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.


I know many of you have been wondering about the LIFE brochure....

Due to a delay in the printing process, distribution of the brochure has also been delayed. 
As of right now, fall 2022 LIFE Registration is open for online registration only. Please note, until Friday, Sept. 9, we will hold open a portion of each course's capacity for non-online registrations. 
While we understand this may cause some frustration, we are trying to make it fair for everyone. We appreciate your understanding. 


Aging and Cognition (Enrollment: 18/30)

This 3 part course will address changes in the brain as we age and how these changes affect our ability to think and to communicate. This course is not a substitute for skilled therapy if needed.

Week 1: Cognitive Aging – what is it , and how might it affect me?
The first session will be an overview of the process of thinking for the purpose of communication.

Week 2: Digging Deeper into Attention and Memory
Attention is often considered the foundation of thought, and memory is the trigger word we all tend to think of whenwe hear the words "dementia" or "Alzeheimer's". Keeping attention skills sharp will help us retain our short-term and long-term memories. This session will focus on types of attention and memory, as well as provide tips and tricks for maximizing our potential.

Week 3: Digging Even Deeper into Executive Functions
Executive functions are the higher order throught processes we use to complete everyday tasks and to communicate.  This session will go into greater detail on what those functions are and how we need attention and memory to support these processes.

Coordinator: Julie Cox
Class Sessions: Wednesdays, September 14, 21 and 28
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Cost: $10

Armchair Traveler (Enrollment: 25/40)

October 6: The Roberts family fulfilled a dream of their teen son to rent an RV and travel around. Their trip was in Arizona and culminated with an overnight mule trip to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Journey with the four of them on this family trip.

October 13: Join Steve Hopper as he takes you aboard Viking Octantis, a brand new expedition ship built to explore the world’s most remote destinations. Passengers are offered a variety of shore excursions, access to innovative facilities and inclusive use of expedition equipment. Steve and Janet cruised from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

October 20: Beautiful Hawaii: Getting There Can Be Part Of The Fun! When Jon and JoAnn Hairston-Jones and Jim and Martha Dallmeyer decided to take a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands they utilized cars, trains, and planes to get to the cruise ship. They will share details of their unique transportation approach and of the cruise itself.

October 27: See the sights of ancient Rome and the food and drink of the Tuscany valley as Dave and Tresa Hunt show you their visit to Italy in the spring of 2022.

Coordinator: Steve Hopper
Class Sessions: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 40
Cost: $15

Beginning PowerPoint Presentations (Enrollment: 6/10)

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s presentation software that enables users to create engaging presenations that consist of individual pages or slides. These pagse may contain text, graphics sound, movies, hyperlinks, and other objects. PowerPoint enables users to add animation and effects to slideshow elements. Presentations can be printed, displayed, notated, and navigated by the presenter. Beginning Microsoft PowerPoint will include adding slides, editing content, and working with graphics.

Instructor: Brenda Allison
Class Sessions: Tuesdays, September 20 and 27
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Cost: $10

The Berkshire/Hathaway Company (Enrollment: 4/30)

This company traces its roots to a textile manufacturing company established by Oliver Chace in 1839 as the Valley Falls Company in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. The company merged with the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company in 1889. Eventually taken over by Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger, it continued to grow and is now recognized as one of the most admired companies in the United States – with the highest stock price on the New York Stock Exchange. Learn about this company’s history and success.

Instructor: Larry Zigler
Class Session: Monday, October 17
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum enrollment: 30
Cost: $5

The Civil War and Me (Enrollment: 26/40)

This class, over eight sessions, will center on what I have learned and believe about our still controversial Civil War based on my reading and research over the last forty plus years. This will not be a traditional step by step repetition in chronological order of the events of the period, but will focus on key events, turning points, and crucial decisions which led to the victory of the United States over the rebellion. Some topics include: The Campaign That Won the War, Probably, Emancipation, and Walking Through Georgia.

