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Learning in Retirement

Programs offer special learning opportunities for retirees

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Activities and Classes:  

Members may attend most 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.


2014 Summer Classes:

2014 Summer Newsletter (2 page PDF) | 2014 Summer Registration Form (1 page PDF)

Minnesota Beethoven Festival
Join us as we visit Winona architecture and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. We’ll tour the Winona National Bank and Merchants Bank with Tiffany glass windows, Prairie School and Egyptian Revival styling, and even safari trophies of an early banker. We will dine at the upbeat, Jefferson Pub and Grill, where they recreate some of the ‘good old days’ with homemade cooking. After dinner, there will be Sir James Galway’s Minnesota Beethoven Festival performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sir Galway has sold over 30 million albums and is considered the master of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer. He will be playing selections from Mozart, Debussy, Bizet, Mancini and numbers honoring his Belfast heritage. It will be an unforgettable evening!
$75, includes pre-trip presentation, coach transportation, dinner and evening performance
Pre-trip discussion: Date TBD.
UW-L’s music department flute professor, Lynette Stoyles, will introduce the group to Galway, his program, the flute, etc.
July 10
2-10 p.m.
Winona, Minn.

Great River Shakespeare Festival Plus Hamlet and Minnesota Marine Museum
Limited space bugAs part of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF), we’ll be seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, perhaps his greatest play. We’ll start our day in Winona at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, enjoying Marine, Hudson River School, and Impressionist collections in their newly added galleries, after which we’ll enjoy lunch at LIR Favorite, Signatures Restaurant. We’ll attend the brief Pre-Show Primer at 1:30 p.m. before heading into the theater for our 2 p.m. matinee. Approximately a week prior to departure a representative of the GRSF will introduce us to Hamlet at a session at held at UW-L (date to be determined).
$89, includes pre-trip presentation, coach transportation, museum admittance, lunch and matinee
July 25
8:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Winona, Minn.

Czech Carved Clocks, Food and Music
Amazing clocks, clocks and more clocks all uniquely designed and finely carved by Frank and Joseph Bily early 20th century Czech farmers living near Spillville, Iowa. The brothers rejected an offer from Henry Ford of one million dollars (circa 1928) for their clock depicting American pioneers. The trip also includes a rare look at the summer 1893 residence of Antonin Dvorak who reportedly put the finishing touches to his New World Symphony here. At. St Wenceslaus church, the oldest surviving Czech Catholic church in America, we’ll hear music on the same organ used by Dvorak. We’ll also take in the Czech Festival in nearby Protivin for a late afternoon concert.
$60, includes coach transportation, all admissions, lunch and refreshments
Aug. 16
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spillville, Iowa

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