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Spring/Summer 2019
Menomonie

 

1. Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust
This workshop is designed to help you use the internet to find reliable health information from good sources. Each participant will get an iPad to use during the program to practice searching for health information. Participants can also bring their own laptops or tablets to use during the program. Supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library.
Limit 20 Sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Caitlyn Mowatt, Wisconsin Health Literacy
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Monday: March 11 A 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday: March 11 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

2. How We Got to the Moon and Back
Accompany Jim Adams on the first lunar landing and the spacecraft’s safe return to earth. He will describe the rockets used from liftoff to traveling at speeds fast enough to escape the earth’s gravitational pull to coasting to the moon. His incorporation of NASA photos and videos will help you visualize the lunar landing and exploration. Jim will present complexity of the lunar trip understandably and even include a few personal lessons learned along the way.
Presenter: Jim Adams
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: March 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Prior to becoming a high school teacher, Jim Adams spent 12 years as an aerospace engineer working on the Gemini and Apollo space missions and doing work for the Department of Defense. While working for NASA at the space center in Houston, Texas, he worked in the area of space craft re-entry trajectory analysis. During this time he was involved in mission planning and analysis for the lunar missions. While working for the Department of Defense Jim was involved with software development and ground station operations for aerospace data systems. For 24 years he taught Math, Physics, Computer Science, Aeronautics, Astronomy, and other courses at Chetek High School in Chetek, Wisconsin. He shares his story of a small town boy who, with the guidance of a college professor, followed his dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer and ultimately participating in man’s greatest adventure to leave the planet earth and explore the moon. Jim uses scale models and NASA photos to describe the first lunar landing and safe return to earth.

3. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
We will view one Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions 2019 DVD each week and discuss the topic. The dates/topics facilitators for Spring 2019 are listed below.
March 15 – Refugees and Global Migration Millie Windsor
March 22 – The Middle East: Regional Disorder Howard Lee
March 29 – Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future Jean Fox
April 5 – The Rise in Populism in Europe Margy Hagaman
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Fridays: March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

4. Shades of Pink, Blue, and Rainbow: a Comprehensive Look at Gender, Expression, and Identity
Coltan Schoenike (they/them) is a published researcher and decorated activist and advocate as well as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As a transgender person who identifies outside of the realm of male or female, Coltan will provide personal, scientific, sociological, and political lenses to explore the vast diversity of gender in our society (and others) and what the limitless possibilities look like when we live our lives with a comprehensive understanding of gender and identity.
Presenter: Coltan Schoenike
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Friday: March 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

5. Investigating the Sand Dunes of Antarctica
Harry will discuss his research expedition (Event K015) to Antarctica. He was invited onto this collaborative project that was investigating the sand dunes of Victoria Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. We will explore the logistics of traveling to Antarctica, the unique environment of the Dry Valleys as well as better understand why these remote dune fields are both indicators of climate change as well as analogs for dunes on Mars.
Presenter: Harry Jol, professor at UWEC
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: March 19 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

6. A Little of Everything: Menomonie Public Library
Get to know the Menomonie Public Library and the MORE Online Website. Gain awareness of the resources available on these sites such as digital magazines, movies, genealogy, newspapers, and Rocket Languages. Learn how to use several of the free digital offerings. Must have an up-to-date library card. Hands-on. Bring your own device. Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library.
Limit 20 Sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Rundi Myklebust, Reference Assistant
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Wednesday: March 20 A 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Monday: April 1 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

7. How No-Kill Animal Shelters Operate
Learn about how a no-kill animal shelter operates and what your opportunities are to become involved in its daily activities. The Dunn County Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter, has been serving our area for twenty-five years. During that time, over 15,000 pets have been re-homed. Discover the many areas impacted by the shelter’s work Josh, Jamie, and Lisa will explan their work with the shelter, answer your quesitons, and have animals from the shelter with them.
Presenters: Josh Dalton, Shelter Manager, Jamie Wagner, Kennel
Manager, and Lisa Drenkham, Volunteer Coordinator
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Thursday: March 21 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bios Josh Dalton, Shelter Manager  Josh has managed DCHS for the past five years. Previous to his arrival at DCHS. Josh served as marketing director for a nonprofit. He holds a four-year degree in Business Management and an Associate’s Degree in accounting.
Jamie Wagner, Kennel Manager  Jamie has worked for 13 years at DCHS and has previous experience in vet clinics and horse stables. She was born and raised in Menomonie and has a lifelong passion for animals.
Lisa Drenkham, Volunteer Coordinator  For the past two years, Lisa has been Volunteer Coordinator for DCHS. For the previous five and a half years, she served as an animal caretaker. Lisa has a BA in Communications. She has always had a “soft spot” for animals in need and has fostered countless DCHS pets.

