Dining out, basket making and cooking are a few of the new offerings available in the Pinckneyville area through Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department.
“Basket Weaving for Beginners: Valentine Heart Basket” is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Pinckneyville Community High School cafeteria. This class is designed to acquaint the beginning weaver in the fundamentals of basket weaving, and also serves as an excellent refresher course for those with some experience. Participants will create a Valentine heart basket during the class.
Weavers will have the opportunity to create other projects with two similar courses: “Basket Weaving for Beginners: Cracker Basket,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, PCHS cafeteria; and “Basket Weaving for Beginners: 12-inch Egg Basket,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, PCHS cafeteria.
Each of these classes costs $12 plus supplies.
Learn to communicate without words with “Sign Language,” to be held over four Tuesday sessions, Feb. 1 through Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at PCHS Room 27. 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.
Create a work of art to decorate your home with “Yard Art,” set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in Room 101 of the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus. In this class, participants can choose one of two projects. One is a wooden garden bunny with a heavy metal poke, featuring curly wire whiskers and a welcome sign, tipped off with home spun and raffia bow. The second is an angel with a heavy metal poke featuring curly wire hair and wire wings, embellished with home spun at the neck. The course costs $10 plus supply fees.
“Cooking School: Easter Entertaining” is set for 6 to 8:45 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the PCHS Home Economics room. Participants can impress their friends with a simple and delicious Spring Fruit Charlotte. Other recipe ideas will be shared to bring sparkle to the table. Learn how to turn leftovers into scrumptious new meals. Course cost is $20.
Honor mom with a scrapbooking page with “Mother’s Gift,” scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9, in Room 101 of the Murphy-Wall Campus. The course costs $11. The scrapbooking page will include participants’ favorite photos from past celebrations. The group will create and embellish matching boxes for their gifts and will complete the projects with coordinating tags and tissues.
The “Dining Out” series continues this semester with “Dining Out: Pioneers Cabin and More,” set for Tuesday, May 10. The day begins with a tour of Oxbow Bed and Breakfast in Pinckneyville, followed by lunch at Pioneers Cabin in Percy. The afternoon will be spent shopping at a couple of specialty stores in Pinckneyville.
Maximum enrollment is 14 for the $25 class. The group will leave the RLC Student Center at 9 a.m. and will pick up passengers in Pinckneyville at 9:45 a.m.
A returning favorite, “Golf for Beginners,” will be held in four sessions: Tuesday, April 26; Thursday, April 28; Tuesday, May 3; and Thursday, May 5. The sessions are set for 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the Red Hawk Country Club and the course costs $39 plus supplies.
Basic fundamentals will be covered, including rules and etiquette, as well as instruction on all phases of the game. Participants will learn key components of golf, including putting, chipping and swinging, to help them enjoy the game of a lifetime.
For more information or to register for any of these courses, contact Heather Bauersachs, Murphy-Wall Campus Coordinator, or Linda Smith at (618) 357-3742, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 3001.