Lifelong Learners

Lifelong Learners



Lifelong Learning Course Schedule

A complete listing of Lifelong Learning courses are in the searchable table at the bottom of this page or click here to view the searchable schedule for lifelong learning classes.

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Online and Blended Courses through Partnerships


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.

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Highland has partnered with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S) to offer face-to-face/online/blended courses designed for fitness professionals interested in enhancing their skills, meeting continuing education requirements for recertification, earning new nationally-recognized certifications, and gaining the business acumen to either take a management role or pursue entrepreneurship opportunities within the fitness industry.

NEW – Certified Personal Trainer Course with Test Voucher Included!

Get all the information needed to start an exciting fitness career & become a Certified Personal Trainer with an option to complete an employer internship that can walk you into jobs!

Hybrid/Blended Certified Personal Trainer, 2 certification levels for one price (test vouchers included!). Level 1 CPT – Pass both written exam and practical skills exam. Level 2 CPT – Obtain a Level 1 CPT & Complete the 30 Hour Internship. Click here for a complete list of courses offered.


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Spring 2019 Classes in a searchable table

CategoryCourse TitleCourse ID (CRN)LocationReg. DeadlineDate(s)DayTimeCourse FeeInstructorWhat is this course about?
Tech and ComputingExcel - Everyday Spreadsheets6913T-1591/31/19Feb. 7, 14, 21 Th6:30-8:00 PM$59IbalioExcel spreadsheets can help organize your daily life. Learn how to organize your life using the rows and cells of spreadsheets!
Tech and ComputingSmartphone I - Basic6914T-1592/12/19Feb. 19T6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioLearn more about your smartphone. Class will include security, how to use contacts, linking your email and more. Time will be reserved at the end of class to have your questions answered.
Tech and ComputingSmartphone II - Advanced6915T-1592/19/19Feb. 26T6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioSmartphone II - Beyond the basics. Did you know the smartphone is considered to be a type of computer? Learn how connect to the Internet and use web features and apps.
Tech and ComputingPics on My Phone - Now What?6916T-1592/26/19Mar. 5T6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioGot great pictures on your phone, tablet, or digital camera? Now what? Learn how to transfer those images to your computer or laptop, edit them, and share them on social media or through email.
Tech and ComputingHow to Manage the Cloud: iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, Drop Box6917T-1592/28/19Mar. 7Th6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioWhy should you use cloud storage? Ever wonder what OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox, iCloud, and others are about but are afraid to try them? How secure are they? Learn how to use cloud storage, the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage, and how you might use these powerful tools in this class.
Tech and ComputingCoding6925T-1622/28/19Mar. 7Th6:00-8:00 PM$25MonigoldCurious about coding? This course will define what coding is and what it can do. It will also identify the basic types of programming languages and the importance of good algorithm design. Participants will be introduced to multiple coding environments including programming for Web-based and desktop applications.
Tech and ComputingSmart Phone Basics6910Galena Public Library3/5/19Mar. 12T1:00-3:30 PM$39StaffLearn more about your smart-phone. Class will include security, how to use contacts, linking your email and more.
Tech and ComputingCreate Newsletters with Word6918T-1593/7/19Mar. 14Th6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioWhy send a boring email when you can send an attractive and engaging newsletter using Word? Learn formatting and style tips to make the best newsletters for family reunions, Christmas letters, or to share news from that committee you are on!
Tech and ComputingSelling on eBay6919T-1593/19/19Mar. 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16T6:30-8:00 PM$69IbalioHave someone else's treasures in your house? Turn your extra stuff into someone else's treasures by selling on eBay. This seasoned eBay seller will offer tips and tricks to increase your selling price and success.
Tech and Computing3D Printing6926T-1373/19/19Mar. 26T6:00-8:00 PM$25MonigoldLearn how three dimensional solid objects are created as a digital file and then printed as a 3D model. Course will also summarize the features of several types of 3D printers and how these printers are being utilized in homes and businesses. Watch a 3D printer in action and better understand the programming used to create the object.
Tech and ComputingExcel Introduction6911Galena Public Library3/26/19Apr. 2T1:00-3:30 PM$39StaffExcel spreadsheets can help organize your daily life. Learn how to organize your life using the rows and cells of the spreadsheets!
Tech and ComputingPowerPoint6920T-1594/4/19Apr. 11Th6:30-8:00 PM$25IbalioPowerPoint is a powerful tool used to create engaging presentations. Learn how to turn your vacation photos, family pictures or other pieces of information into a professional-looking slide show using PowerPoint.
