Trips & Socials

Milwaukee Public Museum

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Milwaukee MuseumCare to walk through a European village, without boarding a plane to get there? Or, how about touring a display of Egyptian mummies and take a look inside the mummy wrappings using CT scan imagery? You can experience these features and more.

Join us on a bus trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum, featuring its new permanent exhibition: CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATION, Ancient Worlds of the Near East and
Mediterranean. Once we are at the Museum, we will have a docent-led highlights tour. Then we will have approximately two hours for a self-guided tour of three floors of the Museum. First Floor: Streets of Milwaukee, European Village, A Sense of Wonder, Exploring Life on Earth, Jack Puelicher Butterfly Garden, Bugs Alive! Insects and Their Relatives, The Third Planet, Earth and Rain Forest. Second Floor: A Tribute to Survival, Wisconsin Woodlands, North America, Wisconsin Archaeology: Pieces of the Puzzle and Native Games. Third Floor: Latin America, Africa, Arctic, Asia, Living Oceans, Pacific Islands, Pre-Columbian America (Mezzanine), Student Exhibits and Crossroads of Civilization. The Crossroads of Civilization includes: Mummies, Medinet Habu, King Tut and his replicated Chariot and an Interactive Timeline.

At noon, we will be transported to the highly-rated Bartolotta’s LAKE PARK BISTRO, situated on a scenic bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. We will enjoy their French cuisine including a cup of Chef’s seasonal soup, a choice of Grilled Scottish Salmon or Beef Brisket in red wine sauce served with potato puree, and seasonal vegetables, and Crème Brulee for dessert. After lunch, we will return to the Museum to view a National Geographic film in the Dome Theater. The featured film is “Deep Sea Challenge” in 3-D. It chronicles the explorations of film-maker, James Cameron, as he traveled solo in a deep-sea submersible vehicle to the Mariana Trench, nearly 7 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Then you will have a little time to check out the Museum Marketplace before we board the return bus to Rock Valley College.

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NOTE: The Museum and Lake Park Bistro are handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 7:30 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:00 pm
Cost: (includes Museum admission, museum theater movie, lunch, transportation) $84 for Center members and $99 for non-members


Christmas in the Country

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas TreesCome join us for an entertaining and uplifting “Christmas in the Country” with singing, dancing and a stroll down memory lane at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Experience the bustling excitement and joy that is only found during the Christmas Season! Do you remember your first sleigh ride? How about the perfect gift under the tree? Let your heart relive these holiday moments and more with the timeless musical treasure, “A Christmas Portrait.” We will motor through the countryside, arriving at Grand Geneva where we will be swept away by the beauty of the resort, all decked out in its Christmas finery.

At noon, we will have a three-course lunch in the Forum Theater, which will include a mixed green salad, seared chicken breast with wild rice blend, brussel sprouts with bacon, cheesecake and beverage. (A vegetarian lunch or other dietary restrictions are available upon special request.) Following lunch, we will be treated to a new musical revue, “A Christmas Portrait,” featuring spectacular costumes and exciting choreography. This will surely put a jingle in your step. A complimentary holiday tea will be held in the Forum Theater following the show.

We’ll board the buses to return to the resort’s Main Lobby where we will be able to browse the White River Gift Shop featuring clothing and gift items and receive a 20% discount for our group. We can also visit the Gingerbread Houses on display, as well as viewing holiday displays. As we depart the resort, we’ll enjoy the outdoor holiday displays, featuring 500,000 twinkling lights on the 1,300 acres of the resort. So, even if the weather outside is frightful, join us for this heart-warming, delightful
holiday excursion!

NOTE: The Grand Geneva Resort is handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 10:00 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 6:15 pm
Cost: (includes matinee lunch/show and transportation) $92 for Center Members and $107 for non-members

Highlights of Ireland: Emerald Isle

CLR Trip September 22 - October 2, 2016

Ireland Trip 2016Please view the brochure for information.

NOTE: Accessibility is limited in a some locations. The trip does involve a lot of activity, including getting on and off the motor coach several times a day being on your feet during the tours, and walking distances up to a few blocks. Outdoor activities may require walking and standing on uneven or hilly ground. If special accommodations are needed, please advise the CLR office at the time of registration.

Per person price based on double occupancy: $3,560. For single occupancy a $318.00 per person supplement will be added. CLR members will receive $175 discount if deposit is paid by November 5, 2015.

Price includes: air from Chicago O’Hare and Dublin, additional airline fees for baggage may apply, land tour, sightseeing, excursions, hotel accommodations, meals as specified in the itinerary including: gratuities, Travel Protection, round trip hotel transfers, and motor coach transportation to and from Rock Valley College.

Registration: Registration forms can be obtained at the Center for Learning in Retirement office or call (815) 921-3931 to request a form to be mailed. Trip registration is for CLR members only and will be on a first come, first served basis. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a valid passport. Please provide a copy of your passport at the time of registration.