Adult Enrichment Courses

Fall 2019 Course Highlights

We've chosen a few courses to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online. If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know.

Jewelry Making: Stringing 101
Learn different techniques to create various styles of a beaded necklace including double stranded and crimping.  For beginning students and beyond. Jewelry making supplies are included and each student will bring home their own creations.  Instructor: Kim Andrews

Thursday, Nov. 7 to 21
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Watercolor I
Watercolor is a popular art form that can be fun and easy to learn.  Begin by painting simple scenes, nature and objects, and progress to more complex subjects.  Experiment with we-on-wet and other techniques.  This class may be taken more than once.  A supply list will be mailed before class.  Instructor: Pam Keller.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 to Dec. 17
10 a.m to noon
ART-0002-015, $185, Lifelong Learner $129
Naperville Center (NC), Room 23

Watercolor: Beginners and Beyond
Enjoy the next step in your watercolor exploration.  Using skills acquired from previous experience, build on various wash and finishing techniques and advance your competence and confidence in the art of watercolor. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, Oct. 18 to Nov. 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-017, $135, Lifelong Learner $89
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Know Before You Go: Become a Confident Buyer 
Thinking about making a major purchase, like a car or a house? Learn from an industry professional how the buying process works and gain behind-the-scenes knowledge before you go so you can make informed choices. The class will cover how and what to expect in the mortgage application and car buying process and how credit scores are used. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, Nov. 6
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-011, $39
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Top 10 IRA Mistakes
Discover the top 10 mistakes related in Individual Retirement Accounts and learn how to avoid them.  Discussion includes information about conversion and beneficiary designation, as well as strategies to maximize value and minimize taxes.

Thursday, Nov. 7
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-008, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Fruit 101
From cobblers to buckles to crumbles, learn and practice incorporating delicious fruits into a delicate dessert.  Learn about how to buy fruit in peak season, characteristics of fruit and preparing fruits.  This hands-on course will have participants practicing their baking and knife skills.  Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 to 20
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-004, $129
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Sushi Making
Be your own sushi master! Learn the skills to prepare restaurant quality sushi. Techniques include: preparing and seasoning sushi rice, knife skills, purchasing and handling sushi grade fish, and assembling different types of sushi. Participants will be able to create, sample, and take some home! Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Friday, Oct. 11
5:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-002, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

New Course Series! Join instructor Marty Nachel, local beer author and educator, for these one-day workshops perfect for the homebrewing hobbyist or beer enthusiast. All students must be 21 years of age to attend.

History of Beer
The rich history of beer spans thousands of years. This one-day workshop will take you from the middle ages to prohibition through modern-day to learn about brewing and beer history, origins and traditions.

Saturday, Oct. 12
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-011, $59
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Understanding Beer Styles
Beer styles continue to evolve and with craft brews increasing in popularity, the varieties of beers available is endless. You will be led through a tasting session to expand your knowledge of the many styles of beer including ingredients, brewing methods, serving temperature and more.

Saturday, Nov. 2
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-011, $69
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021


Makeup: Fall Trends
Achieve stylish fall looks at any age. Find the best skincare products and makeup for your skin and learn to apply them for a natural look all season long. Instructor: Michelle Swoons

Saturday, Nov. 30
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0043-065, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Gardening for a Lifetime
Do you love gardening but are having increased difficulty keeping up with the maintenance and care? Learn how to adapt your garden for all ages and abilities so you can enjoy this outdoor activity for years to come.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-304, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Success with Succulents
Enjoy the beauty of these wildly popular, low-maintenance plants by learning proper planting techniques and maintenance.  Students will wach receive two succulents and planting materials.  Each student will need to bring two pot or glass containers.  

Saturday, Nov. 2
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-302, $69
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Organized and Joyful Holiday Season
Ditch the stress and bring the fun back to your holiday season with tips and tricks to get organized and find your joy (and maybe that missing stocking too). Learn how to purge decorations, keep and displaying only what you love, set up a wrapping station, quickly get a guest room ready, repack and store decorations for easy access next year, and more. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Saturday, Nov. 2
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-206, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Outdoor Paranormal Investigation-Kettle Moraine
Examine the challenges and techniques used in paranormal investigations that take place outside. The weather, animals, and more all affect how investigation must be done. Explore the use of specific equipment, controls, and adjustments that are used. Review evidence captured and the best practices for getting evidence. Delve into an ongoing case in the Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin. This fascinating case encompasses ghosts, shadow people, light anomalies, UFOs and more. Instructor: Mary Marshall

Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Oct. 30
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-020, $59
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A06

You Can Uke: Learn to Play
Enjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Students learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs, and moving up to basic pop tunes. You don't need to have previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele and an electronic tuner.

Saturday, Nov. 2
9 a.m. to Noon
MUSIC-0001-003, $135
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


Mindfulness Meditation
Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered with our Chopra Center-certified meditation instructor. Learn centuries-old meditation techniques to relax and increase your overall sense of well-being. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system, and release stress and anxiety. A textbook is recommended, but not required. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Thursday, Oct. 24 to Nov. 21
Noon-1 p.m. (no class 10/31)
LEISR-0061-003, $54
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A05

Secrets to Living a Long Life
Learn sound dietary habits and balanced, healthy lifestyles that can lengthen your life. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, this program summarizes the nutrition and lifestyles of the world's five most remarkable longevity hotspots. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Nov. 13
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0061-011, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1425

The Wired Family Workshop
Feel like technology and media have overtaken your family? Wonder how technology is affecting your kids and how to intervene? Learn what experts say about the impact of technology on child development and what they advise, and create a workable family technology plan to regain your peace of mind. Instructor: Dr. Nancy Kratz

Saturday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19
9;30 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0061-102, $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429


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Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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