Senior Americans Day

At our 31st annual event for anyone age 55 or better, choose from inspiring breakout sessions where you will learn about local history, cultural diversity, health, wellness and creativity.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Community Classes for Adults
Next Session Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire Campus: W.R. Davies Center

77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Schedule June 4, 2019 8:30am to 3:30pm

Who Should Attend

Anyone age 55 and better!

Senior American Day

Program Description

Registration Opens, Wednesday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m.

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Celebrating 31 year of being positively ageless!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | W.R. Davies Center

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Welcome to the 31st Annual Senior Americans Day!

Experience a new season, new topics and new fun galore at this “Positively Ageless” event. You will also have a chance to win one of three prizes*:

1. Grand Prize: Big Top Chautauqua Bus Trip

Sponsored By: Wisconsin Public Radio

Featuring 2 tickets to WPR’s “Big Top Chautauqua Bus Trip” in the Summer of 2019. Includes hotel stay, show tickets, motor coach transportation and more!* $600 Value!

2. Get-a-Way Prize Package

Sponsored By: On the Go Bus

Includes four gift certificates towards any trip with no expiration date and two mugs and pens.* $450 Value!

3. Stay and Play Prize Package

Sponsored By: Hampton Inn, Cody Limo, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Jake’s Supper Club and Infinity Beverages

Stay and play package featuring a two-night hotel stay at the Hampton Inn, in Eau Claire, A Gift Certificate to Jake’s Supper Club, A Gift Certificate to Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, a chauffeured car ride from Cody Limo and a wine tasting experience at Infinity Beverages!* $350 Value!

* Must be present to win.

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Tuesday, June 4 Schedule

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast

During Breaks, Be Sure to Visit:

  • Sponsor Galleries

We will showcase the goods and services of over 70 area organizations and businesses. Pick up fun freebies and sign up for door prizes. Be sure to have the booth representatives mark your Sponsor Gallery Bingo Card to enter for the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING!

  • Visit the photo booth to have your FREE photo taken (Photo booth runs from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • Free Health Screenings (no appointment or fasting necessary)
    • Cholesterol Screening and Blood Sugar Testing – Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System.
    • Hearing Screening – Sponsored by Miracle-Ear.
    • Fall Risk & Balance Screening – Sponsored by the Eau Claire County Falls Prevention Coalition, Prevea Health and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County.
    • Chair Massages and Personal Trainer Assessments – Sponsored by Optimum Therapies.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Session

Welcome: Senior Americans Day Planning Committee

Keynote Address: “Writing from the Middle of Nowhere” – Michael Perry
No matter our profession, those of us who live far from “the Coasts” often feel as if we are "writing from the middle of nowhere" in every sense. In this humorous discussion, Michael Perry will discuss his journey from rural Wisconsin farm kid to New York Times bestselling freelance author. He will contrast perceptions of the Midwest with reality. Most importantly, he will discuss how “the middle of nowhere” can be the most powerful creative element of all.

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry's books include Population 485, The Jesus Cow, Montaigne in Barn Boots and the (non)gardening book Truck: A Love Story. His "Roughneck Grace" column appears weekly in the Wisconsin State Journal and he can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.

Michael Perry

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Session One

Creating Mindful Memories (19P6280A) 
Paula Gibson, Regional Director of Communications and Engagement and Katie Fennell, Director of Community Relations – Azura Memory Care
Using the combined areas of meditation, sensory stimulation and breath learn ways to create memories that engage the full mind, body and soul. The art of mindful memories stimulates parts of the brain that help retain cognitive facts. This fun and insightful presentation is hands-on and involves activating your sense of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste.

Beginning Quilting (19P6280B)
Jeanne Barnier and Cheryl Pokrzywinski, Quilters
This demonstration-only workshop will give beginning quilters information on the tools necessary to begin quilting. You will learn about small projects that can help a beginning quilter get started and how to individualize your quilt by changing the pattern to make it your own. You’ll also be given tips about how color will affect each project, and the do’s and don’ts of quilting.

