Registration opens March 20 for 31st annual Senior Americans Day

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will present the 31st annual Senior Americans Day from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. June 4 in the W.R. Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. Registration for the event opens March 20.

Designed for adults 55 and better, this year's theme is "Celebrating 31 years of being positively ageless!” The goals of the event include dispelling the myths of aging, reinforcing positive aspects of aging, and providing information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

New this year is the opportunity for participants to register at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 161 Bellinger St., Eau Claire. On Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Thursday, March 21, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Continuing Education staff will be available to assist with online registration by credit or debit card. Register from March 20-April 1 to take advantage of the $35 early-bird pricing. After April 1 the registration fee will increase to $40.

Keynote speaker Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright and radio show host from New Auburn. He will discuss his journey from rural Wisconsin farm kid to New York Times bestselling freelance author. He will contrast perceptions of the Midwest with reality. Most importantly, he will discuss how “the middle of nowhere” can be the most powerful creative element of all.

Participants design their day around their choices from more than 50 workshops covering topics such as creative crafting, gardening, healthy living, fitness and exercise, writing and more. Participants also may visit three exhibitor halls filled with representatives from more than 80 area businesses and service organizations. Plus, there will be free health screenings and fabulous door and grand prizes.

Registration can be completed online, at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center (as mentioned above) or by phone at 715-836-3636. The price includes breakfast, lunch and all event materials. Some breakout sessions may have additional fees for materials.

For additional program information, to register, volunteer or to request accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or email ce@uwec.edu.

News editors: For more information or to arrange an interview about Senior Americans Day, contact Claire Lindstrom, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at 715-836-4648 or couillcd@uwec.edu.

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