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Lifelong Learning courses give you a chance to engage in new and familiar topics. You’ll get to know others in the class and dive deep into topics.

Register using one of our easy registration options. If you have any questions, phone 815-802-8206 or email mposing@kcc.edu.

Hats, Heroines and Cavaliers

Hat display picture

Step back in time and learn more about famous men and women in history. This program requires audience participation. You’ll pick a hat to wear or hold. After hearing facts about the hats, you’ll guess who would have worn which hat. It could be an author, movie star, political hero or history maker. Come prepared to learn historical trivia and have fun!

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 5 
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Cheryl Rabe
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8160.A13

Online Bird Watching in Illinois

Picture of a man and woman bird watchingYou can immerse yourself in the fascinating behaviors of birds. This enriching hobby is also inexpensive. Using both online and real-life experience, you will learn to recognize birds by sight, sound and flight. We’ll learn the history of birds in Illinois and how to identify birds by body size, beak, feet and feathers. Best of all, you will learn where to look for birds in this region of Illinois. Participants must be proficient using a computer.

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location:  KCC Room D122
Facilitator: Dallin Saurey
Cost: $50
Course no.: LLLI 8130.Q13

Medicare Made Easy!

Medicare application form pictureDiane Adduci, a community educator and licensed insurance representative, will discuss Medicare Parts A and B, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Come learn about eligibility, enrollment, and the benefits of Medicare and Medicare Supplements. This program is for people turning 65, already 65 or older and leaving their employer plan, or who would simply like to learn more about Medicare. Questions are welcome!

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 7
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Diane Adduci
Cost: $15, includes handouts
Course no.: LLLI 9860.A13

NEW! Write a Legacy Letter or Ethical Will for Your Family

A couple reading documentsLearn how to find peace of mind by leaving a piece of your mind. Write a Legacy Letter or Ethical Will for your family. Although it is not a legal document and will not distribute your estate, a Legacy letter can be a cherished keepsake to those you love most. A Legacy Letter can include personal values, family history, life lessons, achievements, and hopes for the future. By the end of the course, you will have completed a priceless legacy letter on archival paper.

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Beth LaMie
Cost: $39
Course no.: LLLI 9940.A13

Help! I've Been Elected to a Board. Now What?

A group of people, pictureYou’ve been elected to a board or committee, so how do you become a productive, contributing member of the group? This session will help you learn importance of Parliamentary Procedure, plus will debunk 12 myths of Parliamentary Procedure. We will discover 10 responsibilities of non-profit boards; learn five questions every board member should ask; and design an agenda to keep meetings on track. You will come away with a handy cheat sheet on how to best use Robert’s Rules of Order. 

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 13
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Bob Dyer
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 8110.A13

NEW! Introduction to Voiceovers

Microphone and audio equipment photo

Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the voiceover industry! Discover current trends in the industry and how they make it easy and affordable for almost anyone to get involved. In this introductory class, you’ll learn about different types of voiceovers and the tools you need to find success. The facilitator is a working voice actor from Voices For All. He will take notes as you read a real script, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery. You’ll receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. 18 and over.

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 13
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Joe Bianco
Cost: $49
Course no.: LLLI 8080.Q13

Elderly Financial Scams

Man on the phone with his credit card, pictureOlder adults are at risk for financial exploitation. Abusers can be friends, caregivers, financial advisors, strangers and even family members. Understanding the risk can help you protect yourself from exploitation.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14 
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Sasha Grabenstetter
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8170.A13

Super'power' - Your Wishes, Done Right

Financial advisor talking to coupleGet ready to plan for what happens with your estate. The steps include appointing a power of attorney, arranging for transfers at death, and holding crucial conversations. This program has information on how to transfer property, tips to have your wishes known, and characteristics of a power of attorney.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14
Time:  11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Sasha Grabenstetter
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8180.A13

Yoga at Any Age

Man siting on yoga mat, meditatingThis six-week course will focus on balance, breathing techniques, and your personal practice with yoga. You will learn basic poses using props that increase balance and flexibility. You can use yoga to become more relaxed, centered and in-tune with your body and mind.

