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Spring/Summer 2020
Eau Claire


49. End of Life Wellness
A trained professional and Certified Death Doula, Betsy guides personalization of “How to have a safe, memorable, and empowering death experience.” She focuses on non-medical, holistic techniques for ANY person. This class is about what individuals can do to plan the end-of-life; whether caring for someone, grieving, or actively dying. You will receive a framework to create an end-of-life action plan with goals that can be completed within three months.
Presenter: Betsy Munro
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Monday: March 9 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street

50. Bluebird Happiness!
Back by popular demand, experts from The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin will give us 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. Handouts will be provided on nesting schedules, locating and mounting nest boxes, etc. A few bluebird houses will be available for purchase.
Presenters: Larry Liegel and Rita Guidry, Eau Claire BRAW members
Coordinator: Karen Schauer (715) 559-1234
Wednesday: March 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

51. Yellowstone Park
Join Jim on a tour of our greatest national park: Yellowstone. Jim has spent at least three to four weeks in Yellowstone every year for the past ten years. Through his photography and videos, you will tour this beautiful, world famous U.S. national park, seeing not only famous natural wonders, but ncredible wildlife as well.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: March 19 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side.

52. Robotics Showcase at the Pablo Center
In retirement we learn how much things change. In the 21st century robots build our cars, sort our Amazon orders, and vacuum our carpets! The students of today are in the process of creating the next generation of amazing robotic technology. Meet the high school First Robotics Team 5826 and the Pablo Center robotics group. You’ll see what they’ve been creating and what they will take on next. They’ll even let you drive!
Presenters: Dr. Tim Wolter and some remarkable high school/middle school students.
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 839-8823
Tuesday: Marcn 24 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham

53. The ABC’s of Mason Bees
The busy mason bees, native to North America, are super pollinators. Their forte is pollinating fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and early-bloomers. One mason bee can do the work of eighty honeybees. Sound industrious? Attend this presentation to learn how they accomplish this. If pollination is your goal and you have a desirable habitat free from pesticides and herbicides, consider these hive-less bees and optimize your garden’s potential! Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Rita K. Gundry, Master Gardener Volunteer
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Wednesday: March 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

Bio:  My husband and I were honey beekeepers for 20 years and sold raw honey, creamed honey, section comb and chunk comb honey and beeswax.  As beekeeping is like farming, you get out of it what you put into it, we sold our bee business when my husband started going out of town frequently for his employment. I never lost my love of bees and since mason bees are so easy to manage,  I decided to give it a whirl. Although they don’t produce honey, they are masters at pollinating, and great at optimizing a garden’s potential, especially fruit trees and berry bushes.

54. 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 collectable. As a continuation of last fall’s class, Greg will teach us more about the styles, traditions, and artists of this 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 display select pieces from the collection during this presentation.. Co-sponsored by L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Greg Kocken
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Thursday: March 26 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

55. Get Inspired to Do Spring Gardening
Last fall the tornado leveled 95% of Elizabeth’s ten acres of trees. She will give you a brief update on the plan to sculpt part of the land with new plantings. Knowing that we are all excited to get our hands into the dirt, Jenny will give us the basics of startup. She will share the trends for 2020 in gardening and update us on new ideas for container gardening. Bring questions about your plants, and ask the experts!
Presenter: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: April 1 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road

56. Top of the World to You
Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska is the northernmost city in the U.S., but it might as well be another planet. The sea is choked with ice chunks – in July; a single watermelon costs more than a day’s work, and when you go outside, you have to be on the alert for Polar Bears. The North Slope of Alaska is a strange and unique place like nowhere on Earth – top to bottom.
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: April 2 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side

57. Ski Jumping in Eau Claire
Days are lengthening, and spring is on its way. However ski jumping, the longest running winter sport in Eau Claire, is expanding its time frame and bringing both Eau Claire and some local skiers world-wide attention and notoriety. Learn about the history of ski jumping in Eau Claire, recent construction, including the Olympic-sized Silver Mine Hill, the training the skiers go through, and tournaments – including possibly the Olympics – in which they may participate.
Presenter: Dan Mattoon, Former U.S. Ski Team Member
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Wednesday: April 8 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Event Center at Prestige Auto, 3525 Hwy 93 South

