Life Macomb

LIFE Macomb

L.I.F.E. (Learning Is ForEver) is an organization dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost, and enjoyable adult-education experiences. The Macomb L.I.F.E. program is affiliated with the national organization, Road Scholar: Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN). It is independently administered by area residents who develop the courses, select the teachers, establish the fees, and promote the curriculum.

We are excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Fall 2020 courses will all be held using Zoom and offered at no charge.

This fall semester, our LIFE offerings will look quite a bit different than our typical semester. In an effort to keep all of you healthy and safe, fall classes will be offered via Zoom. I know many of you have become pretty savvy with Zoom but if you have not, no worries at all! WIU’s University Technology Staff will be supporting us through this process. Below is our fall offering. As you will notice, the number of classes is less than normal. However, we hope you will still find something that interests you. If not, our goal is to return to a more normal semester for the spring of 2021. Classes, for this semester only, will be offered free of charge and will be limited to 20 participants per course session to keep the classes conversational. For those courses offered multiple times, all sessions will contain the same content so please only register for one session per course.*

As mentioned, courses this semester will all be offered via Zoom. Realizing this format does not work for all, we are asking for your help. If you know of a regular LIFE participant that is not online, please feel free to share our fall offerings with them. They may choose to find a way to register and participate. As always, thank you for your support of the LIFE program. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have via email at sa-adams2@wiu.edu.

*This will be the case for all multiple session courses except "We Need to Talk-Book Club." Each session for this course will focus on a different book.

Fall 2020 Course Offerings


Public Radio 101 - Past, Present, and Future Public Radio

Heather Norman

Wednesdays, Sept. 2 & 16

Join us for a review of the history of Tri States Public Radio and the National Public Radio system. We will discuss how public radio has changed through the years, the challenges it faces today, and what it might look like in the future in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Need a Lyft?!

Janine Cavicchia

Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17, & 24 @ 10—11 a.m.

McDonough County has a variety of transportation options including Lyft, which has been available in Macomb since May 2019. Lyft allows you to hail a private car service with the tap of a button on your smartphone*. When you enter your destination, Lyft shows you the estimated price for your ride with real-time route traffic conditions shown and factored in before you submit the request.

*NOTE: Anyone who doesn’t have a smartphone can create an account with gogograndparent.com and call 855-464-6872 to arrange a ride with Lyft. This session will provide an overview of the Lyft service, including how to download and use the free Lyft app., set up a Lyft account, compare the benefits of using Lyft and the local bus, taxi and other ride services whether in Macomb or when traveling, and even how to become a Lyft Driver and join the growing team of 20+ drivers in Macomb! Bring your cell phone and, if you don’t already have a Lyft account (to pay for rides), bring a credit or debit card so you can set up an account during or after the session.

We Need to Talk-Book Club

Connie LaRue

Tuesdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 @ 1—2:15 p.m.

Our time of social distancing and isolation has been very stressful and lonely for some. Our stay-at-home lives haven’t always made it easy for us to make connections with others. Sometimes we just need to talk – to share our thoughts and our emotions, especially in these trying and unpredictable times when many of today’s events concern us, frighten us, or anger us.This club will give us a chance to join in conversation and connect with others. The book selections will center on three works of fiction that remind us of our current issues. Our discussions will perhaps allow us to see these contemporary issues in a different light, give us a new perspective, or awaken us to another reality. They may also spark an opportunity for us.

Sept. 15— The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, a widely read author from Chile. This epic, intergenerational novel with topics of aging, immigration, detention camps, financial disparity, and racial prejudice will provide much to discuss.

Oct. 20— Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult was called “A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today.”Racism, white supremacists, justice, privilege, compassion, and the possibility of change are a few of the elements of this novel that will be our focus. This was a very popular book a couple years ago and maybe some of you have already read it. It’s worth another look so that you can join in the discussion so timely and relevant to our community. I’ll share a summary to refresh your memory.

Nov. 17— Afterlife by Julia Alvarez. Sprinkled with an abundance of literary allusions and references, this novel examines death, grief, undocumented immigrants, mental illness, and the dilemma of doing the right thing.

Basic Home Maintenance and Home Improvement

Ted Renner

Thursdays, Sept. 17, 24 & Oct. 1 @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This class will cover basic home maintenance and improvement projects. The presenter will talk about what tools to have on hand for basic triage in the event of a break or leak. He will cover which tools are best to own and which are better to rent or borrow from a friend.
Also, he will discuss which projects professionals should be hired to complete. Ted will talk about the basics, answer questions and examine different tool options for various situations.

Organizing During Covid & Beyond

Sue DeRoos

Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 1:30 p.m.

Owner of Organize U, Sue has been helping people live their best lives for the past 23 years! She will share some tips and tricks to make your lives easier as we manage living through Covid and beyond!

Connecting with Social Media

Brenda Allison

Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 & 20 @ 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Social Media is a way to connect family, friends, and the world using websites and applications that enable users to create and share. This introductory course will cover the basics of privacy and security including control of what you share using Social Media.

Chair Yoga for Functional Strength (FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR COURSE)

Dawn Piper

Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 1 - 2 p.m..

By consistently practicing the Functional Strength exercises Dawn uses in her Chair Yoga class, you'll be able to move through your life easier. Your balance will improve. You'll get stronger - noticing it is easier to pick up a gallon of milk, put your dishes away on the top shelf, and get out of a chair. All of this plus better balance, breathing exercises, and mindfulness.
Suggested props: Sturdy chair - preferably not on wheels. You don't have to have any of the following props, but if you want more resistance you can add: Hand Weights (2 cans of roughly equal weight also work if you're just starting out or have an injury), Resistance Band - small, Yoga strap (bathrobe tie or belt also work!), Playground Ball (pillow or yoga block also work).


Due to a change in policy, PayPal will no longer be refunding the transaction fee when course registration fees are refunded due to canellations. However, depending on who makes the cancellation, there will be instances in which the transaction fee will be refunded. When a course is cancelled by the LIFE Organization or Instructor, the PayPal Transaction Fee will be refunded. When a course is cancelled by the LIFE Registrant, even if the cancellation comes within the 30 Day current cancellation policy deadline, the PayPal Transaction Fee will not be refunded.



The LIFE organization is grateful to our sponsor, Western Illinois University's Study Abroad and Outreach Office, and the following community partners and individuals who are committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for area residents:

Free Range Yoga
Janine Cavicchia
Connie LaRue
Ted Renner
Organize U
Brenda Allison
Tri States Public Radio
Western Illinois University