Senior Citizen Programs

Older student sculpting art pieceEastern Iowa Community Colleges offer a wide range of Continuing Education classes specifically intended for older students.

These include such diverse topics as gardening, history, trips and tours, physical fitness and more. In addition to those classes designed just for older adults, many of our traditional Continuing Education classes will interest seniors as well. See the current schedule of classes below.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges also offers a Plus 50 program for those 50 years or older to take credit classes, earn certifications and even finish degrees.

For more information in the:

  • Clinton/Maquoketa area
    563-244-7040

  • Muscatine area
    563-288-6165

  • QuadCities area
    Gale Roeder
    563-336-3450


Upcoming Classes

FITNESS/WELLNESS

Tai Chi
Meditation in motion, a gentle non-strenuous movement based on ancient principles which may bring about physical and mental relaxation. A great way to improve balance.

6 Wks Thu.
Begins Nov 9
9 - 10:30 a.m.
#189860
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $27

Yoga
Enjoy a class that will leave you feeling relaxed, stretched out and stronger. Please bring your own mat for the floor poses.

6 Wks Tue. Begins Nov 7
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#190185
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22

6 Wks Fri.
Begins Nov 10
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#190120
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22

7 Wks Tue.
Begins Jan 9
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#190067
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

7 Wks Fri.
Begins Jan 12
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#189882
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

Tai Chi for Beginners
This program has been designed for the beginning student ready to learn Tai Chi and also students who want to go back to the basics. You will practice meditation in motion, a gentle nonstrenuous movement based on ancient principles which may bring about physical and mental relaxation. A great way to improve balance.

7 Wks Tue.
Begins Nov 7
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#189865
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

6 Wks Thu.
Begins Nov 9
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
#189869
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22


Body Power for a Healthier You
Muscle toning, flexibility, posture, balance and cardio fitness will be emphasized. Resistance training using body weight, resistance bands, and dumbbells will be incorporatated to help build muscle with control and balance. A few Yoga moves will be added to emphasize flexibility and some cardio exercises from the chair will help improve your heart health. Building a body capable of doing real life activities will be added to the program through functional fitness moves. Teaching the muscles to work together with ease when bending, twisting and lifting are just a few of the benefits received by adding Body Power to your exercise routine. Modifications for all levels of fitness will be given.

6 Wks Mon.
Begins Nov 6
9 - 10 a.m.
#190248
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22

7 Wks Wed.
Begins Nov 8
9 - 10 a.m.
#190243
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

6 Wks Mon.
Begins Jan 8
9 - 10 a.m.
#189864
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $22

7 Wks Wed.
Begins Jan 10
9 - 10 a.m.
#190246
Bettendorf Community Ctr
Cost: $25

The Perfect Exercise Mix
The Perfect Mix provides a combination of stretching, weight training (dumbbells provided) and a low impact cardio workout all in one class. Improve your cardiovascular system, flexibility and strength with the Perfect Mix. Cost: $25

7 Wks Tue.
Begins Nov 7
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
#190236
Bettendorf Community Ctr

7 Wks Tue.
Begins Jan 9
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
#190237
Bettendorf Community Ctr

Move to the Beat With Zumba Gold?
Move to the music that we like best, with low impact moves that are fun and rewarding. If you enjoy music and want exercise, this is the perfect combination. Dance on in and we'll have fun. Cost: $22

6 Wks Fri.
Begins Nov 10
9 - 10 a.m.
#189857
Bettendorf Community Ctr

6 Wks Fri.
Begins Jan 12
9 - 10 a.m.
#189859
Bettendorf Community Ctr

COMPUTERS

Internet
Learn how to browse, shop, bank, and much more. What's safe and what's not. Cost: $29

2 Wks Wed.
Begins Oct 25
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
#187306
West Davenport Ctr

LEARN WITH LUNCH 

 

