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.

LLCC co-hosted Bread Camp for professionals

breadLLCC co-hosted the Springfield location of Spence Farm Foundation’s 2018 Bread Camp on Sunday, July 8. The event was planned and organized by Nancy Sweet, director of culinary programs and operations and Jolene Adams, coordinator, LLCC Culinary Institute. Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, cooked lunch for guests on Sunday at LLCC with produce from local community gardens. The event also included a farm tour in Pana and talks from industry experts and baking bread at Danenberger Family Vineyards.

Bread Camp class

Led by 2017 and 2018 James Beard Award Outstanding Baker nominee Greg Wade from Publican Quality Bread, students had an intensive two-day camp on baking, focusing on utilizing organic whole grains, the role of fermentation in baking, and bio-dynamic farm systems and their incredibly important role in the entire bread and grain supply chain.

Industry professional students learned from and networked with a variety of industry experts such as

  • Erika Chan – executive pastry chef at the Publican, Chicago
  • Jill Brockman-Cummings – miller, The Mill at Janie’s Farm, Ashkum
  • Keith Seiz  – The National Honey Board
  • Liz Moran Stelk – executive director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield
  • Fred and Carolyn Gerberding – local beekeepers
  • Jack Erisman – Erisman Farm, certified organic farm, Pana
  • Woody Woodruff – conservation expert, including soil and crop rotation, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield

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Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise  

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.

College For Kids in July

The traditional sessions of College for Kids start today, July 9! It is the first of three unique week-long enrichment programs occurring July 9-12, July 16-19 and July 23-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students who have completed grades K-8 will be on campus taking courses such as LEGO Explorers, Space Is the Place, American Sign Language, Backyard Ballistics, Full STEAM Ahead and Powerful Potions!

Community education proposals due July 1

LLCC Community Education is seeking highly motivated faculty, staff and community members who are interested in teaching topics of personal interest, current trends and/or subject expertise.

Please submit your spring 2019 course proposals by July 1, 2018 at http://www.llcc.edu/teaching-proposal.

If you are interested in sharing your time and talents as a community education instructor, please consider the following applicant criteria:

  • Possess knowledge and skill in proposed subject area.
  • Have passion and desire to share proposed topic with others.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and/or have teaching experience.

For additional information, email Laurel.Bretz@llcc.edu or call 786-2430.