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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 - TIME to PURCHASE (valid Sept 1, 2015-Aug 31, 2016) $35

    Individuals with valid handicap permits also need to either:

    1. purchase an annual campus parking permit , or; 
    2. pay at a pay station or metered spot. 

    This policy change takes effect September 1 and applies to anyone who visits campus with a valid handicap permit.

    Parking permit renewal is available with online registration.


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

    Register online

    Membership Renewal

    If you haven't renewed your annual LIR membership for 2015-16, please do so!

    Benefits of Membership
    • Become a part of a UW-La Crosse organization created specifically to meet the lifelong educational interests and/or needs of mature adults.
    • Share with other LIR members what you have learned and experienced during your life.
    • Enjoy the special learning opportunities available in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere.
    • Foster social interaction with other LIR members during classes and other organizational activities including day trips and social activities.
    • Attend courses for a small registration fee.
    • Pay no fees for Travel Talks and Cabin Fever Series.

    Annual membership fee: $35 (good from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)


    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!

    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.  

    Oct 15 | Culver's - Southside
    Nov 19 | Fat Sam's 

    Trip to Pendarvis

    September 21, 2015 | 7:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
    Lunch choices: traditional pasty, vegetarian pasty or grilled chicken

    $98, includes coach transportation, lunch, tours of Pendarvis and the Mineral Point Railroad Museum and a visit at the Mining and the Rollo Jamison Museum to see a unique collection of objects used by people in their everyday lives at the turn of the 20th century. Learn how Wisconsin lead mining surpassed the appeal of fur trading and farming for 19th century farmers and discover the rush before the Gold Rush. Lunch consist of pasties and other Cornish dishes.

    The Autobiographical Human: Building Identity and Culture through Storytelling and Myth

    October 7, 14, 21; 2015 | 10 a.m.-noon | $15  | 332 Cartwright Center, UWL

    Instructor: Susannah Lloyd

    Explore a distinctive human attribute: a bio-cultural process of narratives embracing both individual and cultural experiences. We create individual story arcs - private myths - organizing identity, while living in societies with complex story cycles - shares myths - addressing mysteries and affirming connections and responsibilities in the human and natural worlds. Discussions draw on a wide range of perspectives.

    Mysteries of the Driftless Region

    October 9, 2015 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | $15 | Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, Wis.

    Facilitator: Stephanie Hanna, WisCorps Education Manager

    What strange forces spared our area from the Ice Age glaciers? After viewing the award winning film, "Mysteries of the Driftless" produced by Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Untamed Science, we’ll take a walk in the park and by the marsh to look for clues and discuss non-glacier activity. How different our area is and what impact does this have on land use, culture and overall development.

    Coffee and plenty of convenient parking are available.  Bring your own coffee cup or mug.

    History, Present and Possible Future of the Marsh

    October 16, 2015 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | $15 | Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, Wis.

    Facilitator: Richard Frost, Retired Educator and Historian

    The La Crosse River Marsh is thought to be the finest urban wetlands in Wisconsin. This is a visual program that traces marsh history from its formation through recent development attempts. The marsh’s importance both environmentally and recreationally will also be discussed.

    Coffee and plenty of convenient parking are available.  Bring your own coffee cup or mug.

    Tea Tasting Party

    October 17, 2015 | 2-4 p.m. | $15  | Dim Sum Tea Shop | 221 Pearl St., La Crosse

    Spend a fun afternoon sampling five different kinds of tea, five dumplings and an egg tart. The shop’s owner Kelly (Xiaoli) Deng explains the teas and dumplings that we’ll be enjoying. Deng is a native of China who moved to La Crosse in 2008.

    Travel Talks: Panama Canal/New Locks

    by Elmer and Louise Mattila

    November 4, 2015 | 1-3 p.m. | 337 Cartwright Center, UWL | No cost for LIR members, $5 each for non-members

    Decades of Great Mysteries

    November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 2015 1-3 p.m. | $15 | 332 Cartwright Center, UWL

    Discover the great mysteries written from the 1930s through this millennium. Retired librarian Sandy Sechrest shows how mysteries have evolved and changed through the decades. Decades of Great Mysteries is guaranteed to increase your must-read list.

    Movie Making

    November 11, 20151-4 p.m. | $5 | 337 Cartwright Center, UWL

    The pre- and post-production of how a movie is made, acting skills, writing a movie script and the public relations of selling a film will be covered. After watching the award movie, “The Last Bridge Home”, featuring actor/presenter, Steve Kiedrowski, a discussion of the film and a critique follows.

    Travel Talks: A Russian Teaching Stint by Dick and Deb Thiel

    November 16, 2015 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 337 Cartwright Center, UWL | No cost for LIR members, $5 each for non-members

    Join Deb Thiel, retired health care consultant, Dick Thiel, author and retired wildlife biologist/ educator, and Barb Thompson, West Salem School Forest Educator, as they share their experiences teaching English and Outdoor Ecology for Russian kids at a Summer Camp on the White Sea near the Arctic Circle. Their adventures are moving and memorable!

    Save-the-Date | Holiday Social

    December 10, 2015 | Valhalla, Cartwright Center 

    Wisconsin Association of Lifelong Learner's (WALL) Conference

    September 7-9, 2016

    Planning for the WALL Conference to be held in La Crosse in the fall of 2016 is now underway. Become a member of the committee by contacting Karen McGarvey:!