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.

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 

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Fitness Classes/Fitness Center

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. 

(call regarding dates)

**Prior to beginning any fitness program, individuals should contact their physician for medical evaluation and clearance to participate.

Self-Improvement and Health


School of Walk

Join a Cottage Rehab & Sports Medicine employee to learn about walking posture. This class 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 to view spring’s beauty.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 05/08/19

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






American History at Hollywood Speed

Instructor John LeGear

Journey through the past 105 years of American history, from the start of World War I thru present day, in this picture-packed live presentation of news, movies and pop culture that captures the ebb and flow of the U.S. on the move. “American History at Hollywood Speed” features 500 historically-rich photographs punctuated by 44 Hollywood film clips that reflect some of the most memorable moments in our lifetime. This fact-based, non-partisan 3-hour seminar is divided into two chapters with an intermission. Ample time will be provided to the audience for Q&A and discussion.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 04/09/19

Time 1:00 p.m. - 4:00.pm.



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 teams and ball players. This 2-hour course will introduce you to a fascinating history of early baseball. Did you know that the Chicago Cubs came to play the Monmouth Browns in both 1909 and 1910 - and almost beat them?

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 04/11/19

Time 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.



A Book by Me Program

Instructor Deb Bowen

A Book by Me is a literacy project for youth, which includes interviewing an individual in order to write and illustrate a 10-page book on their life. Students document the true stories of Holocaust survivors, WW II soldiers and eyewitnesses, and heroes. Deb Bowen began the program in 2003 to preserve the stories of three Jewish Holocaust survivors - each named Esther. Deb will explain how the program has grown; her passion for documenting history and the extraordinary stories she has learned along the way. Deb will be collecting purses and supplies for her Purses for Purpose program. If interested in contributing, please inquire at the time of registration.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 04/16/19

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



Sandburg Mall

Receive a historical overview of Sandburg Mall from its construction to its stores and events. Take a stroll down memory lane to reflect on the “yellow brick road,” Sidewalk Sales, Talking Christmas Tree, and more. Who recalls Tiffany’s Bakery, Garcia’s Pizza, or Circus World? Students are encouraged to share their own memories. Facilitated by mall shopper and employee, Stacey Rucker.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 04/25/19

Time 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



Day Trips


Rockford, Illinois

May 4

The NEA Big Read in Galesburg will focus on When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka during the month of April 2019. Sandburg’s Corporate & Leisure College is proud to partner with the Galesburg Public Library and offer an educational day trip in celebration of the book. Join us as we travel to Rockford and enjoy a self-guided tour of Anderson Japanese Gardens. Built in 1978, the Gardens contain 12 acres of beautiful landscape featuring waterfalls, lush foliage, and various flower species. Walk through peaceful pathways where you will be inspired by calmness and feel rejuvenated seeing the splendor of spring. May 4th is opening day with live music performances and various vendors. At noon, we will dine at a local Japanese restaurant. (*please note: Based on restaurant group seating availability, we may break into two separate groups). Our next stop is a visit to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. First established in 1910, you can take a narrated tour of the Garden aboard the Klehm Express, a covered shuttle with seating for 10-12. While one group tours Klehm, a second group will be seated inside to participate in a book discussion of When the Emperor was Divine. Book description: "On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-fatally begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. Told from five points of view, it conveys the emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism." Free copies of the book will be available at the Galesburg Public Library. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Wednesday, April 24. No cancellations past 04/24/19; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 05/04/19

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



Savanna, Illinois & Clinton, Iowa

May 18

In 1976, Mr. and Mrs. Alan St. George purchased a historic home and transformed it from 22 rooms to 63. Take a rare opportunity to visit and tour the extraordinary Havencrest Castle. Closed to the public for the last three years. The self-guided tour includes an optional audio program that can be accessed on your personal cell phone. A visit to Havencrest Castle involves narrow walkways, inclines, and stairs. (No elevator). For lunch, we will dine at Manny’s Pizza in downtown Savanna. Succeeding lunch, we will drive 30 minutes to Clinton for a tour of the George M. Curtis Mansion. The house is of brick veneer construction built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The mansion’s guided tour will be an hour in length. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Wednesday, May 8, 2019. No cancellations past 05/08/19; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 05/18/19

Time 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Janesville, Wisconsin

June 4

Get ready to explore Janesville! The day begins with a guided-tour of Rotary Botanical Garden. Lunch will follow at Citrus Café. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the Lincoln-Tallman Home with an interactive demo. A visit to Wisconsin Wagon Company and K&W Greenery complete the day. Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Friday, 05/24/19. No cancellations past 05/24/19; however, a substitute can attend.

