The Rend Lake College Foundation’s Institute for Learning in Retirement has a new slate of offerings for retirees this spring, covering subjects such as finances, poetry, computers and history.
"Financial and Estate Planning During Retirement" will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at RLC Learning Resource Center Room 142. Experts in the field will provide participants of this free class with a wealth of up-to-date information and will answer questions. A complimentary lunch will be served.
The day will begin with "Ways to Increase Your Income in Low Interest Rate Environments." This session will be led by Rich Yunkus, an Edward Jones Representative/Partner and RLCF Board member. Yunkus will address concerns about low interest rates and will discuss investment alternatives and ways to increase income.
At 1 p.m., Mark Ballard, an estate planning attorney and Rend Lake College Foundation Board Secretary, will provide information on wills and trusts. The advantages of trusts and their different forms will be addressed, as well as tax issues to be considered at present rather than at the time of settling an estate.
Dr. Evelyn Claxton, retired RLC Arts and Communications Department Chair and Literature Instructor, will lead "Poetry for All the Stages of Our Lives" from 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 18, in RLC Academic Building Room 103. The course costs $15.
Whether you enjoy reading poetry now or you feel as if poetry is a code you have never cracked, this class will meet you where you are. Using poems from a wide time span and of varying types, class participants will read and hear poems that relate to the different stages of life. If you have a favorite poem, bring it with you.
Join the "Lewis and Clark Adventure" Thursday, June 24, for the celebration of the bicentennial of the extraordinary journey of the two famous explorers. Tour guide Ron Wilson will be dressed in costume as a local Frenchman. This fun-filled day begins with a stop in Hartford, Ill., at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which brings to life the expedition of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Discovery Corps from 1803 to 1806 as ordered by President Thomas Jefferson. The purpose of this fabled journey was to find a Northwest Passage, explore the territory, lay claim to lands and collect specimens of different plants and animals in the region.
The group then will travel to St. Charles, Mo., to the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum, with lunch immediately following. Afterward, there will be a tour of the "Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition" at the Missouri History Museum. The core of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is formed by artifacts, artwork and documents. Objects and art will represent the equipment the explorers used, the landscapes they saw and the Native American tribes they met.
The final stop on the tour will be the St. Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX Theatre to view "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West." The film will take the group back 200 years ago to the monumental voyage of the Lewis and Clark team as they journeyed across the uncharted wilderness of a young America. Experience the physical challenges of traveling on raging rivers, subzero temperatures and rugged mountains through the 8,000 mile expedition to the Pacific Ocean and back.
The fee of $75 includes admission fees, lunch and charter bus transport. The group will leave the RLC Administration Building at 7 a.m., pick up at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace south parking lot in Mt. Vernon at 7:15 a.m., return to the MarketPlace at 6:45 p.m. and arrive back at RLC at 7 p.m.
Seniors needing an introduction to Windows XP and a presentation of the basic operations of Microsoft Windows can take advantage of two courses. "Introduction to Computers for Seniors I" is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Topics covered will include starting and shutting down a computer, basic mouse techniques, exploring the computer, working with Windows applications and using Microsoft Word.
"Introduction to Computers for Seniors II" is designed for those who have taken the first course or who have basic computer experience. Students will cover topics such as managing computer files, Microsoft Word and Excel, modifying system settings, using accessories, creating and using shortcuts, working with the Internet and e-mail and learning how to display "help" information.
Each class meets three times. The fee of $25 includes the course textbook and a data disk. Participants can choose to take the course at RLC’s Ina campus or at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.
"Introduction to Computers for Seniors I"
*Noon to 3 p.m. on three Tuesdays -- July 6, 13 and 20 -- in RLC Vocational Building Room 103.
*8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on three Thursdays -- July 8, 15 and 22 -- RLC MarketPlace Room 338.
*Introduction to Computers for Seniors II"
*Noon to 3 p.m. on three Tuesdays -- July 27, August 3 and 10 -- in RLC Vocational Building
*8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on three Thursdays -- July 29, August 5 and 12 -- RLC MarketPlace Room 338.
For more information about these classes or to register, contact the Rend Lake College Foundation Office at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1213 or 1324, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.