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Spring/Summer 2017
Menomonie

 

1. You Can Break the Symptom Cycle
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression, arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease, and Crohn’s disease can be managed. This interactive session will define and discuss the differences between acute and chronic conditions, discuss methods of symptoms management both physical and cognitive, discuss steps in making informed decisions about care, and introduce the Stanford Patient Education Research Center program that is offered through Mayo Clinic Health System and local Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
Presenters: Tanya Scherf, Licensed Massage Therapist, Mayo Clinic
Joanne Walker, RN, BSN, Mayo Clinic
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: March 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

2. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2017 video each week and discuss the topic following the video. The topics and the dates are in this order: 1)The Future of Europe on March 10, 2) Trade and Politics on March 17, 3) Conflict in the South China Sea on March 24, 4) Saudi Arabia in Transition on March 31.
Presenters: Howard Lee and Bill Neverdahl
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Fridays: March 10, 17, 24, and 31 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

3. Discover Your Local Roots: How to Research Your Family Tree Using Local Sources in Your Community

Take the journey of genealogy. Get organized and start your family research at the local level.   Find out what sources are available in Dunn County. Discover methods of recording family history using local sources and how they can apply to most Wisconsin counties and cities. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate genealogist, this two-part class is appropriate for you. Attend both parts which are different.
Presenters: Sue Beety and June Novak
Dunn County Genealogical Society
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Mondays: March 13 and 20 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

4. An Introduction to the History and Religion of Islam
What is the Koran? Reverand Roy Harrisville III, Ph.D, a pastor, professor, academic dean, publisher, and former NALC Dean of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, will present an introduction to the history and religion of Islam from the birth of Mohammed to present day. He will explain the five pillars of Islam, the Muslim creed, Islamic terms and concepts, and the differences between Islam and Muslim. He will also describe how Sunni, Shi’a, and Sikh differ.
Presenter: Reverand Roy Harrisville III, Ph.D
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Monday: March 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

5. The Wild Wild West of Bitcoin!
Bitcoin allows direct, secure payments between individuals without a middleman. Bitcoin payments are an attractive alternative for international transfers. Without an intermediary, the costs involved in sending money are reduced, and payments can be near instant. Hear real-world examples of this from John’s experience working with transfer payments to and from Europe for the past six years. Be careful. The Bitcoin world is like the Wild Wild West. Learn how to protect yourself in the Bitcoin world.
Presenter: John Verdon
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: March 14 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

6. A Poor Man’s (Woman’s) Amazon River Cruise
Why is the Amazon River brown? Where can you see pink dolphins? Learn about the dozens of bird and mammal species along the vast Amazon River. Hear about the kindness—and poverty—of the local people. Tour their communities. What happens when the boat’s generator breaks . . . twice? Cynthia will share her exciting, but slightly dysfunctional, week’s cruise on Peru’s Amazon River.
Presenter: Cynthia Barber
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: March 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

7. The Top 10 Films of 2016
Former film critic of the River Falls Voice and avid film connoisseur Dustyn Dubuque will give a retrospective of 2016 movies. He has watched roughly 200+ movies from 2016 and will share his top ten films of the year plus others of interest. He will cover Hollywood blockbusters, Academy Award contenders, foreign dramas, documentaries, and perhaps some of the worst ones. Dubuque believes, “There is no better medium to critically speak and think about than film.”
Presenter: Dustyn Dubuque
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: March 16 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

8. North to Alaska: One Woman’s Experience
Linda was sent to Savoonga, a Siberian Yupik-speaking Eskimo village appromimately thirty miles from Siberia which is on a treeless island of ice floes, pervasive winds, honey buckets, and hungry polar bears. Find out why one spoiled woman from the heartland would choose to live there, what she learned from the people, and how it changed her life.
Presenter: Linda Bark
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Friday: March 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

9. Cooking with Monica: New Ways with Chocolate
Do more with chocolate! Discover how to temper chocolate, where chocolate is grown and processed, and the different types of chocolate. Learn how to create truffles, cocoa-rubbed beef, chocolate bacon, chocolate mousse, and beautiful garnishes out of chocolate. Make a chocolate sphere and watch it “bloom” into a gorgeous dessert. Take home a recipe packet, homemade fudge sauce, and chocolate popcorn seasoning. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: March 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

