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From Crops to Campus.The Roots of Kish College.

Ever wonder how Kish College got started? Let your curiosity lead the way to the historic Malta Town Hall to listen to stories about where Kish College planted its roots and how the pioneering spirit of many helped to sow the seeds for our successful institution as we know it today.  Former leaders, faculty, staff and students from the first 25 years will take you down a KC memory lane.  From academics to athletics, capital improvements to cap and gown ceremonies, vocational programs to voice lessons, you will be sure to be intrigued, enlightened and entertained by these Kish stories. Program will conclude with a throwback Square Dance demonstration where panelists and participants can either tap their toes or kick up their heels for a belly laughing good time.

PER 700-3001 • Saturday, September 29th
3:00 – 5:00 pm • Malta Town Hall, Malta
$20 includes apple appetizers created by Kish Café with produce from Jonamac Orchards.

Taste of the Phantom at the Creston Opera House

Taste is everywhere in Creston! It is not only home to the well-known Headon’s Meat Market but also the significant Creston Opera House. To celebrate the renovation of the Opera House, Kish College will present a live performance of excerpts of the Phantom of the Opera. Based on a French novel, the central plot of the opera revolves around a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured, musical genius who lives beneath the Opera Populaire.

In collaboration with Stage Coach Theatre, DeKalb Dance Dimensions and Jovanovich Voice Studio, this performance will highlight local, accomplished singers and dancers, featuring songs such as; Music of the Night, All I Ask of You and Masquerade. Vignettes from the “Demented Souls” a play reflecting the history of the village, will be interwoven throughout the show.

A reception will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres created with product from Headon’s Meat Market.

TRI 702-3001 • Saturday, October 13
3:00 – 5:00 pm • Creston Opera House, Creston
$36 includes performance and appetizers. Cash bar will be available.


Frank Lloyd Wright Chapel in Belvidere

Pettit Chapel, is one of the few chapels ever designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907.  Mrs. Pettit, (wife of Dr. Pettit) felt the need of a place in the cemetery where friends could gather for services and be sheltered from bad weather. She also had taken a special interest in the improvement and maintenance of the cemetery grounds and wanted a proper memorial for her husband. Dr. Pettit was born and raised in Belvidere in the 1800s and received his medical training from Hahnemann College in Chicago. He then practiced medicine in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the next 27 years. Upon his untimely death in 1899 at the age of 48, a funeral service was held in Iowa but his body was brought by special train to Belvidere for internment in the Belvidere Cemetery. The Pettit Chapel staff will deliver a short program about this unique, Wright-commissioned structure and the influential people laid to rest in the cemetery.

TRI 716-3001 • Thursday, September 13
Van leaves at 10:30 am from Kish College and returns between 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet in Lot A on the south side of the campus.
$43 includes transportation and boxed lunchcatered by Kish Café.

Old North Grove One Room School House

Built for $230 in 1878 by the Swedish immigrants who settled in the area, the North Grove School provided instruction to the local, rural children in Swedish until the 1920s. For 75 years – before schools consolidated into unit districts – the school gave hard-working children a chance to work their minds. Today, the  North Grove School Association lovingly preserves the one-room school which houses original desks, floor, walls, leaded-glass windows and furnishings from the period. Listen to stories about attending the school and participate in interactive lessons that were used during that bygone era.

TRI 701-3001 • Friday, October 12
Van leaves Farm N Fleet Parking Lot in Sycamore
at 10:45 am and returns at 1:00 pm.
$25 includes transportation and boxed lunch catered by Kish Café.

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 6
11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Paper Doll House, Sycamore
$42 includes lunch provided by the Paper Doll House and Card Craft.


Know How to Knit

This introductory class will teach participants basic knitting skills through the creation of a bunny, cat or dog toy, washcloth or something for your desk.

HOJ 701-3005  • Wednesday, September 12 & 19
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • C1253
$67 includes knitting needles and yarn.

Cold Weather Wear

For those of you that can knit and purl, these project workshops will guide you through the techniques to make comfy, cold weather wear.

Barley Hat (16 in. US 6 & 16 in. US 8)*

HOJ 701-3003  • Wednesday, October 3
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • C1253

Oat Cowl (16 or 24 in. US 8)*

HOJ 701-3004  • Wednesday, October 17
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • C1251

Maize Mittens (US 6DPN)*

HOJ 701-3002  • Tuesday, October 30
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • C1253

Rye Socks (US 3DPN’s & US 5DPN)*

HOJ 701-3001  • Wednesday, November 14
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • C1251
$42/workshop includes yarn.
*Bring your own needles – sizes are listed above.
Special bundle price: $150 bundle for all 4 sessions.

Sweaters are Better

Hot cocoa, frosty nights, it’s sweater weather. This 3-part series leads knitters on the “how to” of making a cardigan or pull-over sweater, in an infant to plus size. Supplies required for individual projects will be determined in the first class.

