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Fall 2019


1. Poetry XVII – Traditions and Tidbits
Our focus this fall is on family and values that have inspired us. Sharon will explore the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, an Arab-American poet, who believes in living in peace, slowing down, and cherishing the small details. Danny will share tidbits of wisdom and sayings from his mother’s little quote book. Judy will address how the American tradition of writing about family is a way of knowing about ourselves. All three will prompt you to write poems related to their inspiring topics.
Presenters: Sharon Daniels, Danny Tye, and Judy Ristow
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

2. What Exactly Is CBD OIl? 
CBD Oil is in the spotlight lately for pain relief, anxiety, sleep, and much more. Learn more about CBD Oil, what you can use it for, and what to look for when purchasing it. We will also compare CBD oil to the essential oil Copaiba, which works the same way in the body as CBD oil. Bring your questions.
Presenter: Michelle Caron
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: September 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

3. How to Set up a Woodworking Shop
Are you interested in building a shop in your garage or basement? Come to Frank Burdick’s home and see how he built an 800 square foot wood shop in a portion of his basement. It includes cabinets on the walls and floors and all woodworking machines needed to build cabinets, furniture, and other items of wood. Frank will explain how each tool works and how to lay out the shop so you can work in it easily. Limit 20
Presenter: Frank Burdick
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Tuesday: September 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Frank’s Home, E4570 479th Ave., Woodland Terrace

4. The Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Show at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus Trip
Take a guided tour of the new Bell Museum that brings together science, art, and the environment. Explore the origins of the universe through high tech exhibits. Travel back in time with the permanent collection of world-renowned wildlife dioramas including a woolly mammoth! See the Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter show at the state-of-the-art planetarium, the first of its kind in the U.S. Box lunch with menu choices is included. Limit 56
Coordinators: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: September 11
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: $50 Does not include tip for driver.
5. Elizabeth Releases Two Books
From November through February last winter, Elizabeth wrote two books together totaling over 500 pages. Their titles are Trouble at the North Pole and The Last Christmas Tree. She is excited to share their back story with you and have you be among the first to see them. You are invited to join her celebration and learn about these books, which are books one and two in a series.
Presenter: Elizabeth Fischer
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

6. Thank you, Grandma: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
The 19th Amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote was ratified in 1920. It took three generations of women, a world war and many protests, including jail time for some, for women’s suffrage to happen. Was your grandmother a Suffragist? It was happening around the world. We will look at the movers and shakers that led to women’s suffrage with special emphasis on Wisconsin Suffragists. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify this amendment.
Presenters: Members of the League of Women Voters-Greater Chippewa Valley: Margy Hagaman, Annemarie McCellan, Ellen Ochs
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Thursday: September 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

7. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie
We will view one Foreign Policy Great Decisions 2019 DVD each week and discuss the topic. The dates/topics and facilitators for the Fall 2019 are listed below.
September 13 – Cyber Conflict – Joe Hagaman
September 20 – U.S. and Mexico – Ellen Ochs
September 27 – State of Diplomacy – Dennis Spader
October 4 – Trade with China – Barbara Flom
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Fridays: Sept 13, 20, 27, and Oct 4 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

8. Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
September is Emergency Awareness Month. Pam will give an overview of common emergency situations and scenarios that can affect older adults and their caregivers. She will suggest how to be prepared to handle these situations and give a variety of resources for emergency preparedness.
Presenter: Pam VanKampen, RDN, CD. Older Americans Act Consultant/Senior Center Representative for Greater WI Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR)
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Monday: September 16 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

9. Medicare for All
Dr. Mark Neumann will explore the some of complexities of developing a universal healthcare financing system. Two current bills in Congress entitled Medicare For All Act of 2019 aim once again to provide a single payer, publicly funded, universal and comprehensive health insurance plan for everyone in America. He will reveal details from these plans and will explain why it is important finally to solve this crucial concern for all people.
Presenter: Dr. Mark Neumann, Retired Critical Care Pediatrician
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Monday: September 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