Beyond Arthritis (19P6280C)
Melissa Matzumura, MD – Marshfield Clinic Health System
There are more than 100 types of arthritis- some types can be treated to improve, other types are managed for pain. The focus of this workshop will be to dig deeper than a general overview of arthritis and will include a discussion focused on tips and suggestions for living your best life with arthritis.

Backyard Bocce Ball (19P6280D)
Bruce Neeb
Bruce will demonstrate the basics of this traditional Italian lawn bowling game, introducing the rules and identifying strategies that teams and individuals can use to compete successfully. Bocce is a fun and easy to learn game for 2-8 players, requiring only a lawn and a set of Bocce balls. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Civilian Conservation Corps (19P6280E)
Richard Kraemer – Chippewa Valley Museum
Wisconsin, the state and the people, were rescued by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1942, as it restored our lands ravaged by logging and helped thousands of young men demoralized by the depression. Is there room for New Deal programs such as the CCC in today's society?

Drug Trends: Why Should I Care? (19P6280F)
Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil & Lilliam Piñero, Community Health Educators – Eau Claire City-County Health Department
Last year 4,000 Wisconsin residents aged 55+ were hospitalized for opioid dependence or poisoning. Attendees will gain invaluable skills to properly store and dispose unused medication, addressing a vital public safety issue in our community. The second-half of the session will focus on how to make a positive impact on youth by gaining knowledge about opioids and drug trends.

Eating Vegetables for Health and Sustainability (19P6280G)
Rachel and Allen Keniston- Solheim Market Gardens
When we were kids, grownups told us "eat your vegetables." This presentation will cover why vegetables are important to maintain our well being. It will also address the importance of how we grow our vegetables, and the impact on our community's and planet's well-being. Natural and sustainable cultivation practices provide one answer to the challenges of climate change and aging.

Effective Communication: The Foundation of Healthy Relationships (19P6280H)
Jean Jirovec, Retired Marriage and Family Therapist
Is it difficult to share your thoughts and feelings with others? Do you often feel misunderstood, neglected, or worry that people will dislike you? This workshop will focus on how to communicate with others in ways that both parties feel heard, understood and respected! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

European Travel Tips (19P6280I)
Paul Schwartz, Traveler
This presentation will offer travel tips to help you take that trip to Europe that you have always wanted to do. Plane tickets, websites, how to pack, housing, places to go, and getting around will be addressed in this presentation. Paul has traveled to over 35 countries for fun. He once spent the whole summer traveling in Europe with his family of seven. He loves to plan and talk travel!

Fitness for Everyday Life (19P6280J)
Jeremy Huisheere, Coach FitELITE
This will be an active session, where you get to move and be energized. Participants will be led through warm up techniques to avoid injury during everyday activities. Following the warm up there will be a group lead workout that focuses on movements that are done in everyday life. Working muscles in a controlled setting helps make the time you spend doing activities in life easier and safer. The session will end with a post workout stretching and mobility piece. No fitness background is required. All fitness levels are welcome! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Friends and Lovers: When Disabilities Are Part of the Relationship (19P6280K)
Katherine Schneider, Senior Psychologist Emerita and CeCelia Zorn, PhD, RN, Professor Emerita- University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
This workshop will examine issues, situations, and strategies occurring in a relationship where one partner has a disability and the other does not. One in four families has a member with a disability. Although the medical aspects of a disability are often discussed, the joys and tough parts of living in a relationship are usually not addressed. The presenters (one with a disability and one whose spouse has a disability) will use an interactive approach and welcome follow-up discussion.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (19P6280L)
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner
Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces, such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball, which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Holistic Approach to Living Using Essential Oils (19P6280M)
Joyce Sobotta, Certified Aromatherapist & Reflexologist – Aromatherapy Natures Way, LLC
Learning to use pure essential oils safely in everyday living practices will give you a sense of responsibility for your health and wellbeing. Explore how essential oils work to benefit your immune system for physical conditions and your adrenals and brain for emotional drains. After attending, you’ll be able to use essential oils in your home. Handouts and recipes will be provided.

