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Spring/Summer 2019
Eau Claire

52. The Great Create (A Visit Eau Claire Signature Experience)
Experience Banbury Place and Building 13 with a resident artist to see how this site has transformed into studios and workspaces for artists. Then flex your creative muscles at a hands-on Arts, Etc. workshop. Learn how to create your own coaster or trivet set souvenir masterpiece using fun new techniques where everyone can apply their artistic talents. Minimum 6 Maximum 30
Presenter: Jeanine Webb
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: March 12 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Banbury Place, 930 Galloway Street, Building 13, Suite 27
Cost: $24

53. Quilting/Sewing Chenille Hot Pads
Learn how to make chenille fabric and use it for potholders. Bring a sharp pointed scissors or a chenille cutter, your sewing machine, normal sewing supplies, a lunch for yourself, and a snack to share. You may make one or more pot holders. Fabric supplies needed for each potholder: Five 9 ½” squares of flannel coordinating top and bottom pieces. Or Five 9½” squares of cotton fabric + a 9 ½” square of cotton batting or Insul-Brite. Thread that looks good with your fabric. Limit 14
Presenters: Sue Waldusky and Cathy Hoffman
Coordinators: Sue Waldusky (715) 835-0042
Cathy Hoffman (715) 579-6525
Wednesday: March 13 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street

54. Tapping and Collecting Maple Syrup
Explore the tradition of collecting sap and making syrup here in Wisconsin. You will find out about the tools of the trade and take a guided tour of the sugar bush. Learn which trees to tap and how it is done, from tapping the tree to boiling the sap to making the syrup. Then sample the brown gold on some vanilla ice cream. Limit 25
Presenter: Jim Schweibert
Coordinator: Herb Ruscin (715) 877-1642
Wednesday: March 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Beaver Creek Reserve, two miles north of Fall Creek on Hwy K
Cost: $7

55. Riveting Wine Barrel Experience (A Visit Eau Claire Signature Experience)
Discover how wine barrels are repurposed and transformed into rain barrels and other useful products by Staving the Planet. Create your own triveting masterpiece from wine staves and corks that you can use in your home. Learn how Green Planet Rain Barrels creates rain barrels that are shipped throughout the country and conserves Mother Nature’s resources. Min 6 Max 30 Sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Jeannie Voeks
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Thursday: March 14 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: March 14 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
3590 Deerfield Road
Cost: $25

56. 1919: The First Confluence Project
Using the construction of the Eau Claire Auditorium and the Hotel Eau Claire which turned Eau Claire into a convention city, Brian, historian and author, will discuss the changes that occurred with Eau Claire’s movement away from the lumbering era. He will also discuss several other buildings that reflected the growing diversification and new economics of the city. The result of this first “Confluence Project” was the downtown Eau Claire that endured into the 1960s. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Monday: Marcn 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

57. Step-by-Step Spring Gardening
Start your gardening this spring by following Melissa’s step-by-step plan. What do you consider? Which is first, second, third? When can you begin? How do you decide what to add, subtract, and move? What is the time frame for plant insertion and movement? Jenny will spark your imagination with new trends, color schemes, and types of plants. She suggests refreshing your cooking with a new herb planter and adding succulents to your outdoor mix Bring your questions.
Presenter: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral,
Melissa Burke, The Florian Gardens
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: March 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road

58. Hardanger Basics
Hardanger embroidery is named after a region in Southwest Norway. Learn the basics of this very delicate and detailed hand stitching. You will practice the satin stitch, do the cutwork, and weave the loose ends into the project. You will make a 4-inch sampler that will be placed in a frame. Material, thread, needle, frame, and pattern will be provided. Bring a fine-tipped embroidery scissors. See the CVLR website for a photo of the project. Limit 12
Presenter: Louise Koxlien
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: March 26 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street
Cost: $15

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59. Explore the History of Putnam Park
Given in 1909 by Henry Putnam, the 230-acre park provides a laboratory for UWEC and a favorite place for all to walk. Explore its history in photos and stories—the trout-hatchery, tannery, celery farms, Old Mondovi Road, etc. Receive maps and guides to help you plan your next walk in the park. Since it’s spring break, parking will be available. After reviewing the photos and stories, take a guided drive through the park.
Presenter: Tim Hirsch
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 839-8823
Thursday: March 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
UWEC Davies Center Room 320 F
(UWEC Spring Break—Parking Available)

