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Fall 2022
Menomonie

5. Special Viewing of Prohibition in Dunn County Exhibit
Join Dunn County Historical Society Executive Director Melissa Kneeland on a special viewing of the exhibit “Prohibition in Dunn County.” You will see an original “home brew joint” set up, learn about the causes of Prohibition nationally, and find out how it affected residents of Dunn County. You can even try your hand at the secret door to the “home brew joint”! The exhibit contains many original artifacts never before displayed. Limit 15
Presenter: DCHS Executive Director Melissa Kneeland
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: September 6 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $10

 

6. Weaving for Fun and Creativity
Yvonne Nelson, experienced weaver, will discuss the basic structure of weaving. You will get a brief look at the components of weaving, looms, yarns, and other tools. Yvonne will present a show and tell about a variety of patterns and handwoven items. She will offer a display of weaving projects for viewing.
Presenter: Yvonne Nelson
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Wednesday: September 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

7. Implicit and Explicit Biases: Admit We All Have Them.
Angie McIlquham forces us to admit our biases and evaluate how they impact our beliefs, the practices within our community, and our thoughts and responses to others. Her interactive presentation defines cultural humility and the ingrained layers in our belief system. On a TED Talk video, Verna Myers will accompany the presentation. Acknowledge that who you trust, who you feel afraid of, who you feel connected to, and who you run away from are implicit within all of us.
Presenter: Angie McIlquham, Director of Sexual Assault Victim
Services
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 210-0073
Thursday: September 8 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

8. Walmart Distribution Tour
Find out how daily operations work at the Walmart Distribution Center, learn about the new 81 million dollar automation construction in process, see the daily inboard functions, watch trailers being loaded, and understand the general logistics of the operation. Walking is required. Park in the parking lot (first turn left across from Kwik Trip) off County Road B. Limit 40
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Thursday: September 8 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Walmart Distribution Center, 6100 3M Drive

 

9. Mayo Fall Prevention
Falls are the number one reason for trauma visits at the Mayo Health Systems Level 2 Trauma Center. The Trauma Injury Prevention and EMS Coordinator and a physical therapist will explain and demonstrate strategies and exercises to help keep you out of the Trauma Center and on your own two feet.
Presenter: Joni Gilles, RN BSN
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Friday: September 9 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

 

10. Ultimate iPhone
Learn how to adjust the settings on your phone and how to use the best apps for your iPhone for: news, music, photography, calendar, weather, maps, social networking, travel, shopping, search, health, radio, movies, TV, books, reference, education, business, finance, utilities, fun, and games. I will be sharing my favorites and encouraging participants to share some of theirs. We’ll also try to solve some of your problems. This class is for Apple iPhone users only.
Limit 16 per section. Sign up for one section only.
Presenter: Joe Hagaman
Coordinator: Joe Hagaman (715) 556-7723
Monday: September 12 A 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday: September 19 B 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Class Website: Tech for Seniors
Zoom only

 

11. Boat Ride on the Amazon River in Brazil
Last April Marie Young enjoyed a boat ride for seven days on the Amazon River, the longest river in the world. Starting at Manaus, Brazil, she went on several canoe rides and jungle walks, visited a native village, and swam in the Amazon itself. Join her for river watching plus a visit to the historic theater in Manaus built by rubber barons.
Presenters: Marie Young
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Tuesday: September 13 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

12. How Medicare Is Being Privatized – and Why You Should Care
Medicare is being privatized by middlemen inserted into the process to “manage” the care of traditional Medicare beneficiaries through denying and manipulating their medical care. Authorized by the Trump Administration’s program Medicare Direct Contracting now rebranded as ACO-REACH, the middlemen make money in this process and threaten to end Medicare as a public, non-profit, social insurance program. Learn about the program and what you can do to insure that Medicare survives.
Presenter: Dr. Laurel Mark, Retired Internist from Madison, WI and Co-chair of Wisconsin for a National Health Program (PNHP)
Coordinator: Margy Hagaman (715) 309-8030
Wednesday: September 14 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

