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Fall 2017
Menomonie

 

1. Poetry XIII – Potpourri of Possibilities
Our “volunteers” this term have come up with three widely divergent poetic topics. They color in some of the bands that comprise the poetry rainbow. Monica will delve into the myriad aspects of everyday life that can inspire one to write meaningful poems. Judy will ask participants to create poems about a memory from the past. Lee, wanting to lighten up the creative process, will challenge us to write “non-sense” or silly poems. This class will be stimulating and non-threatening.
Presenters: Monica Caron, Judy Ristow, and Lee Smalley
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesdays: Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

2. Music Strengthens All of Us 
The Stand In the Light Chippewa Valley Community Choir will share how we use music to encourage members with memory loss to rediscover their love of singing, strengthen their confidence, and build community. We believe music is powerful for all! Join us to have fun and experience community through breathing exercises, stretches, and singing. No memory loss required. You will leave happier, lighter, and humming a tune!
Presenters: David Huber, and Carol Parsons
Cathy Reitz – Director, Nancy Wendt – Accompanist
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Wednesday: September 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

3. Foreign Affairs – Menomonie 

We will view one Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2017 video each week and discuss the topic. Each Friday, there will be a different topic and leader as listed below.
September 8th, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Bill Neverdahl
September 15th, Latin America’s political pendulum, Millie Windsor
September 22nd, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jean Fox
September 29th, Nuclear security, Paul Helgeson
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Fridays: Sept 8, 15, 22, and 29 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

4. An Idea Comes of Age: UW-Stout, 1891-2016 Book Discussion
Author Jerry Poling will discuss his recent book about the history of UW-Stout. His book chronicles 125 years of major university challenges and changes. He will begin with its founding by James Huff Stout as a private manual training school, go on to the school’s uncertainty after his death and during the Depression, and end with its major growth in the second half of the 20th century. Jerry Poling is assistant director of communications at UW-Stout and a former Leader-Telegram writer.
Presenter: Jerry Poling
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: September 13 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

5. Minnesota Orchestra Trip
The Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska will perform several works: Ravel’s Pavane For a Dead Princess, Stravinsky’s Suite from the Firebird, and guest Canadian violinist James Ehnes performing a new concerto by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg. Limit 56.
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Thursday: September 14
Bus departs 29 Pines at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 6:00 p.m.
Bus leaves MarketPlace at 9:00 and arrives back about 5:30 p.m.
The concert runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will allow time after the concert for lunch on your own and leave the concert hall at 3 p.m.
Cost: $48. Does not include lunch or tip for driver.

6. Through the Decades with Postcards
Cynthia Govin Welch will show us how postcards have changed over the years. The collection she has amassed began with a gift from an older relative to a young girl in Rusk, Wisconsin. Learn how this simple gift started a collection that has continued since 1958. See the changes the postcards reflect about our society and Cindy’s family.
Presenter: Cindy Govin Welch
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Wednesday: September 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

7. Minnesota Museum of Transportation and the James J. Hill House Trip
Railroad magnet James J. Hill built the Great Northern Railway. He constructed the Jackson Street Roundhouse as one of his steam engine maintenance facilities. Today it houses the Minnesota Museum of Transportation with a restoration shop, blacksmith shop, Rutledge Depot, and 50 historic train cars. Visit this museum and Hill’s impressive home on Summit Avenue made of rugged stone with fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems. Be awed by the gorgeous woodwork, art gallery, pipe organ, and more. Limit 112.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 21
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: $55 Does not include tip for driver.

