Click here to download a .pdf of the Fall 2021 line-up of classes.

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.

Click here to download a copy of the calendar for Fall 2021.



Fall 2021


1.    Poetry XVIII – Unique American Voices
This fall we’ll look at some uniquely American poetic voices.  Agnes will present poetry of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island with a focus on the 2019 U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo.  Judy will demonstrate counting lines and syllables as we venture into the realm of the Cinquain, created by Adelaide Crapsey in the early 1900’s.  Jan will present a collection of stories – poetry and/or prose –  from diverse people of color and different cultures than “White America.”
Presenters: Agnes Welsch, Judy Ristow, Jan Frase
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer        (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays:  September 7, 14, 21, and 28     10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E



2.    I Am a Cheesehead Video
John will show us his film, “Cheeseheads: The Documentary,” the story of a manʼs journey to rediscover his Wisconsin roots after twenty years away. It also looks into the deeper meaning of being a Cheesehead, well beyond the clichéd notion represented in the media, and discovers that Wisconsin is a place like none other, filled with some of the most hard-working, passionate, and generous people on earth, who are a part of something bigger than themselves.  He will answer questions.
Presenter: John Mitchell
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer        (715) 874-5633
Wednesday:  September 8            1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


3.    Strong Bodies
Extension/FoodWise is a participant in the national evidence-based StrongBodies™ program. This is a strength training program in which no experience is necessary to begin. Strength training has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Strength training also increases strength, muscle mass, and bone density. Presenters will demonstrate exercises and modifications.
Presenters: Sandy Tarter & Nancy Fastner, FoodWise Nutrition
Coordinator:  Howard Lee            (715) 235-8841
Thursday:  September 9            10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E



4.    Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
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:
September 10 – The Two Koreas – LuAnn Livingston
September 17 – The End of Globalization – Paul Helgeson
September 24 – The WHO’s Response to Covid-19 – Ron Seningen
October 1 – China and Africa –Mindy Merrifield
Coordinator:  Steve Hogseth         (715) 309-4171
Fridays: Sept 10, 17, 24, and Oct 1        10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E



5.    Special Viewing of Vietnam Veterans Exhibit
The Rassbach Museum is offering CVLR members a special viewing of Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name, a traveling exhibit featuring a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C.  This exhibit is being put on as a collaboration between the DCHS and the Dunn County Veterans Service office.  The exhibit is compliments of Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Presenter:  Melissa Kneeland
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Thursday:  September 16            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost:  $10


6.    What Is Happening with Your Post Office?
The Postal Service has been in the news a great deal lately.  What is going on in the region, state, and nationally with the postal service?
What is new with the local postal service serving the Menomonie area?
Chad will address general daily operations, schedules, the front desk, satellite service, workers, vehicles, and budgets. Presenter: Chad Martinson, Post Master
Coordinator:  Howard Lee            (715) 235-8841
Tuesday:  September 21            10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


7.    How Sleep Affects Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Sleep is more than a passive activity.  Dr. Dexter will address the importance of regular sleep, how sleep is vital for brain health, and sleep’s protective and healing functions for the brain.  He will teach us more about Alzheimer’s and dementia.  He will describe the symptoms of dementia, including confusion, impaired speech and difficulty with thought and offer treatment options and suggestions. Learn more about your brain and healthy sleep.  Bring your questions.
Presenter:  Dr. Donn Dexter, Mayo Clinic
Coordinator:  Howard Lee            (715) 235-8841
Wednesday:  September 22            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E


8.    Author Victoria Brenna Reads and Discusses her New Book Aria for a Farm:  Lean Together or Fall Alone
Victoria Brenna is excited to share her successful novel Aria for a Farm: Lean Together or Fall Alone, its conception, and development.  After Claudia’s father’s sudden death, she is left to save her farm in Wisconsin’s1930s. An unlikely love opens a world of music, but secrets threaten her image of her beloved father and the man who is his antitheses. Can the guarded Claudia learn to lean on others or will she fall alone?
Presenter:  Victoria Brenna
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Wednesday:  September 22            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


9.    Dealing with Fire Safety in Your Home
Andy will teach us general fire safety for seniors.  Your life could depend on knowing fire prevention strategies in your home or apartment.  Find out when you should try and put out a fire and when you should call 911. Learn what seniors should do in the event of a fire.  He will give a live demonstration on using a fire extinguisher.
Presenter:  Andy Benrud, Menomonie Fire Department
Coordinator:  Howard Lee            (715) 235-8841
Thursday:  September 23            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E



