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When Rose George isn’t strolling down the trail on her ex-racehorse or reeling in 12-pound bass, she works as hard as she plays organizing personal enrichment courses — “the fun and interesting classes” — as director of Sandhills Community College’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

The military brought Rose to Moore County from Hawaii, but she considers Nashville her hometown. A social worker by training, she had more fun running a children’s consignment shop in Southern Pines. Now she has fun inventing ways for students of all ages to keep learning, from summer programs for middle schoolers to classes for seniors the College offers at Belle Meade and Pine Knoll.

Classes are held once a week and, unlike that university you’re still paying back, might actually teach you something: how to oil paint like a 16th-century Dutch guy or why your favorite books always turn into terrible movies. You can even take a history of U.S. counterterrorism policy with a retired foreign area officer. It’s not like you’re using that time between baseball practice and barre class productively anyway.
Check out a full list of classes here: lli.sandhills.edu

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