Instructor: Larry Balsamo
Class Sessions: Tuesdays, September 13, 20, and 27, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, and November 1
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Place: WIU's Horrabin Hall Room 78
Parking: Lots located to the south & north of Horrabin Hall.  A no-ticket request will be made with WIU's Office of Public Safety
Maximum enrollment: 40
Cost: $20

Considerations in Becoming a Snowbird (Enrollment: 9/30)

Have you ever considered getting away from the cold Illinois winter winters by becoming a snowbird? How do you select a location? What considerations are involved? Steve Hopper will facilitate a panel discussion with snowbirds Garry Johnson and Marge Twaddle, Mark and Donna McCaw, as well as Dave and Martha Behymer. The panelists will share their perspectives and helpful hints on these topics as well as how they maintain their residences in Illinois while they are away.

Instructor: Steve Hopper
Class Session: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Cost: $5

Cooking with Harold (Enrollment-Sept. 15: 6/10), (Enrollment-Sept. 29: 3/10)

This class is a combination of observation and participation with gourmet cook Harold Schmalfeld. The class will feature a mixture of vegetable dishes: garlic mashed potatoes, snap beans mexicanas, carrots with green grapes, and an apple and onion casserole. The same class will be offered twice. You need to register for only one. Because of close proximity in the kitchen, it is requested that all participants be fully vaccinated. If church policy requires masks at the time of the class, that will be requested as well.

Instructors: Harold Schmalfeld & Patti Jones
Class Sessions: Thursdays, September 15 or September 29. The same class will be repeated twice. You choose which one you want to attend.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Kitchen of First Christian Church,124 N. McArthur St. Enter through the elevator entrance on the southwest side of the building.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 10 per class session
Cost: $15 (includes cost of ingredients)

Curious Customs (Enrollment: 5/10)

Do you have particular customs passed down from your ancestors or your culture? Do you wonder how some of the routine behaviors that we have grown used to in our country came into being? Some of the topics we’ll deal with are: superstitions (“Charmed, I’m sure”); clothing and appearance (“It’s all in the eye of the beholder”); rites of passage (“Come to my party for…”); gestures of friendship (“Will we ever be able to shake hands again?”); and several more.

Instructor: Alice Davenport
Class Sessions: Mondays, September 12 and 19
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: Wesley United Methodist Church Parlor, 1212 W. Calhoun St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum enrollment: 10
Cost: $5

Design and Composition in Artworks (Enrollment: 6/12)

The participants will learn to analyze the composition of two pieces of artwork: La Grande Jatte by Seurat and Guernica by Picasso. The analysis will cover formal elements such as movement, geometry, both 2D and 3D space, color and value. Picasso’s painting, which is in a cubist style, may be the most important painting of the 20th century.

Instructor: Fred Jones
Class Session: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Place: WIU Art Gallery, located behind Sherman Hall
Parking: In front of the building. A no-ticket request will be made with WIU’s Office of Public Safety.
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Cost: $5

Gone But Not Forgotten: Three Films on '60s Music Legends (Enrollment: 7/25)

Sit back, relax and enjoy three award-winning and music-filled documentaries, each offering sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always soulful stories of ‘60s-era music legends who deserve to be better known! The Wrecking Crew is a 2008 film that covers the fascinating story of the Los Angeles-based group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew that played on literally thousands of recordings throughout the 1960s and early 1970s by such hitmakers as: Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Mamas & Papas, Elvis Presley, Monkees, Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, and so many others. 20 Feet from Stardom is a 2013 film that follows the behind-the-scenes experiences of backup singers Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and many others. The film won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Commentary is provided throughout the film by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, and others who benefited from using backup singers on stage and in the recording studio. Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 film that recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the largely unheralded studio musicians hand-picked by Motown founder Berry Gordy to back the Supremes, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and so many other vocal legends. This lively film includes interviews with surviving band members, archival footage and photos, dramatized re-enactments, and new live performances of unforgettable Motown hits. Background, opinions and memories will be offered for each film—as always, class participation, along with popcorn consumption, is wholeheartedly encouraged!