HOJ 701-3006  • Wednesday, November 28,
December 5, December 12  • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Kish College, Malta  • C1251
$78 does not include supplies

DIY Home Decor

Welcome Mat

Say hello and welcome to your friends and family with an original door mat. Mat is 24” x 35” with either a black or white stenciled “home” design and a picture of the state of Illinois.

HOB 710-3003 • Thursday, October 11
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Glidden Homestead, DeKalb
$49 includes supplies

Hometown Pride

Express your pride and love for your hometown with this hand painted pillow! Pillow is 20” x 20” with the opportunity to personalize it with either black, grey or red fabric and a heart, corn cob or “home” letters.

HOB 710-3002 • Saturday, October 13
1:00 – 3:00 pm • Glidden Homestead, DeKalb
$54 includes supplies.



Grisaille to Watercolor Workshop

Learn the method of painting in a gray monochrome, to imitate sculpture. An introduction to color theory, value, shading wet on wet, wet-on-dry, and dry brush techniques will be taught. Bring in a photo that you would like to work from, such as a photo of family member, a simple landscape, etc. Participants will learn how to lay out the design with pencil, lay down washes to build a foundation of values in grayscale, then finish it with color washes.

HOB 709-3001 • Monday, November 5
4:30 – 8:30 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1426
$54 includes supplies but participants should bring
their own photo to work from, a pencil, a white eraser,
and a variety of watercolor brushes of difference size and shapes.

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.

Setting Sun

HOB 709-3002 • Thursday, September 27
6:30 – 9:00 pm • The Flight Deck, Rochelle
$48 includes supplies.

Harvest Moon

HOB 709-3003 • Saturday, October 20
3:00 – 5:30 pm • Historic Malta Town Hall, Malta
$48 includes supplies.

First Snow

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

Jewelry – Open Studio

Do you enjoy making jewelry and metalwork and need access to a studio? If so, the Jewelry Open Studio is for you! Participants must be advanced, self-motivated, able to work on their own and over the age of 18 years old. Jewelry/Metalworking instructor, Dan Connelly, MFA, will monitor the studio and provide assistance and demonstrations as requested.  Connelly is a nationally exhibited and recognized artist with over a decade of teaching experience in higher education (including several years at Kish College). He is familiar with a variety of techniques including lost wax casting, hydraulic press forming, rolling mill texturing, etching, forming and raising. He is an expert in the use of traditional hand tools combined with traditional skills and techniques for making jewelry and small metal art objects.

HOJ 704-3001  • Mondays, September 10 – October 29
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1422
$250 includes supplies.

Floral & Gardening

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.

Apple Pickin’ Time Arrangement

GAR 703-3001 • Monday, September 17
5:30 – 7:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1414
$56 includes supplies.

Pumpkin Fest Arrangement

GAR 703-3002 • Monday, October 22
5:30 – 7:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1414
$56 includes supplies.

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.

Edible Extravaganza

Late summer is the perfect time to plant a cold crop container that is beautiful and bountiful. Choose your veggies-beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard and more; and learn to arrange them for a colorful display.

GAR 708-3001 • Saturday, August 25
1:00 – 2:30 pm • Kish College, Malta  • Greenhouse
$47 includes supplies and cloth container.*


Make your fall outdoor décor look spectacular. Couple mums with purple fountain grass, asters, pansies and flowering kale for a stunning show of colors.

GAR 705-3002 • Saturday, September 15
1:00-2:30 pm • Kish College, Malta  • Greenhouse
$47 includes supplies and cloth container.

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.

Kish Fall 2018 Beginning Floral Arrangement – HOR 141

Want to learn more about the principles of floral design? Then register as a Community Education student to participate in the Beginning Floral Arrangement (HOR 141) class. This hybrid course includes two hours of online lecture/discussions and a two-hour lab a week. Community Education students will participate in class projects and lectures but have the option of completing out-of-class assignments and exams.

GAR 703-3005 • August 23 – December 13 (Th)
8:00 – 9:40 am • Kish College, Malta  • B1414
$335 includes supplies.


Hydro Plants to Plate

Learn more about “soil-less” gardening with a tour of the Kish hydroponic greenhouse. Hydroponics have several advantages over soil gardening; the growth rate is faster, the yield is often greater and have fewer problems with insects and disease. Then learn how to create and enjoy a variety of salad dishes made from hydroponic produce.

CUL 709-3004  • Thursday, October 4

6:00-8:00 pm • Kish Café  • Kish College, Malta  • C1133

$28 includes food tasting.

Fall into Soup Making

Soups are a staple of fine cuisine. A flavorful soup can be the beginning of a multi-course meal or a meal in itself.  In this class you will learn how to make soups that will transform a basic entrée into something special and how to pair them with the perfect beer.

Must be 21 years or older to register.

