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.

Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

Jim Leschke
January 23, 30
February 13
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Pete Day
715.362.3402|

In this Great Courses Video Series, participating members will explore who the Transcendentalists were, what they believed, and their impact upon our country both during their lifetimes and today. During these three sessions, six episodes will be presented by Professor Ashton Nichols, PhD, Dickinson College. There is always an opportunity for reflection and discussion by members after each session. Come and be enlightened!


Ernie’s Matinee Movies

Ernie Schluter
January 23, 30
February 13
April 24
May 1, 15
12:30 - 4 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Joan Schluter
715.282.6435

Movies old and new to entertain you. New location, new hours, fewer classes. Double features galore and you will be begging for more.


Somewhere in Wisconsin – The Southwest

Paul Miller
February 6
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Pat Zatopa
715.282.6925 Cell 715.360.2936

In this final class of a four-part series, Paul Miller guides us across Southwestern 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.


Motorcycling Women

Petra Pietrzak
February 20
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Joan Hauer
715.356.6540

For many riders, motorcycling is the ultimate freedom. Behind the bars you leave your cares behind and feel your interconnection with the universe, confronting the elements, and experiencing sensations that are missed when riding in a car. This session will focus on women riders, including those in the retirement years. Learn what it takes to build riding skills and manage the risks involved. Vicariously enjoy some touring adventures in beautiful places, encountering amazing people along the way. Meet some notable accomplished women riders, past and present. Find out how riding builds confidence and resourcefulness.


Environmental Ethics in the Field

Ann Eshelman
February 20, 27
March 6
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Nancy Brissee
715.369.5334 Cell 715.360.0583

After traveling extensively and doing volunteer work in Africa and Asia with wildlife and children, this presenter has added considerable insight to her understanding of abstract ethical issues. The three two-hour sessions will include: Ethical Issues Surrounding Indigenous People, Animal Rights in the Field, and Making Sense of a Land Ethic. Ann is a former philosophy instructor at Nicolet College.


Downsizing & Decluttering

Petra Pietrzak
February 27
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Joan Schluter
715.282.6435

The middle-class abundance and hyper-consumerism of the 20th century have led to a widespread, uniquely American problem: lots of people have way too much stuff! Throughout our lives numerous forces have encouraged us to continually acquire things, and with that may have come all sorts of negative consequences. After briefly exploring some of the psychological and cultural aspects of this state of affairs, we will cover practical tips for clearing the unnecessary clutter from our lives. We’ll look at the benefits this brings to health and well-being, both for us and for our heirs.

 

Planning a Funeral

Bruce Carlson
April 3
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Diane Willette
715.362.6870 Cell 715.490.0969

While it is something we don’t want to think about, planning a funeral in advance makes good sense. Bruce Carlson, funeral director, will give information about why this is a good thing to do and explore ways to create a personalized, memorable experience. Preplanning your funeral will provide you and your family with peace of mind and allow you to take your time in designing a unique and meaningful service.


The Wisdom of Parker Palmer

Ann Wahlers
April 3, 10, 17
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Nancy Brissee
715.369.5334 Cell 715.360.0583

Parker Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on relevant issues of today. Using the original intent of the word “politics” as “tending the affairs of the community,” the conflicts and contradiction of 21st century life will be examined. How we learn to comprehend all sides of an issue, become comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, and honor diversity in thought, speech, and action will be discussed. How we learn to creatively hold the tensions between alternative paths of action may be the key to allowing our hearts to be broken open instead of apart by those who have closed their hearts against anyone not in their fold. An engaging presentation and lively discussion awaits.


Ced’s Nature Series

Jean Johnson, Dick Emerick,
Carol Ritter, Charlotte Schneider
April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Carol Ritter
Cell 715.614.3500

Ced’s Nature series continues its tradition of honoring Ced Vig. In appreciation of his love of nature and his many contributions to our community, a variety of presentations will focus on the rhythms of the Northwoods and its many flora and fauna. Guest speakers will enliven our understanding of the natural world around us, compare what we now see with what we would have seen in the past, and explore what we might see in the future.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mary Wright
May 8
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Chris and Jane Sharkey
715.369.1117 Cell 719.216.2127

NAMI Northern Lakes serves Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties in Wisconsin. The mission of NAMI is to improve the quality of life of people afflicted by mental illness and to promote recovery through education, advocacy, and support affiliates. In a letter to his brother, Theo, Vincent van Gogh wrote, “As for me, you must know I shouldn’t precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice. What consoles me is that I am beginning to consider madness as an illness like any other, and that I accept as such.”


Potato Breeding 101: Tour Wisconsin’s Public Breeding Facility

Becky Eddy, Superintendent/
Associate Researcher
May 22
1 pm
UW Madison Rhinelander Ag.
Research Station (RARS)
Host: Cheryl Hobbs
715.453.4056 Cell 715.966.4802

Since the 1940s, the Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of UW-Madison has been contributing to the development of new potato varieties and solving problems of agricultural and natural resource management in Northern Wisconsin. The UW-Madison potato breeding program strives to develop new russet varieties for the fresh market and frozen processing. The research facility has 170 tillable acres devoted to potato breeding research, more than 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space, and a state-of-the-art facility for storing up to 2,500 hundred-weight of potato seed. Plan to attend this guided tour of the facility and weather permitting, the grounds. Maximum: 75

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