8. Cooking with Monica: Discover Life-Changing Foods Part I
Discover the ingredients that are common and those that are unique to life-changing foods. Learn how to make Avocado Salsa, “Zoodle” Salad with Lemon Dressing, Chili-Loaded Baked Potatoes with Cashew “Sour Cream,” Cinnamon Pears with Toasted Walnuts, Apricot Bars, and Honey-Coconut Ice Cream. Find out more about and sample recipes using Chaga and Aloe. Take Home Peanut-Chaga Shake Mix, Cilantro Pesto, and a recipe packet. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: March 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

9. Create a Fused Glass Piece
You will have a choice of making a set of coasters, a nightlight. a candleholder, or a six-inch dish 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 to her studio and fire the project, and you will be able to pick up your project from her at the senior center on Friday, May 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Limit 20
Presenter: Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: March 26 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $30

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10. Come for the Music – Stay for the Therapy
Lee Anna Rasar will share her 40+ years of experience as a music therapist. She will demonstrate how music is processed in the brain and affects motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional functioning as well as for connections with spirituality. You will learn how music therapy can be used to improve conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety/stress and blood pressure, brain injuries, and memory loss. Come and experience for yourself the benefits of music therapy.
Presenter: Lee Anna Rasar, Music & Theatre Arts Dept., UWEC
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: March 27 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 in 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.

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/

11. An Incredible Tale of 50 Years of Incarceration
Danny Amos will talk about his life in prison beginning at the age of 10, and his continuous struggle to become the free man he is today. He wants to educate the public on the atrocities happening daily in U.S. prisons and what needs to be done to assimilate convicts back into society. His story is tragic, comic, and a testament to the best in the people around him now. He will show a 2016 news clip from KARE 11 in which he was featured, give plenty of time for questions, and have a resources list for you. His fascinating book about his life be available for purchase.
Presenter: Danny Amos
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: March 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

12. The Top 10 Films of 2018
Dustyn Dubuque, former film critic of the River Falls Voice and avid film connoisseur, will give a retrospective of 2018 movies. He has watched roughly 200+ movies from 2018 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 28 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

13. The Search for the Mass Execution and Burial Site of Matilda Olkin: The Anne Frank of Lithuania
With the recovery of a diary from Matilda Olkin, a brilliant young Jewish poet, we learned of a tragic story during the Holocaust of WWII. Harry will discuss a 2018 research expedition with UWEC students to Lithuania to attempt to locate the mass execution and burial site of Matilda Olkin, her family, and others. The collaborative, multi-institute research project has had significant press coverage, highlighted in the November issue of the Smithsonian Magazine and was filmed for a documentary to be released this year.
Presenter: Harry Jol, professor at UWEC
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: April 2 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

14. Treatments for Knee and Hip Arthritis
Dr. Andrew Lehman will address the signs, symptoms, non-operative and operative treatment options of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Dr. Lehman joined the Orthopedics Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in 2014 and sees patients in Menomonie with a special interest in helping people find relief of arthritis of the hip, knee, and shoulder, and orthopedic fracture care.
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Lehman, M.D., Orthopedics Dept.,
Mayo Clinic Health System
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: April 2 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Andrew Lehman, M.D. joined the Orthopedics Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in 2014 and sees patients in Menomonie. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Lehman’s special interests include:

  • Arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, including anterior hip replacement, partial knee replacement and reverse shoulder arthroplasty
  • Orthopedic fracture care
  • Sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery

15. Seasons on Eighty Acres
For twenty-seven years Bruce Siebold has lived near Menomonie on a parcel of land known as “Eighty Acres.” During daily walks, Eighty Acres became Bruce’s photographic studio. Join him as he presents Seasons, his second book, a photographic journey through a year on Eighty Acres. He urges you to view each image as you first experience the stories they tell and will help you relive the beauty and awe of the land. Bruce’s books will be available for purchase.
Presenter: Bruce Siebold
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: April 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

