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Highland Lifelong Learning offers new courses in March

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Highland Community College Lifelong Learning March classes include Mad about Macarons, Diseases in the Civil War, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein: 20th Century Masterpieces, Luck of the Irish Dinner, and Succulent Planters A, B, C. To register online and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit For more information about Lifelong Learning and to find out the latest course offerings, call 815-599-3403.

Mad About Macarons

Location: Grace Valley Christian Reformed Church, 8210 E. Edwardsville Rd., German Valley, Ill. Registration Deadline: March 1

Class: March 8; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fee: $26

Instructor: Jana Schlukebir

Macarons are one of the trickiest cookies to make correctly. Learn how to weigh ingredients, make a batter using the macaronage process, and how and when to bake for success. Delicious fillings will be covered. Students will get to sample macarons and leave with a tried-and-true recipe.

Diseases in the Civil War

Location: Lena Area Historical Museum, 427 W. Grove St., Lena, Ill. Registration Deadline: March 1

Class: March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29; 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $49

Instructor: Gordon Dammann

More soldiers died of disease in the Civil War than were killed in battle. Pneumonia, typhoid fever, dysentery, and malaria were the predominant illnesses due to a lack of knowledge of sterile dressings, antiseptic surgery, and the recognition of the importance of sanitation and hygiene. Learn how diseases were treated during the Civil War.

Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein: 20th Century Masterpieces

Location: Highland Community College, Building M, room M-213, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration Deadline: March 7 Class: March 14; 6 – 7:30 p.m. Fee: $15

Instructor: Dr. Thompson Brandt

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Among the most celebrated American composers of the Twentieth Century are George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein. Selected masterpieces from their output will be presented, emphasizing the historical and musical importance of each work. No previous musical experience is required.

Luck of the Irish Dinner

Location: The Muse on Cedar Creek, 395 West N. Cedarville Rd., Freeport, Ill. Registration Deadline: March 7

Class: March 14; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $40

Instructor: Josh King-Slowinski

Learn to make beef in stout with herbed dumplings, and Irish soda bread.

Succulent Planters A, B, C

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

Registration Deadline: March 9 (Succulent A), March 17 (Succulent B), March 18 (Succulent C)

Class: March 16; 6-7 p.m. (Succulent A), March 24; 6-7 p.m. (Succulent B), March 25; 5-6 p.m. (Succulent C)

Fee: $47

Instructor: Drew Groezinger

Everyone’s favorite! Succulents! Learn about growing, caring for, and planting your own succulent planters! During this hands-on class, you will harvest your own succulent cuttings, learn how to stage a planter pot, and take home your started succulent planter! All materials and supplies are included. Great for all experience levels!

Other Courses Include:

  • Learn to Play Mah Jongg – HCC
  • Dried Flower Twiggy Wreaths A and B – Clara Joyce Flowers, Stockton
  • Empaths, Boundaries and Relationships – Higher Grounds Coffee, Freeport
  • Creative Hairstyles for Little Girls – HCC Salon
  • World War II in Europe Overview – Faith Community Church, Davis
  • 4 Meals for 1 Person – The Muse on Cedar Creek, Freeport
  • Smartphone Basics for Android – HCC
  • Introduction to Mig Welding – HCC
  • Zentangle Inspired Art – Stockton Library, Stockton
  • Basics of Bridge – HCC