Upcoming Events

Princess Cafe Lecture Series

Wed, Dec. 14 2016 / 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM / Cost: $2.00

Angela Gupta, U of M Extension Forestry Educator, presents, “The Forest History of Southeast Minnesota.”

Lecture begins at 9AM, members are free, non-members are$2.00

Coffee and cookies are provided!


“The Story of WW II Fighter Aircraft” with Tom Brinkman, Author, RCTC LIFE Board Member

Tue, Jan. 10 2017 / 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM / Cost: FREE!

A fascinating look at legendary U.S. WWII fighters through the eyes of an aeronautical engineer, but explained for non-engineers. A description and comparison of the history, design rationale, capabilities, characteristics, performance, strengths and limitations of the F4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, F6F Hellcat and P-38 Lightning. Based on Tom’s book, “An Aeronautical Engineer’s View: The F4U Corsair and its Contemporaries,” and illustrated with large 1:18 scale models of these aircraft.

Bio: Tom Brinkman is a retired engineering manager and program manager with a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Engineering Mechanics, Univ. of Minnesota; and an MS in Electrical Engineering, Univ. Vermont. His book has been carried at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museums, the U.S. Air Force Museum, the U.S. Marines Museum, and many other museums. He presents at the annual Oshkosh, WI air shows and other venues. Tom is a Past President of the LIFE Program and a current RCTC LIFE Board member.


“Taking the Lead: Rochester Women and Public Policy, 1970- 1990” with Jane Callahan JD

Thu, Jan. 26 2017 / 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM / Cost: FREE!

“Taking the Lead: Rochester Women and Public Policy, 1970 – 1990,” is a book developed and written by members of The League of Women Voters in Rochester in 2013. It tells the stories of 25 women from Olmsted County who became the first women to hold a wide variety of positions in the public sector, paving the way for other women to follow. The personal and professional efforts of the honored women range from local positions, such as the first woman to chair the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners, to state and national positions such as the first woman to become a District Court judge in rural Minnesota or the first woman to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis or the first woman elected to the Minnesota Senate in her own right. This class will showcase the women of the book with brief stories of their successes.

Bio: Jane Callahan J.D. taught at RCTC for 12 years in the Social Studies department. Jane has a History degree and J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Jane is the current Vice-President of the RCTC LIFE Board.