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HCC Lifelong Learning offers February classes

Highland Community College Lifelong Learning February courses include Pickleball for Beginners, Smart Phone I, World War II in the Pacific, Volunteer Management, and more. To register, and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit or call 815-599-3414. For more information about Lifelong Learning and to find out the latest in new course offerings, call 815-599-3403.

Lifelong Learning February course details:

Pickleball for Beginners

Location: Freeport YMCA, Auxiliary Gym, Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 10; Class: Feb. 17, 19, 24, 26; Class Time: 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.; Fee: $48

Instructor: Ken Collin

Pickleball is played on a badminton sized court with a paddle, a wiffle-type ball and a net 34 inches high. This introductory course provides the opportunity to learn a team sport, including rules of the game and equipment to get started and provides a fun outlet for fitness, competition and socialization.

The Power of Story, Your Legacy, and Your Family History

Location: Highland Community College, Building H, Room H-210, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 13; Class: Feb. 20; Class Time: 10 a.m.—Noon.; Fee: $22

Instructor: Adventure Safari Network-Curt Witcher

Curt Witcher is one of the nation’s leading experts on genealogy and life stories. Students will learn how easy it is to find reliable sources, how to build your information and the importance of photos. Discover the vital importance of preservation and protection of this information.

Event Planning and Promotion

Location: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 19; Class: Feb. 26; Class Time: 6—8 p.m.; Fee: $35

Instructor: Sarah Flashing

In this class, students will learn how to plan an event from start to finish. Details include timeline strategy, working within a budget, selecting a location, menu planning, how to do a silent auction, marketing the event, and more.

Woodworking and Laser Engraving

Location: Dakota High School, Industrial Arts Room, 400 Campus Dr, Dakota, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 27; Class: Mar. 5, 12, 19, Apr. 2, 9, 16 (No Class March 26); Class Time: 6—8 p.m.; Fee: $79

Instructor: Doug Visel

This is a hands-on course for beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers covering basic concepts on equipment at Dakota High School. Learn how to work with a variety of machines and both power and hand-tools. Attendees will learn how to plan, select and use materials, tools and machines to produce a finished product. Final project is the construction and engraving of a Keepsake Box.

The Healing Art of Zentangle

Location: Highland Community College, Building H, Room H-210, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Feb. 27; Class: Mar. 5, 12; Class Time: 6—8 p.m.; Fee: $47

Instructor: Mary Leitzen Stayner

Zentangle art is unplanned so an artist can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. All materials for several projects will be provided. Whether new to Zentangle or students want to expand the “tangling” experiences, this class will help with learning and practicing more of this beautiful but simple technique to promote relaxation, mindfulness and inner focus.

Classes also being offered are:

  • Excel – Everyday Spreadsheets
  • Smart Phone I – Basic
  • World War II in the Pacific
  • Intro to Oxy-Acetylene Welding
  • AINS 22 – Personal Insurance
  • Pickleball for Intermediate Players
  • Painting and Embellishing Furniture
  • Photography 101
  • Herbal and Food Supplements – What You Need to Know
  • Looking for a Career After 60?
  • The Art of Decoupage
  • Investing in Stocks and Bonds
  • Volunteer Management
  • Social Ballroom Dancing
  • Selling on eBay
  • Ceramics-Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Hand Building
  • The Mysteries of Evolution


Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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