Date: Thursdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: Riverside Health and Fitness Center, 100 Fitness Dr, Bourbonnais
Facilitator: Jessica Holmes
Cost: $55
Course no.: LLLI 8140.F13

Fresh Floral Class: Rose Bouquet

Rose bouquet in a vaseCreate a soft serenade of roses perfect for your kitchen table. This class will teach you how to professionally arrange a beautiful rose bouquet. Using floral techniques and hands-on instructions, you will take home your completed project.

Dates: Monday, Sept. 18
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $57, includes materials
Course no: LLLI 8040.A13

Registration deadline is Sept. 8. No cancellations after Sept. 8, however a substitute may be sent in your place.

NEW! Put Some Life into Your Obituary

Woman writing, at a tableWho knows you better than... you? You can set the tone and write a memorable obituary to summarize your life. This class will help you plan ahead and write an obituary that is personal, informative, and perhaps even humorous. Learn the components of an obit that will be your best hail and farewell to the world.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 21
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Beth LaMie
Cost: FREE!
Course no.: LLLI 9950.A13

Share a Book, Share an Author - Fiction

Man reading a bookAre you a fiction lover looking for your next good read? The group will chat and share favorite fiction books and/or authors. You’ll return home with a new list of authors and books to relish. You’ll also enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and homemade scones while at class and participating in the discussion.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 5
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon & Linda Klette
Cost: $10
Course no: LLLI 9820.A13

Seating is limited to 15.

Boost Your Brain & Memory: A Whole Person Approach to Brain Fitness

This proven brain fitness program developed by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging goes far beyond “brain games.” It provides instruction and exercise to reduce the risk of dementia. You’ll get a unique program with physical activity, social and intellectual engagement, nutrition, emotional well-being and spiritual aspects. An interactive workbook will have follow-up exercises. You will learn ways to live healthier, remember better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions.

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Cindy DeGroot, RN
Cost: $23, includes workbook
Course no.: LLLI 9320.A13

NEW! Painless Private Publishing

typewriter and old booksYou’ve spent years – or maybe a little less time – gathering and writing your family stories, anecdotes, and folk tales. It’s time to learn easy ways to get your works printed for family and friends, or to offer them for sale online. This is your chance to feel the reward of creating a complete and published original work.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Beth LaMie
Cost: $15
Course no.: LLLI 9960.Q13

Share a Book, Share an Author - Non-Fiction

Book on a tableIs there a non-fiction book that has made an impact on you? You’ll enjoy a hot drink and scones as we share non-fiction authors and books that have helped us learn about our world and varied viewpoints. Enjoy a morning discussion and go home with a new list of authors and books to enjoy.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Kathy Gerhardstein & Linda Klette
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 9820. A23

Seating is limited to 15.

The Internet: Finding Reliable Nutrition and Health Info

Computer with image of food on the screenThe glut of information can be overwhelming! There is so much nutrition and wellness information surrounding us. You can get plenty of advice from television and radio, newspapers, infomercials, magazines, direct mail or the internet. But, how credible is it? This session will share trustworthy sources and sites where you can get reliable information on wellness.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 12
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Drusilla Banks
Cost: $7  
Course no.: LLLI 8190.A13

Abraham Lincoln and His Efforts to Colonize Slaves

Portrait of Abraham LincolnThis course discusses President Lincoln’s effort to colonize free blacks, and freed slaves, out of the United States. We’ll look at why Lincoln tried to colonize blacks out of the country. Was it political motivation? Was it to ensure passage of the Emancipation Proclamation? Was he really committed to removing blacks from the United States? Was he a racist? Was he being practical? Was he trying to be morally right? And finally, we’ll look at using present values on historical figures.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17 
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m.  
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Steve DePasquale
Cost: $7 
Course no.: LLLI 8030.A13

NEW! Fantasy and Fairytales

Illustration of fairytales coming out of a bookFantasy and fairytales were as popular during the Medieval period as they are now. In a storytelling format, Dr. Maureen Shannon will present a half dozen tales of fantasy from werewolves to fairy princesses, from knights in armor to giants and monsters.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18      
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D151  
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon
Cost: $10 
Course no.: LLLI 8010.A13

