Winter 2018 Schedule

Antarctica with Dr. Martin Sponholz, Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30, at 1:30 pm Room 112 at the Community Center.  Marty, retired professor from MLC, has incredible expertise on Antarctica and its Environment.  This will be a fascinating look into the exploration of the continent, from Captain Cook and the seal hunters to Admiral Byrd and the Plateau Station of today.
World Premier of ‘Park and Lake’ Play with Ten Thousand Things Productions, February 5 at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, 600 N German, New Ulm.  This is a highly physical and entertaining story about a group of motley employees at a failing, small-town car wash who decide to take their destinies into their own hands. It was made through a series of devising workshops led by Luverne Seifert that our playwright in residence, Kira Obolensky then assembled into a play!  This will be open to the public free of charge, hosted by CASTLE.
 StoryTelling Workshop  with Ten Thousand Things Productions, February 5 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, 600 N German, New Ulm.  For CASTLE members only.  Let’s have fun with these talented actors!
Songwriter’s Showcase. with Dick Kimmel, Andrea Lyn and Lori Jean, February 6 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center Rm 112 600 N German. An afternoon with 3 New Ulm songwriters, Dick Kimmel, Lori Mathiowetz, and Andrea Gehrke. All 3 have CDs of their original songs. They will perform some of their songs, discuss what inspired the music, and take questions.
Ragtime Music, February 14 at the New Ulm Community Center at 1:30 p.m. with vocalist Meghan Moore. We will learn about the history of ragtime music as well as the history of this remarkable musical that we will be soaking up on the stage in Mankato the next evening.
Ragtime, The Musical, February 15, opening night at 6:30 pm at Minnesota State Mankato with a post-performance backstage tour from Dr. Hustoles of MNSU.  RSVP needed. Advance tickets will be an additional $19.00.  Anyone needing a ride to Mankato can check with Kathy at 507-354-3212. 
Jewish History in Brown County With Vicki Pieser, February 27 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, 600 N Broadway, New Ulm
Chemistry : Opioids, with Pharmacist Souk Phaengkhouane. February TBD, at 1:30 pm, Community Center, 600 N German Street, Room 112
History of our State Capitol and Renovations, February 22 at 1:30 pm at Room 112, Community Center. Come to one session at the Community Center with historian Denis Gardner.  We’ll learn the history of our State Capitol and of the recent restoration. Denis is the National Register historian at the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office in St. Paul. He is the author of Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State’s Historic Places (MNHS Press) and Wood, Concrete, Stone, and Steel: Minnesota’s Historic Bridges (University of Minnesota Press) and a brand new book on the Minnesota State Capitol.
Leonardo By Walter Issacson, a book discussion at the New Ulm Library with Kris Wiley & Dave Martinka, 1:30 pm, Monday, April 9.  In this exceptionally popular biography, Isaacson takes on a complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone people can recognize. The author believes the term “genius” is too easily used, but Leonardo DaVinci (1452-1519), from the tiny village of Vinci, near Florence, was “one of the few people in history who indisputably earned that description. He was self-taught and “willed his way to his genius.” Continuing Ric Jacobsen's tradition, this is open to the public.  Pick up the book at the NU Library and join in the discussion even if you haven’t finished the book.

This Spring, among other classes yet to be determined, we will explore River Biology with Ron Bolduan on March 6 and 13. Also, we'll learn about prairie grasses with Megan Benage, DNR, on Monday afternoons in May.

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 one class before joining. More information can be found at .


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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