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  • Events and classes

    Members may attend some events at no charge.

    You need to register in advance, as classes fill very quickly!  

    LIR Parking Permits

    The 2014-15 LIR Parking Permits are valid through August 31, 2015. 

    Parking permit renewal is available with online registration.

    Online registration is open to all (members and non-members).

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    Lunch Bunch

    (All dates are Thursdays at noon)

    If you are interested in meeting friends, old and new, good food and casual conversation, check out the dates and locations below. Lunch will be on your own and pre-registration is not required. Be sure to invite a friend! Reminders will not be sent. 

    Mar. 19 | Ciatti's (new location by Manny's)
    April 16 | Waterfront
    May 21 | Houghton's
    June 18 | Seasons on the Lake
    July 16 | Red Lobster


    The series offers topics to interest both current LIR members and non-members as well! Members may attend most any of these events in this series at no charge; however, you need to register in advance, as these classes fill very quickly!



    American-Queen-steamboatTravel Talk: American Queen Steamboat: St. Louis to St. Paul

    March 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    339 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    Join Bob Wingate as a vicarious passenger on board the last overnight paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River. Bob and his cabin mate, Wayne Jacobson, were on board the October 2013 sailing between St. Louis and St. Paul. The trip was on Bob's bucket list since he was a teenager growing up in St. Paul.

    The 21st Century Public Library 

    March 30, 1-3 p.m.
    La Crosse Public Library
    Come and get an inside view of a 21st century public library! Some of the things you will learn are the book selection process and about the award winning archives department. There will be a full tour of the La Crosse Public Library, with "back room" views and discussion of process and services.
    Presenter: Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Library Director in La Crosse for 11 years, professional librarian since 1982.

    Travel Talk: Two Trips to England

    April 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    339 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    Sandy Sechrest made two trips to very different parts of England recently. In December 2013 she went on a La Crosse Community Theatre trip to London, a cosmopolitan metropolis with eight million inhabitants. In, London, there were plays, museums, riding the "tube"', sightseeing, and the London Eye. In May she went on a British mystery tour to the west of England. The tour included quiet days spent in the county of Cornwall, visiting towns like Penzance and St. Ives and quaint coastal fishing villages. The tour then went to Bristol to attend a mystery convention. The group next went to Oxford, a university town since the Middle Ages, and Bletchley Park, location of the WWII British code-breaking activities. They were two great trips!

    In Pursuit of Literature

    Mondays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27; 10 a.m.-noon
    337 Cartwright Center; UW-La Crosse

    This course will engage participants in four different literary pursuits: Pursuit of Evidence, i.e. the reader as detective, Pursuit of Truth and Justice, Pursuit of Happiness and Pursuit of Immortality. The instructor will provide poetry, literary excerpts, quotations and prose (short stories and/or essays) as the basis for discussing each week's topic. Outside class reading consists of one short story (might take 20-25 minutes to read) for each of the four sessions. All of the other reading (i.e. Quotations and excerpts from authors' works and poetry) will be done in class.
    Presenter: Kent Koppelman, Faculty Emeritus, who taught high school English before earning his Ph.D., and teaching Human Relations at UW-L for 28 years.

    More Movie Directors

    April 7, 14, 21 and 28; 1-3:30 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center; UW-La Crosse

    Sandy Sechrest introduces the work of four more major directors. We'll be looking at the careers of George Cukor (Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, Born Yesterday), Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis, Gigi , An American in Paris), Billy Wilder(Stalag 17, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment) and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The African Queen). After each director discussion we'll see one of their memorable films. The four classes will meet from 1-3:30 p.m. to allow time for the director introductions and film showings. 

    In the (UW-La Crosse) Neighborhood

    Wednesdays, May 6, 13 & 20; 10 a.m.-noon
    339 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    Learn about the early history of UW-La Crosse and the Fairgrounds, houses and stores that make up the neighborhood around it. 
    Presenter: Les Crocker, retired professor of Art History and author of two books on La Crosse buildings.
    Photo courtesy of UW-La Crosse Special Collections and Area Research Center.



    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 9:30-11:45 a.m.  | Cost: $9
    UW-La Crosse campus | Valhalla, Cartwright Center - Gunning Addition

    Breakfast includes: Sweet breads, vegetarian and meat quiche, fruit tray, coffee/tea/orange juice.

    Plan to attend and bring a friend! Join other LIR members for a brief business meeting, have an opportunity to have breakfast, visit with each other and learn how modern recycling has changed over the year.

    Planned Summer Activities

    In addition to our annual Great River Shakespeare Festival bus trip to Winona for "Much Ado About Nothing." We will travel to the Downton Abbey Costumes Exhibit in Oshkosh - "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times" at the historic Paine Art Center and Gardens.