Leisure Course Schedule & Registration Information

Leisure College courses are held at various locations throughout the district and include non-credit general interest classes for personal growth and enjoyment. Our educational day trips offer unique travel locations and discoveries you will be discussing long after you arrive home. Class and day trip schedules are published twice a year in the spring and fall.  

We always welcome new class or educational day trip ideas! Contact the Corporate & Leisure College at 309.341.5330 or by email: community@sandburg.edu 

Please also phone or email us to be added to our mailing list!

Fitness Classes/Fitness Center

Fitness Classes -

Muscle Conditioning

Instructor Joan Pacheco

Eight-week class to strengthen, tone, and stretch major muscle groups while improving flexibility, and range of motion. Exercise utilizing a variety of equipment.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 10/16/18 - 12/04/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.




Instructors Joan Pacheco & Roxie Leahy

Use multiple muscles providing an all-inclusive workout to gain core strength as well as flexibility and balance in this eight-week class.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 10/18/18 - 12/06/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.



Fitness Center -

Walking track, free weights area, and training equipment are available. Open to community

members. Call regarding dates and registration fees.

Sandburg’ s Fitness Center hours:

M - Th 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; F 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sa 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Mind & Body

Stress Response Management

Instructor Jeri Candor

Eight-week stress management program teaching meditation and   mindfulness techniques. The    course is specifically designed for those who have high-stress occupations and/or work in stressful   environments. Course will discuss the biology of stress on the mind and body while acquiring skills and techniques to manage the nervous system’s response to stressful situations. Minimum enrollment of ten students. Students are required to purchase the book Soul Centered, by Sarah McLean, as part of the class curriculum. Class meets everyThursday.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 09/27/18 - 11/15/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

$25 per class (participants are required to enroll in all 8 classes)


School of Walk

Instructor Teresa Brokaw

Join Cottage Rehab & Sports Medicine’s Teresa Brokaw, DPT, as she discusses the benefits of   achieving a great walking posture. She will focus on how poor posture can keep you from enjoying walking because of aches and pains. Students will have a chance to take a walk around Sandburg’s new outside patio area to view the fall colors.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 10/03/18

Time 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



Stories in Blue: The Lives of Local Civil War Soldiers

Instructor Tom Best

The stories of Civil War soldiers from Western Illinois are full of fascinating and tragic accounts. From tales of bravery under fire at places like Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh to the deaths of young men as a result of guerrilla warfare in northern Tennessee, you have the chance to learn of the men who experienced the Civil War in all its glory and horror. There will also be time to share and discuss the Civil War legacy of your ancestors. Bring examples of your stories, letters,   photos, and artifacts.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 09/25/18

Time 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Movie Music Romance

Instructor John LeGear

All your favorite movie moments that put a song in your heart and a spring in your step. This class is a compilation of 30 of the most memorable moments in music and film. Familiar faces abound including: Fred and Ginger, Elivis and Ann-Margaret, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and more. Many scenes are cast in a new light, from a different perspective, often re-edited to blend accompanying music in a new way. It’s a journey through time from the 1930s right up to present day.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 10/04/18

Time 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Play Ball! Early Minor League Baseball in Western Illinois

Instructor Tom Best

Did you know that long before there was a Midwest League with the Chiefs, Bees, and Bandits playing in this area, that there were other minor league baseball teams? From the Monmouth Browns and the Galesburg Hornets to the Joliet Convicts and Beardstown Possums, baseball in the late 19th and early 20th century was full of colorful teams and ball players. This 2-hour course will introduce you to a fascinating history of early baseball. For instance, did you know that the Chicago Cubs came to play the Monmouth Browns in both 1909 and 1910 - and almost beat them? Come and learn more!

W, 10/10/18

Time 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



History of Kiddieland

Instructor Faylene Blaine

Come hear about Galesburg’s Kiddieland from the owner’s daughter, Faylene Blaine. In this class, Faylene will discuss the history and success of Kiddlieland. Bring your questions and reminisce about the amusement park located on Henderson Street for 20 years.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 10/16/18

Time 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.



