New School in Town

January 11, 2018

Introducing Wilmington’s 50+ community classroom – Brightmore University. 

Sponsored by Brightmore of Wilmington.

Most of us entrenched in the day-to-day work, home, repeat cycle would give anything to go back to the classroom, at least on occasion. But, given the option, not all 50+ Wilmington residents would jump at the chance to sit in a room full of 20-somethings for the price of a month’s mortgage at a local community college or university. And, lifelong learning programs may be an investment many can’t accommodate time wise or otherwise.

When you just want to stay abreast of the latest, and be surrounded by people interested in current research, discoveries, and healthy living options, where do you turn without simultaneously breaking the bank?

Brightmore University

In a recent discussion with Marianna Stacy, Community Outreach Educator at Brightmore of Wilmington, we stumbled onto Brightmore University – that happy medium that so many of us are searching for.

Brightmore University is a free seminar and workshop-based educational program offered to Brightmore residents and the 50 + general public.

The 2018 Spring Semester theme is Wellness for Mind, Body & Spirit.

See the schedule below, then get a few (or all) of them on the calendar. If you’re not quite in the 50+ category, but you know someone who is and could benefit from some of these, please pass them on!

Call 910-338-2905 to reserve your seat.


2018 Spring Schedule


Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Fostering A Healthy Lifestyle in 2018
Presented by: Lori Harris , Chief Marketing Officer, Clean Eatz

Join us for a 30-minute presentation on clean eating, macros, and inspirations for incorporating healthy eating habits to foster a healthy lifestyle. A 10-minute Q & A session will follow. Be sure to stay for Sampling and Socializing. Clean Eatz will also be available for Meal Plan sign ups.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY Friday, January 19th

Thursday, January 25th , 2018 at 2:00 PM

Voices of Recovery Series: Part 1
The Art of Recovery: The Role of Artistic Expression
Presented by: Debra Kindervatter, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Recovery Resource Center, Inc.;
President of National Alliance on Mental Illness, Wilmington;
Executive Board Member NAMI NC

Debra, an art curator and now an active voice and advocate for those with mental illness shares how a bipolar episode caused her to take a step back, her recovery experience, and skills gained. Learn how therapeutic art and journaling help maintain mental wellness. You do not have to be an artist to attend!

Location: Brightmore Independent Living Fitness Center, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY Wednesday, January 24th  

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The Mermaid: A Novel Merging Myth With Reality-Book Review & Signing
Presented by: Shane Scollins, Author

Local author Shane Scollins reviews his newest fictional novel, THE MERMAID, set in and around Fort Fisher and Carolina Beach. The author of over 10 novels, Shane will be on hand to answer questions, sell and sign copies of his latest book, and talk about what inspires him to create his best-selling fiction.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Monday, January 29th


Wednesday, February 7th at 2:00 PM

Wide Eyes: A War Orphan Discovers Her Birth Identity-Book Review & Signing:
Presented by: Marija Platace Futchs Fine, Author

Baby Marija, separated from her mother in German-occupied Latvia in 1944 and events in the years before her arrival in the US in 1949 were kept a mystery by the Soviet Union, until a Latvian “family detective” unlocked her family’s story in 2014. Join us for her 25-minute video, based on her book, followed by her remarks on the positive outcome of that discovery, revealed after 7 decades.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Friday, February 2nd

Monday, February 12that 2:00 PM

The Carving Tree-Book Review & Signing
Presented by: Terry Bowman, Author

Two women’s courage and resilience are put to the test in Terry Bowman’s captivating Christian fiction novel. Join us as we hear about this tale of love, courage, and God’s redemptive grace that reminds readers there is always hope.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Friday, February 9th

Monday, February 26th at 2:00 PM

Voices of Recovery Series: Part 2
From Heartache to Healing: One Woman’s Journey to New Beginnings
Presented by: Mary Crawford, RRCI Certified Peer Support Specialist

What happens when you lose everything? How do you pick up the pieces and find inner strength to turn your life around? Mary Crawford tells her story of loss, grief, addiction, and the coping skills learned that help her stay in active recovery and put her on the path to new beginnings.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Friday, February 23rd


Thursday, March 15th at 2:00 PM

Collaborations & Criminal Outcomes of the Opioid/Opiate Epidemic
Presented by: Our Local District Attorney, Ben David

Learn of region’s coordinated community efforts, court’s innovative techniques to handle drug abusers/dealers, and how you can contribute in the fight against an epidemic affecting our youth, adults and our MATURE populations. O & A session will follow the presentation.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP BY: Wednesday, March 14th

Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00 PM

Voices of Recovery Series: Part 3
The Burden of Pain: Opiate & Opioid Addiction and The Role We Play
Presented by: Julius Davis, RRCI Certified Peer Support Specialist and
Kenny House, V.P. of Clinical Services for Coastal Horizon

We have all heard of the opioid epidemic affecting our town. In this presentation, Julius Davis along with Coastal Horizon’s Kenny House, explores the root causes of this epidemic and explains what opiates and opioids are, who they affect, and how we can work together towards a solution. Mr. Davis will also share his own spiritual recovery journey.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Wednesday, March 21st

Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 AM– 3:00 PM

Antique Furniture & Jewelry Appraisal, Fair, & Car Show
Presented by: Brightmore of Wilmington

How much green could your treasures bring? Join us for an appraisal of your Antiques, Jewelry & Collectibles and enjoy revisiting the past at our outdoor Antique Fair and Car Show.

Location: Brightmore of Wilmington, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Thursday, March 22nd
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