Massage, acupuncture, gardening and the fine art of tea tasting are just a few of the exciting new learning opportunities available in Benton through the Rend Lake College Community Education Department.
“Acupuncture” will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Benton Consolidated High School Room 123. This ancient form of Chinese medicine, unknown to the United States until 1971, has been used to treat acute and chronic pain, migraines, tension and sinus headaches, spinal pain, soft tissue pain, allergies, anxiety, addictions, weight problems and many other conditions. The history, function and purpose of this safe and effective form of treatment will be explained and a demonstration will be given during the workshop. Course cost is $3.
“Gardening Made Fun” will be held in four Wednesday sessions, from Feb. 23 through March 16. Sessions will last from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held at BCHS Room 103. Course cost is $24. Participants will learn basic horticulture, starting with herbs and more, in a fun and easy way. No experience needed.
Tea lovers will converge from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Buzz in Benton for “Tea Tasting,” an opportunity to learn about different types of tea, their countries of origin, brewing techniques and teas for serenity, health and flavor. Course cost is $3 plus a $5 supply fee.
Light your creative fire with “Candle Making for Beginners,” scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at BCHS Room 118. During this course, participants will learn to create their own candles, including a scented soy candle and a scented paraffin candle. The instructor also will demonstrate one of her favorite special candles. The course cost plus supply fee is $21.
Stress affects everyone differently. Excess stress that cannot be eliminated from the body is stored in specific spots called pressure points. Learn how to relieve this stress with “Massage / Pressure Point Workshop,” to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at BCHS Room 123. The course costs just $3.
By holding to these pressure points, one can loosen the tightness in these areas, reducing the amount of stress in the body’s stores and improving health. This is a hands-on workshop (partner required) to teach a relaxing way of treating muscle spasms and reducing stress. Being accompanied by a friend or family member is suggested but not required.
It’s time for dessert with “Cooking School: Cream Cheese Dreams,” to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at The Buzz. Participants will learn to create fantastic homemade cheesecake and famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo Peanut Butter Pie, and take some home as well. Course cost plus supply fee is $15.
There also will be some old favorites coming back to Benton this spring. They include:
• “Cake Decorating for Advanced Beginners,” 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, BCHS 109, $19.50;
• “Coffee Tasting,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, The Buzz, $8;
• “Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, BCHS 109, $14;
• “Cabin Fever Prevention Day,” Saturday, Feb. 19, $25 plus lunch. Includes stops at the Belleville flea market, St. Louis Bread Company and the Fairview Heights Antique Mall. The group will leave Hamilton County Senior High School at 7 a.m. with pick-ups in Benton at 7:30 a.m. and Mt. Vernon at 8 a.m. and will return home that evening;
• “Kids in the Kitchen: St. Patrick’s Day,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, BCHS 109, $14;
• “Beading: Elegant Woven Bracelet,” 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, BCHS 118, $23;
• “Kids in the Kitchen: Mother’s Day,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, BCHS 109, $14.