10.  The Life Story of John A Howe, Architect of Menomonie’s Public Library on Its 35th Anniversary
John “Jack” Howe shared a drafting table with Frank Lloyd Wright, delineated the architect’s ideas, and organized the production of drawings for the Taliesin Fellowship. Jack’s work was crucial to getting many of the great twentieth century buildings built.  The drawings have become iconic works of art. We will watch a 60-minute film narrated by Mr. Howe telling the story of his career and discussing his work. Robert Barros produced and directed this Telly award-winning film.
Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library.
Presenter:  John Barros of Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins         (715) 235-8528
Friday:  September 24            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road


11.  Make Your Own Carryall Bag
Colfax quilter Diane Goers will lead a workshop on creating a fabric/mesh bag, 14 inches wide, 15 inches tall and 6 inches deep from plastic pet screen with 1 inch nylon belting for the handles. There are six outside pockets made of fabric of your choosing. The pet screen and nylon belting is included in the fee.  Intermediate sewers only.  Bring your own machine and fabric. Limit 15
Presenter: Diane Goers
Coordinator:  Pat Eggert             (715) 308-5357
Wednesday:  September 29            9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $6

Materials needed:  Two fat quarters that coordinate for the pockets and trim.  One fat quarter for lining.  I use black as you will not see this.  ½ yard interfacing.  Thread to match your pocket fabric and black thread to finish the sides.  Pins, white chalk marker, wonder clips, and a heavy needle for your machine.

carryall bag

12.  What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Amy will present the medical background, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  How do you identify it?  What do you do if you suspect a child has it?  Kathy will share a parent’s perspective from the real world, interviewing a parent with a child that has ASD. You will have a chance to ask questions of both presenters.
Presenters: Amy Burns PA-C, Pediatrics/Urgent Care – Menomonie
Kathy Weber, Parent
Coordinator:  Howard Lee            (715) 235-8841
Tuesday:  October 5            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E


13.  Deciphering Events in the Middle East
Every day events unfold across the Middle East that have many of us scratching our heads.  We are fortunate to have Cathy Sultan to help us decipher them. For fifteen years, Cathy lived in the Middle East, a place where skulldugery is an everyday occurrence and where the stuff of spy stories is made.  A news junkie and author of five books about the region, she’ll also have a tale or two to tell about her own adventures.
Presenter: Cathy Sultan
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Tuesday:  October 5            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Click here to see Cathy’s new book cover


14.  Visiting Cuba
With JoAnn’s father being a hobby beekeeper for over 70 years, honeybees were just part of her life growing up. When she decided ten years ago to become a beekeeper like her father, she never imagined it would take her on an amazing beekeeping trip to Cuba.  Her trip not only included visits to several apiaries but also to cultural and historical sites. It also coincided with Havana’s celebrating 500 years as the capital city!
Presenter: JoAnn Parks
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Wednesday:  October 6            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


15.  Talkin’ Trash
Do you know where your trash goes when it’s picked up curbside? Are all of your recyclables eventually recycled? Are there ways to reduce your personal contribution to our region’s solid waste stream?  You’ll travel from curb to incinerator to landfill, and learn sustainable practices that anyone can employ to minimize the environmental impacts of living in our so-called “throwaway society.” You’ll want to attend this talk before your next scheduled trash pick-up day!
Presenter:  Professor Lauren Wentz, Ph.D., Biological Sciences,
UWEC-Barron County
Coordinator:  Sally Felling            (715) 962-4314
Thursday:  October 7            1:30-3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom only

Bio:  Dr. Lauren Wentz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biology at UW-Eau Claire–Barron County.  She teaches a variety of courses, including anatomy, plant biology, and environmental science.  While Dr. Wentz’s research interests focus on acoustic communication in birds, her interests in the natural world run the gamut from bird behavior to spider diversity to understanding human fascination with objects and material goods.  Recently, Dr. Wentz developed a state-mandated training course for Wisconsin incinerator operators, a project that ignited her interest in what we throw away and what happens to the things we use once we’re finished with them.