CUL 709-3001  • Thursday, October 25  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Hy-Vee, Sycamore

$30 includes food and beer tasting.

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.

Holiday Mixology

Interested in learning how to make the perfect craft cocktail? A mixologist will demonstrate the art of mixing specialty spirits that will enhance your holiday festivities. Must be 21 years or older to register.

CUL 705-3001  • Sunday, November 4

2:00 – 3:30 pm • Fatty’s Pub & Grille, DeKalb

$27 includes craft cocktail tasting and snacks.



Tai Chi with Tom

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.

Tom Scott, retired Sycamore Police officer and owner of Hero Martial Arts, is a certified Tai Chi instructor with many years of experience teaching this gentle yet effective exercise to all ages and levels of ability.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes.

Tuesdays /Thursdays  • 11:00 – 11:45 am 

Session I: September 11 – October 18

MRT 702-3001

Session II: October 23 – November 29

MRT 702-3002

Barb City Manor, DeKalb

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

The Complete Workout

The Complete Workout is for adults of all ages who want to get in shape and/or stay fit. Classes will include stretching, strength training and cardio workouts. Students will work at their own pace and will need to bring 3-5 lbs, hand weights (3-5 pounds), an exercise mat and water. Please wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.

FIT 704-3001 • Mondays/Thursdays

September 10 – October 18  • 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Indian Creek Middle School, Waterman

$75 ($25 for 60 yrs. & up)

The Complete Workout-Low Impact

Low Impact class is for adults of all ages who want to get in shape and/or stay fit. Classes will include stretching, strength training and cardio workouts. Students will work at their own pace and will need to bring 3-5 lbs hand weights, an exercise mat, and water. Please wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.

FIT 704-3002 • Tuesdays/Thursdays

September 11 – October 18  • 9:30 am – 10:15 am

DeKalb Senior Center, DeKalb

$75 ($25 for 60 yrs. & up)

Bodies in Motion

Enjoy this “fitness made fun” atmosphere while listening to music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. This class includes chair exercises and activities that improve eye, hand and foot coordination, as well as balance and range of motion.

FIT 702-3001 • Tuesdays/Thursdays

*Due to Sycamore library being closed September 11-September 14 Bodies in Motion-Sycamore library

will begin September 18th-October 25th.* 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Sycamore Public Library, Sycamore   

$75($25 for 60 yrs. & up)

FIT 702-3002 • Tuesdays/Thursdays

September 11 – October 18  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Barb City Manor, DeKalb

$75 ($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

Private Voice Lessons

Release your inner diva or divo! In addition to technique, the lessons will help you develop public performance skills so you will be able to take your show on the road.

30 min. private lessons  • September 4 – December 14

$235 for 14 sessions

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

Private Piano Lessons

Beginning piano lessons are available in both private and group settings. Lessons will provide an introduction to basic technique as well as music theory, sight-reading, harmonization, improvisation.

30 min. private lessons  • September 4 – December 14

$235 for 14 sessions

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

Private Guitar Lessons

Haven’t you always wanted to play the guitar? Don’t put it off any longer. Private and family lessons available with Eric Schroeder. Eric has performed throughout North America on a variety of musical instruments and currently teaches guitar and ukulele ensemble classes at Rockford University and Kish College.

30 min. private lessons  • September 4 – December 14

$235 for 14 sessions

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



Personal Care

Immune Booster Kit

Give your immune system a jump start! Make a sugar scrub, hand spray and immunity boosting roll-on blend.

HEA 716-3001 • Wednesday, November 14

5:00 – 6:30 pm • Kish College, Malta  • A1267

$46 includes supplies. Register by November 7.

No refunds after October 30.



Drones 101: Beginner Class

Drone technology is a 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, conducting 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 709-3001 • Tuesday, September 18
9:00 am – 12:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • A1372
$15/per a class
REC 709-3002 • Tuesday, September 25
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1403
$15/per a class

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 709-3003 • Thursday, September 20
9:00 am – 12:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1413
$15/per a class
REC 709-3004 • Thursday, September 27
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1402
$15/per a class

Drone Pilot FAA Part 107 License Prep Class

If you want to charge for your drone services, you need to have a license.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that professional drone pilots hold an FAA part 107 license.  FAA part 107 license holders are required to pass a written exam prior to receiving the license. This multi-session class will help you to prepare for the written exam. Topics to be covered include small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight regulations, airspace & requirements, weather, loading & performance and operation. A sample test will be administered at the end of class. If you don’t have an aviation background, this class will give you the information you need to pass the exam. Students are responsible for purchasing the textbook, “UAS Remote Pilot
– Test Prep” in the Kish College bookstore.
The instructor, Bob Myers, is a highly experienced, licensed drone pilot and owner of Hawk Aerial Imagery, an aerial photography business.
REC 709-3005 • Tuesday/Thursday  • October 2-18
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Kish College, Malta  • B1412


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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