Yoga, golf and some country cooking are just a few of the exciting new learning opportunities available in Benton through the Rend Lake College Community Education Department.
Invigorate and strengthen your entire being with “Aerobics – Yoga,” an introductory course which will help participants develop individualized fitness plans. The class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 23 through May 24 at the Benton Middle School library. Course cost is $62.
The emphasis of the program will be on safe, physical participation, including an evaluation of individual progress and a study of the concepts involved. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel, mat and water bottle to class.
For those who love country cooking, three versions of the new “Let’s Cook Country” class will be offered this spring. The class is aimed at those who want to learn basic country cooking skills. The first session will feature a country dinner of chicken and dumplings with homemade bread. Next up is a country breakfast featuring sausage, gravy and biscuits. Lunch is up in the third and final session and will include meatloaf and a side dish. Students will take home some tasty samples as well as the recipes used in each session. Participants may sign up for any or all of the sessions.
“Let’s Cook Country – Dinner” will be held Thursday, Feb. 23. The “Breakfast” class is set for Thursday, March 16; and the “Lunch” session is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. All three sessions will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 109 at Benton Consolidated High School. The “Dinner” session costs $9 and the remaining two sessions are $10 each. There is an $8 supply fee for each class which will cover the cost of ingredients.
Create an electronic scrapbook using your own pictures and music with “Musical Memory Keepsake,” set for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the BCHS library. Participants will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a memorable picture slide show set to music. Students should bring at least 20 pictures and some music to class on a compact disc or USB flash drive. A USB flash drive is required to store the finished keepsake and can be bought for $20 from the instructor if preordered at the time of registration. Course cost is $12.
Find out why the sport of golf has become so popular with “Golf Clinic,” set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Benton Country Club. Basic fundamentals will be covered, including rules and etiquette, as well as instruction on all phases of the game. Students will learn key components of golf, such as putting, chipping and swinging. The cost is $30 plus range balls and / or green fees.
There also will be some old favorites coming back to Benton this spring. They include:
• “Stamp ‘n’ Camp,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, The Buzz, $10.
• “Kids in the Kitchen – Valentine’s Day,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, BCHS 109, $14.
• “Coffee Tasting,” 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, The Buzz, $15.
• “Sign Language,” six Thursday sessions, Feb. 16 through March 23, 6-9 p.m., BCHS 116, $54.
• “Quilting for Beginners – Folded Star Technique,” 6-8 p.m. on two Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, BCHS 116, $22.
• “Stamp ‘n’ Camp,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, The Buzz, $10.
• “Kids in the Kitchen – St. Patrick’s Day,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, BCHS 109, $14.
• “Candle Making for Beginners – Tart and Gel Candle,” Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, The Buzz, $25.
• “Stamp ‘n’ Camp,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, The Buzz, $10.
• “Kids in the Kitchen – Easter,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, BCHS 109, $14.
• “Stamp ‘n’ Camp,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, The Buzz, $10.
• “Kids in the Kitchen – Mother’s Day,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, BCHS 109, $15.