10. Practicing and Polishing the Basics of Fiction Writing
To develop your fiction writing skills, join this hands-on, three-session course with an accomplished author and award-winning teacher. Using examples and experiences from the presenter’s own fiction writing, we will develop characters and scenes, integrate details and action, write dialogue, and navigate the self-publishing process. You will practice selected writing strategies, receive feedback from others about your writing, and comment on others’ written work. Come prepared to think, write, read, talk, do some homework, and have fun.
Presenter: CeCelia R. Zorn; PhD, RN, Novelist, UWEC Prof Emerita Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: March 21, 28 and April 4 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

11. The Funky – a Simple, Yet Versatile Beading Technique
The Funky consists of several strands of simple stringing that can be used to create bracelets or necklaces. By embellishing strands of seed beads with varieties of beads, including Czech glass, this easy pattern can be designed to become as intricate or as simple as desired. Several examples will be shared in class. Beads, thread, needle, embellishments, and clasps will be provided to complete one project. Limit 16 per session. Please select one session only.
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: March 21 A 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: March 28 B 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $12

12. Understanding the United States Military Budget
James McCartney’s book America’s War Machine addresses a topic that has a profound impact on each of us, our society, and the national election dialog. Yet, we do not discuss this topic much. Michel and Lorene will change that by reviewing the book and leading a discussion on the topic. You do not need to read the book before the class. Come, find out about it, and participate in the discussion.
Presenters: Michel Brandt and Lorene Vedder
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: March 22 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

13. Honeybees from a Beekeeper’s Perspective
Veronica Knudsen, an Elk Mound beekeeper, has been a hobbyist beekeeper since 2014. Veronica will share her experiences of novice beekeeping and give an overview of the life of the honeybee and the equipment used in beekeeping. Veronica will share tips on what you can do to help the honeybees and other pollinators.
Presenter: Veronica Knudsen
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday, March 22 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

14. Create a Fused Glass Piece
You will have a choice of making a nightlight, a tea light candle holder, or a medium-sized dish using fused glass. The materials are included in your fee and will be ready for you to use at class. Josephine will bring the tools and guide you through the process of assembling your creation. She will take your creation back to her studio and fire your project. If you are in Session A, you may pick up your finished project at the class May 4. If you are in Session B, you may pick up your project June 1 between 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the craft room at the senior center. Limit 20 per session. Please sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: March 23 A 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday: May 4 B 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $30

15. Family Life in Arabic Countries
International students from UW Stout‘s English as a Second Language program will share insights regarding traditional family life and celebrations in Arabic countries. Family activities to be discussed will include the role and responsibilities of family members, greetings and departures, apparel, food, entertaining, leisure, and music.
Presenters: UW Stout international English as a Second Language
students
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Monday: March 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

16. International Folk Dancing
Learn some easy folk dances from Bulgaria, Brittany, Israel, Serbia and many other countries around the world! International folk dancing is fun, good for exercise and balance, educational, and a good way to build community with the people around you. No experience is necessary, and no partners are needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Presenters: Paul Wagner and Cindy Schlosser,
organizers of the Eau Claire International Folk Dancers
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Tuesday: April 4 1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

17. Clean Ground Water for the Future
What don’t we know about groundwater, and what do we need to know in order to save it for the next generation. We will look at the groundwater in the Chippewa Valley. Where does it come from, and where it go? Is the groundwater being contaminated? What might happen as the water table drops? What three things must each county do to protect the groundwater?
Presenter: Neil Koch
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: April 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

18. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
The Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska will perform works by Bach, Schubert, and the great cello concerto by Elgar. To prepare for this concert see the movie Jacqui about the cellist Jacqueline DuPre. Limit 56.
Coordinator: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: April 6
Bus departs 29 Pines at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 9:00 and arrives back about 5:30 p.m.
The concert runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will allow time after the concert for lunch on your own and leave the concert hall at 3 p.m.
Cost: $49. Does not include lunch or tip for driver.

