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Spring/Summer 2020
Menomonie

 

1. The Political Temperature for 2020
This lecture/discussion will focus on Presidential politics as the Democratic nominees will have begun to narrow down. The focus will be on the political research by Stanley Greenberg, author of R.I.P. G.O.P: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans. What will we know in March about the fate of President Trump? Come prepared to “talk politics.”

BRIEF SURVEY ON YOUR POLITICS
Presenter: David Cook
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Tuesday: March 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

2. Eat Smart: A Survival Guide to Healthy Eating (What Is Good and Bad about Different Types of Foods and Why?)
How to find the best foods available—in the grocery store, at the local farmer’s market, or from seed catalogs. Tips are included on ways to cook certain foods to get the most benefit from them. Johnne will share information from the research gathered by investigative journalist Jo Robinson, that reveals the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables in her books, Pasture Perfect and Eating on the Wild Side.
Presenter: Johnne Smalley
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: March 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

3. Life by Death Valley
California is the third largest state in the U.S; impossible to abosrb in a single visit. In April 2019 – on his 9th visit to the state – Steve drove 1600 miles, met five new national parks, slept on the ground, and did a private interview with the California Condor Recovery Team. Join him on a whirlwind tour of Death Valley, Sequoia National Park, Highway 1, and the newly reclaimed Condor country of south central California.
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Thursday: March 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

4. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
We will view one Foreign Policy Association Great Decision 2020 DVD each week and discuss the topic. The date/topics and facilitators for Spring 2020 are listed below.
March 13 – Climate Change and the Global Order: Steve Hogseth
March 20 – India and Pakistan: Ellen Ochs
March 27 – Red Sea Security: Howard Lee
April 3 – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Millie Windsor
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Fridays: March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

5. Solving Crime from Another Time
British Paranormal investigator, psychic and author Adrian Lee, solves real Midwestern Victorian era crimes by talking to the spirits of the victims and the accused. Lee will present his paranormal evidence and extensive historical research to show how he figures out crimes from the 19th century, including ax murders, decapitations, and a man they had to hang twice. Lee has spent a year being followed by a film crew and will also show and discuss his experiences of making a documentary film about his work.and identity.
Presenter: Adrian Lee
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: March 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

6. Fire Safety in Your Home
Andy will review general fire safety for seniors. Learn fire prevention strategies for your home or apartment. When should you try to put out a fire? When should you call 911? Get directions on what to do in the event of a fire. See a live demonstration on using a fire extinguisher.
Presenter: Andy Benard, Menomonie Fire Dept (715) 232-2414
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: March 16 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

7. 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
Tuesday: March 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

8. Homelessness in the Chippewa Valley
Is homelessness a big problem in the Chippewa Valley? Brett Geboy, Community Relations Director of Hope Gospel Mission, will fill us in on the current situation. He will also explain how Hope Gospel Mission rescues, rebuilds, and renews 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: March 18 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Brett Geboy has served on Hope Gospel Missions’ Board of Directors for six years before joining the staff team as Community Relations Director in 2019.   He grew up in the Milwaukee area, is married with 3 children and has lived in Eau Claire since 2001. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay majoring in Political Science and Economics.  He spent five years leading a missions team in Russia working with college students, teaching at a University and assisting local churches. He then spent a year working at a homeless facility in Springfield, Missoui, before moving back to Wisconsin to oversee Government Relations and working as a lobbyist with the American Cancer Society. He

9. The Art and Science of Landscaping for Insects and Birds
Our home and business landscapes can be beautiful and significant for biological conservation. Unfortunately, most places are not. Joe Maurer and Mark Leach will discuss underlying aesthetic and ecological principles which can help foster life and pleasure through gardening. Their emphasis will be on native plants to benefit butterflies, other insects, and birds.
Presenters: Mark Leach, retired professor of Biology and Landscape Architect, and Joe Maurer, Professional Artist and Landscape Architect Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Thursday: March 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