Just Keep Shoveling (19P6280N)
Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin
Drawing on his experiences as an author, freelance writer, and self-employed artist with blue-collar roots, Michael Perry does his best to demystify the "writing process" and creativity in general. Special attention will be given to the art of memoir writing.

Organizing for Life's Transitions (19P6280O)
Connie Kees, Professional Organizer – Consult an Organizer
In the 1960’s John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." There is nothing we can do to change that, but there are steps we can take to prepare for the future. One vital thing we can do is take control over our tendency to accumulate, and struggle to keep, too much stuff.

Play the Ukulele: Wow Your Grandchildren (19P6280P)
Bob Pecor
Now is your chance to get started playing the ukulele! You will learn three easy chords and songs that can be mastered in less than an hour.

Tai Chi (19P6280Q)
Charlene Zeng
Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

The New Retirement (19P6280R)
Tony Omernik, Certified Retirement Options Coach – Retired Program Director of United Way RSVP Program
You will unlock the secrets of the happiest retirees by focusing on the non-financial aspects of having a successful, joyful and meaningful lifestyle in the context of today's "new retirement". You will learn about some of the most current studies and information related to pursuing a healthy and happy retirement. You will leave with your own personalized Happy Retiree Non-Financial Plan.

10:35 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Break

  • Sponsor Galleries Open – Without our sponsors, Senior Americans Day would not be possible. Please visit our Sponsor Galleries in the 1st Floor Marketplace Area, 2nd Floor Blugold Living Room, and 3rd Floor Area. Don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes at the booths!
  • Visit the photo booth to have your FREE photo taken (Photo booth runs from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • Free Health Screenings available until 12 noon. 

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session Two

A Tale of Two Shepherds (19P6280S)
Beth Ivankovic – Priory Farm & Richard James
This will be a presentation by two shepherds, one rookie and one veteran. Beth Ivankovic recently started raising sheep on the south side of Eau Claire. She discovered that Richard James raised thousands of sheep when living in Wyoming. Together Beth and Richard will tell their stories and discuss the positives of mentoring.

Backyard Bocce Ball (19P6280T)
Bruce Neeb
Bruce will demonstrate the basics of this traditional Italian lawn bowling game, introducing the rules and identifying strategies that teams and individuals can use to compete successfully. Bocce is a fun and easy to learn game for 2-8 players, requiring only a lawn and a set of Bocce balls. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Diversity in Public Information (19P6280U)
Dr. Dale Taylor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Implementation Committee- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Dr. Taylor will lead a discussion of how racially diverse individuals are selectively included or omitted from information dispersed to society through the two primary vehicles for public information, education and media. Specific examples will be used to demonstrate how public perceptions of members of racially diverse groups are controlled by highlighting or omitting race in association with events, or by ignoring individual accomplishments.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (19P6280V)
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner
Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces, such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball, which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Grandparents as Parents (19P6280W)
Robyn Lee, Group Leader – Grandparents and others as Parents (GAP)
Most grandparents don’t expect to find themselves in the parenting roll again, but when those circumstances arise, it is helpful to know about the resources and aid available to those caring for children. Robyn will talk about the GAP support organization and provide tips and information to help us as adults learn, cope, and relieve stress in our own lives, while providing a safe and loving environment for the children in our care. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator (19P6280X)
Joe Niese, award-winning Author & Library Director
Charles “Gus” Dorais (1891–1954) was the quarterback of Notre Dame’s “Dorais to Rockne” tandem that revolutionized football’s forward pass. A triple threat prep star from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dorais was a captain and undefeated four-year starter at Notre Dame, and the school’s first consensus All-American in 1913. Over the next four decades, Dorais was a professional player in the pre–NFL days and a college football coach—notably at the University of Detroit—and then head coach of the Detroit Lions. During his career, he tallied more than 150 wins. A pioneer of offensive strategies, Dorais played with and coached against most of the prominent football legends of his time.