Spirits of Halloween/Ghost Stories
Ghosts may be friendly, some are troubled and others are mischievous! Steve Holland, Muscatine Community College, English Composition Professor emeritus and Story Teller also has a curiosity about ghosts. He will relate tales about ghosts that have been reported in Iowa. (Lunch included) Cost: $22

Thu. Oct 26
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#187690
The Outing Club

 

Scandal At Midnight
From Rev. William Lloyd Clark’s shocking 1908 Expose of the floating log whore houses once tethered on the Davenport levee, to the City Council’s ingenious plan to impose a “sin tax” on Davenport “Ladies of the night” and saloon keepers (Davenport’s first TIF district!), Madam Karen Rose will lift the forbidden curtains of “Bucktown” for a peek into the dark and dusky back rooms of some of Davenport’s most infamous turn-of-the-century saloons and gambling parlors. WARNING-Nude photos of bare ankles, necks and elbows will be displayed! (Smelling salts available, upon request) LADIES WILL KINDLY REMOVE THEIR HATS GENTLEMEN WILL REFRAIN FROM SPITTING ON THE FLOORS PISTOLS MUST BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR ABSOLUTELY NO HORSES PAST THE LOBBY! (Includes Lunch) Cost: $22

Thu. Nov 2
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#188856
The Outing Club

Turkey Notes
"Turkey rage, Turkey sage, Turkey dressed takes center stage. Around the table, sweet potatoes, dill pickles, pie you and I." Come and take part in the unique Davenport Tradition of Turkey Notes. The history of Turkey Notes and the rhymes will be discussed by Davenport Poet Dick Stahl. Then write your own. "It's time for family, feasting and fun, So let your airy, nimble fingers run. Three or four lines that laugh, arrest and grin. To spice the air with rhythmic, rhyming din, And soothe the bird with spikey, festive flair. Choose a diner and smart the cousin's air, Roll each note and wrap in brown paper spare. Tie a bow center tight, Scissor ends like wings, And let the missive fly until it silly sings. "Keep it simple," Miss Quinn in third and fifth said. "Don't make your sister's face blush or burn red." Keep the origin of the Notes unknown: Just put it on the table with voice full-blown. Remember this word fest lives like hot spice, So add ingredients that tickle her thrice. And if you scare the truth a little bit, You'll find it when you make a solid hit. Your creations all in jest --- but, Oh so fit!" Dick Stahl. (Lunch Included) Cost: $22

Thu. Nov 16
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#189094
The Outing Club

Down on the Farm
Enjoy the nostalgia of the holiday season as Margo Hanson reminisces with stories of her childhood on a rural Scott County dairy farm in the 1960's. (Lunch Included) Cost: $22

Thu. Dec 7
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#189112
The Outing Club

Where the West Begins: “Sodbusters and Indians Collide on the Iowa Frontier”
When the Black Hawk Purchase opened Scott County to settlement in 1833, eighty three percent of what would one day become the state of Iowa over a decade later was still occupied by thousands of Indians. Well into the 1850’s, small bands lived in the bullrushes near Nahant or on isolated prairie groves under the protection of sympathetic farmers. The government’s rush to “farmer” a territory so vast that they could not adequately “soldier” it set the stage for the cataclysmic culture clash between the one thousand covered wagon settlers who were rolling across frontier Iowa each week and the thousands of Native Americans who still called Wisconsin Territory home. As one of the disgruntled white squatters living in Black Hawk’s vacant Saukenuk Indian Village lamented, “Ten settlers-and ten thousand Indians!” Pioneer diaries and oral histories were filled with firsthand recollections of Grandma’s “Indian warning bell rope” hanging from the rafters of the barn (Marquette & Lombard St.), John Spencer donning a pair of hanging wooden ice skates to power himself through a large band of Winnebagos migrating across winter ice along his 80-mile mail delivery route to Galena, or heroic tales of Mrs. Christian Kober executing her most effective frontier defensive maneuver-hiding behind the bed all day while Indians commandeered her cabin’s fireplace to roast a deer for their evening meal (53rd St. & Eastern Ave.). Over time, the culture clashes which separated settlers and Indians became the key to drawing them together. Every new-fangled invention settlers drug out of their wagons became the source of much amusement to the Indians and engendered camaraderie for all, despite the language barrier. As a result, the Indian presence was permanently written into settler accounts of some of Davenport’s most historic moments. Join us as we revisit the group of whooping Indians who streaked across town - hanging off of both sides of the first steam engine to ever race down the tracks through frontier Davenport, or relive the day when a group of overly-excited new settlers saddled-up and rode off with a Sac war party - in hot pursuit of a band of hostile Sioux Indians who were laying in ambush at what today is Oakdale Cemetery. (Lunch Included) Cost: $22

