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Waubonsee Offers Unique Local Experiences This Fall

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Coffee expert Kevin Sinnott will lead an experience on Friday, Sept. 26.

Want to learn to draw cartoons, mix better cocktails, select a better coffee for brewing or a better bottle of wine for entertaining? Or perhaps you’d like to learn to make jewelry, make candy or decorate a cake, while enjoying great company and perhaps some hors d’oeuvres and wine?

This fall, Waubonsee Community College will offer these unique experiences, hosted by local experts, to leave participants with lasting memories and new or improved skills.

Cartooning and Creativity 
The Unique Local Experiences fall 2014 program kicks off Thursday, Sept. 18, with a Cartooning Experience with Steven Fischer, an Emmmy-nominated filmmaker, as well as an award-winning writer, producer, director and cartoonist. From 7 – 9 p.m. at Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Fischer will help participants generate ideas using a range of writing and drawing exercises to develop characters, locations, environments and themes. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Registration for the event will cost $15.

Craft Your Own Cocktails 
On Thursday, Sept. 25, join Michael Olesen, a classically trained bartender and owner of Stockholm’s in Geneva, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Stockholm’s, 306 W. State St., Geneva, for “Craft Your Own Cocktails.” This two-hour experience is designed to help participants master the art and science of crafting and mixing better cocktails. Cost to register is $69, and only 10 spots are available.

Coffee Culture 
On Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-9 p.m., at Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, 30 participants can join renowned coffee expert Kevin Sinnott for “Plunge into Coffee Culture.” Participants will learn from Sinnott how to choose and brew fine coffee. Cost to register is $59.

Cake and Candy 
On Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., 18 participants can learn cake decorating and candy making from the professionals at PME School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, 35 N. Broadway Avenue, Aurora. Participants can enjoy a glass of wine while working side-by-side with their friends to learn to make delicious and beautiful treats. Cost is $49.

The World of Wine 
On Friday, Oct. 10, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room, 227 S. 3rd St., Geneva, 10 participants can join local wine expert Robert Kovacs for “Explore the World of Wine with an Expert.” Participants will be invited to savor the libation as they learn about varietals, pairing and serving wine with Kovacs. The session costs $69.

Jewelry Making Happy Hour
Finally, on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at K. Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Road, Batavia, expert jeweler Karen Hollis will help participants handcraft a beautiful self-envisioned bracelet, while enjoying a selection of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Registration for this experience is limited to 15 participants and costs $59.

To register, visit For more information, call the Waubonsee Community Education Department at (630) 466-2360.