8. Life and Times of Neil Gaiman’s Personal Assistant
Lorraine Garland, a Menomonie resident, was a personal assistant for twenty years to Neil Gaiman, a world-famous author. Find out how she got the position, what she did, and what situations she encountered. Come prepared to learn some surprises about this particular occupation.
Presenter: Lorraine Garland
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Monday: September 25 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

9. Cooking with Monica:  Discover How to Cook with Coconut
Discover how to use coconut water, milk, oil, nectar, and flour in your cooking. Make pineapple grilled chicken with coconut water marinade. Add coconut milk to clam stew and custard pie. Incorporate coconut oil into your cornbread and key lime pie. Switch to coconut flour, which is gluten free, in meatloaf, chicken tenders, pizza, apple crisp, and zucchini bread. Create coconut flour pizza in class, and take home coconut flour zucchini bread, soft-skin coconut oil sugar scrub, and coconut recipes. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: September 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

10. Drawing with Alcohol Ink
Alcohol ink is popular because you can’t screw it up. There is no right or wrong. No experience is needed. Painting on yupo paper and freezer paper, we will be making one abstract and one realism picture. Come with a smile and a creative spirit. You will find yourself drawn in by the fun. Careful! Drawing with alcohol ink is very additive. All the materials will be provided. Wear old clothes or an apron, and bring gloves. Limit 20.
Presenter: Betty Verdon
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: September 26 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: $15

11. Grease at Chanhassen
The Broadway hit Grease (Gimme that old time rock and roll) will be performed at the dinner theater. The seating begins 11:00 am., and dinner will start serving at 12:00 noon. The dinner is included in the price of your ticket. You may choose from the menu of several possibilities. The show begins at 1:00 p.m. Limit 112.
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: September 27
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: $76. Driver’s tip is not included.

12. My Trip to Belgium:  Waffles, Lace, and Chocolates, Oh My! 
Spending ten days in Belgium and the Netherlands in July was an exciting adventure for Judy. How fortunate that her sister, her nephew, and his wife all live in this beautiful region of the world. (And what a special bonus that her sister lives in Antwerp—the diamond capital of the world!) Take a pictorial tour of this charming region of the world—rich in history, culture, and charm. And waffles. And lace. And chocolate.
Presenter: Judy Foust
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: September 28 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

13. Eye Health: Changes in Treating Cataracts and Macular Degeneration
Dr. Ron Hessler will speak about vision changes that occur as you age and how these changes don’t have to affect your lifestyle. You will learn about eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. He will also emphasize prevention and new treatment options. Knowing what to expect and when to seek professional care can help you safeguard your vision.
Presenter: Dr. Ronald J. Hessler, M.D., Ophthalmologist,
Mayo Clinic Health System
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Thursday: September 28 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

Bio:  Ophthalmologist Ronald J. Hessler, M.D., works in the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie.  Ovver the past 10 plus years he has served in roles as the chief of surgery and clinical ophthalmologist. Dr. Hessler received his medical degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and completed his residency at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Hessler’s professional interests include cataract surgery and refractive surgery. In his spare time Dr. Hessler enjoys spending time with his family, boating, camping, and woodworking.

14. A Good Story
Have you been itchin’ to share a personal adventure or story with a small group of like-minded folks? Join us and be prepared to share your ten-minute yarn with others! Limit 10 per session. Sign up for one session only.
Presenter: Linda Bark
Coordinator: Linda Bark (715) 235-7326
Monday: October 2 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: October 3 B 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

15. The Fantasy Beading Technique
Learn the fantasy technique that can be used to string bracelets, necklaces, and whatever else your creative spirit inspires. The finished product will form an intricate pattern that looks complicated but is really quite simple. All supplies to make a dazzling bracelet will be supplied along with a pattern. A sample will be available at registration along with samples of color choices. Please choose a color when you sign up for class. Limit 16.
Presenter: Chris Oest
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Monday: October 2 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $14

Fantasy one only       

Select #1 Blue Iris, #2 Purple Iris, #3 Green, or #4 Pink MIrror when you sign up.

16. Route 66
In 2014, to celebrate their 66th birthdays, Becky and her husband Bob decided to hit the Mother Road and travel the eight states and 2200+ miles of Route 66 from downtown Chicago to the Santa Monica pier. They travelled the one-lane roads, the gravel paths, and the forgotten by-ways of Route 66. They stayed in the rustic motels, ate in the old diners, and talked to the wonderful people who love the old road more than anything.
Presenter: Becky Hendrickson
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: October 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

17. Emotional Health and Essential Oils
Learn about the benefits of essential oils for your emotional health. These natural plant extracts help balance and brighten your changing moods. A few drops of pure essential oil may help you let go of burdens, find comfort and encouragement, inspire you to dream with passion again, or help you relax and let go of stress. You will be able to sample these oils!
Presenter: Michelle Caron
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Friday: October 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

