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Lifelong Learning Class Listings


Computers for Seniors
Course ID: 6925   Location: T-159
Class Dates: Apr. 18, 20, 25, 27   T/Th
Class Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 11
Fee: $64.00
This non-threatening, hands-on class will help you ease into computer-age technology and become familiar with the jargon, concepts and basic operations of computers.

Internet and Email for Seniors
Course ID: 1179   Location: T-159
Class Dates: May 16, 18, 23, 25   T/Th
Class Time: 9:00-11:30 AM
Registration Deadline: May 9
Fee: $64.00
Examine the fascinating world of the Internet. Learn how to send and receive messages and attachments via e-mail, search various websites for information and understand the basics of the World Wide Web.

Personal Enrichment

10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimers
Course ID: 6842   Location: H-208
Class Dates: Apr. 26   W
Class Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 19
Fee: $10.00
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters-The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This is a lunch and learn class that will teach you the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's. Registration fee includes a box lunch (sandwich, chips, cookie and water). The instructor of this course is Sue Sklar, Program Manager for the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

American Lumber Saga & The Upper Mississippi
Course ID: 6963   Location: International Preservation Studies Center formerly Campbell Center
Class Dates: Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, museum trip May 6   Th
Class Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 13
Fee: $25.00
In this course, students will follow the many rises and falls of various American lumber capitals and discover the role the Upper Mississippi River had in the American lumber saga. At the end, students will understand that Clinton, Iowa can be called an American lumber capital. Saturday, 5/6/2017 will be a tour of the museum in Clinton, Iowa.

Ballroom Dance
Course ID: 7186   Location: YMCA Multi-Purpose Room
Class Dates: Mar. 24, 31, Apr. 7, 21, 28, May 5   F
Class Time: 6:00-6:45 PM
Registration Deadline: Mar. 17
Fee: $70.00
Waltz I, Foxtrot I, Swing I, for those who have never danced before and want to improve or add to what they already know. If unsure of your level, contact instructor Julie Dale, 815-718-1814 or email

Beginning Watercolor Workshop
Course ID: 7054   Location: 1727 Church St., Freeport
Class Dates: Apr. 19, 26, May 3, 10 17, 24, 31, June 7   W
Class Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 12
Fee: $125.00
Each session consists of a short lecture, a demo, student exercises, creative time, and helpful critiques. Basics include subject selection, composition, color theory, and special watercolor techniques. Hopefully each student will create at least one "masterpiece" during the workshop. Since studio time is limited, I encourage you to work at home and bring your paintings to class for review and critique. Class maximum of 10 students to allow individual attention. Printed handouts are provided each session to allow for catch-ups for missed sessions and to provide reference material for future use.

Brewing Technology Then & Now
Course ID: 6961   Location: Generations Brewing Co
Class Dates: Apr. 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, 9   M/T
Class Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 17
Fee: $150.00
Ever thought about brewing your own beer? Maybe you already do and are considering a career in the new booming craft brewing industry! This three-week course could be just for you and will help you understand the entire brewing process on both a small and large scale! We'll cover brewing ingredients, equipment, procedures, packaging, and even tasting sensory analysis.

Deco Mesh Wreath II Lanark
Course ID: 6947   Location: Lanark Heritage Center
Class Dates: Apr. 5   W
Class Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Mar. 29
Fee: $65.00
See Course ID 6946 for description.

Decorated Spring Baskets II
Course ID: 6945   Location: H-210
Class Dates: Apr. 12   W
Class Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 5
Fee: $65.00
See Course ID 6944 for description.

Fishing to Catch Fish!
Course ID: 1201   Location: Apple Canyon Lake Property Owner's Club
Class Dates: May 24   W
Class Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: May 17
Fee: $15.00
Want to know more about fishing? In two hours learn the basics of equipment, bait, location, and how to catch more fish!

