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Pickleball, pottery and more on September Lifelong Learning schedule

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Highland Community College Lifelong Learning September classes include Hand-Built Pottery Tray, Beginner Pickleball, Delightful Decoupage Décor, Microsoft Excel Fundamentals, and New France. 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.

Hand-Built Pottery Tray

Location: Highland Community College, Ferguson Fine Art Center (Building F), room F-053, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport

Registration Deadline: Sept. 4

Class: Sept. 11 and Sept. 18; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fee: $59

Instructor: Dana Russell-Brown

Create a one-of-a-kind ceramic tray of any shape or size to decorate a table, serve appetizers or gift to a friend. In the first session, attendees will learn how to use a slab of clay to design and build a tray as well as add a foot and decoration. In the second session, attendees will learn basic glazing techniques and choose colors. No tools or experience needed.

Beginner Pickleball

Location: Krape Park, 1799 S. Park Blvd., Freeport

Registration Deadline: Sept. 12

Class: Sept. 19, 21, 26, and 28; 3 – 4 p.m.

Fee: $49

Instructor: Terry Heflin

Pickleball, a cross between badminton and tennis, is the fastest-growing sport among baby boomers in America! Learn to play pickleball, rules, and equipment, and have fun during this introductory course!

Delightful Decoupage Décor

Location: Highland Community College, Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center (Building T), room T-122, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport

Registration Deadline: Sept. 13

Class: Sept. 20; 6 – 8 p.m.

Fee: $29

Instructor: Cindy Bielefeldt

Learn how to decoupage beautiful designs by making two different projects. The first is a 4” seashell, perfect for holding jewelry or other small objects. The shell can be trimmed with gold or silver paint for a finishing touch. The second project is a 6”x 6” wooden picture frame. All supplies are included.

Microsoft Excel Fundamentals

Location: Highland Community College, Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center (Building T), room T-159, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport

Registration Deadline: Sept. 14

Class: Sept. 21

Fee: $29

Instructor: Jeremy Monigold

Get started with Microsoft Excel. The class includes an overview of the Excel workspace and the creation of a basic inventory spreadsheet where attendees will apply formatting and calculations using formulas and functions.

New France

Location: Galena Public Library, 601 S. Bench St. Galena

Registration Deadline: Sept. 20

Class: Sept. 27

Fee: $25

Instructor: Mark Peterson

Learn about the years (1524-1763) when the French explored and settled in Wisconsin (Wis-kon-sa) and Illinois (Il-len-noh-wa). Native American tribes and relations, British arrival and French sites including Fort De Chartes are covered.

Other Courses Include:

• Assassination of Lincoln – Faith Community Church, Davis

• Intermediate Pickleball – Krape Park, Freeport

• Macrame Wall Hanging with Potted Plant – Higher Grounds Coffee, Freeport

• Card Making A and B – HCC, Freeport

• Basics of Bridge – HCC, Freeport

• DIY Stuffed Pumpkin Workshop — This is it Eatery, Freeport

• Microsoft PowerPoint Fundamentals – HCC, Freeport

• Bison Safari – Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove

• Introduction to Voiceovers – Zoom™

• Metal Detecting Basics – Taylor Park, Freeport