Instructor: Bill Maakestad
Class Sessions: Mondays, October 3, 10 and 17
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Cost: $15

Hearing Compassion in Debussy (Enrollment: Unlimited, 18)

Bring your sense of breath and pulse while listening to music in the spacious sanctuary of  Macomb's Presbyterian Church. We welcome back Austrian pianist Anna Wagner from  Vienna, both as a soloist and as musical collaborator with Mezzo-soprano Marietta Dean  and with clarinetist Eric Ginsberg.  

The course will feature recorded music with spoken commentary and handouts. We will  hear Claude Debussy's (1862-1918) orchestral work, "The Afternoon of a Faun," that was  once considered a shockingly revolutionary work, followed by his enigmatic short song,  "The Faun." We will listen to two very moving "melodies" of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)  set to poems by G. Apollinaire. We will hear excerpts of Poulenc's Sonata in B flat Major  for clarinet with remarks by Ms. Wagner about recording it in Europe with Wilfried  Gottwald. From Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), we will hear several short piano pieces  entitled "Anniversaries" that honor certain people in his life. Soloist Anna Wagner will play  "The Children's Corner," of Debussy and four of the Bernstein "Anniversaries." Ms. Dean  will sing "Melodies" of Debussy and Poulenc, and Eric Ginsberg will perform Poulenc's  Sonata in B flat Major accompanied by Ms. Wagner. 

Instructtor: Marietta Dean
Class Session: Friday, September 30
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Place: First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: Unlimited 
Cost: $5

Hike and Learn about Natural Resource Management @ Horn Field Campus (Enrollment: 10/10 - FULL - CLOSED)

Horn Field Campus (HFC), administered by the WIU Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Department, has been a favorite gathering place for decades for groups to explore, connect, celebrate, team build and climb the high adventure course. But what exactly does it take to manage and maintain the natural resources of the facility so as to provide safe and enjoyable experiences? Join Mindy for a walkabout at Horn to learn more about the natural resource management (NRM) practices which, with the efforts of many students, faculty, friends and volunteers over the past fifteen years, have helped to preserve this local treasure.

Instructor: Mindy Pheiffer
Class Session: Wednesday, September 14 (Rain date: Monday, September 26)
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: WIU 's Horn Field Campus, 985 China Road
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Cost: $5

History of Race & Housing in 20th Cenury America (Enrollment: 13/30)

Learn about redlining, federal programs that encouraged racial segregation, public housing, and so on. This class will provide a brief history of racial segregation in American housing--why many cities are quite diverse but many suburbs more white-dominate and why the northside of Chicago is predominantly white and the southside predomantly black.

Instructor: Peter Cole
Class Session: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum enrollment: 30
Cost: $5

How to Create Culture Within a Culture (Enrollment: 3/30)

This course will tell the story of a family who wanted to make a difference in a culture not their own. In 2012, Todd and Wendy Gilliland, along with their three young daughters, dropped their American dream for a great adventure. In this class you will discover many things about living in the developing world and life lessons which carry over from culture to culture. You will also be introduced to FNC Academy, an international school which Todd and Wendy founded together, located in Kampala, Uganda, which is still running strong today. Their passion to share their story runs deep. Some key points to be discussed are: Learning Before Leading; Finding Your True North; Accountability; Sustainability and other key elements when living in a culture not your own.

Instructor: Todd and Wendy Gilliland
Class Session: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum enrollment: 35
Cost: $5

iNaturalist Learning Walk at Lakeview Nature Area (Enrollment: 9/12)

Become a citizen scientist and learn to observe and study nature via iNaturalist, a free mobile app and online platform! In this course, we will begin with a gentle introduction into how to use the iNaturalist app and then we will venture out into the prairie to document the plants and animals that call the Nature Area home. Learn the basics of this app and get a head start on your journey of observing, documenting, and sharing your encounters with biodiversity! Please remember to install the iNaturalist app to your smartphone and create an free account prior to the start of the course. Smartphones with a built-in high quality camera will more easily help identify observations in nature, but photos can also be submitted with a digital camera via your computer. We encourage you to wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing for this course. We can’t wait to see you in the Prairie!