18. Know Your Food and Your Farmer
Take this opportunity to ask a farmer directly, “Why are grass-fed and grass-finished beef better?” Learn the benefits of grass-finished meats and why intensive grazing systems are good for the people, the environment, and the livestock. Mary C. loves to help people learn about their food. She, her husband Bruce, and their three sons have been producing high quality organic meats for the past twenty years on their farm just outside of Whitehall.
Presenter: Mary C. Anderson
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: October 9 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

19. Israel Trip Presentation
Jill and Lee Schwebs will tell us about a National Geographic Expedition they took to Israel that concentrated on the history and politics and not the religion of the area although they did visit the religious sites. They were in a group of fifteen, including both an Israeli and a Palestinian guide. Their group was able to interview leaders from both sides of the conflict, a holocaust survivor, an archaeologist, a ground water expert, and more.
Presenters: Jill and Lee Schwebs
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: October 11 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

20. Cooking with Monica:  Add Pizzazz to Your Soups
Try new combinations of fresh fall vegetables in your soups. Change high-calorie soups and stews into healthy, lower calorie recipes. Learn how to make copy-cat recipes from famous restaurants. Get tips for delicious homemade stock. Take home recipes for Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Turkey Pot Pie Stew, Spinach & Mushroom Tortellini Soup, Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup, Split Pea Sausage Soup, and more. Sample several and receive stock and ingredients to create soup at home. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: October 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

21. What Is Pet Therapy?
Learn how pet therapy benefits patients and visitors at the Mayo Clinic Health System. Meet Bonnie Wright, dog trainer and pet therapy volunteer, Siri, her therapy dog, and Jennifer Loew, Director of Volunteer Services. Bonnie and Jennifer will talk about the benefits of pet therapy and discuss how to become a therapy team.
Presenters: Bonnie Wright and Jennifer Loew
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: October 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

22. 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. You will be entertained, learn a great deal, have a chance to shop, and savor a delicious lunch. Elizabeth is excited to have you experience this unusual mystery trip. We will have a fun day! Limit 112.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 18
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: $55 Does not include tip for driver.

23. 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 back to her studio and fire your project. You will be able to pick up your project from her at her booth at the Mabel Tainter craft show November 17 and 18. Limit 20.
Presenter: Josephine A. Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Thursday: October 19 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $30

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2017-hang-web    2017-dish-web 

Dishes, candleholder, and picture in fused glass.

24. Fence Rail Star Quilt
Beginners to advanced quilters will enjoy making this fun and easy star quilt using the fence rail technique. The pattern makes a 43 inch square quilt or a table runner and square for a tote bag or pillow. Supplies: a jelly roll or twenty 2 1/2 x 43 inch strips and one yard of solid color fabric (to be used for stars), a working sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, quilting ruler, thread, pins, bobbin). Bring lunch and a snack to share. (See CVLR.org for more information.) Limit 14.
Presenters: Joy Bergstrand and Mary Kallio
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Monday: October 23 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

You can go on-line to the Missouri Star Quilt Company to see a video tutorial and supply list for making the Fence Rail Star Quilt at:
https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/fence-rail-star-quilt/index.html

And you can download a PDF with a supply list and diagram of the quilt block here: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/fence-rail-star-quilt/assets/fence-rail.pdf

five star quit 2    five star quilt 1   

This how the quilt will look.

25. Make a Crystal and Beaded Bracelet 
Add a new piece to your jewelry collection or give a special gift you created yourself. Elaine will help you make a dazzling crystal and bead bracelet on memory wire. She will have all the materials you need to do this. The fee you pay covers the cost of the crystals, beads, and memory wire. Limit 25.
Presenter: Elaine Velleneue
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Tuesday: October 24 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $12

Crystal beaded bracelet  Here are three examples of the bracelet.

