Life Macomb

LIFE Macomb

L.I.F.E. (Learning Is ForEver) is an organization dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost, and enjoyable adult-education experiences. The Macomb L.I.F.E. program is affiliated with the national organization, Road Scholar: Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN). It is independently administered by area residents who develop the courses, select the teachers, establish the fees, and promote the curriculum.


Fall 2021 Course Offerings

REGISTRATION COMING IN AUGUST! The fall line-up will include MANY other classes with more details coming! Stay tuned!


The Armchair Traveler

Class Coordinator: Steve Hopper

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm, SRC Outreach Center

October 14 (The Roberts Family, A Year in China)

See cities they visited from Urumchi in the west to Guangzhou in the southeast, as well as Hangzhou, their city of residence. They will share how they learned the hard way that Hong Kong hasn’t been assimilated to the mainland!

October 21 (Alice & Bill Davenport, Utah Rocks!)

 They loved the rocky National Parks of southeast Utah, as well as some scenic Navajo lands-especially Antelope Canyon. A mix of geology, photography, and exploration made for a trip worth sharing with all of you.  

October 28 (Mary Warnock & Family, Purple Heart Remberance Tour - Germany 2003)

Their itinerary provided them the opportunity to see the Norman Invasion, as pictured in the Bayeux Tapestries, as well as visiting the Monet Giverney Gardens.  Mary will share her impressions of the enormous church in Charte, sampling Parisian ice cream, and touring the finest museums of Paris.

November 4 (Connie LaRue & Candy Duncan, Travel in Spain - The Rick Steves Way!)

Rick Steves, a popular PBS host, author, and outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel, offers a wide variety of tours throughout Europe. We'll point out the highlights and wonders of Spain as we share the details of a journey on a Rick Steves tour.

Each course session will contain different content. Register for whichever session(s) interests you.

Civil War

Larry Balsamo

Dates & Times TBD

This eight week course will be on the coming of the Civil War. More details coming soon! 

Cooking with Harold

Harold Schmalfeld 

 Dates & Times TBD

More details coming soon! 

The Book Club

Connie LaRue

Tuesday afternoons

Dates TBD

Via Zoom


Books TBD

The Crafty Coop

Laci Joy

Dates & Times TBD


Flexibility 101-Get Ready to Feel Better!

Dawn Piper

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:15  - 6 pm, Maximum Enrollment 15

Free Range - South Wing

Can’t touch your toes? Does everything feel TIGHT? No problem! Join Dawn Piper, Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists for a series of movements to help you stretch your body and feel so much better!  No yoga experience is needed.  Bring a mat. Other helpful props are a yoga strap, blocks, blanket if you have them.


Red Skelton Visits Macomb

Tom Stites

Dates & Times TBD


More details coming soon!

Sitting, Standing & Moving Meditation

Bill Maakestad

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-7:45 pm, Maximum Enrollment: 12

Free Range Yoga

If you have the time and desire for peace and quiet, you can learn to meditate!  In this introductory-level class, Bill Maakestad, instructor at Free Range Yoga & Community Wellness Center,  will provide guidance through simple forms of meditation that anyone can master.  In recent decades, medical science has confirmed that meditation, correctly practiced, can offer deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as physical health and well-being.  Comfortable, loose clothing recommended.

Social Media...Web Pages...So Many Choices

Brenda Allison 

October 12 & 19, 9 - 10:30 am, SRC Outreach Center, Maximum Enrollment: 15

Learn what is currently being used for all ages to communicate and the basics on how to setup and where to get help.  What do I want to use and why….Web page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Hangouts, Facetime, Zoom, Snapchat, Tik-Tok? We will explore which device works best…. smart phone, tablet or PC.  1st class will be exploring what is available and 2 nd class will be basic setup and where to get help.

The Greatest Concert Movies of All Time - Part 1

Bill Maakestad

Mondays, Sept. 13 & 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, SRC Outreach Center, Maximum Enrollment: 40

Forget Woodstock !  Sit back, relax and enjoy two outstanding concert films, each featuring some of the finest musicians ever assembled on a single stage. The TAMI Show, filmed in glorious black and white just eight months after The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, introduced rock n’ soul youth culture to America in the first concert movie of the rock era. The music and fun explode off the screen in this 1964 film, which features The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson, Lesley Gore, and many other American and British hit-makers in their prime. Jazz on a Summer’s Day , filmed in 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival, is a feast for both the eyes and ears—whether or not you’re a jazz fan. Gracing the stage are Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Big Maybelle, a very young Chuck Berry, and many other legends who knew how to entertain an audience as well as create terrific music. Background, opinions and memories will be offered for each film—and class participation, along with popcorn consumption, is wholeheartedly encouraged!

Yoga for Better Balance-Chair Based

Dawn Piper

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm, Maximum Enrollment: 15

Free Range - South Wing

Worried about falling? Concerned about your balance? Is it getting harder to walk? Dawn Piper, Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists will teach you a variety of exercises to help you improve the strength of your legs, glutes, and core so you’ll feel more stable.  No yoga experience is needed.  Chairs will be used – we will not get down on the floor for this yoga class.



Due to a change in policy, PayPal will no longer be refunding the transaction fee when course registration fees are refunded due to canellations. However, depending on who makes the cancellation, there will be instances in which the transaction fee will be refunded. When a course is cancelled by the LIFE Organization or Instructor, the PayPal Transaction Fee will be refunded. When a course is cancelled by the LIFE Registrant, even if the cancellation comes within the 30 Day current cancellation policy deadline, the PayPal Transaction Fee will not be refunded.



The LIFE organization is grateful to our sponsor, Western Illinois University's Study Abroad and Outreach Office, and the following community partners and individuals who are committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for area residents:

Free Range Yoga

Make Fit Happen

Steve Hopper

Ed Franks

Connie LaRue

Macomb Park District 

Patricia Eathington

Lakeview Nature Center

Spring Lake Park

Brenda Allison

Western Illinois University