16.  Don’t Let Aging Be a Pain   
Mild aches and pains can come with normal, healthy aging.  However, moderate to severe pain, swelling, stiffness and fatigue could be a sign of something more severe that can be treated and managed.  Learn the early signs of rheumatoid arthritis, things you can do to help manage at home, and when you should seek medical help. Melissa Matzumura, M.D. is a board certified rheumatologist specializing in treating pain and diseases of the joints as well as autoimmune disorders.
Presenter: Melissa Matzumura, M.D., Marshfield Medical
Coordinator:  Pat Eggert             (715) 308-5357
Friday:  October 8                           1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom only


17.  How to Relieve Pain with Essential Oils
Join us to learn how essential oils can help relieve pain, soothe sore muscles and eliminate the inflammation that can cause pain.  Whether your pain is due to arthritis, neuropathy, working out, or an injury, essential oils can be beneficial.  We will compare essential oils to CBD oil, and samples will be passed.  Learn some safety tips for using essential oils to effectively relieve your occasional or chronic pain naturally and with no side effects.
Presenter:  Michelle Caron
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer        (715) 874-5633
Tuesday:  October 12             10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


18.  How to Downsize
How do we take control over our tendency to accumulate and keep too much stuff?  Why do we resist taking action?  Where do we take it all? What do we keep, and what can we purge?  We don’t have time to deal with everything. Getting rid of stuff is hard work.  It is psychologically and emotionally draining. Connie is an organizer who will help us address downsizing and get us started.
Presenter:  Connie Kees
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Spader         (715) 235-7003
Wednesday:  October 13             10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


19.  Make Your Own Magic Hat    
Learn to use cognitive-behavioral principles to be happier and have more fun in life. Recognize stress-inducing, negative thoughts and change them into positive, empowering attitudes using these time-tested techniques. Barb Hebert will share what’s in her own (mental) magic hat and explain how you can create your own.
Presenter:  Barb Hebert, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Coordinator:  Marilyn Hagen            (715) 210-0073
Thursday:  October 14            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


20.  Roman Ruins in Catalonia
Although the Greeks were the first to settle in Catalonia in the 6th century BC, it was primarily the Romans who left their mark on this important archeological area of northeastern Spain. Largely intact sites are located in Empuries, Tarragona and Barcelona.  Chris will provide a photographic journey through the ruins and include images of villages showing evidence of their Roman heritage around Roses, in the Spanish province of Girona, near Spain’s border with France.
Presenter:  Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith            (715) 664-8805
Thursday:  October 14            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom only


21.  Cooking with Monica:  Infuse CBD into Your Recipes
What are the benefits to adding CBD to your recipes?  Learn how to isolate CBD powder.  Discover how to use it and the oil.  Combine it with beneficial fats to Increase its absorption.  Find out how to make these recipes infused with CBD:  “Ultimate” Breakfast Sandwich, Pistachio Banana Smoothie, BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad (in the dressing), Grilled Pizza (in the crust), Cod Pomodoro with Zoodles, and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Take home Colorado Hemp Honey Sriracha Popcorn and a recipe packet. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Monday:  October 18            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost:  $20



22.  Lyster, a Norwegian-flavored Tour to Another Time
Tour the 1866 Norwegian Lyster Church with its elaborate fretwork and carved interior which has been featured in articles by the Wisconsin Historical Society and Vesterheim Museum.  You will be given a moderated tour and watch a power point of the church’s unique history and its settlers narrated by retired Judge Gary Schlosstein.  Lunch will be served by the church ladies in the adjoining parish hall.  They may have some Norwegian bakery treats available to sample.  Limit 60
Presenter: Judge Gary Schlosstein
Coordinator:  Marilyn Hagen            (715) 210-0073
Wednesday:  October 20            10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lyster Church, Urne  Directions furnished in reminder e-mail.
Travel is on your own.
Cost:  $10 includes lunch


23.  What Are PFAS?  How Are They a Hazard to Your Health?
Many products derive their ability to repel water or oil from a class of chemicals known as PFAS. PFAS have been around for decades and are found in non-stick cookware, fabrics, food packaging, personal care products, firefighting foams, etc. PFAS are only recently being scrutinized as a source of groundwater contamination and hazard to human health.  Tom will present the social discovery of PFAS and the efforts of contaminated communities to hold polluters accountable.
Presenter:  Dr. Tom Pearson
Coordinator:  Steve Hogseth         (715) 309-4171
Thursday:  October 21                      1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


24.  Advanced Zoom
You have already been in several Zoom meetings this past year.  Here is your chance to learn more about the Zoom app and learn about some of the features you have not yet tried:   hosting,  screen sharing, showing a Powerpoint, managing participants, chat, setting a virtual background, polling, breakout rooms, spotlighting a participant and even using Zoom to play games with friends and family at a distance.   Limit 20   Sign up for one section only.
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator:  Joe Hagaman            (715) 556-7723
Monday:  October 25           A        10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday:  October 25           B        1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom only


