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*VIRTUAL* Wise Wednesdays

(#555024-86)
Wednesdays; June 3-August 26, 2020
11:00am-12:30pm
Virtual "Classroom" 
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Max: 20
*Email brezinkaa@cityoflacrosse.org to register by one day prior to each session.  Participants will receive a link or phone number to access the virtual "classroom"* 
Have some fun and connect with others to socialize, learn tools to cope with aging and improve joy in your day-to-day life in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere.  This is an open class, so join us when you can, whether that is for one session or the entire series.  Some topics may include anti-resolutions, mindfulness, and purpose and meaning. Registration is encouraged.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka, Heather Quackenboss & Barry McKnight

*VIRTUAL* Coping Skills, Keeping It Simple  

Fridays; June 5-August 28, 2020
11:30am-1:00pm
Virtual "Classroom"
Ages 18+   Max: 10
Registration Fee: $2 pay as you go
*Register at 608.789.8640 by one day prior to session.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

Do you need a little help coping with life?  Don’t we all?  Come join us for casual conversation and helpful information.  We will discuss a variety of topics, including healthy ways to cope with change and life transitions as we age.  This is an "open group", so please feel free to join us when you can, as each session offers new and interesting discussion.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka, Bill Eddy & Kassie Dorman

*VIRTUAL* Nutrition Book Club: Gene Eating

(#555005-100) 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 
10:30am-11:30am
Virtual "Classroom"
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 60
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Monday, June 8.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*
Jordan Murray is a Registered Dietitian at Riverside Corporate Wellness in downtown La Crosse.  He is a graduate of Viterbo University with a major in Nutrition & Dietetics along with a minor in Psychology.  His areas of interest include weight management and eating disorders.  He has always been passionate about athletics and enjoys playing, watching, and on occasion, officiating various sports.  Having grown up in the Coulee Region, he also appreciates opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoys the natural beauty that this area has to offer. 
*Reading the books is not required to participate in the program*
What does a geneticist have to say about weight loss and obesity?  In this case, quite a lot. Giles Yeo’s, Gene Eating, explores the connections between our DNA and our waistlines, along with a guide to which diet strategies hold water and which ones do not.  Riverside Corporate Wellness Registered Dietitian, Jordan Murray, will provide a summary of the information in the book, followed by time for discussion amongst those who attend.

*VIRTUAL* Connect2Nature

Tuesdays; June 9 & 23, July 14 & August 11, 2020
1:00pm-2:30pm
Virtual "Classroom"
Ages 18+   Min: 2   Max: 20
*Register at 608.789.8640 by one day prior to session.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

Join us each month as we explore a variety of topics related to nature and discover how the environment impacts our health and well-being.  We will learn from local experts and share in casual conversation about all things environmental.  Facilitator: Amy Brezinka

*VIRTUAL* Gardening 101: Gardening with Insects - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 

(#555002-49)   
Thursday, June 11, 2020   |   10:00am-11:00am
Virtual "Classroom"
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 30
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Wednesday, June 10.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*
This class is being taught by Kaitlyn Davis (Lance), Agriculture Educator for the Division of Extension La Crosse County.  She coordinates the Master Gardener program and teaches the level one training. She enjoys gardening and is always excited when an insect or plant question comes into the office. 
This class will give you a chance to explore some of the different aspects of gardening throughout the summer months.  Classes will focus on scouting for pests, different types of gardening, and gardening throughout the fall and winter. 

*VIRTUAL* Estate Planning Basics 

(#555019-101)  
Thursday, June 11, 2020   |   7:00pm-8:30pm
Virtual "Classroom"
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 25
FREE
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Wednesday, June 10.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

This workshop will cover estate planning education for the distribution of assets after you are gone.  Proper estate planning can have positive financial impacts during your lifetime that include the efficient transfer of assets to your beneficiaries, as well as, preservation of your long-term care plan. 

*VIRTUAL* Recycling Done Right

*VIRTUAL* Monday, June 22, 2020 (#555019-109)
1:00pm-2:00pm
Virtual "Classroom"
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Friday, June 19.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

OR Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (#555019-110)
6:30pm-7:30pm
South Side Neighborhood Center
**Registration Deadline: Monday, July 20, 2020**
Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 10 (6/22/2020) & Max: 20 (7/21/2020) 
FREE

Do you have questions about recycling?  Char will educate you on proper recycling preparation and cart placement so you encounter less issues on your collection day.  Char will also offer alternative options, besides the landfill, for disposing of larger or gently used items.  Discover ways to reuse items that are generally disposed of as trash.

