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Fall 2018
Menomonie

 

1. Poetry XV – Fall Back to the Basics
This term we will be reviewing a significant technique, a historical style, and personal favorite poems. Revisiting the tried and true often leads to fresh creative inspirations. Judy will show how personification in poems gives human attributes to things not human, enhancing the overall meaning of the poem. Sharon will review the form and characteristics of the Elizabethan sonnet and reveal its relevance today. Lee will ask us to share a favorite poem/poet and write a poem in the style used.
Presenters: Sharon R. Lowry, Judy Ristow, and Lee Smalley
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

2.  Mindful Eating 
Nutritionist Katie Johnson will present a sensory panel of the four food groups and emphasize the importance of slowing down, enjoying our food, and dining together for pleasure and enjoyment. Be prepared to awaken your taste buds! Find more info at cvlr.org.
Presenter: Katie Johnson, Community Engagement and Wellness Health Educator, Mayo Clinic Health System
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: September 5 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Katie Johnson, Community Engagement and Wellness Health Educator, has been with Mayo Clinic Health System for seven years. She teaches evidenced-based programming, provides nutrition education through cooking classes, events and interviews, and plays a key role in Camp Wabi, a camp designed for obese youth. She is also part of the FNV (Fruits and Veggies) coalition that is encouraging millennials to eat more fruits and veggies. Katie’s education in nutrition drives her passion for gardening, child and family cooking classes and obesity-related initiatives. She says that work doesn’t feel like work to her, because she is having so much fun learning from all of the patients and clients with whom she interacts.

3.  Develop Your Psychic Abilities
Have you ever wanted to be psychic or communicate with the spirit world? Whether you are a complete beginner or feel you have no skills, Adrian Lee, renowned psychic, radio host, TV personality and author, can make you psychic. With fun exercises, delivered with Adrian’s wealth of knowledge and humor, you will increase your understanding and interaction with the spirit world around you. Please bring a pen, notepad, and an open mind.
Presenter: Adrian Lee
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: September 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

4.  A Good Story IV  
Have you been itchin’ to share a personal adventure or story with a small group of like-mnded folks? Whether fact or fiction, you, too, have a good story just waiting to be told. You do not need to type it up. Come ready to listen and share. Limit 10
Presenter: Linda Bark
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Thursday: September 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

5.  Leopards and Naked Kitties
Lorraine Garland returns to CVLR to talk about leopards and naked kitties… and outdoor lounges for kitties. Join her for a lively and entertaining look at some of the unique cats in our world. Learn what it’s like for her to foster Bengal cats. Leopards will be present, and there will be a naked kitty or two.
Presenter: Lorraine Garland
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Friday: September 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

6.  An insider’s Perspective on Syria and the Middle East
Cathy has spent many years in the Middle East, where skullduggery is an everyday occurrence, and has become an expert on the region. She has an insider’s perspective on Syria and the current Middle East situation. She will share her insights about the region and how she weaves these truths into her novels, including Damascus Street and The Syrian. She has two fiction and three non-fiction books on the subject and will have several of them available for sale.
Presenter: Cathy Sultan
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

7. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2018 DVD each week and discuss the topic. The dates/topics/facilitators for the Fall 2018 are listed below:
September 14 – Turkey: A Partner in Crisis Jean Fox
September 21 – U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
Brigadier General Peter Heimdahl, Ret & Master Sergeant, Michael Bistodeau.
September 28 – South Africa’s Fragile Democracy Howard Lee
October 5 – Global Health: Progress and Challenges Millie Windsor
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Fridays: Sept 14, 21, 28, and Oct 5 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

End of Apartheid in South Africa

African National Congress

Can Cyril Ramaphosa Revive the South African Dream

8. 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? Why do some transgender people feel they were born in the wrong bodies? This engaging and interactive session will answer all of these questions and more. We will also discuss the LGBT community.
Presenter: Alexandra Hall M.D
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Friday: September 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

9. How Money Took Control of U. S. Politics
Since 1968 the power of money in U.S politics has grown, leading to the Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision in which the concept of “money as speech” has been enshrined as law. At the same time, polarization of wealth has reached new extremes. Patrick will trace the development of moneyed lobbying in U.S. electoral politics and in law-making, beginning with the Nixon election in 1968, the “Manifesto of Judge Lewis Powell, and the adoption of his legalese in Citizens United.
Presenter: Patrick Pesek-Herriges
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: September 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

