INA, Ill. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Hobbies are a great way to pass the time, and Rend Lake College’s Community and Corporate Education Department is offering a number of new options for the hobbyist in everyone.
Taking care of a pet is more than a hobby, and training them can be a lifelong practice. Dog Obedience Training is offered by Instructor Linda Krutsinger of Willing Partners Canine Education Inc. and is designed to help attendees teach their dogs to learn several body postures such as heel, sit, down, stay, and come, as well as work on special problems like jumping on people, play biting, and many more. The course costs $50, plus a $20 supply fee. Sessions are held on Tuesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 through April 15 in the Logan Community Center in Logan.
If trivia is a hobby for you, then RLC’s Tag Team Trivia night is right up your alley. The one-night event will offer fun and entertainment for the whole family, featuring categories such as music, animals, candy and more. Teams of two, one adult and one child, will compete over pizza, snacks, and beverages for a number of prizes. Registration is $15 per team. The event is scheduled from 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in the RLC Historic Schoolhouse on the Ina campus.
Bridge Basics will arm beginners with the basic point count system and the rules of the game with hand-by-hand instruction by Instructor Jan Rethorst. The cost is $15, and the class will meet from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in the RLC Historic Schoolhouse on the Ina campus.
For the photographer in you, Smartphone Photography is a great way to learn how to capture a moment. The course will teach attendees how to creatively control a smartphone camera, such as using techniques to make great compositions, adding filters, applying borders and effects, and sharing photos online. There will be a photo walk included with the class to practice the skills. The course will meet on Tuesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. April 15 through May 6 with Instructor Jonathan Lehman in the RLC MarketPlace, Room 203. The cost is $30.
Another event that will be held at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse is Legends and Folklore, More of the Same, hosted by Instructor Sid Milliner from 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. This event will provide a historical insight into a number of Southern Illinois towns, great plans and frauds, characters both real and fictitious, and much more. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $10.
For those looking into their past for the first time, or those who are stuck in their research, Genealogy Beginner and Advanced classes can help. The beginner class will teach the basics of researching a family tree, from how to find information to using birth and death certificates. This course also includes a trip to C. E. Brehm Memorial Library in Mt. Vernon to look at the genealogy department. The class will be taught by instructors Kay Bunton and Donita Morris. Beginners will meet on Thursdays from 1 – 4 p.m. starting March 27 through April 17 in the RLC MarketPlace, Room 204.
For the advanced class, attendees will learn more techniques to help with research, such as utilizing courthouse records, reviewing past census records, exploring war records, and using Native American and Ellis Islands records. The advanced class will meet on Thursdays from 1 – 4 p.m. starting May 1 through May 22 in the RLC MarketPlace, Room 338. The cost of both genealogy classes is $75.