Category Archives: Community Education

Community Education offers personal enrichment classes for all ages.

Sign Up for Summer Fitness— Fun & a Brain Boost!

One of the best ways to get mentally sharp for summer and fall classes is to  exercise! According to Scientific American, AARP, and other sources, regular exercise boosts your mind by keeping your brain, heart, lungs, and muscles at high performance. Exercise also improves your mood and helps you handle mental tasks with greater ease.

So why not come back to Parkland this summer for low-cost exercise classes that keep your brain and body fit? Here are a few you’ll enjoy:

Five reasons to sign up for Core & More this summer:
1. Tone your tummy for swimsuit season!
2. Strengthen and stretch your back for gardening and yard work!
3. Improve your balance for safer walking, hiking, and outdoor activities!
4. Learn to stabilize your torso for better performance at your softball games (or be more comfortable sitting on those hard bleachers)!
5. Practice good posture for selfies and vacation photos!
Mondays @ 5:30pm

 

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It’s more than an exercise class…it’s practice for daily living! Strengthen your muscles for lifting and playing with grandchildren, improve flexibility for housework or yard work, improve balance for fall prevention. And do it to fun, familiar music with friendly classmates!
Tuesdays @ 5:30pm

 

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“I don’t have any rhythm!”
“I don’t know how to dance!”
“I can’t keep up with the instructor!”
Not a problem with Zumba Gold! As long as you like to move (even if you think you’re not any good at it) and enjoy fun international music, you can do this low-impact version of the popular dance exercise program! There’s no right or wrong, no complicated steps to memorize, no judgment! Join the party!
Mondays @ 9:30am or Wednesdays @ 5:30pm

For more information, http://www.parkland.edu/communityed
Call Community Education at 217/353-2055 to register today!

My College for Kids Experience

College for Kids participant Amelia Case, 11, looks forward to returning to CFK at Parkland College this year for more fun summer activities! Here’s why. 

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My name is Amelia and I will be going into sixth grade next year. I’ve been going to College for Kids since third grade and have enjoyed every class I took. Two of my favorites were Ceramics and Construction Junction.

In Ceramics, we learned how to make bowls, plates, and pencil holders out of clay. We shaped them and then put them in the kiln. After that, we got to paint them and take them home. It was really fun! In Construction Junction, we learned about Rube Goldberg machines and watched videos of them. Then we were split into groups of six to make one ourselves. We decorated ours to have a sea theme. On the last day, parents could come and watch it work. I liked this class a lot.

Another class I took was Create Your Own Webpage. We learned HTML and made our own webpages. It was really cool! The last class I took was Create Your Own Comics. I loved this class because it taught me a lot about cartooning and making comics. We made a book out of all the comics we made at the end and then took it home.

All the classes were great. College for Kids is so fun!

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Images by Amelia

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CFK Summer 2015 Sessions: June 15-25 and/or July 6-16
Monday-Thursday, 12:15-2:15pm and/or 2:30-4:30pm
Enjoy fun, interactive classes in arts, science, theatre, writing, computers, and much more, for students entering grades 3 through 8. Email collegeforkids@parkland.edu to be added to the mailing list.

***Remember, sign up starts May 4!

Hear, View History with Community Education

Parkland Community Education classes are challenging, dynamic, often fun, and, of course, always educational.  We engage students and the community in learning more about topics with which you’re familiar and in gaining new knowledge and experiences about topics you’re encountering for the first time.

We present our classes during times we hope are convenient for you, and we hold them in various, easily accessible locations.  Our listing is always available online at www.parkland.edu/communityed, or you can receive a printed listing by calling 217/353-2055.

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We have quite the treat for you this spring: an exciting tour of American Civil War history, led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable historian! PLUS, we’ll take you on a trip to visit places well-known to then President Abraham Lincoln, and let you experience contemporary interpretations of the man in Springfield, Illinois.

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Since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, Community Education is offering four occasions for you to listen, discuss, and debate the Civil War and the culture surrounding that time, with historian Christina Smith.

A master’s candidate at Illinois State University, Smith’s areas of interest, research, and writing include 19th-century culture, the American Civil War, and the post-war Reconstruction era.  Her passion for the subject takes her on yearly pilgrimages to Gettysburg, as well as most of the major Civil War battlefields.

Also, don’t forget to reserve your spot soon for our spring bus trip to visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Old State Capitol, and Lincoln’s final resting place.

The Civil War history sessions and the trip information are posted below. Course dates, times, and registration fees vary.  Please contact Parkland Community Education for more information: 217/353-2055.