25.  Create Holiday Icicles Reminiscent of Old-Fashioned Mercury Glass
Decorate your holiday tree with icicles reminiscent of the old-fashioned mercury glass icicles or give one or two as a gift.  Choose one color theme or mix and match a variety of metal and glass beads.  Embellish with bead caps or not.   See examples at  You will receive enough materials to create four ornaments.  Limit 20
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins         (715) 235-8528
Tuesday:  October 26            1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost:  $16 for 4 icicles


26.  Is Homelessness a Big Problem in the Chippewa Valley?
Brett Geboy, Community Relations Director of Hope Gospel Mission, will update us on the current homeless situation in our area.  What are the local solutions? He will explain how Hope Gospel Mission rescues, rebuilds, and renews the lives of those it helps. It works to change those lives by addressing the root causes of a person’s problems and helping him or her become long-term, contributing members of our society. Find out how the organization is
accomplishing that.
Presenter:  Brett Geboy
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Spader         (715) 235-7003
Wednesday:  October 27            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


27.  Is This the Greatest Myth about U.S. History?
Many, perhaps most, Americans believe that the U.S. government won its settlement of this country as a “right of conquest.” But the Founding Fathers’ claim to North America, most clearly stated decades later in an 1823 court decision, dates back to a Pope from the 1400’s. We’ll unravel the twisted history of America’s founding principle: the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery.”
Presenter:  Frank Smoot
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Thursday:  October 28             1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


28.  Smartphone as a Camera
Smartphone camera capabilities have improved dramatically in the past few years. You will learn how to:  take good pictures, manage photos on your phone, automatically upload new photos to the cloud for backup, edit photos, organize them into albums, share with friends and relatives, special photo apps and how to convert those old prints and slides to digital files.    Limit 20   Sign up for one section only.
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator:  Joe Hagaman            (715) 556-7723
Monday:  November 1           A        10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday:  November 1           B        1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom only


29.  Creating a Narrative of Your Life for Your Children and Grandchildren
You would be surprised how the little things in your life will give your children and grands a picture of what life was like “back when.” An extensive questionnaire will be provided to help you create your own story to pass on. We will also have an opportunity to share some of our past stories with each other. Even if you don’t write or record your story, it will be a time to reminisce about your past.
Presenter:  Elizabeth Spader
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader        (715) 235-7003
Tuesday:  November 2                       10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Print out the questions here

30.  Underwater Adventures
Gain new depths of understanding of the underwater world found among the reefs of Cozumel Mexico.  Join Dick Best for his latest explorations of the unique environments found in the crystal clear waters off Mexico’s Yucatan coast.  The reefs of Cozumel contain some of world’s most amazing coral formations and attract divers from across the planet to experience the fascinating diversity found deep below the blue Caribbean.
Presenter:  Dick Best
Coordinator: Chris Smith            (715) 664-8805
Wednesday:  November 3            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


31.  Design Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments
Design a suite of fused glass holiday ornaments or mini-suncatchers with expert guidance.  Your choices for ornament shapes include square, diamond, or icicle. Start with a clear base and add plenty of colored glass to create fun designs for a pair of ornaments, with an option to add additional ornaments for a small fee as time permits. Josephine will take the projects to her studio and fire it into a beautiful work of art to be picked up November 13.  Limit 20
Presenter:  Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins         (715) 235-8528
Thursday:  November 4            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost:  $30 for 2 ornaments


32.  Ghosts of the US-Dakota War 1862
Are you ready to experience Fort Ridgely’s resident spirits, the battlefield ghosts of Native American warriors and US soldiers, the restless souls of massacre sites, and the thoughts of Chief Little Crow and Governor Henry Sibley from beyond the grave? Join ghost hunter and historian Adrian Lee on a compelling tour of the most haunted historic places of the US-Dakota War.  His chilling firsthand investigations, accompanied by rich historical details, will send shivers down your spine as he recovers history from the lips of the dead.
Presenter:  Adrian Lee
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Thursday:  November 4            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


33.  The Biology of Sex
Most people know the differences between male and female bodies, but how did they come to be that way?  Is it really true that everyone is either male or female, with no other options?  How does testosterone affect athletic performance?  Why do some transgender people feel like they were born in the wrong bodies?  This engaging and interactive session will answer all of these questions and more.
Presenter:  Alexandra Hall M.D.
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Spader         (715) 235-7003
Friday:  November 5             10:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Date change  to Friday, November 19
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th St. E


