Gold LEAF’s fall term begins

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FARMINGTON – Gold LEAF Institute Senior College will introduce its fall and winter term classes and activities on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the University of Maine at Farmington.

This kick-off event for the new term will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the North Dining Hall of the Olsen Student Center on South Street. Friendship Squares will provide special entertainment with a square dance performance. Following the entertainment there will be time to meet the course presenters, register for classes, see a slide show of past activities, and socialize with the members. Refreshments will be served. Extra parking is available in the lot on Middle Street, just east of High Street.

Fall history courses include the early European history of the Pemaquid Point area; the 1937 shoe factory strikes in Lewiston-Auburn; and new revelations about John F. Kennedy. UMF Assistant Professor of Geology Julia Daly will lead a geology hike in the Belgrade Lakes region; and outdoor photography will be taught by Don Waterhouse.

Other offerings include timely discussions about the presidential election; book discussions; a field trip to the Bowdoin Art Museum; creative writing workshop; the fundamentals of contract bridge; living later life; patchwork knitting; uncovering myths of our brains; and Sudoku. Leslie and William Gilliland will talk about their experiences as teachers in the Alaska Bush. In January, UMF Mantor Library staff will talk about “The Best Free Computer Programs for Practically Any Task.”

Gold LEAF is a member-run organization that promotes lifelong learning. Membership is open to anyone age 50 or over. Costs to participate include $30 annual tax-deductible dues and course fees.

For information call 778-7063. Gold LEAF course descriptions and registration form are available for downloading at

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