58. Create a Spring-inspired Floral Creation
A spring-inspired floral creation awaits the budding florist for members at Avalon Floral on Water Street, Eau Claire. Sandy O’Connell, the ever-cheerful owner, will guide members’ talent to sprout a spectacular, springtime floral arrangement. This lush arrangement will rejuvenate you and your home with its refreshing awakening to our world after an elongated winter. Each attendee will receive flowers and a container. Limit 15 per session. Sign up for one session.
Presenter: Sandy O’Connell
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 832-8315
Monday: April 13 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday: April 13 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Avalon Floral, 504 Water Street
Cost: $10

59. A Treatable Dementia – NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus)
Dorothy Sorlie will discuss the symptoms, progression, and treatment of this often misdiagnosed, or never diagnosed, condition. She endured three years of steadily decreasing health before being correctly diagnosed and returned to good health. Erin Hoelscher, her physical therapist, will share recovery information and suggest home exercises for balance improvement.
Presenters: Dorothy Sorlie; Erin Hoelscher, Physical Therapist, Dove Healthcare-South Eau Claire
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Tuesday: April 14 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.

60. Learn about Solar on Eau Claire Schools Program
Ellen and Steve Terwilliger will provide us with information about the Solar on Eau Claire Schools Program that they co-chair. Solar on Schools is part of the Couillard Solar Foundation. The foundation is donating half of the panels for a 100 kW array for 100 schools in Wisconsin. The presenters will talk about the educational, environmental, financial, and career potential benefits this program is providing throughout the state.
Presenters: Ellen and Steve Terwilliger
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Thursday: April 16 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

61. Round the World Travel with Bob Hume
Bob and Sandy Hume boarded the Viking Sun January 3rd for the 2019 World Cruise. Their cruise ended in London on May 11th arriving from a westerly course around the tip of South America. This presentation will be Part One of a series covering the initial leg of the trip from Miami to Buenos Aires. Follow along on this journey around the world for some incredible sights and stories.
Presenter: Robert Hume, DPM
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Friday: April 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St. side.

62. Eau Claire in the “Good War,” 1941-1945
The author and historian will look at the service of Eau Claire troops but will concentrate on the home front and how the war changed the city. He will stress the city’s industrial contributions, women’s changing roles, social activities during the conflict, various bond and collection drives, and the growing impact of the national government on the affairs of Eau Claire. Finally, he will show how the war impacted one typical family, the Price Blakeleys. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: April 22 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

63. Exploring Poetry 5
Timing, keeping time, timepiece, timely—time pervades our culture. Poets look at inner clocks and speculate about timelessness. They ponder collisions with and surrenders to time. We will explore these features in poetry and also dip into poetry’s own timing—meter. Of course, along 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: April 23 and 30 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

64. Gardeners Know the Best Dirt
Be in the know this year when it comes to the latest new varieties, the biggest secrets of the season, and the top plants picks for 2020. In this season’s new variety tour, we will introduce the biggest news for impatiens lovers in…well, forever! See must-have annuals and perennials, too. This tour never fails to bring out the urge get outside, dig in dirt, and beautify your world.
Limit 25 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenters: Jessi and John Kelly, Chippewa Valley Growers owners
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Friday: April 24 A 9:30 – 10:25 a.m.
Friday: April 24 B 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
Friday: April 24 C 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Growers, 7825 Prill Road

Bio:  John and Jessi Kelly have been on a roller coaster ride since Friday, April 13th, 2018 when they purchased this fantastic greenhouse from the Carstensen’s.  During the tour they will wow you with how much they’ve learned in two short years!  The audience will be welcome to correct them, poke a little fun at them, and join them in laughing at themselves as they attempt to answer questions from people who have been doing this much longer than they.  However; since learning the difference between a perennial and an annual, they are a little arrogant and may attempt to put you in your place!  Come with an open mind and an open heart!