10. The Restoration of Trumpeter Swans in Wisconsin
Randy Jurewicz, retired WI DNR Endangered Species Program Administrator, will review the history of the decimation of Trumpeter Swans in North America, share the management efforts that brought Trumpeter Swans back to Wisconsin, and describe the numerous state, federal and private partners that made it all possible. He will show how Trumpeter Swan eggs were collected from Alaska and include a brief travel log of his trips to Alaska.
Presenter: Randy Jurewicz
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Friday: March 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

11. Touring around Geneva
Dr. Martha Wallen will share her experiences in Geneva during five visits in the last couple years. She enjoyed the Alpine Gardens at Les Rochers de Naye, Geneva Botanical Garden, the Jet d’Eau, Les Jardins des Cinq Sens, port of Versoix, and historic buildings in Bern. She moved around by boat, modern train, cog railway, and bus. In addition to pictures of these, she will tease our taste buds with shots of delicious pastries and typical beverages.
Presenter: Dr. Martha Wallen
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: March 23 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

12. 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: March 23 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

13. Weaving as a Creative Art
Yvonne Nelson, experienced weaver, will discuss the basic structure of weaving, different types of looms, and types of yarns for weaving. Yvonne will show how different techniques give different results. Several woven pattern samples will be on display.
Presenter: Yvonne Nelson
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: March 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

14. Heart and Soul: Music for Living, Surviving and Thriving
Music therapists Lee Anna Rasar and Kim Negus will explore therapeutic uses of music with people who have age-related dementia as well as with people who have had a stroke. Information about Fit to Breathe, a new program of Western Wisconsin Music in Medicine and Evolving Wellness which is a harmonica program for respiratory work, will be presented. You will learn how music is used to target cognitive, emotional, social, and physical goals with descriptions and demonstrations.
Presenters: Lee Anna Rasar, Music & Theatre Arts Dept., UWEC
Kim Negus, Western Wisconsin Music in Medicine
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: March 25 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Lee Anna Rasar teaches at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and works as a music therapist at Western Wisconsin Music in Medicine. She has over 40 years of experience as a music therapist and has received over 80 grants through the university, doing research with students in many community field placements here in the Chippewa Valley.

Kim Negus is the owner of Western Wisconsin Music in Medicine. She is a music therapist with a background in Occupational Therapy as a COTA. Kim has been an active performer in the Chippewa Valley for three decades, most recently with Kaiged Acoustic, a band in which she sings and plays with her daughter and a friend.

Definition of Music Therapy:  “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” –from the American Music Therapy Association https://www.musictherapy.org/

15. The Top 10 Films of 2019
Dustyn Dubuque, former film critic of the River Falls Voice and avid film connoisseur, will give a retrospective of 2019 movies. He has watched roughly 200+ movies from 2019 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 26 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

16. 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.”
Presenter: Professor Lauren Wentz, Ph.D., Biological Sciences,
UWEC-Barron County
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Friday: March 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

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.

17. The Amazing Kreskin with Ghost Sighting 2020
Kreskin is truly the world’s greatest mentalist and has been for more than six decades. During his show he tells people things about themselves that only “they” could possibly know like their social security number, a street address from twenty years ago, their dog’s name, or the name of a childhood friend. The longer he’s on stage the more he taps into what his audience is thinking. Audience members on stage will have a ghost sighting of spirits that haunt the Mabel Tainter. Tickets will be mailed to you in advance.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Saturday: March 28 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East
Cost: $23

18. Unique Animal Life of the Tiffany Wildlife Area
The Lower Chippewa River and surrounding uplands are the most ecologically diverse area in Wisconsin. The area is home to more endangered, threatened, and special concern plant and animal species than any other similar sized area in Wisconsin. The 13,000+ acre Tiffany Wildlife Area is home to many of these species. Plus it is the only area in Wisconsin where two unique animal species can be found.
Presenter: David Linderud
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: March 30 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