Fri. Jan 19
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
#189095
The Outing Club

TOURS

Raft the Mississippi/Sons of Perdition
Davenport's major industry in the 1860's was log rafting and lumbering, there were six major mills between McGregor and the Government Bridge in Davenport. Each Spring's freshet sent hundreds of log rafts hurtling down river, delivering hoards of the notorious "Sons of Perdition" log rafters to our very doorstep. As our 30-mile Mississippi River log rafting adventure moves up the river, we will tour the Robert Christie Mansion in the Village Rafting District; view the lavishly carved parlors of the Frederick Weyehaeuser Mansion in Rock Island; lunch overlooking the Mississippi River at Captain Daniel Dawley's Mansion in LeClaire's Captains District; pay homage to the "Lone Star" rafter; visit the W. J. Van Sant Old Mill House; have tea and dessert in the ornate parlors of lumber baron George Curtis' Mansion in Clinton (town once known as "Lumber Capital of the World"); then visit the Clinton Sawmill Museum-where loggers will fire up the vintage logging and milling machines. An 1860's Mississippi River logging adventure like no other! "Log raft's a-comin' -hide your silver spoons!" (Includes Motor Coach & Admission Fees) Dutch Lunch Cost: $49

Fri. Oct 20
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
#187777
Lower Lindsay Public Parking Lot
(Near the Channel Cat Dock)

Midnight Scandal Tour
Optional Bus Tour of local sites of historic interest after the lecture such as; --Turner's Saloon, Washington Street --Washington Gardens Saloon, Marquette Street --Bucktown Arts Center, W. 2nd street --Tour the Antoine LeClaire House Mansion --Boyler's Blacksmith Shop Saloon (Oldest continuously operating saloon in the state of Iowa) - Cost: $9

Thu. Nov 2
2 - 4:30 p.m.
#188857
The Outing Club


Where the West Begins Tour
The "Sodbusters & Indians" bus tour will take us past old Fort Armstrong blockhouses, where two soldiers were scalped in the 1830’s and where setters fled to safety during the Black Hawk War. We will tour Col. Davenport's 1833 "Rocky Island" home and trading post site which was the hub of a regional Indian fur trade operation. Following our visit to the island, local Indian historian, Ferrel Anderson, will take us on a guided tour of the Haupberg Indian Museum in Rock Island, Ill., where he will read passages from Abraham Miller's 1876 Centennial Manuscript, describing Miller's prairie encounters with Black Hawk and his views on life in Indian country in 1834. Level of physical activity: Moderate Handicap accessible entrances & flat interior walking surfaces at both museums -Staircase required to view second story bedrooms at Col. Davenport House -Picture I.D. required to enter Rock Island Arsenal. Cost: $15

Fri. Jan 19
2 - 4:30 p.m.
#189111
The Outing Club

ENCORE

Enrichment Courses for Retirees
ENCORE= Enrichment Courses for Retirees. This is an opportunity for retirees to come together for a half day of information and education. We have a couple of top-notch speakers scheduled and a Visiting Artist performance by PROJECT Trio so participants are sure to enjoy themselves while learning. Snacks are provided. Call toll free 1-888-336-3907 to register or visit www.eicc.edu for more information. Register soon, space is limited! Cost: FREE

Fri. Oct 20
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
#188199
CCC Maquoketa Center