19. Common Core State Standards
What are the Common Core State Standards? In this presentation, Kim will give a history of the creation of the CCSS as national education standards and Wisconsin’s adoption of them. Pros and cons of the use of the Common Core will be presented. Time for questions and answers will be provided throughout the presentation.
Presenter: Kimberly C. Martinez, PhD, Associate Professor, UW-Stout
Department Chair for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Friday: April 7 1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

20. A Look Back at the History of Colfax
Local historian Troy Knutson will share photos, artifacts, and stories about the history of his life-long hometown of Colfax, Wisconsin. Troy became interested in Colfax history as a sophomore in high school and has since been actively collecting pictures, stories, and memorabilia related to Colfax. He published a book in 2014 titled Looking Through the Lens which photographically documents the highlights of Colfax’s history. Come travel back in time with Troy!
Presenter: Troy Knutson
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: April 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

21. The Current and Future Culture in Arabic Countries
International students from UW Stout‘s English as a Second Language program will talk about their culture, literature, and education. They will also address future changes, including green technology, that are planned in Saudia Arabia and how these will impact the social and economic environments of the region.
Presenter: UW Stout international English as a Second Language
students
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Monday: April 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

22. The Moore Farm Secret
In 1857, Andrew Moore purchased a large tract of land in the then frontier areas of newly formed Dunn County to build an Inn along the Red Cedar River for travelers and lumbermen.  A land profiteer, he was interested in a place where his family secret would be safe. The Moore Farm is still standing and in use today. Its story will be shared by Jane Glenz, author, and Teresa Stark Halverson and Rita Schumacher, current owners.
Presenter: Jane Glenz
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: April 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

23. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
A bit more than five years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded The Good Judgment Project, a four year, 50 million dollar research endeavor aimed at improving the performance of the intelligence community which missed predicting 9/11, the absence of weapons of mass destruction, the fall of the Berlin wall, the Arab Spring and more.  Gust will cover the nature of this research and its results along with the methods that evolved which may enrich forecasting skills.
Presenter: Gust Jensen
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: April 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

24. Make a Traditional Native American Walking Stick
Award-winning native artist Dick Mindykowski, a tribal leader of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will help you create your own personalized walking stick using traditional materials. Dick will explain the Ojibwe meanings and symbolism of his traditional works of art on display including walking sticks, dancing staffs, tomahawks, turtle rattles, shields, dream catchers, and necklaces. You will take home a beautifully finished traditional walking stick. (See more info at cvlr.org) Limit 75.
Presenter: Dick Mindykowski
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: April 24 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $30

Bio:  Dick Mindykowski is a tribal elder of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who creates walking sticks, dancing staffs, tomahawks, turtle rattles, shields, dreamcatchers and necklaces using natural materials gathered entirely from the woodland environment. He traps fur bearers, harvests tree branches and gathers stones polished by wind and water.   Click here for picture 1 and picture 2 of Dick.

All of the earth’s four orders find representation in Dick’s artwork. The stones, tree branches and furs represent the first three orders, physical, plant, and animal worlds. Dick’s essence represents the last order – the human world. He bestows a sense of his own meaning and passion upon each piece.

All of the materials that Dick utilizes hold special meaning to the Ojibwe and he graciously educates visitors regarding their meanings and symbolism, including the use of specific animal furs. Spending time outdoors is the fundamental motivation behind Dick’s artwork. He finds solace among the trees, listening to and watching the forest activities. He feels extremely grateful for these experiences and uses his artwork to, “give something back to the journey of life.”

Dick’s artwork will be on display at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month from September-December, 2016.

25. World Wide Insect Road Show
John will explain and show trunk loads of valuable insect specimens. Explore the wonderful world of bugs and meet the Greek gods of the insect world while viewing John Hempel’s remarkable collection. This is worth seeing!
Presenter: John Hempel
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: April 26 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

26. Hidden Items/Rare Back of the Museum Tour
Each of these sessions will be split into two different parts. One part will include a presentation on the John Holly Knapp diary and artifacts that go along with it. The other part will include a tour of the back of the museum. In this tour you will see the “good” and the “bad” in storage at the Dunn County Historical Society. Interesting and rare items will be placed on display for you to see. You will have the opportunity to view items that are rarely seen! Limit 30.
Please sign up for only one session.
Presenters: Dustyn Dubuque and Sofi Doane
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Friday: April 28 A 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: May 5 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $10

27. Capturing the Reefs of Cozumel on Digital Video: Don’t Hold Your Breath Until this Film is Done
Dick Best provides a video exploration of Cozumel’s fascinating, pristine, turquoise waters and the sea life that inhabits the second largest coral reef system in the world. In addition to video from his most recent three-month trip, Dick will share his 23 years of diving experience. Learn how an endeavor once thought to be solely the domain of macho “frog-men” is now commonly pursued by men and women of diverse ages and physical attributes.
Presenter: Dick Best
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: May 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

