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All registration is by mail only this fall.  Read the inside cover and pages 1 and 2 carefully.  Complete the checklist on page 32 before sending your reigstration.

Elizabeth will record your selections and e-mail you that she has done so.

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Fall 2021
Eau Claire

42.  Exploring Poetry with Erna Kelly
Timing, keeping time, timepiece, timely, right on time—attention to time pervades our culture. Poets look at inner clocks; they examine collisions with and surrenders to time; they speculate about timelessness. 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.
Presenter: Erna Kelly
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer        (715) 874-5633
Thursdays:  September 9 and 16                  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room


43.  Fashion Your Own Festive Home Autumn Floral Arrangement
Bring your creativity and join Sandy O’Connell to express, style, and fashion your own festive autumn home floral arrangement.  Enjoy an in-person, instructional class at the cosmopolitan, new location of  Avalon Floral.  Beyond the autumnal arrangement ideas, Sandy will delve into captivating and ornamental design techniques for the holiday season.  Vases and fall foliage will be available for you to take home with you. Register for one session only.  Limit 20 per session.
Presenter: Sandy O’Connell
Coordinator:  Marilyn Hagen            (715) 210-0073
Monday:  September 13            A        1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Monday:  September 20            B        1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Avalon European Floral Shop, 421 Water Street
Cost:  $10


44.  Tree-shaped Tombstones
Ever notice when driving by a cemetery that there are some monuments that are carved realistically in the shape of trees?  Or stumps thereof?  There’s a fascinating story behind these.  They come in many variations and sizes, and with all sorts of hidden touches and symbolism.  Whimsical, sad, enigmatic, you find all sorts of history in these.  Following the presentation those who are so inclined will go over to Forest Hill Cemetery (park at Emery Street and Talmadge) to see a few in person!
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter
Coordinator:  Mike Hilger              (715) 839-8823
Tuesday:  September 14            1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave.  Enter on Nimitz St. side


45.  Build a Blue Bird House
Make an easy construction North American Bluebird Society approved Bluebird nest box.  Get help from county coordinators for the Bluebird Restoration of WI.  View a display of bird nests that bluebirds and other birds have made in these nest boxes.  Receive information on mounting and placement of your bird house.  Use materials prepared for you, pre-cut cedar lumber and galvanized construction screws, which are included in the fee.  Screwdrivers and battery-operated drills will be available for your use.  Limit 7 per session. Sign up for one session.
Presenters: Diane Chambers, Rita Gundry and Larry Liegel – Sawyer
and Eau Claire County BRAW members
Coordinator:   Karen Schauer        (715) 559-1234
Wednesday:  September 15            A        10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday:  September 15            B        1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Schauer Farm:  5857 Prill Rd
Cost:  $27


46.  What’s Your Story? The New Chippewa Area History Center
The Chippewa County Historical Society is building a brand-new history center at the entrance to Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. It will house a museum, the Chippewa County Genealogy Society and its research library, and quite a bit of flexible meeting space. After a short progress report on the construction, Frank will talk about the ways he hopes the new center will include and engage the community in every aspect of the operation. Limit 100
Presenter: Frank Smoot, Developer, Chippewa Area History Center
Coordinator:  Amy Alpine              (917) 446-5983
Friday:  September 17            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street

Bio: After a 14-year tenure at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park, Frank Smoot helped develop a new museum on the waterfront in Coos Bay, Oregon, a new exhibit wing (“Fulton’s Workshop”) in the Rassbach Heritage Museum, Menomonie,, and is currently developing a new history center in Chippewa Falls.  He’s spoken on exhibit and museum development at the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin’s Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, and the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center, among other venues.


