Gold LEAF Institute slates open house Wednesday

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FARMINGTON — The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College will host their spring open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the North Dining Hall in the Student Center at the University of Maine at Farmington.

A variety of classes from bird calling to recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s are listed among the spring course offerings. Participants can sign up during the open house, said Sara Wing, a UMF work-study student assigned to work in the Gold LEAF office.

Gold LEAF, which stands for Lifelong Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington, a member run organization developed in the late 1990s promotes lifelong learning by offering a three-term curriculum, spring, summer and fall. Membership to Gold LEAF Institute is open to anyone age 50 and over, and their spouses/partners regardless of age.

Courses include discussion groups, lectures, hands-on activities and field trips with some scheduled as only one-time classes or weekly for several weeks. Each is geared toward increasing knowledge while enjoying the social interaction of making new friends during the class, she said. There are approximately 150 members currently enrolled with several volunteering to teach courses dealing with their own interest or expertise. Many of the teachers will be on hand Wednesday to explain their classes and answer questions.

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“We’re always looking for more classes,” Wing said.

The classes are open to new members for $30 a year starting in June, she said. The membership cost is being pro-rated from March till June. Costs of individual classes carry small additional charges.

For more information, contact the Gold LEAF Institute office in the Education Building on the UMF campus at 778-7063 mornings. A course listing is available at www.goldleaf.wikispaces.com. The public is welcome to attend Wednesday’s open house to learn more about course offerings.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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