RLC Vice President of Information Technology and Student Services Salah Shakir will host “Current Affairs: Iraq” from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the One-Room Independence Schoolhouse on the RLC Main Campus in Ina. Shakir is a native of Iraq and stays up to date on the status of diplomatic and militant operations in the country. This session with Shakir will be informative and interesting as he offers a view on the war that is very unique to this area while sharing some of the history of Iraq. Questions are encouraged. The cost is only $8.
“Morning with the Professors: Improving Your Balance” is an opportunity to discuss and learn about hot topics in today’s world with the guidance of an RLC professor. Join Debbie Benns as she discusses the topic of balance. Participants will learn what parts of the body are involved in the balance process and what it takes to be in balance. Lunch will be served prior to the presentation. Cost is only $12.
An “Armchair Tour of Spain” is planned for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Free transportation will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Independence Schoolhouse at RLC. 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 only $12. Presenter is Kathy Withers.
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 Independence Schoolhouse at RLC at 7 a.m. and 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 “Armchair Tour of the Trail of Tears” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Independence Schoolhouse. Join RLC history instructor Buster Leeck and Marilyn Schild as they tell about nearly 9,000 Cherokees who passed through Southern Illinois between November 1883 and January 1839 on the fateful Trail of Tears. Learn how the government forced them to abandon their homes in the Great Smokies and go west to Oklahoma. As the 170th anniversary of their voyage draws near, participants will hear about how the Cherokees crossed the Ohio River into Illinois at Golconda and continued on their journey. Lunch will be served following the presentation. Cost is only $12.
The Institute has a great option for those looking to get sound financial and estate planning advice at no cost. “Financial and Estate Planning” will introduce participants to experts in the field who will provide a wealth of information, as well as answer any questions. In addition, a complimentary lunch will be provided by the Rend Lake College Foundation. Don’t miss out on this opportunity from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Independence Schoolhouse. It only happens once every year! Financial experts attending will be Rich Yunkus and Mark Ballard.
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.
Discovering computers from the inside out is what “Build Your Own Computer” is all about. Students will walk away from this course with working computers in their hands. This course will have participants learning about a base system before connecting, installing and configuring the elements necessary to get a computer up and running. Students will be taught how to load the computer’s operating system, as well as various other programs. The three-session course is from 6-8 p.m. each Thursday, Nov. 1 - 15, in Room 135 of the Advanced Technology Center on the RLC Campus in Ina. Instructor is Ron Murray. Cost is $74.50.
Join the Institute for “An Evening in Paris,” from 6-8 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 Mt. Vernon to Ina. Cost 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.
Need to book a flight, hotel room, train or bus ticket? Let the Institute show you how! Discover travel trends, search engines, booking engines, and more. Explore travel options and learn to make travel arrangements online. All students will have access to a computer for a hands-on experience. “Online Travel Planning” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Room 175 of the Advanced Technology Center on campus. Instructor is Dawn Gibson. Cost is only $8.