Hastings classes are held at KCC’s Fehsenfeld Center, 2950 W M-179 Hwy, Hastings, MI.
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The Myth of Empire: Imperial Spain and its Legacy
This class explores the expansionist adventure of Spain from the 1400’s through the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War in 1648
A.D. The focus will be on how colonist states impose their culture upon a new land, only to have that new culture intermingle with the old ways of the indigenous peoples. The result is an always-morphing new ethos that survives and thrives into the present day.
Tuesday • 9/24 • 10 am-12 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) •
Colin McCaleb • Rm: FC-130
Midwest Miniature Museum Tour
The Midwest Miniature Museum offers a host of exhibits and exceptional life-like displays that depict historical periods. The Museum proudly exhibits works of miniature art displays such as silver and crystal, themed exhibits, and many other architectural styles and scenes from hundreds of artists. The KCC Van will leave the Fehsenfeld Center at 9:30 am for transport to the museum at 6855 W. Hickory Road Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060, for the 10:00 am tour. After the tour, if you like, meet up for the Lunch Bunch at Mexican Connection for a pay your own lunch with your Lifelong Learning friends.
Thursday • 10/3 • 10 am-12 pm • $ FREE (member) $15 (non-member) •
Casey Fairley • NOTE: Meet in FC-131 if you’re going in the van,
or at the Midwest Miniature Museum if driving separately.
How to be a Creative Writer
This class covers various methods of creative writing. The emphasis will be
on “Spontaneous Writing,” as explicated by such authors as William Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Plot, theme, character development, and narration are also defined and explained. Finally, theme is emphasized as the most important concept in fiction.
Tuesday • 10/8 • 10 am-12 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) •
Colin McCaleb • Rm: FC-130
A Musical Measure with Maggie
Maggie Roche Murphy will perform an hour of American folk music for
your listening pleasure. A classically trained soprano raised among a family
of history professors, Maggie prefers to weave the history behind the music
into her performances.
Wednesday • 10/9 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm • $15 (member) $25 (non-member) •
Maggie Murphy • Rm: FC-130
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!
Tuesdays • 10/15-10/22 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) •
Terry Dennison • Rm: FC-132
Accelerate your Excel!
Join computer expert, Randy, as he helps you gain the skills to efficiently
navigate and manipulate multiple spreadsheets in a workbook, optimize your worksheets using templates, graphs, and formulas, and design amazing spreadsheets in Excel.
Thursdays • 10/24-10/31• 10 am-12 pm • $35 (member) $50 (non-member) •
Randy Dirks • Rm: FC-119
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.
Wednesdays • 10/30-12/4 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $60 (member) $75 (nonmember) • Michael Anton • Rm: FC-132
Exploring the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a 1,000-mile motorcycle odyssey? Join motorcycle aficionado and Hastings resident, Mike Schneiderhan, as he relives the tales of his Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route journey. This route is a scenic ride that uses dirt, gravel and paved roads to wind through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. This 1,080-mile route primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes, to lead riders through the Appalachian Mountains, majestic forests, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.
Friday • 11/8 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) •
Mike Schneiderhan • Rm: FC-133
Discover Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
In this class, you will embrace Bonnie’s travels to explore Santa Fe, known as “The City Different”. You will take The High Road to Taos, stopping along the way to explore Truchas and Chimayo, known for its weaving. Returning to Santa Fe, you will follow The Turquoise Trail to Albuquerque, making a stop in Madrid. Other side trips include Abiquiu and Los Alamos. You will also explore the architecture, culture and cuisine of Northern New Mexico. If somewhere in this unique state is a bucket list destination for you, or if you have visited, perhaps you could share the “where and why” with the class. NOTE: This class will also include a tasting experience of New Mexico foods.
Thursday • 11/14 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $25 (member) $40 (non-member) •
Bonnie David • Rm: FC-133
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, which were love songs that told simple stories, and live in our hearts forever.
Tuesday • 12/3 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $20 (member) $35 (non-member) •
Stephen Youngs • Rm: FC-133