10. What Is a True Ketogenic Diet?
Low carb, high protein, high fat…? How does a true ketogenic program differ from other popular diets? 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: September 17 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

11. Voter Registration—Rules, Deadlines, Requirements
Receive a comprehensive overview of the different rules, deadlines, and requirements for voter registration. Find out when proof of residence is required and what documents can be used. Get the answers to many more details of registration. At the end of the class, you may register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or fill out the voter registration form. Discover your polling place and either the representatives in these polling districts or where to find this information. Come with questions.
Presenter: Cheryl Miller, Town Clerk for the Town of Red Cedar
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Wednesday: September 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

12. Dunn County Nutrition Program – Present, and Future
In 2016-2017 the Dunn County Nutrition Program received $15,000 in grant money to revitalize. Learn what has changed.  What is and isn’t working?  Where is the money coming from?  Will the Older American’s Act Funding continue under the Trump Administration?  What other programs are provided under the OAA funding?  Find out what participants think of the nutrition program and why they use it. This class includes a tour of food preparation facilities.
Presenter: Bobbette Tunnyhill, Nutrition Program Coordinator,
ADRC of Dunn County
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Thursday: September 19 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Neighbors of Dunn County, 2901 Forbes Avenue
Directions: 1 mile east of the Mayo Red Cedar Hospital. Look for the signs on the North side of Hwy 29. Center complex,blue building.

13. Are Ghosts and UFOs the Same?
Adrian offers full explanations of how both move, communicate, use energy, are physical and nonphysical, and intertwine themselves with the history of humanity. He will share never before published eyewitness accounts, recently unclassified government documents, and firsthand personal experiences of ghosts, hauntings, and UFO encounters. Adrian will bring the last two great unknown phenomena in the canon of mankind together with new and groundbreaking theories in quantum physics and collective consciousness.
Presenter: Adrian Lee
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

14. Create a Dump Painting
Whether it’s called acrylic pouring or dump painting, nothing is more satisfying than creating abstract paintings by letting pigment run amok. This is a fun activity for all skill levels. The medium teaches how to let go and have a blast. Two canvases and garbage bags will be provided for you. Limit 15
Presenter: Betty Verdon
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Monday: September 23 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $15

15. History of a Family’s Quilts and Their Stories
Explore the history of quiltmaking from the 1860’s through the Depression era with Jill Noreen. She will display family quilts and share her family’s rich history in quiltmaking during that time frame. These stories of the changes in quilting styles and fabric reflect the history of our country, too. You will have time to discuss and ask questions about your family’s quilts.
Presenter: Jill Noreen
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Wednesday: September 25 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

16. 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 26
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 5:00 p.m.
Pick up is at Marketplace at 9:00 a.m. We arrive back about 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 Does not include tip for driver.

17. Cooking with Monica: DIscover More Life-Changing Foods II
In this second session on life-changing foods, we will learn more tips and recipes to improve your health with certain foods. Use lemons and limes to help prevent muscle pain, infections, and more. Spark the flavor in your sandwiches with micro greens and sprouts. Create delicious “caramel” dip without sugar, “Goat Cheese” Salad without cheese, kidney-friendly Grape Slushie, Lemon Sorbet, Asparagus Soup, and Stuffed Onions. Take home a recipe packet, Ginger Limeade, and Blueberry Mini Pie. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: September 30 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

18. Birds in Art Trip – Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau
See 100 works of bird art at the 44th annual exhibit featuring British color-pencil artist Alan Woollett. Choose a sandwich, hot beef, nutty chicken on a croissant, or vegetarian wrap for lunch at Wausau’s Landmark 2510 Restaurant, Bakery, Deli. Enjoy a guided tour of historic sites in Wausau narrated by a historian from the Marathon County Historical Society. Enjoy ice cream at the Hawkeye Dairy Store in Abbotsford on the way home.  Limit 55
Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: October 2
Pick up is at Marketplace at 7:30 a.m. We arrive back about 5:30 p.m.
The bus departs 29 Pines at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $46 Does not include tip for driver.

