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Current Curriculum

Fall 2015 Learning in Retirement Curriculum



Classes are listed by Day/Date/Time


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday



Current Events

Facilitators: Pete Day, Walt Hobbs,
and Michael Shores
September 14, 28;
October 12, 26;
November 9, 23;
December 7
9:30 am
Oneida County Senior Center
Host: Rita Shores

This semester, the coverage of the election preseason will be hitting overdrive. We’ll avoid that as much as possible by turning our focus to events that are under-reported, under appreciated, and sometimes just interesting. Join us and share what you see as important.

Maximum: 40

Wild Edibles - COURSE IS FULL

Rachel Anderson
September 21
9 am - 12:30 pm
Host: Peter Rasmussen

Discover nature’s grocery store. Learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of wild edible plants of Northern Wisconsin. The program will begin with a presentation followed by a hike focused on foraging. Lunch will be served in Treehaven’s Winterberry Dining Room. Fee: $15 for presentation, hike, and lunch. Fee is prepaid and non-refundable. Registration required by September 14.

Maximum: 36

Blue Jeans in High Places

Mike McCabe
October 5
9:30 am
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Gary Failing

From 2000 until late 2014, Mike McCabe was director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan watchdog group that tracks money in state politics while working to fight government corruption and promote reform. His book, Blue Jeans in High Places, is both a hunt for lost political treasure and a how-to guide for nursing American democracy back to health. In this class, as in his book, McCabe details how our political culture has become diseased while at the same time dispelling the cynical view that politics has always been like it is today and always will be, and it prescribes a groundbreaking cure. In this politically dispiriting time, McCabe’s ideas supply much needed hope, but even more importantly, provide a blueprint for building a movement to restore citizens’ power.

Supper Club Stories

Ryan Burk, Reporter
October 5
1:30 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Gary Failing

We all know how supper clubs contribute to Wisconsin’s culture by providing great food and warm, fun atmospheres. We will learn that each supper club has its own special history, whether it is overcoming a curse or working around a ghost. Join Ryan Burk as we add to our own supper club stories. Burk, a reporter for WSAW - Channel 7, will discuss his popular series, Supper Club Stories including the supper clubs he has featured and some of his favorite memories preparing these segments. We follow this class with a tour of two local supper clubs on later dates.

Your Face is Familiar, But…

Ernie Schluter
October 12
1:30 - 3:45 pm
Pine Lake Town Hall
Host: Joan Schluter

Put some names to the faces that kept appearing in all those movies you saw years ago. Some character actors appeared in hundreds of films, but many filmgoers didn’t know their names. Learn a little about these actors who delighted the audience during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Northwoods Petroleum Museum Tour

Ed Jacobson
October 19
10:30 am - Noon
Petroleum Museum
Host: Mary Mentink

Enjoy a tour with Ed Jacobson who has put together a large display of his own collection of memorabilia that will take you back to days of the old gas stations. See historic signs, gas pumps, and a variety of old oil company collectibles. Have fun remembering the gas stations of your youth.

Maximum: 45

Hometown Trolley Factory Tour - COURSE IS FULL

Kristina Pence-Dunow
November 2
10 am
Hometown Trolley
Host: Maren Klich

Hometown Trolley in Crandon builds vintage street cars with a modern twist. Gas, electric, and hybrid fuel systems are available in a variety of styles. As you tour the factory, you will hear how the company is committed to the green movement, using local materials for the trolleys and a wind turbine to supply energy as well as plans to implement a solar lighting system. Visit their website: This course is being repeated because of the long waiting list last spring.

Maximum: 20