MT. VERNON – From eBay to healthy eating and Mosaic Art to makeovers, there is something for everyone on the spring schedule of Jefferson County courses through the Rend Lake College Community Education department.
Kicking things off in Mt. Vernon is the six-session “Knitting for Beginners and Advanced Beginners” from 6-8 p.m. each Thursday, Jan. 24 - Feb. 28, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. No experience is necessary for this class. Learn to knit and purl as well as increase, decrease and sample cast-on and cast-off techniques. Beginners will work on a seaman’s scarf in a color and pattern of their choice. Advanced beginners will select a project and learn additional techniques. Materials to bring the first night of class include smooth, light-colored yarn in worsted weight which knits at five stitches per inch on US 7 or 8 needles; needles appropriate for yarn; scissors; and a tape measure or ruler. Students may bring supplies or purchase them from instructor Pat Martin. Registration fee is $48.
Those interested in buying and selling on eBay but don’t know where to begin should attend “eBay for Dummies” from 6-9 p.m. each Thursday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 14, in room 338 at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. This course covers the basic skills needed to buy, sell and navigate the world’s on-line auction marketplace – eBay. The cost is $36 for this course, led by instructor Cathy Graham.
Create delightful additions for the home with “Candle Making for Beginners” from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Discover the art of candle making and learn about the equipment, wax, wicks and scents used. Participants will discover three techniques for fashioning a votive candle, a gel candle, and a warming tart that will be colored and scented for Valentine’s Day. The course costs $15 plus a supply fee. The instructor is Theresa Hudson.
Returning to the region by popular demand is the People’s Law School – a free forum with local lawyers covering the most frequent legal problems for individuals today. The People’s Law School is seven sessions with 10 different attorneys this spring in Mt. Vernon. First up are Aaron Carnine and Meleah Walton in “People’s Law School: Family Law/Child Custody/Divorce” from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace. By attending, participants become better prepared to understand and deal with legal problems if faced with them. The speakers are outstanding attorneys from the area who will do their best to explain the law in language everyone can understand. There will be opportunity for general questions at each session. The People’s Law School in this area is made possible by the cooperation of the Illinois Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association and Rend Lake College.
Each session is free to attend and is held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace. The schedule of topics and speakers in addition to the kick-off session consists of:
• Accidents, Injuries and Worker’s Compensation with Brian McGovern on Feb. 14;
• Estate Planning, Wills and Probate with Mark Ballard and Hank Villani on Feb. 21;
• Real Estate Law with Jim Hanson on Feb. 28;
• Small Claims with Sean Featherstun on March 6;
• Criminal Law and How the System Works with Jeff Bradley and Scott Quinn on March 13;
• and Traffic, DUI and Secretary of State Hearing with T. J. Parrish on March 20.
“Healthy Eating for Life” will take place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Mt. Vernon Kroger. Those who attend will learn about different types of nutritional diets and their effects on the body. Discussions will include various types of food groups such as gluten-free, sodium-free and lactose-free. Healthy snacks will be available for a $5 supply fee. The instructor is Mike Batson.
Learn the art of stained glass with a beginning project in “Mosaic Art” from 9 a.m. - noon each Saturday, Feb. 16 - March 1, in room 336 of the RLC MarketPlace. Participants will choose to make either a 10” plate or 12” square suitable for use outside with several patterns and glass colors to choose from. Discover different techniques and learn about the tools necessary to create this wonderful art. A supply list for the first session will be provided when registering for Mosaic Art. Additional supplies will be provided by the instructor for a $25 supply fee. The cost of this class is $36 and the instructor is Phyllis Gill.
Prepare to ace the ACT with a class that meets from 9 a.m. - noon each Saturday, Feb. 23 - April 5, in room 344 of the RLC MarketPlace. “ACT Prep” is for high school juniors and seniors and is designed to teach the reading, English, science and math skills needed to do well on the ACT. Test-taking skills will be emphasized. Students must purchase the $20.27 Barron’s ACT 2007 textbook which will be available for purchase during the first day of class. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost of this six-session course is $79 plus the textbook fee. The instructors are C. Birkner and B. Payne.
Discover an art of the past with “Making Lye Soap” from noon - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Schweinfurth Home on the grounds of Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon. This fascinating class, led by instructor Susan Johnson, will give participants a new perspective on their mothers’ or grandmothers’ daily lives. Those who attend will be provided with recipes, directions and all the ingredients to make and take home two pounds of lye soap. Mild and fragrances will be available. Bring a towel, small cooler, latex gloves and eye protection. The course costs $18 plus an $8 supply fee. All participants will take home some lye soap at the end of the session.
Learn about “Food Safety” and how it applies to everyday life. Proper temperatures and recent food recalls will be discussed. This class will take place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace. The cost is $5 plus a $5 supply fee payable to instructor Mike Batson for food sampling.
Want to know how to set up and run a personalized eBay store? Not sure where to start? “Create Your Own eBay Store” is a three-session class to get there. This class will help participants determine which level of store pricing is right for them as well as provide information about the services given at each level. Students will learn about eBay’s rules and regulations that promote a safe and secure trading environment, how to design a personalized home page and sale ads, and marketing tools at the user’s fingertips. This class will take place from 6-9 p.m. each Thursday, April 3-17, in room 338 of the RLC MarketPlace. The cost is $36 and the instructor is Cathy Graham.
A “Home Buyers Seminar” will help home buyers make informed decisions concerning different sources of financing, home inspections, and finding a home that meets their needs. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in room 354A of the RLC MarketPlace. The cost is only $9 and the instructor is local realtor Cindy Bevis.
Need a new look for spring? Find out the latest and greatest in makeup, colors, applications and skin care in “Spring Makeover” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in room 354A of the RLC MarketPlace. Participants can let professional Brandi White help choose what kind of makeup and color are best suited for them. Samples will be available to experiment with different shades and colors. The cost is only $12.
Visit the Quilting Capital of the U.S. with a trip to the “Paducah Quilt Show” – one of the largest quilt shows on the planet! Participants will see hundreds of quilts, visit the Quilt Museum, shop downtown Paducah and Hancock Fabrics, and see a live Eleanor Burns Show. The bus will leave from Wayne City and pick up passengers at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26. Lunch, dinner and admission fees are not included in the price of $36. Bring one fat quarter to trade during the trip. Enrollment is limited, so register early. Expect to return to the RLC MarketPlace at 8:30 p.m. The instructor is Debbie Timmons.
Ready to register? Contact Lori or Dawn at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1367/1267 or 800-369-5321, Ext. 1367/1267 for in-district residents only.