CRYSTAL LAKE – Find edible mushrooms, make homemade beef jerky and dehydrated fruit or learn astronomy or fly fishing with classes offered by McHenry County College’s Continuing Education Department this spring.
• Mushroom Mission: Andy Andresky and Kurt Thornberry will share their knowledge about mushroom varieties, growing areas and how to find local edible mushrooms. The first class is an indoor lecture, and the second class will take place outdoors “on the search” with the instructors. The first class will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. May 16 in Room D152 at MCC, and the second class meets from 8:30 to 11 a.m. May 18 at a location to be announced in the first class. Use course ID: NCU S94 005 when registering. The cost is $36.
• Beef Jerky and Dehydrated Fruit: Participants will learn how to use either a dehydrator or a regular oven to make natural treats. Information on combinations of tasty trail food snacks also will be provided. The class will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 11 at the 1776 Restaurant. The cost is $36. Use course ID: NCU S59 005 when registering.
• How to Use a Telescope: This course is designed for beginning amateur astronomers who wish to learn how to choose a telescope and to locate objects in the sky, including the moon and planets, and deep sky objects and distant galaxies. This hands-on course will allow participants to learn basic concepts in the classroom and then apply those concepts outdoors. Bringing a telescope is encouraged. The class will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday through May 9 in Room E100. The cost is $79. Use course ID: NSP S43 004 when registering.
• Introduction to Fly Fishing: This beginner’s course in fly fishing features the terminology, equipment for different species and situations, flies used, plus different fishing techniques and casts. Students will compare equipment across different levels of quality and price range. Everyone will practice the basic forward cast. Students not wishing to actually catch fish during the practice session may practice one of the more advanced casts the instructor will demonstrate. Students wishing to catch fish will need a valid Illinois license. Although all equipment will be provided, students are welcome to bring their own fly rod setup. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 by the MCC pond. The cost is $35. Use course ID: NRE S36 006 when registering.
To register, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For information, call Tracy Berry at 815-455-8758 or Dori Sullens at 815-455-8559.