CVLR Keynote

10. Improve Your Health with Collagen
No matter our age or gender, we all want to look and feel our best. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and the production of it diminishes as we age. Becca from the Menomonie Market will teach us simple ways to add collagen to our diets to improve our skin, hair, liver, and joints.
Presenter: Becca Kleist, Outreach and Education Coordinator
Menomonie Market Food Co-op
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Tuesday: September 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

11. Fifteen Years in Asia
Last spring Michael Pershern, who considers himself a global nomad, gave us a taste of his travels in Asia. By popular demand, this fall Michael will further his visual show of Asia to include China. He will show us historic monuments, small scenes of daily life, and reflections on foreigners’ presence in the middle kingdom. Enjoy a little storytelling from a son of Menomonie who went native to Asia.
Presenter: Michael Pershern
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: September 19 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

12. Your Time and Geologic Time – You are Not as Old as Dirt
Geologic cross sections illustrate the geologic history of a region including west central Wisconsin. John will show us how the geologic history of cross sections are determined, including the formation, folding, faulting, and erosion of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. He will share current research on the rate of hillslope erosion in a beautiful U.S. national park and will help us understand geologic time and our time here on planet earth.
Presenter: John Tinker
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: September 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

13. Mystery Trip
On this trip you will not solve a mystery. Instead our destination will be a mystery to you until we arrive at each stop. Even then, you will not know what to expect. Be prepared to encounter the unexpected. Elizabeth is excited to take you for a ride, listen to your speculation of our destination, and watch your reactions as the day progresses. We will have fun! Limit 112
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 20
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 9:00 a.m. We arrive back about 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $65 Does not include tip for driver.

14. Understanding Indian Treaties
Between 1778 and 1904, the U.S. government signed more than 500 separate treaties with hundreds of Indian nations. Every treaty has since been violated in some way by the US government. Even so, the treaties still have legal effect today. They may be the single most misunderstood facet of U.S. history. We’ll take a look at the history of the treaties and examine in more depth a couple of treaties close to home.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Friday: September 21 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

15. Cultural Politics: American’s Great Left-Right Divide
David’s series of two different lectures will help us attain a deeper understanding of the political differences that are clearly present in “the age of Trump” and loom as a possible threat to a functioning American democracy. These two classes will build on last spring’s lectures that focused on racism in our politics and the moral differences emerging from our “family of origin.”
Presenter: David Cook
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Mondays: Sept 24 and Oct 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

16. Cooking with Monica: New Twists on Fall Fruits and Veggies
Give new twists to your fall fruits and veggies, including pumpkin, kale, cabbage, apples, and squash. Learn how to make tasty Vegetarian Kale Soup, Braised Apple Cabbage, Cabbage Rolls, Acorn Squash stuffed with Mushrooms and Rice, and more. Get ideas about how to complement delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Coffee. Sample several recipes and take home a recipe packet, Fall Spice Mix, Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake, and a guide of sixteen ways to use more cabbage. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: September 24 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

17. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
Osmo Vanska conducts The Planets. Drawing on cosmic, Cubist and cultural influences, this concert is both nuanced and mesmerizing, featuring work by the gifted Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, as well as John Adams and the ever-inspiring Gustav Holst. Michael Collins, clarinet, and the Women of the Minnesota Chorale are guest artists. Limit 56
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: September 27
Bus departs 29 Pines at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 9:00 and arrives back about 5:00 p.m.
The concert runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 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.

18. Rabbits, Woodchucks and Skunks…Oh, My!! Living with and  Enjoying Wisconsin Wildlife
Wildlife specialist Scott Craven will talk about Wisconsin wildlife and give a status update on species of most interest and importance to people including deer, bats, wolves, and ruffed grouse. You may have heard Scott fielding wildlife questions for over 25 years on Wisconsin Public Radio. Now is your chance to get your questions answered. Learn how to help our wildlife populations thrive while avoiding negative interactions like garden or property damage. Find more info at cvlr.org
Presenter: Scott Craven, wildlife specialist
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: October 2 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Scott Craven is a Professor Emeritus from the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Scott taught for 40 years at UW-Madison primarily as an Extension Wildlife Specialist but also teaching and conducting research.  Scott remains active in retirement conducting lectures and workshops and continuing a 25 + year history of wildlife related programs on Wisconsin Public Radio. Scott resides on 12 acres in the town of Oregon, Wisconsin, and on another 12 acres on a lake in Price County, doing what he can to improve wildlife habitat on both parcels.

