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Please check back soon for the Spring 2019 Events.


The Paper Doll House

Luscious lawns lead from all directions up a gentle knoll to the outstanding late Victorian Queen Anne house, home of the Paper Doll House. This historic structure was formerly the Townsend home — built in 1893 by civic leader Charles O. Boynton as a wedding present to his only daughter Mary and son-in-law Frederick B. Townsend. Current owner Marykim Whiteside-Hubbard will share information about the mansion’s history and how it is now a retreat environment for craft making. Lunch will be followed by a “Thinking of You” card crafting session.

TRI 700-3001 • *Tuesday, November 13* Please note date changed from November 6 to November 13
11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Paper Doll House, Sycamore
$42 includes lunch provided by the Paper Doll House and Card Craft.


Beekeeping Basics 101:

Early spring is the time to begin keeping honeybees. This course is designed for beginners who want to become a beekeeper. Students will learn the basics of handling bees and harvesting hive products. Honeybee biology, hive basics, installing bees and honey bee management will be discussed.

ANI 702 5001 Saturday, February 9, 2019

9:00am-5:00pm, Kish College, Malta B1272


Beekeeping Basics 102: Seven Ways to Rear a Queen

Today the number of small-scale beekeepers is increasing and the demand for locally raised queen is growing. Purchased queens are often raised in areas of Africanized Honeybees or come from migratory bee operations where dangerous viruses are exchanged. Here is a course where simple methods of raising a few healthy honeybee queens are discussed. With a few insights and a small amount of equipment, the backyard beekeeper can raise locally adapted queens from bee stock with a record of winter survival, good temperament, and excellent honey production.

ANI 702 5002 Wednesday, February 20, 2019

7:00pm-9:30pm, Kish College, Malta B1272


Motorcycle & Power Sports Maintenance

Born to be wild? Before you get your motor running and head out on the highway you better make sure your bike and/or power sports equipment is ready to roll. The Motorcycle and Power Sports Maintenance class will teach you how to complete basic maintenance tasks such as oil change, battery replacement, and inspections for tire/fuel system/brake system/clutch. You are also welcome to suggest topics to cover in the class. All bikes and power sports equipment are welcome in the shop.

REC 705 5001 Tuesday and Thursday

March 19-April 4, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Kish College, Malta Caukin Building E133 & shop


American Sign Language-Basics

This class will teach you how to begin to communicate with the Deaf community. Participants will also learn about deaf culture. Students are welcome to share topic suggestions in class. This class is open to all ages. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


March 21-April 25, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Kish College, Malta C2210


Genealogy-Resources for Research

Where did the journey of you begin? This introductory course for the novice genealogist will teach you how to start a free family tree in Ancestry as well as navigate within. You will also learn about many of the free resources available online, how censuses hold many keys to learning more about your ancestors. We will also look at military records, birth records and marriage records. General computer knowledge needed. Participates are welcome to share topic suggestions in class as well. This class is open to all ages. Participates under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

PER 700 5001 Tuesday and Thursday

April 2nd and April 4th


Kish College, Malta A-1221


Drones 101: Beginner Class

Drone technology is relatively new field and in its infant stages. There is literally nowhere to go but up! If you are thinking about getting a drone or already have one and are not sure what to do with it, this course is for you. This class will cover: basic drone flying technique, safety tips, conduct pre-flight inspection and when your drone needs to be registered with the FAA. Instructor will demonstrate how to fly a drone. Participants should not bring their drones to class.

REC 709 5001 Tuesday, April 9, 2019

9:00am-12pm Kish College, Malta A1267


REC 709 5003 Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6:00pm-9:00pm Kish College, Malta A1267


Drones 102: Advanced class

So you bought an expensive drone and you aren’t sure what to do with it. Drones 102 will cover weather conditions, the differences between a hobbyist and professional drone pilot, and FAA rules. Some drone flying experience would be useful but not necessary for this course. Instructor will demonstrate how to fly a drone. Participants should not bring their drones to class

REC 709 5002 Thursday, April 11, 2019

9:00am-12:00pm Kish College, Malta A1267


REC 709 5004 Thursday, April 17, 2019

6:00pm-9:00pm Kishwaukee College, Malta A1267




Paint a Scape

Bring out the artist in you with easy to follow painting workshops. Teresa Petry, owner of The Artists’ Garden and Sara Hall, local artist, will guide you step-by-step through the process to create a 20” x 20”masterpiece that captures the rural landscape of our community.

First Snow

HOB 709-3004 • Thursday, November 29
6:30 – 9:00 pm • Fatty’s Pub & Grille, DeKalb
$48 includes supplies.


Florals for All Seasons

Kish College’s Floral Instructor, Janet Gallagher will demonstrate and assist you in the process of constructing a themed arrangement that you can make, take and display.

Thank You Basket Arrangement

GAR 703-3003 • Monday, November 19
5:30 – 7:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1414
$66 includes supplies.

Ring In the Holidays Arrangement

GAR 703-3004 • Monday, December 10
5:30 – 7:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1414
$66 includes supplies.
Registration is required one week in advance.
No refunds 10 days before class.

Winter Cheer

With days getting shorter and weather getting colder, don’t we wish to be surrounded by vibrant colors and greens even more? Ring in your holidays with what nature has to offer; green cuttings, dogwood branches, pinecones and berries.

GAR 705-3001 • Saturday, December 1
10:00 – 11:30 am • Kish College, Malta  • Greenhouse
$47 includes supplies and cloth container.*
*Cloth container is used for all the planter projects.
Use as is or drop it into your favorite pot.



Stews and Brews

Learn to make unique, hearty stews that are perfect for crisp, fall days! Enjoy deliciously seasoned dishes made with Jonamac Orchard’s fall produce and their specialty-craft hard cider and apple ales.

Must be 21 years or older to register.

CUL 709-3003  • Thursday, November 8

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Jonamac Cider House, Malta

$30 includes food and spirit tasting. 

Pasta Sauce Please!

Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and get ready for this fun, hands-on learning experience. Learn the basic recipes for pasta dough and flavorful sauces. An accompanying

wine tasting will help you expand your palate beyond the traditional bottle of Chianti. Cin cin! Must be 21 years or older to register.

CUL 709-3002  • Tuesday, December 4

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Hy-Vee, Sycamore

$30 includes food and wine tasting.





Tai Chi

Tai Chi is practiced worldwide for health, wellness, relief of pain, and improved physical ability. Research shows the practice of Tai Chi also reduces the incidence of falling and improves practitioners’ quality of life. This slow-moving, easy-to-learn program is beneficial to adults with or without physical limitations. Tai Chi may be practiced standing or sitting and includes exercises that improve relaxation, breathing and blood flow.

MRT 702 5002 Tuesdays and Thursdays

March 5-April 11, 2019

11:00am-11:45am Barb City Manor, DeKalb

$49 ($25 for 60 yrs. & up)


Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

In just a few hours, you can learn enough chords to provide years of playing enjoyment. Learn how chords work in a song, how to handle different

keys, time signatures, and more.

$60 includes online video instruction and online book.

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People

This course will teach the basic chords that will allow you to play along with your favorite songs. Learn how to form the 3 main chords, basic strumming patterns, how to tune your guitar and more.

$60 includes online video instruction and online book.

Contact Melissa Gallagher to register at 815-825-9466 or




Contact Information

To register call Tricia Hernandez at 815-825-9441. For general inquiries regarding class information, please email or call 815-825-9466.
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