Raging Rivers and Wagon Ruts

Instructor Tom Best

Tales of the Oregon Trail are full of fascinating stories of men, women, and children who left their homes in Illinois in the 1850s and risked their lives and fortunes through several thousand miles of prairies, deserts, and mountains. In this era of western expansion, there is much to learn of their motivations, trail experiences, and what they hoped to accomplish and establish in the           valleys of western Oregon. This 2-hour course will emphasize the stories of wagon train families from Western Illinois and how their lives shaped the future of the northwestern U.S.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 10/25/18

Time 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



President Lincoln

Instructor Tom Best

We all know the basic elements of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. However, did you know of the famous trial of the eight conspirators and one local Civil War soldier from Knox County who served as a judge on the military tribunal and sat in judgment of those charged in Lincoln’s murder. In 1865, David Clendenin of Knox County, an honored officer, was one of the military officers who would render a verdict in this case. From matters of tragic facts to serious Constitutional controversies, you will learn during this class how the trial was handled and the role of this Knox County officer.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 11/13/18

Time 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




Wine Glass Project

Instructor Jennifer Miller

Spend an evening hand-painting wine glasses. Everyone will be able to paint two glasses with a Fall theme. Examples and ideas provided.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 09/25/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$20 (supplies included)


A Novel Idea

Instructor Beth Buck

Take old books and alter their original form to a new trendy design. Learn to fold, cut and draw on books for a unique artwork piece. Ideas shared in class. Students are encouraged to register in all classes to build on varying book design techniques, however, students may also register in individual classes. Those under high school age should attend with an adult to assist with using the craft knife.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 10/02/18, 10/09/18, 10/16/18, 10/23/18

Time 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

$10 per class; $40 for all classes


Winter Watercolor

Instructor Jennifer Miller

Spend an evening creating a winter landscape while learning watercolor techniques. Examples and ideas will be provided.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 11/13/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$28 (supplies included)


Photo and Video Editing

Instructor Brea Cunningham

An introduction to the art of video and photo post-production. Explore the theory and practice of various editing styles to gain a better understanding of how stories are constructed in the editing room. Through demos and hands-on experience, students learn basic editing techniques. Emphasis is placed on post-production that improve sound and image quality.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 09/26/18

Time 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Grandparents College-Google Slides

Instructor Debbie Anderson

Attend with a grandparent, a special person or on your own to create a presentation on a topic using Google slides on either an iPad or a Chromebook. Receive instruction on how to set-up pages, insert photos, text, hyperlinks and other data info. Learn how to cut and paste from     other sources to put the info into a slide presentation. For vacation and event photos or assignments. Each participant receives a certificate.

Main Campus, Galesburg

M, 10/08/18

Time 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Cost $20 per person or $30 for two


DIY Cell Phone Video

Instructor Brea Cunningham

A beginner’s guide to taking great video on your phone. The course will cover lighting, composition and camera settings so you can make quality videos from your cell phone.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 10/24/18

Time 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Coding Club (for grades 3-6)

Instructor Kirk Mustain

Students new to coding, or those with some knowledge, will receive instruction on a fun coding project to help them become a tech star.  

Main Campus, Galesburg

F, 11/02/18

Time 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



Social Media 101

Instructor Brea Cunningham

Communication has transformed - each platform has it own benefit and this course will focus on Facebook. Course will be tailored to students’ interest. Potential topics: photo albums, how to maximize your profile, building a network and more.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 11/07/18

Time 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Wine Club - in conjunction with

HyVee Wine & Spirits

Representatives from vineyards and local distributors teach the basics of wine education. Registration is required by noon the Thursday before Wine Club. No cancellations, however, a substitute may attend. Must be 21.

Knighs of Columbus, 1556 E. Fremont St., Galesburg

Th, 09/13/18, 10/04/18, 11/01/18

Time 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$25 per class or $69 for all 3 classes


Business as a Force for Social Good

Instructor Matthew Hansen

Business is a complex entity. It is about people, supply chains, and the local or global contexts that allow business to survive. Which means there is no such thing as a socially neutral business. Our businesses are either draining or building up our local economies and supporting citizens, or they are not. The past twenty years has shown us, that despite the many benefits of globalization, there has been a dark side to this “growth.” Small rural communities have been on the brunt end of modernization. To be a for-profit business committed to social good seems as if we have to add another “to-do” to our schedules. But doing good is simple, and it all begins with our axioms. We will discuss four foundational-footings needed to use your business for social good.

