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Fall 2022
Eau Claire

 

41. Learn about the Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute
Find out about the Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute at River Prairie Park in Altoona built to honor all Veterans who have served our community, to use as a tool to educate future generations, and to be a place of healing. Our group is developing this project over the next five years and planning expansion on the trail by the Eau Claire River to tell the stories of Chippewa Valley Veterans through a timeline from the Civil War to the present.
Presenter: Kay Olson
Coordinator: Herb Ruscin (715) 877-1642
Wednesday: September 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Rooms A & B, Lower Level,
1616 Bellinger Street

https://www.chippewavalleyveterans.org/veterans_park.phtml

Stone Orders: 715-797-6522 stones@chippewavalleyveterans.org

Donations & Info: 715-828-4441 info@chippewavalleyveterans.org

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42. How Can Do Canines Are Helping Those with Disabilities
Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. In addition to volunteers training puppies to behave well both in home and in public, multiple prison programs are also hosting puppies to live and train with offenders inside the prison. Learn the journey of a puppy in becoming a service dog. Many lives are touched and improved by these wonderful dogs.
Presenter: Laurie Carlson, Can Do Canines
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Monday: September 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Rooms A & B (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street

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43. Make a Barn Quilt – a Day of FUN and CREATIVITY
Barn quilts are painted quilt squares on wood frames that are popping up on buildings across the country. Add a permanent splash of color to your yard or garden with a barn quilt. Choose from several patterns and design and paint your own square. Your project will be dry by the end of the class. Make a 2′ by 2′ or a 4′ by 4′ board. Instructions, all materials, and lunch are included in the price. Min 8, Max 12.
Presenter: Mary Kolstad
Coordinator: Karen Schauer (715) 559-1234
Tuesday: September 13 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Rooms A & B, Lower Level,
1616 Bellinger Street
Cost: 2′ by 2′ board $60; 4’ x 4’ board $95 includes a pizza lunch.

 

44. Tour Eau Claire’s Water Treatment Plant
Eau Claire’s 15 wells and water treatment plant have been in the news lately! If you weren’t able to see the facility during their one-day open house, now is your chance to learn about our city’s water. CVLR members will have a private walking tour of the treatment plant which will include a well house and the opportunity to view the entire facility. An elevator will be available but participants should expect to be either standing or walking for the 45-minute session. Limit 25
Presenter: Mark Nelson, Eau Claire Water Treatment Plant Supervisor
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (917) 446-5983
Wednesday: September 14 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Water Treatment Plant, 2712 Riverview Drive

Bio:  Mark Nelson has been in the water industry for almost 14 years. Most of his  training  was on-the-job  as the Assistant Director of Public Works in Ladysmith. In early 2015 ,he started working at the Eau Claire Water Treatment Plant as an operator. After the previous supervisor retired, he modestly says he “was fortunate enough to be promoted “ and has been the supervisor since June, 2016.

 

45. Understanding Hospice
Choosing to start hospice care can be a difficult decision, and many people say they wish they had known about the benefits of hospice care sooner. Meredith Nelson, Account Liaison for Heartland Hospice, will discuss what hospice care is, the hospice care team, services provided under the Medicare hospice benefit, and more. This will be an open dialogue with time for questions and answers.
Presenter: Meredith Nelson, Heartland Hospice
Coordinator: Barb Hebert (715) 514-9692
Monday: September 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L. E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Rooms A & B (Lower Level), 1616 Bellinger Street

 

 

46. How ‘Bout Dem Apples!
Join Laura Leffel on a tour of Leffel Roots Apple Orchard. Learn how they grow, harvest, and market many varieties of apples while providing a fun experience for visitors including pick-your-own pumpkins, an apple sling shot, and a delightful on-site shop. Get an introduction to grafting, pest management, picking, polishing, and more.
Note: Rain date is September 29 at the same time. Limit 35
Presenter: Laura Leffel, owner
Coordinator: Amy Alpine (917) 446-5983
Wednesday: September 21 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Leffel Roots Orchards, W2369 Maple Road

Bio:   For over twenty years, Laura and James Leffel and their family traveled the world with the United States Air Force.  In 2015, they returned to their Wisconsin roots and found their new home on the South side of Eau Claire — a  40-acre farm that was a  true piece of heaven!  The existing orchard had both mature Honeycrisp and Cortland Apple trees. The Leffels have since added a wide variety of apples, a corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins, a maple syrup operation, honey, pies, caramel apples, and even produce an apple ale. They continue to expand offerings each year.

