Miscellaneous/Hobbies and Interests

Target Audience Codes: 

GS - Grade Schools
HS - High Schools
AG - Adult Groups

MON/RAND - Speaker will travel to Monroe/Randolph Counties  


Aircraft Ownership and Operations

Ever want to lease or own personal aircraft?  Unsure about the legal and tax guidelines affecting owners?  Find out all you need to know to protect yourself when buying or selling aircraft.  Aircraft insurance and personal minimums will also be discussed.

Linwood Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG

MON/RAND

Airport Operations for Aircraft Owners

This informative discussion led by a certified airport manager will cover the dynamics of operating at controlled and uncontrolled airfields as well as aircraft lease and hangar tie down agreements.

Linwood Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG

MON/RAND  

Aviation Safety for Aircraft Owners

An informative session offering tips on what you must know about safety guidelines for aircraft owners.  Learn the pros and cons of simulators.  The FAA New Wings Program will be explained by a retire USAF aviator and private pilot.

Linwood Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG  

MON/RAND

Basics of Floral Design

In this session you will learn basic floral design to create lovely centerpieces. Treat yourself and learn quick and simple ways to make your own arrangements.

Debra Donze, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS  

Cribbage

Cribbage is a card game played by 2-6 people and is very easy to learn. It is a game that is enjoyed by many people and a good game to pass the time. This hands-on demonstration is a fun and easy way to learn cribbage.  There is a cribbage club in the Belleville area that meets once a week.

John Bilski, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG 

MON/RAND

Disaster Preparation and Planning

Where will you go when disaster strikes? What type of information and supplies will you need to survive the first three days following a disaster? Learn how to prepare a disaster plan for you, your family, and your pets.

Lois LaFleur, Community Education Coordinator, SWGCC (Red Cross Certified)

Target Audiences:  AG  

Disaster Preparedness

Are you prepared for a disaster? How to prepare for an earthquake or any natural disaster, and how to react when one occurs.   How do you prepare elderly and disabled relatives and friends?

Sharon Sea Hamilton, PSOP Assistant Director

Target Audiences:  AG, GS, HS  

Discover the Metro/St. Louis Area

Debbie will share fun and exciting places to go and things to do in the St. Louis metro area, especially the "free ones." Many places have been highlighted on Show Me St. Louis.

Debra Donze, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  GS, HS, AG 

Driving Tips for Better Gas Mileage

With the high cost of gasoline, many drivers would like to improve their gas mileage.  This presentation gives clear and concise information on how to get the best possible fuel mileage regardless of the type of vehicle a motorist may be driving.  Extend the time between fill-ups now!

Dale Yaeger, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS, Technical Schools 

MON/RAND

Driving the Toyota Prius Hybrid Car

Will your next vehicle be a hybrid gas/electric vehicle?  This presentation discusses the ownership and pleasure of driving the Toyota Prius, and, despite over-inflated EPA gas mileage estimates, it IS possible to approach or exceed 60 mph mileage with the Prius.  Now is the time to learn if your next vehicle should be an environmentally friendly hybrid vehicle which we have heard so much about.

Dale Yaeger, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS, Technical Schools 

MON/RAND

Exploring Creativity

Everyone is creative in his or her own special way. Learn to unleash your hidden creativity and make beautiful things using common items from your yard and cupboard. You may never throw another jar away!

Debra Donze, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, GS, HS  

Fun with Fallacies

Do you ever find yourself scratching your head after hearing a politician's argument for his/her position or after seeing a television ad for some product or service?  Does the reasoning process seem a bit peculiar?  Maybe you're picking up on a fallacy!  Did the speaker use loaded language, beg the question, or commit the ad Hominem fallacy?  Learn to recognize some common fallacies in everyday situations and to have some Fun with Fallacies!

Katherine Witzig, Philosophy Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS  

Genealogy & U.S. Census Records

This session teaches how to use census records in genealogy.  Learn about the characteristics of a census record, how to use the information to further your research and where to locate census records.  A PowerPoint presentation will be used and includes hand-outs on genealogy resources.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training & Development
Target Audiences:  AG  

How Much Is That? Two Chickens, Please.

This session will show the evolution of money, from barter to electronic transfer. What do shells, furs, metal and chocolate (cocoa) beans have in common? They've all been used in the past as money! Coins from different countries and time periods will be shown.

Jana Ross, Biology Lab Technician

Target Audiences:  AG, HS, GS (2nd-8th) 

MON/RAND

Metal Detecting:­ Hobby or Vandalism?

Learn how some metal detectors have made astonishing contributions to our knowledge of history and prehistory; others have destroyed unique archaeological evidence pursuing souvenirs. This is a PowerPoint presentation focusing on the British situation.

Geoffrey Barratt, Auxiliary Services Director

Target Audiences:  AG, HS 

MON/RAND 

Stamp Collecting

Why collect stamps? Learn the history, geography, what stamps are valuable, stamp shows and the different stamp societies to join from a collector with 50 years experience about the art of stamp collecting. Postcards, plate blocks and topics such as stamps with flowers, different subjects, animals, cars, sailing vessels and airplanes will be discussed.

John Bilski, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, GS, HS 

MON/RAND

Synthetic Oil Change

This discussion of Amsoil synthetic motor oil and comparisons between traditional motor oil and synthetic motor oil is appropriate for all who seek better performance, economy and cost savings. A timely topic!

Dale Yaeger, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS, Technical Schools 

MON/RAND

"The Baby Blue Lady Bug"

The story of "The Baby Blue Lady Bug" was chosen by Disney World as the Millennium Dreamer book. Turn nature and recycled items into art.

Debra Donze, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG  

Understanding Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Was J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" a social commentary, a political allegory, an environmental warning or simply a really good fairy tale? Van Plexico deconstructs the trilogy (plus "The Hobbit") to explore why Tolkien wrote it, what he sought to accomplish with it and why it has endured as one of the best-selling book series ever, as well as forming the basis for Peter Jackson's remarkable, Oscar-winning movies.

Van Plexico, Faculty

Target Audiences:  AG, HS 

MON/RAND