Academy of Lifelong Learning - "Local Interest"



field tripFirefighters: A Home Away from Home
Come meet your firefighter and paramedics and see the equipment used to keep our neighborhoods safe. View the firefighting apparatus and equipment and tour where firefighters write reports, prepare their meals, exercise and rest in their home away from home.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
1–2:30 p.m.

Fire Station 2 
1510A St., Charleston, IL
Lieutenant Tim Meister, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by April 29, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


field trip Patterson Springs Bed & Breakfast Tour
A historic site near Camargo, IL, Patterson Springs Bed & Breakfast is a well-known local site within three acres of wooded nature land next to the Embarrass River. On the B&B property, natural spring water fills three concrete pools. Relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the aura of a time gone by while learning about the history of this beautiful B&B from the proprietor. Tour the B&B and visit with the resident pony, followed by lunch at a local spot. Transportation and admission are included. Bring money for lunch in Tuscola.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Depart from EIU Blair Hall Staff parking lot 9:45 a.m.
Return 1:30 p.m.

Patterson Springs Bed & Breakfast 
Camargo, IL
Kim McGee, Instructor

Academy member:  $13
Non-member:  $26

Register by May 8, 2014
(limit 14 participants, minimum 10 participants)


field tripEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Funerals But Were Afraid to Ask
When & why did the profession of Funeral Directing start? Is cremation or burial the best? What exactly is embalming and is it required by law? How is the body prepared for viewing? Come for a tour of the beautiful Krabel Funeral Home and get your unspoken questions answered. Learn the characteristics and reasons families tend to stay in these businesses for generations.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Depart from EIU Blair Hall Staff parking lot 1:15 p.m.
Return 4 p.m. 

Krabel Funeral Home
215 E. Main St., Oakland, IL
Dan Krabel, Owner, Instructor

Academy member:  $18
Non-member:  $36

Register by May 28, 2014
(limit 13 participants)


field tripColes County Animal Shelter Tour
Join us for a tour of the newly renovated animal shelter in rural Charleston. We’ll learn about the joys and challenges of working with “furry people.” Jason Wallace will share some of the most compelling statistics, return-to-owner efforts, daily schedules, investigations and personal stories. Don’t miss this heartwarming opportunity to understand the complexities of caring for these four-legged friends.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
1–2:30 p.m.

Coles County Animal Shelter
6818 North CR 1120E, Charleston, IL
Jason Wallace, Asst. Manager

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by June 12, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


field tripLincoln, Coles County Courthouse and the Tunnel
Did you know Abraham Lincoln used the Coles County Courthouse and businesses around the square to develop relationships in politics that led to his great success? Join Judge Schick for a historical tour of the Coles County Courthouse and tunnel connecting the Courthouse with the Coles County Jail. Once we emerge from the tunnel, we will tour the Jail.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
1–2:30 p.m.

Coles County Courthouse
651 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL
Hon. Mitchell K. Schick, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public! 

Register by July 8, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


workshopEIU Garden Tour
This walking tour of the beautiful EIU campus will introduce you to a variety of plants and flowers and provide inspiration for your own garden. Learn some secrets to creating a beautiful garden in central Illinois. It’s not just about growing plants, it’s about the gardeners’ labor of love. We will meet outside Blair Hall on the north side in the paved brickyard.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
1–2 p.m.

Meet at EIU Blair Hall, north side
Larry Shobe, EIU Master Gardener

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by July 10, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


field tripStanding Stone Serves
Meet Dawn Thomson and learn what led her to open this new community center, what services are offered, how they obtain food from food banks, their connection with EIU and what the challenges are in running a service organization such as Standing Stone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
1–2:30 p.m.

Standing Stone
201 Sixth St., Charleston, IL
Dawn Thomson, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by July 15, 2014
(limit 15 participants)


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