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Events and classes


Once again the Curriculum Committee has organized a series of lectures/discussions for a few opportunities this summer. Most of our offerings require membership in Learning in Retirement, although there are a few opportunities for non-members to participate as well. You do need to register in advance for all of the classes and you are encouraged to do so soon, as many fill 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 and transportation will be on your own and pre-registration is not required. Be sure to invite a friend! Reminders will not be sent.

Jul 21 | Three Rivers Lodge
Aug 18 | Carlos O'Kelly's
Sep 22 | Houghton's Fine Food-Cocktails
Oct 20 | HuHot Mongolian Grill

The Spirit of the Music in Winona

July 14, 2016 | LIR members - $70, Non-LIR members - $110


Winona Beethoven Festival at the MMAM

After a delicious dinner at the Green Mill in Winona, enjoy the music of Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Conversation, companionship and communication – these are the key words in their universe. Petri is considered one of the world’s most supreme instrumentalists, while Hannibal’s wide experience from various ensembles enables him to create both harmony and contrast; together they form a synthesis that attracts attention worldwide.

Theatre-masks-artShakespeare and Polish History

July 22, 2016 | LIR members - $80, Non-LIR members - $120

Spend a delightful day in Winona, beginning the day at the Polish Museum to learn about Winona’s Polish (Kashubian) heritage and see some lovely folk art. Lunch will be at the Jefferson Pub. After lunch see one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies As You Like It. The Great River Shakespeare Festival is known for making Shakespeare an accessible pleasure. A presentation on the play will take place in La Crosse a week or so before visit.

Apple-artEat Well, Move Well, Think Well

August 4, 2016 | 10 a.m.-noon | 355 Morris Hall | LIR members - $5

Provide explanation as to the 3 pillars of health and what our roles and responsibilities are for each when it comes to our own health and well being.

Suggested reading list:

Dr. Scott Bautch, D.C. 

2016-WALL-logoWisconsin 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:!

WALL website!



Coming this fall...

  • A class with Viterbo's Dr. Morehouse - The Millennium Retires - How they differ!
  • Automation - How it Affects You (your car, your house...) with Neale Koenig
  • A Sandy Sechrest Class - Women Movie Directors
  • Joe Heim with a session, Before and After the Election with Pre- and Post Election Analysis
  • A program by staff from the People's Food Coop about the food we eat
  • More sessions with WisCorps at the Myrick Center talking about, The Hixon Forest Cellar and Uses of the Marsh

Ecology and Management of Upper Great Lakes Wolves

Dick Theil, biologist

Look for more information on this class about wolves and their status in Wisconsin coming soon!