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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Site of Ninth Annual Senior Americans' Day Celebration
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Feb. 21, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- Area senior citizens can enjoy the magic of a sea cruise without leaving land at the ninth annual Senior Americans' Day on Tuesday, March 25.

Seniors will enjoy entertaining and educational activities with the theme of a dry land cruise in Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Seminar activities will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The day is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/UW-Extension, Grace Lutheran Foundation Inc., Eau Claire County Department on Aging, and the Mental Health Association in Eau Claire County Inc., in cooperation with a committee comprised of community representatives interested in the welfare of the senior population.

Following morning registration, participants may tour the Exhibition Deck where more than 30 exhibits will be displayed. The booths will be brought aboard by area businesses and organizations that serve seniors. Refreshments and entertainment will be available in the Exhibition Deck throughout the day.

Session one will begin at 8:30 a.m., when all passengers and crew will proceed to the Schofield Hall Auditorium for briefings and a welcome from cruise captain Mary Ann Bloom-Krull, chair of the Senior Americans' Day Committee. Music will be provided by Gary Polden of the Grace Lutheran Foundation Inc. Alvina Sellers, Iowa's Hat Lady, will deliver the keynote address, titled "Humor with Hats." Sellers has been a guest on the David Letterman Show and performed with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas.

Session two, fun and fitness activities, will begin at 10 a.m. Seniors can participate in one of 12 sessions, ranging from "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Walking" to "Exploring Internet Resources." Sessions are led by a variety of professionals and business owners from the Eau Claire area.

Horizon expanding and fog lifting activities will be the focus of Sessions three and four. Lunch will also be served. Seniors can enjoy one of nine activities including "Financial Fitness," "Musky Fishing Tips" and "Ready, Set, Travel."

Session five will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will provide nine activity options. "Massage Therapy" will introduce participants to the basics of massage and techniques that can be used at home. "Putting Cheers in Your Retirement Years" will explore 11 tips to add longevity, levity and leisure to the later years of life.

Session six will bring participants together for entertainment in Schofield Auditorium. Show hosts are Jane Plumer of Tours Inc. and Gary Polden. Entertainment includes an interpretive dance performance and the New Generation Hmong Children's Choir. A prize drawing will be held during this session.

A docking party will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Seniors can dance to the music of Ed Wells or play table games. Light refreshments will be available.

Senior Americans' Day activities are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $20, including lunch and refreshments. Scholarships are available.

For more information or for a registration booklet, contact the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education at (715) 836-2031. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 18.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 24, 1997