Individuals looking to learn the basics of photography or advanced techniques of knitting, can look no further than Rend Lake College.
The campus at RLC extends to the communities of the district through the RLC Community Education program. This year, the college is offering 10 courses in Mt. Vernon and one in Bluford.
To sign up for any of the courses listed below, or for more information, one may contact the Community Education department at RLC by calling 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267, or 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 (in-district only).
Residents can low-crawl or high-tail it to The Paintball Pit in Bluford for a day of friendly combat through the globally-popular sport of paintball. During play, participants use compressed air guns to shoot marble-size paintballs at fellow players. Enjoyed in most major countries, paintball is a fun and safe team sport. The class will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., on Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 and 28. Games will be played outdoors, in a varying range of styles, with a few safety-specific rules to be learned. Those under 18 years of age are required to have a parent sign them up for the paintball course and accompany them to the range. A fee of about $18 is required of all participants.
Photography Basics will be held each Thursday, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sept. 14 - Oct. 5, in room 336, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Students will learn to use a 35-millimeter or digital camera to produce quality photographs as well as become familiar with various types of cameras, film, lighting conditions and elements of photography composition. Students are required to provide their own camera, manual, film and a $24 fee.
ACT Prep will ready students for the examination feared by many and mastered by few. Bonnie Payne will instruct high school juniors and seniors on the English, math, reading and science skills needed to do well on the ACT test. Test-taking skills will be emphasized in the course. ACT Prep will be held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 16- Oct. 21, in room 203, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace. A $71 fee includes a book and materials. Preregistration is required and space is limited.
A six-week journey into the world of chess with Bill England will teach beginners and advanced beginners the rules of the game and elementary strategy. The course is $27 and meets each Wednesday, from 6:30 - 8 p.m., Sept. 20 through Oct. 25, in room 354B of the MarketPlace.
Knitting for Beginners and Advanced Beginners will teach participants to knit and purl as well as increase, decrease and sample cast-on and cast-off techniques. Throughout the course, students will work on a seaman’s scarf in their chosen color and pattern. Those interested should sign up and prepare to bring smooth, light-colored yarn in worsted weight as well as needles, scissors and a tape measure or ruler to the first night of class on Oct. 3. The class continues with five more sessions on each Tuesday until Oct. 24 and from Nov. 7-14. Each class runs from 6-8 p.m. in room 336 of the MarketPlace. A fee of around $36 will go to instructor Pat Martin.
The main course is dessert in Cake Decorating for Advanced Beginners. Instructed by Beth Mandrell, students will learn the skills to create cakes suitable for catering. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 21, at the Carl Lincoln Schweinfurth home in Mt. Vernon, the course is designed to teach techniques for assembling a three-tiered display wedding cake. A fee of about $15 is required for supplies. For a list of what to bring, call the RLC Community Education department.
At Jewelry Recycling - from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 17, at Wind Song Beads, located in the Rend Lake College MarketPlace - students will swap their old, unworn and broken jewelry with fellow classmates to create new bracelets or neckwear. The two-hour class will fly by as participants let the creative process run wild and build new jewelry from the odds and ends of others. A $3 fee is required.
Other courses with Jill Bean at Wind Song Beads provide instruction on making a hemp keychain (Hemp Keychain, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24) and creating a simple bracelet for mom or a loved one (Christmas for Mom, 10-11 a.m., Dec. 2 or Dec. 9).
Also at the MarketPlace is Basic Car Care for Today’s Driver 2 from 6-8 p.m., and Candle Making for Beginners: Votive, Gel and Warming Candle from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26, in room 336.
An annual attraction at the MarketPlace is the Holiday Sampler. It will treat participants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4.
The third annual sampler will feature six, 50-minute workshops on how to put a holiday spin on crafts, cooking and more.
Beginning at 9 a.m. is Chocolate Drinks for the Holidays with Dawn Gibson, Community Education Director at RLC, followed by Scrapbooking at the One Stop Scrapbook Shop at 10 a.m. with Southerd. The 11 a.m. class is on Holiday hair and makeup with the Studio RLC Design Team. That is followed by a lunch break. Lunch will not be provided.
At 1 p.m. is Holiday Bracelets with Southerd. It precedes the 2 p.m. class taught by Jeannie Mitchell-Collins on quick and easy recipes for the holiday season, followed by Holiday Stamping with Phyllis Garner at 3 p.m.
A $3 registration fee is required for each class and goes directly to the instructor. Also, a $6 fee is applied to the chocolate drinks and scrapbooking class, a $5 fee is needed for the cooking and stamping classes and $5-$12 is required for the class on holiday bracelets. There is no fee for the holiday hair and makeup tips with the Studio RLC Design Team.
Participants in Lebanon:Victorian Holiday Lighting will be able to stroll historic Lebanon during the annual Victorian holiday celebration. The group will leave on a bus, bound for Lebanon, at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 18, from the MarketPlace Coffeeshop. The event includes an evening of dining and shopping in the glow of buildings, illuminated by Christmas lights, in downtown Lebanon. A $25 fee covers transportation. Activities for children are planned to take place on the bus, which is scheduled to return to the MarketPlace by 9:30 p.m.