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Wolflink Program: The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale

Tuesday, February 25, 2020    (#555019-92) 
1:00pm-2:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+    Min: 15    Max: 40
Registration Fee: $7  |  Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $5
**Registration Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020** 
The declining wolf population combined with an increasing moose population on Isle Royale led to a decision to translocate wolves to the island.  Learn more about the history, population dynamics and recent wolf translocations to this isolated ecosystem.  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.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Connecting the Dots Between Issues of Environment and Social Equity 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020  (#555019-36)
6:00pm-7:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 5    Max: 60
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020** 
Curious about how your work contributes to a more sustainable world?  Need some inspiration and sense of connection to others working on equity and environmental issues?  This session is for you.  You will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a bold commitment to tackle some of the more pressing challenges facing the world today.  The goals also represent the greatest chance we have to improve life now and for future generations.  You will walk away from this interactive session with a clearer sense of how all of our efforts combine to bring about thriving communities.  Casey Meehan, PhD, is the Sustainability Coordinator at Western Technical College and the director of the Sustainability Institute.  He is an expert educator who works across the college and the community to inspire sustainability work and build our capacity for resilience to climate and environmental disruptions.  His work has been published in a variety of outlets including Science Education, and The Conversation.

Wise Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
10:00am-11:30am  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
FREE   Ages 18+     Max: 20  |  *Registration preferred, walk-ins accepted*
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: Heather Quackenboss & Kassie Dorman

Special Needs Trusts  

Thursday, March 5, 2020  (#555019-90)
6:00pm-7:30pm  |  Emerson Elementary School
Ages 18+     Min: 3     Max: 25
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020**
Special Needs Trusts may provide supplemental resources for an individual with special needs.  Under various circumstances, not having a special needs trust may adversely affect an individual’s eligibility for government benefits.  This workshop will provide an overview of different types of trusts, important considerations in naming a Trustee, funding options and how to get started in creating a properly drafted special needs trust. (CRN202007-215305)  Joel Dettwiler, ChSNC®, is a Special Needs Planner with the Quantum Group and a Financial Planner with Charterpoint Wealth Strategies in La Crosse, WI.

India Travelogue

Thursday, March 5, 2020  (#555019-94)
6:00pm-7:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 5     Max: 15
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 4, 2020**
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.

Coping Skills, Keeping It Simple  

Friday, March 6, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
11:30am-1:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Max: 30
Registration Fee: $2 pay as you go  |  *No Registration Required*
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: Bill Eddy & Kassie Dorman

Connect2Nature

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1:00pm-2:30pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 2     Max: 20
FREE  |  *No Registration Required*
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: Kassie Dorman

Wolflink Program: Coywolves, Wolves, Wolf-Dogs? Oh My!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020    (#555019-93)
6:00pm-7:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+    Min: 15    Max: 40
Registration Fee: $7  |  Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $5
**Registration Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020** 
It is more than their looks that make wolves, coyotes, foxes, dogs and even wolf-dogs different.  Behaviors, diets and even vocalizations vary between members of the dog family. Come find out what makes each one unique!  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

Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00pm-4:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+    Min: 8    Max: 24
Registration Fee: $2 pay as you go
**Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020**
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.

American Sign Language: Basic Beginner Sign Language 2

Mondays; March 16-April 20, 2020    (#555010-17)
5:30pm-7:30pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 8     Max: 12 
Registration Fee: $30  |  Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $20
**Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9, 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.

Simple Changes: Ideas on Looking Younger

Thursday, March 19, 2020  (#555008-95)
3:00pm-5:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 2     Max: 12
Registration Fee: $8  |  Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $5
**Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020**
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.

UGetConnected Programs

Ages 18+    Min: 1    Max: 6
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**
Pick A Session:
Session 3: Monday, March 23, 2020  (#555022-30)
6:00pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Session 4: Tuesday, April 7, 2020  (#555022-31)
12:00pm-1:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
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 this one hour 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 access to internet.  *We can register over the max if you bring your own computer/tablet.* 

Retirement Income Planning

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  (#555019-83)
5:30pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 1     Max: 20
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 24, 2020** 
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. 

Special Needs Planning-Guardianship

Thursday, April 2, 2020  (#555019-91)
6:00pm-7:30pm  |  Emerson Elementary School
Ages 18+     Min: 3     Max: 25
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020**
In most states the law presumes that individuals over the age of 18 are able to make their own decisions about what is best for them in their daily lives.  Each family is unique, and some families may feel it is necessary to apply for guardianship or limited guardianship to protect the personal and financial decisions for their loved one with special needs.  In this workshop we will review the different types of guardianship and some alternatives to guardianship, such as powers of attorney. (CRN202006-231612)  Joel Dettwiler, ChSNC®, is a Special Needs Planner with the Quantum Group and a Financial Planner with Charterpoint Wealth Strategies in La Crosse, WI.

Navigating Ages & Stages

Thursday, April 9, 2020  (#555019-97)
4:00pm-6:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
All ages welcome
FREE  |  *Registration preferred, walk-ins accepted*
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

Thursday, April 16, 2020  (#555002-47)
10:30am-12:00pm  |  Hillview Greenhouse (624 Vine Street) 
Ages 18+     Min: 1     Max: 20
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020**
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.

SimpleSteps to Organize Files on Your Laptop

Tuesday, April 21, 2020  (#549006-47)
10:30am-11:30am  |  South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+     Min: 5     Max: 10
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020**
Are you tired of searching for files and photos on your laptop?  Join Kathy to discover ways to organize files and photos and eliminate clutter on your computer.  Please bring your laptop to class.  Our computer lab will also have desk top computers available.  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.

American Sign Language: Basic Beginner Sign Language 3

Mondays; April 27-June 8, 2020  (#555010-19) 
6:00pm-8:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 18+     Min: 8     Max: 12 
Registration Fee: $30  |  Registration Fee w/Resident Discount: $20 **Registration Deadline: Monday, April 20, 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.

SimpleSteps to Create Albums and Edit Your Photos

Thursday, April 30, 2020  (#549006-48)
10:30am-11:30am  |  South Side Neighborhood Center 
Ages 18+     Min: 5     Max: 10
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2020**
You probably keep your most important photos in different places-your computer, your phone, various SD cards, a shoe box and that digital camera you use from time to time.  It can be a challenge to keep all these things safe, backed up and organized.  Together we will declutter and organize your photos, plus learn to edit and create albums.  Best of all we will make it “SIMPLE”!  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.

Mah Jongg Club

Tuesdays, year-round
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
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 1

Next Session available in the May-August Parks & Rec Connect
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.  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.

Thrivent Financial Workshop: Economic Update

Next Session TBD
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. 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.

Special Needs Life Care Planning

Next Session TBD
Many families with children living with a disability do not know what will happen when they are no longer there to care for their child.  This workshop will discuss the parts of financial planning for a dependent living with special needs including life care planning, special needs trusts, letters of intent and guardianship. (CRN202007-214192)  Joel Dettwiler, ChSNC®, is a Special Needs Planner with the Quantum Group and a Financial Planner with Charterpoint Wealth Strategies in La Crosse, WI.