19. Nicholas Butler Author
Nickolas Butler is an internationally best-selling and prize-winning author of three novels and one short story collection.  He is pleased to present a short talk and reading for CVLR members highlighting his newest novel, Little Faith, which was published in March to rave reviews by the likes of USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  A book signing will follow.
Presenter: Nicholas Butler
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 946-3155
Thursday: October 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

20. 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
Friday: October 4 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

21. 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 7 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $25

22. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
World-wide performer Inon Bartnatan, hailed as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” by The New York Times, offers a virtuoso performance of great works by Brahms and Shostakovich. In addition to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, he will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 which was banned by the Soviet regime shortly after its premiere for its “ideological weakness” and its failure to “reflect the true spirit of the people of the Soviet Union.”
Limit 56
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: October 10
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.
23. How to Handle Racism in the USA
Beth wants to create a better understanding of our systems and structures that serve to exclude others. With a rich background of teaching and learning about racism, Beth draws heavily from her experience living and working in Japan and raising bi-racial children in Wisconsin. Her desire is not to shame or blame but to encourage everyone to take daily actions that will help build a more inclusive commUNITY.
Presenter: Beth Hartung
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Friday: October 11 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

24. Return of the Swallows Quilted Table Runner
Make Flying Geese units using the “No Waste” method of construction. Make enough blocks to create a table runner or larger quilt at home. Fabric amounts, supply list, and picture will be provided at registration. Bring your sewing machine and normal sewing supplies as well as rotary cutter, ruler and mat, and a lunch along with a snack to share. Some quilting experience required. Limit 12
Presenter: Barbara J. Hauck
Coordinators: Pat Eggert (715) 362-3903
Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Wednesday: October 16 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Return of the Swallows – supply list with example (email)

25. The Fascinating History of the Ojibwe
North America’s present Ojibwe population of 180,000 has a long and fascinating history on the earth. During the first session, we’ll talk about Ojibwe origin stories, their spiritual home on Madeline Island, their wars with the Iroquois and contact with Europeans, and the Wisconsin treaties that profoundly changed Ojibwe life. In the second session, we’ll continue with the impact of the treaties, the reservations, Ojibwe sovereignty, spearfishing, the gaming era, and the Ojibwe today.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Fridays: October 18 and 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
26. Visiting Chartwell
Photographer and anglophile Christopher Smith will share his images, impressions, and historic background for the Kent, United Kingdom, home of Winston Churchill. Several documentaries produced by the BBC and ITV have used the historic home as backdrops for their stories of Churchill, his life, and critical leadership during WWII. Multiple visits to Chartwell by Chris and his wife Mary Beth have resulted in an interesting array of images of this National Trust property.
Presenter: Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: October 21 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

27. Cooking with Monica: How to Reduce Sugar in Your Cooking
How do you adjust the sweetener in a recipe to your taste? Discover that and how to substitute sweeteners including xylitol, erythritol, stevia, agave nectar, different honeys, and real maple syrup. Learn to make Spinach and Kale Summer Salad with Apple Cider Vinegrette, Cashew Chicken, Soy-Ginger Salmon, Fresh Cucumber Relish, gluten-free, sugar-free Carrot Cake, and more. Take home instant oatmeal mix, black bean burger patty mix, a recipe packet, and a handy chart of 50 low glycemic foods Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: October 21 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

28. Great Western Adventures
Dennis and Elizabeth will share three western trips they took over the last three years covering sixteen states with and without the cycle. Whether indirectly viewing the Columbia River from train windows or directly experiencing South Padre Island, Texas, they were always on the back roads with expected and unexpected sights. Visit plantations in Natchez and pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona. See sweeping views along the Rio Grande and the Rockies and spectacular ocean views in Oregon and California.
Presenters: Dennis and Elizabeth Spader
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: October 23 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
29. Healing Your Thyroid
On Elizabeth’s continued quest to discover what is responsible for certain health conditions, she has read Anthony William’s Thyroid Healing, which reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. She will share what Anthony claims is the source of the illness and how to empower yourself to deal with it. She will also detail some powerful foods, techniques, and a secret that will help heal the thyroid.
Presenter: Elizabeth Fischer
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 23 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

