It's never too late to learn something new, so join us for Rend Lake College's lineup of Lifelong Learning courses this fall.
In "Anger Management," students will learn more about the thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with anger from psychologist Dr. Carl Knapp. Participants also will gain insight in learning how people manage emotions and the four agreements that make anger management attainable. The class will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, at the One-Room Independence Schoolhouse on RLC's Ina campus. Registration is $12.
At 7 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, the RLC bus will depart the One-Room Schoolhouse for "St. Louis Tour: Get Your Kicks on Route 66." From its establishment in 1926 until its official retirement from the Interstate System in 1985, no other highway has captured the imagination like Route 66. Participants will spend the day learning about this piece of Americana, with stops at the Museum of Transportation and the Route 66 Museum. A light lunch at nearby Purina Farms includes a milking demonstration and a dog show. A dessert stop is planned for Ted Drewe's Frozen Custard, a Route 66 landmark. Registration for this day trip is $79 and includes admission to museums, lunch, custard, gratuity and transportation.
Whether students are architectural enthusiasts or history buffs, they are sure to enjoy "Midwest Architecture." Participants will learn about the Midwest's rich architectural history from RLC Architectural Technology instructor Kevin Weston. This class will meet from 1 to 3p.m. Tuesday, September 22, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. Refreshments will be served. Registration is $12.
Marilyn Schild will share stories and information about the Underground Railroad and how Southern Illinois played a role in "Lunch 'n' Learn: Underground Railroad." Participants will learn interesting facts and tidbits that are sure to fascinate them. The instructor also will share more information about the upcoming Southern Illinois Underground Railroad bus tour. This class will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. Lunch will be served following presentation. Registration is $18.
What could be more beautiful than a trip through Shawnee Hills Wine Trail country in October? Participants can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic view as they take the "Southern Illinois Orchard and Vineyard Tour." RLC Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (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 8 am Friday, October 2. Registration is $45 and includes tour fees, lunch and transportation.
In "Mystery Theater Luncheon," participants will help solve a mystery by finding clues and discovering who the culprit is. Students will use their detective skills to help eliminate the impossible and get to the bottom of the truth during this exciting luncheon. Participation as a character in the mystery is optional. This class will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 8, in the One-Room Schoolhouse. Registration is $18 and includes lunch.
Southern Illinois has a rich historical heritage. "Alton Tour: Underground Railroad" promises to be an unforgettable tour. Participants will explore historical sites that have been linked to the Underground Railroad. The tour will include a visit to Lincoln-Douglas Square and the Elijah Lovejoy Monument. It also will include a visit to the site of the first integrated school in the United States and an actual Underground Railroad stop. Participants will hear stories of an Underground Railroad conductor as well as the stories of someone who sought freedom. Lunch will be served at My Just Desserts. The RLC bus leaves the Historic Schoolhouse at 7 a.m. Thursday, October 15. Registration is $75 and includes tour fees, lunch, gratuities and transportation.
Students will learn amazing facts in "Southern Illinois Towns: How They Got Their Names." Some towns were named after families, geologic features, plants, animals, Indians and even military battles, all with interesting stories. Students are encouraged to come not only to learn but also to share their own knowledge. This class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. Registration is $12. Refreshments will be served.
Imagine a cliff walk from Boscastle to Tintagel or a walk on the moors in Dorset. RLC English Instructor Rebecca Biggs will share the sites, culture, and her adventures in "Armchair Tour Southwest England." Students will learn about Avebury, a stone circle that may be older than Stonehenge, as well as experience the cathedral at Wells in Somerset. This class will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. Registration is $18. Lunch is included and will be served at noon, followed by the presentation.
RLC veteran librarian Beth Mandrell will show students how easy it is to do research on the computer in "Computer Research Made Easy." Participants will learn more about researching all kinds of information such as medical information, stock quotes, financial information, newspaper articles, obituaries, family history, travel, fun and pleasure. This class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 3, at the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus in Room 102. Registration is $12.
Participants will enjoy a delicious, catered dinner at the historic schoolhouse and a preview of the play Oliver Twist, followed by the actual production in the RLC Theater during "RLC Dinner & Theater: Oliver Twist." This event takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, November 5. Following dinner and the preview, participants will board the RLC bus and be taken right to the door of the theater. The bus will be ready and waiting after the production, no parking hassles and just a short walk. Registration is $32 and includes dinner, preview of the play, center-stage seating and door service.
Will Rogers was called the King Solomon of the 20th Century. His common sense was so uncommon that people thought it must be funny until they realized its closeness to the truth. Students will join instructor Sid Milliner as he discusses "Will Rogers: A Collection of His Wit." This class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. Registration is $12. Refreshments will be served.
Social networking sites are popping up left and right. Instructor Krystal Regan will discuss the latest fads in "Technology Talk: Social Networking." Students will learn about the pros and cons of social networks and how to visit or communicate with family via the Internet. They also will discover how these social networking sites connect people on computers as well as mobile phones. This class will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, in Learning Resource Center (Library) Room 142 on the RLC campus in Ina. Registration is $10.
For more information, the public is welcome to attend the "Lifelong Learning Welcome Reception" from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, at the One-Room Schoolhouse. This free reception is offered to share more information about classes and trips being offered during the Fall 2009 semester. Some instructors and tour guides will be on hand to share details and answer questions. Refreshments will be served and participants will be given the opportunity to register for classes and trips.
To register, call Lori or Kristina at the Rend Lake College Community Education Department at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367, or call toll-free (in-district) at 800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367.