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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.

Why is it called Pickett's Charge?

Learn more about the July 3, 1863 attack at Gettysburg known as Pickett’s Charge. Gen. George Pickett participated, but so did other generals. We’ll discuss how Pickett secured such a legacy. This class looks into details of the battle as well as soldiers and wives who fought to secure history for Pickett and his Virginians.

Date: Friday, Sept. 7
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes materials.
Course no.: LLLI 8470.A13

Gettysburg: From Battlefield to National Park

Since 1863, efforts have been made to maintain the legacy of the great Union victory on Pennsylvania soil. From the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Organization, to the War Department, to the National Park Service, you will learn about the evolution of the battlefield, the commercialization, and ongoing efforts to preserve history.

Date: Friday, Sept. 21
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location:  KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes materials.
Course no.: LLLI 8480.A13

Grand Army of the Republic

The Grand Army of the Republic was the dominant Union veteran organization in the post-bellum period. This class will look into the membership, rituals, order and discipline, and national encampments. Finally, the class will take a look at how the GAR sought to define American patriotism through the school textbook, the flag, and monument dedications

Date: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes materials.
Course no.: LLLI 8490.A13

Coming Out: Mustering Troops Out of Service after the Civil War

Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox was the beginning of a massive logistical problem for the federal government: returning a million former soldiers to their homes. It took three years to muster all the men into service, mustering out happened within a few months. Learn how both Union and Confederates demobilized troops, prisoners of war, and the wounded.

Date: Friday, Oct. 19
Time: 9 a.m. - noon.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes handouts.
Course no.: LLLI 8500.A13

The Impact that Photography had on the Civil War

Photography was coming of age during the American Civil War. Initially used as a form of art in 19th century culture, photography quickly developed into a profitable enterprise. We’ll  examine how photography was used during the war as propaganda, to document the ravages of war, and to remember and memorialize the dead. Photography had a huge impact on the nation’s morale.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes handouts.
Course no.: LLLI 8510.A13

Food Culture in the 19th Century

This class reviews antebellum and wartime cookbooks in both the North and South. We will delve into culinary patterns and habits across both north and south, including the history of food culture in each region. We’ll learn about 19th century cooking techniques; and the notion of southern cuisine.

Date: Friday, Dec. 14
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Smith
Cost: $19, includes handouts.
Course no.: LLLI 8520.A13

​The Art and Craft of Writing

Art and Craft of Writing.jpgWriting is an art and a craft. Learn to perfect it. This course is for anyone with a passion for writing. The sessions will include help with writing skills and offer tools of do’s and don’ts for you to become a well-rounded writer. The eight-week course is just the beginning of a very fulfilling journey for beginners and experienced writers alike. Bring your writing tools and come prepared to write!

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 6 to Oct. 25
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Sue Eggerton
Cost: $65
Course no.: LLLI 8430.A13

Canada: Discover the Amazing

Canada.jpgCome to learn and maybe be surprised while hearing about Canada – one of the most beautiful, progressive, safe, and best governed nations on the planet. This interactive session will highlight the government, politics, and people that have produced a vibrant culture and the best economics in the G-7 (“Group of Seven” major industrial nations). Gather ideas for a captivating vacation – at a bargain. The Instructor is a professor emeritus at Olivet Nazarene University who grew up in Toronto and also is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 12
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. William Bell
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 8560.A23  

An Introduction to Voiceovers

Voiceovers.jpgExplore 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.

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 12
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Joe Bianco
Cost: $43
Course no.: LLLI 8550.Q13

Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

Dementia.jpgThe Stress-Busting program is designed to improve the quality of life for family caregivers of persons with dementia by helping them manage their stress and cope better with their lives. Caregivers who have participated have reported significantly lowering stress, depression and anxiety; improving their ability to relax and manage stress; and increasing their self-esteem. During class, you’ll receive a handbook, meditation CD, and a relaxation strategies CD.
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 13 to Nov. 8
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Cindy DeGroot
Cost: FREE, includes materials.
Course no: LLLI 8590.A13

Class Notes: Limited to 8 participants. This course is funded by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging with funds granted through the Administration for Community Living and Administered by the Illinois Department on Aging.

Wonders of Illinois Geology

Illinois Geology.jpgIllinois is an amazing state, and its rich geological history affects how all residents live. Join us on a visual adventure to experience the diverse natural beauty of Illinois that can especially be seen in the state parks. We will explore occurrences including ancient seas that covered Illinois and vast glaciers which shaped much of our landscape.

Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Max Reams
Cost: $18,includes book.
Course no.: LLLI 9190.A13

A Time to Meditate

Meditate.jpgTake some time out of your week and meditate. This course is for all levels, from beginner to experienced. We’ll give you the time to meditate with a group and learn new skills. The time will be broken into a 15-minute period of preparation, 30 minutes of meditating, and 15 minutes of cooling down. There will be a different meditation each week.

Date: Mondays, Sept. 17 to Oct. 22
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Sue Eggerton
Cost: $39
Course no: LLLI 8840.A13

Fresh Fall Design-Fall Topiary

topiary.jpgThis class will teach basic floral techniques through hands on instructions to making fabulous topiaries. You will be able to take home your completed floral project.

Date: Monday, Sept 17
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $47, includes supplies and completed project.
Course no.: LLLI 8400.Q13

Class note: Registration deadline is Sept. 10. Not cancellations after Sept. 10, however a substitute may be sent in your place.

Basic Personal Computer Skills

Computer skills.jpgLearn basic computer skills in this course with lots of hands-on experience. You will learn how to navigate and customize the desktop, create, find, and save files. You will also learn to open, create, and save Microsoft Word files. We’ll also spend time learning to work with photos, including how to download, insert, and email photos to family and friends.

Date: Tuesdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
Location: KCC Room D121
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $125, includes textbook.
Course no.: LLLI 9090.A13

Stamp our Passport to Digital Citizenship: Online Safety

Passport.jpgHow can you better protect yourself, your identity and your computer in this digital age? This seminar will detail tips and tricks for online safety, including: 

  • Think before you click; keeping your machine clean
  • Creating and storing safe passwords
  • Protecting personal information
  • What your digital profile says about you semester.

Date: Friday, Sept. 21
Time: 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Dr. Francesca Catalano
Cost: FREE
Course no.: LLLI 8610.A13

Become a Dementia Friend ... What is Dementia Friendly?

Dementia Friendly.jpgA Dementia Friendly Community raises awareness and develops respect and inclusion for people with dementia. It has services and resources embedded in all areas of the community to ensure meaningful access and to promote equality of life. It supports and educates people with dementia, their care partners, and families from diagnosis through disease progression, and promotes meaningful engagement in community life. Anyone with an interest in preparing Kankakee County to be Dementia Friendly is invited to attend.

Date: Friday, Sept. 21
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Cindy DeGroot
Cost: FREE  
Course no.: LLI 9990.A13
Class notes: The Dementia Friendly Initiative is funded through the Illinois Department on Aging from a grant from the Administration of Community Living. 

Therapeutic Tai Chi In-A-Chair

Tai Chi.jpgDeveloped with the guidance and input of rehabilitation specialists and medical experts to be therapeutically beneficial, this adapted Tai Chi program is designed for those with standing and/or balance issues to achieve 30 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended by most medical experts. Featuring moderate movement, gentle stretching, and healthful breathing techniques, the routines are based on traditional Tai Chi, yoga and Qigong techniques.

Dates: To be announced
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.  
Location: Riverside Senior Life, 85 E. Burns Road, Bourbonnais
Facilitator: Gary Paruszkiewicz
Cost: $55 
Course no.: LLLI 8570.A13

Origins of Dixieland Jazz

Dixieland Jazz.jpgDixieland music developed in the early 20th century (1900-28). The four main influences were ragtime, military brass bands, the blues, and gospel music. Besides playing for dances and parties, in the early 1900s Dixieland bands played for funerals (marching along with the procession) in celebration of the life of the departed. Join Willie Dixon as he travels back in time to review great songs as “Saints Go Marching In,” “Bill Bailey,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Darktown Strutter’s Ball.” Dixon will also discuss the impact Louis Armstrong and Billy Kyle made on this music.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123  
Facilitator: Willie Dixon
Cost: $5
Course no.: LLLI 9620.A13

Share a Book, share an Author - Non-Fiction

Share an author.jpgIs there a non-fiction book that has made an impact on you? Please join us as we share non-fiction authors and books that 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.