30. The Carpenters Once More
Carpenters Once More is a tribute to the singing duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter. You may have enjoyed the magical musical moments they created. Now you have the opportunity to hear their songs again performed by Diana Lynn who sounds remarkably like Karen Carpenter. She is accompanied by her husband Keith Allynn. Diana brings her Award Winning Live Branson Production, Carpenters Once More, to the stage of the Mabel Tainter.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Saturday: October 26 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East
Cost: $20

31. The Further Adventures of a Global Nomad
Following his nomadic instincts, Michael will treat us to more of his fascinating adventures in Asia and eastern Africa. Having lived among the locals in these areas, he has a unique perspective on their daily lives, historical monuments, and foreigners’ presence. He will enhance his storytelling with slides from his travels. Trust Michael to take us on an interesting journey through his nomadic wanderings.
Presenter: Michael Pershern
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: October 30 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
32. Autumn Meander through Parts of New England and Canada
Bill Hable has planned an autumn road trip through parts of Ontario, Quebec, and New England during the peak fall foliage season. He has designed a trip for those who like to stay away from city traffic and busyness. Thus his routes bypass major cities and heavily populated areas and often follow back roads. He will recommend places to stay, local foods, and out-of-the-way sites to visit.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Thursday: October 31 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

33. Alice in Dairyland – Dunn County 2020!
James Anderson will lead a panel discussion of the Alice in Dairyland program, its importance to the state and county, and what to expect as the County serves as host to the Alice competition and year-long home-base for the 2020 Alice. Panel members will include past Alice’s and County tourism dignitaries.
Presenter: James Anderson
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: November 4 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

34. The Key to Happiness and True Enlightenment
Some say happiness is just a choice, but for others it is a healing process that releases them from anything in their past. Finding happiness does not always look like what we imagine. Discovering peace in a world full of chaos may be the hardest thing we ever do. Tami will discuss her journey to enlightenment and give suggestions of how we can heal, find happiness, and discover peace.
Presenter: Tami Muska-flach
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: November 5 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
35. Retirement and Your Hearing Health… Life Is on!
Enjoying your retirement years means spending time doing things you enjoy with people you enjoy. As we age our hearing can decline, thus affecting our health, relationships, and overall well-being. Hearing loss is associated with health conditions such as depression, diabetes, risk of falls, and cognitive decline. Dr. Bilse has been an audiologist for 26 years and will share how learning to address hearing loss can improve your quality of life.
Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Bilse, Audiologist,
Marshfield Clinic Health Center
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: November 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Suzanne Bilse, Au.D., Audiologist, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Dr. Bilse has been an audiologist for 26 years with the last 23 working for Marshfield Health System seeing patients in Eau Claire, Menomonie and Neillsville. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from UW Stevens Point and then later her doctorate in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Bilse sees patients of all ages, evaluating hearing and dizziness and treating hearing loss with amplification. Over the course of her career her interests have changed in the field of audiology, but treating the aging population has always been her passion. She enjoys establishing long term relationships with her patients and their loved ones, while helping them to stay connected to their world despite having hearing loss. With today’s hearing aid technology being fit on her patients, Dr. Bilse finds her job to be more rewarding than ever.

Outside of her work at the clinic, Suzanne enjoys life on Tainter Lake with her husband Tom and her growing children. Their nest is almost empty, but when her three children are all home together she is happiest. She enjoys running, cooking, reading and everything lake life has to offer.