60. The Restoration of Trumpeter Swans in Wisconsin
Randy Jurewicz, retired WI DNR Endangered Species Program Administrator, will review the history of the decimation of Trumpeter Swans in North America. He will share the management efforts that brought Trumpeter Swans back to Wisconsin and describe the numerous state, federal, and private partners that made it all possible. He will show how Trumpeter Swan eggs were collected from Alaska and include a brief travel log of his trips to Alaska.
Presenter: Randy Jurewicz
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Friday: March 29 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

61. Hiking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James)
The trail began over 1,000 years ago as a pilgrimage from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains to the shrine of St. James at Compostela in northwestern Spain. Why do over 250,000 people each year from around the world hike all or part of El Camino, and how do they manage the costs, preparation, equipment, lodging, food, etc.? The talk will also look at the countryside the trail winds through, including the people, the food, and the magic of never knowing what you’ll find around the next corner. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  Inside One American’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
Presenter: Ann Hansen,
Nationally-known agricultural author and journalist
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: April 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

62. The National Museum of Pretty Pigments Tour
Moran. Cassatt. Wyeth. Van Gogh. Tissot. Sargent. Monet. Paxton. Klimt. Bouguereau. Hopper. O’Keeffe. Bateman. Wiley. You know their names because you love their work. Join Steve Betchkal, painting enthusiast, as he travels the United States in search of 1-on-1 time with some of the greatest artists’ canvas ever invented.
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: April 4 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side

63. Beekeeping from a Beekeeper
There are over 4000 species of bees in the United States pollinating 250,000 species of flowering plants,specifically over 90 crops such as apples, blueberries, cucumbers, and cranberries. For beekeepers, it’s all about the European honeybee. Learn about this phenomenal pollinator, its communal society, and the environmental challenges it faces. You will see and touch all the basic equipment, minus the bees.
Free honey treats will be provided. Limit 50
Presenter: Don Hauser,
member of the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Thursday: April 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street

64. Wolves Are Magical
Jim Backus states, “When I look into their eyes, I see the magic of these magnificent animals. The future generations will judge our environmental success by how bright those eyes still shine.” Enjoy some time with Jim, learn what he knows about wolves, and see some of the most beautiful photos of the wolves of North America.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Friday: April 12 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side

65. Exciting New Annual and Perennial Varieties for 2019
Get a jump on your spring gardening with CVLR’s popular annual guided tour of the Chippewa Valley Growers’ greenhouses. Learn about 12 new annual varieties and 12 new perennial varieties for 2019. See plants that have the potential to out-perform previous varieties. Limit 30 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenters: Sherry Stanley with Josh Kohlbeck and Allie Fadness,
CVG Grower and Plant Specialist
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Tuesday: April 16 A 9:30 – 10:25 a.m.
Tuesday: April 16 B 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
Tuesday: April 16 C 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Growers, 7825 Prill Road

66. Gardening For Life
Gardening has been called a “muddy workout,” and many of us would agree! We draw great satisfaction and health benefits from toting, hauling, hefting, and playing in the dirt. But what happens when all that activity takes a toll on our bodies? Join us to review creative strategies to adapt our gardens and find labor-saving, user-friendly tools and equipment. Suggestions for incorporating healthy body mechanics also will be demonstrated.
Presenter: Diann Greener
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Wednesday: April 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.

67. Create Hanging Baskets/Planters at Chippewa Valley Growers
Start your flower containers when the pros plant theirs — in mid April! Learn the basic principles that Chippewa Valley Growers use when planting their beautiful and long-lasting combination pots and hanging baskets. Then, plant your own 10-inch or larger combo pot/basket(s) for spring. Your plantings will be carefully cared for by CVG staff in their greenhouses. Then, pick up your flourishing plants after the danger of frost in May! Limit 20/session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenters: Sherry Stanley along with Josh Kohlbeck
and Allie Fadness, CVG Grower and Plant Specialist
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Thursday: April 18 A 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday: April 18 B 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Growers, 7825 Prill Road 715-839-8448
Cost: $31.99 to plant a 10-inch pot/hanging basket. Includes all supplies and plants needed. Participants can choose to provide their own pots/upgrade to larger pots and baskets. There will be additional charges for larger containers with additional plants.