Tech and ComputingTech Talk6928T-1404/9/19Apr. 16T6:00-8:00 PM$25MonigoldWhat are the latest gadgets, processes and applications that shape our lives? Join Instructor Jeremy Monigold as he discusses newly emerging trends and tools, and how to interact with them. Bring your questions, what has you puzzled, about technology. What is a “smart home” or “smart watch”? What options are there to back up computer data? How can I keep track of all my different passwords?
Tech and ComputingExcel - Everyday Spreadsheets6921T-1594/18/19Apr. 25, May 2, 9Th6:30-8:00 PM$59IbalioExcel spreadsheets can help organize your daily life. Learn how to organize your life using the rows and cells of spreadsheets!
Tech and ComputingWindows 106922T-1594/23/19Apr. 30, May 7T6:30-8:00 PM$43IbalioWindows 10 has many built-in features such as BitLocker, Windows Defender Antivirus, the ability to access all your files, folders and apps from anywhere on any device with remote desktop, Windows Ink, Paint 3D and more! You may bring your Windows 10 laptop to class and immediately apply what you are learning.
Tech and ComputingTips and Tricks for Word6912Galena Public Library4/30/197-MayT1:00-3:30 PM$39StaffLearn to create documents and format letters. Unleash this powerful word processor!
Professional DevAINS 21 - Property and Liability Insurance Principles6849Metlife Insurance, Freeport, IL 2/5/19Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16T12:00-12:50 PM$0DirksThis is the first in a set of industry-recognized training courses, necessary to prepare for certification exam. Participants are guided through each course by an instructor. This course focuses on Property and Liability Principles. Textbook will be provided by Metlife free of charge, but must be returned. Students must pay the $140.00 exam fee at the end to be allowed to take the exam, paid to Metlife.
Professional DevIntro to Oxy-Acetylene Welding6855T-1292/5/19Feb. 12T5:30-8:00 PM$35HicksWelding is a popular hobby and an in-demand career. Learn to join and cut metal from one of Highland's instructors to explore if you would like to learn more in a for-credit class. This is a hands-on class. Please dress appropriately to work in a shop, including long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, and no loose clothing.
Professional DevAIC 30 Claim Handling Principles and Practices6860Metlife Insurance, Freeport, IL 2/13/19Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, W11:30 AM-12:30 PM$0KentIn this industry-recognized training, learn how to apply claim handling principles and investigation techniques. Each participant is guided through each course by an instructor, but is required to pass the standardize exam to receive certification. This is the first of three courses. Textbook will be provided by Metlife free of charge, but must be returned. Students must pay the $140.00 exam fee at the end to be allowed to take the exam, paid to Metlife.
Professional DevAINS 22 - Personal Insurance6699Metlife Insurance, Freeport, IL2/14/19Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16Th12:00-12:50 PM$0ParrIn this formal and industry-recognized training you will learn how to effectively apply personal insurance concepts.  Build a solid foundation in the application of personal insurance fundamentals, including coverage, auto and homeowner contracts, and risk management.  Build skills, and your resume, for work within the insurance industry. Textbook will be provided by Metlife free of charge, but must be returned.  Students may choose to take the exam for certification, at a cost of $140.00 paid by the student to Metlife.
Professional DevIntro to Shield Metal Arc (Stick) Welding6847T-1293/12/19Mar. 19T5:30-8:00 PM$35KloeppingCommonly known as stick welding. Learn how to set the voltage for the different size of electrodes, the proper angles, the proper safety equipment, and what tools are needed. This is a hands-on class. Please dress appropriately to work in a shop, including long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, and no loose clothing.
Professional DevIntro to Mig Welding6848T-1293/14/19Mar. 21Th5:30-8:00 PM$35KloeppingLearn basic Mig welding, including how to set the wire speed and voltage. Practice five weld joints, and four weld positions. Learn common welds, how to maintain the wire feed gun, and safety equipment needed. This is a hands-on class. Please dress appropriately to work in a shop, including long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, and no loose clothing.
Professional DevIntroduction to Voiceovers6924H-2083/27/19Apr. 3W6:00-8:00 PM$49MidgleyExplore the voiceover industry! Discover current trends, opportunities, and tools you need to find success. Read a real script and receive coaching from your instructor, a professional, working voice actor from Voices for All, to improve your delivery. Receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. One-time, 2 hour, introductory class.
Professional DevForensic Genealogy, the Golden State Killer and What Law Enforcement Should Know6929Freeport Public Library4/30/197-MayT5:30-8:00 PM$34FeinbergWhat should law enforcement professionals know about the use of genetic genealogy in the pursuit of (primarily) cold cases with unmatched DNA? Learn the concepts of genetic genealogy; the types of DNA that feed into discovering a potential suspect; the potential legal ramifications; and, what is known about what resources California law enforcement used to lead to the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of multiple rapes and murders. The class is geared toward law enforcement professionals but is open to anyone who has an interest in this area. Terry Feinberg is a professional genealogist with a focus on genetic genealogy; a former professor of local government/Political Science; president of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society; editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly journal.
