Ina-Rend Lake College announces the spring community education classes to be held on the main campus in Ina.

Learn the art of preserving, mounting and displaying animal skins in either of two separate sessions of the six-session course "Taxidermy." The first session will be from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, February 3-February 19, and the second session is from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, March 24-April 9. Both sessions will be held in room 105 (Tractor Lab) of the Vocational Building on campus. Get hands-on experience by mounting your own bird, fish, deer or small animal. Supplies for the class include species to mount (needs to be thawed), and a scalpel or sharp knife. Added costs for other supplies will depend on the selected project. A projected supply list will be mailed to registrants. Class size is limited to the first 12 paid registrants. Cost is $72 plus supplies. The instructor is Ron Jackson.

You've dreamed of this since you were little and now it's here...your big wedding day! You want it to be THE perfect day. Taught by a professional wedding planner, "Wedding Planning Ins and Outs" will help brides and grooms know where to start and what to expect in planning the most important event in the lives of a happy couple. Discover practical, cost-saving, and etiquette advice. Take a deep breath and don't panic. This workshop will help alleviate the stress associated with such an emotionally charged event. Bring your fiancĂ©, mom, future mother-in-law, maid/matron of honor and learn how to simplify the overwhelming wedding planning process. Join Cynthia Hamilton and Marcia Whitehead on Tuesday, February 3 from 6-9pm in the Learning Resource Center in room 207.

How about a fun filled night of cropping? Bring your supplies for scrapbooking and plan to work on your own special projects at "Scrapbook Lovers Crop Night." There will be plenty of space and you can socialize, share ideas and get inspirations. This is a time for laughter and great fun, not to mention the enjoyment of completing scrapbook projects. This event takes place on Friday, February 20 from 4-11p.m. at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse. Registration fee is $10. Dinner and snacks will be provided.

Imagine spending one day a month cooking instead of every day. "Meal Planning for Busy Families" will show you the mega-cooking method and freezer-friendly recipes that make this a reality. Stop spending hours in the kitchen. Learn how to plan your menus and make your shopping lists. Not only will you save yourself precious time, you will also be saving on your food budget by learning how to buy in bulk. This class will be led by Kathy Craig and held on Monday February 23 from 6-8pm in the Learning Resource Center in Room 207.

It's the 6th Annual "Scrapbooking Bus Tour!" The bus will head to the St. Louis area for a day of scrapbooking memories with Make & Takes throughout the day. The tour consists of stops at 5 different Scrapbooking stores including a stop at St. Louis Mills Mall. Join the fun on Saturday, March 7. The bus departs Ina from the Historic Schoolhouse at 7am and returns at 8pm. There will also be a pick up location in Mt. Vernon at the RLC MarketPlace leaving at 7:30am and returning at 7:30pm. The registration fee is $30. Preregistration is required.

Participation in "Hunter Safety" is a requirement in state statute for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1980 when applying for a hunting license. The course topics will include wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and hunting regulations. Participants must provide their date of birth when registering. Bring both a pen and pencil to both sessions which will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 13 and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the RLC Theatre on the main campus in Ina. This course is free to attend and will be led by instructor Phil Bean.

Wish you could slash your grocery bill in half and have more to share with others?"Saving Money in Tough Times" will show you step-by-step how to save big money on things you need everyday using store sales, stockpiling, coupons, refunds, and other consumer-savvy shopping methods. Put all of that corporate marketing to work for your family and learn to leave a store with COMPLETELY FREE food and personal care items. If a penny saved is a penny earned, you can earn more than $10/hr using these techniques. This class will also discuss how to further reduce your family budget to get through the tough times. Class will be held on Monday, March 23 from 6-8pm in the Historic Schoolhouse with Anna Harrington as the instructor.

If you are unhappy about our country's response to climate change and the energy crisis, you can do something to turn that frustration into action. Saving money and energy through energy efficiency and energy conservancy is an important critical first step to save ourselves. Discover renewable energy and how to use it in a way to alleviate your energy usage and help your finances. Learn the 12 step program of Oil Addicts Anonymous working toward a sustainable future. Our presenter has lived without the "grid" (aka electric company) with renewable energy for 18 years. He has been trained by Al Gore and The Climate Project to present climate information (as in the movie "An Inconvenient Truth") and to facilitate discussion about solutions. Don't miss out on "Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy." It will be held on Wednesday evenings, April 1-22 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Learning Resource Center in room 207. Registration is $32.

Do you need a divorce? Learn how to do a simple divorce on your own. A simple divorce is one that does not have any complicated legal issues and one where you do not expect to have any major disagreements with your spouse about the issues to be decided in the divorce. "Divorce Do-It-Yourself" will be held on Tuesdays, April 7 and April 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Learning Resource Center in room 142. This course is free but preregistration is required. This class is not for you if there will be a disagreement about custody of children, if you and your spouse own real estate, or if there are pensions or other major assets that need to be divided. For these types of issues you should get a lawyer to protect your rights.

Ready to register? Contact Lori or Kristina at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1367/1267 or 800-369-5321, Ext. 1367/1267 for in-district residents only.

Pre-registration is recommended. Don't wait until the night of class. At some point, we have to determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the class. If you are considering taking a class, please call and let us know at least one week prior to the start of class. Otherwise, we must cancel low enrollment classes.

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