36. Steel Magnolias at the Guthrie Trip
Truvy’s Salon is Chinquapin, Louisiana’s go-to place for a beauty fix with a hearty side of gossip. Truvy and her overeager assistant Annelle pamper small-town clients with blowouts, manicures, and all kinds of unsolicited advice. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular, including M’Lynn who dotes on her soon-to-be-married daughter Shelby, the moody Ouiser, and the well-to-do widow Clairee. Through witty banter and wisecracks, the hodgepodge group of women form friendships as strong as steel. Limit 112
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: November 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: $44. Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.

37. Family Life and Family Values in India
Father Mano will discuss a little bit about India in general, but mostly he will talk about the culture and family life in South India.  Family life includes marriage, raising children, and the relationships between parents and children.  He will address the role of parents in the lives of their children, the rights of women in a male-dominated society, and how religion plays a vital role in family life.
Presenter: Father Mano of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Menomonie
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: November 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

38. Cooking with Monica: Liven Up Your Holiday with Pairing
Surprise your guests this holiday by pairing the flavors of beverages with interesting appetizers, entrees, and desserts to highlight flavors within a recipe. We will pair beverages with several appetizers including Sweet & Savory Mini Cheeseballs, Cranberry Meatballs, and Artichoke Wontons; entrees of Slow Cooker Raspberry Pork, Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken, and Glazed Shrimp Skewers; and desserts of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Maple Pinwheels, and Mary Berry’s Tipsy Trifle. Take home: Chai Tea Mix and a set of mini cheeseballs that you made yourself. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: November 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $15

39. Location, Location, Location
Knowing where you are and where everything else is has long been a preoccupation of humankind. After reviewing a brief history of various techniques for determining location from ancient to modern, we will explore all the ways GPS and other technologies are influencing our lives today. Bring your smartphone to the class so that you can explore some of the hidden features of apps you use every day and some you don’t know about.
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Tuesday: November 12 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

40. Dementia Friendly Communities
Everyone knows someone dealing with memory issues and a possible dementia. We may even feel our own losses at times as we age. How can a community be supportive of persons with a dementia and their families? What is a dementia? We will explore various dementias, research, support services and expectations in the short and long term. Educating ourselves, giving and getting support, and planning ahead are ways to be a dementia-friendly community.
Presenters: Margi Stauss and Margy Hagaman,
Retired Social Workers
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Tuesday: November 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

41. Creatures of the Reef – Cozumel
Dick Best will provide video of his most interesting and favorite creatures observed during multi-dive explorations of Cozumel’s sea life and fascinating, pristine, turquoise waters. Cozumel’s reef is the second largest coral system in the world. There will be new footage (for those of you who have seen some of Dick’s prior presentations) as well as highlights from his historic dives.
Presenter: Dick Best
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: November 13 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

42. Relational Aging and the Impact on Older Adult Relationships
We have designed the content of this class to describe relational aging within the context of intimate personal relationships of older adults. We will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the onset of health problems and their impact on both partners. We will suggest solutions such as self-care and coping strategies. As we consider these, we invite everyone attending to share their experiences and approaches to relational aging.
Presenters: Dr. Amanda Barnett and Dr. Cristy Linse
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Wednesday: November 13 1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

43. Medical and Community Volunteering
Dr. Nelson will share her experience doing volunteer work in the United States, Africa,Europe, and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on Haiti. While most of these journeys have been medical in nature, others have touched on construction in resource-poor nations.
Presenter: Dr. Carrie Nelson, Internist,
Mayo Clinic Health System Red Cedar
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Thursday: November 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

44. 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. The date for you to pick up your project from her will be announced in class. Limit 20
Presenter: Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Friday: November 15 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $30          

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45. The Holocaust Mass Executions at Fort IX, Kaunas, Lithuania
Fort IX is a part of the Kaunas Fortress, which was constructed in the late 19th century. During the occupation of the region by the Nazi’s during the WWII, the site was used as a place of execution for 50,000 Jews, captured Soviets, and others. Harry will give an overview of the site, detail the atrocities that occurred, and describe the ongoing University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire investigations that strive to better document the site.
Presenter: Harry Jol
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Monday: November 18 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street