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Please check back soon for the Spring 2019 Events.


Laurent Home Tour (Frank Lloyd Wright, architect)

Visit the unique Laurent House in Rockford!  Designed by famous, American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, it is his only design for a client with a physical disability and includes accessibility features that were decades ahead of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.  Join our tour to learn more about this extraordinary house and the enduring relationship between the Laurent family and Frank Lloyd Wright.


February 22,2019


Cost includes transportation, guided tour and snacks. Van leaves Kishwaukee College Campus, Malta IL at 12:00pm and returns at 4:00pm. Please park in Wing A/Lot A, near the Kishwaukee College-Conference Center, Door #17

Balmoral - Scottish Cuisine Like You've Never Seen

Balmoral-recently voted one of the top 10 restaurants in the Chicago area by Chicago Magazine, offers a Scottish dining experience like non-other. Participants will experience Scottish cuisine, culture and music in an intimate, private setting. A bagpiper will greet diners as they enter the warm, inviting dining room. Dinner will consist of a feast complete with cocktail, appetizer, entree, potatoes, and select vegetables. Colin Smith, owner, will delight participants with stories of Scottish recipes and dining experiences. Transportation to and from the restaurant is provided. Participants will meet at Blain's Farm and Fleet, 1300 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore at 5:30pm and return at 8:30pm.

TRI 700 5001 Thursday

March 14, 2019


Hardware - Sustainable Gastropub and Brewery

Hardware is a restaurant that is all about sustainability. From the building materials(reclaimed materials for design elements) to the produce (everything grown onsite), Hardware is committed to changing the way people think about eating local. Join us to learn more about the Hardware philosophy, participate in a tour of their hops farm and greenhouse and experience a truly unique dining experience. Lunch includes a choice of one of five, delicious, specialty items. Transportation to and from the restaurant is provided. Van will leave Kishwaukee College at 10:00am-3:00pm. Please park in Wing A/Lot A, near the Kishwaukee College-Conference Center, Door #17.


May 24, 2019



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


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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.

CTR 737 5001 Thursdays

March 21-May 2, 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


Wilderness Survival-Level 1

Wilderness Survival is perfect for people with limited experience in wilderness survival. Participants will learn how to start fire (multiple techniques), build survival tarp shelters (inc. tying effective ridgelines), and purify water. Participants will also learn what to include in a survival backpack.  Ages 12-15 years of age with parental supervision. 

Participants must provide the following class supplies:
- Magnesium Fire Starter
- 550 Paracord (25ft)
- Pocket or fixed blade knife. (i.e. - Camalus Tac-2).
- Tarp (At least 8x10)
REC 701 3001 Saturday

April 27, 2019

8:00am-12:00pm, DeKalb-Afton Forest Preserve


Wilderness Survival-Level 2

Will deepen your knowledge of wilderness survival techniques and equipment.  You will practice your ability to source a camp location, build a fire, set-up your tarp shelter, purify water and more! You will learn if your survival backpack really has everything you need to survive if you are lost or stranded in the woods or anywhere! This class is as real as it gets! Ages 12-15 years of age with parental supervision. 

Participants must provide the following class supplies:
- Magnesium Fire Starter
- 550 Paracord (25ft) - Bring some you can cut up to use.
- Pocket or fixed blade knife. (i.e. Camalus Tac-2).
- Tarp (At least 8x10)
- Water filter (Sawyer or Lifestraw) AND a metal cup for boiling

REC 701 3002 Saturday

May 11, 2019, DeKalb Afton Forest Preserve



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.



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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