16. The Lost Art and Symbolism of the Cemetery
Adrian will outline the history of the cemetery and its evolution, explaining their layout and conception. He will talk about the symbolism, art, and semiotics of the statues and gravestones, touching upon the history and art of angels. Adrian will use his own photographs taken from cemeteries and graveyards all over the world and locally to illustrate his talk. If you love history, angels, art, and the macabre, with an informative and funny commentary, then you will not be disappointed.
Presenter: Adrian Lee
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: April 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

17. Andersen Window Tour
Tour the Andersen Window Plant in Menomonie Technology Park where the 200 Series Double Hung Windows, Fixed and Mulls and the A-Series Windows are manufactured. See how the windows are made from start to finish showing all the different processes along the way. Andersen employs a total of 250 people split between two shifts. This is a walking tour of a very large and fascinating facility. Hearing sets are provided. Parking: Take the second driveway and park anywhere.
Limit 25 per tour. Sign up for one tour only.
Presenter: Stacy Johansen
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: April 8 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday: April 8 B 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Andersen Windows Plant, 201 Look Out Rd, Stout Technology Park

18. A Photographic Visit to Roses, Spain
Over the course of three years, Christopher Smith and his wife Mary Beth have joined a group of British ex-patriates in Catalonia’s northeastern region of Alt Empordà. They will share their experiences in a photographic journey to their “home” base, Roses, in the Spanish province of Girona along the Costa Brava near Spain’s border with France.
Presenters: Christopher and Mary Beth Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Tuesday: April 9 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

19. An Insider’s Perspective on the Middle East Update
Cathy Sultan has spent many years in the Middle East, where skullduggery is an everyday occurrence and where the stuff of spy stories is made. Cathy will talk about her life experiences and current events that have woven their way into her writing. She will give her insight into recent developments in the area and how they affect us and world peace. She is the author of three non-fiction and two fiction books and will have them available for sale.
Presenter: Cathy Sultan
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: April 9 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

20. Stepping Stones Tour
Stepping Stones of Dunn County operates a food pantry, two homeless shelters, and a support services program. Come for a tour of the food pantry, and learn about the needs in our community and the services Stepping Stones provides. Limit 15
Presenter: Katherine Dutton
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Wednesday: April 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Road

21. Govins’ Lambing Farm Visit
When is the last time you have held a baby lamb or baby piglet? Besides these cuties you will see goats, an alpaca, and other critters. You can hold anything that fits in your lap. Dress according to the weather as the barns aren’t heated. The tour lasts an hour to an hour and a half, depending upon the number of questions.
Presenter: John Govin
Coordinator: Herb Ruscin (715) 877-1642
Wednesday: April 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Govins’ Meats and Berries, 6134 670th Ave. Menomonie
(Off Hwy B between I-94 and Hwy 29)
Cost: $7

22. The Misuse and Abuse of Rx and OTC Drugs
Kathy will explore the difference between misuse and abuse of Rx and OTC drugs, which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are being abused in Wisconsin, what Wisconsin is doing to decrease/prevent the problem, and what you can do to keep yourself and others safe. That includes recognizing and responding to signs of Rx misuse, talking with teens/loved ones, safeguarding and properly disposing of your Rx and more. All attendees will receive a Prescription Drug Lock Bag (valued at $20).
Presenter: Kathy Asper
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Thursday: April 11 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Kathy Asper has worked in the field of drug and violence prevention since 1987. She has experience working in classrooms, with students of all ages, and chairing both local and regional coalitions. Kathy has been a Certified Prevention Specialist in good standing since 1994, a member of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) national training team since 2001, has moderated CSAP’s on-line Ethics in Prevention courses since 2014 and also served as a reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for several years. Currently, Kathy is the Manager of Prevention Services at Arbor Place, Inc. in Menomonie, where she works with a community coalition, serves as Project Director for state and federal grants, assists in with grantwriting, provides diversion programming for the local courts and regularly presents to community groups and health classes on drug related topics.

