CSC Senior Classes and Trips for February

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

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

Life and Times of Ronald Reagan

This day will give us the opportunity to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Ronald Reagan in this month that would have been his 100th Birthday!  During his life, Mr. Reagan distinguished himself as an individual that lived the American Dream.  Growing up in the Midwest, he established himself as a college athlete, a movie star, a leader of actors' unions, governor of California, and, of course, president of the United States.  First at the Educational Technology Center, enjoy a presentation by local historian, Tom Wilson as he explores the local connections of both Ronald and Nancy Reagan to the Galesburg and Monmouth area.  After the presentation, board the CSC activity bus to travel to Eureka College to tour the Reagan Museum.  The first items in the collection came to the College in 1975 at the personal request of Mr. Reagan and now it is the largest collection of Reagan memorabilia outside of the Reagan library in California.  Today, the Reagan Museum features a collection of over 2,000 items from President Reagan's student days at Eureka, his movie and television career, his eight years as Governor of California, his campaign for presidency, and his two terms in office. A catered luncheon will be served at Eureka College prior to the museum tour.  Minimum of 10 persons by 1/18/11 and a maximum of 27.  No cancellations past 1/18/11; however, a substitute can attend. Class will be on Wednesday, Feb. 2, only, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost:        $5 CSH C00 600 lecture only (9:30-11am)

$45 CST C01 600 includes lecture, transportation, tour and lunch (9:30am-3:30pm)

Activity Bus Transportation leaves from Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Senior Computer Club

Meet with other typical home users on a regular basis to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss computer related issues.  The instructor will coordinate the club, answer questions, and facilitate the discussion time.  The club is most appropriate for those who have taken at least one class and are interested in computers which use Microsoft Windows rather than Macintosh Computers. Minimum of 8 students by 01/27/11and maximum of 15 students. Class will be on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 3 for four weeks from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

CSC C16 600

Cost: $48

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Three Billion Beats

This presentation can cover a wide range of heart-related topics, including the heart-healthy lifestyle, heart disease fact vs. fiction, heart disease in women, new treatments and the anatomy of the heart.  The presentation will also teach you how 60 seconds now can prevent a stroke tomorrow.  Not limited to seniors. Class will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8, only, from 10-11:30 a.m.

CSL C06 600

Cost:  $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Coin Collecting 101

At least one moment in our lives, we have all come across a unique coin.  Where did this coin come from?  What is it worth?  What should I do with it? Coin collecting is the collecting or trading of coins or other forms of minted legal tender.  Coins of interest to collectors often include those that circulated for only a brief time, coins with mint errors and especially beautiful or historically significant pieces. George Walter, President of Western Illinois Coin Club will be your guide to learn about this exciting and wonderful hobby.  Find out why people everywhere are finding coin collecting an invigorating pastime for the entire family to enjoy. Class will be on Tuesday, Feb. 15, only, from 1-3 p.m.

CSL C28 600

Cost:  $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

Food for Thought: Beginning Bread Making

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, Feb. 17, only, from 6-8 p.m.

CSL C09 604

Cost: $25 plus $10 material fee

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

Show Me the Money

The Chicago Loop is the second largest commercial business district in the United States, after New York City’s Midtown Manhattan.  Its financial district near LaSalle Street is home to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Mercantile Exchange.  Our first stop is the “CME Group” (formally the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade) that has been newly combined and christened.  We will see thousands of traders crowded shoulder to shoulder in an unforgettable display of high energy, excitement, colors, sounds, and downright mayhem as we get a behind the scenes picture of a day in the life of a world futures trader.  Next…what happens to your dollar bills when they’re worn out?  What does a million dollars in cash look like?  How do you spot counterfeit money?  We’ll find out the answers to these questions and more on our guided tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Enjoy a nice business lunch before we are off to explore the mineral people have searched for, stolen for, and been inspired by – GOLD!  The Chicago Field museum is home to a fascinating exhibit housing one of the rarest and most prized minerals in the world.  Discover its natural beauty, scientific value and its power to shape history. Featuring crystallized gold, enormous gold nuggets, coins from shipwrecks, gold bars and exquisite jewelry, we’ll uncover the story behind this cherished metal. Walk through a room completely covered in gold and even determine the value of your own weight in gold! Minimum of 30 persons by 1/21/11 and a maximum of 40 persons.  No cancellations past 1/21/11; however, a substitute can attend. Class will be on Wednesday, Feb. 23, only, from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

CST C01 601

Cost:  $135 (Includes transportation lunch and tours)

Motor Coach Transportation leaves from the Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

A Life Well Lived

This workshop will provide practical information for those who need to write an obituary for a friend or family member or who wish to write their own obituary.  At a minimum, an obituary is a notice in the newspaper of a death or funeral arrangements, but it can be much more:  a record of the extended family, a request for memorial donations, or a compelling story of a life.  The goal is to help you write an obituary or tribute that is accurate, lively and memorable.  You will walk away with how obituaries have evolved, common guidelines, writing ideas, sample templates, questions to consider, pitfalls to avoid and other helpful resources. Class will be on Monday, Feb. 28, only, from 6-7 p.m.

CSL C25 600

Cost $5

Educational Technology Center, Sandburg Mall

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