FARMINGTON — The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at the University of Maine at Farmington announces classes for the spring term.

A kick-off event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the UMF Olsen Student Center, South Street. Anyone age 50 or older who is interested in lifelong learning is welcome to attend the free event.

Those wishing to join Gold LEAF (an acronym for Lifelong Education At Farmington) and register for classes are asked to do so as soon as possible prior to the kick off.

Trips and outdoor activities planned for the spring term include visits to Phillips and Toothaker Pond, the Sporting Museum in Rangeley, the snowshoe makers in Temple, hiking in Belgrade and Carrabassett Valley, wildflower walks around Farmington and a multi-day trip to Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island.

Residents will be able to experience cooking with the “Simple Gourmet,” join the book discussion group, learn the ins and outs of Facebook, study the ways of the Wabanaki people, discover the history of chemistry, discuss climate change, view a slide show of a trip to Romania and visit the MBTV station.

A short refresher course on golf will be offered, and there will be a class on origami. UMF is inviting Gold LEAF members to join in a symposium called “Borderlands,” with talks, workshops, performances, films and a book discussion.

Prorated dues for the spring term are $10. For more information, visit, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 778-7063.

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