Bicentennial series presentation Sunday, Oct. 21

Illinois 200: Bicentennial eventJoin LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial” presented by Phil Passen. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

The music performed by singer and hammered dulcimer player Passen reflects the story of Illinois, which has been shaped not only by its land and natural features — the prairies, lakes and rivers — but also by the many cultures that have flourished here: those of Native Americans, French, Germans, African Americans, Latin Americans and numerous others. Songs of the Underground Railroad, which ran through Illinois, will also be featured. So will selections representing farmers, workers, labor struggles, disasters and tragedies, as well as a few blues and rock-and-roll songs. Passen will provide commentary about the histories of the selections and the contexts in which they have been sung and played in Illinois. This will be an informative and entertaining look at Illinois, its history and its people.

The word dulcimer means “beautiful song.” Audiences are fascinated by the uncommon, trapezoidal-shaped hammered dulcimer. After Passen’s performances, members of the audience, young and old, musicians and non-musicians, are welcome to take a closer look at the dulcimer and try their hand at it.

Chicago-based hammered dulcimer player Passen is one of few performers who sings while accompanying himself on the hammered dulcimer. He performed for many years for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s tourist programs at O’Hare Airport, where travelers often thanked him for providing pleasure on a stressful day. Passen regularly performs at area libraries and is included in the Best of the Best by the Library Administrators and Coordinators of Northern Illinois. He also played in the World Symphony Orchestra’s performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater.

ALL’s fourth annual Chilli Day Sunday

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning for their fourth annual Chilli Day this Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. 4th Street in Springfield.

Nationally recognized chilli expert and ALL member Les Eastep again takes the lead as the kitchen crew leader in producing the finest chili imaginable. Hot dogs, dessert, soft drinks and coffee will also be served. Takeout will be available.

Each meal is $8 for adults and free for children ages 8 and younger. Tickets can be purchased from the LLCC Community Education office or at the door the day of the event.

Questions? Call 217-786-2432.

ALL’s fourth annual Chilli Day

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning for their fourth annual Chilli Day this Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. 4th Street in Springfield.

Nationally recognized chilli expert and ALL member Les Eastep again takes the lead as the kitchen crew leader in producing the finest chili imaginable. Hot dogs, dessert, soft drinks and coffee will also be served. Takeout will be available.

Each meal is $8 for adults and free for children ages 8 and younger. Tickets can be purchased from the LLCC Community Education office or at the door the day of the event.

Questions? Call 217-786-2432.

Midday yoga begins next week

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. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register today!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 3–Nov. 7, 2018
Times: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-09

Midday yoga begins Oct. 3

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. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register today!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 3–Nov. 7, 2018
Times: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-09

“Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017” to be presented Sunday

Illinois 200: Bicentennial eventJoin LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for  “Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017” presented by Laura Mueller. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Mueller, an art historian and educator, will offer a wide-ranging, slide-illustrated presentation surveying depictions of Illinois and its people in art and literature. It will include examples representing many points in time between 1818 and the present, indicating the countless ways in which Illinois has been represented artistically throughout its history as a state. The presentation will emphasize works of visual and literary art by Illinoisans but will also incorporate works by artists and authors from elsewhere that illuminate significant aspects of life in our state.

Mueller is a teacher and artist who completed a bachelor’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago but also pursued graduate study in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. For 29 years, she worked as a lecturer and later as a drawing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, while she has also taught the humanities and English literature at various colleges.

Bicentennial series presentation Sunday, Aug. 19

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices and Changes” presented by Don Meyer. Explore 200 years of farming from the arrival of the earliest settlers in Illinois and the decision-making, determination, hard work, adoption of machines and technology, and financial decisions of farm families that have brought us to the modern era of agriculture. Four eras of changes will provide the framework including the Western frontier (1820s to 1850s), arrival of the railroad (1850s to 1900), the Information Age and mechanization advancement (1900 to 1945) and the Modern Era (post World War II to present).

Don Meyer began his career as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor. He served U of I Extension in McLean County for 27 years, retiring in 2010 as county director. He has served as a panelist on the WILL-TV “Illinois Gardener” program. Don currently serves as a full-time instructor at Illinois State University and has taught 11 different courses serving both the ISU Agriculture and Family Consumer Sciences Departments. Besides teaching, Don is a licensed farmland broker, auctioneer, private pilot and farm management consultant. He has received multiple awards for his professional work and for his community involvement as a volunteer fireman, 4-H leader and alderman in Lexington, Illinois. Meyer has also recently co-curated the new Farming Gallery at the McLean County Museum of History.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Bicentennial series presentation Sunday, Aug. 19

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices and Changes” presented by Don Meyer. Explore 200 years of farming from the arrival of the earliest settlers in Illinois and the decision-making, determination, hard work, adoption of machines and technology, and financial decisions of farm families that have brought us to the modern era of agriculture. Four eras of changes will provide the framework including the Western frontier (1820s to 1850s), arrival of the railroad (1850s to 1900), the Information Age and mechanization advancement (1900 to 1945) and the Modern Era (post World War II to present).

Don Meyer began his career as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor. He served U of I Extension in McLean County for 27 years, retiring in 2010 as county director. He has served as a panelist on the WILL-TV “Illinois Gardener” program. Don currently serves as a full-time instructor at Illinois State University and has taught 11 different courses serving both the ISU Agriculture and Family Consumer Sciences Departments. Besides teaching, Don is a licensed farmland broker, auctioneer, private pilot and farm management consultant. He has received multiple awards for his professional work and for his community involvement as a volunteer fireman, 4-H leader and alderman in Lexington, Illinois. Meyer has also recently co-curated the new Farming Gallery at the McLean County Museum of History.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

College For Kids

The second week of traditional College for Kids is wrapping up today. It is the second of three week-long enrichment programs occurring in July. The third week runs July 23-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students who have completed grades K-8 are on campus taking courses such as Backyard Ballistics, Dragon Genetics, Flight of Fantasy, Point and Impress, American Sign Language, Full STEAM Ahead, Powerful Potions and Speedometry!

Backyard BallisticsDragon GeneticsFlight of FantasyPoint and ImpressAmerican Sign LanguageFull STEAM AheadPowerful PotionsSpeedometry

Bicentennial series presentation Sunday, July 15

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise.” Beginning with 1850s railroad construction, Illinois boomed as an agricultural and industrial powerhouse. Familiar brand names, from Wrigley chewing gum to Swift and Armour meat products, covered the nation. Looking at two specific industries, Mike Matejka will cover not only the business expansion, but the workplace tensions that followed.

Mike Matejka is the governmental affairs director for the Great Plains Laborers District Council, representing over 10,000 union laborers in central and northern Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. He is a vice-president of the Illinois Labor History Society and a past-president and board member of the McLean County Museum of History. He served 18 years on the Bloomington City Council and is involved in numerous civic and community groups. In 1984 he co-authored, with Greg Koos, “Bloomington’s C&A Shops: Our Lives Remembered,” an oral history collection with railroad shop workers, and in 2000, “Fiery Struggle: Illinois Fire Fighters Build a Union, 1901-1985.”

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.