Summer 2016 programs for adults & families

All programs are free. Only Crafternoon requires advance registration.

Healthy Brain/Healthy Body: 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the library’s new Idea Studio.

  • Brain Food: 6 pm Tues June 14. Do you know what foods power your brain? Your food choices affect your day, your experiences, your sleep and your performance. Learn about simple choices to enhance brain power. Presented by Mary Houser, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in program development and nutrition for all ages. Sponsored by ManorCare. With samples to try.
  • Brain Aerobics: 6 pm Tues July 12. Dementia can't be prevented, but progression of the disease can be slowed through exercising the mind. You'll learn everyday exercises and great information on better aging. Presented by Jen Fellin, Alzheimer's Unit Director for Golden Living Centers and a certified dementia care practitioner and trainer. Sponsored by Generations Home Care and Hospice, Inc. With a fun, interactive trivia quiz.
  • Move Your Body: 6 pm Tues Aug 9. Learn a fitness and yoga routine you can do every day in your home. Presented by Lucy Mathers, life enrichment coordinator at Lake View Place and owner of the Twisted Warrior Yoga Studio in Fond du Lac. Sponsored by Lake View Place.

Going to Extremes: 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Three Fond du Lac extreme athletes tell their stories.

  • June 15: Andy Land, 53, is an experienced mountaineer from Fond du Lac who was starting his Mount Everest ascent when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, triggering massive avalanches, devastating the countryside and stranding Land and others at base camp. He thought he was going to die. The quake claimed more than 6,600 lives, including 19 at base camp. Land was attempting Everest to benefit Climbing For Hospice. He is the director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Agnesian HealthCare and has summited Mount Rainier, Mount Whitney, Mount McKinley and peaks in South America and beyond.
  • July 20: Ultracyclist Dave Haase, 48, grew up in Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. He's a five-time top U.S. finisher of the Race Across America (RAAM), an extreme test of ability and endurance that challenges cyclists to ride 250 to 350 miles a day from California to Maryland: 3,000 miles across 12 states, climbing over 170,000 vertical feet. A lifelong athlete, Haase found ultracycling late in life when he entered a 24-hour race on a whim. He clocked his best RAAM finish in 2015, with a second-place time of 8 days, 20 hours and 6 minutes – the fastest time posted by an American since 1999 and the fastest non-winning time in race history. He's currently training for the 2016 race, which will start on June 14. Haase owns Attitude Sports in Fond du Lac and Pewaukee.
  • August 17: Amy VanDyke, 45, ran the equivalent of 13 marathons in 13 days. The Fond du Lac mother of four who describes herself as a former non-athlete didn't start running until 2010. Responding to a challenge, VanDyke signed on to run two legs of the 2014 MS Run the US, 3,000-mile relay from Los Angeles to New York to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. She covered 355 miles in Colorado, crossing two mountain passes. In her three years of running the relay, VanDyke has run more than 800 miles and has raised more than $45,000 for MS. "Running for a purpose gives me motivation," Amy said. "Your body can do anything your mind tells it to." Amy now works as the community engagement manager for MS Run the US.

Bike to the Library Week: June 19-25. Anyone riding their bike to either library location can pick up a Bike to the Library bookmark with information on how to enter a drawing for special bike-related prizes. Sponsored by Wisconsin Bike Fed and the UW Global Health Institute.

Go By Bike: Noon Thursday, June 23, presented by Wisconsin Bike Fed in the library’s new Idea Studio. All ages. Learn about bicycling laws, essential gear and how to plan safe rides. With a demo of a cargo bike.


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