Humana MarketPOINT Presentation: Protect Yourself Against Scams

(#555009-100)   
Tuesday, July 7, 2020   |   10:30am-11:30am
South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 30
FREE   |   **Registration Deadline: Monday, July 6, 2020**
Duane Boebel is an Insurance Agent with Humana MarketPOINT serving in that capacity for over 14 years.  He has been in the insurance and financial services field for over 36 years.
Scams are often considered the crime of the 21st Century.  In this session you will learn interesting facts about scams, the top scams to watch out for, tips on how to protect yourself from scams and fraud, and what to do if you have become the victim of a scam.

Gardening 101: Garden Designs - From Container to Square Foot 

(#555002-50)   
Thursday, July 9, 2020   |   10:00am-11:00am
South Side Neighborhood Center
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 30
**Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2020**
This class is being taught by Kaitlyn Davis (Lance), Agriculture Educator for the Division of Extension La Crosse County.  She coordinates the Master Gardener program and teaches the level one training. She enjoys gardening and is always excited when an insect or plant question comes into the office. 
This class will give you a chance to explore some of the different aspects of gardening throughout the summer months.  Classes will focus on scouting for pests, different types of gardening, and gardening throughout the fall and winter. 

SimpleSteps to Technology: How to Use Google Photos

(#549006-68)
Thursday, July 9, 2020 
1:00pm-2:00pm   |   South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 10
FREE   |   **Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2020**

Kathy Helgerson is the owner of SimpleSteps to Technology, LLC.  SimpleSteps offers one-on-one computer tutoring and troubleshooting in your home or preferred meeting place.  Today Kathy strives to motivate people to fight their fears and complacency and embrace the digital world to stay connected to the people around them.
Google's free service stores and organizes every photo and video you shoot.  Kathy will make organizing, editing, searching, creating collages, and movies not only fun but "Simple."

UGetConnected Program

(#555022-42)
Thursday, July 23, 2020   |   6:00pm-7:00pm
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 6
FREE
**Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 22, 2020**

Join the UGetConnected team to learn how to find volunteer opportunities using one central website.  UGetConnected has more than 150 non-profit agencies and over 300 active volunteer needs on the site.  Some agencies on our site include national-level non-profits (The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity) and local-level non-profits (Place of Grace, New Horizons Domestic Abuse Shelter).  In each session, we will help you set up your volunteer account and show you all the features the platform has to offer.  We will also have time for questions at the end.  This session is open to everyone looking to volunteer that has internet access.  *We can register over the max if you bring your own computer/tablet.* 

*VIRTUAL* Nutrition Book Club: Blue Zones

(#555005-101)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 
10:30am-11:30am
*Location TBD
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 60
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Monday, July 27.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*
Jordan Murray is a Registered Dietitian at Riverside Corporate Wellness in downtown La Crosse.  He is a graduate of Viterbo University with a major in Nutrition & Dietetics along with a minor in Psychology.  His areas of interest include weight management and eating disorders.  He has always been passionate about athletics and enjoys playing, watching, and on occasion, officiating various sports.  Having grown up in the Coulee Region, he also appreciates opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoys the natural beauty that this area has to offer.  
*Reading the books is not required to participate in the program*

Want to live a longer, healthier life?  Take your cues from those who have done it.  Riverside Corporate Wellness Registered Dietitian, Jordan Murray, will lead a discussion on Dan Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones, which identifies communities worldwide who live the longest, healthiest lives, and what they have in common.

*VIRTUAL* Gardening 101: Gardening Indoors - Ways to Grow When There Is a Foot of Snow 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020  (#555002-51)   |   10:15am-11:15am   
Virtual "Classroom"
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Monday, August 3.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

OR Thursday, August 6, 2020  (#555002-52)   |   10:00am-11:00am
South Side Neighborhood Center 
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 30
**Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**
This class is being taught by Kaitlyn Davis (Lance), Agriculture Educator for the Division of Extension La Crosse County.  She coordinates the Master Gardener program and teaches the level one training. She enjoys gardening and is always excited when an insect or plant question comes into the office. 
This class will give you a chance to explore some of the different aspects of gardening throughout the summer months.  Classes will focus on scouting for pests, different types of gardening, and gardening throughout the fall and winter. 

UGetConnected Program

(#555022-43)
Tuesday, August 18, 2020   |   6:00pm-7:00pm
South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 6
FREE
**Registration Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020**

Join the UGetConnected team to learn how to find volunteer opportunities using one central website.  UGetConnected has more than 150 non-profit agencies and over 300 active volunteer needs on the site.  Some agencies on our site include national-level non-profits (The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity) and local-level non-profits (Place of Grace, New Horizons Domestic Abuse Shelter).  In each session, we will help you set up your volunteer account and show you all the features the platform has to offer.  We will also have time for questions at the end.  This session is open to everyone looking to volunteer that has internet access.  *We can register over the max if you bring your own computer/tablet.* 

Organizing For Everyone  

(#555019-107)
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 
11:00am-12:00pm   |   South Side Neighborhood Center
FREE   |   Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 40
**Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 18, 2020**

Lisa Filips is a teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned small business owner of NEST Home, specializing in home and office organizing in the Coulee Region.  With years of experience and a comprehensive approach to organized living, she strives to give clients personalized methods along with effective tools to help them live a chaos-free life. 
There is a lot of talk about organizing lately, and for a good reason!  Join her for this "power hour" to learn about organizing methods, tricks of the trade, and current trends designed to give you the inspiration to tackle your chaos.  