19. Brazil: The Wild Pantanal, A Photographic Journey
The Pantanal is known as the world’s largest wetland, serving as home to thousands of species of animals and birds. This New World country counts jaguars, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, tapirs, macaws, herons, ibises, and monkeys as a few of its many inhabitants. Seasonal, heavy flooding of the Pantanal sets the stage for one of the best bird and wildlife-spotting experiences imaginable.
Presenter: Jerry and Carol Knabe
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: March 31 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

20. 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: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Friday: April 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

21. Digital Photography Basics: Discussion, Demonstrations, and Hands-On
Hubert Steve Cole along with his colleagues from the renowned Red Cedar Photographers Group will be leading the discussion, provide demonstrations, and assist the attendees with digital cameras to grasp the basic concepts of digital photography. All are encouraged (but not required) to bring their digital cameras with fully charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera’s manual/guidebook. Limit 25.
Presenter: Hubert “Steve” Cole and Others
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: April 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

22. Deciphering Events in the Middle East
Events have been unfolding across the Middle East at break-neck speed, and Cathy Sultan will help you decipher all of it. 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. And since she’s 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: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: April 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

23. 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: April 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

24. Weisman Art Museum and Minnesota State Capitol Tours
Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of 25,000 art works at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum and learn about the building’s unique abstract design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Experience the history, art and architecture of the newly renovated Minnesota State Capitol designed by Cass Gilbert. Lunch in an up-north decor at Tavern on Grand. Choose entrees of walleye or chicken when you register. Limit 56
Coordinators: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Wednesday: April 15
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and arrives back about 5:00 p.m. The bus departs Marketplace at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $54 Does not include tip for driver.

25. 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 apiary’s 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
Thursday: April 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

26. The Life Story of John A Howe, Architect of Menomonie’s Public Library
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. In addition, the drawings have become iconic themselves as works of art. We will watch a 60-minute film narrated by Mr. Howe telling the story of his career and discussing his work alongside one of the world’s greatest architects. Robert Barros produced and directed the film.
Presenter: John Barros of Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Friday: April 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

27. Smile, You’re on Candid Camera with Peter Funt
For years, we loved watching Candid Camera catch people in the act of doing something humorous. First Allen Funt and then his son Peter used the tools of their unique trade, a hidden camera and gentle humor, to capture the reactions of ordinary people to extraordinary and even bizarre situations. Enjoy lots of good laughs as Peter takes you through some side-splitting clips from the show’s vast library. Tickets will be mailed to you in advance.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Sunday: April 19 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East
Cost: $24

28. Roman Ruins in Catalonia
Although Greeks inhabited Catalonia in the 6th century BC, the Romans left what has become an indelible mark on this important area of northeastern Spain. Some of the most impressive and largely intact sites are located in Empuries, Tarragona and Barcelona. Chris will provide a photographic journey through the ruins. He will also include images of the villages around his and his wife’s “home” base, Roses, in the Spanish province of Girona along the Costa Brava near Spain’s border with France.
Presenter: Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: April 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

29. 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) 946-3155
Tuesday: April 21 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

30. Bracelet Workshop with Leather and Beads
This workshop will be similar to the pendent workshop of last spring. Embellish leather with a variety of glass, stone, and metal beads to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet. Several samples and styles will be available in class and at registration. All materials supplied. Limit 20
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: April 21 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $15

31. Your Brain Team
Did you know your gut and heart have enough brain cells to work as partners to your head brain? Together they serve you as your Brain Team, supporting each other. Oversimplifying their jobs, the gut takes care of your well-being, the heart works on social and spiritual connections, and the head brain processes thoughts, feelings, senses, learning and memory. They keep the vagus nerve very busy pulling all of this together. Come to find out more!
Presenter: Sandra Sunquist Stanton NCC, LPC, BCC
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: April 22 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Sandra Sunquist Stanton NCC, LPC, BCC, counselor, board certified coach, former school counselor, speaker, author, mom and grandma with a living funny bone helps individuals of all ages make the most of their amazing brains through her business, Connections of the Heart LLC. www.SandraStantonAuthor.com

