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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Loosen Up with Linda
Join Linda as she leads you through a gentle exercise program intended to loosen the muscles and improve your flexibility, posture, and range of motion. As an added bonus, learn to reduce stress and allow your body to move more naturally. You will leave feeling relaxed, while improving the efficiency of your heart and lungs. NOTE: Class is held in the Miller Physical Education Building on KCC’s main campus.
M/W/F • 9/9-12/13 • 8:30-9:30 am • $95 • Linda Ryan • Location: Miller Building, Rm: M-111
Deadly Outbreaks: Epidemics that Changed the World
Invisible enemies have changed the course of history and killed more people than wars or natural disasters. What links Pocahontas, Joseph Stalin, Doc Holliday, Eleanor Roosevelt, W.C. Fields and two of Richard Nixon’s brothers? With names like Black Plague, Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera, “Spanish Lady”, Tuberculosis and Polio, they attack their unaware victims, leaving behind horror, death and chaos. What were some of the bizarre “remedies” employed (exploding frogs, drinking mercury)? With what weapons have some of them been controlled and what other deadly enemies might we face in the future? Join Jody to learn about epidemics that changed the world.
Mondays • 9/16 – 9/23 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Jody Owens • Rm: LT-304
Fun with Metal Detecting
Have you ever considered trying metal detecting, but were not sure where to start? Join President of the West Michigan Detector Club, John Dudley, as he leads you through the uses and techniques of metal detecting. You will learn how to use a metal detector and where the best places are to do a ground search for some great finds. You will also have an opportunity for a “hands-on” chance to see what’s found under the very ground that you walk on. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The instructor will provide ground detectors and a water detector to practice your new skills in class.
Wednesday • 9/18 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) • John Dudley • Rm: LT-304
Writing and storytelling are keys to recording your incredibly rich and valuable life experiences for yourself and your family. In this class, you will recall your life story, and then create a story of your life using creativity. Discover new insights about yourself as you capture your memoir in written word. If you’re ready to write stories about your life or your family, but find yourself possibly going around in circles, this class is for you.
Thursdays • 9/19 – 9/26 • 9:30-11 am • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Susan Carlson • Rm: LT-304
Historic Adventist Village Tour
Historic Adventist Village, located in Battle Creek, is a fascinating three-block experience that includes authentically restored or replicated buildings featuring the heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This interactive and educational tour will feature a one-room schoolhouse, church, log cabin and more! After the tour, if you like, meet up for the Lunch Bunch at Clara’s for a pay-your-own lunch with more Lifelong Learning friends.
Tuesday • 10/1 • 10 am-12 pm • $ FREE (member) $15 (non-member) • Casey Fairley • Meet at the Historic Adventist Village, 480 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI
Increasingly, people are turning to yoga to help them feel more comfortable in their own bodies. Are you looking for a safe and effective yoga practice that doesn’t require getting up and down from the floor? If so, in this course, your instructor, Kim, will take you through a variety of exercises using a chair, which will gently stretch your muscles while putting you in a relaxed state. You owe it to yourself to try this course. No yoga experience required.
SECTION 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10/1-12/12 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm • $65 (member) $80 (non-member) • Kim Van Hoose
SECTION 2: Tuesdays • 10/1 – 12/10 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Kim Van Hoose
SECTION 3: Thursdays • 10/3–12/12 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Kim Van Hoose
Early Colonial History
Join us as we examine early colonial interactions, and the diverse groups of
people who settled in the “New World”. You will cover lives of Native Americans, and the exploration and colonization of the Spanish, French, Dutch, and English. You will learn about and discuss the early settlements in Jamestown, Massachusetts and other colonies and explore the development of slavery in early America.
Wednesdays • 10/2-10/30 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $50 (member) $65 (non-member) • Nancy Beers • Rm: LT-304
Experience Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel is often described as the crown jewel of Mackinac Island. You will explore its beginning as a Victorian resort, the role it played during Prohibition and why it is known as America’s summer place today. You will discover how it is decorated, its dining experiences and the “themed packages” it offers, why Architectural Digest named it the “Most Beautiful Hotel in Michigan,” and what it’s like to be a year-round resident of Mackinac Island. If you have a favorite Mackinac Island memory, we would love to hear about it in class. This class will also include a tasting experience of Mackinac Island foods.
Thursday • 10/10 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $25 (member) $40 (non-member) • Bonnie David • Rm: LT-304
I Know my Enneagram Number…Now What?
The Enneagram is a deep and powerful personality typing system that describes 9 different ways of being in the world; however, it’s not enough just to know your type. Working with the enneagram consistently empowers individuals to self-discovery, personal growth, spiritual transformation and professional development based on each type’s natural gifts, abilities, limitations, and blind spots. In this class, we will not only look at what holds an individual back but also offer insight into the journey towards freedom and transformation, connecting us back to the strengths of our true selves. Prerequisite for this class is to know your Enneagram number.