SimpleSteps to Technology: It's a Smart World After All

(#549006-69)
Thursday, August 20, 2020 
1:00pm-2:00pm   |   South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+   Min: 5   Max: 10
FREE   |   **Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 19, 2020**

Kathy Helgerson is the owner of SimpleSteps to Technology, LLC.  SimpleSteps offers one-on-one computer tutoring and troubleshooting in your home or preferred meeting place.  Today Kathy strives to motivate people to fight their fears and complacency and embrace the digital world to stay connected to the people around them.
Kathy will introduce you to the "Simple World" of Smart Devices including plugs, lightbulbs, Amazon Alexa, Google Home Mini, and Google Nest.  Also discover how Smart thermostats, doorbells, and security cameras work.

Financial Planning for Individuals Living with a Disability 

(#555019-102)
Thursday, August 20, 2020   |   6:00pm-8:00pm
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 25
FREE
**Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 19, 2020**
Joel Dettwiler, ChSNC®, is a Special Needs Planner with the Quantum Group and a Financial Planner with Charterpoint Wealth Strategies in La Crosse.  
This workshop will discuss the unique aspects of financial planning for an individual living with a disability.  The topics will include family planning, estate planning and special needs trusts, the impact of income on government benefits, and advocacy and accessibility. 

Mah Jongg Club

Tuesdays, year-round
*CANCELLED through Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Due to COVID-19
Tentatively resumes Tuesday, July 7, 2020

12:00pm-3:30pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
$2.00/person, per session - pay as you go.  All players welcome!  Not a teaching session.

Current Events

Thursdays, year-round
*CANCELLED through Thursday, July 2, 2020 Due to COVID-19
Tentatively resumes Thursday, July 9, 2020

1:30pm-3:30pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
$1.00 pay as you go; Join us to discuss events of the past week with other interested people.  Events discussed will include local and international events.  You are welcome to voice your own opinions on issues of importance. 

American Sign Language: Basic Beginner Sign Language 2

(#555010-30)
Tuesdays; September 15-October 20, 2020
5:30pm-7:30pm   |   South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 8   Max: 10 
Registration Fee: $30
Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $20
**Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 8, 2020**

Learn sign language with emotions, gestures and body movement actions.  Body Language and American Sign Language (ASL) includes our mouth, eyebrows and cheeks, all the way down to our elbows, bellies and feet.  All these body parts indicate our underlying feelings and intentions.  Michelle Gerlach grew up around the deaf community all her life and was fascinated to learn sign language.  Michelle believes American Sign Language is a vital and valuable language to the deaf community and as such is important to teach and share this language.

American Sign Language: Basic Beginner Sign Language 3

(#555010-31)
Mondays; October 26-November 30, 2020
5:30pm-7:30pm   |   South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Min: 8   Max: 10 
Registration Fee: $30
Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $20
**Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020**

Learn and practice ASL vocabulary, alphabet finger spelling and sentences with or without verbs and more.  We will not use our voice in this program!  This program will be a challenge and good practice!  *No Class 5/25  Michelle Gerlach grew up around the deaf community all her life and was fascinated to learn sign language.  Michelle believes American Sign Language is a vital and valuable language to the deaf community and as such is important to teach and share this language.

Experience What It’s Like to Live with Dementia

Wednesday, March 21, 2021
9:30am-5:00pm (multiple 1 hour sessions offered)
Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+   Max: 12 per 1 hour session
FREE
*Registration open until day of the event.  See below for options. 
Hosted by the Aging & Disability Resource Center & Dementia Friendly Community Coalition
Dementia Live is an evidence-informed, high-impact experience that immerses participants into life with Dementia; resulting in a deeper understanding of what it may be like to live with cognitive impairments and sensory change.  By living “in their shoes,” we create compassion, understanding, and can make changes to enhance the quality of life for our community members living with dementia.  This experience is open to the general public, as well as family and friends who are caregivers, not for people with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.  Please join us!
Register by visiting the following link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4BA4AB2AABF49-community3
Or call the ADRC at 608.785.5780 to reserve your session! 

