Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department continues to bring new courses to the district, including several new offerings in Sesser, Wayne City and Zeigler/Royalton.
Sesser – “Me and My Buddy: Cake Decorating” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sesser Community Building. Participants can bring their favorite youngsters to this class to learn how to make and decorate doll or critter cakes for children, and take them home after the session. The group will experiment with different colors of icing, edible decorations and more.
Participants should bring a smock or apron or wear clothes they don’t mind getting colored icing on. This class is for children (ages 5 and up) and an adult. The course costs $9 plus a supply fee of $7 per adult/child team.
Design an adorable bunny mum centerpiece using silk flowers with “Floral Design: Easter Centerpiece,” set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Off Mane. The group also will create decorated, non-edible chocolate Easter eggs. The course costs $30.
A class returning to Sesser this year is “Computer Basics for Seniors,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6, at Subway. This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience, including those who have never used a computer before. The course covers the basics of the Windows XP operating system. Skills learned will include mouse techniques, moving and resizing windows, proper use of the taskbar, the Start menu and an introduction to the Windows file system (Windows Explorer), menus and icons. Participants need not have a home computer. Maximum enrollment is eight. Course cost is $25.
Wayne City – “Kids in the Kitchen” is a four-session course to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 17 through March 10 at the Wayne City High School Home Economics room. This how-to course will provide participants with experiences needed to understand basic food preparation and nutrition concepts. Students must be in first grade or above. The course costs $34.
Train your dog to be obedient, making for a happier dog and owner, with “Dog Obedience,” a four-session course to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 5 through April 26 at City Park. Instruction on basic behavioral obedience training will be covered, including commands such as sit, heel, stay, down, long stay and recall. Dogs must be at least six months of age. A parent must accompany students under 12. Homework is expected between classes and is essential for training work. The cost is $24 per dog plus supplies. A supply list will be given at the first class session.
If you are interested in quilting, sign up for the “Paducah Quilt Show Bus Trip,” set for Saturday, April 23. The group will view quilts at the Civic Center in Paducah, visit the Quilt in a Day shop, attend an Eleanor Burns show and still have time to shop. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. from Wayne City High School and will pick up passengers at 7:30 a.m. at the RLC MarketPlace. The trip costs $30 and does not include lunch, dinner or admission fees. Maximum enrollment is 28.
Community Education classes returning to Sesser this spring include:
• “Antiques and Collectibles on E-Bay,” 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23, Wayne City High School Room 101, $24.
• “Guitar for Beginners,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Feb. 8 through March 15, WCHS Music room, $36.
• “Prom Flowers,” 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, WCHS Home Economics room, $12 plus supplies.
Zeigler/Royalton – Learn to communicate without words with “Sign Language,” to be held over four Monday sessions, Feb. 28 through April 4 (no classes on Presidents Day and Spring Break holidays), from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Zeigler-Royalton High School Community Room. The course costs $24.
Communication with the deaf through sign language is a rewarding skill for the hearing and also creates wider contacts for the deaf. Using instruction, videotapes and group activities, participants will learn basic American Sign Language, sign exact English and acquire an understanding of the culture of the hearing impaired.
For more information or to register for any of these courses, contact Community Education Director Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or call Assistant Director Lori Ragland at Ext. 1367. Both can be reached toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367.