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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

Midday Yoga begins Sept. 21

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

ALL hosting fall kickoff Sept. 17 and chilli supper Oct. 3

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites the public to two upcoming events: the fall kickoff and chilli supper.

The fall kickoff will be held Friday, Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m. in LLCC’s student union, located in the lower level of Menard Hall on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. With the theme “Where in the United States is ALL?” attendees will “travel” throughout the U.S. as they navigate exhibits. The event includes snacks and beverages, games and a commemorative tree planting celebrating the culmination of ALL’s Big Read project. Guests are welcome to attend, ask questions and join ALL. Guest registration for this free event is available by calling 217-786-2432. (Current ALL members should register online or call 217-786-2292.)

The annual ALL chilli supper will be held Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple B’rith Sholom Social Hall, 1004 S. 4th St. Cost is $8 per person and free for youth ages 8 and under. The event will feature chilli made by Les Eastep, well-known Springfield chilli chef and cook-off judge. Also on the menu are hot dogs, chilli dogs, beverages and desserts, with carryout available.

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning is a membership group of adults 50 and greater devoted to the lifelong pursuit of learning. With 10 to 12 opportunities available each month, the Academy provides enjoyable experiences in learning with a variety of opportunities to develop new friendships.

More information is available at www.llcc.edu/academy-lifelong-learning.

Midday Yoga begins Sept. 21

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

Midday Yoga begins Sept. 21

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

LLCC offers fun enrichment opportunities for children this summer

College for KidsLLCC is offering a variety of online College for Kids classes and Black Rocket Technology camps as well as in-person culinary experiences for youth this summer. Registration is now open.

“We are excited to help youth learn and thrive this summer,” said Jessica Ingold, youth programs coordinator. “Our lineup of programming offers in-person culinary classes and accommodates those who prefer real-time online experiences in addition to those who want to take control and learn on their own time.”

College for Kids’ online classes offer activities from June 29-Aug. 3 for students who have completed grades preK-12. Students may register for one or more classes each week. Each course includes instructional videos and accompanying supply kits. For those who want to share in the experience with family or friends, “Crew Kits” are also available for groups of five or 10.

Classes being offered this summer include: American Sign Language, Lightning Catcher, Simple Science at Home I and II, Watercolor Creations, Birds of a Feather, Fantastical Beasts, Mythological Egypt, Photography for All, Tune up Time!, Young Opera, Safari Time and more.

The popular virtual Black Rocket Technology camps are available during June and July with 3D Game Design with Unity, App Attack!, Code Breakers, Make Your First Video Game! and other tech-based fun for ages 8-14.

Youth in-person culinary experiences are available for students who have completed grades 4-12. Each three-hour course meets in the Workforce Careers Center on LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd. Classes include Design on a Cake, Let the Sushi Roll, Pizza Three Ways, Scratchin’ Chicken and Noodles, and Make’n’Take’n’Bake Lasagna Roll-Ups.

Visit www.llcc.edu/youth-programs or call 217-786-2432 for more information on classes, pricing and registration.

Recording of Hope Jahren’s NEA Big Read keynote address available

"Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren book coverThe Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at LLCC hosted the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Sangamon County during March and April 2021. This community reading program focused on “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. Fifty local organizations partnered with ALL to develop and offer free, fun and educational community-wide book discussions, speakers, interactive programs and arts presentations inspired by the book’s themes. One of the virtual keynote speakers was the author herself, Hope Jahren, who spoke on April 17 from Oslo, Norway. A recording of Hope Jahren’s NEA Big Read keynote address is now available.

Hope JahrenHope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her Ph.D. at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016 where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.