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September Lifelong Learning classes are in-person and online

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Highland Community College Lifelong Learning September courses include Basic Birding, Creative Hairstyles for Little Girls, Powerful Introductions, and Assassination of Lincoln. Some courses are in-person, while everyone practices social distancing and wearing a mask. Others have the option for Zoom™. To register online and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit For more information, call 815-599-3403.

Fall Colors Guided Walking Tour

Location: Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve, 12749 Weldon Rd., Rockford, Ill.

Registration deadline: Sept. 10

Class: Sept. 17; 1:30 — 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $9

Instructor: Mark Herman

Participants will take a guided walking tour of Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve with Superintendent of Education Mark Herman. The Illinois Nature Preserve sits on 321 acres with a clear running creek, oak-hickory forests, oak savannas, and prairie ecosystems.

The Assassination of Garfield

Location: Highland Community College, Student/Conference Center (Building H), room H-210, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill., or through Zoom.

Registration deadline: Sept. 15

Class: Sept. 22; 6 — 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $21

Instructor: Mark Peterson

Participants will learn about the assassination of President James Garfield from the shooting on the morning of July 2, 1881, to his death on Sept. 19, 1881. The discussion includes biographies of Garfield and assassin Charles Guiteau (with ties to Freeport), US culture, medical treatment, and the capture, trial, and execution of Guiteau will be explored.

Basic Birding

Location: Highland Community College, (Natural Science Center/ Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing), room N-107, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Sept. 16

Class: Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14; 6 — 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $25

Instructor: Juliet Moderow

Participants will learn to identify many of the common birds that reside in or migrate through northwest Illinois. Basic birding techniques, as well as bird adaptations and behaviors, will be covered through photographs and bird specimens in the classroom. Handouts will be provided. Attendees have the option to bring a personal field guide.

Computers and Mobile Devices

Location: Highland Community College, (Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center), room T-140, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Sept. 17

Class: Sept. 24; 1— 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $20

Instructor: Jeremy Monigold

Participants will 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.

Creative Hairstyles for Little Girls

Location: Highland Community College, (Dorothy and RC Clock Technology Center), room T-133, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: Sept. 20

Class: Sept. 27; 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $5

Instructor: Amy Chamberlin

The class will teach simple styling and braiding techniques for little girls’ hair (ages 5-12). Register with a child to practice in class. Manikins will be available. Register early. Class size is limited.

Other courses include:

•          Beginning Watermedia Workshop – 1727 Church St., Freeport, Ill.

•          Powerful Introductions – HCC

•          The Internet and the World Wide Web – HCC

•          Metal Detecting Basics – He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve, 6065 Illinois Route 2, Oregon Ill.

•          Tips for Writing Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney for Health Care or Property – HCC

•          Introduction to Beekeeping – HCC

•          Card Making – HCC

•          Digital Security and Privacy – HCC

•          Learn to Play Mah Jongg – HCC

•          Assassination of Lincoln – HCC, and Zoom