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ALFA registration opens for fall 2014

Posted 08/18/14

Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program is launching its 11th year providing local residents the opportunity to broaden their minds and social circles through non-credit daytime courses and special activities. The fall session features a full roster of diverse course offerings ranging from topics in art and history to science and cooking.

ALFA originated in 2003 when local residents interested in creating a lifelong learning community at Fitchburg State reached out to the newly-installed President Robert V. Antonucci. The program was given an immediate green light, and has enjoyed strong and consistent support ever since.

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 2014 season. Learn about local bird migrations through classroom and field trips, or delve into the origins and impact of the U.S. Constitution. Improve your health with a Zumba fitness class or master the preparation (and sampling) of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Work on your bridge game or learn about the world around you with a guided tour of global cinema.

There are two dozen course offerings in ALFA’s first fall session, running in September and October, and another two dozen courses in the second session, running from October to December. Courses are $25 (with a limit of five per semester).

ALFA is also sponsoring a group trip to the Hammond Castle Museum and the Gloucester House Restaurant in Gloucester on Saturday, Sept. 27, departing from the Mall at Whitney Field. Cost is $60, lunch included.

ALFA’s free Food for Thought Lecture Series also continues this fall in Hammond Hall on the Fitchburg State campus.

  • On Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m., ALFA volunteer Bruce Goyette will present “Celebrating Food for Fitchburg’s 250th anniversary,” guiding the audience through the city’s culinary history.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 p.m., guest speaker Jeremy D’Entremont will present “Haunted Lighthouses of New England,” spotlighting some of the macabre tales of New England’s coastal beacons.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m., Kylee McCumber and Lori Bateman will present “Food for Thought Means Food for All; Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz.” In this program, Kylee will describe her efforts to feed her peers in the Leominster school system.

To learn more or to register for classes, visit www.fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.

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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