Havencrest Castle - Savanna, Illinois

Leisure Course Schedule & Registration Information

Leisure College courses are held at various locations throughout the district and include non-credit general interest classes for personal growth and enjoyment. Our educational day trips offer unique travel locations and discoveries you will be discussing long after you arrive home. Class and day trip schedules are published twice a year. Please contact us to be added to our mailing list or to provide class and educational day trip ideas!

Corporate & Leisure College: 309.341.5330 or community@sandburg.edu

Photo: Havencrest Castle, Savanna, Illinois - May 2019 Corporate & Leisure College Educational Day Trip

Galesburg - Main Campus Classes

Titanic's Passengers (Evening Presentation) - December 3, 2020

Titanic's Passengers

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $7

Location: Zoom video conference

Learn about some of the passengers aboard the ill-fated ocean liner including information on survivors who resided in Galesburg and Biggsville.

Instructor: Stacey Rucker

Phone 309.345.3501 or send an email to community@sandburg.edu for more information or to register.


Tea Time with Stacey - December 8, 2020

Tea Time with Stacey

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time: 9-9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend; pre-registration is required

Location: Zoom Video Conference

Locate your favorite tea cup or coffee mug and join Stacey Rucker, Director of Corporate & Leisure College, for tea and conversation on Tuesday, December 8 at 9 a.m.

We'll discuss what's new with Corporate & Leisure, holiday recipes to share, and how you have been spending your time the past few months. Connect with your community education family! Send an email to community@sandburg.edu by 5 p.m. on December 7 to receive the Zoom video conference link.


Introduction to Excel - December 8, 2020

Introduction to Excel

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Cost: $20

Location: Zoom Video Conference

This virtual course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn Excel. No prior knowledge of Excel is required. Learn how to setup an Excel spreadsheet, edit the worksheet (including inserting/deleting cells, columns, and rows), and cell formatting. You will also learn how to perform calculations, build simple formulas and use some of Excels built in functions. By taking this class you will gain an understanding of the most widely used business software in the world. This course will be taught using Excel 2016, but all features will work in Excel 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Microsoft Office 365.

A duplicate section will also be offered on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., for $20.

Holiday Movies & Music - December 9, 2020

Holiday Movies & Music

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Cost: $15

Location: Zoom Video Conference

Journey back with us over the past century of film history as host John LeGear showcases
some of the happiest and most memorable holiday moments from classic and popular films.
Join us for songs including a couple of sing along dances and magical movie scenes from
some of the most warmly embraced holiday films of all time, among them “Miracle on 34 th
Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Elf,” “Love Actually,” “Going My Way,” and of course, Bing
Crosby’s “White Christmas.”

Look for more familiar faces like those you may have seen in the film history series
Movie Music Romance that has been touring Lifelong Learning programs at community colleges
and public libraries for the past two years , among them James Stewart, Donna Reed, Danny
Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Tom Hanks, Natalie Wood
and Maureen O’Hara. “Holiday Movies & Music” is a joyous reminder of why we surround
ourselves with loved ones to celebrate the seasons. You’ll be awash in happy memories.

Instructor: John LeGear

Phone 309.345.3501 or send an email to community@sandburg.edu for more information or to register.


Titanic's Passengers (Morning Presentation) - December 10, 2020

Titanic's Passengers

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020

Time:10:00-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $7

Location: Zoom video conference

Learn about some of the passengers aboard the ill-fated ocean liner including information on survivors who resided in Galesburg and Biggsville.

Instructor: Stacey Rucker

Phone 309.345.3501 or send an email to community@sandburg.edu for more information or to register.


Carthage - Branch Campus Classes

Carthage Classes:

If you are interested in being added to the mailing list to stay updated on community education classes and day trips, please phone 217.357.3129 x. 7243. 