23. Red Cedar Settlement: 10,000 Years in an Hour
At one time, mammoths and mastodons lumbered through the Red Cedar Valley. The families hunting them were our first residents. People in what’s now Wisconsin mined copper 6,000 years ago, and raised corn, beans, and squash 1,000 years ago. Who were our first settlers? Frank will talk about what we know — and what we don’t know — about these folks: Clovis, Woodland, Oneota, Dakota, and others, up to the arrival of the Ojibwe in the 1740s.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Friday: April 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

24. Seeking Lost Landscapes of the Midwest: Remnant Prairies and the Work of the Prairie Enthusiasts
Join Dr. Mark Leach, Ecologist, and Joe Maurer, Filmmaker and Artist, to learn about their work with the Prairie Enthusiasts. A short film will open the talk with discussion to follow. Joe and Mark are board members of the Prairie Enthusiasts Chippewa Savanna Chapter and are part of a group of local volunteers working to protect, educate and manage our natural heritage. Find out about the mission and story of prairies as well as opportunities on how you can volunteer locally.
Presenters: Dr. Mark Leach, Ecologist
and Joe Maurer, Filmmaker and Artist
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: April 15 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

25. Cool Pendant with Leather
Choose a metal, seaglass, or stone pendant. Add lengths of leather and embellish with pewter, copper, or glass beads to create a one-of-a-kind necklace. You create the style and choose the length to suit your fancy. All materials supplied. Samples will be available at registration. Pendant choice is on a first come basis. Plenty of cool ones will be available. Limit 20
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Monday: April 15 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $18

26. What is Scale Model Railroading?
Scale model railroading, what is it? Is there a difference between toy trains and scale models? What do you do with a model railroad after you build it? Gregg Condon’s presentation shows how a model railroad can be a work of art, a business simulation, an historical re-enactment, and a time machine. His presentation is amply illustrated with over 100 photos, most of which have been published in his numerous magazine articles.
Presenter: Dr. Gregg Condon
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Tuesday: April 16 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E

27. Climate Change … Socio-economic Peril
In addition to providing a summary of the science of anthropogenic climate change, this program will include an overview of earth’s ecological history, a synopsis of societal consequences since the Industrial Revolution’s inception, and a snapshot of correlations in population, energy usage, and global temperature. The escalation of these facets has created a web of complex stresses upon humankind, and many of these concerns will be shared. We are all players in this dilemma, and we must solve the problem together.
Presenter: Steve Hogseth
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: April 22 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

28. Stout Adventures and Urec Community Membership
Huston Taylor, Recreation Specialist with UW-Stout’s “Stout Adventures” will introduce you to the recreational opportunities provided for community members through university facilities and programs. Providing a place for lifelong learning and lifetime fitness, University Recreation is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, enhancing opportunities for personal development, and building community through diverse, fun, and safe programs.
Presenter: Houston Taylor
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Tuesday: April 23 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Health and Fitness Center, UW-Stout Sports Complex

29. The Latest Developments at UW-Stout
Meet Chancellor Bob Meyer and receive a personal update on the latest developments at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Dr. Meyer will provide data on Stout’s economic contribution to the Chippewa Valley as well as the outlook for the 2019-21 state budget and its potential impact on the university.
Presenter: Dr. Bob Meyer
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Wednesday: April 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

30. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness with glittering romanticism as Vanska conducts Tomasson, Sibelius, Beethoven, and the composer Geoffrey Gordon’s Prometheus. Guest artists include Tim Zavadil, bass clarinet, and Vikingur Olaffson, piano. Limit 56
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: April 25
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: $49. Does not include lunch or tip for driver.

31. Brain Boosting Sleep: Preparing for the “Night Crew”
Who knew your brain is especially busy during sleep? It’s clearing the way for a new day to keep us sharp. We’ll interactively discuss ways to make it work better. Room environment, bed and pillow, mental habits, exercise, food, essential oils, progressive relaxation, meditation, and other non-medical practices can help prepare us for a good night’s sleep. Get these sleep tips from Sandra, author of Max Your Mind: The Owner’s Guide to a Strong Brain.
Presenter: Sandra Sunquist Stanton NCC, LPC, BCC
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Friday: April 26 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. Charitable Giving – How the Community Foundation Can Help You Figure It All Out
Confused about the 2018 tax laws and how it impacts your charitable tax deductions? Are you wondering if there are innovative ways to amplify your charity? Do you want to leave a philanthropic legacy, but you don’t know how to begin? Strategies for effectively planning your charitable giving options under the current tax laws and how Community Foundations can help you maintain or even increase your giving will be shared. All this will be presented in easy-to-understand language with time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.
Presenter: Georgina Tegart
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: April 29 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

