CSC Senior Classes and Trips for January

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Carl Sandburg College is offering the following classes and trips for seniors in January. These classes are only available to those 50 years of age or older. To register for any of these classes, or for more information, please call (309) 344-1512 or visit the Main Campus in Galesburg.

Computer Basics 1

If you have little or no computer experience, this course introduces you to the computer. Topics include terminology, keyboard usage, basic components of a computer system, and an overview of computer applications. Discover what computers can and cannot do. Learn how to use the mouse and print, save, and open projects.  Other topics include various computer housekeeping tasks and loading various software applications. Minimum of 8 students by 01/11/11 and maximum of 12 students. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 18 for six weeks from 1-3 p.m.

CIS E26 500 (.5 sem. hr.)

Cost: $72

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Civil War Memories in Galesburg

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Please join speakers Mike Hobbs and Barbara Schock of the Civil War Discussion Group as they speak about the efforts of the local Grand Army of the Republic and the Woman’s Relief Corps to erect Civil War monuments in Galesburg such as the Soldier’s Monument in Hope Cemetery and the Mother Bickerdyke Monument on the Courthouse grounds.  You will also learn about noteworthy Civil War Veterans buried in Galesburg and the roles they played in local history. Class will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, only, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

CSH C06 600

Cost:  $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Food for Thought: Sushi 101

Looking for some culinary inspiration?  Here is your opportunity to learn some tips from industry professionals.  Chefs, owners and food enthusiasts have stepped up to lend expertise and share their excitement for food.  Be prepared to have fun, stimulate your enthusiasm for cooking and meet like-minded people with a passion for food!  Not limited to seniors.  Material fee payable to the instructor the night of class.  Registration required at least one week in advance.  Minimum of 10 students by and maximum of 16. Class will be on Thursday, Jan. 20, only, from 6-8 p.m.

CSL C09 603

Cost: $25 plus $10 materials fee

Lindstrom’s TV & Appliance, 400 E. Main Street, Galesburg (Seminary St. Entrance)

The Ins and Outs of Hospice Care

Hospice isn’t for just seniors in their twilight years.  Whether you have an aging parent or not, this information is for anyone curious about the ins and outs of hospice care.  Learn its origin, who qualifies, how it’s paid for, and what kind of care is received, where it’s available, who’s part of a hospice team, and the benefits (yes, benefits) of volunteering one-on-one with a hospice patient.  Not limited to seniors. Class will be on Monday, Jan. 24, only, from 3-5 p.m.

CSI C02 600

Cost:  $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Senior Citizen Police Academy

Senior citizens living within any community have a unique set of needs and concerns.  Some are in the areas of personal safety, crime, and could be as simple as just living in fear of crime.  Unfortunately, members of the Senior community are often targeted by criminals as easy victims.  In partnership with Knox County TRIAD, the Knox County Sherriff’s department, and Illinois State Attorney General’s Office, the Senior Citizens Police Academy inaugural class is being established to address the specific needs, interests, and concerns of senior citizens living in and around the Galesburg area.  The series of classes and the Academy is open to Seniors age 50 and over.  Each weekly session begins with a one-hour block of instruction, followed by a snack break and social time and followed by another one-hour block of instruction.  Snacks are provided by the local TRIAD chapter.  The Academy curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects, including not only crime prevention, but safety and other quality of life issues.  Topics include, but not limited to:  Financial Crimes, Fraud and Predatory Lending, Auto Theft and Crime Prevention, Gun Laws, and Community Policy.  Topics are chosen to meet specific needs and to provide attendees with the information that will hopefully help improve everyday quality of life.  Sessions are free of charge; however, registration is required. Class will be on Mondays, beginning Jan. 24 for eight weeks from 9-11:30 a.m.

CSI C11 600

Cost:  Free

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Heart & Soul

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood?  That equates to approximately 38,000 pints of blood needed in the United States every day.  Join us as we tour the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport Iowa.  MVRBC is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 53 hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin, including our area hospitals in Galesburg and Monmouth.  While on our behind the scenes tour we’ll learn about the history of the organization, safety and testing procedures, how they service hospitals and patients in need and more.  Lunch will be provided at our next stop where we will experience a mind, body and soul connection with Mother Nature.  Many tropical plants are used for medicinal and beauty purposes as well as for healthy food and beverage products.  We will take a guided tour through the Quad City Botanical Gardens where we’ll see, smell and learn fascinating health facts about the plants in their tropical Sun Garden. Minimum of 10 persons by 1/14/11 and a maximum of 28.  No cancellations past 1/14/11; however, a substitute can attend. Class will be on Wednesday, Jan. 26, only, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

CST C25 600

Cost:  $45 includes transportation, tours, and lunch

Activity Bus Transportation

Leaves from Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Creating an Organized Life

Too much paperwork got you down?  If so, this workshop conducted by professional organizer Sue DeRoos, will help you overcome the overwhelming task of getting organized and getting it all under control.  Learn the basics of organizing principles, how to change direction to accomplish a set of goals.  Learn what to let go of and walk away with a number of resources to help tackle ways to achieve an organized life.  Not limited to seniors.  Minimum of 10 persons by 01/24/11 and maximum of 40 persons. Class will be on Monday, Jan. 31, only, from 2-4 p.m.

CSL C10 600

Cost $25

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Improving Your Bridge

This course is appropriate for players who have completed the Intermediate Bridge course or for people who play regularly.  The reference text is “Play of the Hand in the 21st Century” which will be available for $12 at the first class session.  Students will spend most of the time bidding and playing hands, with emphasis on developing tricks, eliminating losers, using entries, managing the trump suit, opening leads and bidding in competition.  Registration required one week in advance.  Not limited to seniors.  Maximum of 16 students. Class will be on Mondays, beginning Jan. 31 for eight weeks from 6-8 p.m.

CSL C07 600

Cost: $40

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

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