CRYSTAL LAKE – Browse through Galena, explore a Germantown neighborhood in Chicago, attend “Wicked” the musical or join a photo safari through the Northwest Territory with one-day trips offered this fall by McHenry County College’s Trips and Tours program.
• German Fest-Chicago: Explore the Old Germantown neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue, affectionately known as “Sauerkraut Boulevard,” to view the picturesque wall mural depicting scenes from the German countryside and browse the quaint European-style stores, bakery and delicatessen. A lunch is included at the Brauhaus, followed by a tour of the DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center. This day trip takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The cost is $99. Use course ID: NST S19 025 when register.
• Autumn in Galena: Enjoy an autumn day in scenic Galena shopping downtown, lunch, along with touring and tasting at Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery. This tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Trip participants will meet in the MCC Commons. The cost is $119 and includes lunch. To register, use course ID: NST S10 004.
• Galena and the Northwest Territory Photo Safari: Take in breathtaking scenery through Northwest Territory that includes visits to a winery, a farmers market, pottery studios, and an alpaca fleece demonstration. Other photo ops will include pumpkins, cobblestone streets, a fall art show, and even an old stockade. An optional hot-air balloon ride is available for an additional fee. This tour departs from Rock Valley Community College in Rockford. Students will be contacted by the Photo Safari Network the week of the safari, with details. This day trip takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12. The cost is $99. To register, use course ID: NST S20 010.
• "Wicked the Musical": The witches of Oz are back by popular demand. Lunch is on one's own before the 2 p.m. matinee. Loge seats. This tour takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and will meet in the MCC Commons. The cost is $149. To register, use course ID: NST S31 010.
To register for any of these trips, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. No refunds are available for any of these trips. For information, call Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782.
CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College’s Trips and Tours program will head to the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday.
Attendees can enjoy seats in the Loge Infield at Miller Park as the Cubs meet the Brewers. Participants can relax on their way to Milwaukee in a motor coach that departs from and returns to the MCC campus at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.
The cost is $69.
To register, use course ID: NST S09 016 by calling the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For information, call Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Area residents can explore creative cooking techniques and recipes at upcoming noncredit culinary classes offered this fall by the McHenry County College Continuing Education Department.
• Tapas Party: Professional chefs will create a menu specializing in the regional cuisine of Spain, including spicy potatoes with special tomato sauce, chicken croquettes, paella iberica, flan and sangria. The class takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. The cost is $65 per person. Use course ID: NCU S51 009 to register.
• Everything Apple: Students will explore creative ways to use a variety of apples and also learn about the varieties and their flavors, texture, use and availability. Students will learn how to make apple tarte tatin, apple hand-held pies and waffle with caramel apple topping. The class takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. The cost is $65 per person. Use course ID: NCU S47 009 to register.
• Autumn Salads and Sides: Participants will learn some quick and easy recipes to add to their family favorites as they explore combinations of fruits and vegetables. The class takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at MCC in Room B179. The cost is $49. Use course ID: NCU S19 009 to register.
• Football Tailgate: Students will dominate their next tailgate party with secrets and tips from Chef Aaron. The class takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at MCC in Room B179. The cost is $53. Use course ID: NCU S55 009 to register.
To register, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For information, call Tracy Berry at 815-455-8758 or Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782.
ELGIN – Tommy Emmanuel, a two-time Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso, will grace the stage of the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Blizzard Theater in the Building H Arts Center, on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive.
Hailing from Australia, Emmanuel was mentored by the legendary guitarist Chet Atkins and has played with Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Richie Sambora, and Frank Vignola.
In all, Emmanuel’s catalog includes more than 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, using both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made six live performance DVDs, two nationally televised PBS specials, six instructional DVDs, and he regularly teaches master classes on the road.
Tickets for the performance are $36. A pre-show dinner prepared by ECC’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality program and served in ECC’s Spartan Terrace Restaurant can be bought for an additional $29. Dinners must be bought in advance of or before Wednesday.
Tickets for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu, at the ECC box office in the Arts Center, or by phone at 847-622-0300. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will celebrate Latino Heritage Month in September and October with special events that recognize the contributions made by Latinos and to celebrate culture and traditions.
The month begins with a Kick-off Fiesta at MCC from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 18 in the commons of Building B at the college, 8900 Route 14. It will feature Latin American food representing multiple countries, Latin American desserts, a hands-on craft activity, live music, and a cultural performance by Danzas Ceremoniales de Mexico.
A special highlight will be a special tribute to Argentina on Oct. 10 for being the first Latin American country to celebrate Dia de la Raza (Day of Race), which recognizes the diversity among Latin Americans.
In addition, more than 200 area high school students on Oct. 4 will attend MCC’s third annual Latino Empowerment Conference, where students will learn about the resources available to all college students, including scholarships and financial aid options, degrees and certificates available and career exploration strategies. Students also will hear MCC Latino alumni share their success stories and listen to “How Education Shapes Your Life” by motivational speaker Enrique Rodriguez of Univision Chicago.
The following activities also are planned for students, faculty and staff:
• Study Abroad Seminar: 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 in Room B166-167. Lindsay Carson, chairwoman of International Studies, will present Study Abroad information for MCC students to explore Costa Rica.
• Urban Gateways Visual Artist Hands-On Workshop: 10 to 11:20 a.m. Sept. 26 in Room B166-167.
MCC students have an opportunity to engage in the Latino artistic process. This learning experience fosters relationship-building, open communication, and meaningful interaction to support creativity, wonder and imagination.
• Study Abroad Seminar: 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 in Room B166-167.
• Urban Gateways Musical Hands-On Workshop: 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room B166-167.
• Dia de la Raza Celebration: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Commons Area. This day unites the Latin American countries founded by Christopher Columbus. This event will feature live entertainment and authentic food tasting. A special tribute to Argentina as being the first country to celebrate Dia de las Raza in 1921 will be featured. A trivia and PowerPoint presentation also are included.
For information about Latino Heritage Month activities, call the Multicultural Programs office at 815-455-7749 or visit www.mchenry.edu/latino.