19. Helping You Figure out the New Charitable Giving and the New Tax Cut Jobs Act
Are you confused about the new tax laws and how they impact your charitable tax deductions? Dana Brunstrom, CPA, Menomonie, and Georgina Tegart, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Dunn County, will present three strategies for effectively planning your charitable giving options under the new tax laws. The strategies are bunching, IRA Rollovers, and donations of appreciated stock. Refreshments will be provided.
Presenters: Dana Brunstrom and Georgina Tegart
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Thursday: October 4 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

20. Windows 10
Are you frustrated by that computer that won’t do what you tell it to do? Learn the secrets of communicating with your computer in this hands- on workshop. Bring your laptop with Windows10 installed and your passwords. This session will deal with differences from Windows 7 and 8, getting organized with files and folders, moving around on the desktop, saving/finding, timeline, photos, security, cut/copy/paste, and common applications. Limit 20 per session. Sign-up for one session only.
Presenter: Sali Mounce
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Friday: October 5  A   1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Monday: November 12  B   10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

21. Frankenstein – Playing with Fire at the Guthrie Trip
Adapted by Minnesota playwright Barbara Field from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (celebrating its 200th anniversary this year), Playing with Fire imagines a meeting between a dying Victor Frankenstein and his Creation in the Article Circle. As Frankenstein prepares to right his wrong by confronting the Creature, scenes from their past are replayed and the line between good and evil is debated, revealing a powerful and agonizing question. It is a poignant thriller and an interrogation of the ethical limits of science and human imagination. Limit 112
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Saturday: October 6
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 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $47. Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.

22. Talk About Writing: Lee Smalley

Lee will read from the last two collections of his writings, and comment on their origin and development. He will also give some hints on how to read them. Lee has read widely but is relatively new in the poetry business so he welcomes any feedback. His last two books will be available to those present at no charge.
Presenter: Lee Smalley
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: October 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

23. Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Bus Tour of Winona Historic Sites Trip
Visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum that features marine and maritime art and artists’ relationship with water. Stroll through the five galleries of world-class art and artifacts and view pieces from Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Van Gogh. See historic sites and places of current interest in a tour of Winona guided by Mark Petersen, the mayor of Winona. Enjoy lunch at Signatures Restaurant on Bridges Golf Course. Limit 112
Coordinators: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Thursday: October 11
The bus departs 29 Pines at 7:45 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 8:15 a.m. We arrive back about 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 Does not include tip for driver.

24. How to Boost Your Immune System
As we head into cold and flu season, getting information on how to boost your immune system is a good idea. Michelle will share natural ways for you to do that. She will discuss how nutrition, detoxification, exercise, sleep, mindfulness, and essential oils can all be of assistance to you in helping your immune system. Ask Michelle questions about your current and past efforts. You will receive specific suggestions that you can immediately use.
Presenter: Michelle Caron
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: October 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

25. How a Barbershop Quartet Begins and Performs
The Prospect Park Barbershop Quartet from Minneapolis will sing well-known barbershop tunes, such as Lida Rose and Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby as well as more “recent” songs arranged for barbershop quartet, including the Beatles’ Yesterday and the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows. Along the way, they will explain the origin of the term “barbershop” and what constitutes a barbershop arrangement. They will elaborate on the soul of barbershop, the barbershop chord, and the significance of the old barber pole!
Presenters: Prospect Park Barbershop Quartet
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Friday: October 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

26. Cooking with Monica: How to Cut and Roast Anything
Learn cutting techniques from Monica’s demonstration and find out the meaning of julienne, chiffonade, and batonnet. Discover how to roast with a Himalayan salt block, tie and season a whole chicken, beef roast, and pork loin, and make Brick Chicken, a very traditional Spanish dish. Enhance and tenderize your roasting with apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, star anise, and more. Get recipes for Beef Wellington, Moroccan Fig Pork, Pressure Cooker Chicken, and Dairy-free Beef Stroganoff. Sample several recipes and take home a culinary cut guide, Moroccan roasting seasoning, and frozen veggie roast mix for the crock pot. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: October 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

27. Create a Fused Glass Piece
You will have a choice of making a pair of coasters, a nightlight, a candleholder, a small dish, or a suncatcher/hanging piece using stained glass. The materials are included in your fee. Josephine will bring the tools and materials and guide you through the process of assembling your creation. She will take your creation back to her studio and fire your project. You will be able to pick up your project from her at her booth at the Mabel Tainter craft show. Limit 20
Presenter: Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: October 16 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $30

