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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

Yoga at Any Age

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

Dates: Tuesdays, March 27 to May 1
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Riverside Health Fitness Center, 100 Fitness Drive, Bourbonnais 

Facilitator: Jessica Holmes
Cost: $55
Course no.: LLLI 8140.F16

Fresh Floral Design – Easter Basket

easter_basket.pngLearn to make this elegant Easter basket with basic floral techniques through hands-on instruction. After learning basic principles and techniques, you'll be amazed at how simple this design is to complete. You will be able to take home your completed floral project.

Dates: Thursday, March 29
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location:  KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Kate Batkiewicz
Cost: $57, includes supplies.
Course no.: LLLI 9980.Q16

Basic Heraldry

Medicare application form pictureIn this country or abroad, you might encounter coats of arms painted on a wall, decorating a flag, or embossed on china ware. This class will explore such heraldry, including how these “arms” came into being; what the different colors, designs, and mottos might imply; and if they have any meaning or significance today. You will have an opportunity to devise your own personal coat of arms.

Dates: Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Loarn Robertson
Cost: $25
Course no.: LLLI 8340.A16

NEW! Women in the Civil War

A couple reading documentsThe Civil War significantly affected the lives of American women. A handful disguised themselves as men and joined the fight. Others served as spies and nurses. Many more took on new roles at home after their husbands, brothers and fathers responded to the call to arms. Thousands of enslaved women began the transition to freedom, beginning new lives amidst the horrors of war. This class will look at how the war shaped, impacted, and transformed the lives of women by looking at it through the lens of the female abolitionist, soldier, slave, spy, nurse, southern planter's wife, prostitute, and southern yeoman's wife..

Dates: Friday, April 6
Time: 9 a.m. - noon.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Lea Smith
Cost: $19, includes handouts
Course no.: LLLI 8250.A16

Wonders of Illinois Geology

Geology.pngIllinois is an amazing state with a rich geological history that 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.

Dates: Friday, April 6
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Max Reams
Cost: $18, includes book
Course no.: LLLI 9190.A16

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

Board.pngYou’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 the importance of Parliamentary Procedure. Plus, we’ll debunk 12 myths about these procedures. 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 chart of motions on how to best use Robert’s Rules of Order.

Dates: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Bob Dyer
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 8110.A16

​Share a book, Share an Author – Fiction

Man on the phone with his credit card, pictureAre 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 cookies during the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Maureen Shannon & Linda Klette
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 9820.A16

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: Monday, April 16
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Dr. James Paul & John Hassett
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8100.A16

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 and create beautiful designs on unique surfaces. If you just need help choosing a color, there will be a lesson on color theory. All supplies will be provided. But, if you have a favorite set of color tools you like to work with, please bring them. These sessions are for beginners or advanced coloring fanatics—whether you stay within the lines or not. We will focus on picking colors, choosing a starting point, and working with colored pencils and watercolor pencils. You will be able to explore advanced techniques with blending, intense designs, and working with markers and gel pens, and bring formal art to the color page by creating a canvas masterpiece to add to your art collection.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 17 to May 1
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $39, includes coloring sheets and supplies
Course no.: LLLI 9840.A16

Share a Book, Share an Author – Non-Fiction

Is 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 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: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D300
Facilitator: Kathy Gerhardstein & Linda Klette
Cost: $10
Course no: LLLI 9820.A26.

Facebook 101

Facebook 101.jpgLearn the ins and outs of the world’s largest social networking site, Facebook. In this hands-on workshop you will learn to how to connect with family and friends quickly and easily by posting information, sharing pictures, creating events, uploading videos and creating groups. Other topics include protecting your privacy, using Facebook messenger, managing your news feed, using lists to manage sharing, and adding and removing friends. If you have an existing Facebook account, please bring your login information to class. Basic computer skills required.

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D122
Facilitator: Dr. Kris Condon
Cost: $15
Course no.: LLLI 9910.A16

Healthy Brain Food

You are what you eat! Did you know that eating a healthy well-managed diet may help to keep your brain healthier? Learn how a food plan (diet) rich in antioxidants, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats can help to prevent cognitive decline.

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Drusilla Banks
Cost: $8
Course no: LLLI 8220.A16

Should I Get My DNA Tested?

dna_tested-web.pngMillions of people have had their DNA tested. What were they hoping to find? Learn about the three kinds of tests and the companies that offer
them. Learn what DNA can and cannot tell you, so you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Dates: Monday, April 23
Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Shirley Koelling
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8330.A16

Fantasy and Fairytales

Fantasy 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 with werewolves, fairy princesses, knights in armor, giants and monsters. Come enjoy these epic stories!

Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 1-0 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 8010.A16

Basket Weaving - Wine Basket

Book on a tableCome 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.
Your basket will make a perfect gift—or display it yourself. It can be filled with seasonal flowers or a bottle of wine! This class is led by a local artesian, Sharon Taylor, who has taught
basket and ceramic courses for more than 30 years. This class filled up quickly last semester.

Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Sharon Taylor
Cost: $35, includes supplies to make a basket.
Course no.: LLLI 9980.Q16

The Donner Party

James_Margaret_Reed.jpgOn April 16, 1846, nine covered wagons left Springfield, Ill., with plans for a 2,500 mile journey to California. The caravan became one of the greatest tragedies in the history of westward migration. Facing starvation, harsh weather conditions and conflicting personalities, the Donner Party was trapped in impassible mountains. At least 40 in the group were lost. This class discusses how the Donner Party story has been told differently over time. You’ll examine the westward movement, 19th century masculinity, the demographic and archaeological evidence of their deaths and how the Donner Party has been portrayed throughout history and in literature.

Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Lea Smith
Cost: $19  
Course no.: LLI 8270.A16

Class notes: Upon successful completion, 3 professional development hours awarded to teachers. 


Play Party Bridge for Fun! Push back senility and enjoy socializing. Learn the basics of bridge and play numerous hands.

Dates: Wednesdays May 2, 9 & 16
Time: 1-2 p.m.  
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Dr. Maureen Shannon
Cost: $20 
Course no.: LLLI 8210.A16

Mosaic Garden Rocks

Mosaic.jpgGet your garden ready by adding some pops of color with mosaic rocks. You’ll create one or two unique garden stones with glass gems and  iles. No previous skills are necessary for this art class, just bring your imagination..

Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151  
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $39, includes supplies. 
Course no.: LLLI 8260.Q16

Boost Your Brain & Memory

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, May 3, 10, 17 & 24  
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Cindy DeGroot  
Cost: $23
Course no.: LLLI 9320.A11

Songs of the Civil War

Ink well, quill pen, a photograph and lettersCome listen, learn and discuss how Civil War music was much more than just background noise. We’ll examine and listen to songs written and sung by civilians, soldiers, professional musicians and songwriters. We will discuss song origins, cultural and patriotic influences, and popular genres of the day—both North and South. Music was a major rallying point, found at the center of war-time experiences. Robert E. Lee once famously said “I don’t believe we can have any army without music.” He wasn’t just “whistling Dixie.”.

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Christina Lea Smith
Cost: $19
Course no.: LLLI 8280.A16

You've Had Your DNA Tested, Now What?

DNA test.jpgThis session will help you make sense of the results that the DNA testing company sends you. You’ll also learn about 3rd party providers that make it possible to compare tests from different companies. Please bring a computer printout of your DNA results if you have one.

Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Shirley Koelling 
Cost: $7
Course no.: LLLI 8330.A.26

Avoiding Scams in a Complex World

Avoid scams.jpgBecause the latest technology can be extremely confusing, thieves and scammers try to exploit those who are not comfortable with technology. Popular scams include credit card offers, estate inheritance from a stranger, and lottery wins, to name a few. In this seminar you will learn the difference between financial myths and reality so you don’t fall victim to popular scams.

Dates: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 10 a.m. - noon  
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Jose Fulgencio
Cost: $10
Course no.: LLLI 8320.A16

Learning to Connect: Relating to those with Alzheimer's

This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect of the disease on communication and behavior. It will also introduce you to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful.

Dates: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123 
Cost: FREE
Facilitator: Hadi Finirty
Course no.: LLLI 9990.A16

Mosaic Flower Pots

mosaic_pots.jpgCreate a one-of-a-kind conversation piece for your summer flowers with a mosaic flower pot. You’ll create a 10” flower pot with paint, glass gems and tiles. No prior skill is necessary for this art class. Just bring your imagination. All supplies are included!

Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitators:  Amber Gocken
Cost:  $35
Course No.:  LLLI 8350.A16

Bradley House Tour and Scenic Boat Ride

BradleyHouse.jpgJoin us for an in-depth 90-minute tour of the first Prairie Style home designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The home recently featured on PBS’s “An American Home” offers a picture of life through the years as owners, cultural changes and economics influenced the use of the house. Following the tour, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Kankakee River in an electric boat..