Community service is important to Leffel Roots. Part of the orchard is tailored to people with disabilities and they support various Veterans organizations, as well as the annual Make-A-Wish trick-or-treating fund raiser. 

 

47. Roman Archaeology – A Month in the Trenches
For the last fifteen years Dr. Wolter has spent a few weeks in the springtime excavating at a Roman Fort site in northern England. This time it was for a full month. Many wheelbarrows – and not a few pints – were emptied. Ramble down ancient roads and through modern trans-Atlantic culture. See things the Romans threw away and things the Victorians blushed over in this step into different worlds old and new. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Monday: October 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor,
400 Eau Claire Street

 

 

48. Weave a Swedish Table Runner
Learn the popular art form of Swedish Weaving to make a unique table runner! This needlecraft was popular in the 1930s and 40s. We will create a beautiful pattern on cream-colored Monk’s cloth, using your choice of acrylic variegated yarn. Your completed table runner will be 16″ x 23″. The fabric will be prepared, and all materials provided except the yarn. Bring one skein of acrylic, variegated, worsted-weight yarn. No wool yarn please. This is a two-session class. Attend both sessions. Limit 12
Presenters: Mary Decker and Donell Bedroske
Coordinator: Kathy Campbell (715) 835-3180
Tuesday: October 4 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Monday: October 10 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Thompson Room

 

49. Exploring Climate Solutions for a Livable Future
What will it take to reverse global warming and protect our children and grandchildren from the worst impacts of climate change? Using the well-tested En-ROADS global climate simulator, we will explore what climate solutions are available and which ones pack the most punch at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Working together, we will “try on” a wide variety of solutions and see what it will take to ensure a thriving future. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenters: John Skoug, PHD, CCL WI-03 Liaison to Rep. Kind
Patty Scott, Co-leader, Eau Claire Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Assistant facilitators: Sue Suechting and Barb LeDuc, CCL Volunteers
Coordinator: Kathy Campbell (715) 835-3180
Friday: October 7 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor,
400 Eau Claire Street

Contact information:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby    cclusa.org

EN-ROADS climate simulator    enroads.org

Rewiring America IRA into/calculator    rewiringamerica.org

Join a Live Informational Session  every Wednesday at  7:00 p.m.  Sign up at cclusa.org/intro

To view the recording click on this link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/w8y2g-3KCMC7nUIHeYgPf1wNwMFs8d8zD40lEjqjHvst95PVK_ERRr2jGjbTrN0G.48Fcb5vCAAPLz0ZE?startTime=1665167641000

 

50. Favorite Locations, Favorite Images, Part One of Two
Over the past twenty years Joe Motto and his wife Joy have been blessed with the opportunity to travel widely throughout North America and to Antarctica, Africa, Iceland, and the like. Joe has accumulated a number of images that have become lodged in his mind as personal favorites. He and Joy want to share them with CVLR members in two separate programs, “Favorite Locations, Favorite Images, Part One and Part Two.” They hope you will enjoy their programs.
Presenter: Joe Motto, MD
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Tuesday: October 18 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St.side.

 

51. Art of Breadmaking
Whether you’re a beginner or a well-seasoned enthusiast, join the owners of Great Harvest Bread Company to learn more about the magic of breadmaking. Jill and Lee will explain the milling process of whole grains and how to successfully use them in your baking. We’ll learn how to avoid common errors and tips to create a delicious loaf of home-baked bread. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to practice the skill of kneading! Limit 24
Presenters: Jill and Lee Fletcher, Owners of Great Harvest Bread
Coordinator: Kathy Campbell (715) 835-3180
Thursday: October 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum, L.E. Phillips Auditorium

 

52. A Photo Presentation on Mindfulness of the Earth Mother and Protecting Our Land for Our Children and Grandchildren
Bruce Siebold will share stories from his third book, Stories on Eighty Acres, a thirty-year compendium of nature photographs taken on their eighty acres near Menomonie. His presentation will display the beauty of the land and will speak to the importance of our everyday mindfulness of the Earth Mother and protecting our land for our children and grandchildren. Take time to preview Bruce’s website prior to his presentation. https://www.eightyacresphotography.com/blog
Presenter: Bruce Siebold
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Tuesday: October 25 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St.side.

