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February Lifelong Learning schedule includes in-person and online classes

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Highland Community College Lifelong Learning February courses include Beginning Jewelry Making, Computers and Mobile Devices, Spring Bulb Gardens A and B, The Bio-Energetics of Thriving, and Cahokia and the Mississippian Culture, held in-person and online. Courses being held in person will be practicing social distancing and masks will be required. Others have the option to attend through Zoom™. To register online and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit For more information about Lifelong Learning and to find out the latest in new course offerings, call 815-599-3403.

Beginning Jewelry Making

Location: Highland Community College, (Building T), room T-122, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 3

Class: Feb. 10; 6 — 8 p.m.

Fee: $35

Instructor: Cindy Bielefeldt

Attendees will learn techniques for creating earrings and necklaces, utilizing jewelry findings, and the various tools of the trade. All supplies will be provided, no prior experience is needed.

Computers and Mobile Devices

Location: Highland Community College, (Building T), room T-140, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 11

Class: Feb. 18; 1 — 3 p.m.

Fee: $25

Instructor: Jeremy Monigold

Examine the characteristics of laptops, tablets, desktops, and all-in-ones as well as mobile devices including smartphones, digital cameras, media players, and wearable devices. Vandalism, failure, and ways to prevent hardware theft and technology-related injuries will be covered.

Spring Bulb Gardens A and B

Location: Clara Joyce Flowers, 13493 East Blair Hill Rd., Stockton, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 13

Class: Feb. 19 (A), 20 (B); 6 — 7 p.m.

Fee: $60

Instructor: Drew Groezinger

The magic of winter flower bulbs awaits! Attendees will learn how to create a gorgeous forced bulb dish garden and successfully grow these plants to maturity. Attendees will make a medium-sized dish garden that will include amaryllis, paperwhites, and oxalis. All materials will be provided.

The Bio-Energetics of Thriving

Location: Thriving Thistle, 300 W. Hickory St., Apple River, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 14

Class: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18; 6 — 7 p.m.

Fee: $30

Instructor: Dr. Liz Stocks

Get a new perspective on health and the experience of life and learn practical tools to use daily to increase health, freedom, and joy. Each class will be unique and independent with information being repeated for deeper understanding.

Cahokia and the Mississippian Culture

Location: Highland Community College, Student/Conference Center (Building H), room H-127, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill., or through Zoom

Registration deadline: Feb. 16

Class: Feb. 23; 6 — 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $21

Instructor: Mark Peterson

Learn about Cahokia, the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture dating from 700 – 1400 A.D.  Located just east of St. Louis, MO, Cahokia is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of Mexico’s pre-Columbian cities.

Other courses include:

•          Yin Yoga Experience — Thriving Thistle, Apple River

•          Succulent Dish Garden A and B — Clara Joyce Flowers, Stockton

•          Comedy Gold on the Silver Screen — Mt. Morris Senior Center and Zoom

•          Drawing with Friends: A Renaissance Perspective — Freeport Art Museum

•          Learn About Yourself: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment — HCC

•          Digital Security and Privacy — HCC

•          Dried Flower Wreaths — Clara Joyce Flowers, Stockton

•          Introduction to Voiceovers — Online

•          Introduction to Interior Design — Online