Personal FinancePractical Tips for Life in Retirement6740H-210A2/20/19Feb. 27W10:00 AM-12:00 PM$15EicherBasic tips and key information to help you plan for a fulfilling and successful retirement. Interactive discussion focuses on finances and budgeting, health care costs, investments, and how to retire "on purpose" (or with purpose).
Personal FinancePractical Tips for Life in Retirement6741H-210A2/20/19Feb. 27W7:00-9:00 PM$15EicherBasic tips and key information to help you plan for a fulfilling and successful retirement. Interactive discussion focuses on finances and budgeting, health care costs, investments, and how to retire "on purpose" (or with purpose).
Personal FinanceInvesting in Stocks and Bonds6891T-1623/28/19Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 Th3:00-4:30 PM$50JazoHow do you decide which stocks to purchase and which ones to sell? This class will help you develop and maintain a stock trading system using both fundamental and technical analysis, so you can make better trading decisions that will lead to better returns. Michael has worked in the financial industry for over 20 year and can help you understand the markets.
Personal FinanceFoundations of Investing6935T-1624/3/19Apr. 10W6:00-7:30PM$15BreedloveLearn investing fundamentals in this easy to understand course. Topics include diversification, investing for long term, developing a strategy and more!. It's not too late to get started on your personal financial plans!
Personal FinanceTips for Writing Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney for Health Care or Property6871H-2084/17/19Apr. 24W6:00-8:00 PM$20RodriguezDo you know how to write a simple will or a health care or property power of attorney? Learn about these important documents and what is necessary to get your affairs, or the affairs of someone you love, in order. (Insightful information; does not take the place of legal counsel.)
HobbiesBasic Bridge6867Stephenson County Senior Resource Center1/21/19Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18M2:00-4:00 PM$25ClemmonsAn introduction to the card game Bridge. This class is for beginners or those with no bridge experience. Class content includes basics of bidding and play. BRING A PARTNER.
HobbiesMore Basic Bridge6868Stephenson County Senior Resource Center3/18/19Mar. 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20M2:00-4:00 PM$25ClemmonsA continuation of learning Bridge basics. The class will cover bidding conventions and responses. BRING A PARTNER. If there is enough interest, supervised play will be possible.
HobbiesGardening in Small Spaces6815T-1404/2/19Apr. 9T6:00-8:00 PM$10KeltnerNikki Keltner, Program Coordinator with the Illinois Extension, will cover a variety of small space gardening techniques. Whether you are looking to grow some unique container gardens, learn more about vertical gardening, or would like to create a productive vegetable garden in a small space there will be many unique ideas in this class to help you do so.
HobbiesMetal Detecting6823Stephenson County Historical Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, IL4/29/196-MayM4:30-6:30 PM$26AndersonAre you curious about metal detecting? Or, do you have a metal detector, but aren't sure how to use it? This workshop will help you dig for your first targets before you know it. You'll learn functions of the detector, accessories, finding the best hunting spots, and metal detecting etiquette. If you have a metal detector, bring it to class. If you don't, you'll have a chance to swing one of the instructor's detectors to locate and dig a target. In the event of inclement weather, class will be held indoors.
HobbiesFishing to Catch Fish6882Apple Canyon Lake Property Owners Club4/30/197-MayT6:00-8:00 PM$15HoodWant to know more about fishing? In two hours learn the basics of equipment, bait, location, and how to catch more fish!
History and CulturePreparation for Peruvian Humanitarian Trip6909N-1251/24/19Jan. 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, 28, Apr. 11, May 23, Jun. 13, 20Th5:30-7:30 PM$0DutmerThis preparatory class will take participants through a step by step checklist in order to prepare to travel to Peru in the Summer of 2019 on a humanitarian trip (focusing on health, goodwill and cultural exchange) with the Casa de Salud group of Freeport. The future trip itself will consist of at least five medical clinics providing health care to underserved Peruvian populations. Optional cultural exchange opportunities will be provided daily. Class, and trip, is intended for people looking for unique cultural experiences and to serve others. Ability to speak Spanish, or medical background is helpful but not required.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Feb. 7, Camila, (Argentina), adult6806H-210A1/31/19Feb. 7Th5:30-8:30 PM$5SzterensusIn 1840s Buenos Aires, Argentina, a socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. The two escape to a far off, secluded village where they assume new identities as husband and wife and begin running a children's school. Eventually, the couple's identity is discovered by a local priest. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Feb. 7, Camila, (Argentina), student6807H-210A1/31/19Feb. 7Th5:30-8:30 PM$2SzterensusIn 1840s Buenos Aires, Argentina, a socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. The two escape to a far off, secluded village where they assume new identities as husband and wife and begin running a children's school. Eventually, the couple's identity is discovered by a local priest. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureBlack Hawk War in the Upper Midwest6844H-1272/12/19Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19T7:00-8:00 PM$42ReedIn April 1832, the "British Band" of Sauk and Fox tribes, led by warrior Black Hawk, crossed the Mississippi River from Iowa to Illinois in a desperate effort to reclaim their home of Saukenuk from the white settlers. From beginning to the final battle at Bad Axe, this class traces the history of the conflict between the Sauk and settlers.