Date: Monday, May 14
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Location: Bradley House, 701 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee
Facilitator: Linda Klette & Laura Golowski
Cost: $35
Course No.: LLLI 9310.F11

Online Bird Watching in Illinois

Bird-watching.jpgYou 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, May 16, 23 & 30
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D122
Facilitator:  Dallin Saurey
Cost: $50
Course No.: LLLI 8130.Q11

Food and Medication Interaction  

Medication.jpgAny medication–over the counter and prescription–can interact with foods you eat. We will discuss common food-medication interactions, foods to avoid when taking various medications, some medical terms related to medications, and how fortified foods and supplements can modify a drug’s effect.

Date: Thursday, May 17 
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator:  Drusilla Banks
Cost: $8
Course No.: LLLI 8310.A11

Planning Ahead: Preparing Your Estate

Estate_plan.jpgThis seminar goes over important steps in preparing your estate so loved ones know your wishes, without unnecessary legal burdens upon your death. We will discuss wills, medical (durable) power of attorney, advanced directives/end-of-life decisions, life insurance, legal power of attorney, trusts, financials/bills, safe deposit boxes and property disposition (including pets). This seminar is not meant to offer legal advice. You will leave with a deeper understanding of each issue and guidance on completing each task -- handy checklist included! 

Date: Monday, May 21
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D123
Facilitator: Francesca Catalano, J.D., Ph.D.
Cost: FREE
Course No.: LLLI 8150.A11

Basic Skin Care

Skincare.jpgCome gain a better understanding of the importance of skin care for all ages. You will learn how to identify skin conditions vs. skin types. We’ll discuss care routines for each type, beneficial ingredients in skin products, and different skin care treatments.

Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Autumn Davis
Cost: $7
Course No.:  LLLI 9810.Q11

The Kankakee Valley and Vietnam

Viet-Nam.jpgA panel of local Vietnam veterans will tell their stories as Phil Angelo moderates the discussion. This year marks 50 years since the pivotal Tet Offensive made the entire nation more aware of the War in Vietnam. We’ll also pay tribute to those who served and did not return. The discussion will include the Vietnam Memorials in Kankakee County, including the Moving Wall which came to Perry Farm in 2001; Goselin Park in Bourbonnais, named for a Bourbonnais soldier who died in Vietnam; and the Col. James Kasler Memorial in Momence. You’ll hear stories of the Olivet graduate who died, the Watseka soldier who fought on Hamburger Hill and the 1963 Kankakee High school graduate who died in the battle depicted in "We Were Soldiers."

Date: Wednesday, May 23 
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D124
Facilitator: Phil Angelo
Cost: FREE

Course no.: LLI 8300.Q11

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: Tuesday, June 5

Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: Room D123
Facilitator: Mike Avignone
Cost: FREE
Course no.: LLLI 8290.A11

Flip Flop Wreath/Swag

flip_flop.jpgBrighten up your doorway this summer with a flip flop wreath or flip flop swag – it’s your choice which one you make. Using flip flops and flowers, you will create a beautiful piece of art to welcome your guests. All supplies are included!

Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $35
Course no.: LLLI 8380.A11

Tea Cup Bird Feeder

Bird_Feeder.jpgIn this workshop, you’ll create a special place to watch your feathered friends rest and dine in your backyard. You will decorate your own cup and saucer and then create a feeder to hang or display. No prior skill is necessary for this art class. Just bring your imagination. All supplies are included!

Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $35
Course no.: LLLI 8360.A11

Patriotic Button Flag

Button_Flag.jpgShow your patriotic pride by making an American flag completely out of buttons. No prior skill is necessary for this art class. Just bring your imagination. All supplies are included!

Date: Wednesday, June 20
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: KCC Room D151
Facilitator: Amber Gocken
Cost: $35
Course no.: LLLI 8370.A11

U.S. History and Today

History.jpgCome take a pictorial journey through the past 100 years of American history. You’ll enjoy this unique, fast-paced blend of news, movies and music that captures the ebb and flow of the United States on the move. We’ll stick to the facts and stay non-partisan, too.

Date: Tuesday, June 26
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: KCC Room D123 
Facilitator: John LeGear
Cost: $10 
Course no.: LLLI 8129.A11