Healthy Gut – Healthy Brain (19P6280Y)
Kristie Gering, MD & Kris Greener, Health Educator/Health Coach– Spero Wellness Clinic
This presentation will focus on how the health of your gut (G.I. system) has a major impact on the health of your brain. 70% of our immune system and 60% of our hormones are in our gut. We have more neurotransmitters in our gut, relaying messages from the gut to the brain, then we do in our brain, relaying messages from the brain to the gut. If the gut is unbalanced it can affect all areas of our health, including our brain health. We will provide simple steps and tips to help you heal and maintain your gut health for overall optimal health and well-being.

Interest in Pinterest? (19P6280Z)
Lisa Wells, Avid Pinterest User
It seems like everyone is on Pinterest and absolutely loves it, but what exactly is Pinterest and why use it? Pinterest is a fun, web-based pinboard or bulletin board you can use to save favorite recipes, crafts, hobbies, travel places, and any topic you can possibly imagine! This presentation will focus on what Pinterest is, how to set up your free account, and realize all the fun possibilities!

Introduction to Homebrewing (19P6280AA)
Justin Kent, Homebrewer
This presentation will introduce you to home fermentation, with a focus on brewing your own beer (with emphasis on space saving, multipurpose equipment selection to save money, and labor-saving practices). Wine/cider making will also be discussed. Justin has been homebrewing beer, wine and cider for a little over 6 years, and he has earned medals at competitions.

Making Nutritious and Interesting Food on a Budget (19P6280BB)
Kristen Dexter, co-owner & Michelle Thiede, co-owner – Forage EC, LLC
People often come into our kitchen feeling resigned to the drudgery of meal preparation and the belief that interesting food is complicated. Through this presentation, we will break down those barriers by showing that nourishing, delicious and inexpensive meals are easy to prepare by learning a few basic skills and investing in a few essential fridge and pantry items. *Additional $2.00 course fee.

Mind the Music (19P6280CC)
Cathy Reitz, Music Director & Nancy Wendt, Assistant Director/Accompanist - Stand in the Light Memory Choir
Join us for some singing and some fun! Experience community through singing, breathing exercises, and stretches. Find out what happens in your brain and body when you sing in a group. Please remember that a choir or community of singers is a safe place for music – think of it as a musical hug. Regardless of where you sing, there is one universal truth that never changes: human beings want and need to be moved. Music fulfills this need. Music makes life rich; it validates who we are, it gives a name and a community to our life’s struggles. You will leave happier, lighter, healthier, and hopefully humming a tune!

Mindful Aging (19P6280DD)
Amy Segerstrom, MS, LPC, Coordinator -The Healing Place
Mindful aging is an approach to aging which doesn’t deny the challenges of getting older, but doesn’t blow them out of proportion either. It’s a shift which is not about age, which is the length of years, but aging-which is a process of living in the values offered at every stage of life in order to focus on what we love.

Planning for the Future: Why do I need a Power of Attorney? (19P6280EE)
Jessica Trudell, Attorney – Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
Learn how to complete a Power of Attorney and why this is an important advance planning tool in Wisconsin. This presentation will give an overview of Power of Attorney for Finance and Power of Attorney for Health Care. Learn the difference between these two forms, and learn how to properly execute them to meet your current and future needs.

Senior Staycations (19P6280FF)
Kenzi Havlicek, Director of Marketing – Visit Eau Claire
Learn to be a tourist in your own town! Get resources and advice to plan memorable vacations or "staycations" right here in the Chippewa Valley.

Supporting Each Other After the Death of a Loved One (19P6280GG)
Lisa De Sieno, Director of Bereavement Services – Mayo Clinic Health System
It’s common to feel uncertain about how to support a friend or family member after they’ve experienced the death of someone close. While people may mean well, they may say unhelpful or hurtful things, or avoid saying anything at all. We’ll explore how to support each other by offering small gestures of genuine and heartfelt care, while understanding there isn’t an exact blueprint.

