2018 Fall Lifelong Learning Courses

New Ulm, MN – C.A.S.T.L.E., Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment, announces its Fall Term with the following range of courses.
KICKOFF with OBOE/BASS Concert, Bring a Friend, September 7 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center cafetorium, 600 N German Street. Featuring unique pieces from these pioneering musicians with intimate & personal chamber music in less standard instrumentation. Come and relax with friends and soak up the sounds.
OBOEBASS! ON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA MUSIC , September 21, 28, Oct 5 & 12, at the Community Center Room 112,  grant funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. OboeBass! is the engaging and entertaining team of Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl from Apple Valley, MN. They chart new territory for their combination of instruments in music that is accessible, challenging, enlightening, and virtuosic. The duo will present various musicians in history and explain the intricacies of an orchestra.
THE ART OF TRAVELING with Ingrid and Lowell Liedman, Sept 10,17,24 & Oct 1 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center Room 112..  They will cover topics like how to travel affordably, how to handle your money on a trip, travel within the US and how to decide where to go,  international travel and more.
THE MUSIC OF HAMILTON   September 14, 2018, at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N Broadway, 1:30 pm , Room 112.  Join CASTLE members for this class about the composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and the music of 'Hamilton'.  Meghan Moore will share insights about Lin-Manuel Miranda, a MacArthur Foundation Award recipient, Pulitzer Prize winner in Drama, 16 Tony Nominations and won 11 Tony Awards. And the list goes on.
INVASIVE PLANTS WALK & TALK WITH JOE GARTNER, September 18 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center. We’ll look forward to an overview of 5 invasive species,  a ‘why & how we can control them and a walk outdoors." Invasive plants are the bullies of the plant community- they take over and make life difficult for other plants. Hear featured stories about garlic mustard, buckthorn, tartarian honeysuckle, dame's rocket, and creeping charlie.  Joe Gartner, a retired science teacher and naturalist.  Joe spent seventeen summers as the park naturalist at Buffalo River State Park and the MSUM Regional Science Center near Moorhead.  He and his family live in New Ulm and Joe goes by the name, "thegarlicmustardman.com."   
AN AFTERNOON WITH MEGAN, SCOTT & MINNEOPA BISON, September 25, carpooling to Minneopa State Park.
BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR ERIN HART, October 19 at 1:30 pm, ‘Lake of Sorrows’ by Erin Hart, at the NU Library and open to the public. .  Erin will discuss her second book in the Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire series, “Lake of Sorrows,” which is set in Ireland and weaves together forensics, history, archaeology, and suspense.  Call the NU Library at 507-359-8331 to place a hold on a copy of the book.
THE MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ART TOUR with TMORA Guide Carol Rudie and retired MLC Professor LeRoy Levorson, October 15, at 8:30 a.m. with a coach bus funded by a grant from Community Education. RSVP please.
VOGELPOHL CHURCH ORGANS IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA, MLC Professor Wayne Wagner will lead us on three road trips, October 22, 29, Nov 5, to see and hear historical church organs, locally crafted.
HISTORY THEATRE’s ‘The Great Society’, October 25, limited $30 tickets, RSVP early, carpool from the Community Center to St. Paul, MN.  The Great Society is the powerful sequel to ‘All The Way’ that explores LBJ’s second term as President.  The Great Society explores Dr. King’s March on Selma as well as hot button issues as health care, education, poverty and the growing concerns with the Vietnam War. 
VISITING ITALY with MLC Student Brianna Asik, November 15 & 20, at 1:30 pm at the Community Center Room 112.
MN ORCHESTRA with Martin Luther College Alumni, November 16, Beethoven’s Symphony #7 plus a cello concerto including a pre-concert class with Professor Wayne Wagner.

New CASTLE members are welcome at any time of the year. Members' $100 annual fee will have a renewal date one year from their initial date of payment. Members may attend any and all classes and events throughout the year at no additional charge. Potential new members are welcome to attend a class before joining. More information can be found at http://newulmseniors.org/castle.html or by phoning 507-354-3212 .


