MT. VERNON – The Institute of Lifelong Learning at Rend Lake College is serving up a new list of learning opportunities in the Mt. Vernon area. Whether at RLC satellite campuses in Mt. Vernon and Pinckneyville, or on the RLC Main Campus in Ina, the Institute’s courses are sure to quench the curiosity in all participants.
Computer Basics: Getting Started kicked off in Mt. Vernon Sept. 11. However, the public can still find courses throughout the fall semester.
An “Armchair Tour of Spain” is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has to offer much more than that. This fascinating country can be discovered in a two-hour tour without ever leaving one’s seat. This cultural center of Europe has beautiful cities and towns that combine its aged, venerable monuments and futuristic architecture. Travel tips on what to look for when travelling today will be introduced, along with lunch and transportation from Ina to Mt. Vernon. Cost is $12. Presenter is Kathy Withers.
“Computer Basics: Internet and E-mail” is designed for students who would like to learn about the Internet and how to use e-mail. Students will learn how to browse and search the World Wide Web, as well as how to send and receive e-mail. Discover attachments and message folders. Participants are not required to own a home computer. This course is from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 9 - 23, at MarketPlace Room 338. Cost is $74.50. Instructor is Beth Shipper.
A tour of “St. Louis Churches and Cathedrals” will be a celebration of some of the city’s most beautiful and historic churches. A step-on guide will take the tour through the Old Cathedral, the Shrine of St. Joseph, Christ Church Cathedral and the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica – one of the largest displays in the world. A lunch of over-stuffed chicken breast, rice pilaf and stir fry, salad and ice cream will be served at Hannegan’s Restaurant on Laclede’s Landing. All tour fees, lunch and transportation are included in the registration fee of $69. The tour departs from the RLC MarketPlace at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 and returns around 5:30 p.m. that evening. Instructor is Lori Ragland.
An “Extended Tour of Door County Wisconsin” is an educational tour exclusively available to adults each autumn. The Institute, along with Presley Tours, offer five days of the history and beauty of Door County, referred to as the Cape Cod of the MidWest. It will feature the beautiful colors of October in a part of the U.S. with roadside stands, farmers’ markets and the bounty of a summer’s harvest – all with a distinctive European flair. The trip is from Oct. 16 - 20 and is $715 per person in a double-occupancy room. A $25 deposit is required upon registration. Led by Marilyn Schild.
Get Smart about attending the new RLC Theatre Fall Production by signing up for“Dinner and Theatre: Get Smart.” Participants will enjoy a delicious, catered dinner at the historic One-Room Independence Schoolhouse on campus and a preview of the play “Get Smart,” followed by the actual RLC production in the theatre. A bus will pick guests up GreenTree in Mt. Vernon and transport them to dinner and then from the schoolhouse to the front door at the theatre. It will be ready and waiting to take participants home after the play. The registration fee of $30 covers it all – dinner, play preview, door service and a center-stage, front-row seat at the production.
Join the Institute for “An Evening in Paris,” from 5:15 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the One-Room Independence Schoolhouse. Led by Ed Hungate and Sue Tomlin, this tour will include the ancient history of the City of Lights, its fabulous art and culture, remains of the old Roman Lutetium, grand medieval abbeys, Gothic masterpieces, classical architecture and collections from Napoleonic times. Discover internationally-renowned paintings, sculpture and decorative arts – a collection that makes Paris the capital of the arts, both past and present. The evening will begin with a catered dinner, followed by the sites and sounds of Paris – all without leaving your seat! Transportation will be provided from GreenTree in Mt. Vernon to Ina. Cost for this course is only $20.
Welcome the holiday season with a trip to Highland. A local guide will lead the“Highland Holiday Tour” as travellers learn more about this Southern Illinois town of Swiss heritage. Hear the stories of historical sites along the way to the first stop – Wick’s Pipe Organ Company. Tour this intriguing factory that has reached its 101st anniversary, as well as enjoy a mini organ concert. Lunch will be served at House of Plenty, followed by a tour of the Louis Latzer Home – built by the founder of Helvetia Milk Company, now Pet Milk. As the tour goes through the homestead, participants will enjoy the early 19th Century-style Christmas decorations. The “Highland Holiday Tour” embarks from the Independence Schoolhouse on campus at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 and will return around 4:30 p.m. that evening. Host is Lori Ragland. Cost is $45.