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Fall 2019
Eau Claire

46. Brighten Your Garden for Fall and Prepare It for Spring
Melissa will share how she keeps the gardens at The Florian Gardens “flowerful” all year long. From tulips to daylilies, hostas to hydrangeas, she will give us ideas for adding something new and beautiful every season. Jenny will demonstrate how to add appeal to containers with fall bloomers. She will reveal featured fall perennials and suggest fall perennial care, lawn care, mowing, and seeding ideas. She will highlight houseplant care as we approach shorter days of light.
Presenters: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral; Melissa Burke, Florian Gardens
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 4 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road

47. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
In 1929, A Farewell to Arms challenged assumptions about war literature, romance, morality, and even the written language itself, establishing Ernest Hemingway’s literary reputation and developing a new approach to prose writing. Ninety years after the novel’s debut, its critiques of technology, politics, humanism, and our perception of nature are as relevant as ever. This session will reconsider Hemingway’s classic novel as a vision of modernity that has always frustrated readers’ expectations and threatened critics’ worldviews. Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Frank Fucile, Visiting Assist Prof, Dept of English, UWEC
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Thursday: September 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

48. Make a Handwoven Biscuit Basket
Learn the techniques of weaving by making this adorable basket, perfect for first time weavers or seasoned weavers. 10”x8”x4” high not including handle. Bring: dish pan or bucket, scissors, pencil, tape measure, clip clothes pins, spray bottle, flat screw driver. See the picture at cvlr.org. After teaching weaving for twenty-five years Shirley says, “Weaving is such great fun, but the camaraderie and friendships that develop can’t be beat!” Limit 12

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Presenter: Shirley Mount
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Monday: September 9 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street
Cost: $20

49. Exploring Southwest Pottery with a Journey through the LaBelle Miller Collection
Reflecting thousands of years of tradition, Native American pottery of the American Southwest is distinctive and highly collectible. Through this presentation, participants will learn about the styles and traditions of Native Southwest pottery by exploring pieces from the LaBelle Miller Southwest Pottery Collection recently acquired by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Greg Kocken, UW-Eau Claire Archivist, will lead this journey and will display select pieces from the collection during the presentation. Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Greg Kocken
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Friday: September 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

50. Old Abe: Eau Claire’s Most Famous Civil War Veteran
On September 6, 1861, a juvenile eagle left Eau Claire with Company C of Wisconsin’s 8th Infantry Regiment (later, the Eagle Regiment). Abe was with the Eagle Regiment for thirty-six battles during the Civil War. We will review the story of Old Abe—his capture, his mustering into the army, his career as a warrior, and his life as a veteran.
Presenter: Tim Hirsch
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: September 18 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 421 South Farwell
51. The Great Norwegian Adventure: Alt for Norge (All for Norway)
This award-winning and extremely popular reality program is in its 10th season on Norwegian TV. The show features Norwegian-Americans participating in challenges relating to Norwegian history and culture and competing to win a cash prize and reunion with their distant Norwegian relatives. Pastor Aaseng shares his adventures of participating in the show’s inaugural season. Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Grant Aaseng, Lead Pastor, Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Friday: September 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

52. Gray Wolf Recovery in Wisconsin: Success or Failure?
Randy Jurewicz, retired WI DNR Wolf Program Administrator, will review the history of wolves in Wisconsin, share the research and management efforts that contributed to the spectacular increase in the wolf population, describe the ecological benefits and social costs of having a recovered wolf population, and lead a discussion about the political warfare that now surrounds Wolf Management In Wisconsin..
Presenter: Randy Jurewicz
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Friday: September 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

53. Mosques, Minarets, Mausoleums, and the Silk Road through the Five Stans
Follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps along the Silk Road, traveling through the “Five Stans” – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan of Central Asia to the borders of China. View some of the finest of Islamic Art. Learn how the “Five Stans” were once the crossroads of the world in wealth and learning.
Presenter: Thomas Barland
Coordinator: Irene Lazda (715) 834-1874
Tuesday: October 1 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Grace Lutheran Church, The Parlors, 202 W Grand Avenue Enter 2nd Avenue Entrance. Park along street or in 2nd Avenue church lot along the white picket fence.
54. Marvelous Monarch Moments
Sharon Daniels and her husband, Dave, left the frozen tundra at the end of February 2019 to discover the green forests high in the mountains of central Mexico where the monarch butterflies overwinter. Join her when she shares her story about this magical butterfly experience. Be prepared to take flight and be amazed by Sharon’s Marvelous Monarch Moments as she recounts her adventure! Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Sharon Daniels
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Tuesday: October 1 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

55. The Climate Crisis: The Critical Next Ten Years and Beyond
Recent landmark reports from the International Panel on Climate Change and the US Global Climate Research Project received virtually unprecedented levels of American media attention. What do these reports tell us of potential future climates here and abroad?  What sort of changes are needed to meaningfully address climate disruption?  What are some of the legislative solutions proposed in the U.S. Congress, and what will it take for them to succeed?
Presenter: Dr. James Boulter, Assoc. Prof Chemistry, UWEC Director, Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, UWEC
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Thursday: October 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, The Parlors, 202 W Grand Avenue Enter 2nd Avenue Entrance. Park along street or in 2nd Avenue church lot along the white picket fence.

56. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and His Native American Media Darlings
Professor Barker will introduce you to the spectacular pageant that was Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, which fascinated millions of spectators here and abroad from 1883 to 1913. Dr. Barker will focus on the Native American actors who traveled abroad to become seasoned world travelers. While they enjoyed the freedom away from the reservation system, they remained prisoners of the romanticized mythology of the American frontier created by journalists and historians.
Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Debra Barker
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: October 9 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

57. Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire
The Foreign Policy Association’s Fall 2019 series seems to be the most interesting yet. The review and discussions of these issues will lead to a broader understanding of the problems and give us some talking points when we enter into discussions. Topics for this fall season are:
October 11…Mindy Merryfield…Global Migration
October 18th..Stan Norman…Middle East
October 25th…Steve Hogseth…Nuclear Negotiations
November 1…Luanne Livingston…Nationalism in Europe
Coordinator: Lou Frase (715) 514-2157
Fridays: Oct 11, 18, 25, and Nov 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

58. Are You Watching out for Your Safety?
Can you identify a safe and not-so-safe situation? Do you have a safety plan? Do you think you communicate effectively? Judi’s twenty-five years at the Eau Claire Police Department and former position as the Director of the Law Enforcement Academy at CVTC give her an understanding of what is important in analyzing situations for safety. She also knows how to teach you how to make that assessment.
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Judi Anibas
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Monday: October 14 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

59. Voices from the Past (A Virtual Tour of Eau Claire’s Tire Museum)
Since Uniroyal closed in 1992, whispers have suggested that this city should have a tire museum. Miller’s documentary is structured like a walking tour through a museum dedicated to the Eau Claire tire plant. The film intersperses historical re-enactments, worker recollections, and actual photos and videos of key points in the plant’s history. His goal was to pay tribute to its role as the major employer in Eau Claire for 75 years. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dennis R. Miller
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Monday: October 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

60. Feed My People Food Bank: Ending Hunger in West Central WI
Through a talk and activities learn about the state of hunger in the Chippewa Valley and the efforts to end it. Then take a tour of the Food Bank’s newly expanded facilities used to accomplish the vital task of delivering food to over 200 area hunger-relief programs. (All sessions involve one flight of stairs. Session D allows the opportunity to participate in a volunteer activity that will require a fair amount of standing.) Please sign up for one session only. Limit 25/session
Emily Moore, Executive Director, and other staff, Feed My People
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday, October 15 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 B 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 C 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 D 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(D includes a volunteer activity)
2610 Alpine Road

61. Bluebird Happiness!
Join experts from The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin for an informative and closeup look at Eastern bluebirds and how nesting boxes are helping save this beautiful bird. Learn details of their life cycle, see examples of houses, and understand their protection strategies. Find out why fall is the best time to set out bluebird houses. Handouts will be provided on nesting schedules, locating and mounting nest boxes, etc. A few bluebird houses will be available for purchase. Limit 20
Presenters: Larry Liegel and Rita Guidry, Eau Claire BRAW members
Coordinators: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Karen Schauer (715) 559-1234
Wednesday: October 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
5857 Prill Road
62. North American Wildlife, Part I
In recent years Joy and Joe Motto have traversed North America, most often with the object of locating areas of abundant wildlife to photograph. They have assembled the photographs of birds and other creatures they encountered in these travels. Since the number of locations and photos was considerable, they divided their program in half. This is Part One. Plan to attend Part Two on Thursday, November 14. Sign up for that class on a separate sign-up sheet.
Presenter: Joe Motto, MD
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: October 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

63. The Refugee Experience After WWII
Two of the refugees of postwar WWII have lived in Eau Claire for many years. Join us as they recount their escape from Eastern Europe, the difficulties that refugees experienced in those times, and the real threats that they and their families faced as they made their way to safety in the West. Paulis and Irene Lazda are retired faculty members from UWEC with both an academic and personal perspective on the post war times.
Presenters: Paulis and Irene Lazda
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Thursday: October 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Grace Lutheran Church, The Parlors, 202 W Grand Avenue Enter 2nd Avenue Entrance. Park along street or in 2nd Avenue church lot along the white picket fence.

64. Life in the Himalayas of India: Home of the Gray Ghost – The Snow Leopard
See the landscape, people, and wildlife of one the most beautiful places in our world. You’ll be at 13,000 feet in the Himalayas of India, see the endangered Snow Leopard, and stand in a village that didn’t have a road until six years ago. Enjoy this through the photography of Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: October 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

65. Forgotten Brewery Caves
Before refrigeration, brewers needed a cave to store and age their products. A few of those caves are still here in western Wisconsin. Dr. Wolter will take you on a photographic visit to numerous brewery caves in our area and relate their stories.  Gangsters, ghosts, endangered bats……and a Mad Poetess will all turn up! One of those caves is a few blocks from Lazy Monk. If you feel able and have sturdy walking shoes, you may experience it after the program. Limit 40
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Monday: October 28 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Lazy Monk Brewery, 97 West Madison