28. Poetry XII – Three Stellar Poets
We will focus on the lives and works of three stellar poets and practice writing in the style of each. Sharon will discuss and explore the poetry of Billy Collins, the U. S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003 who “captures readers with understated wit, profound insight…and a sense of being ‘hospitable.’” Linda will examine the bold and honest poetry of Maya Angelo, one of the greatest writers of this century. Agnes will review Leonard Cohen’s impressive legacy and lyrical poetry.
Presenters: Sharon Daniels, Linda Bark, and Agnes Welsch
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: May 2, 9, 16, and 23 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

29. A Photographic Journey on Eighty Acres
Bruce Siebold, local author and photographer, will share his 26-year journey of capturing nature photos, technical techniques, and stories about his eighty acres of land located near Menomonie. He will include a wide array of photos including flowers, birds, landscapes, seasons, and the many moods and voices of eighty acres and share his story about publishing his first book entitled Thank You Sun, a collection of the best sunsets taken on his eighty acres since 1991.
Presenter: Bruce Siebold
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: May 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

30. The History and Evolution of Steam Engines
The earliest practical steam-operated engines pumped water from underground mines. Now, steam generates most of the electricity used in this country. Beginning when he was a child, Bill Hable has had an interest in the use of steam, which has been evolving. He will review and explain the technology of this evolution and share his observations.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: May 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

31. Cooking with Monica: Make Vanilla the Star of Your Cooking
Create special desserts with vanilla starting with homemade Vanilla Bean Donuts. Make French Vanilla Crepes a breeze. Help assemble a Triple Vanilla Coffee Layer Cake and watch step-by-step how to make Vanilla Creme Anglaise. Savor fabulous aromas and unique flavors from cocoa, chili, and vanilla-spiced nuts. Enjoy a vanilla luncheon including wonderful vanilla desserts. Take home a recipe packet, homemade cake mix in a cute gift package, and your very own homemade vanilla. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: May 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

32. The Bluest Eye at the Guthrie
Based on Tony Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye is a heart rending coming of age story about a young black girl in the 1940’s in Ohio. This play is a powerful adaptation that explores the destructive power of a racist society and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change. Limit 112.
Coordinator: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: May 10
The bus departs 29 Pines at 9:15 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 9:45. We arrive back at about 5:30 p.m.
We arrive at the Guthrie about 11:15 a.m. so you have time for lunch on your own at the area restaurants. Play starts at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $40. Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.

33. The Carnegie Libraries of Wisconsin
1,069 … that is the total number of Carnegie libraries built across America between 1886 and 1919. Of these, over sixty were built in Wisconsin. We will explore Carnegie’s contribution to the literary growth of Wisconsin and America as we look at the history and the legacy of Andrew Carnegie and the iconic buildings he created.
Presenter: Sue Thibado
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: May 11 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

34. Apple Smartphones
Are you getting the most out of your smartphone? The latest operating system has many features that you may not know about but would find useful, and iTunes has over one million APPS that can be downloaded. Special attention will be given to using the built-in camera and resulting photos. This is a hands-on session for users who have an Apple iPhone. Limit 20.
Presenters: Dr. Joe Hagaman and Ed Larson, PC Doctor
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman 715-309-8030
Friday: May 19 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

35. History of Caddie Woodlawn Park
Caddie Woodlawn Park is a treasure for our community and children. The history of its founding and preservation is a story of community commitment and cooperation. 2020 marks 50 years since the dedication. A lot of people, businesses, and clubs have contributed to the park, some known some unknown or forgotten. We will do our best to tell the story. Please bring your stories to add to our Caddie Woodlawn scrapbook.
Presenter: Barb Anderson
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Monday: May 22 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

36. The Endless War
The high school history textbooks often seemed to portray battles between colonists/settlers and American Indians (Pontiac’s Rebellion, Tecumseh’s War) as random, unrelated violent outbursts — odd sidebars that don’t quite fit into the story of our country. However, another way of looking at U.S. history suggests they were battles in a 225-year religious war for the soul of America.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: May 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

37. Android Smartphones
Are you getting the most out of your smartphone? The latest operating system has many features that you may not know about but would find useful, and Google Play has over one million APPS that can be downloaded. Special attention will be given to using the built-in camera and resulting photos. This is a hands-on session for users who have an Android phone. Limit 20.
Presenters: Dr. Joe Hagaman and Ed Larson, PC Doctor
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman 715-309-8030
Wednesday: May 24 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

