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Academy for Lifelong Learners Virtual Schedule

Join us live online via Zoom on June 7, 2022.

You will enjoy the following sessions as they are livestreamed from the Davies Student Center at UW-Eau Claire.  

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. | Opening Session

Welcome – Cathy Reitz, Academy for Lifelong Learners emcee

Opening Remarks – Amy Duhr, CEO, Grace Lutheran Communities

Keynote Address: Zorba Paster 
Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Communities

10:15 A.M. – 11:05 A.M. | Session One

Laughter: Medicine for Your Funny Bone
Tom Kidd, Wellness Specialist – Balanced Wellness System

Experience the benefits of laughter. A sprinkling of funny stories and some embarrassing moments will be shared during their session, along with some factual information and new research on how laughter can affect our lifestyle and longevity. Bring some tissues if you are a crier!

11:30 A.M. – 12:20 P.M. | Session Two

Backyard Bird Watching

Jeannette Kelly, Citizen Science & Education Director – Beaver Creek Reserve

Are you interested in watching the birds but don't know how to start? Your backyard is an excellent place to begin birding. Learn what simple steps you can do to attract birds to your yard. Then practice identifying them by following some basic steps. Learn more and enjoy the magnificent birds in the area!

1:35 P.M. – 2:25 P.M. | Session Three

If I Could Go Back: Lessons for Mindful Living

Moira Kneer, Retired Chaplain

One of the great privileges in life is to be with another person as they leave this world for the next. As a retired hospital chaplain, Moira Kneer has had the opportunity to meet many people and learn from their experiences. Moira will share five regrets of the dying and lessons about how to live each day fully. Our appreciation of the gift of life can bring us to a new understanding of the importance of living in the present.

2:40 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. | Closing Session

Entertainment: Stand in the Light Memory Choir

Stand in the Light Memory Choir, made up of people experiencing early to mid-stages of memory or speech loss, is a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible learning environment. The choir uses the power of singing to move people with memory loss and their care partner to rediscover themselves, make new friends, laugh together, learn together, and contribute to their community. We welcome all singers to share the love and magic of music.

Closing Remarks – Cathy Reitz, Academy for Lifelong Learners emcee