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RAP program at MCC offers fall classes

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 2:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Adults ages 50 and older can engage their mind and body at a diverse selection of classes offered this fall through the Retired Adult Program at McHenry County College.

RAP is a membership-based, noncredit program dedicated to adults ages 50 and older who are active, curious and serious about continually learning. The cost for a one-year membership is $25 renewable every July 1. Only members may register for classes.

• America’s Economic Disasters: From the Panic of 1837 to the Recession of 2008, Americans have suffered and recovered from economic disasters throughout our history. This class will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room E217 at MCC, 8900 Route 14. The cost is $22 for members. Use course ID: NRA S67 010 when registering.

• Burma: Land of Buddhas, Generals and Hope: Explore the mystical temples of Bagan, trace Burma’s complex history of kings, colonialism and generals, probe Burma’s intense faith in Theravada Buddhism and speculate on Burma’s future as a “democracy.”  The class will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room E204 at MCC. The cost is $15 for members. Use course ID: NRA S12 010 when registering.

• Chair yoga – RAP: A four-week session on breathing, stretching, balance and flexibility. This class is designed for students that may have difficulty participating in a mat/floor-based class. Participants will use chairs not only for seated postures, but also as a prop for standing postures and balance. The class will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on four consecutive Thursdays through Oct. 31, in Room A102 at MCC. The cost is $25 for members. Use course ID: NRA S57 010 to register.

• Verdi: This two-hour lecture will focus on how Verdi’s operas can be found in today’s pop culture. The second half of the class will highlight melodies from several other Verdi operas that have been incorporated into venues in our everyday lives. The class meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room D154 at MCC. To register, use course ID: NRA S52 010. The cost is $29 for members.  

To register for any class or to become a RAP member (Course ID: NRA C01 001), call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For information, call Dori Sullens at 815-455-8559.

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