CSC Senior Classes and Trips for September

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Carl Sandburg College is offering the following classes and trips for seniors in September. 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 I

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 08/31/10 and maximum of 12 students. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 7 for six weeks from 1-3 p.m.

CIS E26 502 (.5 sem. hr.)

Cost: $72

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Mosaic Stepping Stones

Your name…a favorite flower…how would you design your own mosaic stepping stone?  This 3-part class gives you the opportunity to learn to create your very own mosaic masterpiece.  The first week you will work on layout and tile selection. Next, adhere your design on a stone surface and then grout.  The last class will be reserved for glazing. Material fee is payable to the instructor the first day of class. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14 for three weeks from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

CSA C02 600

Cost: $25 plus $20 materials fee

Meets at instructor’s studio, 117 N. Main St. Alexis

One Stroke Painting

Roll up your sleeves and learn to paint like a pro using the art of one stroke painting. This hands-on class will give you the opportunity to learn by doing.  In this three-part class each student will work on three different projects of his or her choosing to put into practice the techniques taught. The material fee is payable to the instructor the first day of class. Limited to 10 students. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14 for three weeks from 3-5 p.m.

CSA C01 600

Cost: $25 plus $20 materials fee

Meets at instructor’s studio, 117 N. Main St. Alexis

Stained Glass

This is a basic level class.  Students will be shown various elements and techniques of stained glass work.  Students will have an opportunity to work on and complete several projects during the course.  Material fee is payable to the instructor the first day of class. Limited to 10 students. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14 for seven weeks from 1-3 p.m.

CSA C03 600

Cost: $50 plus $25 materials fee

Meets at instructor’s studio, 117 N. Main St. Alexis

Civil War Sesquicentennial: National and Local Connections

In 2011 the United States will begin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  This seminar will focus on a pivotal event from each year as the Sesquicentennial progresses giving significant opportunity to recall, reflect and connect.   First class session (1859) will discuss an event that helped ignite the war—John Brown’s raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry—launched from a farmhouse near Dargan, Md.  On the local level, we will examine artifacts related to abolitionist views in Knox County and the surrounding areas.  The second section (1860) will focus on the election of 1860 that resulted in the Lincoln presidency.  On the local level, class participants will review examples of the community campaign literature and activities.  Participants will examine poetry/lyrics, art, letters/journals, and various artifacts as we discuss the consequences of Civil War events.  Sesquicentennial:  National and Local Connections will allow students to examine events from a historical and cultural context as well as from the home front perspective. Class will be on Thursdays, Sept. 16 and 23, only, from 9-11 a.m.

CSH C06 601

Cost:  $20

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

When Past Meets Present…History of One-Room Schools of Knox County

One-room schools were common throughout the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  At one time there were 177 rural one-room schools in Knox County.  Motorized school buses came along in the 1920’s and soon made traveling longer distances possible and one-room schools consolidated.  This class will take an interesting look at one-room school history in Knox County, particularly of Newman School.  Newman was built in 1876 and closed in 1948.  It was relocated to the present location in 1976 and restored by the Knox County Retired Teachers Association.  See and hear first-hand how this school has been completely restored with authentic furnishings and also learn famous students and more. Class will be on Friday, Sept. 17, only, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

CSH C06 603


Cost:  $5

Meets at Newman School in James Knox Park in Knoxville

Positively Aging

Take responsibility for your health!  Here is an opportunity to learn about the changes you are going to go through as you age.  This course will give you a good understanding of the aging process and allow you to develop a positive attitude from a fresh perspective.  We will take an in depth look at the aging process from physical and metabolic changes to psychological and sociological changes.  Common disorders will be discussed along with lifestyle suggestions, recommended preventative services and how to better communicate with your doctor.  Completion of the class earns you a well deserved certificate to enjoy at the Carl Sandburg College Massage Therapy Clinic.  Minimum of 9 students and maximum of 25. Class will be on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 21 for four weeks from 1-2:30 p.m.

CSI C02 600

Cost: $45

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Farm Fresh

It is important to recognize the diversification in agriculture today.  Illinois has an agricultural industry made up of various enterprises from hay to horses, grains, dairy, beef and sheep, not to mention vegetables, honey, syrup and even wind.  Cheese, wine and fruit are no exceptions to this list.  This day will give you the opportunity to connect with a cheese producer, a wine maker, and an apple orchard owner to get an up close glimpse into three unique family farming operations in Central Illinois.  First, the Ropp family from Normal Illinois raises only pure bred prize winning Jersey cows and operates an on-site cheese processing facility.  We are going to visit the Ropp farm as they share their knowledge and farm heritage and learn first-hand how fine quality cheeses are made.  We will explore the grounds, watch cheese making, feed calves, and maybe even milk a cow!  You won’t want to miss the fresh cheese curd samples too!  Time will be allowed to browse the retail store before our next stop to Mackinaw Valley Vineyard where we will be able to learn about wine making at a real working family vineyard.  Mackinaw Valley Vineyards started as a dream in the spring of 1997 and has developed into an award winning winery.  Such awards include 2002 Vineyard of the Year and 2003 Winemaker of the Year both presented by the Illinois Grape Grower’s and Vintner’s Association.  Lunch will be served at the vineyard (included) before departing for our last tour at Apple Blossom Farm near Peoria.  Time will be allowed at each location to shop for souvenirs.  Minimum of 14 students by 09/13/10 and maximum of 28 students.  No cancellations past 09/13/10; however, a substitute can attend. Class will be on Wednesday, Sept. 22, only, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 includes transportation, tours, samples and lunch

Activity Bus Transportation

Insight into the Supreme Court of the United States

Dr. Lane Sunderland, Professor of Political Science at Knox College will speak and offer insight about the role of the Supreme Court of the United States, the appointment and confirmation of justices, and the Court's procedures in deciding cases.  Dr. Sunderland is a former U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and former Director of Education for the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, working under both Chief Justice Warren Burger and Chief Justice William Rehnquist.  He has published numerous articles and two books and has served as an expert witness for the U.S Department of Justice.  Minimum of 8 students and maximum of 25 students. Class will be on Monday, Sept. 27, only, from 1:30-3 p.m.

CSH C20 600

Cost: $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Deconstructing the Decades: 20th Century in Review

From politics to pop culture…Reminisce and relive some of the most exciting decades in America’s history!  This class will take an entertaining look back as it relates to culture, events, prices, inventions, and technology and more.  We will explore how each decade sets up the next decade.  The first session will take a look back into the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and the second session will cover the 50’s and 60’s.  Minimum of 8 students and maximum of 25 students. Class will be on Thursdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, only, from 10-11:30 a.m.

CSH C06 602

Cost: $15

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Intermediate Bridge

This class is appropriate for players who have participated in the Beginning Bridge class or in a previous class, or people who play regularly.  It will begin with a review of hand evaluation and bidding.  Topics include responses, rebids, takeout and negative doubles, preemptive bids, strong bids, Stayman and Jacoby Transfer responses to no trump bids, and playing the hands.  The ACBL book of “Bidding in the 21st Century” will be available for $12 at the first class session.   Each section is limited to 16 students. Class will be on Mondays, beginning Sept. 27 for eight weeks from 6-8 p.m. or Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 28 for eight weeks from 2-4 p.m.

CSL C07 602 and 603

Cost: $40

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

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