Daytime Classes: Battle Creek

Battle Creek classes are held in the Lane-Thomas Building, Room 304 on KCC’s Main Campus, unless otherwise specified in the class description.

Loosen Up with Linda- POPULAR

Join Linda Ryan as she guides you through the program designed to loosen your muscles and increase your flexibility. This gentle exercise class will help you reduce stress and improve the efficiency of your heart and lungs. NOTE: No class Good Friday 3/30/18; due to the Miller Gym remodeling, this class will be temporarily relocated to the YMCA of Battle Creek, 182 Capital Ave, NE.

Section 1: M/W/F * 1/17/18-5/7/18 * 8:30-9:30 am * $70
LFIT CT047-50 * Linda Ryan


Section 2: M/W/F * 3/5/18-5/7/18 * 8:30-9:30 am * $35
LFIT CT027-50 * Linda Ryan



Chair Yoga- POPULAR

Don’t worry about having to get up and down from the floor in this yoga class. Your instructor, Kim Van Hoose, will take you through a variety of exercises using a chair that will gently stretch your muscles while putting you in a relaxed state. No yoga experience required.  NOTE: This class will now be held on KCC’s Main Campus in the Lane-Thomas Building, Room 201.

Section 1: Thursdays * 3/8/18-6/14/18 * 11:30 am-12:30 pm * Member $30/Non-member $50
YOGA CB014-50 * Kim Van Hoose * Room: LT-201


Section 2: Mondays and Thursdays * 3/5/18-6/14/18 * 11:30 am-12:30 pm *
(no class Memorial day 5/28/18) * Member $55/Non-member $75
YOGA CB029-50 * Kim Van Hoose * Room: LT-201



How Hot is too Hot?! Global Warming- NEW

We have all heard the term global warming. Data shows that the temperature of the world is increasing, but how fast and what does this mean? How is global warming linked to extreme weather conditions, what are its effects on the planet and the life forms that live here, and what really causes it? Your instructor, Ron Smith, will take you through the scientific facts associated with this worldwide occurrence. Natural and other conditions that drive global warming will be covered, and its continued effects projected for the next 50-100 years.

Thursdays * 3/8/18-3/29/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $40/Non-member $60
PDEV CS008-50 * Ron Smith * Room LT-304



Organizing your Paper Clutter

You know it’s there…somewhere. If you have trouble finding what you need when you need it then you need to get organized! Join a professional organizer to learn how you can develop a simple filing system and create a daily procedure to help you get control of the piles of paper that have turned your home office, or dining room table, into a fire hazard. We’ll also explore guidelines for deciding what you need to keep and what can be tossed. You’ll be more productive (and happier) when your paper is organized! An optional notebook with complete guidelines and forms will be available for purchase from the organizer for $20. This notebook will help you organize and manage your important information for you and your loved ones in case of an emergency.

Tuesday * 3/13/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $20/Non-member $40
HOME CA002-50 * Delma Smith * Room LT-304



The Irish Brigade in the Civil War- NEW

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by honoring the men of Irish descent from the 24th Michigan Infantry. This Brigade joined the 28th Massachusetts, 63rd New York, 69th New York, 88th New York, and 116th Pennsylvania to bravely fight during the Civil War. They fought at Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Join author, genealogist, and lecturer, Jim Jackson, as he takes students on a learning journey that goes beyond this famous Brigade and on to highlight other Irish companies that served as well. Included will be the 23rd Illinois from Chicago, which was partially composed of Michigan Irishmen who couldn’t get into the original Brigade.

Thursday * 3/15/18 * 1-2 pm * Member $10/Non-member $30
HSTY CB001-50 * Jim Jackson * Room LT-304



Be a Brainiac – Brain Health for Better Living- NEW

Join Carewell Services Southwest to learn strategies and techniques to sustain and maintain your brain, address concerns about memory and thinking as we age, and get introduced to the MIND diet and other tools to bolster your brain health. Presented by CareWell Services’ Dementia Capable Care Certified trainers.

Thursday * 3/22/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $10/Non-member $30
HOLV CI002-50 * Karla Fales * Room LT-304



Introduction to Wi-Fi and Routers- NEW

You may have heard the term “Wi-Fi” when people talk about connecting to the Internet, usually when they’re away from home and on a mobile device. They may also be looking for “hotspots”, but what does this all mean? What is the technology known as “Wi-Fi”, and how does it work to get you on the Internet? Come to this session and our tech expert, Randy Dirks, will answer those questions as well as teach you how to set up Wi-Fi and routers, use them to connect to the Internet, and change your Wi-Fi password to keep your online searching safe and secure.

