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    Members may attend some events at no charge.

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

    LIR Parking Permits

    The 2013-14 LIR Parking Permits are valid through August 31, 2014. Fall Newsletter will have new/renewal information.

    Lunch Bunch

    (All dates are Thursdays at noon)

    Sept. 18: Grizzly's
    Oct. 16: Hungry Peddler
    Nov. 20: Red Lobster
    Dec.18: Diggers

    Mark your calendars! 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. Reminders will not be sent. Remember to bring a friend!

    MOOC-Math for the Masses

    Wednesdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24
    10-11:30 a.m.
    273 Murphy Library, UW-L

    Come and learn about using this exciting Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). UW-L's computerized math course has enrolled more than 2,000 students, aged 8 to 80. This program was launched with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The student begins and progresses at their own pace based on time and motivation. The first session will give overview and experience with the MOOC. The second session will be in a computer lab using the program as much as you want. The third and last session will be a group meeting.

    Presenters: Professors Robert Hoar and James Sobota, UW-L Math Department

    Fall Welcome Back Social

    Tuesday, Sept. 16
    11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
    Valhalla, Cartwright Center

    Help us kick-off another great year for the LIR program and bring a friend. Hear what the year holds for you and join others for lunch, conversation and a chance to hear some fiddler music by a local musician. Lunch includes tossed green salad, half sandwich of either orchard chicken salad on croissant or beef and cheddar on Kaiser roll with horseradish, cup of chicken noodle soup, pumpkin bars or brownies and beverage. Dietary requests will be accommodated.

    OVERNIGHT BUS TRIP: The Amana Colonies and Historical Iowa

    Depart Monday, Sept. 22, 7 a.m.; return Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

    $179, includes charter bus transportation, bus tips, site admissions, meals and hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy).

    Two pick-up/drop-off locations-Sam's Club and UW-La Crosse

    On Monday, we'll visit The Amana Colonies, founded in 1854 when the True Inspirationists, a group of several hundred German, Alsatian, and Swiss believers, fled Europe to pursue religious freedom in America. The first settlement was in Ebenezer, New York. Due to the ever expanding city of Buffalo, and needing more land, a search party was sent west. They purchased 25,000 acres of prime Iowa prairie, settling the village of Amana first. Before long, five other quaint, self-supporting villages were founded to utilize the bountiful resources along the Iowa River. Lunch will be at The Ox Yoke Inn® restaurant, an "Amana Colonies Tradition Since 1940," the foods are Amana style, with an American variation of German food. The Ox Yoke Inn's® main building was built in 1856 and was once a community kitchen. Here workers from the Amana Colonies farms would come to enjoy Old World style meals, freshly prepared with great bowls of salads, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and breads, passing platters of beef, pork, and chicken around the dining table.

    Lunch will start our Monday visit there, dining on Amana ham, Sauerbraten (tender slices of roast beef deeply marinated in a special sauce topped with tangy gravy) and fried chicken, along with salads, vegetables, breads, beverages, served "Family Style", and rhubarb custard pie with streusel topping for dessert. After our visit to the Amana Colonies, we will travel to Coral City, IA, to check-in at the Hampton Inn (Tuesday breakfast at the hotel), with Monday dinner at River City Beefstro Bar & Grill on-site.

    On Tuesday we'll visit the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City which has served Iowa as a seat of government and education. It has become a symbol of pride and excellence for The University of Iowa, Iowa City and the state. When Old Capitol's cornerstone was laid on Independence Day in 1840, Iowa City became the second seat of government, where the last four Iowa territorial legislatures met. In Old Capitol, Iowa made the transition to statehood. Here, the first governor was inaugurated, the first six Iowa general assemblies met, and the state's constitution -still the fundamental law of Iowa - was drafted. When the state government moved to Des Moines in 1857, Old Capitol was deeded to The University of Iowa and became the first building owned by the University. The UI's charter was made official by the First Iowa General Assembly in 1847 in Old Capitol, just 59 days after Iowa's admission to statehood. The University opened its doors to students in March 1855, conducting classes in a rented building. Since 1857 Old Capitol has been a focal point of the University, serving as library, chapel, armory, and providing space for classrooms and offices as the University grew. Today, it continues to serve both functionally and symbolically, housing the museum and highlighting the University's progress.

    We'll then have lunch at One Twenty Six in downtown Iowa City before heading to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, IA.

    The Hoover Library & Museum enables visitors to experience for themselves the many sides of Iowa's only president. The permanent galleries begin with Hoover's boyhood in Iowa and continue on to the Waldorf Towers in New York where he spent the final years of his life. The Quarton Gallery offers exciting temporary exhibits relating to American history. In the Hoover Library people of all ages can learn about President Hoover's life and career. The Hoover Museum sits on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site where visitors can tour: Mr. Hoover's birthplace cottage, a blacksmith shop, Quaker Meeting house, school house and the gravesite of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover. We'll then depart for home, returning at approximately 7 p.m.

    Cancellation policy: Full refund minus $50 processing fee before Sept. 8, 2014. No refunds on or after Sept. 8. Substitutions will be accepted up through Mon., Sept. 15, 2014.