13. The New Whey: Converting a Dairy By-product into Vodka
In collaboration with a Native American – owned distillery, students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout have been employing the tools of microbiology to optimize ethanol production from cheese whey as a carbon and energy source. Find out about the broad-ranging implications of this work, including the reduction of a large waste stream in the state of Wisconsin and the production of ethanol that could be used for fuel and/or for human consumption in the form of vodka.
Presenter: Steve Nold, UW Stout professor
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Thursday: September 15 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

14. The Metropolis of Cahokia
In the 12th century, a city rose in North America’s heartland — bigger than London or Paris at the time, bigger than any city in North America for the succeeding 600 years. Thousands of workers built mounds 100 feet high, a 2-mile-long palisade, and acres of community plazas. Suburban villages spanned out for miles. Who were Cahokia’s citizens and what was their world view? Why did it fall? We’ll try to bring the city back to life.
Presenter: Frank Smoot
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

15. Apollo 11…Splashdown
Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon July 20, 1969. Four days later, Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, aboard Columbia, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Clancy Hatleberg, retired Naval Special Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, was the Officer-in-Charge and decontamination swimmer for the Swimmer Recovery Team. He was the first man to greet the astronauts upon their return to Earth. Clancy, a native of Chippewa Falls, will share his experiences related to this moment in history.
Presenter: Clancy Hatleberg
Coordinator: Steve Hogseth (715) 309-4171
Tuesday: September 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

16. Alfalawn Farm Dairy Tour
Owned and operated by Randy, David, and Dale Styer, Alfalawn Farm is a dairy farm that milks 2200 Holstein dairy cows. On this tour you will see their sixty-cow rotary parlor where the cows are milked. They will discuss the many water-saving and recycling items that used on the farm. They will also look at their sand recycling process, show their robotic calf feeders, and explain the farm’s sustainability story.
Presenter: Dave and Karen Styer
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Tuesday: September 20 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Alfalawn Farm, E2850 St Rd 72 From Menomonie take Hwy 25 south to Downsville. Turn right or West on Hwy 72. Go about 4.5 miles. The main dairy is located on the south or left hand side of the road. Parking will be available in front of the rotary parlor building at the main farm.

 

17. Stout Labs Tour Followed by Lunch
Tour the Engineering and Technology Robotics Lab, Plastics Engineering Lab, Cybersecurity Lab, Art and Design Printmaking Lab, Industrial Design Studio Lab, and Game Design & Development and Animation & Digital Medi Lab. Lunch immediately follows the tour. The tour involves walking around campus. Limit 30
Presenter: Kristi Krimpelbein, Head of Staff – UW-Stout
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Wednesday: September 21 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UW-Stout – Parking Information will be sent out. Members are encouraged to carpool.
Cost of lunch: $14

 

18. Cooking with Monica: Learn Thai Cooking
Delight in the aromatics of lemongrass, basil, and ginger. Make a dish extraordinary with garlic, fish sauce, limes, and chilis. Discover “umami,” one of the five basic tastes. Find out how to add an interesting sweetness to savory foods. Create Pad Thai in class, receive a recipe packet, and enjoy samples. Recipes include Pad Thai (pasta dish), Koa Pad (fried rice), Tom Kha Kai (chicken & coconut milk dish), Massaman “Rustic” Curry, Chicken Satay, Mango Sticky Rice and Khanom Buang (crispy pancake dessert). Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: September 26 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

 

19. How to Optimize Your Gut Health with Essential Oils
Adventure into the wonders of your digestive system, and learn how essential oils can benefit you. Seventy percent of your immune system resides in your gut. In fact, optimal gut health affects all your body systems. Whether you have digestive issues or just want to maintain good digestive health, essential oils can help.
Presenter: Michelle Caron
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Tuesday: September 27 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