The History of Quilts in America

Photo of a quilt

This session is for both quilters and history lovers. We’ll see how thousands of quilts have touched many lives throughout American history. Some of the quilts to be discussed include Civil War quilts, Linus quilts for children in need, and Quilts of Valor presented to veterans. This session will intertwine the story of quilts with American’s determination to become free and stay free; as well as how quilts embody the spirit of people who enjoy their freedom.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18 
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Joan Marion  
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8240.A13

NEW! Family Story Writing Workshop

Ink well, quill pen, a photograph and lettersLearn to discover and preserve your family stories. We’ll use writing prompts, exercises and sharing techniques to capture memories. You’ll learn to identify story ideas, organize your thoughts and experiences, get stories from others, and preserve the results. All this, plus we’ll make the process enjoyable! This class is for new and experienced writers, plus previous participants. There won’t be any criticism of anyone’s writing skills, just gentle feedback.

Dates: Mondays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 & 13
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Beth LaMie
Cost: $39
Course no.: LLLI 8090.A13

Fresh Floral Class: Pumpkin Centerpiece

Pumpkin centerpiece on a tableCreate a pumpkin floral centerpiece the easy way! There’s no messy carving involved in this design. It’s your favorite array of flowers, nestled on top of a fall pumpkin. This class will teach basic floral techniques through hands-on instruction. And you will take home your completed project.

Date: Monday, Oct. 23
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151 
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz 
Cost: $57, includes materials
Course no.: LLLI 8050.Q13

Registration deadline is Oct. 13. No cancellations after Oct. 13, however a substitute may be sent in your place.

Ghost Hunting

Crow siting on a gravestone

We will talk about how to get started in ghost hunting and seek out the paranormal. We’ll share inexpensive tools you can use and places to visit, too. The facilitator, Margaret Wolf, will discuss some of her notable experiences along with her personal philosophy of spirit interaction. There will be time for questions and your stories as well. “I have no psychic ability, I am not a medium, I don’t even think that I am sensitive to spirit,” Wolf said. “I am just curious about a phenomenon that many have experienced, but are sometimes ashamed to talk about.”

Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 25
Time: 6-8 p.m.  
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator:Margaret Wolf
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 9970.Q13

Advance Directives, Health Advocacy and Healthy Aging

This workshop will walk you through the process to align your healthcare wishes, keep your mind and body active, cut your risks for chronic disease and save money to live longer, fuller lives. Patrick Harness from Health Alliance will discuss key points to review with your loved ones and caregivers. Learn the importance of speaking up when talking to your doctor, too. We will talk about how to get started in ghost hunting and seek out the paranormal. We’ll share inexpensive tools you can use and places to visit, too. The facilitator, Margaret Wolf, will discuss some of her notable experiences along with her personal philosophy of spirit interaction. There will be time for questions and your stories as well. “I have no psychic ability, I am not a medium, I don’t even think that I am sensitive to spirit,” Wolf said. “I am just curious about a phenomenon that many have experienced, but are sometimes ashamed to talk about.”

Dates: Thursday, Oct. 26
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123 
Cost: FREE!
Facilitator: Patrick Harness
Course no.: LLLI 8150.A13

East African Safaris

Kenya and Tanzania offer a myriad of opportunities to view African animals in their natural setting. Let us be your guides to these “wonder filled” far away parks. It’s highly efficient travel without needing a passport or immunization.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 26
Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitators:  Dr. James Paul & John Hassett
Cost:  $7
Course No.:  LLLI 8100.A13

NEW! Basket Weaving

BasketCome enjoy an evening learning the art and craft of basket weaving. This course will introduce you to basic basket weaving construction techniques while you are creating your own medium-sized market basket. You’ll even get to choose from a few reed colors to accent your basket and make it your own. This class is led by a local artesian, Sharon Taylor, who has taught basket and ceramic courses for more than 30 years.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 26
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Sharon Taylor
Cost: $35, includes materials, reeds and tools to make your own basket
Course No.: LLLI 9980.Q13

Thanksgiving's Origins in the Civil War

Thanksgiving turkey spreadOur American Thanksgiving honors the harvest feasts of the earliest arrivals during the colonial days. Yet, our Thanksgiving holiday was influenced and created out of efforts during the Civil War. This class examines the first thanksgiving harvest feasts, its origins in the Civil War, Lincoln’s efforts to federalize the holiday, and how politicians struggling economically with the Great Depression altered Thanksgiving forever.

