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Explore New Skills with Highland’s Lifelong Learning Classes in September

FREEPORT — Highland Community College’s Lifelong Learning September courses include options to pick up Pickleball, discover Freeport’s cultural and horse-racing history, master new recipes and tour a museum in German Valley.

Browse a sampling of Lifelong Learning courses below, and visit to view the complete schedule and register for classes.

Pickleball for Beginners
Location: Krape Park, 1799 S. Park Blvd., Freeport Ill.
Registration deadline: Sept. 5
Class: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3; 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m.
Fee: $48
Instructor: Corey Engel

Pickleball is a cross between badminton and tennis, and is the fastest-growing sport among baby boomers in America. This introductory course provides the opportunity to learn the team sport, including rules of the game and equipment to get started. Enjoy a fun outlet for fitness, competition and socialization.

Sousa in Freeport
Location: Freeport Masonic Temple, 305 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, Ill.
Registration deadline: Sept. 6
Class: Sept. 13; 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $0
Instructor: Thompson Brandt

John Philip Sousa visited Freeport on six occasions with his world-famous Sousa Band between 1897 and 1928. This class will offer students a review of these concerts, with a special emphasis on the “March King’s” last performance at the Masonic Temple Building in Freeport. Sponsored by The Masonic Temple and an HCC History Alumnus, this event is free. Registration is required in advance or at the event.

Rustic Risotto
Location: The Muse on Cedar Creek, 395 West N. Cedarville Road, Freeport Ill.
Registration deadline: Sept. 13
Class: Sept. 20; 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $25
Instructor: Josh King-Slowinski

Learn the secrets to making the perfect Rustic Risotto. Enjoy this creamy Italian rice dish alongside the views of The Muse on Cedar Creek.

German Valley Historical Museum Tour

Location: German Valley Historical Museum, 805 Church St., German Valley, Ill.
Registration deadline: Sept. 19
Class: Sept. 26; 10-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $10
Instructor: German Valley Historical Museum Tour Guides

Join us for a guided tour of the 1890s Beuth House. The house offers a new research room of local historical books, genealogies, photos, maps and German Valley artifacts. Inside you’ll find a military room, Victorian bedroom, kitchen, dining room and parlor. Our “barn” contains farming, household  and business artifacts from German Valley and the surrounding area. The Beuth House first floor and barn are handicap-accessible.

History of Taylor Park
Location: Highland Community College, Student/Conference Center (Building H), room H-210, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, Ill.
Registration deadline: Sept. 22
Class: Sept. 29; 6-7:00 p.m.
Fee: $10
Instructor: Susie Dvorak

Join us to learn more about the role Taylor’s Driving Park, now known as Taylor Park, played in the development of Freeport’s cultural and recreational past. Taylor Park as a world-class horse racing track and site of the Illinois State Fair will be covered.

Lifelong Learning’s many additional courses in September include:

•          Creative Hairstyles for Little Girls — HCC

•          Microsoft Excel Fundamentals — HCC

•          Computers and Mobile Devices HCC

•          Dinner Party, Soup and Salad – The Muse on Cedar Creek, Cedarville

•          Resin Pendant — HCC

•          The Healing Art of Zentangle — Stockton Library

•          Card Making A — HCC

•          Microsoft PowerPoint Fundamentals — HCC

•          Digital Privacy and Security — HCC

•          Macramé Feathers Wall Hanging — The Muse on Cedar Creek, Cedarville

For more information about Lifelong Learning and to find out the latest in offerings — including limited online courses — call 815-599-3403.