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Fall 2018
Eau Claire

44. 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 the shorter days toward winter.
Presenters: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral
Melissa Burke, The Florian Gardens
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road

45. Tax Law Changes–Get Up to Date!
Find out what you will need to do to prepare your federal income taxes for tax year 2018. We’ll cover social security taxation, required minimum distributions, taxation of traditional IRA Distributions and Qualified Roth Distributions, downsizing, filing requirements, and more. The program will include time for your questions. Limit 50
Presenter: Barbara Arnold, Seasonal Tax Specialist, H&R Block
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Friday: September 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

Bio:  Barbara Arnold has worked for H&R Block since January 2015. She has prepared tax returns for her clients at H&R Block for four tax seasons. During that time, she has earned three certifications and has logged hundreds of hours in training and continuing education, including the  minimum required 18 hours of continuing education each year (federal, tax updates, and ethics). She chose to take the H&R Block introductory tax course after experiencing tax identity theft in April 2014 through a CPA firm. Barbara loves to increase and expand her tax knowledge each year for the benefit of her clients.

46. Altoona and Its Amazing Growth and Development
Altoona’s City Administrator will talk about the unprecedented economic and population growth that Altoona has experienced in recent years including the many projects, the successes and the challenges. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Michael Golat, City Administrator, Altoona
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Monday: September 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

47. German Folk Art
Celebrate the German Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls by learning the skills to create two German folk arts – Scherenschnitte (German paper cutting) and folded German Stars. Folk Artist Lucianne Boardman will provide materials for you to create beautiful papercut designs as well as German (Moravian) stars, an art she learned growing up in the Moravian Church. Please note that there are two steps to get into the building and five steps to go down to the classroom. Limit 20
Presenter: Lucianne Boardman
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Wednesday: September 12 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Chippewa County Historical Society, 123 Allen St., Chippewa Falls
Cost: $10

48. Button, Button, We’ve Got the Buttons: The History and Stories of Buttons
Do you remember playing in your mom or grandma’s button box? Households have long followed the practice of snipping buttons from clothing headed for the ragbag. Buttons are windows into our past and have always reflected the tastes of their time. Brenda Erickson and Laura Kasdorf, members of Eau Claire Button Club, will present a historical overview of the materials, styles, and the eras of buttons.
Presenters: Brenda Erickson and Laura Kasdorf
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: September 25 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

49. Tick-borne Illnesses and How to Prevent Them
Did you know that some ticks are active at 35 degrees and that no season is truly tick-free? Public Health Nurse Kristen Kelm will tell us about the tick diseases that have been reported in Wisconsin. She’ll also share prevention strategies, tick illness trends, and treatment and diagnosis. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Kristen Kelm, Chippewa County Public Health Nurse
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Wednesday: September 26 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

Bio:  Kristen Kelm earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Winona State University in 2009. She has been employed with Chippewa County Public Health for five years. In her spare time she enjoys family, camping, and college sports.

50. Cultural Genocide in the American Indian Boarding School Era
Debra will introduce audiences to the American Indian boarding school system, a government policy implemented in nineteenth-century America to forcibly assimilate thousands of American Indian children. In addition to providing a brief historical overview of the boarding schools nationally and state-wide in Wisconsin, Debra Barker will focus on the testimonies of Native boarding school survivors, including published authors and historians, as well as members of her own Lakota family. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Debra Barker
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: September 26 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

51. Power of Live Music
The conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Symphony Orchestras will share with you his enthusiasm for music, particularly symphonic music, revealing the fascinating messages of the great composers like Beethoven and Shostakovich. Find out how experiencing their music through live performance can transform your music listening. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Friday: September 28 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

52. A Year in Photography: Atlantic | Pacific | Superior
Patty and Jeff Henry present a year in photography from Florida’s Atlantic Coast to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and around Lake Superior. 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
Monday: October 1 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 Henry are life-long Wisconsin residents, calling Eau Claire home for 39 years. They have traveled to all 72 Wisconsin counties, 49 states and each of the Canadian provinces, with camera in hand. Their quietly captivating slide shows have been presented to many local and regional audiences.

53. Stoicism: Living Serenely in a World Gone Mad
Focusing on the philosophical thought of a Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, and a Roman slave, Epictetus, we’ll explore what ancient Stoicism can teach us about living well regardless of what’s going on in the world around us. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Sean McAleer, UWEC Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Tuesday: October 2 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

Epictetus

54. History of Wisconsin Election Patterns and the 2018 Mid-Term Elections
The 2016 Presidential Election surprised many people; for Wisconsin it was the first time the Badger State voted for a Republican since Ronald Reagan. Was Donald Trump’s victory really that surprising, and what does 2018 mean for Wisconsin? This discussion will focus on the geography of past election patterns, the 2016 Election, and foreshadow the 2018 Mid-Term Elections.
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Weichelt,
Assoc. Prof., Dept. Geography + Anthropology, UWEC
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Wednesday: 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.

