LIRWC provides intellectual, cultural, educational and social opportunities to foster life-long learning for adults.


LIRWC courses are held during the day at WCTC’s Pewaukee and Waukesha campuses and other facilities in the area. Offerings include:

  • Short-term courses, one day a week, to one day a week for one to seven weeks in length, on topics in literature, the arts, history, religions of the world, financial planning, health, world wars, science, senior care, and more. Most courses cost $20 or less, and there are no pre-requisites, no exams, and no grades!
  • Regional day-long bus trips to museums, art exhibits, theater performances, and other special events throughout the year.
  • Distinguished speakers from within LIRWC and also outside community experts on a variety of topics.
  • Groups for special interests (SIGs) include book lovers, genealogy, sheepshead, singers, bridge, hiking, theater group, philosophy, golf, MAH-jongg, recipe trading, beading and jewelry making, and game playing.

Members can take advantage of special events and trips to regional places of interest, special interest groups (SIGs) where like-minded individuals share a common interest, and courses in a variety of subjects such as literature, the arts, history, religions of the world, financial planning, health, world wars, science, senior care and much more. You will find all of our SIGs located under the EVENTS TAB.

Become a Member

Membership is open to any adult with a flexible schedule who can attend events during the weekdays. Our current annual membership fee is only $65 and is valid from September 01 thru August 31, but you can join at any time during the year. We have a fall and spring course semester but most of the special interest groups run year-round, and we have other promotional events during the summer months.

To become a member, fill out the Learning in Retirement Registration of Waukesha County Inc. Membership/Registration Form here online. You can pay via check made out to LIRWC-Inc. or pay via PayPal through the website.


Special Interest Groups

LIRWC has been active in community outreach programs such as conducting presentations for local organizations and senior community centers interested in learning more about our group and all that we have to offer. Not all persons are mobile and through our outreach programs, we are bringing LIRWC opportunities to persons who are otherwise shut-ins. To date, we have presented at several Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs, senior community centers, and other local groups. Most of these connections were made through one of our members. Word-of-mouth is an invaluable tool for spreading the word about LIRWC and we encourage everyone to talk to their family, friends, and neighbors. You never know how the information will “spider out” and reach others. This past fall and spring semesters over 50 new members have joined our organization! We are glad to visit any organization interested in connecting with us and sharing how LIRWC can benefit them individually, or as an organization – or to talk with them on the phone if they call the office or one of the Board members at 262-695-3473 or email: contact@lirwc.org.

LIRWC has a table at the 50 Plus Trade Show Event for adults at the Majestic Theater in Brookfield every spring and fall. It is a very productive time for our volunteer members to meet new inquiries and share information about our organization. There is always a tremendous showing and our ambassadors say they have so much fun spending time with the show attendees. 

Special Interest Groups are located in the EVENTS tab.



The HIKING Special Interest Group (SIG) has established its hiking schedule for the remainder of 2023. All hikes are easy-going – great for any level of walking ability, and they meet the third Saturday each month at 9:30 a.m. If you are not already a member of this sociable and fun group, contact the office to join – there are no additional fees. If you have questions, contact email: lir.hiking@gmail.com.

MARCHLake Country TrailAUGUSTGrant Park 7 Bridges
APRILFox River South Trailhead (new trail)SEPTEMBERMinooka Park
MAYMequon Nature PreserveOCTOBERRoot River Parkway
JUNEUW Waukesha Field StationNOVEMBERFrame Park
JULYWehr Nature Centre  


If you still have the winter blues – or are a “snow bird” just returning from hibernation in the sunny south, then take a second look at the 2023 Spring Course Catalog! We still have classes starting in March, April and May! Many of our members have remarked how impressed they are with the course selection this semester. Even potential new instructors from the community have stated that after reviewing our catalog and webpage they knew that LIRWC is a group they would very much enjoy presenting a class. Following are some of the intriguing, fun and thought-provoking courses still open running from 1 day to a 1-day a week for 6 weeks: geology, Marvin Hamlisch, Leonardo da Vinci, American Policing, Mystery Class, The Secret Life of Words, TED Talks discussions, 12 Women Who Shaped America, What the Library Really Has to Offer, the NIKE Missile System in Wisconsin, the American Revolution, Tarot, What Makes a Story a Story? And many more!

Also, some of you may have received or printed out copies of the spring catalog before the following date changes were made:

#327 Mystery Class = Wed April 19

#336 TED Talks = Thu April 13

Remember to go online to www.lirwc.org to view all the course offerings. You can register online or print out a registration form located in the Resources Section. You can also download the course catalog in this area of the webpage. Questions? Contact the office at email: lir@wctc.edu or phone: 262-695.3473. (IF you have already submitted a registration form for this semester and want to add some additional courses, just call the office – no need to fill out another form.)


We have quite a few new members in our organization and we encourage you to get more involved. Speaking of volunteers, MARY LA FOND has just become the MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR! Mary joined LIRWC at the Kick-off Event last August and we look forward to her new ideas and infectious energy. She has already helped staff our table display at the recent 50 Plus Senior Event last fall at the Majestic Theatre in Brookfield. This event will be held again at the end of May – more of you are welcome to come join us! LIRWC also attends other local fairs and trade shows during the year and can always use some extra hands.

Class Coordinators are always in demand and while the duties are few, the help they bring to the instructor and the class make a difference. We had a few new members take the leap and help out in a few classes. They remarked it was a satisfying experience – and not as intimidating as they thought.

We are in a rotating year for Board positions – meaning some of the current board members are up against term limits so we are looking to our members to step up. Serving the organization on the Board is a rewarding experience and not as time consuming as you might think. And the Committees always welcome additional people to join them. Consider the Membership, Curriculum or Special Events Committees as wonderful ways to get involved, meet new people and have fun!

Contact the office or any Board Member for more information. You are always welcome to come to a Board or Committee meeting to learn more before committing.

Questions regarding the information in this E-BLAST can be directed to the office at email: lir@wctc.edu or phone: 262-695-3473.