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 26  
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Sharon Taylor  
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 9820.A13

Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving.jpgCome enjoy a fun evening with local artisan, Sharon Taylor to learn the art and craft of basket weaving. Taylor has taught basket and ceramic courses for more than 30 years. This course will introduce you to basic basket weaving while you create your own cute basket. The sample is made with black and wine colors including a handle embellishment. Additional color combinations may be available. Please state at registration if you would like to set up your own basket base. This class filled up quickly last semester – So register early!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Christina Lea Smith
Cost: $35, includes supplies to make your own basket. 
Course no.: LLLI 9980.Q13

NEW! Decorative Mesh Pumpkin

Decorative mesh pumpkin.jpgAdd a touch of fall to your home in this creative session. Create a beautiful decorative pumpkin to hang on your door to welcome visitors or little goblins. We will use a combination of mesh and artificial flowers to create a one-of-a-kind hanging pumpkin. No experience necessary.

Date: Monday, Oct. 1
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken 
Cost: $39, includes supplies.
Course no.: LLLI 8670.A.13

Basic Hand Tools - Safety and Product Knowledge

Toolbox.jpgIn this course, you will learn the different features and uses of basic carpentry tools. The class includes demonstrations and explanations of how to use specific hand tools safely and effectively. Some time will also be spent on mechanics tools, basic plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. There will be fun and interactive questions and demonstrations. If you are a homeowner, or looking to enhance your tool knowledge, this is a class you don’t want to miss!

Date: Monday, Oct. 1
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Tyler Davis
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8630.Q13

Frame Loom Weaving

Loom weaving.jpgWe will learn fundamental weaving techniques and vocabulary and make a small woven tapestry. All you need to bring is a ruler, large-eyed needle, scissors, pick or large-toothed comb, and a small assortment of yarn in your color scheme, keeping in mind the yarn’s size & texture.

Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 3 to 17 and Thursday, Oct. 25
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124 

Facilitator: Diana Pappas
Cost: $45
Course no.: LLLI 8640.A13

An Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

Gavel.jpgIn this fast-paced 90-minute session, we will explore what Parliamentary Procedure is (and isn’t), and why it’s important. We’ll discover 10 responsibilities of non-profit boards; go over six questions every board member should ask; and see how to design an agenda to keep meetings on track. We will also debunk 12 myths of Robert’s Rulers of Order. You will come away with your own handy chart of how to best use parliamentary procedure.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 9
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitators: Bob Dyer
Cost: $10
Course No.: LLLI 8110.Q13

NEW! You can 'Uke'

Ukulele.jpgEnjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. You’ll learn about the ukulele, how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs, and moving up to basic pop tunes. You don’t need any previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele, tuner, instructional guide and songbook.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Todd Volker
Cost: $99, includes ukulele, electronic tuner, instructional guide and songbook.
Course No.: LLLI 8390.K13

Dynamic Governance for Non-profit Boards

Dynamic Governance.jpgThis class will explore ways for volunteer board members to ensure they are doing the best job possible for the organizations they serve. Moving beyond the basics of Parliamentary Procedure, this class seeks to create dynamic board members by answering questions such as: Are the bylaws current, and do they reflect the current operations? Is the board the right size for the organization? Is the current committee structure adequate for now and the future? Do we have a succession plan for the board and management? What is the proper relationship between the board and the manager/executive director? You will come away from this session with a better understanding of how boards should operate, and greater confidence in your role as a volunteer board member.

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Bob Dyer
Cost: $10
Course No.: LLLI 8580.Q13

Retire Early & Travel for Free  

Dollarphotoclub_92360585.jpgBaby boomers—and others— are retiring and pursuing their travel dreams. Instructor Gina Henry has traveled to 93 countries and all 50 states for FREE in the past 25 years using the ideas in this class. If you like the idea of making additional income to support your travel dream and keeping your retirement money in the bank, this class is for you. You’ll learn more than 200 tips on free vacations, fun work-trips, and paid travel opportunities to have the time and money to travel as much as you want. Learn how to avoid scams, negotiation tips, and 50 words to know in any language to travel anywhere. You’ll also receive Henry’s 100-page “Retire & Travel Free” book, with companies, web sites & contact information ($39.95 value).

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D212
Facilitator: Gina Henry
Cost: $30, plus $15 paid to instructor at class for materials.
Course No.: LLLI 8530.Q13

Fake News Media

Fake News (2).jpgHas “Fake News” always been with us? Daily Journal retiree Phil Angelo examines the tempestuous history of “Presidents and the Press.” How does what is happening today fall within the context of past history? What is “news” anyway? How do you define it? Who gets to define it? We’ll have an exercise to spark some class discussion. How can you make yourself a more informed news consumer?