History and CultureMedicine of the Civil War6923H-210A2/25/19Mar. 4, 11, 18M1:00-3:00 PM$54DammannLearn about Medicine of the Civil War from author Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S., founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. His collection of medical artifacts from the Civil War forms the core of the museum’s holdings. His published volumes depict images of instruments, medicine and equipment, and memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon of US Army 1861-1864.
History and CultureWorld War II - Europe (1933-1945)6830Stephenson County Senior Resource Center2/26/19Mar. 5, 12, 19T1:00-3:00 PM$75PetersonLearn about World War II in Europe and North Africa, including the culture of Germany, Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and the Jews before the war. What events led to the Nazi attack on Poland? Review battles: Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Battle of the Atlantic, Russia, North Africa, Sicily, Stalingrad, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, and Berlin.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Mar. 7, Even the Rain, (Bolivia), adult6808H-210A2/28/19Mar. 7Th5:30-8:30 PM$5SzterensusMovie depicts the filming of a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Mar. 7, Even the Rain, (Bolivia), student6809H-210A2/28/19Mar. 7Th5:30-8:30 PM$2SzterensusMovie depicts the filming of a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureAssassination of President Garfield6856H-2083/19/19Mar. 26T6:00-8:00 PM$29PetersonStudy the assassination of President Garfield, US culture in 1881, a brief biography of James Garfield, and of Charles Guiteau, who grew up in Freeport, IL. Learn what happened July 2, 1881 at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington DC., and the capture, trial and execution of Guiteau. What really caused Garfield’s death on September 19, 1881?
History and CultureMovie Music Romance HCC6858M-1203/19/19Mar. 26T6:00-8:00 PM$15LeGearAudience will take an 84-year tour of some of the most memorable movie moments in film history, including 37 favorite songs. Relive the magic as you watch and listen to songs and scenes such as “Moon River”, “As Time Goes By”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Barn Dance” and “West Side Story”.
History and CultureMovie Music Romance SRC6859Stephenson County Senior Resource Center3/21/19Mar. 28Th2:00-4:00 PM$15LeGearAudience will take an 84-year tour of some of the most memorable movie moments in film history, including 37 favorite songs. Relive the magic as you watch and listen to songs and scenes such as “Moon River”, “As Time Goes By”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Barn Dance” and “West Side Story”.
History and CultureWho Haunts Your House6930Freeport Public Library4/9/19Apr. 16, 18T/Th6:00-8:00 PM$39FeinbergLearn how to trace the history of your house. Who lived in it before you and what were their stories? When was the house remodeled? Who paid taxes (or not), how much, and for what? Trace the history of the residents and the house itself. And, if your house is haunted, just maybe you'll learn about the spirits sharing your home.
History and CultureThe Church in Hitler's Germany (1931-1945)6831Stephenson County Senior Resource Center4/10/19Apr. 17W1:00-3:30 PM$29PetersonStudy the Protestant and Catholic Church during and after the rise of Adolph Hitler to power, from 1931 to 1945. What tactics were used by the Nazis to reduce the impact of the Church on Germany? Look at the History of Nationalism in Germany, the position of the church in Germany before (including the Great War) and during the Weimar Republic.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Apr. 18, Frida, (Mexico), adult6810H-210A4/11/19Apr. 18Th5:30-8:30 PM$5SzterensusA biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Apr. 18, Frida, (Mexico), student6811H-210A4/11/19Apr. 18Th5:30-8:30 PM$2SzterensusA biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureTraveler's Spanish - How to Communicate While Traveling in Spanish-Speaking Countries6872H-2084/24/191-MayW5:30-8:30 PM$20RodriguezLearn tips and ideas for communicating while traveling in a Spanish-Speaking country. Learn the key phrases you need to know; how to read the environment; how to engage others. You may not be fluent in Spanish, but you can communicate and enjoy the culture.
History and CultureThe History of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942)6832Stephenson County Senior Resource Center5/1/198-MayW1:00-3:00 PM$29PetersonWhat were the beginnings of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and why so important in FDR’s New Deal? What impact did the CCC have on young men and their families? Learn the needs met by the CCC for the National and State Parks. You’ll learn about organization and regulations, and personal stories as well.