26. How Newell Burch Survived Andersonville Prison, Among the First to Arrive and the Last to Leave Book Discussion
Newell Burch was an amazing man who was among the first to arrive and the last to leave Andersonville Prison and kept a first-hand account of his experience. He helped many of his fellow soldiers survive by improving their rations, applying his “cure” for gangrene to them, and assisting many who were sick. Author Dustyn Dubuque will explain how Newell accomplished all this in an unimaginable environment of filth and lack at Andersonville Prison.
Presenter: Dustyn Dubuque
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

27. What Is Broadband, and Why Is It Important? 
Essentially, ‘broadband’ is higher speed service to connect your computer or other electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc.) to the internet. This session will briefly explore why broadband is important, where Dunn County is in providing broadband services, and explain what efforts are being made to determine the broadband needs and gaps of Dunn County’s residents and businesses.
Presenters: Stephanie Hintz UWEX, Bob Colson Dunn County,
Eric Turner, Dunn County Development Corp.
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Monday: October 30 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

28. Why Do Strange Coincidences and Miracles Happen?
Have you experienced coincidences that were amazing? Has an answer to a problem occurred when you didn’t expect it? Have you thought of someone and then that person contacted you soon after? How does Halloween help us understand these happenings? Kathleen will explore these occurrences and give us a new perspective about them. Share accounts of strange coincidences and miracles that have happened to you and those you know.
Presenter: Kathleen LeDuc
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: October 31 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

29. Watch on the Rhine at the Guthrie Trip 
Lillian Hellman’s play that takes place in 1940 is a combination of drawing room comedy set in a southern genteel home and the sinister corruption of the Nazi regime in Europe. This makes for a powerful award-winning drama. Limit 112.
Coordinators: Jan and Bill O’Neill (715) 235-8040
Wednesday: November 1
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: $45. Lunch and driver’s tip are not included.

30. Stained Glass Presentation and Demonstration
Michael Pilla is an international award-winning stained glass artist with extensive experience creating original stained glass window designs and art as well as repair, restoration, and conservation of windows and art. He will present a bit of the story of stained glass and show examples of his own work. He will also give a brief demonstration of cutting glass and making a small window.
Presenter: Michael Pilla
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Thursday: November 2 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

31. Fishing on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
Bill and his wife Jane have been traveling to their cabin on the Kenai River since 2010. Bill will discuss fishing for King, Sockeye, Silver, and Pink Salmon on the Kenai and Russian Rivers. He will also review fishing for Halibut, Lingcod, Rock Fish, and Salmon out of the seaports of Seward and Homer. Bill will provide ideas and suggestions for planning a successful Alaskan adventure.
Presenter: Bill Butsic
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: November 6 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

32. Cooking with Monica:  Finger Food for the Holidays
Wow your guests with scrumptious finger food recipes that are easy to prepare. Find out how to make Strawberry Bruschetta, Peach Salsa and Brie, “Modern” Mini Cheese Balls, Brownie Balls, Mini Bacon Quiche, Sausage Cheese Dip, Chicken Tomato Cups, Caprese Bites, Easy Potato Skins, Beef Wellington Bites, Bloody Mary Bombs, Mini Pies in a Jar, Pineapple Upside Down Minis, and more! Make a Pull Apart Christmas Tree in class. Take it, Elf Mischief Munch, and recipes home. Limit 50.
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: November 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th Street E
Cost: $20

33. Native American Art and Traditions
Award-winning native artist Dick Mindykowski, a tribal leader of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will share stories about Native American culture and explain the Ojibwe meanings and symbolism of his traditional works of art. Dick will display the walking sticks, dancing staffs, tomahawks, turtle rattles, shields, dream catchers, and necklaces he makes using natural materials gathered from the woodland environment. You may also pre-order a walking stick to make sure you get a beautifully finished traditional one. (See more info at cvlr.org)
Presenter: Dick Mindykowski
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 962-4314
Tuesday: November 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street
Cost: No cost for the talk only. $30 for a walking stick.