Friday • 10/11 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $25 (member) $40 (non-member) • Kathleen Loughrige • Rm: LT-304
Vera-Ellen: The Magic and the Mystery
Join Terry Dennison for an in-depth study of the life and career of the most versatile female dancer during the glorious “Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical”. Vera-Ellen has been Terry’s all-time favorite movie star since childhood; in fact, Terry is often called her number one fan! He was even asked to assist David Soren with the one and only Vera-Ellen biography, “The Magic and the Mystery”. Copies of the book will be used extensively in class. Vera-Ellen could do it all: tap, ballet, ballroom, acrobatic and lyrical. In this class, you will enjoy watching clips from her films, including White Christmas – her most famous film – and enjoy her dancing with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Danny Kaye. Items from Vera-Ellen’s estate will be shown, as well as movie costumes and many other pieces of memorabilia. Come feel Terry’s excitement as he shares his mission of helping people remember Vera-Ellen; she was too good to be forgotten!
Fridays • 10/18-10/25 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Terry Dennison • Davidson 201
Police Dog Handling 101
One of the most fascinating aspects of law enforcement is the K9 unit. Police dog handlers and their canine counterparts cover many responsibilities in the law enforcement world, including apprehending criminals and detecting explosives, contraband, and drugs. These dogs have the drive and intelligence that put them ahead of the rest of the pack due to the training and the bond with their handlers. Join one of Battle Creek’s own police dog handlers, Officer Chad Fickle, as he explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these canine superheroes!
Monday • 10/28 • 10-11 am • $15 (member) $25 (non-member) • Officer Chad Fickle • Rm: LT-304
History & Evolution of the Bible
It is the Bible’s history that makes it the most distinctive among sacred texts, and in this class you will explore the special nature and unique character of the Bible. Join Pastor Anton as he covers an overview of the time frame, languages, authors, translations, and types of literature in the Bible.
Tuesdays • 11/5-11/12 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Michael Anton • Rm: LT-304
Getting Creative with Microsoft Office
Join computer expert, Randy, as he shares new ways you can get creative using Microsoft Office. You will learn how to use mail merge to create letters and labels, as well as how to create flyers, newsletters and budgets. You will view templates of resumes, cards and brochures, along with using PowerPoint for a photo album or video, with your own comments. Unlock your limitless creativity by exploring technology that you never thought of!
Thursday • 11/7 • 10 am-12 pm • $25 (member) $40 (non-member) • Randy Dirks • Rm: O-103
Refresh & Renew: Living as a Survivor of Cancer
The present is the best place to live; even in the valley needing to Refresh or gratefully on the mountain top of Renewal. As a survivor of cancer, one who’s in the battle or after the battle, a caregiver, a family member or friend, we have been thrust into a new season of life. Together, we’ll explore how to take advantage of what we’ve learned while making the best life possible.
Friday • 11/15 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) • Jane Johnson • Rm: LT-304
Worst Man-Made Disasters
Gas leaks, oil spills and nuclear meltdowns are tragic enough, but made worse because these events often happen due to human error. A man-made disaster is an unfortunate event that is caused by human error or negligence, and usually ends in the loss of life and property damage. Come learn how humans caused the Johnston Flood, Chernobyl, Exxon-Valdez, plus more that triggered disastrous consequences.
Tuesdays • 11/19-11/26 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Jody Owens • Rm: LT-304
Operation Barbarossa: Germany’s 1941 Invasion of Russia during World War II
Operation Barbarossa – code name for the German Invasion of the Soviet Union – was one of the most significant moments in the first years of WWII. Learn how Hitler and Stalin were positioning prior to the 1941 invasion, including the signing of a “Non-Aggression Pact” between the two countries. You will examine the immediate run-up to the invasion, the three major German armies and their key Russian targets, and how the initial phases of the war were fought. We’ll also examine how the American “Lend Lease” Program significantly aided the Russians, key turning points in the war, and how each nation’s war material production, and a key tank battle at Kursk, helped to determine the outcome of the war on the Eastern Front.
Mondays • 11/25-12/2 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Bryan Beers • Rm: LT-304
Baking & Decorating Christmas Desserts to Impress
Make your holiday much more delicious! Impress guests and delight your family as you celebrate Christmas with an easy to bake dessert that will not only taste great, but will look incredible! Make this year your best holiday baking ever! Supplies included in your class fee.
Wednesday • 12/4 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) • Boonikka Herring • Rm: LT-303
Motown Mania: The Music that Changed the Country
Join us on a trip down memory lane as you learn about some of the chart-topping artists, musicians, and groups produced by Motown, such as Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. All became part of the Motown Sound, love songs that told simple stories, and live in our hearts forever.
Thursday • 12/5 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) • Stephen Youngs • Rm: LT-304