32. The Colfax Tornado
Local historian Troy Knutson will present his latest historical photos and stories from the 1958 Colfax Tornado used in his new book, published in 2019. Troy has been researching and collecting stories, photos and artifacts for over 20 years, and also published Looking Through the Lens in 2014, about the history of his home town, Colfax.
Presenter: Troy Knutson
Coordinator: Pat Eggert (715) 308-5357
Thursday: April 23 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

33. Catastrophe on the Danube
During a cruise on the Danube, Bill and Jane Butsic’s boat was involved in a one of the worst riverboat accidents on the Danube River in 50 years. Bill will describe what it was like being a part of the disaster, including capturing some dramatic video of the event. In addition, Bill will describe the rest of the cruise and provide images of their trip.
Presenter: Bill Butsic
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Friday: April 24 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

34. Painting Papers for Collage Workshop
Join Jeanne Styczinski, children’s book author and illustrator, to learn how she uses acylic paint and everyday objects to design patterns and uses those painted papers to collage her books, cards and art. Bring an apron or old shirt, a box lunch and the ability to paint and cut with scissors. You will leave with prints and greeting cards. Limit 20
Presenter: Jeanne Styczinski
Coordinator: Pat Eggert (715) 308-5357
Monday: April 27 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $10

35. Southern African Birding Safari
Marie Young has continued her travel and birding adventures on a recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Victoria Falls. She traveled during their summer photographing many colorful birds with funny sounding names. In addition to birding, she toured national parks and took several safari rides. She will bring us pictures of African animals, too.
Presenter: Marie Young
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: April 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

36. 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
Friday: May 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

37. Poetry XVIII – Unique American Voices
This spring 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. Pat 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 and Lou will explore the Beatnik poetry of the 1950’s which defied societal and literary norms, challenged materialism, and investigated spirituality. If you enjoy poetry, attend this class, which is always interesting and enlightening.
Presenters: Agnes Welsch, Patricia Smith, Jan and Lou Frase
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: May 5, 12, 19, and 26 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

38. Technology – Small Group
Schedule a personal technology help session to deal with your unique needs, problems, or things you want to learn. Groups will be three or less. Times will be arranged via e-mail for each person who signs up. Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone with you. Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library. Limit 15
Presenters: Joe Hagaman and Others
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Weeks of May 11 and 18
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

39. Community Health and Wellness Coalition
Health Dunn Right is an organization in Dunn County striving to promote health for everyone from mental wellness to environmental health. Learn about the organization and its efforts to address community identified health priorities. Get a more in-depth look into the work of the Mental Wellness Action Team, which includes Stephanie Hintz, Human Development and Relationships Educator for Extension Dunn County; KT Gallagher, Director of the Dunn County Health Department; and Lisa Tavares, Mental Health Action Team Co-Chair.
Presenters: Stephanie Hintz, KT Gallagher, Lisa Tavares
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: May 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bios:  Stephanie Hintz  Stephanie is the Human Development and Relationships Educator for Extension Dunn County. She has a bachelor’s in Applied Social Science from UW-Stout and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Stephanie’s work all falls under the umbrella of increasing the social and emotional wellbeing of all families in Dunn County, by determining specific local needs through various social research and providing educational programming including but not limited to positive youth development, parenting, and emotional wellbeing programs.

KT Gallagher  KT is the Director of the Dunn County Health Department. She has a bachelor’s in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. KT is a public servant driven by authentic community engagement.

Lisa Tavares  Lisa is the Mental Health Action Team Co-Chair. She has a background in K-12 education and community resilience. She has leaned into her passion for whole-person health and the larger Dunn County community to volunteer joyfully as part of the Dunn County Health Coalition, Health Dunn Right.