20. 3D Printing Basics
Make your own gadgets, ornaments, toys, tools, and much more! 3D printing is more affordable, accessible, and easier than ever! 3D printers work by heating a thin plastic filament and build up a structure in layers as thin as a piece of paper to make a “widget.” Paul will give a live demonstration during the session for a close-up view of the process. Visit the website Thingiverse.com for project ideas.
Presenter: Paul Mommsen
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Thursday: September 29 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

21. Bad Boys and Good Time Girls
In costume Deborah Frethem, author of Alvin Karpis and the Barker Gang in Minnesota and four other books with History Press, will share enchanting tales of Gangsters from the 1920s and 1930s in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and some interesting anecdotes of “Ladies of the Evening.” Deborah is a graduate of St. Olaf College and has been a professional storyteller and tour guide for over twenty years. She will tell some true stories of the less than savory past of the Midwest.
Presenter: Deborah Frethem
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: September 29 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $5

 

22. UWEC’s Holocaust Mapping Program 2022 Recent Results: Finding the Execution Trenches of Liepāja
In 1941 on the west coast of Latvia, the Germans and their Latvian collaborators held a series of mass executions, many public or semi-public, in and near the city of Liepāja. In addition to Jews, they killed Roma, communists, and the mentally ill. Join us for a discussion of one site from our UWEC’s 2022 Holocaust Mapping Program. Thanks to L.E. Phillips Family Foundation, International Fellows Program, and Jeff Liddicoat for their support of this program.
Presenter: Harry Jol
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Friday: September 30 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

23. Buy Your Ticket Now to See the Circus Poster from 1885
When the Berger family expanded the dining area of their restaurant in Durand, they discovered an original 9-foot high by 55-foot-long lithograph poster advertising the Great Anglo-American Circus. Dated August 17, 1885, it is believed to be the only remaining billboard for that circus and has been featured in the Smithsonian and the Atlas Obscura. Be amazed by Ron Berger’s presentation of the lithograph’s history and restoration. See the poster and enjoy a hearty meal, featuring broasted chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad, vegetable, bread, dessert. Limit 50
Presenter: Ron Berger
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 210-0073
Tuesday: October 4 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Riverside Bar & Grill, 318 West Main Street, Durand
Cost: $25

 

24. Monster in the Hallway
“Life was some shade of perfect for my first nine years. Then my dad tried to kill our family by setting our beautiful, new house on fire while my little sister Sandee, our mother, and I slept,” Jim Kosmos explains in his book, Monster in the Hallway. Find out more about Jim’s book and his fascinating life, a tale of painful disasters and tragedies that he says served as his motivation to succeed. His book will be available for purchase.
Presenter: Jim Kosmos
Coordinator: Elizabeth Spader (715) 235-7003
Wednesday: October 5 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

25. What’s Happening in the Middle East and Ukranine
Cathy Sultan will continue with her Middle East updates. She will also offer her insights into the Ukraine war and its geopolitical repercussions. We are fortunate to have Cathy as a regular speaker who keeps us informed of the factors and factions impacting global happenings. Her perspective comes from living in the Middle East for several years and accessing media with a world view on a daily basis.
Presenter: Cathy Sultan
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 5 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

26. Landmark Conservancy
Landmark is a non-profit conservation organization serving twenty counties in western and northwestern Wisconsin. The group works with private landowners who wish to conserve their land in perpetuity. Conservancy staff evaluate and select potential projects based on notable conservation values. In cooperation with local municipalities, state, and federal entities, they create public preserves and trails for all to enjoy. Learn about the history, mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Landmark Conservancy.
Presenter: Lindsay Ketchel, Executive Director
Coordinator: Howard Lee (715) 235-8841
Friday: October 7 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 6th Street E

 