34.  Cooking with Monica:  Heal with Life-Changing Foods III
In this third session on Life-Changing Foods, we will address how these foods help heal Lyme’s Disease, RA, and Epstein-Barr Virus.  Find out how oxidation, light-filled foods, and living water affect aging.  Discover how to interpret and deal with cravings.  Receive recipes Anthony did not include in the book, some of them tailored to the holidays.  Learn how to make Pomegranate Guacamole, Zucchini Fries, Mac & “Cheese,” Root Veggie Fries, Potato Nachos, Cinnamon Donuts, and more.  Take home maple fudge and a recipe packet.     Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Monday:  November 8            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost:  $15


35.  Make an Acrylic-enhanced Photograph     
Create a ready-to-hang work of art starting with a digital photographic image that you have taken and either e-mailed to Chris or brought to class on a USB drive.  You will learn to transfer the image to a canvas-covered board, prepare and paint the resulting image, and mount your work.  Session one concentrates on image preparation and transfer, session two on revealing and enhancing the image, and session three on fine details and mounting.  This class is all three consecutive days.   Limit 6
Presenter:  Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith            (715) 664-8805
Tuesday:  November 9            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday:  November 10            10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday:  November 11            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost:  $35 includes all materials


36.  Elizabeth Releases Fourth Book in Eliza Series
In April Elizabeth released book three in the Eliza series, The Trapped Wizard.  This fall she is releasing book four, Teeny Tiny Elf’s Mistake.  Elizabeth will read an excerpt from each book, share their back stories, and answer questions about her writing.  She is excited to have you be among the first to see the new book.  You are invited to join her celebration and learn more about these books.
Presenter:  Elizabeth K. Fischer
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer        (715) 874-5633
Wednesday:  November 10            1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


37.  About Exits and Losses
We will discuss what happens when people experience a major and destabilizing EXIT, either voluntary or involuntary! Think about our experiences with Covid 19, deaths, politics, suicides, job losses, growing old, divorces, moving, in just the last few years!  We have healthy and not so healthy ways to manage these events in our fast-paced lives.  We will talk (and I encourage sharing of experiences) about a framework for healthier relationships with those around us, as we/they are buffeted by the many EXITS in our lives!
Presenter:  Dennis Spader
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader        (715) 235-7003
Thursday:  November 11                       10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


38.  European Travel Tips
Paul Schwartz of Menomonie has traveled to over thirty countries on vacation and loves to talk travel. He will offer travel tips to help you take that trip you have always wanted to do.  He wil address buying plane tickets, checking websites, packing, locating places to stay, finding interesting places to go, getting around, and more.  Learn Paul’s tips and tricks to get the most out of your trip.
Presenter:  Paul Schwartz
Coordinator:  Joe Hagaman            (715) 556-7723
Tuesday:  November 16             10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


39.  Behind the Scenes at the Museum I
Learn what goes on behind the scenes at a museum in order to take in, process, collect, store, and exhibit the artifacts.  Get a sneak peek at pieces carefully stored in the collections of the museum, not on display, and hear their stories.  Become more aware of the rich history of where we live.  Recognize that today’s happenings are future historical exhibits.  How can we keep our history alive for generations?
Limit 10      Sign up for one section only.
Presenter:  Melissa Kneeland and Sofi Doane
Coordinator:  Elizabeth Fischer         (715) 874-5633
Wednesday:  November 17         A    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday:  November 18         B    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost:   $10


40.  Solving the Mystery of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s 76-million-year-old Tyrannosaur Mass Murder
The 2014 discovery of a tyrannosaur dinosaur mass burial inside GSE National Monument triggered a five-year investigation into the cause of this unique fossil occurrence. The team, led by Dr. Alan Titus, Monument Paleontologist, used field-based methods and state-of-the-art analysis to paint a picture of that fateful day which led to the demise of an entire group of these predators. The results forced the team to reevaluate their views on tyrannosaur behavior, leading to conclusions which ran contrary to accepted wisdom of specialists.
Presenter:  Dr. Alan Titus
Coordinator:  Steve Hogseth         (715) 309-4171
Wednesday:  November 17                       1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street


41.  Tales from the Lagoon: Finding the Lost Shtetl of Rumsheshok   
Our goal was to locate one lost ancestral village, Rumsheshok, which was like thousands of small Jewish villages in Eastern Europe with a slight twist.  In the early 20th century, Rumsheshok had been in central Lithuania with a population of 496. They lived in close proximity to their non-Jewish neighbors until 1941. Then everything changed.  A team of scientists used sonar, divers, ground penetrating radar, and other geoscience technology to find the village in the lagoon and the mass grave.  We will follow their journey of discovery.
Presenter:  Harry Jol
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins         (715) 235-8528
Thursday:  November 18                      3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street