Flower

Fee: $7.50 a session

Preregistration and payment required.  We accept cash, check, credit cards.

Punch cards available:
8 session punch card - $60.00
4 session punch card - $30.00


LEARN TO PLAY CHESS
Wednesdays, beginning November 22, 10:00-11:00 am
Room 103

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid.[1] The game is played by millions of people worldwide.

Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other. 

Instructor:  Bolivar Morales Gonzalez

Fee:  $7.50

Pre-registration/Payment required.  We accept cash, check or credit card.

Punch Cards Available:
4 session card - $30.00
8 session card - $60.00

Photo Attribution: Bubba73 at English Wikipedia


TAI CHI FLOW
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM
Room 102

Instructor: Jackie Pierson

Cost: $7.50 a session

Preregistration and payment required.  We accept cash, check, credit cards.

Punch cards available:
8 session punch card - $60.00
4 session punch card - $30.00

 


BELLY DANCING
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Room #104

Middle Eastern Dance, aka Belly Dance, in a relaxed and welcoming class for people of all ages and abilities. Learn basic posture and combinations as well as our unique Tribal Odyssey Belly Dance (TOBD) format for Group Improvisation. You will be shimmying right away!

Belly dance for Any Body!  is a fun introduction to Middle Eastern dance and Music.
Class will include:

  • drills/ technique, understanding of basic Middle Eastern rhythms, combinations, and introduction to basic props.
  • a short choreography.
  • improvisational techniques, including Tribal Odyssey.

Class will start with a warm-up and end with a cool down. Please be on time for warm and stay for cool down.

Experience Body- Positive Belly Dance classes with Jennifer,  a Certified Level 1 TOBD Instructor!

Instructor: Jennifer Kay-Williams

Cost: $10.00 per session

Payment due at pre-registration. Call 706-742-0823.  We accept cash, check or credit card.


MAH-JONG
Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room #101

Beginners and experienced players welcome.

WHAT IS MAHJONG?
One of the oldest games known to the Chinese culture and mankind, Mahjong has evolved today to suit the tastes of the modern Chinese while keeping its roots intact. A witness to all major happenings of the Chinese from the birth of a baby to weddings to Chinese New Year - the Chinese are passionate about their game. Call it Mahjong, Ma Jong, Mah Jong, MahJongg, Ma Diao, Ma Cheuk, MahCheuck, Baak Ling, or Pung Chow – for the true Chinese, the brain game is as vital as the beating heart!

Usually played with 144 tiles bearing Chinese characters and symbols, there are a lot of regional variations to the rules and structure of the game. Most variations however commonly have 4 players bearing 13 tiles each, whereby players draw and discard tiles until they achieve a legal hand using the fourteenth drawn tile to form four melds and a head. Use of simples and honors, the scoring system, order of dealing and play vary slightly according to the form of game.


 

LINE DANCING BEGINNING
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:45 pm
Room #102

Always wanted to learn Line Dancing or just want to dance for fun?  Now is your chance.  Did you know there are dozens of line dances?  Here are a few you will be learning:

  Electric Slide
  Cupid Shuffle
  Wobble
  Cowbioy ChaCha
  Biker Shuffle
  Homie Twist
  Rita's Waltz

Instructor:  Lesia Carithers

Cost: $8.00 per person per session.

Pre-registration and payment required.  Call 706-742-0823 or visit the Center.  We accept cash, check or credit card.


 

BALLROOM DANCING
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm
Room #103

Description:  Learn beginner basic steps to dance Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Line dances.

Instructor: Lesia Carithers

Cost:  $10.00 per session.  Punch cards available 4 punches/$40; 8 punches/$80.

Pre-registration & payment required.  Call 706-742-0823.  Credit Cards accepted.