55. Fixing Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s plays are less well known than most of us assume, at least in terms of what he actually wrote in many of his characters’ speeches. William Shakespeare wrote some thirty-seven plays, but sometimes which exact words he meant his characters to say we just don’t know. For nearly 400 years, we have sought to learn what Shakespeare wrote, exactly, in each play. Spoiler alert: We seem doomed to failure. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Marty Wood,
Professor Emeritus, Department of English, UWEC
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Thursday: October 4 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

56. Remembering Summer Theater in Eau Claire
Wil Denson will read from and speak about his new book, Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Summer Theater in Eau Claire: Director’s Cut which chronicles 34 years (1965-1998) of summer theater in Eau Claire. During that time, there were 126 summer theater productions with more than 500 actors and technicians presenting 1,224 performances to 300,000 audience members. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Wil Denson,
Professor Emeritus, UWEC Music & Theatre Arts Dept.
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Monday: October 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

57. American Indian Languages: How They Reflect a Different View of the World from English
Many American Indian people are working to maintain or restore their endangered languages because language is so important for cultural and personal identity. In addition, American Indian languages differ in interesting ways from English in terms of how they reflect the world and the place of human beings in the world. This talk will explore these issues with examples from several Indian languages, especially Objibwe (Chippewa), one of the main native languages of our area. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Lawrence Martin
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: October 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

58. Wild Rice in Wisconsin: History, Harvest, & Stewardship
Wild rice has been interwoven into the lives of humans and wildlife in this region for thousands of years, leaving its mark not only on our landscape, but in our history books and oral traditions. Learn about the fascinating ecological and cultural significance of wild rice and its role in our state’s history. Wildlife Biologist Peter David will also tell us how wild rice is harvested today and how you might become a “ricer.”
Limit 90
Presenter: Peter David, Wildlife Biologist,
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Wednesday: October 10 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

Bio:  Peter David was raised in Green Bay.  After receiving BS and Master degrees in Wildlife Ecology from UW-Madison, he headed north to work for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, where his education was continued by the Ojibwe for whom he has now worked for over 30 years.  His primary focus at GLIFWC is on waterfowl, wolves, and especially manoomin or wild rice.

59. Timber! The Lumber Industry in Early Eau Claire History
Eau Claire native Brian Blakeley, historian and author of A History of Eau Claire, Volume 1: The Lumbering Era to 1906, will talk about the significance of the lumber industry in early Eau Claire history. He will focus on the principal mills and their different orientations as well as the mill owners, their personalities, and contributions.
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: October 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

60. The Great Society at the History Theatre
This play depicts the larger-than-life LBJ’s tragic fall from grace as his accomplishments are overshadowed by the bitter failure of Vietnam. This is a continuation of last year’s mesmerizing performance All The Way. Featuring the same cast, this powerful sequel details Johnson’s battling to pass historic legislation during his second term from 1965 to 1968. After the 10:00 a.m. matinee, we will proceed to Grand Avenue in St. Paul with its many restaurants and fun shopping.
Limit 112
Coordinator: Pat Williams (715) 839-0752
Wednesday: October 17
Bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 8:30 a.m. and arrives back about 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 Driver’s tip and lunch are not included.

61. Bears of North America
Bears are America’s largest carnivore. Learn about the history and habits of these beautiful animals through Jim’s incredible photography and interesting travel stories. Jim has photos of Grizzly Bears (Brown Bears), Polar Bears, Black Bears, and subspecies Spirit Bears.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: October 18 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E Lexington Blvd.

62. Religions of the World
Bob will give an introduction to world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism, and indigenous religions. The discussion includes the patterns of religious thought across time with the main focus on the primary beliefs and practices of the different traditions and the importance of understanding that there is significant variation within all faith traditions. You will receive a resources list.
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Bob Salt, Dean, College of Education, Hospitality, Health & Human Services, UW-Stout
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Thursday: October 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

63. No Faking It: 30 Years of Storytelling in Words & Moving Images
As a videojournalist, Steve Betchkal hung with Presidents, sat in on open heart surgery, wrote material for Howie Mandel, and videotaped a game of nude volleyball. Steve says, “No job quite like it on the planet!” His original and unconventional style chronicling the lives of real people in the Chippewa Valley netted 70+ awards for excellence. Sure, he had to get creative, but he never “faked it.” (And anyone who says so is itching for a gloves-off education on the essential role of the press in a free society! Grrrr!)
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: October 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side

64. Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire
We will be viewing four Great Decisions DVDs provided to us by the Foreign Policy Association which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Topics for this fall season include:
October 26 The Waning of Pax Americana?
November 2 Russia’s Foreign Policy
November 9 China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation
November 16 Media and Foreign Policy
Presenters: Mindy Merryfield, Pat Henke, Stan Norman, Lou Frase
Coordinator: Dave Steele (715) 200-1413
Fridays: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, and 16 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

