Ina, Ill. - Rend Lake College announces its Spring 2010 Institute of Lifelong Learning courses. These courses are held on the main campus in Ina.
The Institute of Lifelong Learning is an organization of retirement-age people who share a common interest in lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The only requirement to participate is a desire to learn more about subjects, including the humanities, performing arts, religion, history, current events, sciences, and personal growth.
Participants in Living History: Chief Lame Wolf and Johnny Appleseed will hear Chief Lame Wolf (played by Sid Milliner) being interviewed by Bob Pemberton. This historical Delaware Indian will be asked questions about his stay in Jefferson County during the 1800s. Those in attendance will hear firsthand of the trials and tribulations of this majestic tribe as they interacted with settlers of the Mt Vernon area. Participants will also learn what happened to them after they left to be relocated by the US Government in Kansas area. Following lunch, Bob Pemberton will be interviewing John Chapman (played by Sid Milliner). Bob will be asking probing questions to help sort out the fact from the fiction on the exploits of one of America's most storied pioneer, Johnny Appleseed. This course will be held on Tuesday, March 9th from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse. The registration fee is $18 and lunch is included.
Southern Illinois Poetry will look at poetry that was written here in Southern Illinois. RLC English Instructor, Joe Ervin will focus on some of the "best" poets currently living here, such as Rodney Jones and Allison Joseph-both of whom teach at SIUC. This course will be held on Tuesday, March 16th from 1-3p.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse. The registration fee is $12. Refreshments will be served.
Movie Time! The Maltese Falcon Participants will get an opportunity to watch a classic film at no charge during Movie Time! The Maltese Falcon. This 1941 film version features Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. This event is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. The movie will be shown on Friday, March 19th from 12:30-2p.m. in the Science Building, Room 122. This is a free event. Participants should call to reserve a seat.
Taste of St. Louis Bus Tour will take participants to various restaurants and venues in St. Louis. Beginning on "The Hill," St. Louis's famed Italian neighborhood to Chris' Pancake for a cup of joe and a pancake and after a short neighborhood tour, samples of toasted ravioli from Favazza's Restaurant will be enjoyed. The other stops will include Hodak's Restaurant, voted best fried chicken in St. Louis since 1991, Grbic's Restuarnat , Gooey Louie, Gus's Pretzels and the Anheuser Busch Brewery. This RLC bus tour will be held on Friday, March 26th. The bus will depart from the Historic Schoolhouse at 7a.m. and return at 6p.m. Another bus will depart from the Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 7:20a.m. and return at 5:30p.m. The registration fee is $75 and includes tour fees, tastings, gratuity and transportation on RLC bus.
Len Adams:Phantoms in the Looking Glass RLC will host author Len Adams for Author Reading: Phantoms in the Looking Glass. Adams has been interested in ghosts since childhood. He's a writer and ghost tour guide who knows his way around the history and haunts of the Illinois prairie. His new book, Phantoms in the Looking Glass, is a guided ghost tour of Lebanon, one of the most haunted small towns in the state. Participants will listen as he reads a portion of his book and learn what drew him into writing about ghosts. A book signing will follow the session. This event is free and is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 7th from 12-1p.m. in the Learning Resource Center.
Mystery Dinner Theater: Slay it Again Sam is an adult-themed murder mystery. Professional actor/writer Kevin O'Brien will host the evening. The show is very fast-paced and funny, half-scripted and half improvised. As guests arrive, they will be assigned a new identity for the evening. Some may even become suspects. The Mystery Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 8th from 6-8:30p.m. in the Student Center Dining Room. The registration fee is $20 and includes dinner.
Afternoon Stretch for Flexibility and Strength is a beginner's level flexibility and toning class offering instruction and practice in proper techniques for the development of muscular strength, core strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Emphasis will be placed on increasing one's range of motion, balance and coordination. While this course is geared toward older adults, it is open to adults of all ages. This course will be held on Mondays, April 12th through May 17th from 4:30-5:30p.m. at the Jefferson County Historical Village. The registration fee is $30.
