2020 Winter Lifelong Learning Courses ~ Join Us~

50 Years of Minnesota Human Services with Tom Henderson January 20, 27, Feb 3 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, 600 N German Street, Room 112. We’ll learn from the man himself about the changes, history, highs & lows and hero stories of Minnesota’s unique social service structure;
a structure that equips people, regardless of financial aid, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability ‘for living a full and productive life in Brown County Minnesota’.

American Creed documentary with facilitator Dr. Timothy Grundmeier, MLC History Professor, on January 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Library, 17 N Broadway.  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences and points of view to explore the idea of a unifying American Creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.   This film and discussion is made possible from a National Endowment For The Humanities grant through the New Ulm Library and open to the public. 

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the SPCO  with Wayne Wagner,  pre-concert lecture on the life and music of  Vivaldi.  Come to the Community Center on January 24 at 1:30 p.m.  Then on January 31, join the 8 am carpool to Eden Prairie’s Wooddale for the SPCO concertat 11 a.m.  ‘Back by popular demand, Ruggero Allifranchini performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this time with artistic partner Richard Egarr directing from the harpsichord. The spontaneity and creativity of these two artists are sure to delight SPCO audiences. Egarr also explores lesser known Baroque works including an early 17th century sonata full of harmonic surprises by Italian composer Dario Castello and a beautiful sonata by German composer Georg Muffat from his Armonico tributo.’ Ticket cost is $11 plus your cost of lunch and chipping in for gasoline.  RSVP is required, thanks!

Here’s Science in Your Eye! with Dr. Rebecca Huisken  at the Community Center Room 112 on February 10 at 1:30 p.m. Eyes are designed to heal very quickly. Why? When the outer layer of cells on an eyeball are injured, cellular replacement takes place rapidly because the surface of an eyeball contains living cells.  Come spend the afternoon with one of our favorite New Ulm eye doctors, Rebecca Huisken, and get the latest news and the fun facts on the science of our eyes.

Broadway Songs with Lowell Liedman February 11, 18, 25, March 3 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, Room 112.  Broadway show tunes are recognized by so many people around the world and seem to be wonderfully long-lasting.  We’ll see and hear opening numbers, love songs, dramatic/emotional numbers, and songs that are simply fun.  The stories of the plays and songs will all be explained.   Be sure to come and always remember, “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow till you find your dream.!”

Virtual Reality Science with Tech Unlimited’s Chad Aukes February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, Room 112.  Virtual Reality Science with Tech Unlimited owner Chad Aukes, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, Room 112.  When was virtual reality created?  What is it currently used for?  Can we try it out?   Yes, you can!  Come to learn about this avant-garde technology.  Let’s have some fun!

Indigenous Wild Medicine with Megan Schnitker on February 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, Room 112.   Megan heads the Mahkato Revitalization Project. The Project became an idea of creating educational services and opportunities after she was invited to be on the Mahkato Wacipi Committee.  She saw the interest to learn from the community and wanted to provide her experience, lifestyle, and expertise to assist those that want to learn about Indigenous Culture from Indigenous people.  Mahkato Revitalization Project focuses on preserving and sharing Lakota and Dakota Culture and Language by documenting and providing educational opportunities to the community.  At CASTLE, Megan will share her knowledge of indigenous wild Lakota medicines, salves, tinctures, tea mixes and more.

Singing Through Change with Nancy Bos, Author/Speaker/Performer/Vocal Coach, on February 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, Room 112 and followed by a 6:30 p.m. presentation at the NU Library.   Nancy will share findings from her new book, Singing Through Change: Serving Women in Midlife & Beyond. This is cutting edge information on the changes women’s voices go through during midlife and beyond.  After teaching CASTLE four years ago, Nancy was inspired to see what new research has been done on the subject, so now she’s back with heartening new information for us. Come and help host Nancy for dinner at Plaza Garibaldi after class and then on to the New Ulm Library at 6:30 p.m. for a different presentation on ‘Finding Your Voice’.

Book Discussion with facilitator Dave Martinka.  Stay tuned for a book discussion this Spring, title yet to be determined.

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 are welcome to attend any and all classes and events throughout the year at no additional charge, unless otherwise noted for field trips.  More information can be found at newulmseniors.org/castle.html  or by phoning CAST Director Kathy Austinson at 507-354-3212.


Native Grasses at the Peichel Farm with Al Batt
Climatology Explained - Digging Deeper with Martin Sponholz
Beekeeping with Julie Alwin Brown
Art History & Poetry with Richard Meyer
Tour of the Minneapolis Art Institute
Essentials of MN Wine with Paula Marti
Book discussion of 'The Point Of It All' by Charles Krauthammer
Gustavus Arboretum Tour
Nobel Conference - 'Climate Changed - Facing Our Future'
Great Books for the Grandkids with Kathryn Tatnall
Mendelssohn's Life and Works with Wayner Wagner
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway with Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

HISTORY THEATRE’s ‘The Great Society
The Art of Traveling

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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