History and CultureAssassination of President Kennedy6857H-210A5/8/1915-MayW6:00-8:00 PM$29PetersonStudy the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What was US culture in 1963? Learn about JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald and what happened November 22, 1963 at the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Hear about the capture and fate of Oswald, and the hospitalization and funeral of JFK. The Dealey Plaza and the gravesite of JFK, today, are also explored.
History and CultureAssassination of President Lincoln1173H-210A5/15/1922-MayW6:00-8:00 PM$29PetersonStudy the assassination of President Lincoln, including a look at US culture in 1865, and brief biographies of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. Learn the details leading up to the evening of April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre, the capture of Booth and accomplices, and Lincoln’s funeral procession. Ford’s Theatre and the gravesite of Lincoln, today, are also discussed.
Health and WellnessTranscend the Winter Blues: A Holistic Approach to Self-Care for Mind and Body6828H-210A1/28/19Feb. 4M6:00-8:00 PM$15YoungblutA self-care course to promote healthy mind and body; the session will focus on steps you can take to detox from winter and the effects of shorter days and longer nights. Join Laura Youngblut, Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Nurse, Registered Yoga Teacher, as you learn self-care techniques in breathing, meditations, and movement to encourage positive mental health during the winter months.
Health and WellnessIntroduction to Meditation6886N-1582/8/19Feb. 16S9:00 AM-12:00 PM$35SchmoldtParticipants will learn the effects of meditation, including but not limited to stress management, assisting with anxiety, and managing pain. A variety of strategies will be provided and practiced that can be applied immediately.
Health and WellnessIntroduction to Essential Oils6884H-210A2/11/19Feb. 18M5:30-8:30 PM$69SchmoldtThis workshop will cover the application, uses and benefits of five essential oils. Learn the importance of safety and the difference between "warm" and "cool" oils. Why is it important to identify the quality of oils? Attendees will sample and receive samples of each oil used in class. Course fee includes $30.00 for samples of oils.
Health and WellnessGeneric or OTC Medicine - Safe or Not?6873H-1273/20/19Mar. 27W6:00-8:00 PM$20RodriguezWhat are the differences between generic, OTC and prescription medications? Why are there cost differences? Is there a difference in how they perform? What are my choices and how to decide what to use? Learn the differences between generic, OTC and prescription medications.
Health and WellnessTranscend the Winter Blues: A Holistic Approach to Self-Care for Mind and Body6829H-210A3/25/19Apr. 1M6:00-8:00 PM$15YoungblutA self-care course to promote healthy mind and body; the session will focus on steps you can take to detox from winter and the effects of shorter days and longer nights. Join Laura Youngblut, Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Nurse, Registered Yoga Teacher, as you learn self-care techniques in breathing, meditations, and movement to encourage positive mental health during the winter months.
Health and WellnessIntroduction to Chakras6887H-201A3/26/19Apr. 2T6:00-9:00 PM$35SchmoldtThis course will outline the seven chakras, each one's importance, and how these energy centers are connected to our physical, mental, and spiritual selves. Learn each chakra's purpose, function, and the effects of a blocked chakra.
Health and WellnessReiki I6889H-1273/29/19Apr. 6, 13S9:00 AM-12:00 PM$59SchmoldtStudents will learn about the origins of Reiki, the use of White Light Energy, and receive training in hand placement to correctly implement this hands-on therapy. Participants will also receive two attunements and certification as Reiki I practitioners, preparing them for Level II learning. No previous experience is needed.
Health and WellnessTen Warning Signs of Alzheimer's6824H-210A4/3/19Apr. 10W10:00-11:00 AM$0SklarAlzheimer's and dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Learn the 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. Learn typical age-related changes, common warning signs, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer's Association resources.
Health and WellnessIntroduction to Essential Oils6885H-210A4/8/19Apr. 15M5:30-8:30 PM$69SchmoldtThis workshop will cover the application, uses and benefits of five essential oils. Learn the importance of safety and the difference between "warm" and "cool" oils. Why is it important to identify the quality of oils? Attendees will sample and receive samples of each oil used in class. Course fee includes $30.00 for samples of oils.
Health and WellnessReiki II6890H-1274/27/194-May-11S9:00 AM-12:00 PM$109SchmoldtThe second-level training for Reiki I practitioners, this course will provide a deeper understanding of how Reiki has been used to aid the body in supporting itself. Learn the ancient Sanskrit symbols that amplify the use of White Light Energy, and how to send a treatment long-distance. Practitioners will receive attunements.
FitnessBeginner Tai Chi6812Freeport YMCA Lobby Room1/11/19Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22F9:00-10:00 AM$48NatanelStudies have shown Tai Chi has many health benefits for all ages, including seniors. Benefits include better balance, improved joint flexibility, increased muscle strength, and lowered blood pressure. In this class you will learn the Tai Chi form bit-by-bit--each week learning one or two new "moves". Learn in a safe, nonjudgmental space.