 

53. The Sesquicentennial of Eau Claire: The Impact of Religion on a Changing City
Brian will attempt to trace the growth of religion in Eau Claire from the earliest settlements to the present. The focus will be on the three principal denominations—Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, and the mainline Protestant denominations of British origin. The use of religion as a force in maintaining ethnic identity and language, as an arbiter of morality, and as a political force will all be discussed. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Tuesday: October 25 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor, 400 Eau Claire Street

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/muNRioHa089pO6ay97wgkJTJPVa54ddyqubJcuD7nwSFGClSMd54WOUfxATFNCu6.FSgRTKum9dXzy275

 

54. Electric Vehicle (EV) Ownership: Pluses & Challenges
Rick explores why the sale of EVs is exploding. Then he moves on to the practical pluses and challenges of EV ownership and operation: range anxiety, battery fires, the high price of EVs, public charging availability, the impact on environment, operational safety, insane acceleration, battery development, and much more. He concludes with a brief review of the state of autonomous vehicles (AVs).
Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Rick Olson
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Thursday: October 27 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor, 400 Eau Claire Street

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/d30JLhV1WrUxFVTqYXyGHvtXNTS_aYbr3os1kgz4LYbu3LL1oCVrBKdvKXyEhepW.Szu_b4wd6U8afD5R

 

55. Loons in the Night
Haunting…mysterious…eerie…The vocalizations of the Common Loon are symbolic of the northwoods night, piercing the air and reminding us of the presence of this fascinating bird on northern lakes. Dr. Lauren Wentz, who has studied loon behavior for the past thirty years, will share past and recent discoveries of what loon sounds mean and what they can tell us about the lives of loons here in Wisconsin and points north. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Dr. Lauren Wentz,
Associate Professor of Biology at the UWEC-Barron County
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 704-0937
Tuesday: November 1 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor, 400 Eau Claire Street

Bio : Dr. Lauren Wentz is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire–Barron County.  She has studied the behavior and ecology of Common Loons in northern Wisconsin and Michigan since 1985 and has also observed the nocturnal behavior of Common and Pacific Loons in Alaska as well.  Dr. Wentz has served previously on the biology faculty at UW-Whitewater (1991-2002) and was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Peninsula College in Washington before joining the faculty at UWEC-Barron County in 2010; she earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from The Ohio State University in 1990, with an emphasis in bioacoustics and behavioral ecology.

To watch the recording, click here https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/kOK3UEf8aQ4Cw_6qrdLlWwpbKzQs3erem_LQYeJZNhcc6ru5ab2lLEi0ktu8GLbZ.uwPRzDk7sOdoZ4eZ?startTime=1667314907000

I recommend two websites in particular:
Walter Piper’s Loon Project website:  https://loonproject.org/walter-piper/   and 
LoonWatch at Northland College/Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute:  https://www.northland.edu/centers/soei/loonwatch/
Both sites offer up-to-date research findings and some amazing loon stories, too.

 

56. An Inside Look at New Zealand
Explore New Zealand culture, people, animals, quicksand, quirks, and quakes with Paul and Cindy as your guides. Paul and Cindy worked, volunteered, and traveled in the islands of New Zealand six times! Discover what drew them back again and again. Let’s learn together while we test our Kiwi language skills. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenters: Paul Wagner and Cindy Schlosser
Coordinator: Kathy Campbell (715) 835-3180
Thursday: November 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor,
400 Eau Claire Street

To watch the recording, click here https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/CYyPsaWgIkJVZ2Ju_BVnXCVTZs5vUXVrmX-8j3HovYj8Qu7xREjjfTer4DAWmzAw.57-PdHeXs5kFGBRs?startTime=1667487289000

 

57. Favorite Locations, Favorite Images, Part Two of Two
Over the past twenty years Joe Motto and his wife Joy have been blessed with the opportunity to travel widely throughout North America and to Antarctica, Africa, Iceland, and the like. Joe has accumulated a number of images that have become lodged in his mind as personal favorites. He and Joy want to share them with CVLR members in two separate programs, “Favorite Locations, Favorite Images, Part One and Part Two.” They hope you will enjoy their programs.
Presenter: Joe Motto, MD
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Friday: November 4 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St.side.

