FARMINGTON — The kick-off event of the fall/winter term of the Gold LEAF Senior College-UMF will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the University of Maine at Farmington Olsen Student Center, North Dining Hall, 111 South St. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The 21 offerings for the term, which runs from October to March, are listed in detail at http://goldleaf.wikispaces.com, but a summary is listed below. There is something for everyone, including a computer lab offering tips and techniques, poetry writing, book discussions, Tai Chi, tours, concerts and handcrafts.
The classes and activities are designed for people age 50 or older and their spouses/partners regardless of age, who are interested in lifelong learning opportunities and socializing with people who have similar interests.
Registrations are open now. Because some classes fill up early, everyone is encouraged to register as soon as possible rather than waiting until the kick-off event on Oct. 16, although registrations may be done that day.
Dues for members signing up for the first time are pro-rated at $20. Annual membership dues are $30 for the year, beginning July 1. Courses have nominal fees ranging from $3 to $20; two book discussions are free for members.
There are no tests, homework, or educational requirements to be a part of Gold LEAF (Lifelong Education at Farmington). Gold LEAF is a nonprofit, member-run organization sponsored by the University of Maine at Farmington, and is one of 17 Senior Colleges in the state. Go to the website at http://goldleaf.wikispaces.com for more information.
Learn more about the Gold LEAF Senior College at the fall kick off, meet the course presenters, socialize with members, become a member and sign up for classes. Call 778-7063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a course booklet, registration instructions or general information.
Poetry Sharing Workshop: Fridays, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Jan. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.; fee, $7.50.
French: A Conversation: Saturdays, Oct. 18 through Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classroom conversations and local trips to places to put French phrases to practical use. Fee, $12.
Sandy River Paddle Trip: Monday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canoe or kayak a five-mile section of the river. Fee, $3.
Tai Chi: Beginners and Returnees: Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through March 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. for new participants, 10 to 11 a.m. for those returning from a prior term. Tai chi, in the Yang Style Short Form, is led by Drew Holston. Fee, $12.
Alpacas 101-A Farm Tour: Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northern Solstice Alpaca in Unity. Fee, $3.
Who Am I, Today?: Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. A creative art workshop for participants to learn more about themselves. Fee, $7.50.
Our Town: Temple: Monday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn more about the town of Temple. Fee, $3.
Views on the News: Fridays, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., listen and/or share views on current and upcoming news. Fee, $6.
Death and Dying: Tuesdays, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This course is an opportunity to face issues of mortality, death and loss with intergenerational sharing. Fee, $7.50.
Basic Conversational Spanish Using Internet Resources: Mondays, Nov. 10, 17, 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. For beginners to advanced beginners who want to develop or improve their basic speaking and listening vocabulary. Fee, $9.
Creative Movement: Discover Your Authentic Play-full Self: Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. No dance or movement experience required. Fee, donation to presenter.
Pickleball: A New Experience: Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The game and its rules and scoring will be explained and played. Fee, $2.
Portland Symphony Orchestra “The Magic of Christmas” concert: Friday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., departure; concert at 2 p.m.; return between 6 and 9 p.m. Fee, $34.
Road Scholar Birthday Breakfast: Friday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Gold LEAF members will share stories, impressions, adventures and memorable moments about the Road Scholar (Elderhostel) trips. Free.
Tips and Tricks in the Computer Lab: Tuesdays, Jan. 13 and Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Get answers to computer questions and learn some shortcuts. Fee, $6.50.
Film Series: A Tribute to Robin Williams: Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, 11 and 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. View six films starring the late Robin Williams. Fee, $5.
Quilting for Fun: Thursdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5 and 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Complete a small quilting project; for beginners and experienced quilters. Fee, $9.50.
Celtic Journey Armchair Travel: Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Gold LEAF members will share tales from their trip to Ireland. Fee, $5.25.
Book Discussion Group: Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Fee, $5.25.
A Generation Apart: Fridays, Feb. 27 and March 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A group discussion about differences between the generations. Fee, $6.
Senior Safe: Fraud and Financial Security: Monday, March 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. The session will offer advice and tips for seniors on ways to help protect their money and assets. Fee, $5.