ALFA Spring Registration opens on Dec 16

December 10, 2020
ALFA Spring 2021 brochure cover

Brush up on your conversational French or Spanish, learn about scientific principles that affect our daily lives, get tips on how to de-clutter your life or learn how to play the ukulele through Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 for ALFA’s spring courses, which will be offered in remote format. Visitors may register online at Most courses are just $40 (and free for students over age 90).

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities. ALFA is sponsored by the School of Graduate, Online, and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State University in collaboration with volunteer members of the community. We offer non-credit daytime classes, trips, special events, and a free speaker series. ALFA students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in program leadership and development, as well as social and recreational activities. A limited number of scholarships are available.

This spring’s varied offerings include crosswords for beginners, Native American basketry, an introduction to yoga, a guide to winter botany, and the history of folk music, along with classes on creative writing, the art and culture of Islam, ancient lore in modern times, and the cinema of Oscar-winning director Bong-Joon Ho, among many other topics. There will also be a free “Food for Thought” lecture on March 30 about abolitionism, emancipation and Civil War memory in Central Massachusetts in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

For the full list of programs, and information about the instructors and schedule, please visit

Also, ALFA is always on the lookout for new instructors and new subject matter to share with its students. Anyone with a specialty that they think others would be interested in should contact the program directors at for details about becoming an ALFA instructor. Also, direct any questions to the ALFA office at 978-665-3706, or email at

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