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December 14, 2016 - 
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Mamie was America’s Beloved First Lady from 1953 until 1961. She was also an Army Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Visit with Mamie, as presented by Ellie Carlson, as she relates her life as Ike’s wife, our first lady and “just a good friend,” which is how she most wanted to be remembered. Learn from Mamie about living in Panama and the Philippines between the world wars and about her loving relationship with Ike which weathered horrible rumors and long separations.

January 11, 2017 - 
7:00pm to 8:15pm

It’s easy to appreciate a healthy diet when everything tastes delicious! Chef Cherise will explain the methods behind the clean eating movement and teach you knife skill techniques that will make preparing all those fruits and vegetables a breeze. Chef’s program will include Oats‘n Flax Granola, Tangy Vegetable Salad, and Organic Berry Crumble. Tasty bites and recipes will be shared. Registration is limited to 65 participants.

January 12, 2017 - 
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join author Jim Starkey and receive a copy of his book, “High Performance Interviewing.” This clear, concise guide can help you put your career on a new trajectory – a more senior executive level, a geographical move, or a novel direction. High Performance Interviewing is designed to make you better than your competition. While written for senior executives, the concepts are pertinent to any job interview scenario, and can be applied with success by students or by CEOs.

February 1, 2017 - 
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Genealogy speaker and author Steve Szabados presents ways of finding your immigrant ancestors' naturalization papers and to see the beginning of your roots in America. Traditional and online sources are reviewed. REGISTER

February 2, 2017 - 
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Public speaking. For many of us, it’s our biggest fear. Leah Hoppes and Sean Matthew Whitfield of Vision Force Marketing will teach you how to control your nerves, engage your audience and command attention – whether you’re speaking at a conference, closing an important sales call, presenting to coworkers or toasting the newlywed couple. They’ll even share the Top 10 Mistakes Even Good Presenters Make. We’ll help you add poise and polish to your next presentation. REGISTER

February 7, 2017 - 
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Pastry Chef Rose Deneen shares her exploration of chocolates from around the world, including Belgium, Germany, Italy and more! A tasting of a variety of chocolates, as well as sweet treats prepared with the international chocolates will be provided. Samples and recipes will be provided.

February 16, 2017 - 
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Genealogist Jacquie Schattner will guide us through the process of finding ones ancestor’s emigration from their country of origin and immigration to the United States. Why did they leave? What was the voyage like? Learn the interesting details of your ancestors’ journey to their new life here. A list of over 30 websites and other resources will be provided. REGISTER

February 23, 2017 - 
1:00pm to 2:00pm

The S.S. Eastland was a Chicago-based passenger ship used for tours. On July 24, 1915, the ship rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Using motion picture videos from 1915, photographs, and a firsthand narrative delivered by descendants of a survivor, this 45‐minute program explains how and why it happened, the nation’s response, and how it could have been avoided.