BEGINNING OIL PAINTING
Wednesdays, Beginning October 4th,  through November 8, 5:30-7:30 pm (6 weeks)
Room #104

This class is for the adult who wants to try a new craft for the first time or to renew an interest now that there is more time in life for leisure activities.  Each class will focus on a different aspect of oil painting, starting with creating a color wheel in order to understand color and ending with an individual completion of a landscape.  Oil painting is a solitary activity but with a group of like-minded people.  Classes will also include learning how to critique a painting and discussing what is effective in a painting and what can be improved.

The Class Agenda:
I.  Materials, how to use them.  Each student will create a color wheel
II.  Value Study - working with one color to create darks and lights
III.  Still Life - minimal objects to create shapes, 
color, and value
IV. Composition - understanding of center of interest, horizon lines, balance, vanishing points
V. Grid work - Transferring your photo to canvas
VI. Landscape - working from your own photo or one teacher provides.

Materials to bring to the first class:  sketchbook, pencil, compass, straight edge, medium size oil painting brush, fine tip black marker and painting pallet.  If student has oil colors, bring them.  If they need to purchase, try getting a starter kit at Michael's (such as, Windsor Newton or Gamblin) or order from art supply stores such as Dick Blick, Utrecht or Cheap Joe's.

It is not necessary to have all of the colors, but the colors recommended are: Cadmium Red medium, cadmium scarlet, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow Light, Lemon Yellow light, Cadmium Green, Cobalt Green, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Violet, Mars black or Ivory black, Titanium White, Paynes Gray, Yellow ochre, ultramarine blue.  Other supplies: odorless mineral spirits, safflower oil, disposable gloves, paper towels, canvas board, stretched canvas, boards with gesso.

Instructor:  Dortha Jacobson, Master degree in Art Education from Tyler School of Art.  Has taught in public schools and adult classes.  Participates in local juried art shows and opens up er studio/gallery once a year to the public.

Cost:  $10.00 per session per participant

Payment due at pre-registration. Call 706-742-0823 or visit the Center.  We accept cash, check or credit card.


 

Coming in December

SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH & LECTURE

Thu, December 7, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Open to all - FREE ADMISSION

Join us for a good old-fashioned Potluck Lunch the first Thursday of every month. Each month's program features a guest speaker, concert, demonstration or another program. Prior to the program, we will have our potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. Beverages are provided. The program will last one-half hour.

 

Our Guest Speaker for December: Tom BouKnecht, Music and Drama Director at the Winterville United Methodist Church is our guest this month. We invite you to bring your friends for the December luncheon at the Winterville center. Expect to have a fun time, maybe in a way that you haven't experienced before. We don't want to give too much away, but you just may learn something about your friends that you didn't know before. Please leave your shyness at home. Won't have much need for it here. Hope to see you there!

The program will last one-half hour.

Walk-ins welcome, free parking


 

POETS OF WINTERVILLE
First Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 pm
Room #103

This group’s mission is to support and encourage the writing of original poetry. 

Poets of all ages and experience are welcome. We are all poets at heart. Even if you have never written a poem but like poetry, come join us.

We meet the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm.  Walk-ins welcome

Facilitator:  Zu Reuter

Cost: FREE

Poetry can be submitted to the Arts Council for review and be placed in the Art Gallery.


 

At the Auditorium in December

Circle Ensemble Theatre presents Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Joelle Re-Arp Dunham. Please join us in the Winterville Auditorium as we present this classic story.

Circle Ensemble is working with the Winterville Arts Council to renovate the historic Winterville Auditorium to bring live performances, community events, and films to Winterville.

​Circle Ensemble will serve as the anchor for the auditorium, bringing professional quality, exciting theatre to the Athens area.

Performances will be December 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM and December 3, 9, 10 at 2:00 PM For ticket purchases and other information, please go to www.circleensembletheatre.com For further questions or concerns, please email circleensemble@gmail.com

 

 


 

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JANISSE RAY
Saturday, December 9th, 9:00 am - 4 :00 pm
ROOM: 102


TO REGISTER: The cost of the workshop is $85, which includes lunch and handouts. Register by email at wildfire1491@yahoo.com.