FitnessWomen's Self Defense682618 W. Stephenson St., Suite 200, Freeport, IL1/29/19Feb. 5T3:30-5:00 PM$25MeyersLearn mental and physical strategies for keeping you and your loved ones safe. Topics include, but not limited to: self-defense targets 101, awareness/alertness, adduction vs. abduction, emergency responses, strangers vs. strange/uncomfortable people, and whole-body movement. Dress in comfortable clothing.
FitnessPickleball for Beginners6802Freeport YMCA Auxiliary Gym2/27/19Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27W6:00-7:30 PM$48KeslerPickleball is a cross between badminton and tennis, and is the fastest growing sport among baby boomers. It is played on a badminton sized court with paddles, a wiffle-type ball and a net. This introductory course provides the opportunity to learn the team sport, and provides a fun outlet for fitness, competition and socialization.
FitnessChair Yoga6948CTE Academy, Elizabeth, IL2/27/19Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24W3:00-4:00 PM$56VanhammeYoga is for everyone - and helps with stress, fatigue, pain; improving joint lubrication and balance. Enjoy the benefits of yoga while maintaining balance and stability through Chair Yoga!
FitnessPickleball for Beginners6819Freeport YMCA Auxiliary Gym2/28/19Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28Th10:00-11:30 AM$48KeslerPickleball is a cross between badminton and tennis, and is the fastest growing sport among baby boomers. It is played on a badminton sized court with paddles, a wiffle-type ball and a net. This introductory course provides the opportunity to learn the team sport, and provides a fun outlet for fitness, competition and socialization.
FitnessBeginner Tai Chi6813Freeport YMCA Lobby Room3/1/19Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12 F9:00-10:00 AM$48NatanelStudies have shown Tai Chi has many health benefits for all ages, including seniors. Benefits include better balance, improved joint flexibility, increased muscle strength, and lowered blood pressure. In this class you will learn the Tai Chi form bit-by-bit--each week learning one or two new "moves". Learn in a safe, nonjudgmental space.
FitnessWomen's Self Defense682718 W. Stephenson St., Suite 200, Freeport, IL3/11/19Mar. 17Su1:00-2:30 PM$25MeyersLearn mental and physical strategies for keeping you and your loved ones safe. Topics include, but not limited to: self-defense targets 101, awareness/alertness, adduction vs. abduction, emergency responses, strangers vs. strange/uncomfortable people, and whole-body movement. Dress in comfortable clothing.
FitnessPickleball for Intermediate Players6820Freeport YMCA Auxiliary Gym3/27/19Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24W6:00-7:30 PM$48KeslerBeyond the basics. This class is designed for Pickleball players who seek to improve their game through control and consistency. Topics include forehand and backhand groundstrokes, a wide variety of shots including serves, returns of serve, and volleys. Will use slower and faster pace shots to advantage. Strategic play will also be covered.
FitnessPickleball for Intermediate Players6821Freeport YMCA Auxiliary Gym3/28/19Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25Th10:00-11:30 AM$48KeslerBeyond the basics. This class is designed for Pickleball players who seek to improve their game through control and consistency. Topics include forehand and backhand groundstrokes, a wide variety of shots including serves, returns of serve, and volleys. Will use slower and faster pace shots to advantage. Strategic play will also be covered.
FitnessBeginner Tai Chi6814Freeport YMCA Lobby Room4/19/19Apr. 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31F9:00-10:00 AM$48NatanelStudies have shown Tai Chi has many health benefits for all ages, including seniors. Benefits include better balance, improved joint flexibility, increased muscle strength, and lowered blood pressure. In this class you will learn the Tai Chi form bit-by-bit--each week learning one or two new "moves". Learn in a safe, nonjudgmental space.
Culinary ArtsTempting Tapas6892St. John's UCC, Freeport3/11/19Mar. 18M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverTapas can be cold, hot, savory, or sweet. Entire restaurants exist serving tapas and have elevated tapas to a very sophisticated cuisine. Recipes will be from simple tapas to more complicated all sure to dazzle your guests at your next cocktail party! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsTempting Tapas6893Pretzel City Kitchens, Freeport 3/12/19Mar. 19T4:00-7:00 PM$55StaverTapas can be cold, hot, savory, or sweet. Entire restaurants exist serving tapas and have elevated tapas to a very sophisticated cuisine. Recipes will be from simple tapas to more complicated all sure to dazzle your guests at your next cocktail party! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsMixology6822White Pines Resort, Sycamore Room, 6712 W Pines Rd, Mt. Morris, IL3/18/19Mar. 23S4:00-7:00 PM$59TalbertDo you want to impress your friends and host parties everyone talks about? Want to learn how to make superb Manhattans, Mojitos and Martinis? Want to practice shaking, stirring, layering and pouring? In this introduction to the basics of bartending and mixing, you will practice and prepare real cocktails, drinks and shooters. Must be 21 or older.