47.  Active Aging and Play – A Winning Combination for Everyone!
Play is more than just fun. It might just be one of the most beneficial medicines in your medical cabinet. Dr. Marilyn Skrivseth will discuss some of the latest research on play. Then, with demonstrations of McDonough’s activity areas, we will see the transformation of the park into Eau Claire’s 1st Active Aging Playground. She invites anyone wishing to try out the activities to come wearing appropriate clothing and shoes.  This event is outdoors rain or shine.
Presenter: Marilyn Skrivseth PhD, Emerita UWEC Prof of Kinesiology
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran         (715) 835-2388
Tuesday:  September 21            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
McDonough Park, 800 Centre Street



48.  Historic Schlegelmilch House Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of this charming local landmark led by docents from the Chippewa Valley Museum. The Schlegelmilch-Barland Collection highlights themes of immigration, class structure, community, and 20th century suburbanization in the Chippewa Valley. Built in 1871 by a German immigrant merchant family, the house had already seen the boom and bust of the lumber industry and Eau Claire’s transition into a “modern” city by its renovation in 1906.  Tour includes a German-inspired dessert and beverage.  Sign up for one session only.  Limit 16 per session.
Presenters: Karen Jacobson and Claudeen Oebser
Coordinator:  Claudeen Oebser        (715) 874-6054
Thursday:  September 23            A        1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday:  September 23            B        2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
517 South Farwell Street, downtown (park in back and side of house)
Cost:  $10



49.  Carson Park:  Stories from the Past, Crossroads in Its History
Carson Park has been the recreational heart of Eau Claire for over a hundred years.  Most of us visit the park many times a year to enjoy one its recreational or educational venues.  We will review the history of the space we now call Carson Park and the decision points that would have led to a different present.  We will examine the beginnings of the park’s current attractions and our own personal histories with Carson Park.
Presenters: Tim Hirsch
Coordinator:  Mike Hilger              (715) 839-8823
Tuesday:  September 28            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park


50.  Beyond Recycling
Meet Eau Claire County’s new Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator and learn about the county’s Carbon Neutral Plan. How can we achieve Carbon Neutrality? Why does Carbon Neutrality matter and how does the Plan impact each of us? Learn how to calculate your ecological footprint. The presenter will share quick tips and practical strategies to help Eau Claire reach its goal. Limit 100
Presenter: Regan Watts, Eau Claire County Recycling and  Sustainability Coordinator
Coordinators:  Amy Alpine              (917) 446-5983
Kathy Campbell          (715) 835-3180
Thursday:  September 30             1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street

To check out your ecological footprint click on this link

Bio:  Regan Watts is the Eau Claire County Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator. She recently moved here from Iowa City, IA. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Environmental Policy & Planning and a certificate in Sustainability. Previously, Regan served as a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member developing sustainability and environmental education programming for K-12 school districts.


51.  Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire
We will view one Foreign Policy Association Great Decision 2021 DVD each week and discuss the topic.  The date/topics and facilitators for Fall 2021 are listed below.  You may find out more at this website:
October 8 – The Two Koreas – LuAnn Livingston
October 15 – The End of Globalization – Paul Helgeson
October 22 – The WHO’s Response to Covid-19 – Ron Seningen
October 29 – China and Africa –Mindy Merrifield
Coordinator:  Steve Hogseth         (715) 309-4171
Fridays: Oct 8, 15, 22, and 29        10:00 -11:30 a.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room


52.  Altoona and its Amazing Growth and Development
Altoona’s City Administrator will talk about the continued and unprecedented economic and population growth that Altoona has experienced in recent years including the many projects, the successes, and the challenges.
Presenter: Michael Golat, City Administrator, Altoona, Wisconsin
Coordinator: John Stoneberg        (715) 832-8315
Wednesday:  October 13            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street


53.  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
Coordinator: Jim Urness              (715) 832-5670
Tuesday:  October 19                          10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave.  Enter on Nimitz St. side.


54.  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.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg        (715) 832-8315
Tuesday:  October 19            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A & B (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street



55.  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: October 21            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave.  Enter on Nimitz St. side.