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68. Warbirds: The Fighter Aircraft of World War II
Just prior to World War II the countries that viewed themselves as either potential aggressors or defenders set about assessing and then designing and building fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft to serve their needs. We will review their aircraft strengths and weaknesses and view numerous photos of restored fighters, both static and in flight, taken at museums and airshows around the U.S.
Presenter: Joe Motto, MD
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Tuesday: April 23 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side

69. Spirited: Prohibition in America Exhibit with Special Display of 1920s Clothing
For a limited time only, the Chippewa Valley Museum is hosting the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America. Spirited brings you back to the period of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends such as Al Capone and Carry Nation. From 2:30 – 3:00, Carrie Ronnander, Chippewa Valley Museum Director and Curator, will share Prohibition-era clothing from the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collection. The remaining time will be a self-guided tour of the traveling exhibit.
Presenter: Carrie Ronnander
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Wednesday: April 24 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park
Cost: $5

70. Stained Glass Strip Art Class
In this class you will create your own unique stained glass panel using precut strips of glass. There will be a layout pattern provided, as well as a large supply of real stained glass and bevels to accent your panel. The finished panel will be 8 by 10 inches and ready to hang in a sunny window. No cutting or soldering is needed. Please bring your choice of an 8 by 10 frame with the glass. Go to cvlr.org for picture of the project. Limit 12
Presenter: Kathy Cernohous
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: April 30 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran, 1804 Highland Ave.
Cost:  $40

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71. Dirty Business The Spy Musical at the History Theatre
It’s 1939, and secret agent Betty Pack “The Mata Hari of Minnesota” is introduced to the world of diplomatic intrigue with her insatiable desire and fierce intellect. Dirty Business is a gripping musical thriller about the ingenious Betty Pack. For interesting pre-show research, check out The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal by Howard Blum. Prior to the 1:30 matinee we will stop at 11:00 on our favorite Grand Avenue in St. Paul for lunch and fun shopping. Limit 112
Coordinator: Pat Williams (715) 839-0752
Thursday: May 9
Bus departs 29 Pines at 9:00 a.m. and returns around 6:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 9:30 a.m. and arrives back about 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 Driver’s tip and lunch are not included.

72. Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire
We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2019 video each week and discuss the topic. Each Friday, there will be a different topic and leader as listed below.
May 10 Out of Balance: Trading with China..Dr. Stan Norman
May 17 A Tested Relationship: The U.S. and Mexico..Mindy Merryfield
May 31 Made in China…Steve Hogseth
June 7 The State of the State Department…Pat Henke
Coordinator: Lou Frase (715) 514-2157
Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, and June 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

73. Behind the Scenes at the Pablo Center at the Confluence
An in-depth look at Eau Claire’s newest performing arts center. Following a behind-the-scenes tour of this state-of-the-art 130,000 square foot facility (including the RCU and Jamf Theaters), you’ll be treated to a guided tour of both the Graham Avenue and James W. Hansen galleries as well as highlights from the Laurie Beazie permanent collection.Limit 25/session.Sign up for one session only.  Pablo Center at the Confluence
Presenters: Michael Lee,
Community Outreach and Workforce Development Manager,
Rose Dolan-Neill, Visual and Literary Arts Manager
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Monday: May 13 A 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Monday: May 13 B 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: May 23 C 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Thursday: May 23 D 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Avenue

74. What Happened to Brian? A Plant Closes
Michelin closed the doors to Eau Claire’s Uniroyal tire plant in June 1992. The author responded by writing America’s Heartbeat. The book described what it’s like going through a plant shutdown. The main character was Brian Chandler. After the book was published, many asked, “Was there really a Brian Chandler? Where did he work? What happened to him?” The readers’ theater presentation What Happeed to Brian is in answer to these questions. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dennis R. Miller
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: May 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

