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Events and classes


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.

Sep 22 | Houghton's Fine Food-Cocktails
Oct 20 | HuHot Mongolian Grill

Fall Welcome Back Social

Sept. 13, 2016 (Tuesday) | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Port O’Call, Cartwright Center | $15, Non-members welcome!

Come learn about Learning in Retirement.

The Hixon Forest Cellar & the People Who Built It

Sept. 16, 2016 | 10 am-noon | WIS Corps at Myrick Park | LIR members - $15, Non-LIR members - $25

Pat Wilson

A sod covered stone cellar with a partially collapsed arched roof is the most prominent sign of human habitation by early European settlers in Hixon Forest. Hear the life stories of two families who owned the property for the first 50 years of La Crosse history; how they arrived, how they lived, and what became of them.

History, Trends, and Sustainability at People’s Food Co-Op

Sept. 20 & 27, 2016 | 10 am-noon | Community Room at the PFC (315 Fifth Ave. S., La Crosse) | LIR members - $15, Non-LIR members - $25

Linda Riddle

People’s Food Co-Op Education, Outreach, and Member Service Manager, Linda Riddle, leads two informational and “hands on” classes. The first class focuses on the history, mission and goals of the PFC. The second will go in depth to aging, plus the class will make and try foods recommended for good health.

Artificial Intelligence, Automation & You: What We have Now and What is Coming to your Home

Sept. 22 & 29, 2016 | 10 am-noon | 330 Cartwright Center, UWL | LIR members - $15, Non-LIR members - $25

Neale Koenig

Neale is an electric engineer who will provide an understanding the principles of Artificial Intelligence & Automation, and the philosophies of machines and computers (both analog & digital) in use of control systems. Neale has been an associate professor in Wisconsin, Missouri & Italy teaching Computer Systems and will share his knowledge and experience gained through those years of his interest and work in the field of Artificial Intelligence & Automation.

Stories We Live By

Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25; 2016 | 1-3 pm | 339 Cartwright Center, UWL | LIR members - $20, Non-LIR members - $30

Richard Morehouse

This course uses material from a well-known psychologist from Northwestern University to help us think about our own life story. We learn about and use McAdams’ “eight key events” as a guide to building and understanding our own life stories. Participants will share only the parts of their story they wish to tell, and their writing will be kept by them only.

Marshing through History

Oct. 21, 2016 | 10 am-noon | Myrick Park Center | LIR members - $15, Non-LIR members - $25

Alex Stoffel, WisCorps Environmental Educator

Join us on a walking tour of the social and cultural history of the La Crosse River and Marsh. You’ll hear about the ongoing discussion about what should be done with and to the marsh.

2016 Fall Elections: Wisconsin and U.S. on Local, State and National Levels

Oct. 26 & Nov. 2, 9, 16; 2016 | 10 am-noon | 339 Cartwright Center | LIR members cost - $20; Non-members cost - $30

Joe Heim, emeritus UW-L faculty

This four-session class will focus on the key process including local, state and national. Candidates and issues discussed as well as factors that influence the outcomes. Also discussed what’s at stake in the contest and the implications for U.S. governments and democracies. The concluding session will analyze results.

The Legacy of Trap Shooting at Myrick Park

Nov. 11, 2016 | 10 am-noon | Myrick Park Center | LIR members cost -$15; Non-members cost - $25

Are you aware that Myrick Park was one of the best trapshooting sites, hosting competitions over several decades? The program will cover the history and legacy of trap shooting activities, highlighting the shot fall zone and assess the potential environmental health risks to wild life.

Ecology and Management of Upper Great Lakes Wolves

Nov. 29 & Dec. 1, 2016 | 9:30 am–noon | 339 Cartwright Center, UWL | LIR members cost - $15; Non-members cost - $25

Richard Thiel

The first class will focus on the principles of Wolf Ecology, including natural history and principles of predation. The second will focus on the relationship between humans and wolves.