Instructor: Natalie Shelly
Class Session: Friday, September 9 (Rain Date: Friday, September 30)
Time: 9-10 am
Place: Lakeview Nature Area and Center, 10050 N 1500th Rd.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Cost: $5

Jazz Music as Reflected in American Culture - A Concert Lecture (Enrollment: 10/30 )

Why does jazz music sound the way it does? What makes jazz music sound different from rock, pop, classical, or country music? How does jazz music reflect some of the most important aspects of American culture? This concert/lecture is an engaging look at what makes America’s only original art form (jazz music) so exciting and appealing. Aimed at both musicians and non-musicians, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of jazz music and probably your own American culture.

Instructor: Mike Williams
Class Session: Monday, September 19
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Cost: $5

Katherine Anne Porter: Consummate Storyteller (Enrollment: 9/20)

Katherine Anne Porter once remarked that a recurrent theme in her fiction was that of “illusion, delusion, and self-deception.” As this description suggests, she was an acute observer of human nature. Although she did write longer narratives (e.g., Ship of Fools), she was most comfortable penning tales at the opposite end of the generic spectrum. Indeed short stories such as “Old Mortality,” “The Grave,” “Rope,” “Theft,” “He,” “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” “Flowering Judas,” “María Concepciòn,” and“Pale Horse, Pale Rider” are among the very finest ever produced by an American. The class will find all of these stories (and more) in our text, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, available in paperback online from Amazon, among other sites. Supplementary study materials will be made available prior to the first class meeting.

Instructor: Ron Walker
Class Sessions: Tuesdays, September 13, 27 and October 11, 25
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20 
Cost: $15

Less is More: Declutter Your Home and Make Space for Your Life (Enrollment: 5/20)

This course is designed to help participants plan and execute a decluttering project of their choice in their home. There will be two meetings. In the first class, we’ll discuss why and how to declutter, choose methods that best fit our individual circumstances, and plan a project to work on at home. Two weeks later, we’ll meet again to report on successes and challenges, troubleshoot problems, and talk about how and where to dispose of unneeded items. We’ll also address the issues of sustaining momentum on projects, and of organizing and maintaining our newly-decluttered spaces.

Instructor: Elisa Rasmussen
Class Sessions: Saturdays, September 17 and October 1
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $10

Managing Arthritis - The Uninvited Guest (Enrollment: 11/20)

We will arm you with knowledge including the types of arthritis, joint preservation techniques, and treatment options for you to maximize your quality of life while facing the challenges of arthritis.

Instructors: Lori Fox, PTA & Phyllis McLouth, PT, DPT
Class Session: Thursday, September 29
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $5

A Natural History of McDonough County (Enrollment: 16/20)

Ever wondered why Illinois is “the Prairie State?” Explore the origins of our landscape—where it came from and where it is going—with current and former board members of Prairie Land Conservancy in Macomb.

Session 1: Dr. Steve Bennett takes you on a “field trip through time” showing the events and processes leading to the streams, soils, prairies and woodlands forming the natural landscape of west central Illinois.

Session 2: Join Margaret Ovitt in using pioneer recollections, the notes of the original surveyors of the county, and other historical sources to reconstruct a picture of McDonough County as it would have looked in pre-settlement times.

Session 3: Both instructors will lead a nature walk through Prairie Land Conservancy’s Wigwam Hollow Bird Sanctuary, where the native landscape of the area is being restored. See first-hand how different soil types give rise to various plant communities (woodlands, prairies and savannahs), explore a rare sandy-bottomed stream, and discover how restoring the natural landscape back to its pre-settlement state benefits Illinois’ wildlife.

Instructors: Steve Bennett & Margaret Ovitt
Class Sessions:  Sessions 1 & 2: Mondays, October 3 and 10, 5-6 p.m.
                               Session 3: Saturday, October 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Time: See above
Place: Sessions 1 & 2: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
            Session 3: Wigwam Hollow Bird Sanctuary
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $10

Oh My Aching Back! (Enrollment: 11/20)

We will discuss common causes of back pain, differential back pain diagnosis, management of back pain through exercise and activities of daily living, and liftinig mechanics to prevent back injury.

