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.

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Juggling for Joy

Do you like to laugh and find joy in the simple things? If this describes you, then we have just the class for you! In this low-key class, our instructor will teach you the basics of scarf juggling. Juggling improves brainpower, concentration and upper body strength, while offering you a new challenge to master. You can learn to juggle at any age – the flexibility and mobility issues that often accompany aging aren’t barriers to tossing colorful scarves in the air and catching them. Come join us! You’ll be glad you did. Scarves will be gifted to each student to take home and display your new skill.

Tuesday * March 26 * 10 AM-12 PM * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Megan Loyer * Room: LT-303

 

We Love Spring: Make Your Own Baby Grass Wreath

It’s that time of year again, time for super cute spring projects! This decoration embodies everything you love about springtime, and requires very little craftiness to put together. Are you looking for a new signature piece or a decoration for your door? Let Toni guide you through the steps to create a bright and sunny spring baby grass wreath that will be sure to bring a smile to your face. NOTE: All materials included in your class fee.

Monday * April 8 * 10 AM-12 PM * $55 (member) $70 (non-member)
Toni Gore * Room: LT-304

 

History of Early Rock and Roll

Join us in this musical odyssey as you learn about the cultural and social influences that shaped this American musical phenomenon. Beginning with a study of the African-American musical styles that led to the creation of rock and roll, you will trace the roots of rock music from Slavery in the South to Scotch-Irish settlements in Appalachia. Next, you will discover the early evolution of rock through movie soundtracks of the thirties, forties, and fifties, and then end when rock came of age…with Elvis. Please join us for a rocking good time!

Wednesdays * April 10-April 17 * 10 AM- 12 PM * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Stephen Youngs * Room: LT-304

 

Upcycling: Making the Marvelous Out of the Discarded

Do you have stuff hanging around your house that you no longer use because it’s worn out, broken or has lost its luster? You don’t want to throw it away, but you have no idea what else to do with it, so it just keeps cluttering up your house or garage. In this interesting hands-on class, you will learn about upcycling and how to upcycle common items that can be found in anyone’s home.

Thursday * April 18 * 10 AM-12 PM * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Ann Michels * Room: LT-304

 

The American Civil War

What led to the outbreak of the bloodiest conflict in the history of North America? The United States was destined to have the greatest bloodbath in the country’s history due to the political, social, and cultural issues and attitudes that drove a wedge between America’s North and South. The seeds for this conflict began at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and for the next seventy years, two separate cultures tried to survive and co-exist under one flag and one government as one nation. The United States, under a new form of government, was an experiment that was untested and with such differences, could not bear the pressures of two different cultures that came to be the North and the South. The country tried to co-exist, but it took a war that tested the soul of the country to unite. Take a trip into the past with your instructor, Terry Newton, who will lead you on a journey from Philadelphia to the opening shots in Charleston as we examine the causes, issues and events that lead to the Civil War.

Mondays * April 22-April 29 * 2-4 PM * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Terry Newton * Room: LT-304

 

Glacier National Park: A Hiker’s Paradise

Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, is home to glaciers, grizzly bears, jaw-dropping mountain landscapes, sacred lands and 1 million acres of rugged wilderness. Join Battle Creek resident Eric Greene, who formerly lived in Montana and who has explored and enjoyed Glacier National Park many times over the past 20 years, as he tells some of the tales of this national treasure. Topics will include the ongoing influence of Native American residents of the region, development of the park by railroad barons in the early 1900s, what it’s like to drive the famous Going to the Sun Road, the thrill of hiking on a mountainside in a lightning storm, how long until the remaining glaciers melt, precautions for backpacking in bear country and tips for traveling to and through Glacier. Also, Eric will share numerous photographs and artifacts from his trips into the popular and remote parts of the park.

Thursday * April 25 * 2-4 PM * $20 (member) $35 (non-member)
Eric Greene * Room: LT-304

 

Judy Garland: A Quintessential Entertainer

Performing since age 3, little Frances Gumm became the quintessential entertainer of her generation. In this engaging class, you will learn about her life in Grand Rapids, MN, Hollywood in the 30’s and 40’s, “A Star is Born”, concerts at the Palace Theatre and Carnegie Hall, her short, but beloved TV show, and sadly, her unfortunate death at age 47. Hear stories about her life and career, including the munchkins, and see clips of her famous musical numbers and items from her estate.

Fridays * April 26-May 3 * 1-4 PM * $30 (member) $45 (non-member)
Terry Dennison * Room: Davidson Building, Room 201 (Theater)

 

The Rise and Fall of the American Orphanage: The Institutionalization of Vulnerable Children

Join us for an eye-opening discussion about the bad consequences of good intentions. Orphanages grew in popularity, despite the fact that the vast majority of children living in orphanages were not orphans in the traditional sense. Most had one or two living parents who were too poor to care for them, or were deemed ‘unfit’ to do so. You will learn about this intriguing topic with your instructor, Jody, who will share her resources of correspondence between parents, children and the institutions, as you trace the history and evolution of orphanage care. You will also learn about Battle Creek’s ties to orphanages through the BC Haskell Home Orphanage and the 20 adopted children of John Harvey Kellogg.

