NEW ULM - Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment (CASTLE) held a membership drive at Turner Hall Wednesday night.
The kickoff allowed current members and joining members to mingle with instructors for the upcoming year. A few instructors offered sneak peaks into their classes.
Starting Monday, Sept. 8, Hy-Vee dietitian Katie Wihelmi will lead a class on the "Chemistry of Cooking." Topics will include vitamins and minerals, chemistry of carbohydrates, and the effect of heat on foods. Wihelmi gave a short presentation of the science of sugar to further tempt member registration.
MLC Mandarin Professor, Tinting Zhang, will be teaching a class on Chinese culture. Zhang said the content of the class could focus on a variety of topics from Chinese cuisine to Tai Chi.
Former Mayor Arnold Koelpin will be an instructor for a class on New Ulm history. The class will cover the story of Hermann the German and how his legend came to New Ulm.
Ric Jacobsen will be facilitating book discussions on Jon Hassler's novel "Grand Opening"?on Thursday, Sept. 4. On Nov. 13 Jacobsen will also serve as a facilitator for a discussion of Tim O'Brien's book "The Things They Carried" in honor of Veterans Day.
Other CASTLE class topics include Swedish Settlers, Civil War, Irish Traditional Music, and New Ulm's 1950s Retail Scene.
Those wishing to register may contact CASTLE at 507-354-3212. The annual membership fee is $95 and includes classes in the fall, winter, and spring terms.