Midday Yoga Begins Jan. 25

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Register today!

  • Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Tuesdays, 1/25/22 – 3/1/22, no class 2/15
  • Time and location: Noon-1 p.m., Trutter Center
  • Fee: $55
  • Course Code: CEW 801-01

Climate change presentation series begins tomorrow

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning invites the public to its four-part presentation series on climate change, “The Action You Take, The Difference You Make.” Events will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. via Zoom.

The series begins tomorrow, Jan. 19,with State Climatologist Dr. Trent Ford presenting “Climate Change and Its Effect on Central Illinois: An Overview.” Dr. Ford conducts research on climate systems and extreme climate events, like drought and heat waves; monitors current conditions; and studies climate change. He says, “Overall, Illinois’ climate has gotten warmer and wetter since the start of the 20th century, according to high quality climate monitoring data from NOAA Centers for Environmental Information.” Ryan Cadagin, 7th Circuit Court judge, will host this webinar event.

Pre-register for “An Overview”

Other presentations in the series:

  • Feb. 16: “The Earth” – Soil management experts will discuss the impact of climate change on farming. Panelists include Samantha Reif, LLCC professor of geology.
  • March 16: “Wind and Air” – In this presentation, participants will take a closer look at fossil fuel use.
  • April 20: “The Water” – This program looks closely at the lakes, rivers, streams, aquifers and wetlands that move, store and filter Illinois water.

View more details and pre-register for the additional presentations in the series.

Midday Yoga Begins Jan. 25

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Register today!

  • Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Tuesdays, 1/25/22 – 3/1/22, no class 2/15
  • Time and location: Noon-1 p.m., Trutter Center
  • Fee: $55
  • Course Code: CEW 801-01

In the news

Ed Legg, adjunct instructor at LLCC-Taylorville, and construction students Ursula Jones and Carlin Anderson were interviewed for an upcoming “Show us something good” segment on FOX Illinois/WICS, likely airing next Tuesday. Last fall’s Structural Carpentry Concepts class (BDM 106) designed and built doghouses and cat perches which they donated to Christian County Animal Control. Read more about the project.

Jolene Lamb, culinary coordinator, Community Education, provided information for the SJ-R’s Dining column on upcoming non-credit culinary classes.

Midday Yoga begins Jan. 25.

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat. Register today!

  • Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Tuesdays, Jan. 25-March 1, 2022, no class Feb. 15
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Fee: $55
  • Course Code: CEW 801-01

“The Action You Take, The Difference You Make” presentation series

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning invites the public to the upcoming four-part presentation series on climate change, “The Action You Take, The Difference You Make.” Events will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. via Zoom.

The series begins Jan. 19 with State Climatologist Dr. Trent Ford presenting “Climate Change and Its Effect on Central Illinois: An Overview.” Dr. Ford conducts research on climate systems and extreme climate events, like drought and heat waves; monitors current conditions; and studies climate change. He says, “Overall, Illinois’ climate has gotten warmer and wetter since the start of the 20th century, according to high quality climate monitoring data from NOAA Centers for Environmental Information.” Ryan Cadagin, 7th Circuit Court judge, will host this webinar event.

Other presentations in the series will focus on the impact of climate change on central Illinois as it relates to soil, energy production, and hydropower and resources.

Feb. 16: “The Earth” – Soil management experts will discuss the impact of climate change on farming. Panelists include Samantha Reif, LLCC professor of geology; Ashley Curran, grant manager, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and Lauren Lirkins, director of environmental policy, Illinois Farm Bureau. The moderator is Karen Ackerman Witter, former Illinois State Museum director, author and writer for the Illinois Times.

March 16: “Wind and Air” – In this presentation, participants will take a closer look at fossil fuel use. Panelists include Kevin C. O’Brien, Ph.D., director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at UIUC and principal investigator overseeing the CWLP carbon capture and storage project, and Michelle Knox, founder and owner of WindSolarUSA and certified site assessor for solar photovoltaics and solar thermal projects. Program moderator is John Stremsterfer, president and CEO, Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and Next10.org.

April 20: “The Water” – This program looks closely at the lakes, rivers, streams, aquifers and wetlands that move, store and filter Illinois water. Panelists include Wes Cattoor, P.E., CFM, section chief, engineering studies at Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Dr. Jim Angel, climatologist at Illinois State Water Survey, former Illinois state climatologist (1997-2018).

To pre-register for these events and for more information, visit the Newsletters & Special Events section at llcc.edu/academy-lifelong-learning.

In the news

Jolene Lamb, coordinator, LLCC Culinary Institute, demonstrated the preparation of caramelized onion and sweet potato crostini on the WICS Farmers Market segment Sept. 16. Here is the recipe:

Caramelized Onion and Sweet Potato Crostini

Yield 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. sweet onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs. Sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 baguettes sliced and toasted

Directions

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet. Add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until tender and just beginning to color, about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, thyme, garlic and a generous pinch of salt. Turn the heat to low, cover and cook another 10 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are golden brown and very sweet and soft. Remove from the heat.

While the onions are cooking, slice and toast baguette.

In a separate bowl, combine potatoes, ricotta, nutmeg and a pinch of pepper.

Assemble crostini with a smear of potato cheese mixture, and top with caramelized onions. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan.

Midday Yoga starts on Tuesday!

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat. Register today!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
Date: Tuesdays, 9/21/21-10/26/21
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Ages: 19 and over
Cost: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-01