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Interested in Gardening? Photography? The Civil War? Classes are forming now

Interested in Gardening? Photography? The Civil War? Classes are forming now
June 20, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Center for Lifelong Learning JUN2011Lisle, Illinois ~ Want to learn how to grow healthier produce? How to take a dynamite photo of a favorite niece or nephew? Who won the Second Battle of Manassas?

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies – which offers non-credit courses of interest for adults age 55 and over -- is offering classes in vegetable gardening, generals of the Civil War and digital photography.   

Angeline Finnigan, an avid gardener who attends seminars and lectures in order to further knowledge of vegetable gardening and who produced 435 pounds of food in her garden last year, will present "Vegetable Gardening: Moving toward an Organic Garden" from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27.

Learn how to grow and eat healthier produce and the successful strategies needed to move away from pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in a vegetable garden. The cost is $10.

James Weren, a retired commercial artist who uses illustrations to enhance history, will take students on an illustrated trip through the Civil War and the generals who led massive armies into the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil when he presents "The Civil War in General" from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

This illustrated presentation provides an entertaining and informative glimpse at the enigmatic generals on each side and a look at what being a Civil War general was really like. The cost is $10.

Not quite ready for the digital age? Adults are invited to join Aaron Lawler when he presents "Digital Photography: Basics of Image Taking and Composition." The course will help participants learn the ins and outs of digital photography, including the language – what is a megapixel? The course is offered from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, July 16, 23 and 30.

Participants, who will also learn how to take professional-styled photos (compositions using the rule-of-thirds and perspective), must provide their own digital camera (preferably a point-and-shoot of 7 megapixels and optical zoom) or a DSLR. The cost is $25.

The Center for Lifelong Learning requires no tests and there are no grades or admission requirements in this non-credit program. The courses are highly interactive discussions of intriguing topics led by Benedictine University and Moser College faculty, visiting experts and center members.

For more information, go to www.ben.edu/lifelonglearning or call (630) 829-1372.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.