27. Disappearing Quilt Block
In this class you’ll make a simple quilt block. With a few slices of your rotary cutter, it will become an amazing quilt block – like Cinderella going to the ball! You’ll need to bring a sewing machine, smaller cutting mat, straight edge ruler, rotary cutter, and a few pins. If you have a rotary mat, bring it along, too. We’ll send you the fabric amounts you need prior to attending the class. We do not have a fee. Limit 12
Presenter: Barbara Hauck
Coordinator: Pat Eggert (715) 962-3903
Tuesday: October 11 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

28. Medicine: What’s Real and What Is Not Real
Dan Johnson, M.D., retired physician and practicing pilot, offers thoughts from his career as an internist and his family history as son of a doctor about how medical care has changed over the last sixty to seventy years.
Presenter: Dan Johnson, M. D.
Coordinator: Pat Eggert (715) 962-3903
Wednesday: October 12 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

29. Cooking with Monica: New Ideas, Ingredients, and Preparation for Soups
Brighten your soups with new ingredients and interesting preparation methods. Make soup in the oven and modern pressure cooker (Instapot). Discover “copy cat” recipes including Minestrone, Zuppa Tuscana, Lobster Bisque. Learn ingredient swaps to create more healthful soups with lower calories. Decrease fat content in classic recipes such as Baked Potato Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and Creamy Garden Tomato Soup. Create delicious dessert sauces. Build your own dessert soup, sample many recipes, and take home a recipe packet. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: October 17 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

 

30. Holiday Ornament Workshop
Make your own holiday ornaments. Choose from three styles: icicles, beaded wire trees, and angel prisms. The icicles are similar to the ones created last year, and new patterns are also available. The beaded wire trees are in gold, silver, and copper. The angel prisms are complete with wings and halos. Samples will be available at registration and in class. See examples in advance at cvlr.org. You may mix and match the ornament styles. You will receive materials to create four ornaments. Limit 20
Presenters: Chris Oest and Cheryl Gust
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Tuesday: October 18 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $16

   

31. Dead & Famous: Paranormally Investigating the Celebrity Dead
Following Adrian’s successful talk on the ghosts of the famous dead this summer, he has agreed to come back and share more of his evidence and adventures of paranormally investigating the celebrity deceased. In Adrian’s typical witty fashion, he will disclose who Sinclair Lewis said was his favorite author, what Wild Bill Hickok said about Calamity Jane, what Robert Johnson discussed at the crossroad where he allegedly sold his soul to the devil in Mississippi, and more.
Presenter: Adrian Lee
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Wednesday: October 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

32. A Viewing Window Tour- Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery – Menomonie
Tour the brand new facility. Watch the cheese making process through viewing windows while hearing expert cheese makers describe the process and offer history about the 110+-year-old creamery. Sample award-winning cheeses. Browse the retail store, featuring their world-famous cheese curds and exclusive cheese creations. The take-out deli features specialty grilled cheese sandwiches and hard scoop and soft serve ice cream. You must be able to walk/stand throughout the tour. Seating is not available. Limit 20
Presenters: Eli Newton and John Freeman
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 704-0937
Thursday: October 20 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, 3001 County Road B
(.8 miles north of I-94 at Exit 45)

 

33. Make an Acrylic-enhanced Photograph
Create a ready-to-hang work of art starting with a digital photographic image. Learn to transfer the image to canvas, repair/enhance it with acrylic paint, and mount your work. Session one: image preparation and transfer, Sessions two and three: acrylic image enhancement, and Session four: detailing and mounting. Image submission details will be provided prior to the class. No photographic or painting experience required. Four days. Limit 10
Presenter: Christopher Smith
Coordinator: Chris Smith (715) 664-8805
Wednesday: Oct 26 and Thursday: Oct 27 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: November 1 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: November 8 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $35 includes all materials

 

