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ALFA announces spring courses

Posted 12/23/16

ALFA offerings for spring 2017 can be found at State’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) launches another series of informative, non-credit daytime classes, trips, special events and speaker series this January.

The spring courses span fitness classes and nature walks to film screenings and explorations of contemporary topics including gender identity and religion. Learn to the play the harmonica or write poetry, or brush up on your bridge game. Explore the American love affair with the automobile and dive into the intersection of politics and the media. There are dozens of courses to choose from, taught by community members and Fitchburg State faculty.

Most ALFA courses are taught on the Fitchburg State campus, but others are hosted in community settings. Tuition is $30 per course, with a maximum of six per semester.

ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners to meet and share interests in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth. The spring sessions run from January to March and March through April. Registration and payment for the first spring session is due Monday, Jan. 23, while registration and payment for the second spring session is due Monday, March 13.

In addition to the classes, ALFA will continue its free Food for Thought and Shirley Pick Lecture Series this spring. Presentations include WINTERLUDE: ALFA’s second annual film day on Monday, Jan. 9 in Fitchburg State’s Hammond Hall, room G09, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring faculty members Eric Budd and Joe Moser, who will lead a screening and discussion of films exploring the immigration experience. Guests should bring a brown bag lunch. Admission is free but pre-registration is recommended by visiting the ALFA website, or by calling 978.664.3706.

On Tuesday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m., Bruce Wenning from the Ecological Landscape Alliance will present “Insects in the Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The talk will help visitors identify insects that will help their gardens grow, as well as those who will chomp it to the ground. Admission is free.

On Tuesday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m., Nick Langhart will present a discussion of Worcester’s historical past. The talk, at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., will set the stage for a bus tour on Monday, May 1 that will take visitors through the city. Tickets for the bus tour are $45 and include a hot buffet lunch.

ALFA will conclude the spring semester with a series of programs on Tuesday, April 25. The Shirley Pick Spring Series presents Edie Clark at 11 a.m. in the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Exuding warmth and humor as a speaker and in her written works, Edie Clark has been writing about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine for the past 30 years. The talk is followed by a luncheon at noon. The lunch is $10 per person and guests must register in advance by calling 978.665.3706.

Also on April 25, a Food for Thought lecture on bird migration will be given at 1:45 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Learn about the amazing feats of bird migration, how and why birds migrate, and the dangers and distances they face. Broadcast veteran Ray Brown of WCRB 99.5 FM will be the featured speaker. A regular guest on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” with Scott Simon, Brown has combined his radio career with a passion for birds for more than 10 years. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Visit the ALFA page to see the full spring offerings, or email ALFA or call 978.665.3706 for additional information. The ALFA office is located in room C-154 of the McKay Complex at 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg.

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