Saving Energy: How it Benefits You! was created for those who are interested in learning more about lowering their utility costs. This is a free workshop for the community. Participants will learn energy efficiency basics that can lower heating and cooling costs. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 14th from 10-11:30a.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse. Due to limited seating, those interested in attending are asked to call to reserve a seat.
Civil War: Not Simply Slavery?Many of us have been taught from a young age that the battle over slavery was the reason behind the outbreak of the Civil War. However, upon closer inspection, the events of the 1840s and 1850s are much more complicated. Civil War: Not Simply Slavery? will explore the Missouri Compromise, the Wilmot Proviso, the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, "Bleeding Kansas," and the beating of Senator Charles Sumner. This course will be lead by RLC instructor, Nathan Brouwer. It will be held on Tuesday, April 20th from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse. The registration fee is $18 and lunch is included.
Lebanon Tour: History and HauntingsParticipants will take a historic and frightening tour through one of Southern Illinois' most beautiful and haunted small towns. Lebanon Tour: History and Hauntings is a two-hour walking tour and spine tingling journey into the haunted history of Lebanon. Lebanon was founded in 1804 but the culture dates back further. Charles Dickens, during his travels in America, stopped in Lebanon in 1842 while visiting the Looking Glass Prairie. Lebanon's main street stands alone as a ghost hunters' paradise. From mysterious underground tunnels to phone calls from the beyond, participants will jump between the past and the present. Author, guide, and historian Len Adams will be the guide. This tour will be held on Saturday, April 24th. The RLC bus will depart from the Historic Schoolhouse at 4:30p.m. and will return at 11p.m. The bus will depart from the Mt. Vernon MarketPlace at 5p.m and return at 10:30p.m. The registration fee is $60 and includes tour fees, RLC bus transportation and dinner.
Southern Illinois Art and History will keep participants close to home. This is a tour of Mt. Vernon. This will be an up close and personal tour with special VIP attention and opportunities. The first stop on the tour will be the Jefferson County Pioneer Village. Participants will watch as history comes alive. The tour will visit the schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log cabin church, general store, and doctor's office. Following lunch, the next stop will be the Mitchell Museum for a fascinating indoor and outdoor tour featuring Toilette of Venus, paintings by Jed Jackson and the SIU Cinema and Photography annual exhibition. The tour will then move to the Shrode Art Center for a pottery demonstration, tour, and viewing of the annual Art and Craft competition exhibit. This tour will be held on Tuesday, April 27th. The RLC bus will depart from the Historic Schoolhouse at 8:30a.m. and return at 4p.m. The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.
Computer Research Quick and Easy was designed to show participants how easy it is to research all kinds of information. Those who attend will learn more about researching medical information, stock quotes, financial information, newspaper articles, obituaries, family history, travel, fun, and pleasure. This course is taught by our veteran librarian/instructor Beth Mandrell. The class will be held on Tuesday, May 4th from 10a.m. to Noon at the Learning Resource Center. The registration fee is $10.
In Cultural Stages of the Illinois Indians, participants will learn about prehistoric man from the ice age to the historic tribes met by early explorers and later by settlers. Most cultures can be identified by particular types of tools and artifacts which will be shown. Different edible plants developed by the Indians will also be discussed. This course will be held on Thursday, May 13th from 10a.m. to Noon. Sid Milliner is the instructor. The registration fee is $18 and includes lunch.
Southern Illinois Orchard and Vineyard Tour What could be more beautiful than a trip through Shawnee Hills Wine Trail country? Participants can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic view as they take the "Southern Illinois Orchard and Vineyard Tour." RLC VESTA Coordinator, Rachel Cristaudo, will be the step-on guide. She will inform the group about grape growing and wine making in Southern Illinois. The tour is scheduled to leave from the Historic Schoolhouse at 8a.m. on Friday, May 21st. The registration fee is $45 and includes tour fees, lunch and transportation. The bus will return at 5:30p.m.
For further information or to register call Lori or Kristina at Rend Lake College Community Education, 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267/1367 or toll-free 800-369-5321, Ext. 1267/1367.