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Fall 2017
Eau Claire

43. Take Home a Thunder Gourd
A thunder gourd is basically a drum made out of a dried gourd with a spring attached to the drum-head. When the spring shakes, it creates vibrations resembling thunder that are amplified through the drum-head into the gourd. The resulting sound is impressive. Each participant will customize a thunder gourd by drawing on a pattern, burning, and coloring it. At the end of the class, you will take home a finished thunder gourd. Limit 25.
Presenter: Dorothy Huse
Coordinator: Pat Williams (715) 839-0752
Wednesday: September 6 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park
Cost: $25

Click on the arrow of the video below and hear the Thunder Gourd!

44. Lake Wissota Hydro Plant Station Tour

The Lake Wissota hydroelectric plant is the control center for a majority of the Excel Energy hydro units. This plant was completed in 1918 with 700 workers. The tour of the facility and how it operates requires climbing several flights of stairs spread out over a distance of a half mile. Please wear good walking shoes. Hard helmets and safety glasses will be provided. Limit 12 per section. Please sign up for one section only.
Presenter: Plant staff
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Thursday: September 7 A 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday: September 11 B 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lake Wissota Hydro Plant, 6350 163rd Power Plant Drive,
Chippewa Falls Detailed directions will be provided prior to tour.

45. Brighten Your Garden for Fall and Prepare It for Spring
Jenny will demonstrate how to change your porch pots and containers for a fall appeal with kale, blooming mums, panseys, sediums, and rudbecckia. She will introduce featured fall perennials and give fall perennial garden care, lawn care, mowing, and seeding ideas. She will talk about house plant care as we approach the shorter days toward winter and show us a mini floral design in a pumpkin.
Presenter: Jenny Reit, May’s Floral
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road

46. Family Matters:  Explorations in Genealogy
Genealogical research, learning more about ourselves and our ancestors, is a rich and rewarding process. Thanks to new tools that grow and improve constantly, the research process becomes easier and more engaging every day! This session will introduce you to the basics of genealogical research and focus on the free tools and resources available to help you start uncovering the fascinating story of your own family.
Presenter: Greg Kocken,
Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist, UWEC
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Tuesday: September 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

Bio:  Greg Kocken, archivist at UW-Eau Claire since 2011, is responsible for preserving and providing access to a wealth of historic records related to Eau Claire and several surrounding counties. He helps dozens of students and researchers explore the history of our communities and the people who have called the Chippewa Valley home.

47. CVTC Energy Education Center Tour

The Energy Education Center (EEC) at CVTC focuses on energy technology in energy generation, distribution, and efficient utilization and conservation. Here students learn how to use renewable energy technologies and how the energies power the building. The 54,000 square-foot facility has been recognized for its energy efficiency and green environmental features. Dean Adam Wehling will lead the walking tours and share information on the building and the CVTC programs that are housed at the EEC. Limit 40 per tour. Please sign up for one tour only.
Presenter: Dean Adam Wehling
Coordinator: Barbara Wimunc-Pearson (715) 836-9598
Monday: September 18 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday: September 18 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
CVTC Energy Education Center (West Campus), 4000 Campus Road
Meet in the front lobby Door #1. Parking permits will not be monitored that day..

48. Who Makes My Food?  A Local Farmer’s Perspective

What are your questions? What about technology in my food? GMO’s? Organic? Use of pesticides? Food for everyone?
Presenter: Jim Holte, Elk Mound farmer and president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Wednesday: September 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street

49. Hadrian’s Wall for Hikers and Archaeologists

Tim Wolter has spent lots of time on and around Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. He has hiked the trail that now follows this 2000-year-old structure and explored its archaeology that shows the Roman presence still there. Join a dig without the mud and sweat with an expert who has spent a decade finding evidence of the Romans who built this wall.
Presenter: Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: September 22 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

50. What Are Wood Turners?

Barry Grill, a highly skilled wood turner, will give a talk and demonstration on making wood products such as bowls and vases. You will observe a step-by-step process for using a lathe to turn a block of wood into a beautiful ornament. The facility has two overhead cameras with large screens that will allow close up viewing of his work. Barry will also have a display of his work available for purchase.
Limit 45.
Presenter: Barry Grill
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Wednesday: October 4 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Wood Turners meeting place, 1125 Starr Avenue
(Gray painted cement building inside EC insulation complex)

51. Galapagos Archipelago Adventure 

The Galápagos Islands are some of the most unique, enticing, and storied places on planet Earth. Darwin learned from them; Crusoe and Captain Ahab survived them; and Steve Betchkal photographed them. How did a Wisconsin farm boy end up living on a boat in the equatorial Pacific for two months in 2017? It’s a tale fit for Melville!
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Photographer, Videographer & Freelance Writer
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: October 5 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