Culinary ArtsPortuguese Best Recipes6894St. John's UCC, Freeport3/18/19Mar. 25M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverLearn how to cook traditional Portuguese dishes that are sure to please. Recipes may include perfectly seasoned seafood, sausage, rice and spices. Warm and comforting fare! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsSoutheast Asian Cuisine6895St. John's UCC, Freeport3/19/19Mar. 26T5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverSoutheast Asian cuisine is very aromatic, and encompasses the countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, southern part of China, and Philippines. Recipes usually include rice, lime, cilantro, ginger and chilies. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsPersian Cuisine6896St. John's UCC, Freeport3/25/19Apr. 1M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverExperience the exotic Persian culture through food. Persian recipes may include fresh greens, rice, lamb, yogurt, “kabobs”, herbs and pomegranates. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsGerman Cooking6897St. John's UCC, Freeport4/1/19Apr. 8M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverWhat do the words Schweinshaxe, Kartoffelpuffer or Rinderroulade mean to you? While we may not actually prepare Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), these are all examples of rich and satisfying traditional German meals. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsNew Mexican Fare6898St. John's UCC, Freeport4/8/19Apr. 15M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverNew Mexican cuisine is NOT Tex-Mex.. Flavorful dishes include Salsa Verde, Ranchero sauce, chiles rellenos, pinto beans, chicos, carne adovada, and variations on your favorite guacamole. We will make dishes as spicy as you want! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsCzech Czuisine6899Pretzel City Kitchens, Freeport 4/9/19Apr. 16T4:00-7:00 PM$55StaverMmmm…knedliky and zeli, svickova, kolace…No, our computer keys did not get stuck. In this course learn about hearty, delicious food from Czechoslovakia. For fans of dumplings and sauerkraut, marinated sirloin, fruit or poppy seed filled pastries and many other delectable, please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsWow Appetizers6900St. John's UCC, Freeport4/15/19Apr. 22M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverBest parties start with memorable appetizers. This course will help you create appetizers that are delicious and elevate your get-together to a new level of fun. Learn new methods, try different ingredients, get ideas and have fun! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsWow Appetizers6901Pretzel City Kitchens, Freeport 4/16/19Apr. 23T4:00-7:00 PM$55StaverBest parties start with memorable appetizers. This course will help you create appetizers that are delicious and elevate your get-together to a new level of fun. Learn new methods, try different ingredients, get ideas and have fun! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsMastering Italian Cuisine6902St. John's UCC, Freeport4/22/19Apr. 29M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverLearn classic Italian recipes and regional favorites. Even if you have taken the class before, please take again. No recipes repeated. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsStir Fry Creations6903St. John's UCC, Freeport4/29/19May 6M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverFast, tasty and nutritious, stir frying can help you liven up your evening meal. Learn methods for turning bite-sized pieces of food into culinary masterpieces. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsCajun Cooking6904St. John's UCC, Freeport4/23/19Apr. 30T5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverCajun cuisine is a melting pot of cultures including Chinese, Indian, Native American, Italian, French, and African foods. Gumbo and jambalaya are classic examples, and rice is often featured. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsThe Art of the Grill1199Pretzel City Kitchens, Freeport 6/4/19Jun. 11T2:30-5:30 PM$55StaverIt’s time to get outside and grill with confidence. Learn techniques, tools and recipes for your best outdoor barbecue. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Creative ArtsPaint Party with Friends6800Freeport Art Museum1/24/19Jan. 31Th6:00-8:00 PM$25TreuGather your friends at the Freeport Art Museum to explore the winter landscape with paint. Inspired by winter scene artworks from FAM's collection, we'll venture into our own paintings and find how warm, cool and colorful winter can be - fun for friends and family together. No experience necessary.
Creative ArtsCeramics-Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Hand Building6746F-0531/31/19Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28Th6:00-9:00 PM$175McDonaldLearn to work with clay, whether you have no previous experience or would like studio time and instruction to build on existing skills. Step-by-step projects for the beginner, and assistance with independent projects for intermediate students. Includes self-directed project time. Choose to focus on hand building or wheel throwing. Please bring a basic pottery tool kit; one may be purchased at the J. Rosemary Shockey Bookstore for $12.00. Course Fee includes the cost of the clay.
Creative ArtsCeramics-Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Hand Building6747F-0532/1/19Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29F10:00 AM-1:00 PM$175McDonaldLearn to work with clay, whether you have no previous experience or would like studio time and instruction to build on existing skills. Step-by-step projects for the beginner, and assistance with independent projects for intermediate students. Includes self-directed project time. Choose to focus on hand building or wheel throwing. Please bring a basic pottery tool kit; one may be purchased at the J. Rosemary Shockey Bookstore for $12.00. Course Fee includes the cost of the clay.