65. The Films of Preston Sturges: Rags to Riches, Riches to Rags
Preston Sturges, one of the first great writer/director/producers, put out a series of strong comedies in the early 40’s that often showcased impossible success and improbable failure: Any chump could become a hero; any hero could become chump. We’ll take a look at brief clips from three of his best films. We’ll also talk a bit about Sturges’ own meteoric rise and dramatic fall. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Limit 50
Presenter: Maury Pasternack
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Monday: April 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

Bio: Grumpy old movie nut with a halfway decent sense of humor. G

66. Child Poverty and Affordable Housing
JONAH is a faith-based, grassroots advocacy group that works to connect our neighbors and empower them to make positive change in our community. Members of two of JONAH’s task forces — the Child Poverty Task Force and the Affordable Housing Task Force — present this workshop to explain the work they do and why they do it.
Presenters: John Wagner, Co-Chairs Susan Wolfgram and Judi Moseley
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Tuesday: April 28 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. Blue Ribbons Are NOT Just for Kids in 4H
Have you ever thought about showing off your vintage treasurers, handmade mittens or quilts, baked and canned goods, garden flowers, or even your home-brewed beer or wine? Learn about the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and how to enter the family-friendly competitive exhibits. Kim will give us detailed instructions on how to enter and timelines for having the items judged and displayed. Besides receiving a pass to the fair the week you exhibit, You May Bring Home a Blue Ribbon!.
Presenter: Kim Jeffers, fair representative
Coordinator: Karen Schauer (715) 559-1234
Wednesday: April 29 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

68. Electric & Autonomous Vehicles: Fact, Fiction, Future
Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining in popularity every year and make autonomous vehicles (AVs) possible. Dozens of companies are investing billions of dollars to develop both. This class will survey the current and near-term state of that development as well as explore the challenges and opportunities presented by what promises to be the biggest disruption in transportation ever—one that is predicted to happen before 2030 and impact all our lives. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Rick Olson
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: April 29 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

69. Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country
Part memoir and part journalism, Hollars’ latest book offers a fascinating, funny, and quirky account of flyover folklore that also contends with the ways such oddities retain cultural footholds. By confronting these unexplained phenomena, we challenge ourselves to look beyond our presumptions and acknowledge that just because something is weird doesn’t mean it is wrong.
Presenter: B.J. Hollars, Assoc. Professor English, UW-Eau Claire
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Thursday: April 30 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.

Bio:  B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, including his latest, Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians and the Weird in Flyover Country.  Hollars is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, The Wisconsin Writers Awards’ Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. He is the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

70. Sewing Fabric Bowls, Coasters, or Trivets
Learn a different sewing craft that involves using cotton clothesline, strips of fabric, and your sewing machine. The following supplies are needed. 2-3 yards of fabrics. A variety makes this more fun; they can be coordinated or not. These may be cut into 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide strips, or bring a rotary cutter and ruler to cut them in class. Also bring a sewing machine with a zigzag stitch, scissors, thread, new sharp quilting sewing machine needle or a jeans/denim needle, a binding clip, your lunch, and a snack to share.. Limit 14
Presenters: Sue Waldusky and Cathy Hoffman
Coordinators: Sue Waldusky (715) 835-0042
Cathy Hoffman (715) 579-6525
Tuesday: May 5 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street

71. Stories about the Eau Claire County Hospital and Old Orchard Cemetery
Built in 1900 as the Eau Claire County Insane Asylum and Poor Farm, the hospital provided care for thousands of patients. Learn about the hospital history and hear stories from people who worked there or had relatives as patients. Also, learn about the affiliated “Paupers” (Now Old Orchard) Cemetery.
Presenters: Jean Jirovec, Arletta Rud, Tim Hirsch, and a panel of
former Hospital employees
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: May 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Community Room at Dove Healthcare-West, 1405 Truax Blvd.