33. Memories of LaVerne, a Vietnam Veteran
We all remember the Vietnam War, the challenging and painful history of our youth. Join LaVerne Smikrud, a western Wisconsin disabled Navy veteran and musician, in recollecting his stories and memories aboard a Navy ship during these tumultuous times. He encourages other CVLR veterans to attend and contribute. LaVerne is also an accomplished accordian and guitar player who has recorded several CDs. Schermerhorn Country is a clue to his type of music. These will be for sale.
Presenter: LaVerne Smikrud
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Wednesday: May 1 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

34. The Captain and the Codger
Bill Hable will tell us about fulfilling one of his life-long dreams. He has always wanted to sail through the Welland Canal Locks, across Lake Ontario, and into the Saint Lawrence River Seaway. Last summer he made this voyage with a young friend on Matsu, a 32-foot sailboat. Bill will share his experience as a senior citizen learning from a man young enough to be his grandson.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: May 2 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

35. Make Summer Better with Essential Oils
Explore how to use essential oils for all-natural summer remedies, including bug spray, bite relief, sunscreen, and after-sun spray. Employ oils in your gardening for healthier plants, better yields, and fewer pests. Make your home smell as fresh as a summer breeze with essential oil cleaning products. You will learn how to use essential oils safely, effectively, and inexpensively while reducing toxins in your home with these plant-based remedies.
Presenter: Michelle Caron
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: May 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

36. Ultimate iPhone
Almost half of all the smartphone owners in the US are Apple users. Your “phone” is essentially a multimedia computer in your pocket that has multiple functions that can provide communication, entertainment, health monitoring, directions, reference information, and control over other devices. The iTunes store has over two million APPS that can be downloaded. Special attention will be given to using the built-in camera and resulting photos and videos. This is a hands-on session for users who have an Apple iPhone. Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library. Limit 20 Sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723 Monday: May 6 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday: May 6 B 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

37. Poetry XVI – Bouncing Thought Bubbles
This spring our poetry thought bubbles will bounce playfully through a diverse range of topics. Sharon will ask you to perceive the transcendental aspects of all elements in our natural world. Pat will show how to become a quilter as you fashion your unique patchwork cento using the lines and words of other poets and writers. Then Agnes will highlight humor and present ways that poetry makes us laugh. This line-up will be both entertaining and eclectic.
Presenters: Sharon R. Lowry, Patricia Smith, Agnes Welsch
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

38. What Is a True Ketogenic Diet?
Low-carb, high protein, high fat…? How does a true ketogenic program differ from other popular lifestyles? Tanya Young, culinary education instructor and personal chef with over fifteen years of experience, will describe foods and lifestyle practices associated with the ketogenic diet. Samples and recipes will be included.
Presenter: Tanya Young, Merchandise Coordinator,
Menomonie Market Food Co-op
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Tuesday: May 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

39. Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy
Learn how to protect your digital self from the big data breaches at Yahoo, Equifax, Uber, hackers, and malware that have harmed individuals through ransomware and other attacks. Marketers continue to get better at intruding on your digital privacy, finding ways to collect and monetize the personal data that you generate every day as you navigate the web, use your phone, and even watch TV. We will address how to deal with all these situations. Limit 50
Presenter: Paul Wagner, Professor Emeritus, UWEC
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Wednesday: May 8 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

40. WWII through my Father’s Lens
Get a unique picture of World War II through my father’s photos while he served in the Army Air Corps in England 1942-1945. Travel overseas on the Queen Mary, see crews of B-17’s as they conducted 340 bombing missions, enjoy the famous entertainers who performed for the troops, and get a glimpse of the daily life of all those who served. “Keep the memory alive for those who come after.”
Presenter: Kerri Wood, sharing the photography of her father,
Leonard Cook
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: May 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

41. David Tindell Author
Born in Germany and raised in southern Wisconsin, David Tindell embarked on a 20-year career in broadcasting before transitioning to the U.S. government and resuming the writing career he’d started in college at UW-Platteville. Today he lives in a log home on a lake near Birchwood with his wife Sue, a Yorkie, and a Siamese cat. Now a full-time writer, he’s also a martial artist and scuba diver and is seriously thinking of taking up skydiving. He will talk about his experiences and his mystery-thriller books. He will also have them for sale.
Presenter: David Tindell
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: May 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