Instructors: Ashley Hager, PT, DPT, OCS & Lori Fox, PTA
Class Session: Thursday, September 22
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $5

PowerPoint for Intermediate/Advanced Users (Enrollment: 5/10)

Users entering the Intermediate PowerPoint class should have a general familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint, including adding slides, editing content, and working with graphics. You will take your PowerPoint skills to the next level, enabling you to make more complex, interactive, and engaging presentations. Advanced slide formatting techniques, correcting and improving text, better use of the master slide, advanced animation techniques, how to work with pictures, SmartArt, adding sound and video, and more advanced presentation tools will all be covered.

Instructor: Brenda Allison
Class Sessions: Tuesdays, October 11, 18
Time: 9:30 -11 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center - Computer Lab, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Cost: $10

Radiology 101: Basic Radiology for Non-Radiology Personnel CANCELLED

Join MDH's Milton Griffin as he provides a simple understanding of basic routine radiology imaging. A radiograph is the end result of the technical procedure. Each phase of the procedure should be carried out with care to obtain the greatest possible information concerning the anatomic details of the structure for the purpose of demonstrating the absence of, or the presence and extent of, traumatic or pathologic changes. Radiology 101 will present the information in an easy to understand format.
Instructor: Milton Griffin, MDH Radiology Director
Class Session: Thursday, September 8
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Cost: $5

Scones and Lemon Curd-Two British Tea Time Favorites (Session Oct. 25 - FULL, Session Nov. 8 Enrollment: 6/10)

Join Penny Yunker, Macomb’s scone maker extraordinaire, and her assistants Marcia Lucas and Garnette Hallwas for a hands-on demonstration of how to make scones and lemon curd. While the scones are baking, you will make the lemon curd. Everyone will take home a small bag of scones and a little jar of lemon curd.

Instructor: Penny Yunker
Class Sessions: Tuesday, October 25 (FULL) or  Tuesday, November 8
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: WIU's Knoblauch Hall Kitchen, W. Murray St.
Parking: In the lot behind Knoblauch Hall
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Cost: $10

A Tour of Archives and Special Collections at the WIU Library (Enrollment: 9/20)

Many people who live in and near Macomb are not acquainted with the Archives and Special Collections unit of the WIU Library, which has vast amounts of books, other publications, photographs, maps, historical newspapers, videos, public records, and manuscripts related to our part of America. It is, in fact, the official facility for materials about our region, and draws many patrons from all over the U.S. A development that will be explained in the class is that this library unit is now becoming part of the new Western Illinois Research Center. The program will include 19th century maps, historical photographs, and art works. Join John Hallwas, a widely published author about Illinois, as he discusses 19th century maps, historical photographs and art works. 

Instructor: John Hallwas
Class Session: Friday, September 23
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Place: WIU’s Malpass Library, 6th floor, N. Western Ave.
Parking: In the lot across from the library, south of Horrabin hall.  A no-ticket request wil be made with WIU's Office of Public Safety.
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $5

US Army Camp Ellis-How the War Changed Fulton County (Enrollment: 47/60)

Julie and Marion will share the history of Camp Ellis from rumors of the camp in the early 1940s to the selling of the land back to private hands in the early 1950s. Camp Ellis was a part of the 6 th Service Unit Command which included a hospital, a German POW camp, Army Corps of Engineers, WACS, and many other units.

This class will include a tour of the museum which houses WW2 Camp Ellis artifacts. Julie Chenoweth Terstriep’s grandparents were one of the 150 families who were displaced by Camp Ellis. As a young child, she considered Camp Ellis as another family member when her grandparents said, “Let’s go drive to Camp Ellis today.” Over the years, she learned about the sacrifices of many on the homefront and the incredible “can-do” ability of those who worked and served there.

Marion Cornelius is a retired teacher who moved to the Camp Ellis area as a child when his father worked for the Illinois National Guard. His time at the camp was after it was officially decommissioned and the Illinois National Guard used it as a depot. He has collected stories for the past 75 years about the camp.

