Daytime Classes: Hastings

Hastings classes are held at KCC’s Fehsenfeld Center, 2950 W M-179 Hwy, Hastings, MI.


The Bible: A Closer Look

This class will provide an overview of the history and development of the Bible, including types of writing, languages, authors, content, purpose(s), versions, and usage.

Wednesdays * 2/28/18-4/11/18 * 1:30-3:30 pm * Member $40 * Non-Member $60
HSTY CD014-70 * Michael Anton



Birding in Barry County- NEW

Where do I find birds in Barry County? In what seasons will I find certain birds?  Where can I go to find out what is being seen and where? Answers to these and other questions will be provided in this class as well as information on how to take up this most popular, no-cost outdoor activity.

Monday * 3/5/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
PERF CJ002-70 * Jean & Cal Lamoreaux



Jewelry Basics: Caring for and Securing Your Precious Treasures

Come to this class and learn the basics of identifying your jewelry and its materials; taking care of your pieces; and important things to think about before leaving your jewelry with someone for cleaning, repairs, or appraisals. The history and lore of gems and precious metals will also be included. Your instructor for this class has over 40 years of experience in the jewelry repair industry, so it will be packed with useful information. An outline of the information presented will also be provided on which you can take notes for later reference. Come spend some time learning about what makes jewelry so valuable, because this class could easily be worth its weight in gold!

Tuesday * 3/13/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
PDEV CK002-70 * Bruce Higdon



History of The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)                     in Michigan- NEW

During the Great Depression many young men went into the labor force with no jobs waiting for them. One answer to the need was the United States Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), begun in 1933 under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Recruits were placed in military-type barracks and learned the value of work and earnings as they worked outdoors on Federal and State lands. Much of northern Michigan was reforested and developed by CCC programs. In Michigan, 104,814 young men were enrolled in the program between 1933 and 1942. They planted 485 million trees, fought forest fires for 140,000 days, constructed 7,000 miles of truck trails, built 504 bridges, built 22 buildings, created 33 airplane strips, planted 156,660,922 fish in state lakes, and treated 5,000 acres of land for pest and disease control. Enrollees were paid by the government $30 a month, of which $22 of that was sent home to their families, leaving $8 a month for personal items.

Monday * 3/19/18 * 10a m-12 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
HSTY CA002-70 * Jean & Cal Lamoreaux



Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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.

Wednesday * 4/4/18 * 10 am-12:30 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
PERF CL003-70 * Terry Dennison



Intermediate Genealogy

In this class students will learn where to look for genealogical information, what kind of information to search for, and how to organize what is uncovered so it can be built upon later. Your instructor and genealogist, Gordon Mitchell, will visit online resources that can be accessed later that contain amazing information about your lineage! The class will go more in-depth than earlier classes as to where and how to conduct genealogical searches, but previous experience is not required. Students will meet in a computer lab to access the free online resources that will be discussed, so some computer knowledge is helpful.

Tuesdays * 4/17/18-5/15/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $40 * Non-member $60
HSTY CE008-70 * Gordon Mitchell



Internet Basics: Effectively Using this Powerful Tool

What is the World Wide Web and a URL, and why should I care? Effectively using the Internet can put a world of knowledge and information at your fingertips if you know how to use it. Come to this class to learn about types of websites, web browsers, hyperlinks, and how to access your phone and TV via the Internet. Your instructor, Randy Dirks, will not only help you get what you need online, but teach you how to do it safely and quickly.

Thursday * 4/19/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
COMP CAB02-70 * Randy Dirks



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!

Monday 5/14/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
PERF CJ002-71 * Jim Metzger



Be a Brainiac – Brain Health for Better Living

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 * 5/17/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $10 * Non-member $30
HOLV CI002-70 * Karla Fales



Peace of Mind Organization: Planning for the Unexpected

Are your important papers in shambles? Would you be embarrassed to have your children or loved ones see the mess those vitally important documents are in? Whether you are downsizing to a smaller home or moving into a retirement residence or a hospice facility, organizing your important end of life documents is critical. It is something you can do now to help your loved ones or the executor of your estate in the event of your death or a short time crisis situation. There is so much to think about in getting your important papers and information together. Even if you are just preparing your important documents so they are more easily accessible, you won’t want to miss this class where we’ll explore the various types of documents you should keep and the best way to organize and store them. You’ll walk away with a sample packet of forms to help you leave your family “the gift” of an organized life. An optional notebook with complete guides and forms will be available for purchase from the instructor for $20.

Tuesday * 5/22/18 * 10 am-12 pm * Member $20 * Non-Member $40
PDEV CM002-70 * Delma Smith



Battle Creek’s Own Betty Hutton – A Film Series- 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’s 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.

Wednesday * 5/23/18-6/6/18 * 10 am-12:30 pm * Member $30 * Non-member $50
PERF CL008-70 * Terry Dennison



Barry County in the Civil War- NEW

Celebrate Memorial Day by learning about the experience of a real Barry County soldier who fought in the Civil War. Using a set of 60 transcribed letters sent home during his service, the story of William Henry Wheeler will be told through the eyes of his great-great-grandson and your instructor, Brian Shumway. Wheeler was a Woodland Farmer of the 26th Michigan Volunteer Infantry (MVI) who fought with the Army of the Potomac alongside 13 other “Woodland” boys. Wheeler and the 26th MVI will be discussed, as will other Woodland and Barry County men of other regiments, particularly Leonard Fitzgerald, the namesake of Hasting’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post. A brief history of the Memorial Day holiday will also be included.

Thursday * 5/24/18 * 1-3 pm * Member $15 * Non-member $35
HSTY CA002-71 * Brian Shumway



Magic Show!- NEW

Be dazzled with slight-of-hand and mysterious tricks that will have you asking – “How did he do that!?” Your instructor, Brad Miles, is a skilled magician that has been practicing his craft and performing publicly and professionally for decades. Come to this class to experience the joy of all that is magic, and if you play your cards right, Brad might even let you in on a few of his secrets!

Thursday * 5/31/18 * 10-11 am * Member $10 * Non-member $30
PERF CJ001-70 * Brad Miles