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ALFA program readies for fall semester

Posted 08/26/15

Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program is launching its 12th year providing local residents the opportunity to broaden their minds and social circles through non-credit daytime courses and special activities. Fall offerings cover a diverse array of topics, including social media, floral arranging, conversational French and calligraphy. Most of the courses are offered on the Fitchburg State campus, while others take place in community settings. The entire course offerings can be viewed online at the ALFA page.

The deadline to register for fall courses is Monday, Sept. 7.

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that offers courses and activities designed and implemented in coordination with the professional staff at Fitchburg State University. ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth.

Registration is now open for the fall 2015 season. Gain a historical perspective on the impact of maladies on human society. Work on your bridge or mah jongg game, learn about animal behavior or gain some new perspective on the evolution of architecture in New England. Learn about the different types of mushrooms in a course taught at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton or take guided hikes on the trails surrounding Sholan Farms in Leominster. Fitness, dance and film courses are also offered.

There are more than 20 course offerings in ALFA’s first fall session, running in September and October, and another 20 courses in the second session, running from October to December. Courses are $30 (with a limit of six per semester).

ALFA’s free Food for Thought Lecture Series also continues this fall.

  • On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m., Fitchburg Art Museum Director Nick Capasso will discuss his plans for the facility during a presentation at the art museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Enrollment is limited to 25 people. Admission is free.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m., the Fitchburg Historical Society at 781 Main St. will present “Stories from the Graveyard: Notable ‘Residents’ of Fitchburg’s Cemeteries.” Learn about the city’s cemeteries and their notable residents, and the mysteries they left behind. Admission is free for this program, a collaboration of ALFA and the Fitchburg Historical Society.

For more detail or to register for classes, visit the ALFA page or call (978) 665-3706.

ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community. Most classes are held in the C-wing of the University’s McKay Complex at 67 Rindge Road.

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