Tu, 06/04/19

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



Dixon, Illinois

June 15

Dixon, Illinois offers something for everyone! The morning begins with a guided-tour of Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home. A visit to the Northwest Territory Historic Center follows with a chance to view exhibits including the Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Walgreen history rooms. Two Smithsonian affiliated displays, An Unchanged Land, Native American/Black Hawk War and The Changing Land, Early American Farming are also featured. For lunch, we will dine at Angelo’s Pizzeria for pizza buffet and salad bar. Our final stop will be the John Deere Historic Center. Take a step back in time and see John Deere’s home, blacksmith shop, and more! Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. Registration required by Wednesday, June 5, 2019. No cancellations past 06/05/19; however, a substitute can attend.

Sa, 06/15/19

Time 7:15 a.m. - 5:45 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. No open-toed shoes. Walking shoes with good tread are recommended, as we may walk long distances. Participants are required to complete a travel waiver. Shuttle bus departs from Sandburg’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence.



Landscaping - Fact or Fiction

Instructor Chris Enroth

With our ever-expanding technology and connectedness, we have more information readily available than any human society in history. In our swirling whirlpool of digital communications, it can be hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. Join University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth as we dispel landscaping myths of products, trends, and management strategies and get to the science  of gardening.

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 04/10/19

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



Wine, Food, & Fun

Wine Club - in conjunction with HyVee Wine & Spirits

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

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

Th, 03/07/19, 05/06/19, 06/06/19

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

$25 per class or $69 for all 3 classes


In Your Own Backyard: Hidden Hills Vineyard & Winery

Visit Knoxville’s new winery and hear how the owners got their start, learn about their wine assortment, and try a wine sample. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Hidden Hills Winery, 120 Hidden Drive, Knoxville

Tu, 04/23/19

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



Farm-to-Table Dining

Instructor Laura Ann Lytle

Join us for an evening of fresh tastes at Walnut Grove Farm. Chef Laura of Two Tomatoes Kitchen will focus on the food that grows around us and how to incorporate them into your everyday meals. You will get the chance to gather foods from the gardens and participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration that will include sampling.

Walnut Grove Farm, 1455 Knox Station Road, Knoxville

Tu, 06/11/19

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

$25 (supplies included)


Informational Series

Getting Your Ducks in Order

A practical discussion of what you need as you grow older to get your “stuff “ in order: Legal documents, finances, insurance, healthcare and family - and why it’s all important. Class led by GolderCare staff.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 04/04/19

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



Leaving Home Doesn't’t Have to Mean Nursing Home

Your long-term care journey begins with a single step. Knowing what next step is appropriate for your level of care is an important decision. Class led by GolderCare staff.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 04/11/19

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



Planning After An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Making sure you have the correct documents and planning in place is important for you and those that care for you. Class led by GolderCare staff.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 05/02/19

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



Benefits: Insurance, Medicare and Public Entitlements

Learn about how understanding your insurance (long-term care, life insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) can help optimize your savings options and add quality of life. Class led by GolderCare staff.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 05/09/19

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



Corporate Classes

Make Conflict Your Friend

Instructor Mariangela Maguire

Most of us avoid conflict at all costs. The word itself makes us queasy and anxious, however, conflict is essential for making high-quality decisions. Learn to identify useful conflict, how to promote conflict that improves decision-making, and how to address conflict that is not productive.

The Annex, 209 E. Main St., Galesburg

Tu, 04/23/19

Time 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Leadership for All

Instructor Mariangela Maguire

We often think that leadership in a group belongs to just one person. However, the most effective groups allow each person to contribute to moving the group closer to its goals. Learn the roles members can play that will contribute to group productivity and allow each person to shine.

The Annex, 209 E. Main St., Galesburg

Tu, 05/07/19

Time 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Customized Computer Classes

New computer? Worried about cyber security? Interested in social media? If you are looking for answers to your tech questions, we may be able to assist! Contact us about instructors who can work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and have you moving forward in no time. Customized classes work great for  individuals with busy schedules who have limited time to attend structured class meetings.  For information about class topics and pricing, phone 309.345.3501 or email community@sandburg.edu.

Class Registration Info

Corporate & Leisure College Registration Information

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


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




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.