66. The Success and Failure of the “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition in Eau Claire
The author and historian will talk about the struggle in Eau Claire to regulate and prohibit alcohol consumption from the 1870s-1950s but emphasizing the national prohibition of the 1920s. In addition to discussing the lax local enforcement of prohibition, he will look at the continued attempts to control alcohol usage by the means of local option as well as the divisions on the issue based on gender, ethnicity, and economic class. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: October 29 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

67. 2018 – A Year in Photography: Atlantic | Superior | The Southwest
Patty and Jeff Henry present a year in photography from Florida’s Atlantic Coast to Lake Superior and the Red Rock Country of Utah and Arizona. The beauty of Wisconsin’s four seasons also shares center stage. Digital images are accompanied by recorded instrumental music.
Presenters: Patty and Jeff Henry
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Tuesday: October 29 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, The Parlors, 202 W Grand Avenue Enter 2nd Avenue Entrance. Park along street or in 2nd Avenue church lot along the white picket fence.

Bio:  Patty and Jeff have traveled extensively throughout Wisconsin, the United States, and Canada with camera in hand. Their quietly captivating slide shows have been presented to many local and regional audiences.

68. Brain Health As You Age: YOU Can Make a Difference
Aging well depends on your genes, lifestyle choices, and environment. Even if you’re healthy, brain changes as you age may lead to increased challenges with multitasking, paying attention, and recalling words. However, most of us—at any age—can learn new things and improve skills, which can be important for maintaining our independence. Learn some tips for good overall brain health as well as have some fun learning memory techniques and mnemonics.
Presenter: Lisa Wells, MA, CDP Dementia Care Specialist
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Thursday: October 31 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, The Parlors, 202 W Grand Avenue Enter 2nd Avenue Entrance. Park along street or in 2nd Avenue church lot along the white picket fence.
69. Tour REACH!
REACH, Regional Enterprises for Adults & Children, has served adults and children with disabilities in the Chippewa Valley since 1963. This non-profit service offers valuable employment opportunities, community integration, and socialization for area people with disabilities. Come take a tour of REACH’s largest program and learn about recent legislation that may impact the long term stability of this wonderful programming in our community. Limit 60
Presenter: Adrian Klenz, Reach Foundation Executive Director
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Monday: November 4 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
2205 Heimstead Road

Bio:  Adrian Klenz: Adrian graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a BA double major in Public Relations and Political Science in 2004. He worked for 10 years in the mental health field at the Eau Claire Academy and Eau Claire Day Treatment. Since July of 2009, Adrian has been a financial counselor and educator.  In 2015, Adrian started Klenz Financial Counseling.

Adrian graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped (now the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) in 1992. He moved to Eau Claire for college and was very pleased to stay upon graduation. He is a local performer, singing in local bands for the last 23 years and has performed in local theatre.

70. What I’ve Learned from 1200 Birds
Birds add to the quality of our lives in so many ways…
They eat insect pests. They add color and music to our daily existence. They fascinate us with their behaviors and adaptions. But what they teach is much more complex, and surprisingly subtle. Join ornithologist and author Steve Betchkal as he enumerates the wonder of wild birds in personal stories and images.
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: November 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side

71. U.S. – Iran Relations
US-Iranian relations remain turbulent, taking a turn for worse since President Trump’s inauguration. Ultimately, Persian Gulf security and the resolution of many issues in the region requires a reformulation of the relations between these two rival countries, based on trust and shared interests. This is, however, not possible without a U.S. long-term strategy in the region congruent with its interests and values, resulting in a new US-Iranian rapprochement radically different from its historical ‘patron-client’ relations.
Presenter: Professor Ali Abootalebi,
UWEC Political Science Department
Coordinator: Irene Lazda (715) 834-1874
Monday: November 11 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

72. North American Wildlife, Part II
On October 17 Joy and Joe Motto will present the first half of their vast collection of wildlife photos at North American Wildlife Part I, class #62. At this class they will present the second half of their fascinating collection of photographs of birds and other creatures they have encountered in their travels.
Presenter: Joe Motto, MD
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: November 14 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side

73. Create a Winter Porch Pot for the Holidays
Let nature be your decoration. Create your own winter porch pot with fresh evergreens, red dogwood branches, and red berries. The fee for this class includes the pot, soil, seven different types of fresh evergreens, red dogwood branches, and two stems of red berries. Add your own pinecones, a fancy bow, lights, and something special from your treasures. Leave with a beautiful winter decoration for your front steps or back patio.
Presenter: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: November 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road
Cost: $35

74. Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall at the History Theatre
1961 When Judy Garland took to the stage at Carnegie Hall for her “legendary comeback concert” the house was packed with adoring fans of one of America’s most beloved singers and entertainers. This musical tribute tells Judy’s story from her childhood in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Hollywood and “beyond the rainbow.” After the 10:00 a.m. performance we will proceed to Grand Avenue in St. Paul for lunch and shopping. Limit 112
Coordinator: Pat Williams (715) 839-0752
Thursday: November 21
Bus departs 29 Pines at 7:45 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 8:15 a.m. and arrives back about 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 Driver’s tip and lunch are not included.