Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department is bringing an exciting slate of classes to several communities in the Franklin County area this fall, and there’s sure to be something for everyone.


“Antiques: Don’t Be Fooled” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, at Benton Consolidated High School Room 114. This class is a great opportunity for anyone interested in antiques and collectibles, regardless of skill level. Classes will be held at different locations to give students the opportunity to view different antiques and collectibles without sales pressure and long-distance driving. Students will be encouraged to bring their own items for discussion if they wish. The first session will be held at the high school. The course costs $48. Instructor is Kevin Bailey.

“Rug Making: Toothbrush Rug” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11-25, at BCHS Room 113 for a cost of $24 plus a supply fee. Students will create a beautiful toothbrush rug using a variety of materials. The rug will be approximately six-square-feet when completed. Use this reversable and washable rug as an area rug for any room of the home. Instructor is Marj Bunton.

Get creative with “Drawing and Painting for Anyone,” from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 23, in BCHS Room 118. Whether you are a beginner or experienced at drawing and painting, this class will fit. Students will learn basic skills for drawing and painting like perspective, space, balance, value, color and shading. Instruction by Ed Hungate will be personalized. Bring a pencil, pen, eraser and 18’x14” sketch pad to the first session. For those who want to paint, supplies needed will be discussed during the first night of class. The class costs $48 plus a supply fee determined by each student’s desire.

“Making Lye Soap“ is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at BCHS Room 109 for $12 plus a supply fee of $20. Discover an art from the past while observing the making of lye soap and gaining a new perspective on the daily life of yesteryear. Students will be given recipes, directions and all ingredients to make and take home three pounds of lye soap in one to two flavors. Bring a towel, small cooler, latex gloves, eye protection (regular or safety glasses). Instructor is Ruth Daugherty.

Learn the basics in four sessions of “Cake Decorating” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, in BCHS Room 109 for a cost of $32 plus a supply fee. No special talent or experience required! Learn the types of icing tips to use for edging, drawing, flowers and character cakes. Students will benefit from instructor Beth Williams’ demonstrations, as well as hands-on experience. A supply list will be provided at the first session and the supply fee for the instructor will be determined at that time.


“Greeting Card Swap” is one-day weekend workshop for designing a simple and easy greeting card to share with others. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Christopher Civic Center for the low cost of $5. Participants will make up to 20 cards at this workshop. Each person will prepoare and bring enough pre-cut and pre-scored kits for everyone attending with all the necessary stamps, inks and supplies included to make their card. Detailed directions will be mailed with registration receipt. Bring a brown bag lunch and a project to work on in case you finish earlier than others. The instructors are Dawn Gibson and Lori Ragland.

Hey kids! Design, build and decorate your very own gingerbread house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Christopher Civic Center. “Kids Kreations: Gingerbread House,” will include lots of icing, candy, sprinkles and much more as children create their very own holiday decoration that can be displayed year after year. The cost is $9 plus a $5 supply fee. Instructor is Nancy Gulley.


“Constellations and Stars” will allow students to look through the state-of-the-art RLC telescope and search for Pleiades Cluster, the majestic rings of Saturn and Orion’s Nebula. Instructor Greg Hollmann will point out additional bright stars and constellations while telling stories of ancient mythology and modern science as it relates to the heavens. Be sure to dress for the weather as the evening will be spent outdoors. If bad weather threatens, Hollmann will present an alternate program. Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. “Constellations and Stars” will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Sesser-Valier High School Commons. Cost is $3. Scout troops interested in using this course as a good start to an astronomy badge should contact the college about group rates.

“Kids Kreations: Woodcarving” will teach children the basics techniques of woodcarving using a bar of soap and plastic knife. Bring a gold-colored bar of soap and learn how to create a goldfish. There are no creative limits – just good, clean fun! Bring at least two bars of soap of any color. Cost is $12 plus a supply fee. Instructor is Jack Prinnel.

Learn to dress up the windows with colorful stained glass art in “Faux Stained Glass”from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 4, at the Sesser Community Building. This simple and inexpensive alternative to actual stained glass provides breathtaking results. Create four coordinating designs by combining elegant florals with classic geometric elements. So easy to create! Simply outline the patterns and paint. Cost is $24 plus a $20 supply fee. Instructor is Virginia McCann.

For more information or to register for any of these courses, contact Community Education Assistant Director Lori Ragland at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1367, or call Director Dawn Gibson at Ext. 1267. Both can be reached toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1367 / 1267, or via e-mail at or .

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