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Thrivent Financial Workshop: Social Security, Timing is Everything  

Three Dates to Choose From:
Tuesday, January 21, 2020  (#555019-84)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020  (#555019-85)
Monday, March 16, 2020  (#555019-86)
6:00pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 3     Max: 15  
**Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WHEN.  For many, Social Security is a vital income source.  But it can be a confusing topic, and making the most of it has a lot to do with when you apply for benefits.  Attend Social Security: Timing Is Everything to get answers to your questions and learn what Social Security can mean for you.  (2854431-120319)
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.  Thrivent Financial and its representatives and employees have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets; however, they do not have the professional expertise for a complete discussion of the details of your specific situation.  For additional information, contact your local Social Security Administration office.  No products will be sold at this event.  For more information, Melissa can be reached at Melissa.Kadrmas@Thrivent.com or call 608.433.9646.

Before the After

Choose from the following dates:
Thursday, January 23, 2020  (#549003-54) 
Thursday, February 27, 2020  (#549003-55)  
Thursday, March 26, 2020  (#549003-56)
Thursday, April 30, 2020  (#549003-57)
Thursday, May 21, 2020  (#549003-58)
10:00am-12:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 5     Max: 12
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: One day prior to session**
Before the After Planning Sessions have been presented by Causeway Caregivers since 2012 and utilize a planning folder to outline your wishes, organize pertinent documents and eliminate possible tough decisions for your loved ones.  Planning materials are available for Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota residents.
Before the After Planning Session Topics and Forms Include:
Obituary Writing and Letters of Love;  Funeral, Memorial or Final Service Planning; Lasting Legacy and Health History; Power of Attorney for Healthcare & Organ Donation;  In Case of Emergency; Personal Designations & Creating a Will;  Guardianship for Person or Estate; Power of Attorney for Finances; Everything in One Place for Pertinent Papers & Information

Medicare 101: “Understanding the ABC’s of Medicare”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
10:00am-11:00am  (#549006-11)  OR 6:30pm-7:30pm  (#549006-12)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center 
10:00am-11:00am  (#549006-13)  OR 6:30pm-7:30pm  (#549006-14) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center 
10:00am-11:00am  (#549006-15)  OR 6:30pm-7:30pm  (#549006-16)

Ages 50+     Min: 2     Max: 25
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Friday prior to session**
We will provide a foundational understanding of Medicare - one letter at a time - covering the different parts of Medicare.  We will discuss the various costs and benefits associated with each letter and how to go about eligibility, enrollment and get you on the right path for a successful transition to Medicare.  This program is geared towards people who will be new to Medicare in the next year, but all are welcome.

Dine at 5:  Celtic Cross

Thursday, March 19, 2020  (#.200066)
5:00pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Registration Fee: $6 per session  |  Ages 50+     Max: 85
Come with friends to enjoy a delicious meal served at 5:00pm, followed by entertainment at 5:45pm.  Donations will be taken for the entertainment.  Call 608.789.8298 or 608.789.8640 to register at least one week prior to program!  *Please note the cost for this program is for both the meal and music, no free admissions for the music!*
Come and listen to a variety of Irish music!  Tap your toes and clap along to familiar songs, including jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes.  Members: Regina Chihak (flute), Julie Bodendein (guitar), Laura Nettles (string bass), Jackie Stakston (fiddle), Deb Boehde (mandolin), Paul Lansing (guitar), Michael Wodzak (bodhran, banjo, tin whistle).  Meal: Roast Pork/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Coleslaw, Roll & Dessert

Community Balance Screening: Are You At Risk of Falling?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020    (#549006-49)
12:00pm-1:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 1     Max: 20     
FREE  |  *Registration preferred, walk-ins accepted*
General balance screenings will be performed by Mayo Clinic Health System Physical Therapy staff to help determine your risk of falling.  Tips to improve safety and fitness, home safety education and community based-exercise programs will also be shared.

Real Estate and Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Tuesday, April 21, 2020  (#555019-96)
1:00pm-2:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 5     Max: 60     
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020**
When in retirement, or approaching that stage in your life, your home could be one of your most valuable assets.  Whether you are downsizing, buying/renting in a new community or maybe moving in with family, it takes careful planning to get the most out of your equity.  Learn tips and tricks on planning ahead and downsizing, and have your questions answered in this session with Cristina Kovacs, Senior Real Estate Specialist with Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors® and Sue Semb, owner of A Sale by Sue, Estate and Household Sales. 