Instructors: Julie Terstriep and Marion Cornelius
Class Session: Friday, October 14
Time: 10 a.m. - Until done looking around.  Facility is open until 4 p.m.
Place: Easley Pioneer Museum, 210 W. Broadway, Ipava
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 60
Cost: $10

Wellness & Aging (Enrollment: 9/10)

Join your Macomb Hy-Vee Dietitian, Andrea Thompson, as she discusses aging & wellness and how getting older does not automatically mean poor health. Learn more about foods that improve memory, support your immune system and preserve muscle and bone health as we age!

Instructor: Andrea Thompson
Class Session: Tuesday, October 4
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
Place: Hy-Vee Conference Room, 1600 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Cost: $5

The We Need to Talk Book Club (Enrollment: 15/20)

Join in on the conversation and connect with others. Perhaps we will find a new perspective, a different reality or just an enjoyable reading experience. Brief descriptions of our books for discussion are below. We will continue to use Zoom for our discussions.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Tuesday, September 6
This novel is a story that spans several generations and is narrated from several viewpoints. Family and friends span the world and connect with a variety of elements including secrets, racism, deaths, betrayals, mystery and love.

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
Tuesday, November 1
Here's an unusual choice for us - a mystery. The setting is 1963 in a small town in Minnesota and the main character is a 12 year old boy. The novel is a combination of a coming-of-age story, conflicst between the town and the reservation, family relationship issues, and social commentary. Author William Kent Krueger will join us on Zoom for this discussion.

Coordinator: Connie LaRue
Class Sessions: Tuesdays, September 6 and November 1
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.
Place: On Zoom
Parking: Not applicable
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $10

What to Look and Listen for in Visual Art and Music (Enrollment: 5/16)

The course will present, from the perspective of a painter and composer, the way in which the eye and ear can learn to discriminate, seek new relationships and develop new resources for looking at visual art and listening to music. The act of looking at visual art, or listening to music, involves a willingness to step into the unknown. The starting point is our ability and capacity to look, listen, navigate and engage with a work of art on various levels. It is not necessary that one become an artist or musician to develop and cultivate this capacity. It involves the ability to identify, discriminate and evaluate the fundamental elements of a visual or sonorous field. Although different skills are required of both visual art and music much can be learned from an exposure to and comparison of the different strategies involved in their unique Processes.

Instructors: Paul Paccione and Michael Mahoney
Class Session: Fridays, October 7, 14, and 21
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Cost: $15

Why am I Dizzy? Causes, Symptoms & Treatment (Enrollment: 7/20)

Dizziness and vertigo are a serious issue for many people affecting safety and quality of life. This session will focus on causes of dizziness and will review treatments related to a variety of types of dizziness.

Instructors: Angelica Hoenig, PT, DPT and Kaity Kipling, PT, DPT
Class Session: Thursday, September 15
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St.
Parking: At the site
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cost: $5


Due to a change in policy, PayPal will no longer be refunding the transaction fee when course registration fees are refunded due to cancellations. 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:

Alexis Henson

Amanda Stracker

Amy F. Milas

Angelica Hoenig

Bill Davenport

Bill Maakestad

Bonnie Smith-Skripps

Brenda Allison

Chris Enroth

Connie LaRue

Daniel Colvin

Dawn Piper

Eugene Mathes

Febe Pamonag

First Christian Church

First Presbyterian Church

Free Range Yoga and Community Wellness Center

Gordon Rands

Harold Schmalfeld

Heather Norman and Staff

Jeff Sparks

Jim and Marti Dallmeyer

John Hallwas

Kamie McKee

Kate Shattuck

Ken Mietus

Leigh Ann Fisler

Marietta Dean

Michael Mahoney

Oakwood Cemetery

Patti Jones

Paul Paccione

Paula Wise

Paula Wise

Ron Walker

Roy Johlfs

Ryan Hansen

Spoon River College Community Outreach Center

Spring Lake Park

Steve Hopper

Tim and Emily Roberts

Tom Joswick

Tri-State Public Radio Station

Wesley United Methodist Church

YMCA Macomb

Steve Hopper

Ted Renner

Tom Stites

Western Illinois Museum

Western Illinois University