The Annex, Galesburg

M, 10/01/18

Time 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  



Slice of the Pie

Instructor Deb Canier

Learn techniques for making a good pie crust, discuss the different types and styles of crust, fillings and decorating the top crust.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 10/11/18

Time 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Day Trips

Princeton, Illinois

September 29

Get ready to explore Princeton! The day begins with a historical tour of Princeton aboard a trolley. After our tour, we will browse the downtown shops and eat lunch at Four and Twenty Café. We will then travel to the Owen Lovejoy Homestead for a guided tour. The Lovejoy property is listed as a National Historic Landmark and was one of the stations on the Underground Railroad. Our last stop will be a visit to Myrtle’s Café & Pie, known for their variety of homemade pies, such as Malted French Silk, Dutch Apple and more! Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Wednesday, September 19. No cancellations past 09/19/18; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 09/29/18

Time 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(sunrise 6:56 a.m./sunset 6:47 p.m.)



Spring Green, Wisconsin

October 8

Join us as we travel to The House on

the Rock in Spring Green. On the self-guided tour, you will have a chance to explore all three building sections of exhibits and displays. You’ll see the original house perched on a chimney rock, the Infinity Room, the world’s largest carousel and more! A visit to The House on Rock involves walking long distances on varied surfaces. Those affected by tight enclosed spaces or a fear of heights may find some areas difficult. The House on the Rock team members are available to provide alternate routes. One 15-minute break will be provided driving to Spring Green. Planned arrival time is 10:00 a.m., departure time is 1:45 p.m. We will stop in Dubuque to dine on pasta, salad and bread at Vinny Vanucchi’s. Cost includes your meal, transportation, and admission to The House on the Rock attraction. Shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Tuesday, September 26. No cancellations past 09/26/18; however, a substitute can attend.

M, 10/08/18

Time 6:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

(sunrise 7:05 a.m./sunset 6:32 p.m.)

$ 90* trip also available to Carthage students - phone the Carthage Branch Campus for further details.


In Your Own Backyard - Tour the Galesburg Police & Fire Departments

October 17

After our tour, we will meet at The Pizza House for lunch. Pizza included in cost. Drinks are separate.

W, 10/17/18

Time 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. tour



Bellevue, Iowa

October 20

A step-on bus guide will provide a historical tour of Bellevue. We will tour Lock and Dam #12 and/or Simply Parker’s BBQ Manufacturer. Eat lunch at a revitalized 175 year old grist mill. A tour of Mont Rest Inn B&B ends the day. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Wednesday, October 10. No cancellations past 10/10/18; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 10/20/18

Time 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(sunrise 7:18 a.m./sunset 6:13 p.m.)



Davenport, Iowa
October 26

Begin the day at the Putnam Museum exploring various areas including the exhibit - Literary    Heroines. The exhibit will examine female characters in fiction and showcase clothing, accessories, and objects similar to those worn and used by the heroines in the books. At noon, we will eat lunch at The Machine Shed in Davenport, Iowa. Enjoy delicious dishes cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients. Following lunch we will travel to the Figge Art Museum to view various artwork including their limited exhibit: French Moderns: Monet to Matisee, featuring 60 works from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet are included for viewing. Our final stop is a visit to Lagomarcino’s Confectionery for a treat. Cost includes transportation and admission to attractions. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Tuesday, October 16. No cancellations past 10/16/18; however, a substitute can attend.

F, 10/26/18

Time 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

(sunrise 7:25 a.m./sunset 6:05 p.m.)



Springfield, Illinois

November 8

In celebration of the Illinois’ Bicentennial, we will travel to our capitol, Springfield. The day begins with a 9:15 a.m. tour of the Dana Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902. Afterwards, we will explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. This museum brings life to Abraham Lincoln’s story through exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. We will eat lunch at a Springfield restaurant favorite before departing. Breakfast items provided at 6:30 a.m. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Monday, October 29. No cancellations past 10/29/18; however, a substitute can attend.

Th, 11/08/18

Time 6:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(sunrise 6:41 a.m./sunset 4:49 p.m.)

$75 * trip also available to Carthage students - phone the Carthage Branch Campus for further details.