Humana MarketPOINT Presentation: Habits of Happy People

(#555009-101)
*Date & Time TBD
*Location TBD
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 30
FREE   |   **Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**

Duane Boebel is an Insurance Agent with Humana MarketPOINT serving in that capacity for over 14 years.  He has been in the insurance and financial services field for over 36 years.
In this session we will talk about being happy.  Happiness relies on balance of body, mind, and spirit.  This class will focus on separating myths and truths about happiness, discuss 7 habits to help boost your mood, and explore what makes YOU happy.

Humana MarketPOINT Presentation: Positive Thinking: When Life Gives Us Lemons

(#555009-102)
*Date & Time TBD
*Location TBD
Ages 18+   Min: 1   Max: 30
FREE   |   **Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**
Duane Boebel is an Insurance Agent with Humana MarketPOINT serving in that capacity for over 14 years.  He has been in the insurance and financial services field for over 36 years.
Life can be challenging; many situations can arise that make it easy to feel negative about your circumstances.  We will cover what positive thinking is and is not, the benefits of staying positive, and steps and tips you can take to help you stay optimistic, even during hard times.

Simple Changes: Ideas on Looking Younger

Next Session TBD
We all want to look our best, no matter the age!  Lynn Berra, Certified Style Coordinator has terrific ideas and would love you to bring your own.  We will talk hair, cosmetics, clothing and more.  You will be surprised how it all affects your attitude.  A fun and informative program.  Presented by Lynn Berra, Certified Style Coordinator.

Retirement Income Planning

Next Session TBD
Has the thought of retirement been on your mind?  If so, come join The Klos Davies Group at Baird for an educational workshop where we will focus on giving you advice on generating an income from your investments, effectively using Social Security to fit your needs and explaining how to properly structure a portfolio in your pre-retirement stage of life. 

Navigating Ages & Stages

Next Session TBD
It is hard to know how to plan for your future and what you will need throughout your life.  Hear and meet professionals in the aging, financial planning, legal, healthcare and social fields to create a realistic plan for yourself and/or your family.  This program is open to everyone with resources geared towards all ages and stages of life.  Presented in partnership with UW Extension, ADRC and other community professionals.

Greenhouse Tour and Planting

Next Session TBD
Spring into the growing season with a tour of Hillview's Greenhouse.  The benches will be lined with lively green plants that are being prepared for our spring Plant Sale.  During the visit you will not only learn about Hillview's mission and programs but you will be able to get your hands in the soil to help transplant and care for the young seedlings with guidance of a grower.  Do not forget to bring your gardening stories and questions.  Come learn about Hillview and get growing!  *Pay for parking right outside of the greenhouse or free two hour parking starting on 6th Street and Vine Street.

American Sign Language: Basic Beginner Sign Language 1

2020 Summer Session CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
*Next Session TBD

Michelle Gerlach grew up around the deaf community all her life and was fascinated to learn sign language.  Michelle believes American Sign Language is a vital and valuable language to the deaf community and as such is important to teach and share this language.
Learn simple communication with persons who are deaf such as the Alphabet, finger spelling, colors, and more!  Learn about Deaf Culture and sign language with ASL vocabulary and sentences with facial expressions and body language.  

Thrivent Financial Workshop: Economic Update

Next Session TBD
Melissa Kadrmas is a Financial Professional for Thrivent Financial.  Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously.  For more than a century we have helped our more than two million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values, and we provide opportunities for them to be even more generous where they live, work and worship.  
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc.  A registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC, and a subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc.  Advisory services available through investment adviser representatives only. Thrivent.com/disclosures.
No products will be sold at the following workshops.  For more information, Melissa can be reached at Melissa.Kadrmas@Thrivent.com or call 608.433.9646.

WHAT SHAPES YOUR FISCAL STRATEGY?  See how to use economic data to make wiser money decisions.  Attend Economic Update to learn how stocks, bonds and interest rates performed over the past three months and gain Thrivent’s outlook on the upcoming quarter. 

India Travelogue

Next Session TBD
George Neill is a computer professional who has lived in La Crosse for 30+ years.  He combined a love of travel and an interest in photography by attending his first photography workshop in Rajasthan, India in 2014.  He enjoys photographing family and friends and traveled back to India (Agra and Varanasi) in 2016 and to Mongolia in April 2018. 
George will share photos and stories from his travels to India exploring the crowded cities and rural villages.  The photos were taken during two different cultural exchange and photography workshops.

Wolflink Program

Next Session TBD
Join the International Wolf Center for this live, interactive program about wolves that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you look for our live ambassador wolves in their naturalized habitat during the program.  All of their educational staff have a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife or a related field and have extensive training in wolf behavior and information.  Time will be allotted for questions.  The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.  Visit www.wolf.org for more information.

Scrabble On Sundays

Next Session TBD
Add some fun to the winter months by joining other players for an afternoon of scrabble.  All levels welcome.  Bring your own board or one will be provided.  Snacks will be provided.