2020 Spring Lifelong Learning Courses ~ Join Us~

Spring 2020 CASTLE Classes
Stars of the Silver Screen: Walter Matthau.  April 6, 13 & 20, 1:30 to 4pm at the Community Center, 600 N German Street, New Ulm. Explore the career and view three films of legendary comedian and movie star, Walter Matthau (1920-2000). Led by film and theatre aficionado Paul Warshauer. Matthau was best known for The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old Men series, this class will focus on three other films that feature the actor's best attributes as a great actor. The three classes include brief remarks before and after the film screenings.

Coffee with an Artist – Dee Thomas,
April 3, at the Classical Glass Shop in Henderson, MN, Thomas’ workshop where she designs and assembles custom-made pieces. She works in stained glass and colored glasswork. Stained glass is clear glass painted with colored glazes and fired; while colored glass is colored throughout. Thomas became acquainted with Mike Mason who owns Sleepy Eye Stained Glass in Sleepy Eye, Minn. “Mike let me paint a ton of stuff for him and really taught me the finer points of glass work.” Let's see if Mike might stop by, too. Carpool from the Community Center at 12:30 p.m.

Madams, Matrons and Madwomen Concert,  April 23 at 1:30 p.m., at the New Ulm Public Library and partnering with the Library, come to an afternoon performance and an evening workshop with musician Elisa Korenne.  Korenne writes intimately introspective songs and prose about the pathways of fringe figures in history. What binds these disparate life journeys is a profound and poetic sensitivity for the human condition. The concert features extraordinary women including Victoria Woodhull, the 19th century proponent of free love and the first woman to run for president; the Hormel Girls musical group; and many others. The performance highlights Minnesotans Maria Blaisdell (the infamous Minnesota Blizzard); Sister Lumberjack (nun, character, and one of the first people to sell health insurance); and Rachel Caloff (mail order bride who settled in Minnesota). At 6:30 p.m., Korenne’s workshop, titled “Making Local History Come Alive through Character Writing.” will teach attendees how to create engaging and lifelike characters in their family or local history writing.

Conversations on Autism - a developmental disorder that is prevalent world-wide. On April 27 at 1:30 pm, join Vicki Pieser - parent, Yvonne Weber - retired teacher and Sue Kimmel - retired teacher in a conversation about autism. Our presenters will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including definition, prevalence, interventions, and tips. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disability that requires a lifetime plan. Then on May 4, Melissa Hudson from MRCI will give us fascinating information about the work that MRCI does with and for adults with disabilities in our area. Both sessions will be at Washington Learning Center, 910 14th Street North, lower level room 104. You will want to ‘check in’ at the parking lot entrance office before heading downstairs to room 104.  Both sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Art History with Richard Meyer, Round Two  at the Community Center Room 112 on April 24, May 1 & 8 at 1:30 p.m. Session 1) Norman Rockwell’s America:  A survey of the popular American illustrator and painter, including criticism of his work and his place in the art world. Session 2) Calamities on Canvas:  Famous historical paintings. A survey of several famous paintings that depict historical events and disasters, focusing on how artists have interpreted and reacted to major catastrophes such as shipwrecks and war. Session 3) Poetry for all Seasons: A presentation of selected poems from Richard’s book ‘Orbital Paths’, including some poems not in the book or poems written since its publication. The poems will focus on nature themes, including seasons of the year and seasons of life.

Gustavus Mayday! Conference April 29 at 10 a.m. at Gustavus Adolphus Christ Chapel, exploring the topic of student activism.  2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shooting at Kent State. It was an era of a cultural divide and protest movements. One of the consequences of May 4 (and the Jackson State University shooting 11 days later) was lowering the voting age to 18 - first in an amendment to the Voting Rights Act, and soon thereafter enshrined in the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. Whether it is in response to gun violence, climate change, or immigration, students are increasingly rising up, organizing and mobilizing, going on school strikes to make their voices heard. The morning keynote address will be by Jaclyn Corin titled ‘Engage in the Change:  Mobilizing a Generation to Protest’. After a lunch break, anyone interested can attend a panel and audience discussion about how people working for social change can sustain the work. Carpool from the New Ulm Community Center at 8:30 a.m. No ticket needed and no charge to attend.

Runestone! A Rock Musical on May 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Paul History Theater. RSVP necessary by May 10, limited $25 tickets available.   When Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman digs up a rock near Kensington, MN on his property in 1898, he finds a story written in carved runes that indicate that the Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot in Minnesota.  But controversy erupts that turn Olof’s life upside-down.  This is one of Minnesota’s ‘craziest stories’ and now it’s a musical for us to enjoy.  Rock on!  Carpool from the NU Community Center parking lot at 9 am.  Your cost will be chipping in for gas expenses and lunch prior to the musical.

Viva Las Vegas with retired educator and choreographer Gary Sassenberg, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Sozial Restaurant, 209 N Minnesota Street, New Ulm.  Come for great insights into the history, the culture and the tourism of Las Vegas.  Having lived there for many years, Gary will give particular focus to the original sights to explore in & close to Vegas when visiting the City of Lights. Come, bring a friend and feel free to order beverages and appetizers off the menu at Sozial.

Wrap-up Party, May 21, at Morgan Creek Vineyards -- south east of New Ulm off of Hwy 68 at 3:30 p.m.   Come celebrate another wonderful year of learning for the joy of learning!  Gourmet wood-fired appetizersand wine and other beverages will be available to purchase.  Paula and George Marti will be our hosts.
Potential new CASTLE Lifelong Learning Members are welcome any time.  Anyone interested in supporting lifelong learning in the New Ulm area, by becoming a member, can phone CASTLE at 507-354-3212, email Director Kathy Austinson at castleLLI@newulmtel.net or connect on the web at http://newulmseniors.org/castle.html . CASTLE Lifelong Learning is a program of Community And Seniors Together, a non-profit supported by the United Way of Brown County. CASTLE is in its seventh year as a membership program that offers the opportunity for an adult to join a community of people who learn for the joy of learning without grades, tests, papers, or long-term classes. There are courses during fall, winter, and spring terms with special events that focus on fun, friendship, and learning.

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.


50 Years of Minnesota Human Services with Tom Henderson
American Creed documentary with facilitator Dr. Timothy Grundmeier, MLC History Professor
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the SPCO  with Wayne Wagner
Here’s Science in Your Eye! with Dr. Rebecca Huisken
Broadway Songs with Lowell Liedman
Virtual Reality Science with Tech Unlimited’s Chad Aukes
I ndigenous Wild Medicine with Megan Schnitker
Singing Through Change with Nancy Bos

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 eighth year of courses and has acquired over 125 members ranging in age from 50 to 84 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.WWII

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