Memory Cafe

Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected. It’s a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in! We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We’d be delighted if you would join us! Call Nicole at the Neenah Public Library at 886-6315 for more information.

Memory Cafés will be held the third Monday of every month from 1:30-3:00. Note:  If assistance is needed to participate, please bring with you someone to help.


January 18: Uncover treasures from “The Attic Trunk”. Joelin Mueller, from Valley VNA Senior Services, will lift the dusty lid of our attic trunk and bring back some old memories. Do you still have an old family trunk or hope chest full of heirlooms, trinkets and remembrances? If so, feel free to bring an item or two from your trunk to share.

February 15: Join us for Tales & Travels from Africa.  Pat & Jerry Rickman will take us on a trip to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.  If you have traveled to Africa, please bring memories of your travels to share. 

March 21: Get moving with Stacy Parish  and Ageless Grace, a cutting edge “brain fitness” program designed to improve cognitive function and physical well-being.

April 18: Drum Circle

May 16: 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party

June 20: Come fish off the dock by the Neenah Public Library! We’ll meet inside the library and then head out to see how many fish we can catch. We received a special fishing license waiver from the Wisconsin DNR. Volunteers will need a license if they plan to fish. We will have fishing poles, but feel free to bring your own. If the weather is poor, we’ll share our fish stories and engage in other fish related activities in the library.

July 18: Time Slips

August 15: Herbs for the Senses
Can you recognize an herb by its scent? Does the smell of dill remind of you summer pickles? Join us for an afternoon of all things having to do with herbs.

September 19: Tales & Travels: Alaska
Renee Neumeyer will share tales of her recent trip to Alaska. If you have traveled to Alaska, please bring memories of your travels to share.

October 17: Remember the restaurants with Jukeboxes and pressing the button for your music selection?  This month's program is a Lyrics and Laughter Jukebox spin-off, where YOU select the tunes we will sing.  Come and enjoy this fun-filled afternoon of singing lead by Christy Feurstahler, Music Coordinator at Valley VNA Senior Services.

November 21: Games!

December 19: Cookies and Carols! Decorate cookies and sing carols, led by newVoices, as we enjoy the holiday season together.

Memory Cafés are a program of the Fox Valley Memory Project and are funded by a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation and other community partners; the Helen Bader Foundation; and the Rotary Club of Appleton.  Memory Cafés hosted at the Neenah Public Library are sponsored by the Fox Valley Memory Project, Valley VNA, and the Neenah Public Library.