Wednesday Classes

Classes with maximum limits are filled in the order they are received. You will be notified if a class you registered for is already full.

Ced’s Nature Series

Michael Shores, Donna DePape, Ed Lee
September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Rita Shores 715.420.0284

Our most popular and longest running LIR class, this series features weekly presentations by guest lecturers regarding the rhythms of the Northwoods. LIR’s favorite naturalist, Ced Vig, led these discussions about the wonders of the natural world until Spring of 2009, when he was 96 years old. This series continues

as a tribute to Ced and his contributions to our community. Life for the Northwoods evolves continually. This semester’s presenters will examine the lives of osprey by retired DNR biologist and raptor specialist Ron Eckstein and lake sturgeon by Zake Lawson, DNR fisheries biologist. The remaining sessions will feature experts to keep you informed of the ever-changing Northwoods environment. The October 24 class will be held at the Oneida County Senior Center.


Headwaters Inc. Tour

Jenny Felty
September 26
1 - 2:30 pm

Headwaters Inc.
Host: Mary Grieco

715.362.4040 Cell 715.360.4646

Since 1969, Headwaters Inc. in Rhinelander has been serving clients with special needs throughout the Northwoods. Yet, it is often called one of the best- kept secrets in the area. Director Jenny Felty will take you through the facility where clients perform various jobs which help them overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Maximum: 22


The Inner Workings of the U.S. State Department

Kim Starke
October 3
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Nancy Brissee 715.369.5334

Who are America’s diplomats? What is the Foreign Service? How does this cadre of professionals help all of us here at home? The U.S. State Department is the focal point of American diplomacy. Its mission is to extend American interests around the world. From the days when diplomacy rested in the hands of the individual Ambassadors to now when instant 24 hour communications is the norm, our policies, programs, and reactions to worldwide events affect all of us at home. Retired Special Agent Kim Starke of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security will provide his insight into the inner workings of the State Department.


When Hollywood Came to Wisconsin

Ernie Schluter October 10
1:15 - 3:45 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Joan Schluter 715.282.6435

We’ll examine the many movies that took place in Wisconsin. The presentation contains a segment about the movie studio in Gleason that produced 17 films including “The Giant Spider Invasion”. Some of these movies include scenes on the Nicolet College Campus and used a few former LIR members as actors and extras.


Come Fly With Me

Ernie Schluter October 17
1:15 - 3:45 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Joan Schluter 715.282.6435

Flying actually used to be fun! Go back to those days when free in-flight meals were served and passengers were not treated
like a herd of cattle. Ernie will describe many of his experiences
as a frequent flyer and asks the audience to share interesting tidbits about flying back in the day. Frequent flyer programs back then could easily be manipulated to the flyer’s advantage and Ernie was a master at it. You can’t get away with this now, but it was so much fun!

The “Eyes” Have it!

Walt Gager, M.D.
October 24 (FULL)
1:30 pm
Rhinelander District Library
Host: Margaret Barnes

Have you wondered about the difference between glaucoma and macular degeneration and the treatment for both? What are the chances that you will have cataracts and why? Are floaters, flashers, and spots harmless or something more serious? Dr. Walt Gager, with a specialty in Ophthalmology, will entertain questions from our members on a variety of eye issues. As an added bonus, Dr. Gager will present a slideshow on a particular type of occupation that produces the most challenging patients for Ophthalmologists. Come and find out. You may be surprised! Maximum: 45


New Testament – Part 4

Ed Stoever and Jim Leschke
November 7, 14, 28
9:30 am
First Congregational United
Church of Christ
Host: Pete Day 715.362.3402

A continuing look at this single most important book in the history of Western Civilization from a historic perspective, bracketing questions of belief and theological truth to provide a historically rich understanding of these foundational documents. Week 1: The Deutero-Pauline Epistles, and, The Pastoral Epistles. Week 2: The Book  of Hebrews and The Rise Of Christian Anti-Semitism, and, First Peter and The Persecution Of The Early Christians. Week 3: The Book of Revelation, and, Do We Have The Original New Testament? This is a DVD course. Maximum: 40


Somewhere in Wisconsin – the Southeast

Paul Miller
November 7

1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Pat Zatopa 715.282.6925

Paul Miller guides us across Southeastern Wisconsin’s natural features, events, history and trivia. Then it’s your turn! Maps, guidebooks, and other resources will be provided to two teams in order to answer questions about this region. This class will test your knowledge while we all learn more about Wisconsin. This is the third session in this series.


3 Ps of Justice

Mary Roth Burns
November 14
2 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall

Host: Gerald Anderson 715.482.0474

Explore a corner of the criminal justice system with an experienced criminal lawyer as she peers into the world of plea- bargains, probation, and parole. Plea-bargaining determines the resolution of most criminal cases, yet most of us don’t understand why or how it works. Does putting offenders on probation benefit them and the community? What really happens to offenders while they are on probation and when they are “off paper”? What alternatives might be more beneficial? Mary will address these and similar questions during this offering.

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