Quad Cities

November 17

Attend a Quad Cities tradition - the Festival of Trees! Enjoy 60 beautifully decorated trees, 70 wreaths, and more. Afterwards we will head to The 11th Street Precinct Bar & Grill for lunch. A guided tour of Hauberg Mansion follows with a chance to view their holiday décor. One more surprise stop will conclude the day! Cost includes transportation and admission to attractions. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Please note space is very limited for this day trip as vans will be utilized and not a shuttle bus. Registration required by Wednesday, November 7.   No cancellations past 11/07/18; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 11/17/18

Time 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(sunrise 6:51 a.m./ sunset 4:41 p.m.)


*Any educational day trip activities, dates or times may change with little notice due to inclement weather or other reasons. A decision to cancel will be made as early as possible. The trip may be offered again dependent on other available travel dates. Space is limited for day trips, a minimum of 10 registrations required. Comfortable walking shoes with good tread are recommended, as we walk long distances on varied surfaces. Shuttle bus departs from Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus. Each participant will be required to complete a travel waiver. 

Class Registration Info

Corporate & Leisure College Registration Information


Register By Phone

Galesburg Main Campus,  309.345.3501

The Branch Campus, Carthage  217.357.3129, ext. 7241


Register in Person

Main Campus, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401

The Branch Campus, 305 Sandburg Drive, Carthage, IL 62321

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday


Methods of payment include: Cash, Check (make payable to Carl Sandburg College), Debit/Credit Cards ( American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover)


Payment/Drop/Cancellation Policies

Payment Policies:

Payment in full is due at the time of registration for Leisure College classes.

Dropped Classes & Refunds:

Minimum class size requirements are set prior to the start of each class. Please provide as much advance notice as possible should you need to drop a Leisure College course. Per Carl Sandburg College policy for Corporate & Leisure College, classes dropped the day before a class start date can obtain a one hundred (100) percent refund. Dropping classes the day of class or thereafter will result in a zero (0) percent refund.

Please note that special cancellation dates may apply for educational day trips or other specific course offerings, as identified in the course schedule. For day trips and Wine Club only, you may call to register a substitute after the cancellation date. Refunds will not be provided.

Cancellation Policy:

Sandburg's Corporate & Leisure College reserves the right to cancel classes or educational day trips due to low enrollment numbers or because of other unforeseen circumstances. If a class is cancelled, you will be notified and receive a full refund from the business office. During weather related events, individuals may be prevented from entering campus or off-campus Sandburg facilities. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening Sandburg will be communicated as early as possible through local radio/TV stations, postings to the Sandburg website, and Facebook pages. After registering for a class, any changes to email addresses or phone numbers should be communicated to the Corporate & Leisure office for notification purposes.

Please phone 309.345.3501 with any questions about Corporate & Leisure College's payment, drop or cancellation polices.

Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services

In compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Disability Support at Carl Sandburg College seeks to make the classroom equally accessible to students with disabilities by providing students with tools and accommodations intended to remove barriers imposed by their unique disabilities. Documentation of the specific disability is required. If you are a student with a disability who would benefit from these services, contact the Coordinator of Academic Support, Main Campus in Galesburg, Room B68, 309.341.5262.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Non-Discrimination Notice

Carl Sandburg College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of ADA. It is the policy of Carl Sandburg College that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, national orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state of local laws, shall be discriminated against in employment, in educational programs and activities, or in admissions. The College will direct individuals to resources for English language proficiency so that the lack of English proficiency will not be a barrier for future employment, admissions and participation in CTE programs. Career and technical education courses/program offerings and admission criteria are on our web site, Programs Degrees, or by calling 309.341.5234.

Title IX Coordinator: Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Jake Runge, 309.341.5262

Teaching Opportunities

Sandburg's Leisure College offers classes at various locations throughout the district and include non-credit general interest classes intended for personal growth and enjoyment. Prospective instructors do not need teaching credentials, however, they should be driven to share their skills and be comfortable speaking to a group of students. Class lengths vary depending on the the content and instructor availability. Two class schedules are produced each year for Fall (August - December) and Spring/Summer (January - July). Class subjects could include the following:








Home Decor or Improvement







Car Care & Repair

Retirement Planning


College Savings Plans



Foreign Language

And More! Class ideas are always welcome.

For more information, send an email to srucker@sandburg.edu or phone 309.341.5330. Course proposals may be submitted to Carl Sandburg College, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, IL 61401 or by email to srucker@sandburg.edu. Click on course proposal and fill in all information fields for review.