65. A Virtual Walk on the Ice Age Trail
Join Tony and Nancy on a virtual walk on the Ice Age Trail. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail traverses1100 miles of Wisconsin’s geologic past. No hiking shoes or mosquito repellant will be required. They will show pictures of the trail and explain its geography, history, and people. They have stories to share of their work on the trail and their love of this very special part of Wisconsin.
Presenters: Nancy and Tony Schuster
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: October 26 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

66. Skating on Thin Ice: The World of Hockey According to Fredrik Backman
Author of Beartown and Us Against You, Backman sees the sharp edge between things going well and things falling apart. You don’t have to have read the books. You don’t have to have played hockey. Pearson will offer an overview, and then we’ll look together at some passages from the books and talk about our responses. Some of you will wish you had played hockey; some will be just as happy only talking about it. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Douglas Pearson
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Monday: October 29 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

67. Promoting the Valley: The Impact of Tourism
Hosted at the new Visitor Center, the effect of tourism on the local economies of the Chippewa Valley will be explained. Linda will share the successful tools and methods her office has used to make Eau Claire County among the top ten Wisconsin counties in tourist spending and an increasingly desirable destination for both work and play. Limit 50 per session. Please select one session only.
Presenter: Linda John, Executive Director, Visit Eau Claire
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: October 30 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday: October 30 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Visit Eau Claire, Pablo Center at the Confluence, 199-101 Graham Ave

68. A Real Walk on the Ice Age Trail
Drive to the Obey Center east of New Auburn to meet Tony and Nancy for a walk on the Ice Age Trail, this time for real. We will gather at Obey, chat for a few minutes to get oriented, and then walk a section of the trail. Bring good walking shoes or boots, a hat, walking sticks and lots of energy. Total distance will be determined when we meet but will not be over three miles, unless you insist. Detailed directions will be sent out just before the event. Limit 20
Presenters: Nancy and Tony Schuster
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Thursday: November 1 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Obey Interpretive Center, 13394 County Road M, New Auburn

69. V.I.P. Artisan Forge Tour
Greg and Krista Johnson, along with Jackie and Matt Boos, are offering you a V.I.P. tour of the Artisan Forge, the destination for art lovers…creativity, collaboration, and community under one roof. The building houses a team of visionary creatives. You will be able to stroll through the entire building, interact with the artisans. and view some of the artistic talent in the Chippewa Valley. You will be able to purchase artwork, too.Limit 60
Presenters: Greg and Krista Johnson, Jackie and Matt Boos
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Saturday: November 3 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Artisan Forge, 1106 Mondovi Road

70. Sharks!
Sleek, powerful, and predatory, sharks are considered by some to be the ultimate killing machines. Although these fish are critical components of today’s marine ecosystems, much of what we know of them is shrouded in myth and based on Hollywood fiction. Their true nature is remarkable, and their beauty trumps their perceived ferocity. Aquatic ecologist Dr. Todd Wellnitz will explore the myth and reality of sharks, and you will learn why these magnificent creatures matter now more than ever to the world’s marine environments.
Presenter: Dr. Todd Wellnitz, Dept. Biology, UWEC
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Wednesday: November 7 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.

71. Alaska—The Last Frontier
Visit Alaska through the lens of Jim Backus. You will visit Denali with its breathtaking landscape and interesting wildlife. You will also see the grizzly bears of the Katmai Peninsula, the sea life of whales and sea otters, and birds in the Homer area.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: November 8 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E Lexington Blvd.

72. Digging Hill 80 – Adventures in World War One Archaeology
This November it will be exactly one hundred years since the guns went silent, and The Great War ended. Come along for a 2018 return to the trenches as Dr. Tim Wolter discusses his two weeks of excavating a battlefield site in Belgium. He discovered poignant burials, alarming ammunition, and more than a few surprises during his dig.
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: November 9 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

73. Holiday Traditions
In an atmosphere of story telling, Joan will “set the stage”before encouraging your own memories. Whether it be childhood recollections or something that you experienced more recently, you can choose between talking or quietly listening. Please come prepared with two or three “initials only”that represent what you personally would enjoy being gifted. Joan promises you a memorable morning!
Presenter: Joan Fleming, national speaker and author
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: November 13 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom

74. An Inside Look at the Pipe Organ
Join the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as they explore the history and construction of the pipe organ and demonstrate the sounds of Grace Lutheran’s 58-year-old Schlicker organ. See videos of an organ being built and installed. Hear performances by members of the guild. You will have an opportunity to take a peek at the pipes up close.
Presenters: Elaine Mann, Professors Emeriti Donald Patterson & Paul Kosower, Elizabeth Wilson
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Tuesday: November 13 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.

pipe organ 2    pipe organ 1

75. 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
Wednesday: November 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road
Cost: $30

large porch pot   tripple set of pots   classic with berries

76. Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story at the History Theatre
After the tragic crash of Buddy Holly’s plane in 1959, a bright new star from Fargo emerged. Follow Bobby Velline’s musical journey to become an international star in this hit musical, a returning favorite of History Theatre audiences. Prior to the 1:30 performance, 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
Tuesday: November 20
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.