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Phil Angelo
Cost: $5
Course No.: LLLI 8620.Q13

Fresh Floral Design: Pumpkin Succulent Planter

Pumpkin planter.jpgThis class will teach you how to create a gorgeous modern fall centerpiece or porch decor. It is fresh, unique, and long lasting. This is a hands-on class, and includes basic floral techniques. When you are finished, you get to take home your completed project.

Date: Monday, Oct. 22
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $47, includes supplies and completed project.
Course No.: LLLI 8410.Q13
Class note: Registration deadline is Oct. 15. No cancellations after Oct. 15, however a substitute may be sent in your place.

Color Klatch

color_klatch-web.pngGet in on the coloring movement! Come join these hands-on workshops to learn why it’s cool to color again. You’ll learn what it is all about, practice different coloring techniques, create beautiful designs on unique surfaces, and—for those who just need help choosing a color—get a lesson on color theory. All supplies will be provided. If you have a favorite set of color tools, please bring them. These sessions are for beginners or advanced coloring fanatics—whether you stay within the lines or not. You will focus on picking colors, choosing a starting point, and working with colored pencils and watercolor pencils, explore advanced techniques with blending, intense designs, and working with markers and gel pens.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23 & 30 
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $30, includes supplies.
Course no.: LLI 9840.A13

Rules of the Road

Rule_of_the Road.jpgThe Rules of the Road course gives drivers–especially seniors and persons with disabilities—the knowledge and confidence needed to obtain or renew a driver’s license.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: Room D140
Facilitator: Mike Avignone
Cost: FREE
Course no.: LLLI 8290.A13

Artic Safari

polar bear1.jpgHave you ever had an up-close and personal visit with a polar bear? Come join your favorite “savory” travelers, Dr. James Paul and John Hassett, for a review of what it is like in Canada during the fall migration of polar bears.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. James Paul & John Hassett
Cost: FREE
Course no.: LLLI 8560.A13

Jane Austen and Fantasy Fiction of the 21st Century

Jane Austen.jpgThere are numerous books of modern fantasy based on the regency world of Jane Austen. Six of these books will be related in story tale fashion. Then, you will be invited to describe books from this genre that you have enjoyed. A list of Jane Austen and fantasy books and authors will be presented to the class members.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 9820.A25

NEW! Decorative Mesh Holiday Tree

mesh holiday tree.jpgSurprise all of your holiday guests with your custom-made mesh holiday tree. In this class, you will create a beautiful holiday tree made from decorative mesh to hang on your door. No experience necessary.

Date: Monday, Nov. 26
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $39, includes supplies
Course no.: LLLI 8680.A13

Christmas at Old Orchard

Christmas Old Orchard.jpgDon’t miss out on this popular annual trip! Explore the beautiful open-air setting at Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, the premier shopping destination in Skokie, on Chicago’s North Shore. Highlights of the season can be found at the anchor stores of Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s. You’ll have 100-plus stores to choose from, including L.L. Bean, Lacoste, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma. There also are a number of restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s, and California Pizza Kitchen.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Two departure points: KCC at 7:30 a.m.; and Country Inn & Suites in Manteno at 8 a.m. Leave Skokie at 5 p.m.
Cost: $32, includes charter bus transportation.
Course no.: LLLI 8540.F13
Class note: Registration deadline is Nov. 19. No cancellations after Nov. 19; however, a substitute may be sent in your place.

Fresh Floral Design-Christmas planters

Christmas planter.jpgAs you learn basic floral techniques, you will make this holiday arrangement from a variety of Christmas greens, pinecones, and holiday embellishments. After class, this planter centerpiece will add Christmas cheer to your home because you can take home your completed project. Please bring a pair of garden gloves and pruning shears to class.

Date: Monday, Dec. 3
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $47, includes supplies to complete the project.
Course no.:  LLLI 8420.Q13
Class note: Registration deadline is Nov. 26. No cancellations after Nov. 26, however a substitute may be sent in your place.

What are DNA Databanks and how are they used?

dna_tested-web.pngThis presentation will answer questions relating to how your DNA can be used by researchers, insurance companies and law enforcement. Specifically: What is DNA and how is a sequence identified? What is the impact for you and your relatives when you participate in genetic databases like 23AndMe? Why do pharmaceutical companies want access to your DNA? What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and how does it protect you? How does law enforcement use DNA to solve crimes?

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. Francesca Catalano
Cost: $10
Course no.:  LLLI 8600.A13