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Paris to Pittsburgh: the Climate for Change is now

Wednesday, June 12

10:00 am and 7:00 pm

Location: Franciscan Center board room

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh is a film that celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Presented by National Geographic, it brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future, the film captures what’s at stake for communities around our country.

Paris to Pittsburgh is produced by the Academy Award and Emmy-winning production company RadicalMedia, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and is narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan.

After viewing the film, Dr. Andy Jorgensen will lead the discussion. Dr. Jorgensen is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Toledo & Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Jorgensen has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about the problem to a wide range of audiences.

This event is free and all are invited. No registration necessary. Please bring a friend!

Ford Day: From the Model T to the F150’s

Wednesday, June 19

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour offers awe-inspiring encounters with America’s celebrated manufacturing past, present, and future. From walking through a real-life truck plant to viewing the “living roof,” you’ll enjoy some eye-opening encounters with technology of today while learning about the world-changing past. Get an inside look at the making of Ford’s F-150 truck, and rev up your inner engineer as you experience a real factory floor in operation. Our tour includes a film featuring historic footage from the Henry Ford archives, including the triumphs and tragedies that took place at the Rouge and how Henry Ford’s soaring ideas became actualities and helped define American manufacturing and industry.

The tour also includes a visit to the “living roof” on top of the final assembly building. At 10.4 acres, it is one of the largest living roofs in the world. Offering many advantages over conventional tar and metal roofs, the sedum plants grow in a four-layer, vegetated mat, rather than in loose soil.

Lunch will be at The Henry, an upscale hotel named in honor of United States veteran Henry Dearborn. Enjoy mixed field green salad, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, brocollini, and cheesecake for dessert.

After lunch, a step-on guide will take us on a driving tour of Dearborn. Henry Ford lived most of his life here, leaving behind a legacy that has touched nearly every part of the city.

The final stop will be the Russell Stover Candy Outlet filled with sweet temptations. Russell Stover has been an American-made classic since 1923 and merged with Whitman’s Candies, America’s longest operating chocolate brand at 175 years old.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns approximately 6:00 pm. Price is $119 for members and $139 for nonmembers. Registration required by May 16.

This trip is sold out.

To the Moon and Back

Thursday, July 11

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! The Armstrong Air & Space Museum serves not only as a repository of Ohio’s aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio’s contribution to aviation and space exploration, but also as a tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong, whose “one small step for a man” was indeed a “giant leap for mankind.” Designed to look like a futuristic moon base, the museum contains a range of artifacts, from Neil Armstrong’s space suits to an entire Gemini VIII capsule to an actual moon rock. Learn from docents, interactive exhibits, three simulators, and the Astro Theater, a unique venue showing a 25-minute documentary about Apollo 11’s lunar landing.

At Moon City Music and Event Center, enjoy a hot buffet lunch of fried chicken and meatloaf, twice baked mashed potatoes, Italian green beans, bread, and key lime mousse cups. After lunch the award winning band New Outlook will entertain us and there will be an opportunity to visit the gift shop.

The impact of the first moon landing is still felt in Wapakoneta today. Businesses and streets in the community reflect the pride the city has in its native son. Tour Wapakoneta with a local guide and view Neil’s boyhood home (now a private residence), high school, church and more, plus learn interesting stories about this national hero.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:15 am and returns about 5:45 pm. Price is $119 for members, $139 for nonmembers. Registration required by April 29.

Fall Foliage Cruise

Thursday, October 10

Cruise on the Grand River with us! Step back in time by stepping onto the Michigan Princess, a classic replica of a 19th century steam boat with graceful arched windows, beautiful wood trim, and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the fall foliage as we float down the river with all the comforts of a 5-star establishment, including indoor and outdoor seating and climate control. A delicious hot buffet lunch will be served aboard ship followed by live entertainment.

Once back on land, enjoy a driving tour of Michigan’s capital city of Lansing. See the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing and Old Town Lansing where this region was first established.

Tour the magnificent Turner-Dodge House and learn about Lansing’s early pioneers in the museum within. Built in 1855, the three story Georgian Revival house has an impressive two-story front porch with Ionic columns, large classical doorways, multiple fireplaces, and beveled and leaded glass windows.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 am and returns about 7:00 pm. Price is $109 for members, $129 for nonmembers. Registration required by October 13.

This trip is sold out.

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

Thursday, November 14

Start the day with a visit to the Great Southern Hotel, a Victorian landmark hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After major renovation and restoration, the hotel has earned its place among Ohio’s finest historic hotels. The lobby is a sophisticated gem; the original marble front desk is still a focal point, with two amazing griffin-like figures that flank both ends. Opening the doors to the historic hotel’s ballroom reveals a stunning space illuminated by five great stained glass windows near the ceiling, depicting symbols of hospitality and fine dining.

After touring the Great Southern Hotel, see the sights in Columbus during a driving tour. Highlights of downtown Columbus include the Ohio Statehouse, the old department stores and restaurants, the vibrant Short North neighborhood, Goodale Park and more. Return to the Great Southern for a gourmet lunch worthy of its heritage.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened in 2018 to much acclaim. It is a place dedicated to the veteran’s experience. It is a place to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of all of our veterans, past and present, from our Greatest Generation to our recent heroes coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Inside the museum, exhibitions focus on the people – the soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coastguardsman and their families – from answering the call to life after military service. Individual stories and shared experiences are illustrated through personal artifacts, quotes, letters, imagery and powerful films of veterans telling their unique story in their own words. Docents will guide our group through the first floor exhibition gallery and there will be time to explore the upper levels at your own pace. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum connects historical events to current concerns and strengthens understanding and respect between civilians and veterans.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and returns about 7:00 pm. Price is $128 for members, $148 for nonmembers, and $116 for veterans.