AARP Smart Drivers Class

Thursday, April 23, 2020  (#549003-23)
9:00am-1:00pm  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 5     Max: 10     
Registration Fee: $15 for AARP members /$20 for non-members
**Registration Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020**
AARP created this program for all motorists over the age of 50 to help older drivers improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents.  Pay the day of the program, but pre-registration is required.

Dine at 5:  Wally Tranberg Band of Friends

Thursday, April 23, 2020  (#.200067) 5:00pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center Registration Fee: $6 per session  |  Ages 50+     Max: 85 Come with friends to enjoy a delicious meal served at 5:00pm, followed by entertainment at 5:45pm.  Donations will be taken for the entertainment.  Call 608.789.8298 or 608.789.8640 to register at least one week prior to program!  *Please note the cost for this program is for both the meal and music, no free admissions for the music!*  Country music at its best!  Listen to Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson’s songs and more.  Wally Tranberg Band of Friends will be leading us with some great foot-stomping tunes including waltzes, honkey-tonks, two steps and country.  Jerry Thompson and Wally Tranberg will be singing and playing guitar, plus enjoy the other members!  Meal: Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Glazed Carrots, Marinated Vegetables, Roll & Dessert

We Need to Talk: Safe Driving For A Lifetime

Tuesday, April 28, 2020  (#549003-98)
10:00am-11:00am  |  South Side Neighborhood Center
Ages 50+     Min: 5     Max: 30     
FREE  |  **Registration Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2020**
Accidents involving older drivers often call attention to older adults and driving safety.  Because of that, The Hartford Center of Mature Market Excellence and the MIT Age Lab, working with AARP, have put together the We Need to Talk Class.  The program was developed to help families initiate productive conversations with older adults about driver safety.  The one hour class covers such items as,: When is a good time to begin to talk about driving?  How do I prepare for serious conversations about limiting or stopping driving?  How can I encourage an older adult to plan for and use alternative transportation?  What if an older driver does not realize that his or her driving is a serious problem?  What if the driver has dementia?

Dine at 5:  Grumpy Old Men

Thursday, May 14, 2020  (#.200068) 5:00pm-7:00pm  |  Black River Beach Neighborhood Center
Registration Fee: $6 per session  |  Ages 50+     Max: 85
Come with friends to enjoy a delicious meal served at 5:00pm, followed by entertainment at 5:45pm.  Donations will be taken for the entertainment.  Call 608.789.8298 or 608.789.8640 to register at least one week prior to program!  *Please note the cost for this program is for both the meal and music, no free admissions for the music!*  The Grumpy Old Men "Swing Band" is a 14 piece big band.  The band consists of mostly retired musicians who still love to play their instruments and the music of the swing era.  The band’s repertoire includes the music of Glenn Miller, Les Brown and many others.  Bring your dancing shoes! Meal: Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Noodles, California Blend Vegetables, Fruit Salad, Roll & Dessert

Senior Fun Trolley Ride: Dark Tour

Friday, June 19, 2020  (#549003-14)
11:00am-2:00pm  |  Meet at Waterfront Restaurant (328 Front Street)
Ages 50+     Max: 27
Registration Fee: $27  |  **Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to session**
Dare to join the La Crosse Public Library Archivists for a new kind of trolley tour called Dark La Crosse.  Focusing on downtown La Crosse’s macabre past, your narrator will guide you down a dark path through the red light district, prohibition, small town politics and vigilante justice in a young and restless river town bordered by the sleepless Mississippi River.  Before the trolley tour, we will have lunch at 11:15am at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.  You will be able to choose your entrée from a select menu.  Lunch is included in the price.

Senior Fun Trolley Ride: Dark Tour 

Friday, August 28, 2020  (#549003-62)
11:00am-2:00pm  |  Meet at Waterfront Restaurant (328 Front Street)
Ages 50+     Max: 27
Registration Fee: $27  |  **Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to session**
Dare to join the La Crosse Public Library Archivists for a new kind of trolley tour called Dark La Crosse.  Focusing on downtown La Crosse’s macabre past, your narrator will guide you down a dark path through the red light district, prohibition, small town politics and vigilante justice in a young and restless river town bordered by the sleepless Mississippi River.  Before the trolley tour, we will have lunch at 11:15am at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.  You will be able to choose your entrée from a select menu.  Lunch is included in the price.

Senior Fun Trolley Ride: Historic La Crosse Tour

Friday, October 9, 2020  (#549003-12)
10:30am-1:00pm  |  Meet at Waterfront Restaurant (328 Front Street)
Ages 50+     Max: 27
Registration Fee: $27  |  **Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020**
Join us for an hour and a half long historical guided tour of La Crosse on a trolley car.  Following the tour, a delicious lunch will be served at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.  You will be able to choose your entrée from a select menu.  Lunch is included in the price.