Wednesday * 4/4/18 * 1-2 pm * Member $10 /Non-member $30
COMP CG002-50 * Randy Dirks * Room: LT-304



Battle Creek’s Own Betty Hutton – A Film Series on the Big Screen!- NEW

Join our resident Broadway expert, Terry Dennison, as he thrills you with behind-the-scenes stories from a series of classic films that star Battle Creek’s own Betty Hutton. Week one will feature The Fleet’s In (1942), which tells the tale of a shy sailor who is kissed by a female starlet as part of a publicity stunt and becomes known as a stud that his friends bet will be able to defrost an icy nightclub singer. In week two The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944), shows what happens to a small-town girl who wakes up after an all-night send-off party for the troops to find she is married and pregnant, with no memory of her husband’s identity. Week three will show the famous Annie Get Your Gun (1950),  the story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. NOTE: This class will be held on KCC’s main campus in the Davidson Theater on the building’s main floor.

Friday * 4/6/18-4/20/18 * 10 am-12:30 pm * Member $30/Non-member $50
PERF CL008-50 * Terry Dennison * Room: D-201



“Asylums”: A Dark History of Psychiatric Institutions- NEW

These frightening and often unbelievable facilities of yesteryear were precursors to today’s modern mental health services, but were often places to be avoided at all costs. By what process did patients find themselves in one of these places, and more importantly, how could they be discharged? Treatments were severe-wooden cages, lengthy ice or steam baths, leather restraints, and strait jackets. Some of the harshest treatments included lobotomies, trepanation, electro-shock therapy, and insulin comas that were sometimes deemed as “cures”. Patients could be admitted for “female trouble”, hysteria “fits”, vicious vices, dissolute habits, or any number of “afflictions” the admitting person identified. We’ve come a long way in getting the supports needed for appropriate and effective mental health services, but as you will see in this class, that road started in a very surprising place!

Thursdays * 4/26/18-5/3/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $20/Non-Member $40
HSTY CB004-50 * Jody Owens * Room: LT-304



Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on the Big Screen- NEW

This Academy Award winning 1954 musical was directed by Stanley Donen. It is set in Oregon in 1850 and is particularly known for its unusual choreography, which makes dance numbers out of such mundane frontier pursuits as chopping wood and raising a barn. Film critics have called the barn-raising sequence “one of the most rousing dance numbers ever put on screen.” Join your instructor, Terry Dennison, to view this full-length film accompanied by his behind-the-scenes stories of the cast and his personal interactions with three of the film’s stars – Virginia Gibson, Norma Doggett, and Jane Powell. On display will also be photographs and memorabilia from this cinematic gem that the American Film Institute named as one of the best American musical films ever made. NOTE: This class will be held on KCC’s main campus in the Davidson Theater on the building’s main floor.

Friday * 5/11/18 * 10 am-12:30 pm * Member $15/Non-member $35
PERF CL003-50 * Terry Dennison * Room: D-201



Explore the Dark Ages- NEW

The Byzantine Empire, Vikings, and early Russian history are all included within the Dark Ages, but what do you really know about this period in history? Come to this class to hear our resident historian, and KCC instructor, Nancy Beers, weave tales and provide interesting facts that cover a time period from the fall of the Roman Empire to around 1000 A.D.

Wednesdays * 5/16/18-6/13/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $50/Non-member $70
HSTY CC010-50 * Nancy Beers * Room: LT-304



A Bluegrass Journey

Basement Bluegrass will lead students on an entertaining and enlightening journey filled with stories of bluegrass music, groups, history, and instrumentation. This class will review the founding fathers of bluegrass, then consider the music from the mid-1950’s to the mid-1960’s and the beginning of bluegrass festivals. An in-class performance will also be included, so be prepared to stomp your feet and clap your hands in this lively and informative session!

Wednesday * 5/17/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $15 /Non-member $35
PERF CJ002-50 * Jim Metzger * Room: LT-304



Appreciating Contemporary Art- NEW

Need a nudge into the visual art of the 21st century? KCC’s Professor Pete promises to introduce you to dozens of works by several key artists who will not send you headlong into the abyss! Your instructor has no interest in showing you controversial pieces produced for their shock value, but rather plans to focus on some truly innovative, thought provoking, and even beautiful approaches to making the art of today.

Tuesdays * 5/22/18-6/12/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $40/Non-Member $60
PERF CM008-50 * Pete Williams * Room: LT-304



Company K of the Michigan First Sharpshooters- NEW

Celebrate Memorial day with Jim Jackson, author, genealogist, and lecturer, as he describes a military company that was completely composed of men from Michigan Ojibwa (Chippewa), Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes. After training at the U.S. Detroit Arsenal at Dearborn Ville, these troops were sent for guard duty at Camp Douglas in Chicago. They eventually saw action in the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Battle of the Crater, and Weldon Railroad. Come learn about this unique group of Native Americans and how they honorably served this nation.

Thursdays * 5/24/18 * 1-2 pm * Member $10/ Non-member $30
HSTY CB001-51 * Jim Jackson * Room: LT-304