Creative ArtsFlow and Mix with Alcohol Ink6801Freeport Art Museum2/21/19Feb. 28Th5:30-7:00 PM$39BielefeldtOne of the latest trends in art is using special alcohol inks to paint colorful, impressionistic and intricate creations. Its ability to flow and mix makes it a blast to use and wonderful results are guaranteed for even the beginner. All materials are provided.
Creative ArtsPattern Making A6931H-2082/21/19Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14Th7:30-9:00 PM$75Stiles,Learn how to draft professional patterns, how to correctly take measurements, and the formulas used by top European and Domestic designers of the world. Stop wasting time and money using commercial patterns. Start designing your own line of clothing, ready to wear and custom, that will fit and enhance your body.
Creative ArtsSewing/Tailoring A6933H-2082/21/19Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14Th6:00-7:30 PM$75Stiles,Learn how to sew from Master Tailor-Designer Eric W. Stiles Sr., former top Supervisor and Head Tailor-Fitter for Giorgio Armani, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Stop making “home-made looking” clothing, learn how to make clothes like professionals. Learn machine set-up and two types of seams. Recommended to take Sewing/Tailoring and Pattern Making classes together to maximize your skills. No sewing experience is required. Materials list will be provided before the first day of class, as supplies not included in price of the course. You need to bring your sewing machine to class.
Creative ArtsZentangle6869H-210A2/26/19Mar. 5, 12 T5:00:7:00 PM$40StaynerThe Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned, you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. People who draw according to this method, describe their experiences as states of mindfulness and flow.
Creative ArtsCandlemaking6793F-0663/4/19Mar. 11, 13, 15M, W, F6:00-7:30 PM$45BolandBasic candlemaking course teaches how to melt and pour wax, set up wicks, use containers and molds, creating single or multi-layered colors. Learn about wax types, wicks, weights, scents, coloring, molds, containers and more. Receive handout of entire course content with links for purchasing supplies. Students take home their candles.
Creative ArtsZentangle6870H-210A3/19/19Mar. 26, Apr. 2T5:00:7:00 PM$40StaynerThe Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned, you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. People who draw according to this method, describe their experiences as states of mindfulness and flow.
Creative ArtsCard Making A6696F-0623/20/19Mar. 27, Apr. 10, 24, May 8W6:00-8:30 PM$30MillerCreate your own greeting cards and paper projects! You will create three to four projects each week using tools and different card folds. No project duplicated! You must bring adhesive, precision scissors, ruler, and pencil. $25.00 materials fee paid to instructor on the first night covers all weeks’ materials! For beginner or experienced crafter.
Creative ArtsPattern Making B6932H-2083/21/19Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11Th7:30-9:00 PM$75Stiles,Build on what you learn in Pattern Making A, Course ID 6931.
Creative ArtsSewing/Tailoring B6934H-2083/21/19Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11Th6:00-7:30 PM$75Stiles,Build on what you learn in Sewing/Tailoring A, Course ID 6933.
Creative ArtsCard Making B6697F-0623/22/19Mar. 29, Apr. 12, 26, May 10F9:30 AM-12:00 PM$30MillerCreate your own greeting cards and paper projects! You will create three to four projects each week using tools and different card folds. No project duplicated! You must bring adhesive, precision scissors, ruler, and pencil. $25.00 materials fee paid to instructor on the first night covers all weeks’ materials! For beginner or experienced crafter.
Creative ArtsCard Making C6698F-0623/29/19Apr. 5, 19, May 3, 17F9:30 AM-12:00 PM$30MillerCreate your own greeting cards and paper projects! You will create three to four projects each week using tools and different card folds. No project duplicated! You must bring adhesive, precision scissors, ruler, and pencil. $25.00 materials fee paid to instructor on the first night covers all weeks’ materials! For beginner or experienced crafter.
Creative ArtsBeginning Watercolor Workshop68251727 Church Street, Freeport, IL4/17/19Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12W6:30-8:30 PM$140GoodspeedJoin local artist Roger Goodspeed in this Beginning Watercolor Workshop. Learn basic beginning watercolor painting skills; develop artistic talents in watercolor media, in a variety of styles.
Creative ArtsWire Wrapped Pendant6854H-1275/1/198-MayW6:00-9:00 PM$25DawsonMake a wire-wrapped pendant, ready to hang on your favorite necklace. Techniques will be taught using just hand tools and wire. Ready-to-wrap pendants available to select the night of class for $3-$5, or bring your own stone. Please bring own hand tools: round and flat-nose pliers – both smooth-faced, and wire cutters. Some tools may be available for use.

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