Here is a rare and unique opportunity to spend a full day immersed in writing with Georgia author Janisse Ray, who brings passion, humor, and an authentic style to teaching creative nonfiction.

This workshop is for anyone who pursues writing, from rank beginners to those already published. Janisse will share her top secrets about writing and give you the information you need to pursue stories you want to write. She makes the hard work of writing fun, forgiving, and freeing. She packs the day with writing, peppered with stretches, walks, taste-testings, community-building, and laughing.

The schedule includes mini-lectures on

  • shaping ideas into essays
  • thinking about a book-length work
  • agents & publishing & marketing
  • avoiding dull narrative
  • art & craft​  

In one memorable day you can learn so much about transforming your ideas into compelling, imaginative, useful stories. You'll leave with inspiration, skills, and new perspectives that not only rocket you toward your goals but feed your body, mind, and soul.

ABOUT JANISSE: Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground, which won five national awards and was translated into French and Turkish. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. Janisse lives on an organic farm in Tattnall County where she is a seed saver, slow-food cook, tender of farm animals, gardener, and community organizer. In 2015 she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and in 2017 was awarded the Governor’s Honors for the Arts and Humanities. Themes in her work include the natural world and sustainability, as well as history, place and culture, deftly telling stories of the South and its people. She does not teach in the university setting.

REGISTER: The cost of the workshop is $85, which includes lunch and handouts. Register by email at wildfire1491@yahoo.com.


 

 

COMING IN JANUARY

Food Talk: Better U                                                                                                         Instructor:  Melanie Burton
Thursdays in January 4th thru 25th                                                                              Cost:  FREE
January 4th from 2:30 - 4:00pm
January 11, 18, 25 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Food Talk: Better You - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education is a new healthy weight management curriculum developed at the University of Georgia for the SNAP-Ed Program.

It is a series of 4 FREE lessons designed to help participants gain knowledge of nutrition topics and how to reduce barriers to meeting health and wellness goals.

Each lesson lasts approximately 90 minutes and is taught by a peer educator from the community.

Lessons include interactive activities like the "taste and rate" activity, group exercise segments that are low-impact so everyone can participate, and recipe demonstrations where participants may get a taste of healthy food in class.  Who doesn't like food?! 

Some of the freebies include a water bottle, measuring cup, resistance band, beach ball,  recipe book and a pedometer!

The first class starts on Jan 4 at 2:30 pm after the Senior Potluck then for the remaining 3 weeks will take place from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

Instructor:  Melanie Burton

Cost: Free

Help Us Find An Instructor!

Zumba!  Watch our Facebook page for upcoming details.
https://www.facebook.com/TheWintervilleCenter/

 

 

 


 

Quick link to the Calendar for mobile phone users: https://www.facebook.com/TheWintervilleCenter/app/141568166309981/

Register Online!

We now accept online registrations by submitting the form below. 

We prefer pre-payment so that the check-in process at the time of your scheduled class is quicker so we provide three options:

  1. You may prepay with a credit card by calling us at 706-742-0823, Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
  2. You may stop by the Center's office and pay by check, credit card or cash, Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
  3. You may send a check made payable to the City of Winterville and mailed to Winterville Center for Community & Culture, PO Box 306, Winterville, GA 30683.  If choosing this option, please indicate which class you have registered for.
  4. Please note that any class that has a material fee MUST prepay.  The instructors must purchase enough materials for each student.

All classes are $7.50 each unless noted that it is a FREE class.  Be sure to check if there is a material fee for your selected class.

For any questions, please call 706-742-0823, M-F, 9-4.

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October Schedule of Classes (PDF)

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Event Room Rentals Available

Book your next event at The Winterville Center for Community and Culture. We have a modern demonstration kitchen and a dining/activity room which seats 60 at round tables or 100 in theater-style arrangement.

Our community hall with kitchen is the perfect place for your Business Meeting, Wedding Reception, Family Reunion, Office Christmas Party, or Birthday Bash. Call 706-742-0823 for reservations.