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Monday, October 23, 2017

From Me To You representatives will be in front of the Gale Mansion between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Drive up and park briefly while volunteers help unload your donations.

8:30 – 9:30 Professional and Casual Business Clothing Drive

9:30 – 10:30 MONDAY INTEREST GROUPS Please see Bulletin page 18.

BOOK DISCUSSION Heritage Room The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Discussion Leader: Mollie Keys

This charming story follows a floating bookshop down the river Seine. Monsieur Perdu, a very unique book- seller, shares his love for books, his wisdom, and his own quest along the way.

HANDWORK/ CRAFTS Dining Room Activity: Beading
Leader: Ann Vanvick

Make a one-of-a-kind beaded name tag or glasses holder for yourself ($5), or make one to be sold to raise funds for our branch.

HOT TOPICS Founders Room
Leader: Lil Lindsey

Join us for lively interactive discussion on newsworthy events and more.

KNOW YOUR DEVICE Minneapolis Room
Leader: Esther Fabes

This users group will answer each other’s questions about smart phones, iPads, and technology mysteries.

TRAVEL Presidents’ Hall
Leader: Jan McLandsborough
Topic: Japan

Carol Sheldon will show photos from her “Japan’s Cultural Treasures” trip. Shrines, temples, geishas, paintings, sculpture, beautiful gardens, and friendly people are all part of modern Japan.

Leader: Bev Erickson and Sue Peterson

Join fellow members who enjoy writing of all kinds. No experience is necessary.

10:45 – 11:45 OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

China’s Current Challenges

Speaker: Dr. Ted Farmer, Professor Emeritus, History and Global Studies, University of Minnesota; History and Far Eastern Languages, Harvard University

China’s economic development has generated a wide array of problems. This talk will offer a sketch of current controversies such as demographic shifts, overseas expansion, suppression of domestic opposition, strengthening of the dictatorship, and cult of the leader. Farmer will suggest perspectives from which we might view them.

12:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON


Nail Laminated Timber (NLT): Using an Ancient Building Material in a New Modern Way

Speaker: Amado Guevara III, Senior Architect, Associate at DLR Group

Minneapolis’ new “T3” building was built using NLT construction. It is the tallest modern wooden building in the United States. Guevara thinks it is the future of urban construction. The final product has many advantages. It is as sturdy and fireproof as steel or concrete, but lighter, quicker to build, and more environmentally friendly. It stores carbon dioxide rather than releasing it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Focus Day


“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.

It’s not.”

The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

9:30 – 10:30  Keys to Understanding Minnesota’s Changing Climatology

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, Minnesota DNR State Climatology Office

Minnesota’s most obvious and critical climatic changes are often different from the more-familiar global ones, and in some cases defy intuition. Understanding the subtle differences between global and local challenges is critical to communities and units of government that are planning for a changed future. This discussion will focus on recent efforts to provide Minnesota with a consistent, scientific baseline of climatic information that illustrates how common Minnesota weather hazards are (or are not) responding to global climate change.

10:45 – 11:45 Pathways to Solving the Climate Crisis

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Hellmann, PhD

Director, Institute on the Environment (IonE), University of Minnesota; Chair in Excellence, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences

IonE is a globally recognized scholarship and education think tank dedicated to translating environmental
knowledge to real-world solutions. Hellmann will talk about promising trends in reducing greenhouse gases, specific steps that people can take to reduce emissions and encourage the transition to a renewable economy, and what it means to adapt to climate change. Her research and that of her students has shown that differences in the way populations respond to climate change are key to predicting and managing their future.

11:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15 Building Political Will for an Ethical Energy Future

Speaker: Joseph Robertson, Global Strategy Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby believes that politicians don’t create political will. They respond to it. Robertson will tell us about work being done around the world to expand the civic space and will explain how ordinary citizens can move their leaders towards action that will preserve a healthy climate and a livable world.

Gale Mansion To learn how you can rent the Gale Mansion and use its renowned catering services, go to www.galemansion.com or visit the Gale Mansion facebook page!