Lifelong Learners Program

Program Description

Enjoy our classes that are designed for anyone 55 years or better, but all adult learners are welcome.

PaCE Summer 2018 Schedule CoverThe Lifelong Learner Lunches are offered during the day at various venues in the Quad-Cities area. Our guest speakers focus on topics of local interest.

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Lifelong Learner Classes

Are you thinking about getting a computer or need to brush up on your Windows skills? Take a look at our computer classes, several which are specifically designed for our Lifelong Learners program. Have you always wanted to learn how to draw or paint or do your skills need some fine-tuning? Then click the button below to read more about the arts and craft class offerings!

Technology

  • Getting Started with Your Computer Workshop
  • Windows for Beginners Workshop
  • Orgaizing Your Files and Folders
  • Cleaning Up Your Computer
  • Moving to Windows 10
  • Facebook Workshop
  • Emailing Workshop
  • Pinterest Workshop
  • Word 101 Workshop
  • Excel 101 Workshop
  • Digital Photos Workshop
Full List of Computer Classes »

Arts & Crafts

  • Creations with Clay
  • Stained Glass – Advanced, Copper Foil & Lead Techniques
  • Paint Your Home, Bar, or Favorite Building in Watercolor
  • Pattern Reading for Crocheting
  • Crocheting – Storage Containers & Baskets
Full List of Arts & Crafts Classes »

Summer Seminars

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates at Knox College 1858 – 160-year Anniversary
Instructor: Dr. Art Pitz

Join us as we take a look back at the famous Lincoln- Douglas Debates at Knox College that took place 160- years ago. This was a series of seven debates between the Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas and Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln during the 1858 Illinois senatorial campaign, largely concerning the issue of slavery extension into the territories. These debates drew tens of thousands of attendees from rural Illinois and newspapers across the country reported on them. Learn why these local debates continue to hold such an important place in history.

1 Thursday          June 21                        10:00 a.m. – Noon
CRN 50291         Bldg. 3 – Rm. 311        Fee $10


The Chicago Riots – 50-year Anniversary
Instructor: Dr. Art Pitz

The 1968 Chicago Riots were triggered by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was shot

April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Fires, violence and chaos ensued. Mayor Richard J. Daley imposed a curfew. More than 6,700 Illinois National Guard troops had arrived in Chicago with 5,000 soldiers from the 1st Armored and 5th Infantry Divisions being ordered into the city by President Johnson. Learn how the Chicago Riots left a lasting impact on Chicago.

1 Thursday          June 28                        10:00 a.m. – Noon
CRN 50292         Bldg. 3 – Rm. 311        Fee $10


Lifelong Learner Lunches

Swedish Heritage/History
Presenter: Joe Vermeire

Välkommen! Join us at the historic First Lutheran Church in downtown Moline to enjoy a delectable Swedish meal and to learn about the rich Swedish history and tradition in the Quad Cities. You also will receive a tour of the church, listen to musicians, explore the Swedish language and take home a Swedish treat! Vi ses!

Date:                  Wednesday, April 11
Location:         First Lutheran Church of Moline, 1230 5th Ave, Moline, IL
Lunch:               11:30 a.m.
Presentation: 12:15 p.m.
Fee:                                $23
Last day to register or receive a refund: April 4
CRN:                   11385


Asylums, Sanitariums and Hospitals: Early Health Care Institutions of Rock Island County
Presenter: Dr. Maryan Wherry

Join us as we learn about the development and establishment of the early health care institutions in Rock Island County. Sanitariums, asylums and pesthouses all were shelters for treating illnesses throughout the 19th century. These institutions provided the framework for the modern hospital. We will explore the history of early Rock Island County institutions and those who helped establish them.

Date:                      Thursday, May 10
Location:              Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
Lunch:                   11:30 a.m.
Presentation:     12:15 p.m.
Fee:                        $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)
Last day to register or receive a refund: May 3
CRN:                       11386


Heaven on the Prairies
Presenter: Dr. Maryan Wherry

In the settlement of the region, we often concentrate on individuals as “founders,” but there were several groups — religious, ethnic, economic-‑ that established towns in the Quad-Cities region. Most groups were in search of creating an ideal life. The quest to establish a good or godly community has been a persistent American dream. The most obvious towns are the Amanas, Nauvoo and Bishop Hill. This talk explores not just the obvious communal experiments but identifies other local towns and communities that were established with the hope of becoming utopias.

Date:                      Thursday, June 14
Location:              Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
Lunch:                   11:30 a.m.
Presentation:     12:15 p.m.
Fee:                        $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)
Last day to register or receive a refund: June 7
CRN:                       50293


Quakers in the Midwest
Presenter: Penni Chase

Quakerism, also known as the Society of Friends, was brought to America in the 1600s. The earliest settlements were in New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Some famous Quakers include Richard Nixon, who was born into a Quaker family, as were Herbert Hoover and Annie Oakley. We will discuss Quaker settlements in Illinois and Iowa as well as the impact they have had in the Midwest.

Date:                      Wednesday, July 11
Location:              Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
Lunch:                   11:30 a.m.
Presentation:     12:15 p.m.
Fee:                        $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)
Last day to register or receive a refund: July 3
CRN:                       50294