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North & South: Really so Different?  (1:30 PM — Tuedsay, February 24 — BTCE room J127)  Analyze the similarities and differences between the North and the South. How peculiar was the American South? What were many of the self-proclaimed Southern distinctions? Was slavery the only divisive factor?   fee = $9

Battle of Shiloh: Dividing the Nation  (1:30 PM — Tuesday, March 3 — BTCE room J127)  The Battle of Shiloh shocked the nation. April 6 – 7, 1862, were the  most devastating early days of the Civil War. Discuss and debate personal, cultural, and political perspectives and aspects of the War.    fee = $9

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Cultural Divisions: A Woman Not of Her Time  (1:30 PM — Monday, April 3 — BTCE room J125)  Elizabeth Packard was imprisioned and declared insane because she refused to conform to gender roles and traditional cultural and religious norms. Hear how she helped reshape the idea of womanhood in the mid-19th century.   fee = $9

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Going Home: Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train  (1:30 PM — Monday, April 13 — BTCE room J127)  Possibly the longest train ride in American history began in Washington, DC, on April 21 and ended in Springfield, Illinois on May 3, 1865. Hear how the North/South political climate was changed, and the 1654-mile journey that brought the slain president back to the Prairie Capital.  fee = $5

Lincoln’s Life and the Presidential Museum  (8:00 AM — Friday, May 1 — departure from BTCE parking lot)  Travel to Springield and visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum, honoring America’s 16th president. Special exhibits, memorabilia, and unique performances make this museum a truly unforgettable experience. Continue the history lesson with a visit to the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery.    fee = $39 (lunch additional)  registration deadline = April 17.

 

 

 

 

Boot Camp with Parkland College Community Education

Boot Camp with Community Education
Boot Camp with Community Education

I love to work out early in the morning. The best thing about it is that anything can happen during the day, and it is not going to get in the way of you getting your daily dose of exercise because you have already done it.

Parkland College offers a Boot Camp class through Community Education. It meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6 to 7 a.m. with instructor Peg Olson. I have had the opportunity to fill in for Peg on occasion, and it is a great group of people who are very welcoming to newcomers.

Student Lynda Ramirez has taken many exercise classes with Parkland College, and she loves Boot Camp. Here’s what Lynda had to say about the Boot Camp class:

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Boot Camp had always intrigued me, but I didn’t think I was good enough to try it out. I met someone who was taking the class and found the courage to try it. That was more than a year ago! I regret that it took so long to find the courage, and wish that I had started a long time ago.

Boot Camp has something to offer everyone, no matter what the age, gender, fitness level or lack of fitness. Each person can work at their own ability level and put as much or as little into as they want; however, Peg Olson is able to bring out the best in everyone. The class is challenging for everyone, from the P90X guy to the person working out for the first time. Peg teaches modifications for every activity so that everyone can participate.

Boot Camp covers all types of fitness activities, both strength and cardio. Peg focuses on activities that incorporate as many muscle groups as possible. We don’t just do squats and lunges; we do them with a body bar held out in front of us. We don’t just run around the gym; we do it holding a weight over our heads. We don’t just do sit-ups; we do them with our feet up in the air holding a ball between our ankles. Peg never fails to find a way to make an activity more challenging!

I know that Boot Camp has made me a better person in many ways. I have made many friends and worked harder than I ever dreamed I could. At the age of almost 62, I can truly say that I am fitter and healthier than ever before. I have achieved goals that I didn’t think were possible. I will keep coming back every semester as long as I can. Fitness is important to every person, but I can attest that the older you get the more important it is. Exercise in the “second half” of life is no longer an option — it is a job. I want to be in the same wonderful shape as my mother who is 88 years old and walked eight miles with me last week.

Boot Camp is more than an exercise class. It is a family. The camaraderie is a major reason to keep coming back. New people are welcomed every semester and quickly made to feel part of the group. Everyone is encouraging and motivating. We celebrate each other’s successes. No one is more motivating and encouraging than Peg.

Boot Camp is a wonderful way to start the day. I feel like I accomplish more before 7 a.m. than a lot of people do in a day or even a week! I sometimes dread getting out of bed, but nothing beats the great feeling of making it through another class and the pride that I feel.

The next session of Boot Camp starts February 3, 2015. Registration is open now; call 217/353-2055.

7 Reasons to Take Zumba at Parkland

Zumba  ParklandJoin the Zumba dance party at Parkland! Here’s a fun way to get a great workout and meet new people. Think it’s not for you? Think again! Here are seven good reasons to join us!

  1. Each Zumba workout contains a mix of different music styles: Salsa, merengue, hip-hop, cumbia, bachata, samba, cha cha, and more.
  2. You don’t have to worry about being a good dancer. Just do your best and have fun!
  3. I keep the songs in the class playlist for 6-8 weeks. As you attend more classes, you will get practice and feel more comfortable with the choreography.
  4. Zumba burns 310 – 465 calories in a 60-minute class. If you move less, you burn less. If you move more, you burn more.
  5. My Zumba class can be easily modified to have no jumping or fast turns. There are always people who enjoy low-impact Zumba in my Parkland class.
  6. I add a new song each week to keep it fresh. I always give tips or do a preview of new songs.
  7. We have space in Zumba at Parkland College for YOU!

Zumba is a noncredit class that meets on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Our next session for fall starts October 27 and ends December 8.  Call Community Education to register: 217/353-2055.
If you want more information, you can visit my Zumba page. You can also visit the official Zumba website for information.  See you soon!

Lisa Hoppe, Instructor