Tai Chi (19P6280HH)
Charlene Zeng
Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Wisconsin Ghosts and the Afterlife (19P6280II)
Terry Fisk, Author – Unexplained Research, LLC
Terry Fisk will discuss his confrontations with the famous skeptic and debunker James Randi. He will also describe his ghost investigations with world-renowned medium Allison DuBois (the real-life inspiration for the hit CBS series, Medium) and psychic Chip Coffey (from TV’s Paranormal State and Psychic Kids). This session will examine some of the haunted locations in Wisconsin personally investigated by Mr. Fisk. He will share photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, and ghost lore.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Meal is included in the registration fee)

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Session Three

Backyard Bocce Ball (19P6280JJ)
Bruce Neeb
Bruce will demonstrate the basics of this traditional Italian lawn bowling game, introducing the rules and identifying strategies that teams and individuals can use to compete successfully. Bocce is a fun and easy to learn game for 2-8 players, requiring only a lawn and a set of Bocce balls. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Designing Floral Arrangements! (19P6280KK)
Brent Douglas Stelzer, Owner - Brent Douglas Flowers
Attendees will gather a basic understanding of floral design and create their own flower arrangement to take home. *Additional $10 course fee.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (19P6280LL)
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner
Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces, such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball, which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Help Prevent Health Care Fraud and Abuse (19P6280MM)
Ingrid Kundinger, MBA, Project Manager & Micaela Magel, MSW, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator - Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol/ Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
Learn what you can do to help prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse with the help of the Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol. Hear about trends in Wisconsin and how you can protect yourself and your personal information. You will also learn about volunteer opportunities within this important statewide program.

Hoarding Help and Support (19P6280NN)
Jessica Smith, Elder Benefit Specialist, CSW- Chair of the Hoarding Task Force in Eau Claire County
Hoarding is a mental health issue that has public safety implications. This workshop will breakdown the stigma of hoarding and provide practical suggestions to help and support those struggling with disorganization. Learn how to be supportive, address mental health concerns and public safety risks, connect people to resources and provide volunteer support to cover gaps in services in your own community.

How We Got to the Moon and Back (19P6280OO)
James Adams, retired teacher and former NASA and Department of Defense Aerospace Engineer
Jim Adams will use spacecraft models and NASA diagrams, photos and videos to take the audience along on the first moon landing and safe return to the earth in 1969. The complexity of the lunar trip will be presented in a way that is understandable to all ages and include a few personal lessons learned along the way.

I Need More Light! (19P6280PP)
Jean Kalscheur, Vision Rehabilitation Teacher - Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
As we age, we need more light. The type of light depends on the task at hand. Ambient light creates the general feel of an environment. Task light supports close-up activities such as reading, writing and crafts. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate how to get what you want in a light bulb and show how to set up a space to best use the available light.

Living Better Longer (19P6280QQ)
Deb Bruning, Prevention Program Coordinator - Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
What have we learned from longevity studies that might inform our lifestyle choices? There are many misconceptions about aging – fallacies that can keep you from the life you want. We will discuss lessons from the world’s oldest and healthiest people, how positive thinking matters, theories of behavior change, and research-informed strategies for living well.

Maria the Midwife (19P6280RR)
Glenn Borreson, Retired Pastor
Throughout human history, midwives have attended the births of babies. See and hear who these women were among Norwegian immigrants to America, and why they were important. Glenn tells their stories with photos of midwives, especially from rural Wisconsin where they were trusted members of the community. Learn how their status changed in the early 20th century.

Singing from the Heart (19P6280SS)
Kathy Herfel & Denise Madland - Threshold Singers of the Chippewa Valley
The Threshold Singers of the Chippewa Valley will share songs of comfort, compassion, and joy. Attendees will learn how our gift of song is available to people in homes, nursing homes - anywhere we are invited - to those at various thresholds of life. We will invite participants to learn some of our songs, find out how to refer someone to us, or how to become a Threshold Singer. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Skepticism – A Healthy Way of Viewing the World (19P6280TT)
Carol Cherney, Community Resource Coordinator
In a world where many claims are made, how can we help to determine what is true and accurate? What strategies can help you deal with information overload? Questioning and asking for proof are helpful. Examples of people who were not skeptical and the subsequent consequences will be discussed.