Discussion of ‘Leonardo’ by Walter Issacson
History of Ancient Egypt
River Valley Woman Magazine Editor’s presentation,
Prairie Grasses
History of our State Capitol and Renovations

Chemistry : Opioids
Jewish History in Brown County
Ragtime, The Musical
Ragtime Music
StoryTelling Workshop  with Ten Thousand Things Productions
Antarctica Exploration

Chamber Music Concert and Party
SPOTS Youthful Perspective
Fun With Geography
Philosophy & Spirituality
Fair Trade
A Higher Call Book Discussion
Let's GO to Cuba with Lowell Liedman
'The Wolf at Twilight' book discussion with Ric Jacobsen
SPCO Concert Trip with Wayne Wagner
Trigonometry Made Interesting with Jim Heath
'Beyond The Call' book discussion with Ric Jacobsen
MN Wine Stories with author Diane Lynch
Robotics with Dittbenner Dairy, Rick Apitz Remote Planes and NUHS Robotics Team

Youthful Perspectives with HCHY 'SPOTS'
Mason City Iowa’s Historic Architecture
Enjoying Classical Music
Musical ‘Crooners
’A Doorway to Birding with Al Batt
Renewable Energy

Jon Hassler's 'New Woman' book discussion
New Ulm's Landmark Architecture
The Real Mexico!
Water Science
Bobby Vee at the History Theater
Coffee with Artist Bonnie Mohr

Global Population Shifts
Library Link-up:  ‘Discussion of Staggerford , a Jon Hassler novel – Hasslerthon!
Foodies Hit the Road to Bump's Restaurant
Library Link-up:  ‘Climate Discussion’
Make Me A Foody with Pastry Chef Topher Jacobson
‘Bookending The Glass Menagerie
‘Science of Climate Change’
‘Unwrapping Blue Grass and Traditional Country Music

Unwrapping Music: Jazz & Blues
Bible History: Abraham to Egypt
Make Me Into A ‘Foody’
History Theater Field Trip
Great American Harry Burleigh -  Spirituals 
Wanna Have Fun - This Is Your Life
Redesign your Garden
Enjoying Music/Listening With Intent
Lost Mansions of the Twin Cities
Housing Choices as We Age~And How To Pay For Them
Lincoln’s Bishop
Wanna Have Fun Luncheon with Vicki Pieser, Hidden Voices: Brown County Women Who Challenged Inequalities in Traditions and Laws
In Celebration of Musical Theater Composers Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Sorting Out Mideast Cultures
Bible History: From Eden to Egypt
Chinese Culture
The Golden Era of Television
The Ageless Voice
Crime Scene Investigation - Truth vs. Fiction
Coffee with Artist Fredrick Somers
DNA Science
Finance Wellness
A Special Event Book Discussion of The Green Journey by Jon Hassler, with discussion leader Ric Jacobsen
A Special Event Book Discussion of 'The Secret Place' by Tana French, with discussion leader Kathleen Sullivan
The Science of Unmanned Drone Aircraft
New Ulm's Theater History - The Show Must Go On!
Prairie Tales of Southern MN
A Special Event Book Discussion of Simon’s Night by Jon Hassler, with discussion leader Ric Jacobsen
Essentials of MN Wine with Paula Marti of Morgan Creek Vineyards
Insights Into Playwrights with Paul Warshauer
Russian Culture with Irina Soboleva
Grasslands & Wetlands of Southern Minnesota
Insights into English Aristocracy & Social Change through the Lens of Downton Abbey
Come Fly With Me - Aviation Series
WWII History
Theater Improv
Hitchcock Films
Spiritual Development
Contemporary Scandinavian Films
Hans Christian Andersen
World Religions in America
Fundamentals of Wine
Anerican Government 101
Cooking With Flair
British Comedies
Reading the Skies - the Science of Weather
World of Watercolors
World Cultures
Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way - Depression Era History
Cooking whole Heart Gourmet
Music Appreciation with OboeBass!
Climate Change Lecture Series
The History of Antarctica
Perspectives on Journalistic Integrity
Historic Judeo-Christian View of Beginnings
Bootlegger's Ball - Prohibition History Event


Birding Instructor Al Batt


pixC.A.S.T.L.E. – Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment, serves people regardless of previous education with classes in the humanities; art, history, literature, music, science and more. CASTLE Lifelong Learning is beginning it's third year of courses and has acquired over 75 members ranging in age from 50 to 75 years old. Our parent organization, Community And Seniors Together is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, located at 600 N. German Street, New Ulm MN. We have served New Ulm area adults since 1984.

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