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28. Making Willow Furniture
Nan started making willow furniture in Colorado and Wisconsin in 1987. In this class we will discuss basic designs, types of wood, tools, collection of materials, and how geography and culture dictate design. Nan will bring samples of her work and share photos from her portfolio.
Presenter: Nan Riegel
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Friday: October 19 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

29. How to Use Life-Changing Foods to Heal Yourself
For the past few months, Elizabeth has been on a journey to discover what is responsible for certain health issues. Two friends recommended Anthony William’s books, and Elizabeth has been immersed in them. She will share with you how she has learned to use the hidden powers of certain foods, including particular fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and wild foods, to heal individual problems. She will particularly reference Anthony’s book, Life-Changing Foods.
Presenter: Elizabeth Fischer
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: October 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Life changing foods handout

30. String Quilting Is Fun and Fast
Squares made from “strings” of fabric (scraps, yardage or precut fabric) are sewn together to make many different patterns and projects. Appropriate for quilters of all skill levels. Supplies needed: fabric strips between 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ wide, sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, cutting mat, rotary cutter, lunch, and a snack to share. Go to CVLR.org for suggested yardages, photos, and a link about string quilting. Limit 14
Presenters: Joy Bergstrand and Mary Kallio
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: October 22 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Instructions:  String quilt blocks are really versatile and fun!  In our session, we will introduce construction of string blocks using paper piecing. You will have a choice of projects; possible projects that you can chose from include:

Table Runner made of six 9 inch blocks.

Supplies needed: assortment of quilting scraps (that would equal a generous half yard) cut into strips that are 1.5 – 2.5 inches wide. For each block you will need one length that is 12.5 inches or longer; the rest can be shorter. You will need one yard of fabric for the backing and the binding. You will also need 1/2 yard of quilt batting.

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Tote Bag

Supplies needed: assortment of quilting scraps (equal to about 1/2 yard of fabric) cut into strips that are 1.5 – 2.5 inches wide. For each block you will need one length that is 10 inches or longer; the rest can be shorter. You will need one yard of fabric for the body of the tote bag. You will also need 3/4 yard for the lining. Quilt batting or stabilizer is optional.

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Quilt Blocks

Supplies will depend on the quilt that you construct. Feel free to make several sample blocks to whet your appetite, then decide on a larger project. Here are some examples of string quilts and other project ideas

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31. Tour of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Take a guided tour of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, named by CNN as one of the “most spectacular theaters in the world.” Find out historic details of its purpose and the reason for its erection. View its lavish curved surfaces, carvings, and decorations. Hear information about its history-preserving restoration. The building now has an elevator providing access to all levels of the building. Limit 20 per session. Sign up for one session only.
Presenters: MTCA Staff and Volunteer Docents
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Tuesday: October 23 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday: October 23 B 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East
Cost: $10

32. Gray Wolf Recovery in Wisconsin: Success or Failure?
Randy Jurewicz, retired WI DNR Wolf Program Administrator, will review the history of wolves in Wisconsin, share the research and management efforts that contributed to the spectacular increase in the wolf population, describe the ecological benefits and social costs of having a recovered wolf population, and lead a discussion about the political warfare that now surrounds wolf management In Wisconsin.
Presenter: Randy Jurewicz
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Wednesday: October 24 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

33. A Unique and Intimate Tour of Southern India
Venture into schools, hospitals, temples, bus stations, orphanages, and businesses as well as into several homes in Tamil Nadu, India, as a guest of the Rotary Club. Join Dennis and Elizabeth Spader for a 3000 guest wedding ceremony. Then travel the backwaters of the Arabian Sea in Kerala on a private houseboat to observe everyday life in rural India.
Presenters: Elizabeth and Dennis Spader
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Thursday: October 25 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

34. Three-beaded Star Decorations
This is a project for any level. Metal star shaped forms will be used to create sparking ornaments. You will not have to use needles nor weave. Simply string beads onto wire forms. Your challenge is in the design you create. Three different sized star forms will be created with glass and metal beads. Projects can be hung in a window, on a tree, or wherever you see fit. Examples will be shared at sign up. Limit 20
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Monday: October 29 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $25