75. Banbury History Tour & Meet the Artist (A Visit Eau Claire Signature Experience)
A costumed interpreter will share interesting and engaging stories in the new Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Factory Gallery. Then you will take a stroll through the halls of Banbury Place’s Building 13 to meet various artists and hear from them about their art forms.
Min 6 Max 30 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Pam Rindo, CV Peterson
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: May 15 A 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday: May 15 B 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Banbury Place, 930 Galloway Street, Building 13
Cost: $10

76. Waldemar Ager: What It Takes to Become an American
Immigrants come to a new country for a variety of reasons. Ager’s writing often dealt with the divide between those who favored cultural pluralism and those who preferred assimilation. But Ager understood that either course is governed by many factors: individual and group motivations, financial stability, social connections, political and religious beliefs—even geography. This presentation focuses on Ager’s recognition that the choice for immigrants was very complex. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Douglas Pearson
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 839-8823
Thursday: May 16 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

77. Degenerative Disc Disease and Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see a doctor. Jonathan Bledsoe, M.D., a neurosurgeon with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, will explain how wear-and-tear on your spinal discs, a condition called degenerative disc disease, may be causing you pain, weakness or numbness. He will outline treatment options, including pain management, exercise, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery.
Presenter: Jonathan Bledsoe, M.D., Spine & Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic Health System
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Saturday: May 18 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium, 1221 Whipple Street
Park in the free attached parking ramp.

78. Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Macbeth is a compelling and savage story of political ambition and its potentially disastrous consequences. Once power becomes an end in itself, even the best among women and men can lose their souls. Because Macbeth will play this year at both nearby summer companies – the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona and the American Players Theater in Spring Green – this session should offer a lively way to refresh our understanding of the issues it raises. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Marty Wood Professor Emeritus, Dept of English, UWEC
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Thursday: June 6 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

79. Exploring Poetry 4
We will ride the life cycle together through poetry, exploring how a variety of poets respond to the different stages of life. Of course, on the way we will explore how poetry reframes everyday experiences and everyday objects, enlivening our sense of the world around us.
[It is not necessary to have attended Exploring Poetry from previous years.]
Presenter: Erna Kelly
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursdays: June 6 and 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

80. Walking the Good Path of Life–Some Aspects of American Indian Spirituality
What is meant by “the spirit world”? What are tobacco prayers? What is a sweat lodge? Although every American Indian tribe has its own distinctive culture, there are certain religious beliefs and practices that are found among many native people. Dr. Martin’s talk will explain some widely held ideas and practices regarding the sacred. Special emphasis will be placed on characteristically native expressions of values–ways of thinking about the good way to live. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Lawrence Martin
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 839-8823
Wednesday: June 12 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street.

81. The Wonderful World of Monarch Butterflies
Ellen Wynkoop, known in Eau Claire as “The Butterfly Lady,” has raised and released 691 monarchs! Join her for an informative and energetic closeup look at these amazing butterflies. Discover how easy it is to raise monarchs with simple, inexpensive supplies and milkweed leaves. We expect to have monarch eggs and caterpillars, as well as milkweed seedlings, at the programs. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Limit 20 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Ellen Wynkoop
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Tuesday: June 25 A 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: July 16 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

82. Glensheen at the History Theatre
Glensheen, the musical, returns for the last time with the original cast to the History Theatre. Many who missed the first CVLR theater trip have asked for a return visit. Critics describe the consistently sold out performances as “Agatha Cristie Meets Fargo.” Prior to the 2:00 p.m. performance, we will stop at 11:00 a.m on our favorite Grand Avenue for lunch and fun shopping. The Glensheen Mansion in Duluth is the setting for the actual murders and the bizarre history. For a spring/summer pre-show adventure, gather friends and take a day trip to Duluth to tour the mansion located on the shore of Lake Superior. It makes for a very interesting time. Limit 112
Coordinator: Pat Williams (715) 839-0752
Thursday: July 25
Bus departs 29 Pines at 9:00 a.m. and returns around 6:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 9:30 a.m. and arrives back about 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 Driver’s tip and lunch are not included.