MT. VERNON — —
The Rend Lake College Institute of Lifelong Learning has announced its classes and day tours for spring.
The Institute of Lifelong Learning is an organization of retirement-age people who share a common interest in lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The only requirement is a desire to learn. No grades are given.
One class has been scheduled and will be held April 14 on the main campus. Wildflowers of Southern Illinois has been created by RLC botany professor Abel Kinser. Participants will learn how to identify wildflower specimens and view them under a microscope. There are no tests, quizzes or grade — just interesting facts and information. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 116 of the science building. The registration fee is $10.
Four day trips have been scheduled for the spring session. The first bus tour is Savor St. Louis, on Thursday, March 21. Participants will tour local St. Louis restaurants and ethnic food shops. Stops on the tour include Anthonino’s, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for its toasted raviolis; Sweetie Pies, made famous by the Oprah Winfrey Network accolades for its soul food; the newly opened Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Factory; Urzi’s Italian Market; and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The registration fee is $89 and includes transportation, lunch, gratuity and food sampling fees. The RLC bus will depart from the main campus in Ina at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. and will depart from the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
The second trip is St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair Tour, scheduled for Friday, April 12. The tour includes a historical re-enactment of a small boy who attended the fair and the exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. Hot dogs, iced tea and ice cream cones were popularized at the 1904 World’s Fair. Staying in the theme of the day at the fair, lunch will be a gourmet hot dog from Steve’s Hot Dogs and the last stop of the day will be for ice cream. The registration fee is $79 and includes transportation, lunch, ice cream, tour fees and gratuities. The RLC bus will depart from the main campus in Ina at 7 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. and will depart from the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Victorian Home Tour will be the third stop in the day trips planned this spring. Held on April 25, the tour features exclusive tours of two private Victorian homes on Lafayette Square and a tour of the Campbell House Museum. The museum recently received a $3 million restoration and is considered one of the top 10 most accurately restored 19th Century buildings in America. Lunch will be at 1111 Mississippi, a restaurant featuring rustic Tuscan cuisine with New World influence. The registration fee is $69 and includes tour fees, gratuity, lunch and transportation. The RLC bus will depart from the main campus in Ina at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. and will depart from the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.
Local historian and author Jon Musgrave will be guiding the last tour of the spring semester. Musgrave will be sharing interesting facts about the Klan War between the bootleggers and the Ku Klux Klan and the subsequent gang war between the Charlie Birger gang and the Shelton Brothers. Participants will see historical sites and local museums associated with the infamous characters as well as other Prohibition-era events and landmarks. Roaring 20s in Southern Illinois will be held on Friday, May 3. The registration fee is $59 and includes transportation, tour fees, lunch and gratuities. The RLC bus will depart from the main campus in Ina at 9 a.m. and will return at 3 p.m.
For more information or to register, call the RLC Institute of Lifelong Learning at 437-5321, ext. 1267 or ext. 1714.