Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

CLR News

Get caught up on the latest news from the Center for Learning in Retirement!


2015 Spring Catalogs

Spring catalogs were mailed on December 19th. They are available throughout the community, on this website and in the CLR office. Assistance with walk-in registrations will begin on Wednesday, January 14th. Mailed registrations will be processed first as they arrive.

New Special Interest Group

CLR has begun offering sessions through the Senior Learning Network, a relatively new organization that presents educational programs online with real-time interaction between the presenter and the audience. Each session costs $5.00 per person, half the rate of a regular CLR one-session class. The first one was about Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasted from the FDR Library in New York City on Monday, October 27th went well and had rave reviews! The plan is to have one each month. If you're interested, contact Mary Cacciatore at (815) 332-2479 or

Quarterly Newsletter

Fall newsletters have gone out! Make sure to read all the wonderful articles introducing the new Committee Leaders, new staff & new programs here at CLR! There's a LOT of information packed in there, don't miss out!! Trips are filling up fast so reserve your spot today.

Bus Trip to Chicago History Museum

There is a bus trip planned for January 28th to the Chicago History Museum. The cost, which includes a buffet lunch at the museum's North & Clark Cafe, is just $69 for CLR members. Print the registration off this website and get it to the office as soon as possible.

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard A. Warrner

Dr. Warrner was an active CLR member and led the "Great Decisions" class for many years. In addition to his many years as a practicing physician, he also has been chair of the Pediatrics Department at Rockford Memorial Hospital and a teacher of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

What's the Word?


Webster's first definition of "holiday is 'holy day' - a day dedicated to religious observances or to a religious festival." And holiday is indeed a combination of "holy" and "day". Of course, there are holidays with no direct religious connection and in British usage a holiday can be "any period of leisure or recreation," or a "vacation". And as an adjective, holiday is synonymous with "joyous" or "merry". So in a way, "happy holidays" is redundant, but it's still a nice thing to say.

Happy holidays!

What's the Word is written by Barry Wood, former Rockford Register Star columnist and CLR Publicity/Media Committee Chairperson.

Auburn High School Choir a Hit at Holiday Party

Eighty-five people were treated to a merry afternoon at the Holiday Buzz Bash on December 3, 2014. The Auburn High School CAPA Chamber Choir led by director Beth Heuer provided the outstanding entertainment – truly wonderful! In addition to enjoying the beautiful holiday music, partygoers had fun playing the card game "Buzz" and savored an array of delicious foods. Some even went home with prizes.