Identity Theft
Course ID: 6919   Location: H-228
Class Dates: May 3   W
Class Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 26
Fee: $10.00
Identity theft is our country’s fastest growing crime and affects individuals from all walks of life.  This program warns residents of potential scams and provides valuable information on ways to protect themselves.  Whether it’s paying at the gas pump, filing for your tax returns, or shopping online, ID thieves are always looking for ways to scam consumers. Instructor is Jason Leviskas from the Illinois Comptroller's Office. This is a lunch and learn. Registration fee includes a box lunch (sandwich, chips, cookie and water).

Intermediate Smartphone
Course ID: 6920   Location: H-208
Class Dates: May 4   Th
Class Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 27
Fee: $25.00
Go beyond the basic functionality of your Smartphone and move your skills to the next level.

Intro to Android
Course ID: 6922   Location: H-210
Class Dates: Apr. 27   Th
Class Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 20
Fee: $25.00
Bring your Android phone to class and learn how to get the most out of your phone such as functionality, security, and more! The instructor, Eric Korte, works with many models of phones.

Intro to iPhone
Course ID: 6924   Location: H-210
Class Dates: Apr. 6   Th
Class Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: Mar. 30
Fee: $25.00
Bring your iPhone to class and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone such as functionality, security, etc. The instructor, Eric Korte, is an experienced iPhone instructor.

Online Classes Ed2Go
Course ID: 0   Location: TBD
Class Dates: Jan. 9 - May 12   TBD
Class Time: TBD
Registration Deadline: Varies
Fee: $99.00
Through the HCC Business Institute, we offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you. For a list of classes and exact fees go to:

Course ID: 7017   Location: St. John's United Church of Christ
Class Dates: May 8   M
Class Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: May 1
Fee: $45.00
We will make both a meat and a meatless Paella. Our Paella’s will be in the Valencian style which is considered to be the original recipe from the South of Spain. Not only the techniques but much of the history on this excellent dish will be included in this class. Please bring containers to take food home in.

Private One-on-One Session
Course ID: 6830   Location: TBD
Class Dates: TBD   TBD
Class Time: TBD
Registration Deadline: TBD
Fee: $190.00
If you have a new camera, or just want a one-on-one session to learn the controls, this two-hour session may be for you. This is a great gift to the photographer in your family. Topics can also include post-processing (like Photoshop Elements), or photographic techniques with any camera. Once registered, we will contact you to establish a time and topic that works for everyone. Add a second person for only $60.

The Great Train Chase of 1862
Course ID: 6929   Location: Bertolet Memorial Library Leaf River
Class Dates: Apr. 19   W
Class Time: 10:00-12:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 12
Fee: $24.00
A Confederate Train is stolen by Union saboteurs in a bold attempt to disrupt rebel rail traffic. The secret mission was intended to damage transportation by helping Union forces capture a key rail junction and thus shorten the war. How was the mission planned and executed? Who was involved and was it a success or failure? A few members of class will assume roles and will participate as the story is told. A professional video of the Chase will be shown, followed by discussion. Take home material provided and information about where the locomotive can be seen today in Georgia.

Wire Wrapped Pendant
Course ID: 6936   Location: H-117
Class Dates: May 9, 11, 16   T/Th
Class Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: May 2
Fee: $43.00
Learn how to make a wire-wrapped pendant, ready to hang on your favorite necklace. A few basic styles will be taught, along with various techniques to add variation and style. No heat or power tools needed--just hand tools and wire. Ready-to-wrap pendants will be available to select and wire will be provided. Please bring your own hand tools: smooth-faced round-nose pliers, smooth-faced flat-nose pliers and side cutters. Students can expect to complete 1 or 2 pendants in class and learn the skills to create limitless pendants at home.

Professional Development

American Heart Assn. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
Course ID: 6907   Location: N-166
Class Dates: Apr. 26   W
Class Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: Apr. 19
Fee: $65.00
The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Cost includes the textbook. Course may also be taken by anyone desiring a CPR course.