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ALFA spring programs announced

Posted 01/03/18

Learn to play the harmonica, explore regional and international history, pick up some fitness tips or take a virtual culinary trip to Italy through Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program.

Registration opens Wednesday, Jan. 3 for ALFA’s spring programs, offering a robust array of non-credit daytime courses taught mostly at the McKay Complex at 67 Rindge Road. Visitors may register online at

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that offers non-credit daytime courses and special activities. It provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth.

This spring courses include explorations of Autism Spectrum Disorder, the impact of economic and social inequality, Fitchburg’s industrial history and the Italian-American experience. Other offerings include fitness classes, guided meditation and courses on art and film.

The ALFA offerings also include group outings and free lectures. For a full list of spring programs and to register, visit

On Monday, Jan. 8, ALFA presents its third annual film day, part of the Shirley Pick Spring Series, at Hammond Hall. This year's theme is "Conflict and the Promise of Change," presented by faculty members Joe Moser and Eric Budd. Films will include "Desert Dancer," the true story of an Iranian dancer who risked his life for a dream, and "Pride," about London gay rights activists and striking Welsh miners who form an unlikely alliance. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for the event, which starts at 10 a.m. Visit to learn more and to register.

ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State University, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community. Classes generally will be held in the C-wing of the McKay Campus School located at 67 Rindge Road.

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