    Critical Matters

    Wednesdays, Oct.1, 8, 15 and 22
    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-L

    During Susannah Lloyd's 45-year career in anthropology, a cluster of questions, themes and ideas have emerged-interlinked through time and grand scope-as critical for understanding humanity's successes, failures and prospects. During the four sessions, we will explore and discuss some of these key perspectives. The first session will discuss Ways of Knowing - the development of science from superstition and the controversies associated with that progress. How did these conflicts affect our ancestors? What is their potential impact on our grandchildren? Second session entails Cosmic Views - How have our ideas about the sky influenced particular human cultures and the evolution of science? The third session will discuss Reciprocity: Human Culture and the Environment - How have human societies adapted to their widely varying environments - and how have these groups altered those environments? The last session will explore Critical Matters: Adaptation or Extinction - How does our analysis of the past affect our understanding of the present and our prospects for a future presenting formidable challenges?
    Presenter: Susannah Lloyd, Faculty Emeritus, UW-L Anthropology

    Visiting Public Utilities

    Mondays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27
    1-3 p.m.
    At each site's location-final confirmation will have site line-up and address.

    During these four sessions, participants will make site visits to La Crosse Public Utilities: Water Utility-Tour the water treatment plant and all the operations that provide and maintain potable water supply, from start to finish. Take a walking tour of the Myrick pumping station; see water testing meters, learn about our source of water (wells and pumping stations) and how our water is made potable; Waste Water Treatment Plant-Tour the plant, see the process of treating incoming waste (solid materials removed, treated and sent to local farms to use as fertilizer, liquids treated and returned to the environment); Storm Water Utilities-DNR and La Crosse County conservation specialists tell how we must deal with pollution from drainage that flows into ditches and streams, polluting our lake and waterways and raising our flood plain levels; Recycling Plant-Tour the plant, see the grading and separating process of recyclable materials, learn what is done with each of the materials, where they go, what they're used for, what happens to materials that can't be reused; La Crosse County Landfill & Household Hazardous Materials Disposal Complex-Tour the landfill and see how the site is utilized and managed, find out what happens to leachate (liquid materials that can't be left in a landfill) and visit the on-site disposal and re-use center, learn how hazardous materials are dealt with, and which can be brought to the facility. Visit the Re-Use Room, where useable substances such as paints, pesticides, cleaners, etc., are reclaimed and made available to us. Q&A during and after each site visit.

    Transportation is on your own; carpooling encouraged.

    Visit Aldo Leopold's Shack

    Friday Oct. 24
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Pre-trip discussion with Dr. Richard Kyte, Viterbo University, where he will introduce us to Aldo Leopold's work, on Monday, Sept. 29; 2-4 p.m. 339 Cartwright Center, UW-L

    Aldo Leopold, who is considered the father of the modern conservation movement, wrote most of his classic Sand County Almanac at his small cabin near there. We'll have a guided tour of the Shack and the scenic trails around it. Plan to wear good walking shoes. We'll have a break at the Leopold Center and then take a guided tour of the Center. In addition to giving more insights about Leopold, it is the greenest building in America. We'll have lunch at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Baraboo, ordering off the menu before we head back to La Crosse.

    2014 Fall Elections: Wisconsin and U.S. on Local, State & National Levels

    Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12
    1-3 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-L

    Are you interested in this fall's elections? This two-session class focuses on the key process including local, state and national. Candidates and issues will be discussed as well as factors that will influence the outcomes. Also discussed will be what's at stake in these contests and implications for U.S. governments and democracies. The concluding session will analyze results; discuss why these results occurred and the implications for U.S. governments, political parties and public policy issues as well as a look ahead to the future elections.

    Presenter: Professor Joe Heim, Political Science, UW-L

    Travel Talk: South Africa

    (Global Initiatives Week)
    Friday, Nov. 7
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    339 Cartwright Center, UW-L

    Join Burt Altman and other trip participants as they share their experience from their Fall 2013 trip to South Africa.

    How Sam Clemens Became Mark Twain

    Mondays, Nov. 10, 17 and 24
    1-3 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-L
    Follow the early years tracking Sam Clemens from Hannibal to San Francisco via New Orleans and then to the Holy Land. We'll review his evolution from the river boat days, the civil war participation and the first tourist cruise. The rest you may already know! Suggested reading Jim Smiley's Frog aka Celebrated Jumping, Roughing It by Mark Twain or Innocents Abroad.

    Presenter: Neale Koenig

    Travel Talk: The Pacific Northwest by Train, Plane, Car, Bus and Ferry

    Friday, Dec. 5
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    339 Cartwright Center

    Jim and Jan Gallagher will share one of their latest trips, a three-week vacation in the Pacific Northwest. They flew to Calgary and spent a week in the Banff area, then took a wonderful trip through the Canadian Rockies by train to the Pacific Port of Prince Rupert, then by ferry down the Inside Passage to Vancouver Island, and then rented a car to explore Vancouver Island (and flew home from there). By using mostly public transportation (as opposed to private trains and cruise boats) they were able to do the three weeks fairly economically and comfortably.

    Mark Your Calendars! LIR Holiday Social

    Thursday, Dec. 11
    2-4 p.m. | $8
    Come join us for some holiday fun! Enjoy conversation, hors d'oeuvres, cookies, coffee or punch plus entertainment by the LIR Singers.
    *New Location* - Port O'Call, Cartwright Center