Register in person:

Carl Sandburg College

The Branch Campus

305 Sandburg Dr.

Carthage, IL 62321


Questions or to register by phone: 



Leisure College - Community Member Testimonials


Train Station - Princeton, Illinois, Educational Day Trip November 2019

Sandburg trips are so well organized! Hosts provide a schedule that allows for some free time as well as opportunities to learn about local tourist sites and special events. -Sheryl

I thoroughly enjoy taking Carl Sandburg College Corporate & Leisure College classes. I feel that you are never too old to learn new things and the variety of classes offered by Corporate & Leisure provides me with a well rounded education that is fun and keeps me young. I highly recommend these classes for everyone!! - Sue

New sights, sounds, and experiences. Also, the chance to meet new people. -Sam & Pat


Hegeler Carus Mansion - LaSalle, Illinois, Educational Day Trip June 2018

I anticipate field trips with Carl Sandburg College just like school field trips when I was young. I enjoy learning and the camaraderie of others who are curious and a bit adventurous. -Pam

The Conditioning Combo class at Sandburg is an unknown gem...I'm not going to lie, it is tough, but it's tough in a good way. I would not make myself do most of the stuff we do in the class. I continuously feel sore after a class and that is a good thing because I am challenging my bod to work harder. One of the goals of this class is to hit every muscle group. How many of us do that? -Laurie


Anderson Japanese Gardens - Rockford, Illinois, Educational Day Trip May 2016

The day trips offered by Carl Sandburg College are very interesting. Where else can you take a trip to a museum and visit with King Tut? The Anderson Japanese Gardens were fabulous. The peaceful setting of the gardens was so inspirational. I walked away feeling my mind was at rest and my body calm. The food served at their restaurant was delicious. I plan on taking more trips through Carl Sandburg College, a jewel of a school. -Renee

Phone 309.345.3501 or send and email to community@sandburg.edu to be added to our contact list for non-credit community education classes and day trips.

Educational Day Trip Destinations 2015-2019

Corporate & Leisure College Educational Day Trip Offerings 2015-2019


City Trolley Tour, Princeton, Illinois - September 2018

• Spirit of Peoria boat excursion - Peoria, Illinois

• John Deere Pavilion, Bierstube Restaurant - Moline, Illinois

• Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Maldaner's Restaurant - Springfield, Illinois

• WQAD News 8 TV studio tour, TaxSlayer Center tour, Barley & Rye Bistro, Chocolate Manor - Moline, Illinois & Davenport, Iowa

• Putnam Museum, Machine Shed Restaurant - Davenport, Iowa

• Antique Archaeology, Buffalo Bill Museum, Mississippi River Distillery Company, Sneaky Pete's Woodfire Grille - LeClaire, Iowa

• Bishop Hill Museum, Colony Church, PL Johnson's Restaurant - Bishop Hill, Illinois

• Anderson Japanese Gardens, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - Rockford, Illinois

• President Grant's home, Galena Brewing Company, The Grateful Gourmet, the Popcorn Factory, Galena Canning Company, Galena's Kandy Kitchen, Cooking Demonstration with the Breakfast Diva - Galena, Illinois

• Epiphany Farms, Anju Above Restaurant, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts tour, Ewing Manor tour, The Chocolatier, Inc. - Bloomington-Normal, Illinois


The Chocolatier, Inc., Bloomington, Illinois - October 2016

• Harvest Cafe, Lincoln Heritage Museum, Postville Courthouse, Railsplitter Covered Wagon - Lincoln, Illinois

• Underbrink's Bakery, St. Francis Church tour, Tiramisu Restaurant, Historic Home Tours, Villa Kathrine tour - Quincy, Illinois

• Festival of Lights Tour, Fired Up Pottery, Firehouse Pizza, The Spotted Cow tour - Peoria, Illinois

• Riverfront Museum: Titanic Exhibit, Kelleher's Irish Pub, Luthy Botanical Garden - Peoria, Illinois

• The Station House Restaurant, Book Club Discussion - Kewanee, Illinois

• Galesburg Radio tour, Pizza House history and lunch - Galesburg, Illinois

• Galesburg's G&M Distributors tour, Pizza Hut - Galesburg, Illinois

• Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum, Basilica of St. Francis Xavier tour, Country Junction Restaurant, Field of Dreams Movie Site, Becker Woodcarving Museum, Boji Sweet Tooth - Dyersville, Iowa

• The Cookery, Washington sites tour - Morton & Washington, Illinois

• Twin Grove Wind Farm tour, CJ's Restaurant, Funks Grove Pure Maple Syrup tour, Funk Prairie Home tour, Funk Gem & Mineral Museum - Bloomington, Illinois

• Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties, Mark Twain Dinette Restaurant, Hannibal History Museum, Rockcliffe Mansion tour - Hannibal, Missouri

• Miss Effie's Country Flowers & Garden tour, Palmer College Mansion, Barrel House Restaurant, Isabel Bloom Studio - Donahue, Iowa & Davenport, Iowa

• Guided-tours of the Communal Kitchen Museum, High Amana General Store, and Homestead Village Church, lunch at Ronneburg Restaurant, browse the shops - Amana, Iowa

• House on the Rock attraction - Spring Green, Wisconsin

• Woodlawn Farm, Annabel Lee's Tea Room, tour of Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan's home, Strawn Art Gallery - Jacksonville, Illinois

• Anderson Japanese Gardens, Fresco Restaurant, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, Curran's Orchard - Rockford, Illinois


Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, Rockford, Illinois - October 2017

• Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Museum, Mexico Lindo Restaurant, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site visit, tour West Branch's historic downtown - West Branch, Iowa

• David Davis Mansion tour, Rosie's Restaurant, Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center, Carl's Ice Cream - Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

• Hauberg Estate tour, German American Heritage Center & Museum tour, 11th Street Precinct Restaurant, Wallace Garden Center, Dot's Pots, Whitey's Ice Cream - Quad Cities

• Scholte Gardens, historical village tour, browse the shops and bakeries - Pella, Iowa

• Underbrink's Bakery, St. Francis Church tour, three historic home tours, Tiramisu Restaurant - Quincy, Illinois

• Brucemore Mansion tour, NewBo City Market, Grant Wood's home tour, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

• Dubuque Arboretum, Betty Jane Candies, Convivium Urban Farmstead, Vinny Vanucchi's Restaurant, St. Luke's United Methodist Church tour, Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey - Dubuque, Iowa

• Boat excursion down the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Hegeler Carus Mansion tour, Reddick Mansion tour - LaSalle, Illinois & Ottawa, Illinois

• Princeton trolley tour, Four and Twenty Cafe, Owen Lovejoy Homestead, Myrtle's Pies - Princeton, Illinois


Myrtle's Pies, Princeton, Illinois - October 2019

• House on the Rock attraction, Vinny Vanucchi's Restaurant - Spring Green, Wisconsin

• In Your Own Backyard: tour of the Galesburg Police & Fire Departments - Galesburg, Illinois

• Lock & Dam #12 tour, Mont Rest Inn B&B tour - Bellevue, Iowa

• Putnam Museum, The Machine Shed Restaurant, Figge Art Museum, Lagomarcino's Confectionery - Davenport, Iowa

• Dana Thomas House tour, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Springfield, Illinois

• Festival of Trees, 11th Street Precinct Restaurant, Hauberg Estate tour - Quad Cities

• Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center - Skokie, Illinois

• Pettengill-Morron House Museum, Avanti's Restaurant, Peoria's Riverfront Museum - Peoria, Illinois

• The Rafters Restaurant, Stephenson County Historical Museum, Little Cubs Field, Lincoln-Douglas Debate site, Union Dairy - Lena, Illinois & Freeport, Illinois

• Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Rockford, Illinois

• Havencrest Castle, Manny's Pizza, George M. Curtis Mansion - Savanna, Illinois & Clinton, Iowa

• Rotary Botanical Garden, Citrus Cafe, Lincoln-Tallman Home tour, Wisconsin Wagon Company visit, K&W Greenery - Janesville, Wisconsin


Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, Wisconsin - June 2019

• Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home tour, Angelo's Pizzeria Restaurant, John Deere Historic Center - Dixon, Illinois

• Living History Farms, The Machine Shed Restaurant, Terrace Hill tour, Salisbury House & Gardens tour - Urbandale, Iowa & Des Moines, Iowa

• Her Majesty's English Tea Room, John C. Flanagan House Museum tour, Holland's Mercantile visit - Dunlap, Peoria, and Washington, Illinois

• Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center, Grandpa John's Cafe, browse the shops, Nauvoo Temple - Nauvoo, Illinois

• Train travel to Princeton: Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Library tour, browse the shops, Myrtle's Pies - Princeton, Illinois

• Library Crawl: visit local public libraries in Galesburg, Maquon, Williamsfield, and Altona. Henn House BBQ lunch.