56.  Perspectives on Global Trade
The global economy is part of our life. Yet, the lifeblood of this economy–international trade and investment–is often misunderstood, maligned, or mysterious. Learn about the changing nature and impact of international trade from Eau Claire native Janis Lazda. Drawing on his experience in the Senate, Office of US Trade, the National Security Council and the private sector, Janis will give an overview of what trade means for our communities and our country.
Presenter: Janis Lazda
Coordinator: Irene Lazda             (715) 834-1874
Friday: October 22                 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
VIa Zoom only



57.  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
Tuesday:  October 26            10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave.  Enter on Nimitz St. side.


58.  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.
Presenter:  Dr. Kimberly Finlan, Doctor of Audiology
Coordinator: Barb Hebert                          (715) 514-9692
Wednesday:  October 27            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street


59.  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, Avis Automata (Chippewa Falls). You’ll see what they’ve been creating and what they will take on next. They’ll even let you drive!  Limit 40
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter and some remarkable high school/middle
school students.
Coordinator:  Mike Hilger              (715) 839-8823
Friday:  October 29                1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham, Larson Room 3rd Floor


60.  Ski Jumping in Eau Claire
Ski jumping, always a popular winter sport, has greatly expanded its presence and opportunities in Eau Claire and is bringing both Eau Claire and some local skiers attention and notoriety. Learn about the history of ski jumping in Eau Claire, recent construction including the Olympic-sized Silver Mine Hill, the training 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
Tuesday:  November 2            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Event Center at Prestige Auto, 3525 Hwy 93 South


61.  The Art and Skill of Wood Carving and Wood Burning
Bev Hilton, a member of the Western Wisconsin Wood Carving Guild, will give a demonstration and talk on wood carving combined with wood burning.  She will address types of wood used, tools, techniques, and the history of the craft.  She will also feature a display of wood carved and wood burned projects.  Limit 30
Presenter: Bev Hilton
Coordinator:  Claudeen Oebser        (715) 874-6054
Wednesday:  November 3                    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room


62.  I Love Camplng!
People love their houses, but still they slip away in droves to spend a night in the woods. Whether in RV’s the size of semi-trailers or in sleeping bags under the open sky, nature calls, and we must abandon (some) of the comforts of home to answer. In the time of COVID, Americans rediscovered camping in dramatic, yet predictable numbers. As Steve Betchkal approaches his 500th campout, he answers the questions; Why? How? And, Did you reserve a site?
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman         (715) 839-9251
Tuesday: November 9            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave.  Enter on Nimitz St. side


63.  Tricks of the Trade in the Movies: from Casablanca to The Dark Knight Rises
Between the release of Casablanca in 1942 and of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, filmmakers have changed the techniques they use to tell their stories, and we viewers have had to adjust our ways of watching them.  We will examine representative films to better understand what pioneer actor, comedian and stunt man, Harold Lloyd, called “our whole bag of tricks.” We’ll see how the tricks have changed.
Presenters: Tim Hirsch and Douglas Pearson
Coordinator:  Mike Hilger              (715) 839-8823
Monday:  November 15            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Room A (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street


64.  Create a Winter Porch Pot for the Holidays
Let nature be your decoration.  Create your own winter porch pot with fresh evergreens and red dogwood branches.  The fee for this class includes the pot, soil, seven different types of fresh evergreens and red dogwood branches.  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 16            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road
Cost:  $38


65.  Christmas of Swing
We will gather at The Florian Gardens to watch the recording of the History Theatre’s presentation of “Christmas of Swing” this holiday season.  Set in the 1940s, the Andrew Sisters are preparing to lift the spirits of America’s soldiers with a USO show full of Christmas songs, swing tunes, and special appearances by their friends Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Abbot & Costello.  They intermix comedy sketches and real letters from real WWII GIs with the music.
Coordinator:  Pat Williams             (715) 839-0752
Wednesday:  December 15                         10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave.
Cost:  $25 includes lunch