The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach hosted the 28th Lifelong Learning Conference on April 21 on the Canton Campus, welcoming attendees, speakers, and resource fair vendors.

“It’s always wonderful to welcome this group of enthusiastic learners!” said Andrea Barbknecht Director of the SRC Canton Outreach Center. “It’s nice seeing old and new friends!”

Rick Klinedinst started off the day with “Lincoln: Assassination Attempts,” of which there were eleven.  Other educational sessions included information on the Canton Park District from Amanda Atchley, Yoga 101 with Nathan Taylor, 7 Canton Women of Note by Kathy Myers, Cheryl Bielema, Janice Bruster and Hannah Cox; The Amazing Theodore Roosevelt by Stan Ransom; It Played in Canton by Kevin Stephenson; Safe Banking 101 by Rick Klinedinst, Mitch Coonradt and Susan Baldwin; Carnation Creations by Christine Wright; and Travel to Egypt with Mike Delligatti.

“This event is a collaboration between our Community Leadership Academy graduates and many local experts and enthusiasts. We have a lot of talent right in our back yard!” Barbknecht said.

The event was co-sponsored by MidAmerica National Bank. Other sponsors included Western Illinois Home Health Care, Fulton County Housing Authority, The Clayberg Nursing Center, Beacon of Hope Hospice, Spoon River Home Health, Courtyard Estates of Canton, and Renaissance Care Center.

Attendees enjoyed a soup and sandwich buffet that was catered by the SRC Sandbar Café.

The next Lifelong Learning Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2023, and a Community Leadership Academy is scheduled for the summer of 2023.

Photos of the event can be viewed on the Spoon River College Community Outreach Facebook page. For more information about the classes and events offered through the Office of Community Outreach, visit, their Facebook page, or call (309)649-6260.