TOURS, CLASSES ON TAP FROM RLC'S INSTITUTE OF LIFELONG LEARNING
INA - From a savory bakery and restaurant tour to learning the ins and outs of presidential primaries, Rend Lake College's Institute of Lifelong Learning has several interesting trips and classes scheduled for this spring.
"Savor St. Louis" is a tour of select ethnic bakeries and restaurants in St. Louis. A professional tour guide will show the group some spots considered the best for delicious treats. The group will make stops at and receive samples from Gus's Pretzels, El Chico's Mexican Bakery, Missouri Baking Co., DiGregorio's Italian grocery, Favazza's Restaurant, Gooey Louie's and the Bosnia and Eastern European restaurant, Grbric's. The group also will tour the Clydesdale stables at Anheuser-Busch and end the day with an ice cream stop.
The registration fee of $79 includes samples from all stops, transportation, tour fees, and gratuity. The "Savor St. Louis" tour is set for Thursday, March 22. The RLC bus will depart at 7 a.m. from the One-Room Schoolhouse on the Ina campus, and also will pick up participants at 7:30 a.m. at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. The bus is scheduled to return to Mt. Vernon at approximately 6 p.m. and to Ina by 6:30 p.m.
"St. Louis Cemeteries" is an exclusive tour of some of St. Louis's famous cemeteries. A professional tour guide will take the group through Bellefontaine Cemetery, the final resting place of many prominent St. Louisans, including William Clark, Adolphus Busch and more. The group will enjoy lunch at the Blue Owl in the river town of Kimmswick. The Blue Owl has been featured on The Food Network for its Levee High Apple Pie. After lunch, participants will be given time on their own to stroll the quaint shops of Kimmswick. The group will then venture to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A park ranger will guide the group on a tour of the oldest military cemetery west of the Mississippi River.
The registration fee of $79 includes tour fees, lunch, gratuity and transportation cost. "St. Louis Cemeteries" is set for Thursday, April 12. The RLC bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the One-Room Schoolhouse on the Ina campus, and also will pick up participants at 8 a.m. at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. The bus is scheduled to return to Mt. Vernon at approximately 5 p.m. and to Ina by 5:30 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Classes
"Presidential Primaries Across the US" will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the One-Room Schoolhouse on the main campus in Ina. Primary elections are how each political party selects candidates for the fall general election. Participants can spend part of Illinois Primary Election Day discovering exactly how the presidential primaries work in Illinois compared to other states. Greg Hollmann, RLC Political Science Associate Professor, will explain how each state selects the candidates from primary elections to caucuses. How delegates are selected to attend the Democratic and Republican primary conventions also will be discussed. Lunch will be served after the class and is included in the price of $18.
"Genealogy Basics" will be held from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the One-Room Schoolhouse on the main campus. With 40 years' experience in helping people find information on their family trees, Genealogy Librarian Mary Eubanks will share tips and suggestions on what you need to know to get started or to enhance the information you have already acquired. Participants will learn where to find information both in the library and online. This class also will show you what to do with the information once you find it. Participants will learn how to use paper forms to organize and document their family tree so it can be shared with others. No computer experience is required for this class. The registration fee is $20.
"Southern Illinois Wildflowers" will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 13, at the One-Room Schoolhouse on the main campus. Abel Kinser, RLC Biological Science Associate Professor, will provide the class with information about the local wildflowers in our area. The class will begin with a presentation and slideshow, and participants will then board the RLC bus for a short field trip to nearby Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. Kinser will guide the group along the nature trail for a short hike to view wildflowers in person. Moderate walking can be expected. Those not wishing to participate on the hike are welcome to attend the slideshow presentation only. The registration fee is $15.
"Facebook" will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Room 338 at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. This class was designed for those who would like to learn how to create a Facebook page or to better use their own page to connect with family and friends. Students will be shown how to use Facebook both online through their home computer and through mobile phone apps. There will be a discussion on the pros and cons of social networks and an open question-and-answer session. This class is hands-on and will be held in a computer lab. The registration fee is $10.
The Institute of Lifelong Learning is an organization of retirement-age people who share a common interest in lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The only requirement to register for a class or trip is a desire to learn. No grades are given.