Wednesdays * May 8-May 15 * 2-4 PM * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Jody Owens * Room: LT-304

 

Making Fun Play Structures for the Grandkids!

Do your grandkids love an imaginary world filled with excitement and fun? In this hands-on class you will learn to build fun play structures constructed from plastic plumbing pipe (PVC pipe). We’ll share all the plans with instructions and we’ll build a structure that can be designed as a castle with a functional drawbridge, a science explorer’s hut in the Amazon, or a simple playhouse for fun and games. We’ll also share tips on working with children to enhance their imaginations, plus ideas for other activities and materials to help the kids in your life excel. NOTE: Please bring a ratchet-cutting tool for 1” PVC pipe, and we’ll have some to share too.

Wednesday * May 15 * 1-4 pm * $30 (member) $45 (non-member)
Paul Rheaume * Room: O-109

 

Organizing Your Home with Safety in Mind

Do you ever find yourself living with cast off items underfoot, closets stuffed and unusable, or stairs that are cluttered? Due to the growing popularity of older adults living independently, it’s important to make sure you have a home safety organization plan in place. Getting your home organized will not only help your mind, body, and spirit, but also everyone else who comes to visit you. You’re your instructor, Maryssa, as she discusses dangers present in the home, gives insight on roadblocks you may face when trying to organize, and helps you prepare your organizational plan. You can help prevent falls and accidents by making changes to unsafe areas in the home with the tips you will learn in this valuable class.

Thursday * May 16 * 10 am-12 pm * $20 (member) $35 (non-member)
Maryssa Payne * Room: LT-304

 

Discovering You: Using the Enneagram for Understanding Yourself

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for personal transformation. This course will share how to help you understand the Enneagram, yourself and others with astonishing clarity. You’ll get the knowledge and insight to embrace the best version of yourself. Each of the nine Enneagram styles has its own natural gifts, abilities, limitations and blind spots; each has its own distinctive ways of thinking, acting and being. The Enneagram accurately and clearly describes why you think, feel and behave in particular ways based on your core fears and core desires. Please join Certified Enneagram Coach and International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional, Kathleen, to learn how the Enneagram can help with your self-discovery, create and sustain meaningful and lasting relationships in your personal life. Price includes booklet for you to keep.

Tuesday * May 21 * 2-4 pm *$25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Kathleen Loughrige * Room: LT-304

 

Folk Art with Paul

If you can hang onto a paintbrush, then you can paint! Painting provides a fun hobby that sharpens your mind and expands your horizons. In this beginner course, join Paul as he guides you step-by-step on how to use the simple one-stroke method as you create incredibly beautiful folk art rose and iris paintings that you will be proud to display in your home. Learn to put the strokes together in different ways to develop your own unique style. Not only will you have fun, it will be amazing to see what you can do with just a stroke of the brush. NOTE Your class fee includes a your paint, a paper pad and folk art brush set so you can continue to paint after class is completed.

Thursdays * May 23–May 30 * 2-4 pm * $50 (member) $65 (non-member)
Paul Edwards * Room: LT-304

 

Avoid Getting Scammed!

According to a MetLife survey, crimes against older citizens skyrocketed in the last year. Seniors lost $3 billion to criminals through home repair scams, investment scams, and other cons targeting older people.  Far too many adults fall prey to scammers, and in this important class, Financial Coach Dawn Dean will help you learn to steer clear of scam artist and swindlers, while learning to stay safe and take home valuable knowledge that you can trust and use to protect yourself.

Tuesday * May 28 * 10 am-12 pm * $20 (member) $35 (non-member)
MONY CM002-50 * Dawn Dean * Room: LT-304

 

I Want to Keep My Driver’s License: Strategies and Equipment to Maintain the Fitness to Drive

Decreasing vision, diabetic neuropathy, stroke, dementia and other conditions may limit the fitness to drive as we age, so it’s important to maintain your skills behind the wheel.  In this course, you will learn what to expect in a comprehensive clinical driving evaluation, including testing out equipment, such as brake reactors, as well as, learn driving strategies and try adaptive equipment to help maintain the fitness to drive.

Mondays * May 13-May 20 * 1-3 pm * $25 (member) $40 (non-member)
Diane Andert * Room: LT-304

 

European Dictatorships: The Rise of Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler

The economic problems that resulted from World War I and the Depression led people to question whether democratic government could improve their lives. They longed for a sense of security and strong direction for the future. As nations of people, throughout the world struggled, what events lead to the rise of European Dictators? In this class, we will go over conditions in Russia, Germany and Italy after WWI that set the stage for the dictators’ rise. You will learn about Stalinism, Fascism and Nazism in detail, dealing with the establishment and maintenance of power, the nature of party and state rule, the distribution of power, the purpose and impact of social and economic policies, opposition, and the significance of foreign policy and war. Comparisons and contrasts between the dictatorships are also highlighted in this riveting four-part course.

Wednesdays * June 5–June 26 * 1-3 pm * $45 (member) $60 (non-member)
Nancy Beers * Room: LT-304