42. Cooking with Monica: Unlock the Mystery of Thai Cuisine
Unlock the mystery of Thai Cuisine starting with the ingredients of Banh Pho (rice noodle), coconut milk & cream, fish sauce, lemon grass, and Chinese Five-Spice Powder. Sample unique black sweet, jasmine, and glutinous rices. Savor refreshing Thai iced tea and make a fresh spring roll. Learn how to make Pork Satay, Chicken, Shrimp & Rice Noodles in Coconut Sauce, Galloping Horses, Crispy Rice Crackers, Mangoes and Sticky Rice. Take home Chinese Five-Spice, Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce, and a recipe packet. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: May 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

43. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin
Frank Lloyd Wright spent summers of his adolescence roaming the southern Wisconsin farmlands owned by his mother’s family. Those visits inspired his philosophy of organic architecture, and when he designed and constructed the 1911 home on the family farmland, he utilized the principals of organic architecture. His design was unique and innovative. He named the home Taliesin, which is Welsh for “shining brow.” We will tour the home via CD and chat about Pat’s experiences working at Taliesin.
Presenter: Pat Wenner Reisinger,
VP for Fund Raising at Taliesin, 2003-2005
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: May 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

44. East Meets West: Life-Changing Decisions
Imelda Kelly is returning to CVLR to share more details about life growing up on a rural farm in the Philippines and her decision to migrate to the Middle East. Eventually she became a US citizen and found employment at Fort McCoy. Her journey will focus on the multitude of cultural and traditional differences among and between the Philippines, the Middle East, and the United States. The presentation will also highlight photos of her recent return to her homeland.
Presenter: Imelda Kelly, Quality Assurance Support, Fort McCoy
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Monday: May 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

45. Chanhassen Dinner Theater—– Mamma Mia!
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable musical. A large cast, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers combine to make this a smash hit. Since this a dinner performance, dinner is included in the price of your ticket. You may select from several entrees on the menu. Seating begins at 11:00 a.m., and the meal will be served about 12:00 p.m. The performance begins at 1:00 p.m. Limit 112
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: May 29
Bus departs 29 Pines at 9:00 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Bus leaves Marketplace at 9:30 and arrives back about 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $80. The driver’s tip are not included.

46. Alice in Elderland: an Original Play
Alice reluctantly enters her Golden Years in this humorous look at the joys and frustration of aging. EcWIT (Eau Claire Women in Theatre) is a group of area women with backgrounds in education, theater, and performance, who use dramatic reading to share their love of literature. EcWIT’s programs are presented with interactive characterization without props, sets, or costumes.
Presenters: ecWIT (Eau Claire Women in Theater)
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: May 30 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Downtown, 205 Main Street E
Cost: $10

47. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Pollinator’s Center, 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 in a special presentation at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Savor a delicious lunch at Axel’s. Find out what’s new in 2019 at Gertens and shop for plants and outdoor décor.
Limit 56
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: June 5
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: $60 Does not include tip for driver.

48. South Africa from a Citizen’s Point of View
South Africa, the rainbow nation, is a remarkable country. It has seen tribal conflicts, colonization, genocide, and race discrimination. It peacefully changed from a white minority government to an inclusive democracy. It has consistently overachieved in areas such as science, medicine, and literature. Stan will talk about the challenges facing the country: high unemployment, huge economic discrepancies, and violence. Why is he optimistic about its future, and why doesn’t he set his books there?
Presenter: Stan Trollip
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: June 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

49. Cooking with Monica: Savor the Versatility of Cauliflower
Savor the versatility of cauliflower through the current explosion of cauliflower creations. Refresh your palate with traditional Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower, and Steak Seasoned Cauliflower. Stimulate your taste buds with trendy mashed cauliflower, creamed peas & cauliflower, pizza crust, cauli-fried rice, and grilled cheese. Make a pack of cauliflower tortillas. Take home a list of “23 Insanely Clever Ways to Eat Cauliflower,” your cauliflower tortillas, and a recipe packet. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: June 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

50. Fort Snelling and Sibley Historic Site Trip
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. Then 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. Between, enjoy a delicious lunch at Axel’s. Limit 112
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: June 26
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: $56 Does not include tip for driver

51. Guys and Dolls at the Guthrie
This classic musical comedy boasts colorful characters and a brassy score, featuring “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat. It is a sure fire win. Limit 112
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: July 10
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: $40 Lunch and driver’s tip are not included..