Much more is to come for LIR members

Learning in Retirement Members love to learn and keep busy, so the Educational Travel Committee, Curriculum Committee and clubs work to meet their needs.

If you’re planning to travel in September and are interested in the many things St. Louis has to offer, then register for The Best of St. Louis on Friday and Saturday, September 9th and 10th. The journey is not full so this is your opportunity to travel with learning in retirement.

This trip leaves the West Walmart lot early – 6am on September 9 – and heads to St. Louis with a comfort stop in Warrenton. Next stop is Busch Stadium for a tour of the home of the Cardinals. You’ll see parts of the stadium that fans don’t typically get to see on matchdays.

An experienced guide will give you an interesting tour and tell you about the history of Busch Stadium. You’ll also have time to browse the stadium museum and gift shop, followed by lunch at Cardinals Nation.

The next stop on the trip is the Missouri Botanical Garden, where you’ll take a trolley ride while a guide shares the history of the garden. Perhaps you will get suggestions for your own garden or get answers to gardening questions. Of course, you have time to stroll through the garden on your own and visit the gift shop.

LIR travelers will spend the night at the Drury Inn at Forest Park.

Early the next morning, LIR travelers board the bus to visit the Aquarium at Union Station. Your journey here begins along a freshwater river, through a salt marsh, and then into the ocean. You have ample time to explore the wonders of this amazing St. Louis adventure.

The next stop for travelers is a three-hour guided walking tour (rain or shine) for the Hill Food and Cultural Tour. You will stop at different restaurants to taste pizza or gelato or other specialties from The Hill. You’ll also visit a meat market and grocery store while learning the history of The Hill.

Of course, on the way home, the bus makes a stop in Warrenton to visit McDonald’s, LIR’s favorite store.

Another September trip for Learning in Retirement members is a visit to Rocheport “From the Trail to the Winery”. This one day trip is currently full but if you waitlist and leave the date open (September 21st) you may get a call as the list is often used to fill in cancellations.

After arriving in Rocheport by coach, this journey begins at the trailhead of the Katy Trail. Here, travelers hop aboard an open-air Missouri State Park tram and head east on the Katy Trail. A state park naturalist will provide commentary on the two-hour journey, and after returning to the starting point, the group will head to Les Bourgeois Bistro for a leisurely buffet lunch.

After lunch, the group goes to Les Bourgeois winery and tasting room to learn about the winemaking process and visit the gift shop.

Travelers will be back in Jefferson City around 5 p.m

Stay tuned for the trips planned for October!

If you don’t want to travel, you can try some of the courses the Learning in Retirement Curriculum Committee has planned for September and October.

A course that started in August will continue on September 6th, 13th and 20th. This course focuses on “The Uniqueness of Missouri” and will discuss hiking trails to, from, and through Missouri; Following this, representatives from the Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, the Missouri Rural Water Association and the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District will provide information on their areas of knowledge. The final class is presented by a naturalist from Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Boone County.

Most Learning in Retirement courses are not limited to a specific number of participants. Simply call the LIR office (573-681-6152) or email [email protected] and tell Cheri or Marla that you want to sign up.

Another class of interest planned for Learning in Retirement members is Native American Crafts and Cooking, which will be held on September 7th and 21st and October 12th and 26th at the Runge Nature Center. Scheduled activities on these dates include basket weaving, fishing bait making, flint forging and outdoor cooking. Sounds like fun and definitely educational.

If you’re struggling with modern technology, you might want to attend Technology Serving Seniors: iPhone Features on September 29, October 6 and 27, and November 3. The first course focuses on the basics, an overview and settings. Next is advanced settings and controls, and if you haven’t lost your way by then, third grade is Apple’s productivity apps. Finally, in the final class, you will learn about photography and some of the fun apps.

The LIR Curriculum Committee also schedules classes that meet only once. If you are a theatergoer and want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, you can sign up for a presentation on the development and history and a backstage tour of our local capital productions. This short course will take place on September 8th. The committee also suggests you might want to visit Freddy’s Frozen Custard, which is just across Wicker Lane, for a snack before heading home. The committee tries to patronize and visit local businesses whenever possible.

Another one-day course will be held on September 15 and will focus on Buried Jefferson City History. Cemetery caretaker Nancy Arnold Thompson has spent several years cleaning, redesigning and restoring unmarked grave sites at Woodland-Old City Cemetery in Jefferson City and will tell LIR attendees about Cole County’s early settlers, the homes built, ran the government, established businesses and enforced laws, piloted steamships and waged wars.

In the second half of the course, local author Michelle Brooks will share the stories that appear in the book Buried: Jefferson City History.

Look for other interesting and educational trips and courses later this fall. The LIR website at has the newsletter and information on all upcoming activities. Listen!

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