34. Forgotten Brewery Caves
In the history of brewing in America, every small town had its little brewery. Today all that is left are the caves. Some are easy to find, and some are well hidden. We’ll take a virtual tour of brewery caves in Wisconsin and the stories that go with them. You’ll have a chance at Zymurgy Brewery to enjoy a beverage to enhance the experience. We will even discuss the mysterious brewery cave of Menomonie, lost to all time……….or is it?
Presenter: Dr. Tim Wolter
Coordinator: Mike Hilger (715) 832-8823
Wednesday: October 26 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Zymurgy Brewery, 624 Main Street E, Downtown

 

35. Elizabeth Releases Riding the Rainbow and The Healing Touch
Eliza’s quest continues with a dangerous twist in the next three Eliza books. We meet new characters important to Eliza including her childhood friend Kandarry, a unicorn. This trilogy within the series features fairies and color in book 5, Riding the Rainbow, and the Body Elemental and healing in book 6, The Healing Touch. Elizabeth will share her experience writing these books, read excerpts, and answer your questions. Celebrate the release of these books with her!
Presenter: Elizabeth Fischer
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Thursday: November 3 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

36. Cooking with Monica: Be Surprised by Six Life-Changing Foods
Continuing our exploration of Life-Changing Foods, Monica will select six upon which to focus. We will not know them in advance. She will surprise us with the foods she has chosen. She will give us ideas of how to use them, explain their importance, and offer recipes that use them. Monica will go over the recipes, answer our questions, and give us plenty to eat in the samples. You will go home with a recipe packet and one of the foods. Limit 50
Presenter: Monica Gean
Coordinator: Elizabeth Fischer (715) 874-5633
Monday: November 7 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Shirley Doane Senior Center cafeteria, 1412 6th St. E
Cost: $15

 

37. Create Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments
Design a suite of fused glass holiday ornaments or mini-suncatchers with expert guidance in a fun and casual setting. Choices for ornament shapes include square, diamond, or icicle. Learn some basic tips and tricks for fusing glass and create fun designs for a pair of ornaments with an option to add additional ornaments for a small fee as time permits. Materials and tools provided with Josephine firing it at her studio. Finished pieces will be ready to be picked up at 12 noon Tuesday, November 29, at the museum. Limit 20
Presenter: Josephine Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Thursday: November 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $30 for two ornaments.
As time permits make more for $5/ornament material fee.

           

38. Make a Fused Glass Artwork
Make a fused glass artwork in a fun and casual setting – no experience needed! When you arrive, select your project, either a nightlight, pair of coasters, a small candle holder, a small dish, or a sun-catcher/hanging piece. Josephine will bring all the materials and tools. After class she will take the projects to her studio and fire them into a beautiful works of art for you. The finished pieces will be ready for pick up Tuesday, November 29, at the museum. Limit 20
Presenter: Josephine Geiger
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Thursday: November 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road
Cost: $30 for one project
As time permits make a second project for a $10 material fee.

 

     

     

39. Drug Development – How Do We Know the Ingredients Are Safe
What goes into the development of standards for drugs to ensure the ingredients are safe and effective for diagnosed health issues? Annemarie McClellan, prior Clinical Trials Consultant for early phase oncology drugs, will share her knowledge in the development of drugs and the importance and extent of clinical trials to conclude a drug’s safety. She will give examples and recommend how to get your loved one into a potentially life-saving clinical trial.
Presenter: Annemarie McClellan
Coordinator: Marilyn Hagen (715) 210-0073
Tuesday: November 15 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road

 

40. The Amazing Stories of Some of Those in Potter’s Field
Dunn County Potter’s Field is the final resting place of a number of people who spent time at the Dunn County Asylum or the Dunn County Poor Farm. Sofi will discuss the history of the Asylum and Poor Farm and share with you the amazing life stories of some of those who were laid to rest in Potter’s Field. She will also discuss the work The Friends of Potter’s Field has accomplished over the past ten years.
Presenter: Sofi Doane
Coordinator: Joyce Robbins (715) 931-7611
Wednesday: November 16 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, 1820 John Russell Road