• Lincoln National Weather Service tour, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Lincoln Heritage Museum, Abe's Carmelcorn Shoppe - Lincoln, Illinois

• Woodland Palace tour, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, author presentation - Kewanee, Illinois & Bishop Hill, Illinois

• Festival of Trees, Biaggi's Restaurant, Vrooman Mansion tour, Kightlinger Antiques & Collectibles - Bloomington, Illinois & Kickapoo, Illinois 

Class Registration Info

Corporate & Leisure College Registration Information

Methods of payment include: Cash, Check (make payable to Carl Sandburg College), Debit/Credit Cards   (American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover)


Register By Phone

Galesburg Main Campus,  309.345.3501

The Branch Campus, Carthage  217.357.3129, ext. 7237


Register in Person

Main Campus, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401

The Branch Campus, 305 Sandburg Drive, Carthage, IL 62321

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday




Payment/Drop/Cancellation Policies

Payment Policies:

Payment in full is due at the time of registration for Corporate & Leisure College classes.

Dropped Classes & Refunds:

Minimum class size requirements are set prior to the start of each class. Please provide as much advance notice as possible should you need to drop a Leisure College course. Per Carl Sandburg College's policy for Corporate & Leisure College, classes dropped the day before a class start date can obtain a one hundred (100) percent refund. Dropping classes the day of class or thereafter will result in a zero (0) percent refund.

Please note that special cancellation dates may apply for educational day trips or other specific course offerings, as identified in the course schedule. For day trips only, you may call to register a substitute after the cancellation date. Refunds will not be provided.

Cancellation Policy:

Sandburg's Corporate & Leisure College reserves the right to cancel classes or educational day trips due to low enrollment numbers or because of other unforeseen circumstances. If a class is canceled, you will be notified and receive a full refund from the business office. During weather-related events, individuals may be prevented from entering campus or off-campus Sandburg facilities. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening Sandburg will be communicated as early as possible through local radio/TV stations, postings to the Sandburg website, and Facebook pages. After registering for a class, any changes to email addresses or phone numbers should be communicated to the Corporate & Leisure office for notification purposes.

Please phone 309.345.3501 with any questions about Corporate & Leisure College's payment, drop, or cancellation policies.

Teaching Opportunities

Sandburg's Leisure College offers classes at various locations throughout the district and includes non-credit general interest classes intended for personal growth and enjoyment. Prospective instructors do not need teaching credentials, however, they should be driven to share their skills and be comfortable speaking to a group of students. Class lengths vary depending on the content and instructor availability. Two class schedules are produced each year for Fall (August - December) and Spring/Summer (January - July). Class subjects could include the following:








Home Decor or Improvement







Car Care & Repair

Retirement Planning


College Savings Plans



Foreign Language

And More! Class ideas are always welcome.

For more information, send an email to srucker@sandburg.edu or phone 309.341.5330. Course proposals may be submitted to Carl Sandburg College, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, IL 61401, or by email to srucker@sandburg.edu. Click on the course proposal and fill in all the information fields for review. 

Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services

In compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Disability Support at Carl Sandburg College seeks to make the classroom equally accessible to students with disabilities by providing students with tools and accommodations intended to remove barriers imposed by their unique disabilities. Documentation of the specific disability is required. If you are a student with a disability who would benefit from these services, contact the Coordinator of Academic Support, Main Campus in Galesburg, Room B68, 309.341.5262.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Non-Discrimination Notice

Carl Sandburg College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of ADA. It is the policy of Carl Sandburg College that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, national orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, shall be discriminated against in employment, in educational programs and activities, or in admissions. The College will direct individuals to resources for English language proficiency so that the lack of English proficiency will not be a barrier for future employment, admissions, and participation in CTE programs. Career and technical education courses/program offerings and admission criteria are on our web site, Programs Degrees, or by calling 309.341.5234.

Title IX Coordinator: Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Jake Runge, 309.341.5262