72. Make Heartfelt Message Necklaces for Someone Special in Your Life
Join us to create two heartfelt necklace pieces with hidden messages for your mom, daughter, granddaughter, or a special friend in your life. All materials are provided for your unique wire-wrapped message and a miniature lotus journal. See a picture of the these necklaces on the CVLR website. Limit 16
Presenter: Lucianne Boardman
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Wednesday: May 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street
Cost: $10

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73. Runestone! A Rock Musical at the History Theatre
1898. When Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman digs up a rock on his property near Kensington, Minnesota, with a story written in carved runes that indicate the Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot in Minnesota, he is praised for his discovery. But soon a controversy erupts, and this turns into one of Minnesota’s craziest stories creating a whimsical rock & roll musical. 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: May 7
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: $48 Driver’s tip and lunch are not included.

74. Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire
We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2020 video each week and discuss the topic. Each Friday, there will be a different topic and leader as listed below.
May 8 U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle Mindy Merryfield
May 15 China’s Road into Latin America. LuAnn Livingston
May 29 The Philippines and the U.S. Dr. Stan Norman
June 5 Artificial Intelligence and Data Steve Hogseth
Coordinator: Lou Frase (715) 514-2157
Fridays: May 8, 15, 29, and June 5 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

75. At the Edge of the Jazz Age
In 1920, as American returned to “normalcy” after WWI, our country went through drastic changes: a flu epidemic raged, tornadoes ravaged the Midwest, there was debate about a woman running our country, the KKK was flourishing, a terrorist attack killed 38 people. Using artifacts from the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collections, learn what life was really like one hundred years ago. Limit 75
Presenter: Diana Peterson, Curator of Collections,
Chippewa Valley Museum
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Thursday: May 21 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 E Half Moon Drive

Bio:  Diana grew up surrounded by history in central Pennsylvania. Graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a BA in English, most of her career was spent as a free-lance editor. From 2005-2018, she was the executive director at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, CVM’s next-door neighbor. She is honored to care for the artifacts that tell both the joy-filled and heart-rending stories of the Chippewa Valley residents whose lives they represent.

76. Redistricting, Gerrymandering, and Wisconsin
Although redistricting itself is easy to define, the processes utilized in achieving electoral districts are far from it. Gerrymandering, defined as the deliberate manipulation of electoral boundaries to favor one party over another, has been a consistent practice at many levels of the American electoral system. Using Wisconsin’s recent history as an example, this presentation will provide a better understanding of how gerrymandering differs from redistricting. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Ryan Weichelt, PhD,
Associate Professor of Geography at UWEC
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Wednesday: May 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

77. Hearing Loss and Dementia
Hearing loss affects a significant number of people over the age of 60, yet many people are in denial about the effects of hearing loss on their physical, social, and emotional well-being. There are still many stigmas and myths about hearing loss. Learn about the relationship between hearing loss and dementia and some options available today to improve your hearing. Get your questions about hearing answered.
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Finlan, Doctor of Audiology
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Thursday: May 28 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

78. Play and Aging – A Winning Combination for Everyone!
Dr. Marilyn Skrivseth will discuss some of the latest research on play and what is planned with the transformation of McDonough Park into Eau Claire’s First Active Aging Playground. Play is more than just fun. It is great medicine for the mind and the body. If all the benefits of play could be bottled into one prescription drug it might just become one of the most beneficial medicines in your medical cabinet.
Presenter: Marilyn Skrivseth PhD, Emerita Professor of Kinesiology
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Tuesday: June 2 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street

79. Shakespeare’s The Tempest
This play was probably Shakespeare’s last, drawing the curtain on his artistic life. Here he explores the enduring truths he has always observed, noting the human capacity for evil but trusting as well in people’s humanity, grace, and compassion. He also hints at the danger of European colonialism and at his own departure from the theater. The Tempest will be staged at this summer’s Shakespeare Festival in Winona, so I hope to offer intriguing preparation.
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
Tuesday: June 2 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

80. The United States Constitution in Film: Part of Our National Culture
The authors of this 2018 book will examine movie portrayals of various constitutional rights and powers, illuminating how popular films have tried to engage the document and teach the viewer something about it. They will also expose myths where they exist in films, drawing conclusions about how Hollywood’s constitutional lessons have changed over time, ultimately comparing these films to what the Constitution says and how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted it. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenters: Professors Eric T. Kasper and Quentin D. Vieregge, UWEC
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: June 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street