38. Home Media Systems
Like most people today, you probably already have several media devices: a desktop computer, a laptop, a mobile phone, a radio, a digital camera, an MP3 player, a game console, and an HDTV. And you probably already use your computer to view photos, play games, listen to music, and watch TV shows. So take the next step—connect your devices! This class will explore media, services, and hardware options. You will receive advice in setting up both simple and more complex systems. Limit 50.
Presenters: Dr. Joe Hagaman and Best Buy
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman 715-309-8030
Thursday: May 25 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

39. Omaha Beach – a Daughter’s Visit
Recently Lucy and Larry retraced her dad’s military experiences in Europe at the end of WWII. They visited Omaha Beach to learn more about the D-Day invasion. They toured several museums and followed the path her dad had taken across the countryside as part of a massive liberating force. Lucy and Larry will tell us not only her dad’s story but also their own perspective seventy years later.
Presenters: Lucy and Larry Weidner
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633 Thursday: June 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

40. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Gertens Trip
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the gardens and the aroma of spring with roses, peonies, over 300 crab trees, and thousands more blooming plants on an hour-long tour, either riding the tram or walking with a guide, through the grounds of the Minnesota Arboretum. See the special exhibit this summer on treehouses. Savor a delicious lunch at Axel’s. Learn what’s new in 2017 at Gertens and shop for plants and outdoor décor. Limit 56.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: June 8
Bus departs 29 Pines at 7:15 a.m. and returns around 5:00 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 7:45 and arrives back at about 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $65. Does not include tip for driver.

41. Cooking with Monica: Savory Summer Seafood
Surprise your guests this summer with seafood! Experiment with mussels, calamari, and mahi mahi. See how to prepare lobster. Discover ways to make grilling seafood simple and hassle-free. Use your grill for foil pack shrimp scampi and grilled shrimp tacos with sriracha slaw. Learn how to properly sear salmon for beautiful color and texture. Lighten your lunches with salmon BLT’s with lemon dill mayonnaise. Sample seafood recipes, and take a home crab cake mix along with a recipe packet. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: June 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $20

42. Sibley Historic Site and Fort Snelling Trip
Tour the restored buildings of the Sibley Historic Site that tell the history of the region’s fur trade and Sibley’s involvement in Minnesota business and politics. He was the first governor of Minnesota and a general in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Axel’s. Then learn about military history from before the Civil War through WWII, slavery in Minnesota, and more about fur trade and the 1862 war on a visit to Fort Snelling. Limit 112.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: June 28
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 5:00 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 8:30 a.m. We arrive back about 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $54 Does not include tip for driver.

43. Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie
Inspired by Georges Seurat’s famous painting, this dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. Limit 112.
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: July 5
Bus departs 29 Pines at 9:15 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 9:45 and arrives back about 5:30 p.m.
We arrive at the Guthrie about 11:15, so you will have time for lunch on your own at area restaurants. The play starts at 1 p.m.
Cost: $40. Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.

44. Taste of Wood-fired Pizza and Wine
Back by popular demand! Find out about building and baking in a wood-fired oven. Dave and Bonnie Dobbs of Firewoods Traveling Pizzeria will share their experiences using both their backyard oven and their traveling one. They will also make us delicious wood-fired pizzas. Josh will give us a vintner’s perspective on River Bend Winery and pour samples of wines. Enjoy lunch, wine, two interesting presentations, and a beautiful setting. Rain date is Wednesday, July 19, at the same times.
Limit 50 per session. Sign up for one session only.
Presenters: Dave and Bonnie Dobbs, Donna Sachs
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: July 12 A 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: July 12 B 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
River Bend Vineyard and Winery, 10439 33rd Ave., Chippewa Falls
Cost: $20

45. Octagon House, Afton House Cruise, City Tour of Hudson Trip
Tour the Octagon House, an eight-sided house with Victorian era furnishings. Walk through the Garden House with its 19th century life, domestic arts, carpenter, blacksmith, and general store tableaux. Visit the Carriage House which houses the gift shop and research center. Stay comfortable on the bus and take a city tour of historic Hudson narrated by a step-on guide. Enjoy a delicious lunch aboard an Afton House cruise on the St. Croix River. Limit 168.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: July 26
Bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 4:00 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 8:30 and arrives back about 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70. Does not include tip for driver.