40. Enjoy All Seasons without a Fall!
Loss of balance and mobility as you age can lead to being unable to do activities that you used to enjoy. Injuries from a fall can also lead to loss of independent living. Your sense of balance comes from information your brain gathers from your eyes, joints and vestibular system (the link between your brain and inner ear). Join physical therapist Erika as she discusses ways to keep those systems sharp and maintain mobility and quality of life you enjoy.
Presenter: Erika Schmidt, PT, Marshfield Clinic
Coordinator: Pat Eggert (715) 308-5357
Wednesday: May 13 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

41. Road Trip to Idaho
Bill will share his account of a 2019 road trip that he and his wife Judy took to Sun Valley, Idaho, in search of the Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Though the festival was the highlight of the trip, Bill has some interesting anecdotes about whether or not to depend on GPS, what he learned exploring the Jackson Hole area, and other interesting adventures the Hables didn’t anticipate.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: May 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

42. Cooking with Monica: Discover the Secrets to Mexican Cuisine
What are the key ingredients to delicious, fresh Mexican recipes? How do you achieve authentic Mexican flavor in your dishes? Learn how to make tasty sauces such as Romesco Sauce (Roasted Vegetable Sauce), Pico de Gallo, and Guacamole Salsa. Find out how to create Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup, Bacalao Hash (Cod, Tomato & Potato dish), Easy Paella, Huevos Rancheros, Pork Carnitas, Empanadas, and Churros. Sample several and take home a recipe packet and Sweet Empandas you have made yourself. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: May 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

43. Video Gaming
Video games and their related technologies have transformed not only the entertainment industry, but also areas such as construction, biomedical research, manufacturing, and more. Learn about how videogames are created, how they are being used today, and how they affect us. This presentation will also include a tour and demonstration by the nationally-recognized game development programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Directions and parking will be provided.
Presenter: Dr, Andrew Williams
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Tuesday: May 19 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
UW-Stout – Applied Arts Building, Room 321

44. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
Mozart’s only Bassoon Concerto highlights the instrument’s versatility in a concert that showcases the talent of the orchestra’s principal bassoonist Fei Xie. Osmo Vanska also conducts: Water Atlas by Fagerlund, Ciel d’hiver by Saariaho, and Enescu’s Symphony No. 1. Limit 59
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: June 4
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, The bus departs from the concert hall at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $56. Does not include lunch or tip for driver.        

45. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Pollinator’s Center, Historic Red Barn at the Arb, 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 through the grounds of the Minnesota Arboretum. Learn about pollinators at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Get tips on growing fruits and vegetables at the historic Red Barn at the Arb. Savor a delicious lunch at Axel’s. Find out what’s new in 2020 at Gertens and shop for plants and outdoor décor. Limit 56
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: June 11
Bus departs 29 Pines at 7:00 a.m. and returns around 5:00 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 7:30 and arrives back at about 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $61 Does not include tip for driver.

46. 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. 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: June 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

47. Bad-est of St. Paul, Wabasha Street Caves Lunch, and James J. Hill Mansion Trip
Discover the Bad Boys, Good Time Girls, Irish Scoundrels, and Scandinavian Scandals of St. Paul on a two-hour bus tour narrated by a costumed step-on guide. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Historic Wabasha Street Caves followed by a tour. Visit the Gilded Age mansion of the builder of the Great Northern Railway, James J. Hill. Be awed by its massive scale, fine detail, ingenious mechanical systems, thirteen bathrooms, twenty-two fireplaces, and a reception hall nearly 100 feet long. Limit 112
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: June 24
The bus departs 29 Pines at 7:30 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 8:00 a.m. We arrive back about 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $78 Does not include tips for driver, wait staff, and guides.

48. Cabaret at the Guthrie
Inside Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub a flamboyant Master of Ceremonies invites patrons to partake in a musical world of beautiful cabaret life while Nazi influence grows outside and political unrest begins. This Tony Award-winning sensation is a daring and dazzling musical you won’t want to miss. Limit 112
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: July 15
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 begins at 1:00 and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.