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

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

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

Dick Mindykowski-1       Dick Mindykowski-2

34. Bill Hable’s Maxims of Life
Over the years, Bill Hable has developed a number of his own maxims about engineering, weather, health, and life in general. He will present some of these with explanations and drawings on his easel. We also encourage class members to share their own life lessons. Hopefully sage and inspiring discussions will ensue.
Presenter: Bill Hable
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: November 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

35. APPS and More APPS
Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store have grown to over two million apps each. Learn about the best apps for your smartphone/tablet in the areas of news, music, photography, calendar, weather, maps, social networking, travel, shopping, search, health, movies, reference, finance, utilities, games, and fun. This class is for both Apple and Android users. Limit 20. Sign up for one session only.
https://sites.google.com/site/cvlrseniorcomputing/home
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Thursday: November 9 A 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: November 16 B 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road

36. The Very Important War of 1812
We didn’t learn much about the War of 1812 in school, maybe because, on the surface, it seemed confusing (Baltimore? New Orleans?) and because we saw it as a draw between the U.S. and Great Britain. So what we remember is the Star Spangled Banner and that catchy Johnny Horton song. But it’s actually pretty easy to understand and absolutely vital to Wisconsin history. In an hour, you’ll come to understand the War of 1812, who won and lost it, and how it shaped America.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Sharon R. Lowry (715) 874-5633
Friday: November 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

37. What Are Redistricting and Gerrymandering?
Every ten years district boundaries for most elected officials are changed to reflect population changes. We will look at past and current practices and outcomes in different states. The concept of gerrymandering is placing voters into favorable or unfavorable districts that can influence outcomes, Wisconsin’s redistricting process is now before the Supreme Court this fall and may have implications nationwide. Find out how this is affecting voting nationwide.
Presenter: Rich Postlewaite, Instructor at UW-Stout Political Science
Dept. and political advisor
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman 715-309-8030
Friday: November 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

38. Brewing Beverages at Home
You can brew your own beer (or wine if you prefer)! Jake Wolstad, President of the Menomonie Homebrewer’s Association, will provide information about legality, equipment, and local support for trying out this classic endeavor. Since the 6th millennia B.C. people have been brewing beer. The ingredients are simple, just water, yeast, and a source of starch (usually barley, but nearly anything fermentable will work). The equipment need not be exotic either. This presentation will get you started.
Presenters: Jake Wolstad and Home Brewer’s Association Members
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: November 13 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

39. How to Manage Your Health Care and End of Life Wishes While You Travel
Lucy will cover end of life decisions, specifically donating your body, and medical data that you should carry with you. She will explain Mayo’s new system to share information and address how to handle what your kids want you to do. Throughout her presentation, she will tell fun RV travel stories. Bring your questions and experiences for discussion.
Presenter: Lucy Weidner
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: November 14 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

40. Facebook Basics
We will talk about how to use Facebook to safely connect you with the people, ideas, and organizations you care about most. This hands-on session will be most effective for you if you bring your own tablet, smartphone, or laptop. We will focus on using the Facebook App (mobile device) or web-based Facebook site. You are required to be able to use your device without assistance. Limit 20.
Presenter: Nita Fitzgerald
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Tuesday: November 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road.

41. The Ground-Breaking Discovery Made by Harry Jol, UWEC Geography Professor, and UWEC Students in Lithuania
Using ground-penetrating radar, GPR, and working with researchers from across the globe, Harry Jol and UWEC students discovered a forgotten holocaust escape tunnel in the Ponar Forest of Lithuania. The subsurface mass killing site that the imaging revealed was highlighted by international and national news organizations (e.g. New York Times, BBC NPR CNN, Fox) as well as a recent NOVA program Holocaust Escape Tunnel, and a feature article in Smithsonian Magazine, March, 2017, issue. Harry will present the amazing results of this expedition.
Presenter: Harry M Jol, Ph.D, Dept of Geography, UW- Eau Claire
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 235-8528
Wednesday: November 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street

42. Wildlife on the Red Cedar Trail: Discovering Menomonie’s Hidden Treasures
Dr. Jennifer Grant blends three of her passions, wildlife (particularly birds/eagles), the Red Cedar Trail, and photography. Trail walkers and riders regularly see Jen on the trail as she “stalks” her next photographic subject. She will provide tips for capturing your next sighting.
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grant
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Monday: November 20 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 Wakanda Street