2019 Winter Lifelong Learning Courses

New Ulm, MN – C.A.S.T.L.E., Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment, announces its Winter Term with the following range of courses.
American Swedish Institute Trip on January 8th carpool to Minneapolis, MN  to this museum of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden and decorated for the Christmas Season. The ‘Handmade Holiday’ exhibit showcases the unique traditions and the special place of all things handmade in Nordic culture. Experience the joy of the holidays through objects, decorations and stories that fill each room, illustrating customs that are cherished across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, and this year’s special guests from the Czech American community.
We will carpool from the Community Center parking lot at 8:30 am.  Phone 507-354-3212 to reserve your spot. Drivers needed. Tickets are $15.00 each.

Climatology with Kenneth Blumenfeld, January 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the DNR Headquarters. Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld is a Minnesota DNR climatologist who provides state agencies, communities, and citizens with up-to-date and scientifically accurate information about Minnesota’s climate. Kenny has made a documentary movie about Minnesota’s winters, frequently pursues “creative climate science” endeavors, and generally enjoys talking to Minnesotans about their weather. He will lead a discussion with us about what is happening to Minnesota’s weather and climate—in particular, what’s changing, what’s not changing, and what the best available science tells us about the future.

Let’s Go Snowshoeing with Megan and Scott at 1:30pm January 15 at Flandrau State Park.  Winter blues got you down? There’s no better way to test your Minnesotan mettle than to look winter in the eye and ‘recreate’ despite cold winds and blustery weather! What could be more Minnesotan than that? Join the MN Department of Natural Resources’ Naturalist, Scott Kudelka and Regional Ecologist, Megan Benage for a guided snowshoe hike through the quiet woods of Flandrau State Park. Afterwards we’ll drink hot chocolate by the fire in the beach house. Cost is free, but a state park pass is required for each vehicle entering the park. Day passes are $7 and annual passes are $35. Annual passes get you into ANY state park! Snowshoe rental is available for $6 per pair.

Mortuary Science 101 with Eric Warmka – that’s right, You’ll learn things you never knew you didn’t know! Join Eric Warmka on January 21 and 28 at 1:30 pm at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, 218 N Broadway, for a fascinating look at the science behind the scenes of a mortuary. The study of the anatomy of the human body is a basic foundation science for pathology, embalming and restorative art. Basic principles of chemistry as they relate to the nature of organic decomposition and embalming chemicals will be presented.  The chemical principles and precautions involved in the preservation and disinfection of the dead human body will also be discussed.

Screening of the documentary ‘(Mid)West of Somalia’ with Gustavus Adolphus Communications Studies Professor Martin Lang & Noah O’Ryan, co-producer, and a panel of three Somali-Americans for a question and answer session following the film screening.  This will be January 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the New Ulm Library and open to the public.  Bring a friend!

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot book discussion with facilitator Dr. Joan Krikava on January 24 hosted by the New Ulm Library at 1:30 pm.  Pick up a copy of the book at the NU Library desk or one of the few copies at the CASTLE office and be sure to come to the discussion even if you haven’t read the book.  This event will be open to the public !

Golden Age of Radio January 31 and February 7, 1:30 pm, Community Center. Join theatre entertainer and educator Paul Warshauer in an exploration of the "Golden Age of Radio." The Golden Age of American radio period lasted roughly from the early 1930 through the late 1940s, when the medium of commercial broadcast radio grew into the fabric of daily life in the United States, providing news and entertainment to a country struggling with economic depression and war. Radio shows and personalities will be discussed. Two Thursday sessions on January 31 & Feb 7, 2019 at 1:30 - 2:30.


Tapestry Project with Nancy Altmann from Minnesota Council of Churches, Refugee Services in Mankato will speak about The Tapestry Project on Tuesday, February 5.  The Tapestry Project started in 2012 as a means to connect new refugee and immigrant families to residents residing in the community along with partner agencies like the Mankato and North Mankato Police Department, Nicollet and Blue Earth Counties and local housing managements.  The Tapestry Project continues to weave all people together under the belief that each of us bring value to our community.

Conversational Spanish with Kathleen Sullivan, February 4, 11 & 18 at 3:45 p.m. at the Community Center Room 112. Use  ‘Hola’, ‘Buenas Noches’, and many more basic words and phrases. This will be a fun introductory course in conversational Spanish. The objective is to learn basic vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on the meaningful use of the language and an introduction to Hispanic cultures.

Flowing Through Grief: Lifeskills for Loss and Change with Life Coach and Occupational Therapist Kinzie Eckstein, February 26, March 5 & 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center.  Learn the stages of the grieving process and identify what that means personally.  Identify ways to flow through the process of change and loss.  Leave with a renewed sense of peace and resiliency to continue on the journey.

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 .


MN ORCHESTRA with Martin Luther College Alumni
HISTORY THEATRE’s ‘The Great Society
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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