52. Foot Care 101

Your feet are probably the last thing you think about — until they give you problems! Learn the basics of foot care from Certified Foot Care Nurse Betty Adsit. Find out how to deal with thick, hard-to-cut toe nails, corns, calluses, cracked heels, neuropathy, diabetes-related issues, and other common foot problems. Program will include time for your questions. Limit 50.
Presenter: Betty Adsit, RN, CFCN, and owner of Healing Feet, LLC.
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Monday: October 9 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

53. Premium Waters Water Bottles Solutions Plant Tour

Are you interested in how bottled water quality is monitored, the bottles that hold the water, and the production of this industry? You will be able to see and learn about the technology used to operate this 24/7 business. After the tour is completed in the first building on Park Avenue, members will drive their cars to the second building located approximately one mile away to continue the tour.
Limit 10 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Heidi Charlesworth, Quality Assurance Manager
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: October 10 A 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday: October 10 B 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Premium Waters Plant, 600 East Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls
The second building is at 2500 Olson Drive.

54. Putting Their Final Remains to Rest

Dr. Bill Baxa will discuss the experience of dealing with the process of disinterring, examining, and reinterring the remains from more than 100 unmarked graves alongside Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence, Wisconsin. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Bill Baxa
Coordinator: John Stoneberg 715) 832-8315
Wednesday: October 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street

55. All the Way History Theatre Trip

This production is the regional premiere of the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Play. “….jaw dropping political drama” – Variety. “A cinematic sweep with an eye toward teasing out the parallels to our current gridlock…” – Entertainment Weekly. November 22, 1963 – November, 1964 was a turbulent time in our history involving JFK, LBJ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Hubert Humphrey and Congress. After the 10:00 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
Thursday: October 12
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 8:30. We arrive back at about 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 Lunch, shopping, and driver’s tip are not included.

56. Foreign Affairs – Eau Claire

We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2017 video each week and discuss the topic. Each Friday, there will be a different topic and leader as listed below.
October 13 EU Pat Henke
October 20 Trade Policy Lou Frase, M. D.
October 27 South China Sea Stan Norman, M. D.
November 3 Saudi Arabia Mindy Merryfield
Coordinator: Dave Steele (715) 286-2676
Fridays: Oct 13, 20, 27, and Nov 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

57. History of the Cornell Pinelands and the Federal Land Grant

The 1862 the Merrell Act creating federal land grants had a major effect on education and agriculture in our area. Join Marv Lansing as he takes us through this important and interesting history.
Presenter: Marv Lansing
Coordinator: Dave Steele (715) 286-2676
Friday: October 13 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

58. Your Ancestors Are Speaking to You Through Your DNA.  Listen up!

DNA testing can illuminate your ethnic heritage and help identify long-dead ancestors as well as your living, but far flung, cousins. The results can be surprising! Learn about the benefits and the differences between the various DNA testing services, including 23andMe. Find out how to use the tools they provide to help you learn more about yourself and your family roots.
Presenter: Dixie Hansen
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Tuesday: October 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 East Half Moon Drive, Carson Park

Bio:  For 35 years Dixie Hansen has dug in deep on various family history projects using both traditional paper and “feet on the ground” research methods as well as internet resources. She goes at it with pick-ax and hammer. In the last decade, she’s added DNA testing (through 5 different vendors) to her garden shed of investigative tools and has learned that DNA serves as a useful check on both the accuracy and potential flaws in her “paper” research. It has also turned up some “new old” ancestral bones that she wouldn’t have uncovered by even the best of time-honored methodologies.

59. Robots and Teenagers – A Marvelous Combination

For retired engineers or anyone who would love to drive a 120 pound robot, this is a real opportunity. Tim Wolter has worked with Chippewa Falls high school students to build and operate robots. Now you have a chance to see what these creative young folks can do if given a bit of encouragement. Maybe there will even be a chance for a member or two to take a “bot” for a test drive. Limit 20.
Presenter: Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: October 20 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Hillside Elementary School gymnasium, 1200 Miles Street,
Chippewa Falls Directions will be provided in an e-mail.