Tai Chi (19P6280UU)
Charlene Zeng
Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

The History of Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley (19P6280VV)
Robert Bodeau
Come learn about the history of the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We’ll start with the 1800’s and go through 2019. We’ll explore Native American History and move into the settlement of the city and the surrounding Chippewa Valley.

Unique Birds of the World (19P6280WW)
Judith Sparrow
We will examine and view some of the most unique birds in the world, as well as the area in which they live. Unusual, and often humorous, courtship rituals and displays of birds will also be included. You’ll be able to explore many fascinating birds of the world without leaving your seat!

Urban Deer Management (19P6280XX)
John Dunn, Retired Wildlife Biologist – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Learn the problems and solutions to Eau Claire’s urban deer herds. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

US Rubber Company WWII Ammunition Plant (19P6280YY)
Bill Hable, former Uniroyal Engineer
Bill will give a history of Uniroyal during WWII. The rubber plant was closed down to make ammunition during the war. In the later years of the war, the plant was rebuilt to make synthetic rubber tires. This was one of the first such plants in the US. Presentation will include photographs from the time period and a Q&A session.

Wisconsin’s Free Speech Legacy (19P6280ZZ)
Tim Shiell, Professor of Philosophy – University of Wisconsin - Stout
This will be an interactive discussion of free speech in Wisconsin. We will address some of the most significant historical and contemporary cases and people, such as free speech during wartime, free speech at Wisconsin colleges and universities, free speech and civil rights, and municipal cases.

Writing for Your Life (19P6280AAA)
Bruce Taylor, Professor Emeritus – University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
Keeping a journal... suggestions, tips, hints and tricks for how, when, where and why you should! Even if you already do, always wanted to, did for a while and gave up, never even thought about it, or just want to try…come explore the pleasures and benefits of journaling!

2:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

Entertainment: “Words to Music” with Michael Perry and bandmate Evan Middlesworth!

The duo will perform a brief selection of songs Perry has written and performed with his touring band the Long Beds.

Evaluation and Door Prizes* (Must be present to win)

*Including the GRAND PRIZE BIG TOP CHAUTAUQUA BUS TRIP, along with the Get-a-Way and Stay and Play Prize Packages, and many other fabulous prizes from our Sponsors!

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Cost/Registration Details

Cost: $40 per person | Early Bird Discount: $35 per person from March 20– April 1!

Scholarships available

  • Thanks to the generosity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation there are scholarship funds available to enable everyone to join in on the fun.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship:

  1. IMPORTANT—APPLY FIRST: Send a short, written request via email to couillcd@uwec.edu or via mail to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Attn: CLAIRE, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. Scholarship requests cannot be taken by phone.

  2. WAIT FOR NOTIFICATION: Staff will contact you within approximately 2 business days.

  3. THEN, REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM: If you register before applying for a scholarship or before receiving approval from our staff, you will forfeit any potential scholarship award. 

Complete and return the registration form with payment as soon as possible. Registration for sessions is based on a first-come, first-registered basis. Sessions fill quickly! We highly recommend that you record 3 different choices for each session to ensure your registration can be processed right away. Due to the nature of the program, we cannot allow any session switching once your registration is complete.

Phone: 715-836-3636 | toll free 1-866-893-2423
Fax: 715-836-5700 | toll free 1-800-835-3755
Mail: UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education | P.O. Box 4004 | Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Registration Confirmation: A confirmation along with a map and directions to campus, plus parking information, will be provided in advance via email or mail if you are registered by May 20.

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life happens. Although refunds are not allowed should you cancel your registration, you may substitute another person in your place at no extra cost at any time.

Parking & Elevators: Shuttle Transportation provided by Cody Limousine will run from the Human Sciences and Services (HSS) lot on Water Street to the Davies Center from 6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and again from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Parking with provided UWEC parking pass will be available in ALL lower campus lots in F and S stalls during Senior Americans Day. Elevators are available in the Davies Center.

Accommodations: UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

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Fee

Standard Fee $40.00

Early Bird Discount...$35 per person from March 20–April 1

Fee includes instruction, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, entertainment, and refreshments.

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