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New events added Jan. 18: Taste of Wisconsin, yoga, more in spotlight at UWSP

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STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a host of events coming up during the next several weeks.

Spend the weekend of Jan. 26-27 studying and tracking wolves with professionals and members of the Timber Wolf Information Network at Treehaven, a field station of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Photo courtesy UWSP.

Near Tomahawk, Treehaven offers participants classroom and field experiences as well as overnight lodging and meals. Aimed at students, teachers and wolf enthusiasts ages 18 and older, TWIN’s workshops feature lectures by wolf biologists and other experts.

Educators will discuss and demonstrate wolf biology, behavior and taxonomy, along with analyses of the effects of wolf predation and depredation. It will also include discussion of the human attitudes and actions that have shaped modern-day management of wolves and a wolf-tracking trip to see field survey techniques and explore how wolves use the winter landscape.

The workshop costs $135 and includes instruction, four meals and a shared, two-person room (or $175 for a private room). A $85 commuter package includes the workshop and three meals. Eight $35 scholarships are available for UW-Stevens Point students or secondary teachers.

Register by Jan. 18 at 715-453-4106 or at uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/treehaven/Pages/TreehavenEvents.aspx. For scholarship information, contact Brian Gibbs at brian.gibbs@uwsp.edu.

Journey back in time to see how ancient people discovered astronomy in a show at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.

Photo courtesy UWSP.

“Dawn of Astronomy” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 and March 3. This free show looks at prehistoric stones, the pyramids and early shrines to see how our ancestors linked themselves to celestial events, measured time and determined directions.

On Monday evenings, the “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current winter night sky.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or completing an online request form at uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The planetarium and observatory are on the second and fourth floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

NEW! Adults with arthritis and older adults looking for a low-impact workout to improve strength and balance are offered aquatic classes this winter and spring through the Special Needs Aquatic Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Sessions are offered Mondays and Thursdays. Session one meets Jan. 28-March 15 and session two meets March 25-May 17. Each session is $60. Classes are 45 minutes long for up to 15 participants.

Classes include:

  • Aquatic Mixer  – 8:30 a.m. This class offers a mix of body strength, flexibility and cardiovascular activities using various equipment, and is a great class for social people.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program – 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. during session one and at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. during session two. This class follows national Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program protocol.
  • Balance Plus – 9 a.m. This class helps people improve or maintain their balance.

All classes are held in the therapeutic pool, adjacent to the Quandt Fieldhouse in the UW-Stevens Point Marshfield Clinic Health Systems Champions Hall (formerly the Health Enhancement Center), 2050 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Early registration is advised, as program space is limited. For registration and more information, go to uwsp.edu/snap, call 715-346-2409 or email snap@uwsp.edu.

NEW! Enjoy a weekend of yoga, meditation and understanding the five layers of self (koshas) at a Yoga Retreat at Treehaven, a field station of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Set for Feb. 8-10, the retreat will include yoga, breath work, meditation, community building and an optional group snowshoe hike on Saturday. Near Tomahawk, Treehaven offers participants class facilities as well as overnight lodging and meals.

Instructor Gigi Heinz has a degree in health promotion and wellness and is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy. She has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years.

The workshop costs $290, which includes instruction, meals and shared double room (or $325 for a private room). A limited number of commuter packages are available.

Register by calling 715-453-4106 or visit uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/treehaven/Pages/TreehavenEvents.aspx.

NEW! Sample products from some of the state’s finest producers of potatoes, wine, cheese, beer, cranberries, meats and more at the annual Taste of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The event is set for 7 p.m. March 1 in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center on campus. Participants must be age 21 or older. Tickets are $27 in advance for the general public and $22 in advance for UW-Stevens Point students, plus service fees. Tickets will increase by $5 the day of the event, and only a limited number are available.

Past participants have included the Stevens Point Brewery, Sunset Point Winery, Russet Potatoes, Mullins Cheese, Capital Brewery and Nueske’s Meats. Participating vendors are subject to change. It is sponsored by the UW-Stevens Point Basement Brewhaus.

For tickets, contact University Information and Tickets in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, at 800-838-3378 or at tickets.uwsp.edu.

Part Irish pub band and part rock band, Gaelic Storm will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center. General admission tickets cost $25 plus service fees. Tickets will be $30 the day of the show.

Gaelic Storm. Photo courtesy UWSP.

Purchase tickets at the University Information and Tickets in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, at 800-838-3378 or online at tickets.uwsp.edu.

The band has topped the Billboard World Chart six times and makes regular appearances at music and Irish festivals across the country, including Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. The group’s latest album, “Go Climb a Tree,” was released in 2017.

Gaelic Storm includes Patrick Murphy on vocals, piano, harmonica, accordion and spoons, Steve Twigger on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, Ryan Lacy on drums and world percussion, Pete Purvis on pipes and Katie Grennan on fiddle.

Photos courtesy UWSP.

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