60. One Pumpkin Plus Lots of Succulents = One Great Centerpiece!

Try something new for fall: decorate a pumpkin with beautiful, living succulent plants, moss, and fun seasonal decorations. No messing around with slimy pumpkins and seeds. Instead, use a glue gun to make a fun seasonal decoration that will take you from October through Thanksgiving. The fee includes all supplies needed to decorate one pumpkin or three mini-pumpkins. Limit 12 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Down to Earth Garden Center staff
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (715) 835-0894
Monday: October 23 A 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: October 25 B 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Down to Earth Garden Center, 6025 Arndt Lane
Cost: $25

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61. The Unfinished Reformation: An Event Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

Since its birth at Pentecost, the Christian Church has been in continued reformation and renewal. Some reformative movements are more significant than others. Together we will explore the historical and theological implications of two of these movements:
Session A (Oct. 24) the Lutheran reformation of the 16th century,
Session B (Oct. 26) contemporary changes in the Christian church.
Presenters: Dr. Tom Miller, Reformation Historian, Professor Emeritus, UWEC and Rev. Don Wisner, Liturgical Theologian, ELCA Pastor
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Tuesday: October 24 A 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday: October 26 B 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street

62. What Does It Mean to Exist?

Perhaps more than any other philosophical movement of the last century, existentialism has challenged us to rethink the meaning of life. Who are we? What are we supposed to do with our lives? What does Jean-Paul Sartre mean when he says “existence precedes essence“? In this session we will explore both Christian and atheistic existential approaches to issues such as meaning, freedom, existence, and the “purpose of life.”   Limit 60.

Introduction to Existentialism1    Sartre–Philosophy Now11
Presenter: Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UWEC Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Coordinator: Michael O’Halloran (715) 835-2388
Thursday: October 26 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room

63. Australia – Exploring the Land Down Under

Nancy and Tony Schuster spent several weeks exploring Australia early in 2017. Join them as they share what they learned about the geology, history, people, flora, and fauna of this marvelous land.
Presenters: Nancy and Tony Schuster
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: October 27 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

64. L.E. Phillips Career Development Center Tour

L.E. Phillips Career Development Center’s mission is to be a viable business enterprise as a means to provide meaningful and appropriate vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages. On the tour, you will see nine of ten in-house training areas, interact with clients, and learn what is done outside of our facility. The tour will last approximately one hour with time in the beginning for introductions and history and 15 minutes at the end for wrap up and questions. Limit 60.

CVLR CDC-Fall 2017 Safety Instructions for Visitors EDIT
Presenter: Joanna Gohlke. Marketing & Sales Account Executive
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: November 2 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Career Development Center, 1515 Ball Street
Parking directions will be e-mailed prior to the tour.

65. African Safari with an Emphasis on Birds 

Chris and Jana Lind will share their enthusiasm for wildlife and birding with photographs and stories from their recent birding safari to national parks in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
Presenters: Chris and Jana Lind
Coordinator: Tony Schuster (715) 723-6114
Friday: November 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

66. Let’s Dabble!  One Library’s Makerspace Experience

What is the Dabble Box? What is a makerspace? This program will look at the development of a “do-it-yourself” multi-purpose programming space. Here customers of all ages and interests can learn a new skill, express a talent, explore technology, practice arts and crafts, and more. The presentation will include hands-on demonstrations. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Limit 20 per session. Please select one session only.
Presenter: Jennifer Cook, Associate Reference Librarian
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: November 7 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: November 9 B 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Chippewa Room, lower level,
400 Eau Claire Street

67. Hiking In and Around the Chippewa Valley

Presenter Rob Reid and his wife Jayne picked up hiking in their middle ages and have explored hiking trails over 175 times in Wisconsin and Minnesota in the last three years. In this update of his previous presentation, Rob will focus on the best hiking trails in and around Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Augusta, and Menomonie. These trails have a variety of features for all levels of hikers. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

26 Hikes in the Chippewa Valley
Presenter: Rob Reid
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: November 8 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Streethome.

68. 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
Monday: November 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road
Cost: $30

large porch pot   tripple set of pots   classic with berries

69. Botswana – Land of Enchantment

Botswana is the land of Africa’s largest elephant herd and the lion, “King of the Jungle.” Travel along with Jim to visit the Okavango Delta through the magic of photography. Learn about and enjoy the exciting beauty of this Land of Enchantment.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Thursday: November 16 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on the Nimitz side.

70. Act Your Age:  Resistance Training for Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is not completely reliant on improving muscular strength and endurance but rather on slowing the natural loss of muscular fitness. Muscular fitness is the single most powerful factor in maintaining functional independence and preventing chronic disease in an aging population. This program will delve into the latest research and evidence to support resistance training in older adults using various training methods and exercise prescription principles.
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Act Your Age Resistance Training for Heal
Presenters: Drs. Jeffrey Janot and Nicholas Beltz,
Kinesiology Department, UWEC
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Friday: November 17 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, lower level, 400 Eau Claire Street