 

58. Alice in Elderland: A Coming of Old-Age Story
Aging positively and gracefully is the message of a poignant, hilarious, locally produced play that has received rave reviews since its premier. A 60-minute exploration of the delights and dilemmas of aging, “Alice in Elderland” features everyone’s favorite “Wonderland” characters humorously offering advice to the beloved Alice as she enters her golden years. Audiences consistently report the play touches their hearts while tickling their funny bones. “Everytime I see it, I catch something new!” said one repeat audience member. Enjoy lunch at The Florian Gardens after the performance.
Presenters: Presented by ecWIT – Eau Claire Women in Theater
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: November 9 10:00 – 12:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost: $35

 

59. Photos and Stories from Botswana
Tour Deception Valley of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana through the lens of Jim Backus. See and learn about the amazing animals of Africa. Take a short side trip to a farm in Maun Botswana. Look forward to another special visit with Jim.
Presenter: Jim Backus, Magoo Nature Photography
Coordinator: Jim Urness (715) 832-5670
Friday: November 11 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E Fillmore Ave. Enter on Nimitz St.side.

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/lQYYjjQtDUynLurCr2B-Wpl7NAAvidPCnKaiu07K5UEMdWBnCG5788iiHlatsEXK.yz8F6IKv94fuW_kR?startTime=1668182570000

 

60. Gravestone Symbolism from Forest Hill Cemetery
Every gravestone in a cemetery tells a story. Strolling through Eau Claire’s Forest Hill Cemetery, the rich history of our community comes to life through these stories in stone. Greg will briefly explore the history of Forest Hill and unpack the meaning behind the images carved into gravestones across the cemetery. Learn about some of the ordinary and extraordinary people from Eau Claire’s past who are memorialized in Forest Hill.
Presenter: Greg Kocken
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Friday: November 11 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Conference Rooms A & B, Lower Level, 1616 Bellinger Street

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/IaF78OXyefdB43QuwAgQXMMQhX_BbhQBHXbcj-zGCjYEiC0yPDg2sdEBMqKkiAoo.IH0wLD3tvhKPEhP2?startTime=1668194865000

 

61. The Cote d’OR
No, not France. Oregon, USA; a state where sleepy volcanoes tower above pear orchards, vineyards, and lavender fields, people still rush to pump your gas for you, and the coast is populated with parkland gold, not urban sprawl. Pinot noir not provided. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Steve Betchkal
Coordinator: Kathie Fahrman (715) 839-9251
Monday: November 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor,
400 Eau Claire Street

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/NdUwjCIxq06bP05KLDnBGBEi31EkRKLtubWqd0eNSNYHSCgTfhbGs-6rWRaX2nMf.WxMmQYIuqKDWrE5N?startTime=1668454191000

 

62. Create a Winter Porch Pot for the Holidays
Let nature be your decoration. Create your own winter porch pot with fresh evergreens and red dogwood branches. The fee for this class includes the pot, soil, and seven different types of fresh evergreens. Add your own pinecones, a fancy bow, lights, and something special from your treasures. Leave with a beautiful winter decoration for your front steps or back patio.
Jenny Reit, May’s Floral
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: November 15 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
May’s Floral, 3424 Jeffers Road
Cost: $40

 

63. The Sesquicentennial of Eau Claire: The Evolution of the City’s Modern Educational System
The emphasis of Brian’s presentation will be on the educational changes occurring due to such factors as school consolidation, the rise and fall of parochial schooling, and the emergence of a greater emphasis on the needs of the student as opposed to the primacy of the subject material. In so doing, his talk will focus on such dominant figures as Alberoni Kidder, Samuel Davey, Homer DeLong, and Marvin Lansing. Co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Presenter: Brian Blakeley
Coordinator: John Stoneberg (715) 832-8315
Wednesday: November 16 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room, Third Floor, 400 Eau Claire Street

To watch the recording, click here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ZRU-jnwSVg_JhdS_KGF5tw9quhfCTJIHZl1g0bJ-kV5x2qv6A3_iO75e-9oluzIJ.uMT_EqZ6cTNELcg_?startTime=1668627323000

 

64. Make Chemically Free Holiday Gifts
Make and take chemically free holiday gift giving ideas. During this workshop you will have an opportunity to create a lavender linen spray, natural perfume, and a lustrous hair spray using essential oils. Keep these gifts for yourself or gift them to someone special in your life to introduce them to safer alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. Limit 16
Presenter: Lucianne Boardman
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Thursday: November 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger Street, Thompson Room
Cost: $15 for all three blends