Gold LEAF offers variety of classes for seniors

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FARMINGTON — A packed house of Gold LEAF seniors learned about everything from community supported agriculture to MOO milk in a session presented by Jo Josephson on “The Changing Face of Agriculture.” In an interactive exchange, members shared what they knew about various food products and where they bought their fresh local produce. Josephson, a freelance journalist and photographer, produced this comprehensive presentation on farms and farm operations in Franklin County.

Another popular senior college class was Rhythm All Around, with participants using their hands and feet, sticks, bells, drums and various other percussion instruments. Karyl Condit led the group in rhythm activities based on those in the book “Rhythm Play,” by Kenya S. Masala, and talked about the health benefits of incorporating rhythm into their lives.

“Find the pulse,” she said, and reduce stress, improve mood and enjoy the camaraderie. Condit is a frame drummer with the group InnerRhythm at the Old South First Congregational Church.

These are just two of the classes being offered during the spring term, which ends June 21. Summer classes are in the works and will be announced by mid-June. An open house to introduce the summer term will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the University of Maine at Farmington Olsen Student Center North Dining Hall.

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Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at UMF is a member-run organization for people age 50 or older who are interested in lifelong learning activities. It is one of 18 senior colleges in Maine. Information about Gold LEAF and classes is available at http://goldleaf.wikispaces.com/ or call the office at 778-7063.

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