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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).

    Register online

    Membership Renewal

    If you haven't renewed your annual LIR membership for 2015-16, please do so before June 30, 2015!

    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.  

    Jul 16 | Red Lobster
    Aug 20 | Carlos O'Kellys
    Sep 17 | Blue Moon
    Oct 15 | Culver's - Southside
    Nov 19 | Fat Sam's

    Music & Scenery in Winona (cancelled)

    June 28; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    $90, includes coach transportation, dinner & matinee performance

    Enjoy a great day in Winona as we begin the day with a comfortable bus ride to the Trester Trolley for a 90-minute tour featuring Winona’s history and natural beauty. We’ll stop for a tasty lunch at the Jefferson Pub and Grill before going to Winona State University for a 3 p.m. piano concert.

    Beethoven Festival headliner Garrick Ohlsson is the first American winner of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970, was awarded the Avery Fisher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Classical Music in 1994, and won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist for his Beethoven sonatas album. Ohlsson will play two Beethoven sonatas and several works by Scriabin. Piano Professor Mary Tollefson will present an introduction to his music in the Annett Recital Hall., June 24, 10 a.m.-noon.

    A Comedy, a Meal and Washington Crossing the Delaware

    July 18; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    $90, includes coach transportation, dinner & matinee performance

    A fine art and performing arts trip to Winona starts with a visit to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and a guided tour of their collections of marine art, Hudson River School paintings, impressionist work and contemporary art. We'll also view the touring exhibit of Winslow Homer etchings and MMM's new addition Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. Lunch will follow at scenic Signatures Restaurant and then we're off to the play, Much Ado About Nothing, at the Great River Shakespeare Festival on the WSU campus. Much Ado is one of Shakespeare's best comedies and Benedick and Beatrice are his wittiest lovers. Doug Schulz-Carlson from Great River Shakespeare Festival will give a presentation about the play, July 9, 1-3 p.m. in room 339 Cartwright Center.

    LIR-Downton-AbbeyDressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Time

    August 18; 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    $75, includes coach transportation, dinner & museum admission

    View a one-of-a-kind exhibit of 36 costumes from the first four seasons of Downton Abbey at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh. We'll take a bus to see these award-winning costumes from 1912 to the early 1920s, from the Post Edwardian era to the beginnings of the Jazz Age, and from bustles to flapper dresses. Costumes range from country tweeds and riding costumes, to afternoon dresses, evening attire, and the servants' uniforms. Lunch will be at the award-winning Roxy Supper Club prior to our visit to the Paine Art Center.

    The Paine Art Center is an ideal location for the exhibit. While built in the 1920s, it is a Tudor Revival style building reminiscent of an English country estate. We'll have a guided tour of the beautifully furnished Paine estate including its extensive art collections including many French Barbizon School landscapes and early 20th century American landscapes. There will be time to stroll in the many English style gardens. We'll be back in La Crosse by seven.

    A Behind-the-Scenes Look: Manufacturers Tour Series 

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at three local manufacturers with a guided tour of their facilities.

    $25 for the series of three tours. Transportation is on your own, carpooling is encouraged.

    Crown Holdings, Inc. Tour

    July 20, 2015 | 10 a.m.  | 1501 St. James Street, La Crosse

    Crown Holdings, Inc. through its subsidiaries, is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. From soft drinks to craft beers, and coffees and teas to energy drinks, Crown leads the beverage packaging industry with innovative technologies that redefine how the world looks at beverage cans. With operations in 40 countries employing over 23,000 people and net sales of $9.1 billion, they are uniquely positioned to bring best practices in quality and manufacturing to growing economies in Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East and North Africa.

    Did you know? Crown is -

    • One of the largest packaging companies in the world
    • #1 producer of food cans and metal vacuum closures in the world
    • #1 or #2 producer of aerosol cans in markets where we compete
    • #3 producer of beverage cans in the world

    Pearl Street Brewery Tour

    August 1, 2015 | 1 p.m. | Historic La Crosse Footwear building - 1401 St. Andrew Street

    Back in 1999, craft beers were revolutionizing America's beer culture. That same year, Brewmaster Joe Katchever founded Pearl Street Brewery - with only a dream, a 1984 Eagle Wagon and a trailer packed with brewery equipment driven from Colorado to the heart of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

    Although Joe and his dad started in a small, subterranean brewhouse on Pearl Street, the Pearl Street Brewery eventually expanded to the historic La Crosse Footwear building on Saint Andrew Street. Today, Pearl Street beer can be found on tap in most restaurants and bars in the area and on the shelves of retailers around the state.

    Trane Company Tour

    August 10, 2015 | 10 a.m. | 123 Main Street

    Trane, is all about air - cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, they control the comfort of the air for people in homes and many of the world's largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They offer a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; service and parts support; advanced building controls and financing solutions. Trane equipment and systems can be found in more than half of all commercial buildings in North America.



    Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
    UW-La Crosse campus | Valhalla, Cartwright Center - Gunning Addition