Winterville Center for Community and Culture

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.


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.

Weekly On-going Class Schedules

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.



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

Cost: $7.50 per session

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

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Room #102

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.

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

Beginners and experienced players welcome.

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.

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm 
Room #102

Gentle yoga is perfect for people who want to try yoga for the first time or for those who are looking for a softer approach to their practice. In  this class, we will combine gentle yoga poses with breathing exercises while focusing on the mind/body connection. We will do restorative postures to stretch and strengthen the body, reduce stress and calm the mind. Everybody is welcome to practice yoga in this supportive environment. No yoga experience is required. Bring yourself, water and a mat and be ready to feel grounded.

Instructor: Michele Petee

Cost:  $7.50

Payment due at pre-registration. Call 706-742-0823.  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.

Coming Soon

Zumba!  Watch our Facebook page for upcoming details.


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.  Pre-registration required.

Facilitator:  Jack Eisenman

Cost: FREE

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

Walk-ins welcome


The Winterville Arts Council presents its Gallery "Ripening"


Chinese Calligraphy

Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30 pm
Room 102

Chinese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy widely practiced in China and revered in the Chinese cultural sphere, which often includes Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The calligraphic tradition of East Asia originated and developed from China. There is a general standardization of the various styles of calligraphy in this tradition.  Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural arts because they emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life.

3 sessions - $7.50 per session.  Material Fee:  $10.00.  Preregistration required.  Cash, Check, Credit Card accepted.  Call 706-742-0823


The long awaited Tai Chi class.  Yes, we have a new instructor, Jackie Pierson.  The class will begin Wednesday, September 20th at 10 AM.  The cost is $7.50 a session. Call to reserve your spot, 706-742-0823.  We accept cash, check, or credit card.  More info to come.

A three-session course on Chinese Calligraphy begins Monday, September 18th through October 2, 5:30-7:30 PM.  The instructor is William Pierson and the cost is $7.50 a session plus a $10.00 material fee. Call to reserve your spot, 706-742-0823.  We accept cash, check, or credit card.  More info to come.

Coming in October

Thu, October 5, 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: Speaker for Oct 5: Ms Vaughn, Physical Therapist

The program will last one-half hour.

Please RSVP 706-742-0823

Renowned Georgia Author Janisse Ray speaks

Poetry Lecture
Monday, Oct. 2,
7:00 pm

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. Most of her work focuses on nature and social issues. She is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She won the 2017 Southern Environmental Law Center Award in journalism for her piece on coal ash, published online in The Bitter Southerner: “From Ashes Such as These, What Can Rise?”
Ray has been awarded two honorary doctorates, from LaGrange College in Georgia and Unity College in Maine. In spring 2018 she will be Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in Roanoke.

The reading will be followed by a book-signing, light refreshments, and a chance to mingle with book-lovers from the area. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the Winterville Library and Winterville Public Library.

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.

At The Auditorium...

Southern Gospel Concert at the Winterville Auditorium
Saturday, October 28, 4:00 pm

Featured Artists:  The Ward Family 

                               Dennis Cook 

                               The Singing Epps Family 

This concert is free. A love offering will be taken.

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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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Class Schedules

March Schedule of Classes (PDF)

Register online using the form at the bottom of the page.

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.