35. A Citizen’s Role in Economic Development
As economic development professionals in Dunn and Eau Claire counties respectively, Eric Turner and Luke Hanson provide the heavy lifting, recruiting major employers such as manufacturers, logistics companies, and large retailers. However, their efforts are enhanced when we, our region’s citizens, help them by building on our area’s assets and unique resources. Eric and Luke will talk about their current economic development activity and how you can help them leverage and expand our local economic advantages.
Presenters: Eric Turner and Luke Hanson
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: October 31 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

36. Words Carry Emotion
In today’s emotionally charged atmosphere, a word can communicate or connotate a different message than you intended. Kathleen will explore the nature of words. How do words affect us emotionally? How can we consciously choose words in order to achieve the outcome we want and communicate our message clearly? How can you create harmony in your life through the conscious use of words? Bring your questions and examples of your words being misunderstood.
Presenter: Kathleen LeDuc
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 31 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

37. Cooking with Monica: Add Flavor with Flour
Add flavor to your cooking with new flours! Discover how flours affect recipes differently and how to adjust to their properties. Try new flours in traditional recipes such as Almond Flour Lemon Bars, Spelt Pizza, Oat Flour Bread, Rice Flour Noodles, and Amaranth Ranch Crackers. Learn how to make Smoked Flour and create the most unique Focaccia Bread. Sample several recipes and take home Multigrain Gluten Sensitive Pancake Mix, a Flour Substitute Guide, and Smoked Flour. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: November 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

38. Healthy Hearts
Cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Roy, M.D., and cardiac rehab nurse, Jennifer Johnson, RN, will address various heart-related diseases, signs, symptoms, and treatment options. They will share prevention tips and tools for living a heart-healthy life. Find more info at cvlr.org
Presenters: Dr. Thomas Roy, M.D., and Jennifer Johnson, RN,
Mayo Clinic Health System
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: November 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bios:  Thomas Roy, M.D., joined the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in 2014 and sees patients in Eau Claire and Menomonie. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan in Flint. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Roy has special interests in cardiac catheterization and echocardiography. He has lived in northern Wisconsin for nearly 20 years.

Jennifer Johnson is a registered nurse and has worked with Cardiac Rehab patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie for approx. 12 years.

39. A Unique Partnership: The Creation of the Stout Technology and Business Park
The Stout Technology and Business Park is a 403 acre mixed-use zone on Menomonie’s east side. It is a community of industrial, commercial, business, and educational owners who receive value-added benefits from affiliation with UW-Stout. It started with the idea that the community and university could work together and continues to evolve today. Director of the Stout Technology Park Development Corporation, Christopher Smith will bring you up-to-date on the Park’s status and future.
Presenter: Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: November 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

40. How to Plan a Czech Republic Auto Trip
Bill will offer advice and directions about driving on your own around the Czech Republic. He will start at the beginning with procuring a passport, arranging a car rental, and planning an itinerary. Having done this numerous times, he is able to tell you about interesting places and events that you wouldn’t visit on a regular tour. You could apply his advice to other European countries, too. If you haven’t driven in a foreign country, this is a good place to start.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: November 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

41. Everything Google
You probably use more Google products than you think. The company’s rapid growth over 20 years has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google’s core search engine. The products include G-Mail, Maps, Earth, YouTube, Calendar, Groups, Photos, Translate, an alternate to MS Office, and 70 other first-rate apps for computers and mobile devices. Learn about effective use of these and others that may enhance your digital life. Limit 40
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Monday: November 12 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

42. Historic Houses and Gardens of England’s West Sussex
Over the past twelve years, Christopher Smith and his wife Mary Beth have visited many, but certainly not all, of the historic and stately homes and gardens in England’s West Sussex. Primarily operated by four public and/or not-for-profit entities (National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, and Royal Horticultural Society), the Smiths will share their experiences visually through a PowerPoint presentation of photographs and will provide hints that may enhance your own future visits.
Presenter: Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: November 14 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

43. Harry Jol Returns with The Good Nazi
By popular demand, Harry Jol is back! We will watch The Good Nazi, a 50-minute television documentary that chronicles the scientific work of a joint US-Canadian-Israeli-Lithuanian research in July, 2017, on a site, HKP 562, a Nazi labor camp on the outskirts of Vilnius. This is where the largest number of Vilna Ghetto Jews survived thanks to the efforts of a compassionate Nazi officer, Major Karl Plagge. After we view the film, Harry will comment on it and answer your questions.
Presenter: Harry Jol
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: November 15 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street