Date: Friday, Nov. 3
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator:  Christina Smith, research historian lecturer
Cost: $19
Course No.: LLLI 8200.A13

The Latest in Alzheimer's Research & How to Love Your Brain 

Man siting and looking confusedThe symposium will focus on the current state of research in Alzheimer’s disease. The discussion will include actions you can begin today to keep your brain as healthy as possible as it ages. Plus, there will be resources available to families with questions about living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Date: Monday, Nov. 6
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: KCC Iroquois Room
Facilitator:  Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D & Melanie Adams
Cost: $7
Course No.: LLLI 9990.A13

Governors of Illinois

The governors of Illinois have been termed “Mostly Good and Competent Men” by the University of Illinois Institute of Public Affairs. We’ll review the history of all of the state’s chief executives, with special attention paid to the governors who hail from Kankakee County – Len Small, Sam Shapiro and George Ryan. We’ll also discuss the late Steve Neal’s rankings of the 10 best governors of the state. We’ll finish up with a discussion of where the state government might go from here. 

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Phil Angelo
Cost: $7
Course No.: LLLI 8020.A13

Bridge for Fun

Woman playing cardsSome people take bridge very seriously…This class is not for them! This is to play for fun. We’ll check out some current conventions—like Weak Twos and Blackwood—and we’ll play a variety of hands with different partners. After the session, we’ll even have prizes!

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon
Cost: $10
Course No.:  LLLI 8210.A13

U.S. History and Today

U.S. constitution, U.S. flag and quill penReview history as we cover events from 1914 through today. This course will allow ample time for questions and discussion. Learn how past events in U.S. history should—and sometimes do—influence decisions that Americans make today.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8 
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123 
Facilitator: John LeGear
Cost: $10 
Course no.: LLLI 8120.A13

Eating Well As You Age

Fruits, vegetables, and other foodsFood choices can make an important difference in how we look and feel. Healthy food choices may help decrease the risk of developing some chronic diseases commonly associated with aging, and help to keep you more independent. This lesson focuses on foods that supply the nutrients which are especially important for us as we age.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9 
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123 
Facilitator: Druscilla Banks
Cost: $7 
Course no.: LLLI 8220.A13

Fresh Floral Class: Thanksgiving Candle Wreath

Candle wreath pictureJust in time for your special gathering, learn to create a beautiful festive Thanksgiving centerpiece. This class will teach basic floral techniques through hands-on instruction. You will be able to take home your completed project. (Please note: the candle shown is not included in this arrangement.)

Date: Monday, Nov. 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151 
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $57, includes materials. 
Course no.: LLLI 8060.Q13

Registration deadline is Nov. 10. No cancellations after Nov. 10; however a substitute may be sent in your place.

Christmas During the Civil War

Christmas tree with giftsThere seems a magic in the very name of Christmas. By the time the American Civil War began, the concept of Christmas and the majority of our present-day Christmas traditions were already established. Through letters, diaries, stories, drawings, manuscripts and books, this class reconstructs how soldiers and civilians celebrated the holiday during a period of battle and bloodshed.

Date: Friday, Dec. 1 
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Iroquois Room
Facilitator: Christina Smith, research historian lecturer.
Cost: $19
Course no.: LLLI 8230.A13

Fresh Floral Class: Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas centerpieceYou can create a birch box centerpiece to add Christmas cheer to your home. Learn how to make this holiday arrangement from a variety of Christmas greens, pine cones and holiday embellishments. This class will teach basic floral techniques through hands-on instruction. You will be able to take home your completed project. Please bring a pair of garden gloves and pruning shears.

Date: Monday, Dec. 11 
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151 
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $57, includes materials.
Course no.: LLLI 8070.Q13

Registration deadline is Dec. 1. No cancellations after Dec. 1; however a substitute may be sent in your place.